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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Teaching Revolution in College

by Phyllis Schlafly - Article Link- Eagleforum.org

        Many listeners of this program are familiar with the name Bill Ayers. He was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and co-founder of the communist Weathermen Underground, an organization whose members bombed several of our government buildings in Washington, DC. Bill Ayers is also famous as the man from whose living room in Chicago Barack Obama launched his political career. Today I want to tell you how Bill Ayers, after his bomb-throwing days, repositioned himself as an educator and spent 23 years as a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In that position, Bill Ayers influenced thousands of students who grew up and became classroom teachers in grade schools and high schools.

        A new book by Mary Grabar called Bill Ayers: Teaching Revolutiondescribes Ayers’ shift from illegally undermining the United States to covertly undermining our country from within the system. Ayers’ Marxist and anarchist beliefs never changed from the days when he was a young radical, trying to blow up places and kill people to bring down “the establishment.” His career as an educator encouraged the destruction of America’s way of life by corrupting political, moral, social, and education standards. These leftist agitators moved from the streets into universities where they promoted class warfare and racial and sexual antagonism, and their leftwing version of social justice and multiculturalism.

        Ayers continued his political activism by helping to form a new leftwing group, supporting Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, and delivering an anti-U.S. rant in front of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

        Ayers wrote a book called To Teach that is widely used in schools of education; there is even a comic book version of it. Mary Grabar's helpful book offers suggestions to overcome the havoc caused by Ayers in education.  eagleforum.org

True Servants of Christ

by John MacArthur - Article Link
How do you evaluate Christian ministers?  People use all kinds of criteria to determine who are the most successful, the most influential, the most gifted, and the most effective.  I once saw an article called "The 50 Most Influential Christians."  There were some faithful ministers and wonderful Christians on the list; but the list also included some of the premier peddlers of the church growth philosophy, some extreme charismatics, and two high-level Roman Catholics.  In fact, an anti-trinitarian modalist was at the top of the list. 
The people who published that article based their selections on the "meaningful" input of "Christians across America and around the world."  That's disturbing on a number of levels, but especially because it represents a growing confusion about Christianity and Christian leadership.  When people who turn the church into a mall, confuse the nature of Jesus and the Godhead, and anathematize the true gospel are voted onto a list of influential Christians, evangelicalism is in trouble.  Hard times are ahead because so few are able to discern the difference between true and false servants of Christ. 
If we return to the Word of God, we can find our way out of the cultural confusion and into the clarity of the mind of God.  First Corinthians 4:1-5 focuses on the nature and marks of God's true ministers.  It's a look at how God evaluates His ministers.  You won't find Paul talking about popularity, personality, degrees, and numbers playing a role in the Lord's perspective--they should therefore play no role in ours.  What you will find is radically different from much of what we see in the visible church today. 
The Identity of the Minister  
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God (v. 1). 
Servants of ChristPaul thought of himself, first of all, as a "servant of Christ"--Jesus Christ, not men, was his Lord.  In everything he was subordinate and subject to Christ, and that Master set the parameters of his obedience.  Paul understood that God did not call him to be creative but obedient, not innovative but faithful.  For Paul, success in ministry depended upon pleasing Christ.  "For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?  Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10).
Stewards of God's MysteriesPaul also understood that his work in service to Christ was that of a steward of divine mysteries.  A mystery in the New Testament is not something mysterious or mystical; it's a truth that was previously hidden but is now widely known by divine revelation and apostolic proclamation.  Paul and the other apostles and prophets of the early church openly declared the mysteries that the Holy Spirit later canonized in the New Testament.  Like household stewards or managers, they administered freely the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). 
Some years ago I read a magazine interview of a certain well-known pastor.  The gist of his statement was: 
I decided that the pulpit was no longer to be a teaching platform but an instrument of spiritual therapy.  I no longer preach sermons; I create experiences.  I don't have time to write a systematic theology to give a solid theological basis for what I intuitively know.  What I intuitively believe is right.  Every sermon has to begin with the heart.  If you ever hear me preaching a sermon against adultery, you'll know what my problem is.  If you ever hear me preaching a sermon about the coming of Jesus Christ, you'll know that's where I am heartwise.  It so happens I'm not hung up on either of those areas so I've never preached a sermon on either one.  I could not in print or in public deny the virgin birth of Christ or the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ or the return of Christ.  But when I have something I can't comprehend, I just don't deal with it. 
That is the description of a totally corrupted and perverted ministry.  Those who listen to that man are not hearing all God has to say.  Rather than bringing men to God, he is standing between men and God. 
God's Word is explicit about adultery, the virgin birth of Jesus, and His second coming.  A preacher may not fully understand those truths, but God requires him to proclaim them fully and faithfully.  That's why a steward must diligently study God's Word before he enters the pulpit (2 Timothy 2:15). 
The Requirement of the Minister
In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy (v. 2). 
By far the most important quality of a good steward is faithfulness, trustworthiness.  He is entrusted with the master's household possessions, businesses, and money; and without faithfulness he will bring about wholesale ruin.  Above all, God wants His ministers, His servant-stewards, to be trustworthy. 
God supplies His Word, His Spirit, His gifts, and His power, and He calls His stewards to administer those resources faithfully.  The work is demanding but is basically simple:  faithfully take God's Word to God's people so they can feed on it.  That doesn't require brilliance or cleverness or creativeness or popularity.  It requires trustworthiness, and that's the standard by which every steward will be judged.
The Evaluation of the Minister  
But to me it is a very small thing that I should be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.  For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord (vv. 3-4).  
Others' EvaluationSince God is the Judge of internal and external fidelity to the servant-steward task, it should be a very small thing to any of us when others praise or criticize our ministry or our spiritual life.  We can benefit greatly from the counsel of a wise friend, and sometimes even learn from the observations and criticisms of unbelievers.  But no human being is qualified to determine the legitimacy, quality, or faithfulness of our work for the Lord. 
A caring minister of Christ cannot and should not be insensitive to the feelings, needs, and opinions of his people.  But no minister can remain faithful to his calling if he lets his congregation, or any individual human being, decide how true his motives are or whether he is working within the Lord's will.  Because human knowledge and understanding of the facts are imperfect, human criticisms and compliments are imperfect.  In humility and love, God's minister must not allow himself to care about other people's evaluations of his ministry. 
His Own EvaluationNor must he allow himself to care about his own evaluation of his ministry.  All of us are naturally inclined to build ourselves up in our own minds.  We all look into rose-colored mirrors.  Some people seem to put themselves down, especially in front of others, but it's only a veiled appeal for recognition and flattery.  The mature minister doesn't trust his own judgment any more than he trusts the judgment of others. 
Paul knew of no serious sin or deficiency in his own life and ministry; he also knew his evaluation was limited by his finite understanding.  He was neither proud of the fact that he knew of nothing wrong, nor was he worried that he might have overlooked some fault.  His own evaluation, favorable or unfavorable, made little difference in carrying out the faithful stewardship of his ministry. 
God's EvaluationTherefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God (v. 5).  
The only evaluation that mattered to Paul was the Lord's--that's how it is for every true servant of Christ.  God has planned a day when He will "both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts."  Those two phrases refer to the things only God can see, the things hidden from the knowledge of other men.  As the only omniscient and impartial Judge, only God can render a righteous verdict. 
It's such a comfort to me that every believer will have praise on that day, for "there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1, emphasis added).  All Christians will have some reward and some praise--only God knows who will receive much and who will receive little.  We do know, however, that the rewards will not be based on the size of our church, the apparent accomplishments of our lives, or the number of converts we claim.  God will sort out--based on hidden things, based on motives--who receives much and who receives little. 
I think one of the marvelous experiences Christians will share on that day will be to recognize how many dear saints, completely unknown to the world and hardly known to fellow believers, will receive reward after reward after reward from the Lord's hands--their unseen works were gold, silver, and precious stones.  Their hearts will have been pure, their works will have been precious, and their rewards will be great. 
Because God will reward according to the motives of men's hearts, our single purpose in life should be that, "whether [we] eat or drink or whatever [we] do, [we] do it all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).  That motive should govern everything we think, say, and do.
 It is good when fellow Christians can speak well of us sincerely.  It is good when our own conscience does not accuse us.  But it will be wonderful beyond description if, on that day, our Lord can say of us, "Well done, good and faithful servant."  To hear that refrain is the aim of every true servant of Christ. gty.org
Adapted from 1 Corinthians in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, © 1984 by Moody Bible Institute, Moody Publishers.

Pope Francis has used his leadership role to change the Roman Catholic church

by Jimmy DeYoung - prophecytoday.com
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In his leadership role as Pope of the billion plus Catholic worshipers, Pope Francis now leads this 2,000-year-old church into the future differently than any previous Pope due to the fact that he is a Jesuit. The world continues to watch Pope Francis implement his style of leadership with a mission to expand the outreach of Catholicism and to enlarge the total number of the Catholic worshipers to the worldwide church.

Since the Jesuits are the militant arm of the Catholic church with a desire to see the world convert, only time will tell how successful Pope Francis will be with his mission as leader of the church.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News:

The leadership of Pope Francis will set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to ever lead the Catholic church as Pope, brings to his leadership role a desire to convert all the world to Catholicism. The Jesuits, founded in 1540 AD were brought together as a counter reformation movement. They want to turn back the reformation of Luther and Knox and bring all non-Catholics back into the fold. They have an eschatology that believes that all the world will one day be of the Catholic church and then Jesus Christ will come back to rule this worldwide kingdom that they have set up.

True biblical eschatology, which is a study of the end times, states that the false church that will be headquartered in Rome, Italy the seven mountain city will indeed come to power in the first half of the coming Tribulation Period, Revelation 17. This ecclesiastical Babylon will be led by the Antichrist who is referred to as the Beast some eight times in Revelation 17. Revelation 17:16 reveals that the world leaders, the revived Roman Empire, will rise up and destroy the false church and give their power worldwide dominion to the Antichrist, Revelation 17:17 which indicates that the Lord Himself will put into the hearts and minds of these world leaders to accomplish His will. This will then open the opportunity for the Antichrist to rule a worldwide economic Babylon yet in the future. prophecytoday.com

Persecution's Perks

Your weekly dose of Spurgeon - Source Link
The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from The Sword and the Trowel, August, 1894, "A life-belt for daily use."
"If your persecution were to cease, it might be the worst thing that could happen to you." 

I knew right well a young man, in a good station in life, a believer, apparently a very earnest believer, and the most indefatigable worker I ever met. He was constantly opposed at home on account of his religion, yet he never yielded an inch, but kept on earnestly working for Christ.

The opposition is all gone, and he has a house of his own; but I do not see any earnestness in him now, it disappeared as soon as the persecution ceased.

Some of us are very much like those gas bags that we have when we are exhibiting dissolving views; we put heavy weights on them to press out the gas so that we many have a more brilliant light. I do believe that most of our troubles at home and abroad are just like the weights on the oxygen bags.

I am not disposed to wish that every young Christian should have a smooth path, for I notice that the bravest believers are often those who have had the severest struggles to maintain their integrity. “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.”

If you have too much fine weather, you will be like some gardeners' plants that grow too fast; they never get much heart, they had too much sun at the first, they would have been all the better for a little early nipping. You know that celery is not really good till it has had a sharp frost on it, and there are some Christians who seem all the better for a little persecution or trial; it seems to pinch them back, and at the same time it sends a sweetness into the very heart of their religion.

If you ask me, “Do you like to hear of our being opposed?” I answer, —“No, I do not; but I would not take this burden off you if I could, for it is best that you should have at least a little of it to bear.”

To be truly saved, to be a Christian, to be on Christ’s side, to know that you have an everlasting Saviour, is worth a great many fools’ laughs, is it not? You can bear to let all the asses bray at once, and yet not be troubled if you know that you have Christ, and eternal life in Him.

My dear friends, I do pray that you may be led to weigh and estimate these things, and that you may be drawn by the Divine Spirit to say, “Jesus shall be mine, I will trust myself to Him whatever the consequences may be.”

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Why Is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?

by Conrad Mbewe - Article Link
Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Zambia, Africa. He is one of the keynote speakers at the Strange Fire conference in October. 
Many explanations have been given for the explosion of the Charismatic movement in Africa. Many have seen this as a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. Whereas there is probably more than one reason, I want to add my own observation to this for what it is worth. In this blog post, I do not refer to the old conservative form of Pentecostalism once represented by the Assemblies of God churches. I have in mind the current extreme form that is mushrooming literally under every shrub and tree in Africa. How can one explain this phenomenon?
I think that one reason why the Charismatic movement in Africa has been like a wild bushfire is because it has not challenged the African religious worldview but has instead adopted it. It has simply baptised it with Bible verses and Christian words that previously meant something totally different.
The African Spiritual Worldview
Let me explain what I mean. The African spiritual worldview consists of four tiers.
  1. God
  2. Angels and demons
  3. Ancestral spirits
  4. Human beings
It is because of this reality that Africans do not question the existence of God, as is the case with many people in the Western world. To an African, God is there. He is the Creator and ultimate Governor and Benefactor of the whole universe.
Rather, in our spiritual worldview, although God is there he is very far away. Between him and us as human beings lie two layers in the spirit world. One is that of angels and demons (i.e. bad angels) and the other—which is even closer to us—is that of the spirits of the departed.
So, although God is a benevolent, loving, and caring Being, unless the beings that dwell in these two layers that lie between him and us are appeased, his blessings cannot reach us. It is, therefore, important to appease the ancestral spirits and defeat the demons. Only after that will God’s blessings come upon us.
This is where in African traditional religions witchdoctors come in. They are the people with the mysterious power to break through these two layers. They tell us what we must do in order to appease the spirits of our forefathers. They also engage the demons for us through their midnight trances, dances, and incense.
So, a person who is beset with perennial illnesses, failing to get a job, failing to find a spouse or to have children, whose business is failing to thrive, etc., simply goes to the witchdoctor who alone has the key to look into the spirit world. He is told that it is either a deceased person or an evil spirit who is frustrating him.
Sometimes the enemy is a person who is alive. However, the reason why this living individual seems to have a mysterious hold over your life is because he has plugged into those two layers (of either dead ancestors or evil spirits) and you have not. With the help of a powerful witchdoctor you can outsmart him in those two layers, and the blessings of God can once again begin to flow into your life.
Whichever way, the power of the witchdoctor is not in explaining truth but in mindless frenzy. His grip upon the popular mind is his eerie mysteriousness and his capacity to knock you out of your senses and then pronounce you delivered. Of course, this is never done by benevolence. You pay for his services.
The Charismatic Movement’s Rendition
I do not mean to be unkind, but what the modern Charismatic movement in Africa has done is to simply take this entire erroneous superstructure of African religious worldview and baptise it with wrongly applied Bible verses and Christian language. The only difference is that the layer of dead ancestors and evil spirits is now one hotchpotch of confusion. This is why the nonsense of demons becoming spirit husbands and wives, and wrecking havoc in marriages, is taken for granted! This is also why the heresy of generation curses has become so popular. In our minds, bad luck can be passed on from that layer of dead ancestors.
In the African Charismatic circles, the “man of God” has replaced the witchdoctor. He is the one who oozes with mysterious power that enables him to break through those two impregnable layers, which us lesser mortals cannot penetrate. So, when blessings are not flowing our way despite our prayers, we make a beeline to his quarters or his church for help. This explains the throngs in these circles. The crowds are not looking for someone to explain to them the way to find pardon with God. No! They want the “man of God” to pray for them.
This also explains the stranglehold that “men of God” have on the minds of their devotees in these circles. In the Evangelicalism of a former generation “men of God” were primarily preachers of the word of God, but in the new setup they are primarily priests who enter the inner sanctuaries to bring down blessings to us.
This also explains why the answer to almost any problem that you take to these “men of God” is “deliverance” and “breakthrough”. God wants to bless you, but you need to break through these impregnable layers before those blessings can reach you. The prayers of the “man of God” will bring deliverance because at the overnight prayer meeting or on the hill he will bring about a breakthrough. Who can doubt that these two phrases have become the key words of this movement?

This also explains why prayer in the modern Charismatic movement in Africa is literally a fight. In fact, the people praying are called "prayer warriors". Although they begin by addressing God, within the first few seconds they divert from God and begin to fight the spirits in these impregnable layers with their bare knuckles. The language is almost always, "We bind every unclean spirit in Jesus' name! We loose the Spirit that breaks the yoke in Jesus' name!"

The "prayer warriors" scream at the top of their voices and chant the name of Jesus. They sweat as they put up a gallant fight with these spirits, straining every muscle of their beings until they prevail (so they think). That is when they reach through to God and his blessings begin to flow. This is nothing more than the African traditional religious worldview sprinkled with a thin layer of Christianity.
Notice also how teaching is not the strength of the modern Charismatic movement in Africa. Its chief proponents survive on a few, well-worn, tortured verses: “By his stripes we are healed,” “We are not the tail but the head,” etc. There is absolutely no effort to properly exegete Scripture. Rather, by chanting phrases and making people drop under some trance, in witchdoctor fashion, they are holding sway over the popular mind. The people love it and are paying for it! The “men of God” are becoming stinking rich as the crowds just keep on coming.
This Is Not Christianity
What worries me is that this is so obvious that I am wondering why we are not seeing this. Or if we are, why we are not warning Christians against this. For the love of crowds, we have allowed African traditional religion to enter the church through the back door. Like the Arabian camel, it has since kicked out the truth. This is why I am not excited by the multiplication of churches—or ministries—under this banner.
We need to sound the warning that this is not Christianity. I know that this approach is filling our church buildings and classrooms to overflowing, until we have to multiply church services in order to accommodate the crowds. But this is not Christianity. It does not lead to heaven. It is a thin coating over the religion that has been on African soil for time immemorial, which Christianity was meant to replace. We have lost the Christian faith while we are holding the Bible in our hands and using some of its words. This is really sad.
The religion of the Bible does not teach a God who is so far away from us that unless some powerful humans come in and give us a breakthrough he cannot bless us. No! The Bible teaches a God who is near us. The only barrier between God and us is our sin, and Jesus has dealt with that by his death on the cross.
When we pray, we are in the throne room of divine grace talking directly to God. We do not need to address demons and ancestral spirits before we break through to him. We do not need to chant and jump around like witchdoctors around their fire under the midnight moonlight. God is our heavenly Father. Only our sin can hinder our prayers.

Listen! Angels and demons exist, but they are not an impregnable spiritual strata that needs someone reeking with anointing to breakthrough their layer before we can access God’s blessing. They are simply beings that either carry out God’s commands or the devil’s commands. They are not between God and us!
Finally, we do not need “men of God” to lay hands on us every Sunday (or at Friday overnight prayer meetings, or on hills in the outskirts of our cities) in order for us to know God’s blessings. There is only one Mediator between God and us—it is the man, Christ Jesus. All others are imposters and must be rejected with the contempt they deserve. gty.org

Why the Mother of Harlots? A Look at Revelation 17 and Genesis 6 (Part One)

Why the Mother of Harlots? A Look at Revelation 17 and Genesis 6 (Part One) 
by Brannon Howse

It Is Happening Again: 18 Similarities Between The Last Financial Crisis And Today

If our leaders could have recognized the signs ahead of time, do you think that they could have prevented the financial crisis of 2008?  That is a very timely question, because so many of the warning signs that we saw just before and during the last financial crisis are popping up again.  Many of the things that are happening right now in the stock market, the bond market, the real estate market and in the overall economic data are eerily similar to what we witnessed back in 2008 and 2009.  It is almost as if we are being forced to watch some kind of a perverse replay of previous events, only this time our economy and our financial system are much weaker than they were the last time around.  So will we be able to handle a financial crash as bad as we experienced back in 2008?  What if it is even worsethis time?  Considering the fact that we have been through this kind of thing before, you would think that our leaders would be feverishly trying to keep it from happening again and the American people would be rapidly preparing to weather the coming storm.  Sadly, none of that is happening.  It is almost as if they cannot even see the disaster that is staring them right in the face.  But without a doubt, disaster is coming. The following are 18 similarities between the last financial crisis and today...
#1 According to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch equity strategy team, their big institutional clients are selling stock at a rate not seen "since 2008".
#2 In 2008, stock prices had wildly diverged from where the economic fundamentals said that they should be.  Now it has happened again.
#3 In early 2008, the average price of a gallon of gasoline rose substantially.  It is starting to happen again.  And remember, whenever the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has risen above $3.80 during the past three years, a stock market decline has always followed.
#4 New home prices just experienced their largest two month drop since Lehman Brothers collapsed.
#5 During the last financial crisis, the mortgage delinquency rate rose dramatically.  It is starting to happen again.
#6 Prior to the financial crisis of 2008, there was a spike in the number of adjustable rate mortgages.  It is happening again.
#7 Just before the last financial crisis, unemployment claims started skyrocketing.  Well, initial claims for unemployment benefits are rising again.  Once we hit the 400,000 level, we will officially be in the danger zone.
#8 Continuing claims for unemployment benefits just spiked to the highest level since early 2009.
#9 The yield on 10 year Treasuries is now up to 2.60 percent.  We also saw the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries rise significantly during the first half of 2008.
#10 According to Zero Hedge, "whenever the annual change in core capex, also known as Non-Defense Capital Goods excluding Aircraft shipments goes negative, the US has traditionally entered a recession".  Guess what?  It is rapidly heading toward negative territory again.
#11 Average hourly compensation in the United States experienced its largest drop since 2009 during the first quarter of 2013.
#12 In the month of June, spending at restaurants fell by the most that we have seen since February 2008.
#13 Just before the last financial crisis, corporate earnings were very disappointing.  Now it is happening again.
#14 Margin debt spiked just before the dot.com bubble burst, it spiked just before the financial crash of 2008, and now it is spiking again.
#15 During 2008, the price of gold fell substantially.  Now it is happening again.
#16 Global business confidence is now the lowest that it has been since the last recession.
#17 Back in 2008, the U.S. national debt was rapidly rising to unsustainable levels.  We are in much, much worse shape today.
#18 Prior to the last financial crisis, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke assured the American people that home prices would not decline and that there would not be a recession.  We all know what happened.  Now he is once again promising that everything is going to be just fine.
Are the American people going to fall for it again?
It doesn't take a genius to see how vulnerable the global economy is right now.  Much of Europe is already experiencing an economic depression, debt levels in Asia are higher than ever before, and the U.S. economy has been steadily declining for most of the past decade.  If you doubt that the U.S. economy has been declining, please see my previous article entitled "40 Stats That Prove The U.S. Economy Has Already Been Collapsing Over The Past Decade".
And the truth is that most Americans already know that we are in deep trouble.  Today, 61 percent of all Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track.
It isn't that so many people are choosing to be pessimistic.  It is just that an increasing number of Americans are waking up to the cold, hard reality that we are facing.
Decades of incredibly foolish decisions have brought us to this point.  We allowed our economic infrastructure to be gutted, we consumed far more wealth than we produced, our politicians kept doing incredibly stupid things but we kept voting the same jokers back into office again and again, and over the past 40 years we have blown up the biggest debt bubble in all of human history.
We have been living so far above our means for so long that most of us actually think that our current economic situation is "normal".
But no, there is nothing normal about what we are experiencing.  We are entering the terminal phase of a colossal debt spiral, and when it flames out the economic devastation is going to be absolutely spectacular.
When the next major wave of the economic collapse comes and unemployment soars well up into the double digits, millions of businesses close and millions of American families lose their homes, I hope that those that are assuring all of us that there will not be an economic collapse will come back and apologize.
There are tens of millions of people out there right now that are not making any preparations at all because they have been promised that everything is going to be okay.  When the next financial crash happens, most of them will be absolutely blindsided by it and many of them will totally give in to despair.
Don't let that happen to you.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vatican Tweaks Indulgences for Tweeting

Written by Mike Gendron - Article Link - proclaimingthegospel.org

The Vatican is offering indulgences, a reduction of time spent in purgatory, to those who follow Pope Francis on Twitter during World Youth Day. As foolish as this sounds to intelligent people, we must wonder when will Catholics wake up and realize their religion teaches a false and fatal gospel that leads them on the broad road to destruction? How many more blatantly false teachings must come out of the Vatican before Catholics realized they have been deceived about life's most critical issue - the salvation of their soul?
Catholics, who believe a purifying fire will purge away their sins, are deluded victims of a fatal fabrication. The diabolical invention of a place for the purification of sins called Purgatory, is not only a flagrant denial of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ, but also a blasphemous rejection of His precious blood as the only purification for sin (1 John 1:7).
The concept of Purgatory became a Catholic doctrine around 600 A.D. due to the fanaticism of Pope Gregory the Great. He developed the doctrine through visions of a purifying fire. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Pope Gregory said Catholics "will expiate their faults by purgatorial flames," and "the pain is more intolerable than any one can suffer in this life." Centuries later, at the Council of Florence in 1431, purgatory was pronounced an infallible dogma.
Over the centuries billions of dollars have been paid to Roman Catholic priests to obtain relief from sufferings in Purgatory's fire. The Catholic clergy has taught that the period of suffering in Purgatory can be shortened by purchasing indulgences and novenas and buying Mass cards. When a Catholic dies, money is extracted from mourning loved ones to shorten the deceased's punishment in Purgatory. We have heard of Catholics who have willed their entire estates to their religion so that perpetual masses could be offered for them after they die. It is no wonder that the Catholic religion has become the richest institution in the world. The buying and selling of God's forgiveness has been a very lucrative business for the Vatican.
Another motivation for Rome to fabricate the heretical doctrine of Purgatory is its powerful effect on controlling people. Ultimately, the enslavement and subjugation of people is the goal of every false religion, and Purgatory does exactly that. The concept of a terrifying prison with a purging fire, governed by religious leaders, is a most brilliant invention. It holds people captive, not only in this life but also in the next life. Catholic clergy will not say how many years people have to suffer for their sins or how many Masses must be purchased before they can be released from the flames. This dreadful fear and uncertainty is the most ruthless form of religious bondage and deception!