‘common word ? ………….. abracadabra’

ab·ra·ca·dab·ra /ˌæbkəˈdæbrə/ [ab-ruh-kuhdab-ruh]

1. a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.

2. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.

3. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

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The founder of a messianic Jewish ministry says evangelical leaders must be living in “la-la land” if they think Islamic imams will ever say positive things about Christianity, despite the release of a “cooperative statement.”………………….

 

      

Evangelicals in ‘la-la land’ over Muslim agreement– OneNewsNow

At the conclusion of a recent four-day conference at Yale University, more than 150 Christian and Muslim leaders from around the globe announced the first step of the “Common Word” exchange drafted last November. The Christian representatives included the heads of both the National Association of Evangelicals (Leith Anderson) and the World Evangelical Alliance (Geoff Tunnicliffe). A statement released at the conclusion of the conference explains that “the intention behind the Common Word is not to foist the theology of one religions upon another or to attempt conversion.”

Appears that religion is attempting to work its magic. I would liken their attempts to ‘mixing oil and water’,

“The mosques would talk about Christianity in a positive light. Christian churches would talk about Islam in a positive light,”….

or maybe it is just the…

“meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense”

… yes, I think that is what it is.

 

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 7-11

 

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‘the feet of clay that shall crumble’

PEACE… PEACE…..

Brian McLaren recently addressed 650 Anglican bishops attending the Lambeth Conference, a meeting he says was characterized by “a loving atmosphere” and “a deep spirituality centered in Bible study, worship, and prayer.” McLaren tells ChristianToday.com that he envisions a new era for Christianity, which “is more about the Christian way of life than it is about a rigid and polemicized systems of belief.” OneNewsNow

For those readers that have never heard of Brian D. McLaren…

…is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among
innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.

He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.  About Brian McLaren – Blog ‘Everything Must Change’

 

In an article (Emergent Evangelism – November 2004) for Christianity today Brian McLaren wrote concerning the ‘The Broadened Gospel’

 

For McLaren, the gospel is not primarily informational but relational/missional. That is, imparting information about how to be individually saved is secondary to inviting people into relationship with a king and with members of a kingdom whose foremost concern is wholeness for a broken world, rather than an insurance policy for eternal destiny.

The gospel, McLaren said, starts “with God’s concern for the world, in which God creates a community called the church, comprised of persons who stop (or repent of) being ‘part of the problem’ and choose instead to join God as ‘part of the solution’—thus simultaneously entering a mission and a community in which one is accepted by grace, through faith in Jesus.”

 

Mr. McLaren has found, that if you get rid of the issue of SIN, then the church shall attract a multitude of folk. The only problem is that…

‘part of the problem’

… is the problem and it is a MAJOR PROBLEM. We are “dead in our trespasses and sins”. “We are enemies of God, without hope, and without God in the world”.

 

The evangelical take on salvation has for half a century stressed all three tenses of salvation: past (saved from the penalty of sin), present (saved from the power of sin), and future (saved from the presence of sin). So the Emergent emphasis on “salvation within history from sin by grace” need not be set against “salvation beyond history from hell by grace.”

I can assure you that no one, at least in their right mind, will never choose the thought of hell in comparison to thoughts of heaven, but to find oneself as a sinner is quite a challenge. Therefore diversion away from sin tends to make the gospel a little more palatable to the flesh.  If a ‘preacher of the gospel’ has difficulty with the doctrine of ‘sin‘ , and more importantly telling the world that that is why Jesus Christ became a man and died, he might consider a different calling, ‘for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but while we ere yet dead in our trespasses and sin, Christ died for our sin‘. To build one’s eternity upon any other foundation will most assuredly crumble!

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‘a house made of straw and sticks’

God wants me to be rich….. Wallet Pop.com

 

Running a Megachurch

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston has an average weekend attendance of 45,000 and an annual budget of $72.6 million.

Wonder when the fire of persecution comes to America, if this bunch will still be standing?

It appears that they have built their faith upon a foundation of prosperity, which shall crumble underneath them when the call to commitment in face of adversity comes.

There was always a strain of American Puritanism that pointed to Scripture as justification for asserting that wealth is somehow godly. But ever since evangelical Christianity separated from the mainline faiths in the early 20th ­century, some preachers have gone further and linked their focus on personal piety to financial success. The big-tent revivals of the 1930s promised the dust-bowl destitute the possibility of finding Jesus and their next meal just by listening to a fire-and-brimstone message. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, televangelists like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart made prosperity gospel big business, capitalizing on that era’s economic uncertainties to win over a new generation of acolytes, before those ministries were brought down by scandal.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Cor. 3:11-15

If it does not stand the first fire, it shall never endure the later…..

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‘the church in America is living on beachfront properties’

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In the 20th chapter of the Book of the Acts, we find the final exhortation of of the Spirit of God by the Apostle Paul before leaving Ephesus was for the leadership (elders) of the church to “feed the flock of God over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers”. [cf; Acts 20:28-32]

Now I realize as a pastor myself, that there are many functions that the church is involved in, and for the most part they have absolutely no biblical foundation. Now before you email me and bust my chops for this statement please allow me to say that just because they do not have a biblical foundation does not make them necessarily wrong. But if the church is not careful, these extra curricular activities will take precedence over the primary responsibility of the church and that is to edify the body of Christ… “to feed the flock”.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesian 4:11-14 

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Rick Warren has taken some heat from Tom McMahon, president of The Berean Call ministry, concerning pastor Rick Warren’s belief that the church must take the lead in solving the world’s problems of poverty, disease, and war, which cannot be reconciled with the scriptures. [OneNewsNow: Is Rick Warren ignoring sin in search for ‘peace’?]

Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. plan is an effort to mobilize churches around the world to combat what he calls the five “global giants” of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, poverty, disease and illiteracy.

 

California mega-church pastor Rick Warren says Christians should not be reticent to work with Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists, and even atheists to cure societal problems. Interfaith ‘cooperation’ at Saddleback

If you had no other questions about Warren’s agenda you should question, how are you going to combat ‘spiritual emptiness’ with the Muslims and Buddhists? What spirit are you want to fill the world with? 

One other thought worthy of consideration would be, how does Warren think that the answer to society’s ill is something that can be resolved without the Jesus Christ… does he think the Muslims and the Buddhists are going to buy in to this Jesus thing? Or maybe he thinks that if anything can do it, it will be religion, yeah… right.

 

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27

Now what Rick Warren and his smorgasbord of religion is doing is not a bad thing. If they can go in and reform corrupt leadership all over the world, eliminate poverty, disease and illiteracy, we will all agree that the world will be a better place to live. But what will we have? A world void of poverty, disease and illiteracy run by a bunch of honest folk… what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”?

But imagine this, if you take the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world filled with corrupt leaders, and those living in poverty and illiteracy, and even if they are racked with a devastating disease, then what have we left them with?… “no cloke for their sin”, but a Savior who can atone for that sin”. Now this has ramifications not only in this life, but the one to come….eternity.

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‘much needed light for our path’

Thy Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path…

 

With pastor’s exit, church prays for reconciliation OneNewsNow

After a year of controversy and turmoil in their church stemming from allegations of financial mismanagement, members of a prominent Nashville-area Southern Baptist church have accepted a retirement package for their pastor… One News Now article

By now most have heard or read about the sad condition at the Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville. It appears, at least form the One News Now article, that they have come to a resolution, and a lucrative one I might add.

The purpose of this post was not to air the retirement package that Dr. Jerry Sutton was approved to receive but to consider the atmosphere and prevailing spirit we see rearing its head in the church in America.

Below is an excerpt from the Baptist Messenger posted in August 2007.Two Rivers Baptist Church members voice dissent, pastor seeks reconciliation

The article from The Baptist Messenger reveals that the church was not only a pillar in the community but held national credence both in the religious and political realm…

Two Rivers has been in the national headlines three times in recent years for its hosting of Christian conservative rallies. Last October it hosted a pre-election “Stand for the Family” rally sponsored by Focus on the Family Action where James Dobson, Richard Land and other leaders spoke. In 2005 it hosted “Justice Sunday II,” a rally highlighting court rulings on such issues as abortion and Ten Commandments displays. Dobson also spoke at the event, which was held three weeks before the confirmation hearing of now-Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. Also, in 2005, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” hosted a program at the church focusing on religion’s role in politics.

A ‘mega-church’ with both a traditional and contemporary service….

Sutton said membership has “never been higher,” although “attendance is off a little bit.” The 2006 Annual Church Profile showed that Two Rivers had 6,829 members and an average of 1,573 primary worship service attendance. It also had 137 baptisms that year.

The church has two services: a traditional one and a more contemporary one. Members of the group seeking Sutton’s removal tend to be “older, long-term members” and attend the traditional service, the Tennessean reported.

From all outward appearances it seems a successful church, edifying the body of Christ, while all along there was a cancer growing and festering, just waiting to exude a spirit, a spirit of anti-christ.

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We find a spirit that airs its dirty laundry before the world.

 

The group has launched a website and is seeking to gather enough signatures — which must be at least 10 percent of the membership — to hold a church meeting to vote on whether to remove Sutton, the Tennessean reported Aug. 15. A two-thirds vote would be required, church members told the newspaper. The Associated Press has also reported on the conflict.

The group that launched the web site expressed 8 major issues… 

  • “steady decline in membership”
  • “lack of accountability in finances”
  • “poor stewardship of God’s people”
  • “authoritarian style church management”
  • “rapid turnover rate of church staff in the past 10 years”
  • “lavish lifestyle and receptions”
  • “questionable allegations”
  • “serious communication issues”

…. not to mention the politics, the favoritism, division, schism and backbiting.

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With no other recourse the situation is left to litigation.

 

DARE any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?

I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?

But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?

No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 1 Cor6:1-8 NKJV

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What happens when the ‘flesh’ is the vicar of the church?

 

The petition drive to remove Sutton began in July, the Tennessean said, after Sutton and other church leaders asked that church trustee Frank Harris be removed from membership. Although a majority voted for removal, some members called the vote invalid because church protocol for such votes wasn’t followed. Harris had been critical of Sutton and questioned some of the expenditures. Sutton and other leaders said Harris had been divisive.

“Anyone who voiced opposition to leadership was alienated and lost any ministries they may have had in the church,” Harris told AP. He also said he believes the church has gone from a “people-led church to a staff-run church.”

I’m thinking a Spirit lead church and that leading, based upon the word of God, we probably would not even be reading  this story.

 

“Wake up people! It seems like nothing separates the church from the world anymore! The church has become a “Business” of buying and selling what people want to hear and believe–TRUTH & REPENTANCE seem to be a thing of the past! What are you being SOLD!” Comment from a poster on OneNewsNow.

I believe the poster has hit the nail squarely upon its head, in that the spirit of the world ‘flesh’ is so prevalent that the Spirit of God has been pushed out of the church. Could this actually happen? Laodicea!

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‘the gold, but no rainbow’

Those Close to Televangelist Prosper………….

I had always been told that the ‘pot of gold’ was at the end of the rainbow. While leaving work one day, I found where the arc of the rainbow came to the ground in a plot of planted pines. I got out and looked all around, but found neither the gold, not even a pot… I think I now know where it is…. Kenneth Copeland Ministries!

Those close to televangelist prosper. OneNewsNow

NEWARK, Texas – Here in the gentle hills of north Texas, televangelist Kenneth Copeland has built a religious empire teaching that God wants his followers to prosper.

Over the years, a circle of Copeland’s relatives and friends have done just that, The Associated Press has found. They include the brother-in-law with a lucrative deal to broker Copeland’s television time, the son who acquired church-owned land for his ranching business and saw it more than quadruple in value, and board members who together have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for speaking at church events.

I guess there is some truth to the old adage… “it’s not what your know, but who you know”. The only problem, it is NOT the case in the spiritual realm.

I used to think that the story mentioned in the OneNewsNow article was sad, sad that people could be so deceived as to prosper the false teaching of the likes of Kenneth Copeland.

Then I saw stories about the above mentioned, that revealed these religious shenanigans and instead of the folk coming to their senses, they still continue to be taken in and oft times down right defensive to the deception.

I then started to understand when I read what Jesus said concerning the religious deception of His day……

“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15:14

The message that Kenneth Copeland is propagating is a message that is conducive to the flesh, but will not stand the test when the storms of life of life come, and they will come. The true word of God will!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; 16-18

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‘as the deception gets more graphic- the Word stands stronger’

Faith healer Todd Bentley called a fraud, false teacher

 

Faith healer Todd Bentley called a fraud, false teacher-Baptist Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–A new faith healer is making headlines for his claims of supernatural powers, but conservative evangelical leaders warn that Todd Bentley is a fraud and a false teacher.
Bentley, leader of a revival that began in Lakeland, Fla., this spring, is known for his multiple body piercings and tattoos, his violent healing techniques, his claims of angelic visions and “holy” laughter and “holy” vibrating shakes. He even claims to have raised dozens of people from the dead.

In one YouTube video, Bentley, who is Canadian, can be seen kneeing in the stomach a man with stage 4 colon cancer. When the man bent over in obvious pain from the blow, Bentley said, “I had to be obedient to the Lord, sir, but I believe that colon cancer is coming right out of your body now.” In other videos, Bentley explains how he kicked an elderly lady in the face, banged a crippled woman’s legs on a platform “like a baseball bat,” choked a man, “leg-dropped” a pastor, and hit a man so hard it dislodged a tooth — all because God supposedly told him to do so.

 

Satan is actively using all his seductive resources to brainwash Christians with a view to stifle their most holy faith. Minds are being bombarded by a volley of unbiblical concepts,humanistic philosophies and “every wind of doctrine”, which, for the most part are being
disseminated via television and radio. Unfortunately some of our most prominent preachers and televangelists are unwittingly a part of this bombardment.
This is indeed a critical hour in the history of the Church. The faith of millions of people is on trial. Their faith and their strength depends on the position the spiritual leaders take amidst the avalanche of apostasy. Therefore we cannot watch complacently while warped doctrines are
deceiving the multitudes. Now is the opportunity for all Bible believers to cry out. “Enough is enough!” It is time we aggressively contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints. Travers van der Merwe

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons.” I Tim 4:1

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