Looking for biblical instruction or a parachurch organization which is faith based, may not mean that you are getting instruction from the Bible.
Lighthouse Trails Research has a list of 50 known organizations who are veering from the truth of the Word to Mystical experiences. The practices they are promoting creep in slowly, without much notice, until the congregation is hooked, and sees nothing wrong with the added unscriptural way of worship and prayer. Suddenly everyone is walking down a wrong path, unpleasing to God.
List of 50 Top Contemplative-Promoting Organizations Adds 8 Runner Ups.
The persecution may not be death (yet) but systematic rejection of Christians can be seen in every area of American life. For a long time military reports have surfaced calling Bible believing Christians hate-mongers and terrorists, referring to their beliefs as anti-American, when in fact they are patriotic Americans.
The following article is one more example of how unpopular Christians have become in the last eight years, here and abroad; depending on what the culture will tolerate.
America, being what would be loosly described as “civil,” has not yet taken the lives of Christians as in the middle east. How far are we from a less “civil” way of life?
Christians Are Being Systematically Purged From The U.S. Military.
Many women enjoy Beth Moore bible studies. Her popularity draws thousands of women and men. We need to understand the basic beliefs of those who stand before us as teachers. See this research on Beth Moore by Brannon Howse and World View Weekend ministries. http://www.wvwtv.com
“Has Beth Moore Become a False Teacher? Brannon Howse and Justin Peters discuss this topic in light of Beth Moore’s own words. Brannon plays video clips of Beth Moore that you must see if you want to know if Beth Moore should be called a false teacher.”
In this months Lamb and Lion E-Newsletter David Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries, compares current events in the United States with those in Germany in the 1930’s. His conclusion is that it will take the impending and some say inevitable econonic collapse to bring on the same kind of environment that ushered Hitler into power as a dictator and mass murderer.
Governments are the intiators of genocide. All one needs to do is study history and human nature through the scriptures to see where we are going.
The newsletter this month is devoted to what happened in Germany under Hitler, with a feature on Erwin Lutzer and interview with Anita Dittman. There is also an interesting article on Heinrich Himmler, the “numbers man” to Hilter and the holocaust. It is a study in the insanity of human reasoning.
See on this website the movie link “Genocide, Worse Than War.”
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Wow! Chuck Baldwin tells it like it is… his column this month is classic, scathing and hard hitting. Share it with those who need to read it.
In the world of politics, many people think it just doesn’t matter who we elect. Their thinking is that the corrupt will get their just dues in time, maybe by their Creator.
At this time in history, if we were to lay God’s design for the people’s servants over our current administration, as John MacArthur so wisely put it, we see a Romans 1 government. Where does that leave the honest, law abiding, God fearing citizen? In defensive mode. In defense of freedom, morals, rights given by God and a country founded on biblical principles.
Man will never have comfortable government, because; since the nation Israel demanded a King Saul, God has given man the choice to suffer the consequence of not allowing Him to be King over humanity. As God allows judgement and consequence to fall first on an ineffective church, (with homosexuality and abortion ie: population control; high on the governmental agenda) we see blessings, given by Him, taken by men without morals or principles. God does care about government, and what His people do with it, or about it. His people are not void of responsibility for influencing their leaders.
In process, Americans are being cornered with lightening speed into a place of servitude to a cruel taskmaster- political control instead of the freedom to serve God. Call it socialism, communism, fascism- it is here. This is never good for a culture, it has never worked throughout history without the death of millions due to starvation or genocide.
With the campaign to confiscate and control firearms, we must be vigilant. It will take every thinking, God fearing, man and woman to stay in this battle for freedom. Take your weapon today; take your home tomorrow, then take you if they don’t like the way you think.
This administration is bearing down hard while the iron is hot. Today they are “in power.” They have four years to chip away at the average American who is raising a family and working to put food on the table.
These are times of higher calling. The TV needs to go off and the reading light turned on. Church potlucks need to be altered to include discussions, and information sharing regarding current situations. We need to influence by letter writing and/or support of others who do. Fellowship comes in many forms, not just around a hot meal. We have become increasingly dependent on others to take up the torch. We must be the others now, there is no one else.
If Americans, and particularly believing Christians, who should know where our freedoms come from, will not invest in their own well being; we will be like the nation Israel in her own disobedience to God in the old testament- in captivity. We do need to learn from history, most important- the history of Israel.
Maybe we should read the Word of God first.
See: Obama Administration Accused of Wanting to Confiscate Guns ~Washington Times
It’s time the family of God decide where we stand, and actually do something to express it. It’s time to stop the multimillion dollar organized, “church.” It’s time to become like the early church. No big buildings, no paid staffs, no tax exempt status. If the federal government will not comply with the law of the land, and the will of the people; the Constitution, if it will no longer respect the beliefs of peaceful citizens who wish only to worship quietly in privacy, and with dignity and conviction, I say, don’t give them anything to violate!
The church will always be the church in the eyes of God, no matter where or how we meet. We all know who we are. We know how to find one another; and we know how to conduct ourselves through the Word of God, so let’s do it. The organized church in America for the most part is a mockery of God’s design for the true church, and the people in it are starving for truth. Study the book of Acts, Hebrews 10 and Colossians 3, it’s all spelled out. We can live out a biblical church without all the hoopla, the money, the buildings, and the nagging government intervention on our beliefs.
Sell the buildings, give back the keys and let’s be the true church. None of the apostles had membership drives, concerts or car washes. The early church knew one thing… Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They survived on faith and belief in the Savior they knew. How far we’ve come…
It’s not a hard thing. Just do it, and let it come from the leadership. It would not only take courage… but think of the monetary impact it would have on the economy and the lives of those who are in some form of paid leadership. The apostles made a living and were given gifts by the body for survival. Have our pastors and teachers been faithful in teaching and leading their flocks to trust the outcome of such a change? Would they be able to survive in the real world and still serve those in their charge? Would those in their charge give as the early church did, because of their appreciation for their efforts to teach the Word of God and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Why do we need the tax breaks, or government intervention in anything the true church must accomplish? If there is no organization, who will be required to pay taxes? Who will fear what they may be asked to do?
It isn’t a new idea, it is happening all over the world. It’s called the “underground church.” From my research, it appears many believers are attending home churches because they are not pleased with the “purpose driven” campaigns they are getting, the “bible lite” messages they are hearing and the “worldly music” they are being forced to worship with, in order to draw in crowds. Who by the way, are NOT coming in and staying, unless of course there is something in it for them… and it isn’t God.
The current church in America for the most part looks like the world, and is run like a corporation, thanks to Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Church, Rick Warren, Peter Drucker and a few others you can read about in “Faith Undone,” by Roger Oakland. That and only that, is the reason the doors are open but no one is interested. All over the world the doors of churches are slammed shut and dust fills the seats of what was once a thriving body. I understand the underground church in China is thriving.
We American believers are ripe for the judgement of God. We have no backbone in general (I know there are some who are fighting the good fight) we have rolled over for a godless political leadership and for the most part, joined them. Politics are a now a big part of the church, but no one is talking about it. Pastors cannot “offend” congregations with truth, because of the support that is required to keep things running.
Does it take an organization to spread the gospel around the world? Didn’t the apostles do the same without modern accoutrements?
Of course, my idea is just a theory, but I believe God is honored when His people take a stand and trust him. All throughout the Old Testament we see God protecting His people with His righteous right arm, when they are first and foremost, devoted to trust in Him for their protection.
God has NEVER required his people to live or conduct themselves as the world has. He has always protected those who belong to Him, when they have put their faith IN Him. In fact, God is grieved when His people cannot be identified with Him in any culture. The Israelites were set apart, the early church was set apart, but is the current church set apart?
Those who are making a good living in the “organized church” would baulk at the idea of giving up the money, prestige and livelihood such a transition would take. Many parishioners wouldn’t know HOW to worship God without these modern comforts. But I wonder… would God provide? Would God be pleased that His people set themselves apart? What does the Bible say?
Today, the church in America is;
(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).
Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).
Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).
Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).
Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).
Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).
It’s time to become Philadelphia:
(Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10). (~ list of churches from “Got ?’s.org.”)
I was having a conversation with one of my sons yesterday, now in his 30’s, about the current sociopolitical climate for freedom loving people in this country. I was telling him about the expose’ “The Marketing of Madness,” (which can be found on You Tube or on this site) regarding an outright campaign funded primarily by drug companies and enhanced by slight of hand government participation, to get every person in America (and elsewhere) on some form of psychotropic drug. This can easily be achieved through the new Executive Orders on Gun Control.
My son has never taken my word for it on anything, he is a researcher by nature. He said in response to me; “Mom, it’s here. Everyone knows there are no more conspiracies, it’s real. The question is… what are we going to do about it?”
I was a little stunned at his response. It somehow confirmed the cold, dark, reality that, it IS here. The Socialist, Marxist, freedom stealing, Christian hating environment we have never seen before in America, is now the norm.
I wonder why most of my believing sisters are still so busy in the kitchen. Why are they still meeting for teas and bible studies in the early morning on Ruth or Mary and Martha, when their country, and right to have such activities, are burning down around them. And while their children are slowly turning into wards of the state, being told they “need medication,” and must comply with muslim tradition when they study that culture.
I am reminded of a dog I once had. A Shetland Sheepdog. I wanted one badly after her predecessor of the same breed ran out of the front door and on to the street in front of an oncoming vehicle. When I went to the breeders house to pick up “Pollyanna,” I didn’t take seriously that not only was she the runt of the litter, but she was skiddish and hid under furniture at every turn. I forked over the money anyway, because I wanted another dog. She never really changed.
Have we all become “Pollyanna’s?”
I have come to a conclusion, one that will seem rather controversial, but needs to be said. “It’s about submission.” Few of us understand the biblical description of who and when we should submit to, and in particular, in my opinion, many believing women are afraid to speak. Hidden behind what some preachers and teachers call their “leader,” (husband) they assume that with that blessing comes mute. Everything they think and feel, all of their opinions must first come under the evaluation of their spouse, or perhaps their pastor. It is a scary thought because I think most women have a closer walk with God than the most learned clergy.
In the garden, Eve identified her tempter, she confessed to God that she did eat of the tree, who had tempted her (identifying the serpent for the evil being he is) and left herself open to God’s scrutiny. On the other hand, Adam- well good ‘ole Adam, set the stage for his story telling progeny, claiming his wife was his temptress. (Implying: “if it were not for this specimen fashioned from your own hands and my rib, (not from dust) I would not have committed this act.)
The bible teaches us that it is by Adam’s sin that all men are born into sin, not Eve’s. God also promised the same enmity between Eve and the serpent as between the “one who would crush his head,” (Christ). Ever since the garden, it is my assertion that Eve, (woman) has a completely different relationship with her Creator. Hence, women most often have a deeper, more intimate walk with God, because our communication was not tainted by the first lie. Adam’s was. I also assert that it is much more difficult for men in general to humble themselves before God. (Just look in the Old Testament for this one.)
However, women have been trained, “brain-washed;” if you will, not only to not think for themselves, but also to not take the world around them, and/or prophecy seriously. Before you start praying for my repentance…I did not say all nor do I mean all. But most women who study the bible are continually bombarded with messages of submission; either to husband, church, pastor, or government, and yet we have the least encumbered relationships with God, and have the greatest influence on our culture.
Behind every great man is an even greater women, but most often she is hoping no one will see her or even ask her a question! We have also come into the world on the heels of at least 6,000 years of deception!
It’s here. It’s all here. The battle for truth and freedom is well on it’s way. Will you accept this wake-up call and get involved.
Take some time and listen to Chuck Baldwin’s series of messages on submission, and think for yourself; and decide what you will do now with the information.
See: Chuck Baldwin on Romans 13 in the drop down menu above titled “Worldviews“