NEW VIDEO UPLOAD-OBAMA LECTURED BY BENJAMIN CARSON OF JOHNS HOPKINS ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division Director of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland gives Obama a lecture about political correctness, an educated populace, and a simple fix for healthcare. Obama had his prayers answered in a way he wasn’t prepared for:
Carson quote: “Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die.  When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels. Number one.  And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs.  Now they have some control over their own health care. 
Newer video uploaded of full speech:

Sean Hannity interviewed Ben Carson after the Prayer Breakfast:

Compare to Obama’s heartless “your time is up” solution for the elderly a few years ago, i.e., “instead of surgery, taking a pain killer”, to reduce overall costs, waste and fraud in the system due to unnecessary procedures and tests “piling up”. Obviously, he doesn’t care about prolonging life, quality of life issues, sanctity of life, and/or a person’s value in the eyes of God. Now, the state will play God:

EX SGM MINISTRY WORKER CHARGED WITH 10 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION

Nathaniel Morales has been charged with 10 counts of molestation of boys and will go to pretrial hearing this Friday. No judgment is being made by this blog about the guilt or innocence of this person. We are simply presenting what is already in the public domain. See the articles below:

http://blogs.courier-journal.com/faith/2013/02/06/ex-ministry-worker-in-former-sovereign-grace-flagship-church-charged-with-sexual-abuse/, and
http://www.courier-journal.com/viewart/20130205/NEWS01/302050067/Nevada-pastor-faces-child-sex-abuse-charges, and
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/man-accused-of-molesting-boys-in-1980s-from-md-church-church-is-identified-in-sex-abuse-suit/2013/02/04/62e2a882-6edd-11e2-b35a-0ee56f0518d2_story.html.
This is a quote from the Washington Post:
“An indictment returned in December charged Morales, 55, with ten counts of either sex abuse or sex offense. The indictment says the sex acts involved four boys and occurred between 1985 and 1990, when police say Morales was helping the church with youth ministries, conducted Bible studies, teaching at a Christian school and hosting sleepovers.”

LECTIO DIVINA-A CATHOLIC CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICAL PRACTICE

What is “Lectio Divina”? Lighthouse Trails Research explains why it is dangerous and should be avoided:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10887
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/lectiodivina.htm.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=3424.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10178.
This video shows the Catholic origins of lectio divina, making it inappropriate for Bible believers:

YOGA FOR KIDS GROWING, BUT NOT FOR CHRISTIANS OR THEIR CHILDREN!

Please see our other posts about yoga before reading this. The evidence against yoga for adults or kids is reason enough for Christians to avoid practicing it.
Lighthouse Trails Research has recently shown in quite a few articles just how extensive yoga is penetrating the culture, even being offered to kids at schools,
YMCA Montessori schools, such as: http://www.ymcabwv.org/kennett-montessori, and http://www.ymcabwv.org/page.aspx?pid=532, where yoga is part of the curriculum, and schools exclusively for kids yoga. Check out the following articles at their website:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10891.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10813.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=240.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10533.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=6342.
Examples of yoga for kids schools: http://www.sunnyskiesyoga.com/v1/, http://kidsyogaguide.com/,
and video of “Holy Yoga”:

Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason has presented an extensive three part article on Yoga at:
http://www.letusreason.org/current81.htm, and
http://www.letusreason.org/current82.htm, and
http://www.letusreason.org/current83.htm.

SOVEREIGN GRACE-143 COMPLAINTS, “REFORMED” MAN PLEASERS, WASTEFUL SPENDING, 13 CHURCHES DEPART, GIVING COLLAPSES, PEOPLE FLEEING

Below is the most recent update from Brent Detwiler, reviewing the facts about SGM, in its entirety at:
http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/2013/2/1/they-loved-praise-from-men-more-than-praise-from-god.html?printerFriendly=true. Bold lettering is this blog’s:




They Loved Praise from Men More Than Praise from God
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:45PM
Brent Detwiler
Isa 30:9-14 These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. [10] They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right!  Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. [11] Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!” [12] Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: “Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, [13] this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. [14] It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern.” 
This is the story of the southern Kingdom but it is also the story of Sovereign Grace Ministries.  Judah relied on oppression and depended on deceit in order to reject the message brought to them by the Holy One of Israel.  So too, the leaders of SGM have repeatedly employed the same means because they were unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.  But this sin has now become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly.  “Oppressions and deceit had been the ‘wall’ they built to assure their safety and prosperity, but it will be shattered to pieces” (NIV Study Bible).  C.J., Dave Harvey, John Loftness, the interim Board, and current Board are the most culpable. 
We now have a situation in Sovereign Grace Ministries where multiple crimes were allegedly covered up by the President, Chairman of the Board, and pastor over the Pastors College.  C.J. has a long and documented history of covering things up.  John has a 19 month history of doing the same during his nine months on the interim Board (Jul 2011-Mar 2012) and ten months on the current Board (Apr 2012 to present).  I am not surprised by the attempts to cover them up but I am shocked by the extremely serious nature of the charges.  For instance:

  • “The facts show that certain individual Defendants and other predators not named repeatedly physically and sexually abused children.” (C 1) 
  • “Defendants negligently hired sexual predators.” (C 25)
  • “Defendants concealed the ongoing sexual predation in order to avoid any financial or reputational harms to the church.” (C 31)
  • “Paul Poe was repeatedly sexually assaulted by two men.  The primary perpetrator was a pastor and teacher.  The secondary perpetrator was children’s ministry worker.” (C 37)
  • “Karl Koe was seven years old when he was repeatedly sexually molested (approximately ten times) by the male son of a Church pastor.” (C 53)
  • “Defendants, including the pastor father of the predator, failed to take any steps whatsoever to prevent the juvenile sexual predator from preying upon other children.” (C 56) 
Complaint 1 refers to “individual Defendants.”  Tomczak is named for physical abuse but who are the other Defendants accused of sexual abuse by the Plaintiffs? 
Complaint 25 says “Defendants…hired sexual predators.”  How many Defendants hired predators?  How many predators?  Were the predators pastors?  Were they children’s ministry workers?    
Complaint 31 (and many other Complaints) alleges a massive cover up.
Complaint 37 references a pastor-teacher and children’s ministry worker.  Who are these individuals?  They no longer work at Covenant Life Church according to Joshua Harris but are they still in ministry?  Is this pastor-teacher one of the Defendants, a current pastor-teacher in SGM, or a former pastor-teacher?  Same for the children’s ministry worker.
Complaint 53 and 57 allege “the male son of a church pastor” repeatedly molested minors and the pastor-father did nothing to stop it.  Who is the son?  Who is the father?  Has it stopped?
C.J. knows the answers to these questions better than anyone.  What has he covered up?  Is the Board of Directors aggressively investigating him?  Why hasn’t he been put on a “leave of absence”? 
There are 143 Complaints in the class action lawsuit.  Directly or indirectly, they all point back to C.J.’s leadership as senior pastor of Covenant Life Church for 25 years and President of SGM for 22 years. 
This lawsuit will prove to be another chapter chronicling the ethical demise of Sovereign Grace Ministries and its key leaders. 
But this demise has been allowed to happen because many pastors in SGM have refused to face the facts and deal with the truth.  They say “See no more visions! and Give us no more vision of what is right!  Some glory in their ignorance and pride themselves in their restraint.  They refuse to read anything “negative” about  SGM in obedience to their superiors.  They will not immerse themselves in the facts and show distain for the evidence.  Such is their rebellion against God all the while congratulating themselves on avoiding “devilish slander.”
Then there are those pastors who understand the truth about C.J. and SGM but will not take a stand for righteousness.  They are the largest group.  They know lying, deceit, hypocrisy, favoritism, injustice, and oppression have been on full display the past 1½ years (and longer) but will not speak for fear of being put out of the synagogue.  They will not press hard questions upon the Board or demand an accounting from C.J.  They take no resolute action.  They will not reprove the abuse and corruption that is so evident.  They capitulate to the ruling powers.  In the name of “gospel unity” they remain silent.  To be honest, I have no respect for them.
John 12:42-43 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; [43] for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
Fear, love and praise.  They all go hand in hand.  Notice, these evangelical leaders loved praise from God but they loved praise from men MORE!   They were afraid to take on the spiritual power brokers of their day who could damage their reputation, impede their advancement, destroy their religious livelihood and cut off their social network.  They would not speak up and confess their faith because they coveted recognition by men more than approval by God.  They were compromisers.
Such persons are silenced by the love of praise and the idol of ease.  They crave life in the synagogue and abhor death on a cross outside the city.  They will not trouble themselves.  They appease and enable; they don’t reprove and correct.  They make terrible pastors because they want everyone to like them. 
Not being put out of the synagogue also equates with not losing favor with the Reformed community and its powerful leaders.  To speak against C.J. is to invite their rejection and hostility.  The Reformed “big dogs” not only bark, they bite like pit bulls.  It is my hope and prayer that more of them will begin to honestly evaluate the mountains of evidence against C.J. and other SGM leaders in the coming year.  They too have enabled C.J. and contributed to the demise of Sovereign Grace Ministries.     
People have feared C.J. and coveted his praise.  Such fear and coveting remains pervasive in SGM.  It has destroyed the movement.  The “audience of one” has so often been C.J.  It is a harsh reality but leaders and pastors have frequently been motivated by the praise of C.J. more than the praise of God. 
C.J. has great power to harm you and great power to help you.  So does his inner circle.  Very few friends have been willing to risk being on his bad side.  Those who have are no longer friends.  They were cut off.  Though he still retains great power, his power has been diminished.  That is a gift from God.  The Lord has seen fit to remove Dave Harvey also.  John Loftness will be next.
The story of Jesus healing the man born blind in John’s gospel provides a paradigm for how the fear of man operates among Sovereign Grace pastors.  
John 9:18-34 
[18] The Jews [i.e., the leaders that were hostile to Jesus] still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. [19] “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?” [20] “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. [21] But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” [22] His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. [23] That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” 
[24] A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” [25] He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” [26] Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” [27] He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” [28] Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! [29] We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” 
[30] The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. [31] We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. [32] Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. [33] If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” [34] To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. 
Here are a few observations that fall far short in expositing the full meaning of the text.  The parents didn’t disown the son but they did disown Jesus.  They believed Jesus was the Christ but they would not acknowledge it because they were afraid the Jewish leaders would put [them] out of the synagogue and cut them off from Jewish society. 
The parents of the blind man were nominal believers but not genuine disciples.  They knew Jesus had healed their boy but instead of saying so they lied.  They wouldn’t identify with Christ.  They refused to be honest about what they knew to be true.  But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know.  Ask him.  They also passed the buck.  Don’t ask us, ask him!  
How often I have seen this in Sovereign Grace Ministries when “hostile” leaders have interrogated timid pastors.  “Are your reading Brent’s documents?  Do you access his blog?  Do you believe what he is saying?”  “Have you been in contact with him?”  These timid pastors respond like the parents of the blind man, “Don’t ask me, ask someone else!”  They believe what I’ve written is true (or largely true) but they will not say so for fear of being put out of SGM.  Nor will they identify with me.  
The same is true of many associate pastors who disagree with their senior pastor’s support of C.J. and SGM.  They will not take the senior pastor to task because it could cost them their job. 
Isa 51:7 “Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.” 
In contradistinction, you’ve got to love the response of the man previously blind!  He is direct and he is sarcastic (e.g., Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?… Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.).  He defends Jesus and he corrects the powerful leaders.  What did he get for his courage and outspokenness?  And they threw him out – that is, out of the synagogue!  The consequence his parents feared, he did not fear.  They lied and passed the buck.  He spoke the truth and suffered for it.     
Cowardice and its resultant compromise are rampant in SGM.  Numerous doctrines have already been altered, concealed, or marginalized in order to win the favor of men outside the movement.  Charismatic experience as defined by Paul is at an all-time low inside the movement (cf. 1 Cor 12:4-11, 27-31; 14:26-33).  The malignancy of self-promotion and self-preservation continues to metastasize.  It puts even the gospel at risk in the future (cf. Gal 5:11; 6:12).  
Few Sovereign Grace pastors have been willing to suffer rejection and persecution over the past 18 months.  Despite the obvious evil of oppression and deceit, they will not testify against C.J., Dave, John, the interim Board or current Board.  Like Jesus told his disciples, the world cannot hate you (John 7:7).  It is this unwillingness to be hated, despised and rejected that imperils SGM.  When a pastor becomes preoccupied with saving his life, rather than losing his life, he forfeits his soul (cf. Matt 16:25-26; Mark 8:35-36; Luke 9:24-25).  It is time to get out of the ministry.  No one should follow a pastor who has demonstrated no willingness to suffer.    
There is no going forward in SGM unless there is a going backward.  The sins of the past must still be acknowledged.  Hundreds of leaders and thousands of people remain unreconciled to SGM.  No one on the leadership team, interim Board, and current Board should be nominated, elected or appointed to positions of leadership under the forthcoming polity agreement.  Nor should anyone on the former Polity Committee.  Not only did the proposed SG Book of Church Order reveal the hearts of Board members, it revealed the hearts of men like Jared Mellinger and Matthew Wassink.    Now of these men should serve in future leadership positions unless they are willing to address the past which they have thus far been committed to cover up and leave unexamined.  
“Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, [13] this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. 
Sovereign Grace Ministries is like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly.  Providence has made that clear!  And yet SGM continues to hype its accomplishments on the website.  They really believe press releases and a new polity are the answer.  They forget, God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands (Is 25:11b). 
Blind to the irony, SGM recently highlighted the nine students attending the upcoming Pastors College after 15 years of operation.  Six of the nine men come from churches led or overseen by a former or current SGM Board of Director.  Hint!  Moreover during the last fiscal year, $871,394 was spent on the Pastors College according to the Audited Financial Statement just released.  That is incomprehensible. The Pastors College is now a failure by all objective measures. 
Discerning pastors don’t want to immerse pastoral candidates in the leadership culture modeled by C.J. and those around him.  That is one of the stated reasons Covenant Life Church pulled out of SGM.  I suspect the Pastors College will be swallowed up by Al Mohler and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I can’t imagine it will survive.
Thirteen churches have left SGM in the last seven months including the first, third and sixth largest.  That equates to over 7,000 people which is more than 25% of all members and that number doesn’t take into account the thousands of people who have left SGM churches. For example, hundreds of people left each of the churches in Orlando, Knoxville and Richmond.  Richmond saw 400 out of 750 people leave.  The exodus continues in many SGM churches and will only worsen. 
Giving to SGM has also plummeted.  For the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012 (not Dec 31, 2012) contributions dropped by 1.7 million or 36%.  As a result, SGM had to use up 1 million in savings and liquate 250k in assets in order to meet budget. 
Since August 2012, the financial crisis has only worsened.  Eleven churches left after that point.  Many that remain with SGM have stopped giving or severely cut back.  People’s confidence has continued to take a dive and deservedly so.  How can people and churches continue to give anything to SGM? 
Last fiscal year, SGM spent 400k in donor’s money on the relatively worthless work done by Ambassadors of Reconciliation and the Three Review Panel.  Their combined efforts effectively soft pedaled or covered up all the serious issues in SGM.  And to this day, SGM remains unwilling to release any figures regarding C.J.’s past or present compensation. 
Now there is a class action lawsuit against SGM, its President, its Chairman of the Board, and its pastor over the Pastors College.  How much money will this cost donors in lawyers’ fees?  Who is going to pay out the millions in damages if awarded to the growing list of Plaintiffs in the future? 
The serious problems that exist in SGM are now widely affirmed by Christian leaders and notable publications in the United States.  C.J. has discredited himself.  Dave Harvey was removed from all ministry in SGM.  John Loftness and Gary Ricucci are at the center of the class action lawsuit.  Jeff Purswell has nine students in the Pastors College.  These are the main players plus Bob Kauflin who has enabled C.J. as much as anyone.    
Believe it or not, I still hope for a miraculous recovery of SGM.  But that will not come until men are willing to address the oppression and deceit that has caused SGM tobreak in pieces like pottery.  I’m afraid the sailors in the ship who threw Jonah overboard had more sense than most SGM pastors.  
The sailors got to the bottom of things and addressed the problem – Jonah.  They didn’t fear him.  They feared God.  Not so in SGM.  Though the sea has gotten rougher and rougher no one is willing to address Jonah’s rebellion (so to speak) and assign fault.  Until that happens the raging sea will not grow calm.     
It is the praise of men and the fear of being put out of the synagogue that has silenced the majority leaders and pastors in Sovereign Grace Ministries.  Until that radically changes the violent storm surrounding SGM will grow even wilder than before    
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MANILA’S 406 YEAR OLD IDOL-THE BLACK NAZARENE

Feast of the Black Nazarene, January 9, 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of barefoot Filipino pilgrims and devotees of the Black Nazarene during this year’s procession in Manila Philippines, January 9, 2013. Every year thousands of devotees join the procession seeking for guidance and answered prayers from miraculous image of Jesus representing his passion and suffering. An estimated 9 million people joined this year’s procession which lasted for 18 hours.
The annual religious event center on a 406-year-old black icon of cross-bearing Jesus Christ, the Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics. The idol is said to have been brought to the Philippines by a Spanish priest from Mexico in 1606. Originally with fair complexion, it turned dark after it survived a burning ship on its arrival from Mexico. The image is currently in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo district, Manila, Philippines, where it is venerated weekly with Friday Novena Masses. Its feast is one of the most celebrated religious events in the predominantly Catholic Country, where more than 80 percent of the population professes the faith.




UNIVERSALISM & UNIVERSALISTS INFECTING CHRISTIANITY WITH HERESY

Starting with Evangelical & Catholic universalism:
Some references:
http://www.letusreason.org/Curren31.htm (Mike Oppenheimer, Part 1 of 3)
http://www.letusreason.org/Current34.htm (Mike Oppenheimer, Part 2 of 3)
http://www.letusreason.org/Curren35.htm (Mike Oppenheimer, Part 3 of 3)
http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/universal_salvation_roman_catholic.html.
http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/universalism-refuted.htm.

John Mac Arthur on Pope John Paul II’s universalism a/k/a “Wider Mercy Doctrine. See also Sola Sisters article by Gary Hand: https://ratherexposethem.org/2010/10/wider-mercy-doctrine.html, and https://ratherexposethem.org/2010/10/what-is-christian-universalist.html, the latter dealing with Dallas Willard and Leonard Sweet.

Billy Graham with Robert Schuller on universalism:

Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America”:

Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” universalism (post mortem):

and Bell interviewed by Adrian Warnock:

Todd Friel of Wretched Radio on Dallas Willard on universalism and works salvation in video below.
Dallas Willard quotes:
“Now, I believe that everyone who deserves to be saved will be saved no matter where they are or what they do.” 
“(God) is open and in touch with everyone in the world, and for all who seek them with all of their heart—and that is defined in terms of coming to love Him, and not just have the right beliefs about Him—but coming to love Him, and loving their neighbor as themselves.”
“I am not going to stand in the way of anyone whom God wants to save. I am not going to say ‘he can’t save them.’ I am happy for God to save anyone he wants in any way he can.  It is possible for someone who does not know Jesus to be saved.”

From Manny Silva: Dr. Jay McDaniel refers to Catholic/Buddhist mystic Thomas Merton to teach students at the Northwest Nazarene University and presents universalism and panentheism to them:

Todd Friel of Wretched Radio on William P. Young, author of the “Shack”, a universalist:

Michael Youssef address on William P. Young’s “Shack”:

with points made by Youssef on the Shack’s universalism among 13 other heresies:

WAYNE GRUDEM’S GNOSTIC PNEUMATOLOGY IDENTIFIES HIM AS A FALSE TEACHER

    Wayne Grudem spoke at the European Leadership Forum in 2010 where he addressed the Christian youth of Europe on the Holy Spirit, concentrating on Ephesians 5:18.  For someone who has written numerous books and his own “Systematic Theology”, it was extremely disappointing to see and hear this poor analysis of the roles and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. His presentation, of course, is from a continuationist point of view, meaning that he believes that the (apostolic) gifts of the Holy Spirit are still for today, similar to the charismatic/pentecostal belief systems. Although he is adored as the “go to guy” of his gnostic reformed followers, he has roots in the hyper-charismatic Vineyard Church and actually was the in-house theologian and apologist for its founder John Wimber, a promoter of the John G. Lake “healing rooms” and all sorts of heresies.
    Now, in this address, he teaches the need for “constant re-fillings of the Holy Spirit”, the constant need to “pray to the Holy Spirit” (without reference to Jesus Christ), that some people speak in “tongues” like he does in his “private prayer language”, and to expect modern day prophecies. This is gnosticism!
    The manner of presentation was very problematic. All through this “lecture”, he was in a rather hilarious, almost flippant, irreverent spirit for some unknown reason. He referred many times, not to Scripture, but to his own personal feelings about the presence of the Spirit, and speculations about the Spirit’s personality. His use of “I think” statements was pervasive, dominating almost every point, even stating he thinks of the Spirit “at the level of feelings or spiritual perceptions”.
    He neglected at least two important points. He never said that the Holy Spirit could refuse to listen to a believer who has awareness of unconfessed sin. He never once mentioned the role of the Holy Spirit to “convict of righteousness and sin” in leading people to salvation and/or the correction of believers. His primary focus was how a believer should work at the various ways he “thinks” are the ways of getting re-filled with the Holy Spirit, other than living more like Christ, the absence of which was glaring and inexcusable for a man of this stature and reknown.
    Grudem took questions, but never once was he asked about his involvement in the Vineyard church and that church’s gross excesses in “worship”, his association with John Wimber, and/or his “personal prayer language”.
    Rather, Grudem presented a very mechanistic approach to getting more of the Holy Spirit.
    Although Grudem is otherwise orthodox, his constant and repeated defaulting to an allowance for apostolic gifts of the Holy Spirit in the modern church (including mixed authoritative/faulty prophecies) opens all those who take him seriously up to nothing less than the possibility of “adding to Scripture” in an heretical way. For this reason, he should not be your “go to guy”, but avoided as a false teacher, i.e., one who sees nothing wrong with the canon of Scripture being fluid, flexible, amendable, and subject to myriad interpretations.
    Grudem, for these reasons, has created tremendous confusion and a boost to the ecumenical spirit in the Christian world, whether he is aware of this or not. In truth, the Christian, in defense, must by necessity, default to “sola Scriptura” and reject his confused meanderings based on mystical, personal feelings.
    Below is the video of the “lecture”:

Wayne Grudem on why he believes his “Systematic Theology” is superior to the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit when the believer studies the Bible alone. Grudem, if you let him, will be your gnostic spirit guide:

References:
Grudem’s stint at the EFCA’s (Evangelical Free Church of America) Trinity International University (a/k/a Trinity Evangelical Divinity School):
Beard’s http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/efca.htm: specifically this paragraph:

“Is God speaking through prophets today? Yes, say TIU faculty members Wayne
Grudem and Don Carson, but not with the same “authority” as in the Old and New
Testaments!:

Wayne Grudem: Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology
— Argues that NT apostles were the functional equivalents of OT prophets, and
were in authority over NT prophets. Therefore, Grudem considers NT non-apostolic
prophecy less authoritative than both OT prophecy and NT apostolic prophecy, in
that it consists primarily of “impressions” which God gives the individual.
Since the individual may misunderstand or misinterpret these impressions, this
NT prophecy is open to error and is not required to meet the 100% accuracy
demand of the OT (Dt. 3:1-5; 18:20-22). Thus, the view that underlies much of
the thinking about prophecy in the Vineyard
Movement
(in fact, Grudem has claimed Vineyard preaches the true gospel of
Christ), and now at TIU, is that “today’s ‘prophecies’ are usually imperfect and
not trustworthy” (The Gift of Prophecy, pp. 100ff); by
this means, Grudem can and does argue that “prophecy” occurs today without the
necessity of proving any miraculous element.”

Excerpts from Grace Fellowship Church’s review of Grudem at:
http://www.gfcto.com/articles/theological-issues/grudems-view-of-nt-prophecy, specifically:

“A CONFESSEDLY NOVEL VIEW:

In the preface to his first book Grudem writes:

‘I found that a detailed
study of the biblical text led me to a definition of New Testament prophecy
which was somewhat different from the teachings of many within the charismatic
movement, but also different from the views of those, especially within Reformed
and Dispensationalist circles, who have expressed objections to or skepticism
about claims to prophecy found in charismatic groups today. But even though I
do not agree fully with either group, I hope that in my somewhat new definition
of the nature of Christian prophecy both pro-charismatics and anti-charismatics
may be able to find a “middle ground” with a considerable potential for
reconciling their current differences.[1]
“For someone to suggest a new definition of a biblical truth after hundreds of
years of church history have elapsed is rather bold to say the least. Is it
warranted? Let’s take a look.”
“GRUDEM STATES HIS POSITION:
In his first major summary statement, Grudem concludes:”
‘…Paul thought of
prophecy at Corinth as something different than the prophecy we see, for
instance, in Revelation or in many parts of the OT. There, a divine authority
of actual words is claimed by or on behalf of the prophets. But the prophecy we
find in 1 Corinthians is more like the phenomena we saw in extra-Biblical Jewish
literature: it is based on some type of supernatural “revelation,” but that
revelation only gives it a kind of divine authority of general content. The
prophet could err, could misinterpret, and could be questioned or challenged at
any point. He had a minor kind of “divine” authority, but it certainly was not
absolute.[2]‘”
“Again, he says:”
‘…I am asking those in the cessationist camp to give serious thought to the
possibility that prophecy in ordinary New Testament churches was not equal to
Scripture in authority, but was simply a very human – and sometimes partially
mistaken – report of something the Holy Spirit brought to someone’s mind.[3]‘”
“Another key element in Grudem’s position is the assertion that in the NT, the
counterpart of the OT prophets are the apostles, and not the NT prophets. He
states:”
‘…those who are viewed
as divinely authoritative messengers in the NT are most often called not
“prophets” but “apostles.” This is significant for our investigation because if
the NT apostles are frequently
seen as the counterparts to the OT prophets, then NT prophets might often be something
quite different.[4]

“If this position is accepted, then changes must be made in the thinking of both
cessationist and charismatic non-cessationist believers. The charismatics
would need to stop using a “Thus says the Lord” introduction to their
prophesying, since, according to Grudem, this kind of “authority of words”
prophecy is limited to the OT prophets and NT apostles. A more humble, “I feel
the Lord has shown me…”, would be more appropriate to the status of NT
prophets.”
“On the other hand, the cessationists would now be free to
accept the ongoing, less authoritative nature of NT prophecy without feeling
that the finality and supremacy of the NT scriptures are being threatened.”

“SOME OBSERVATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS:

1.
 “Be very wary of anyone who seeks to persuade the church of a “new”
definition of some aspect of biblical teaching, especially one that claims to
have been lost by the church for some 1800 years. To put it mildly, it borders
on theological arrogance. Yet, it is the novel that often receives recognition
in academic circles and theological publications.”
2.
 “Don’t be cowed by a person’s academic credentials. He
may be a professor at a highly esteemed seminary and have the support of a
numbered of degreed colleagues and know his Greek and Hebrew, but if what he
says does not fit the plain teaching of scripture, we must not be afraid to
flatly reject it.”

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CONSIDERS INCLUDING GAY MEMBERS

URGENT: From Americans for Truth About Homosexuality: “Urge Boy Scouts Not To Capitulate on Homosexuality” here: http://americansfortruth.com/2013/01/29/aftah-tells-parents-churches-to-urge-boy-scouts-not-to-capitulate-on-homosexuality/.

Contact the Boy Scouts NOW, at these numbers: TAKE ACTION: Call the Boy Scouts of America and urge them NOT to change their policy against openly homosexual Scoutmasters and Scouts: call 972-580-2400 to vote in their “poll” (also: -2401, -2405, -2239, -2443, -2280 or -2199). Also, call for the resignation of CEOs Jim Turley and Randall Stephenson from the Scout Executive Board. 


1) This decision is not yet final – parents, sponsoring churches and concerned citizens should lobby the Scouts NOW prior to their Board Meeting next week. TAKE ACTION: urge the BSA NOT to sacrifice the safety and moral well-being of boys to the demands of “gay” activists and a few corporate bigwigs threatening to withhold grants. Lines are jammed, but contact the BSA at 972-580-2000 or 972-580-2597; or use their Contact Page. E-mail: [email protected]. Find your local Scout Council nationwide HERE, or use the BSA’s locator by zip code.
2) This proposed capitulation would snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.
3) This proposal opens the door to the sexual- and spiritual corruption of boys.
4) AFTAH reiterates its call on the Boy Scouts of America to release ALL of its files on predatory abuse in the Scouts – be it by adult homosexual Scoutmasters or “boy-on-boy” predations.
5) This pro-homosexual capitulation teaches boys the WRONG lesson: that upholding moral truth is less important than bowing to politically correct trends that dishonor God. 
6) This BSA’s capitulation is the result of a combination of Big Gay Inc.’s hardball tactics and Big Corporate’s “political extortion.”
7) The proposed surrender only emboldens LGBT activists to further pressure the BSA.
8) Lastly, Americans must recognize that Corporate America has become a powerful force for anti-Christian sexual immorality, in the guise of “diversity.”




American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer explodes over this issue:



Wall Street Journal report:


SPIRITUAL STATE OF AMERICA-WORSE THAN EVER

The Destructive Careless Ease of Fools
By John Henderson

Proverbs 1:22-31 – “How long will you simpletons love naiveté? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?  If only you will respond to my rebuke, then I will pour out my thoughts to you and I will make my words known to you.  However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one paid attention, because you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke, so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you, I will mock when what you dread comes, when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you.  Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me. Because they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the Lord, they did not comply with my advice, they spurned all my rebuke. Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel. For the waywardness of the  simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.  But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm.” (NET Bible)

Where to begin!  Where to begin!  These eleven verses summarize the conditions of our religious and secular culture in ways that I find disturbing because of their clarity and precision.  The frustrations of trying to get just regular people to stop and listen then turn seriously to the Lord in prayer and supplication feels like one is standing in a dense forest shouting to the trees that a massive fire is approaching with gale force.  They will just stand there and be consumed in the fire.

The world is plunging deeper and deeper into its sin and lostness mainly because the church is largely lulled into apathy by the same delusions that grip the lost souls.  When the modern emergent movement stepped up and declared that the church was no longer viable in reaching beyond its borders,it was right in one sense but they offered wrong and fatal solutions.  We bought into postmodern thinking and became victims ourselves rather than emissaries of God’s truth.  We believed our methods were not working when we weren’t even using them in the first place.  We had already laid aside the gospel tools that always won souls for the more flimsy but shinier ideas of carnal advancements; and what would still work, if only they were used, was left to rust.

We forgot that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and went after the allurements of the world’s wisdom, somehow thinking God needed something different than the “old fashioned” gospel message.  We became simpletons and fools in our own “wisdom” and thought that somehow God would come over to our way of thinking.  The Bible became irrelevant, even unneeded [it had a lot of “errors in it, you know, because Professor I-know-best said so and who were we to question such prestige and knowledge].  Our message shifted from “thus saith the Lord” to “thus saith the sages of New Age Postmodernism.”

We can easily find just about anything going on in church buildings and environments except intercessory praying and learning the Word of God.  No longer can we really say with the Psalmist, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.”  We ask for prayers for our lost loved ones but we are nearer to joining them in Hell soon enough than they are of becoming born again.  How many of our lost loved ones, if they were honest and frank, would tell us that they are convicted of their sins from watching how we live?

You can turn on just about any news program and see astounding foolishness that challenges sanity itself.  The examples are abundant.  You may sit there half-asleep and with your brain in neutral and hear such outlandish pronouncements from government and religious “leaders”, supplemented by equally bizarre statements of commentators, that you shake your head to throw off the bombardment of “stuff” that makes no sense at all.  I often remark aloud that the inmates have the keys to the insane asylums and the sane are locked behind the bars.

In the United States and the entire world, we have picked up speed towards divine judgment, if for only two reasons (but actually more): wanton abortion and the embracing of homosexuality in every way possible.  God will not be mocked by this travesty much longer.  Sodom and Gomorra will look like a wiener cook-out by comparison when sudden destruction hits. Pompous officials and arrogant clergy may smirk, strut, and gloat for now, reveling in their self-indulgence, but it will end much sooner than they expect.  Their kind learned that the hard way in times gone by and, today, they have learned nothing at all from history.

I have received messages many times from people who say they feel so isolated in the church that they just do not know where to turn.  What they once knew and could always expect has suddenly been booted from their congregations and they have often been obliged to also go away.  Once-vibrant churches where filled pews and balconies at least three times a week heard the clear message of life are struggling to just hold itself together.  For them, there is more space than needed for the people now and the finances are draining away.  Their messages are so watered down and compromised that a spiritual soul can hardly hear truth at all that lifts and encourages the heart in Christian service.   

This is happening to entire denominations in some instances with no promise of rebounding if things remain as they are.  That which once sent forth clear messages of life filled with Biblical truth now exudes empty substitutes of sham gospel messages.  The Word has been replaced by any “ole” word.  The authority of the Scriptures is set aside for the vain philosophies and useless opinions of godless men and women.

Where does the faithful child of God go from here?  Our answer is only in the Scriptures.  God has made promises that He will not break and no man can nullify.  One of those promises is that He will never leave us or forsake us.  He asks that we faint not but keep looking for His return.  He is coming again just as surely as He has said He would.  It is more certain than the rising and setting of the sun or the rising and falling of the tide.  Jesus will come again right on schedule—God’s schedule.

Psalm 56:11 – “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”

Psalm 118:6 – “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

Dr. Gran’pa
(John Henderson)
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“PASTOR-IN-CHIEF” TITLE BLASPHEMOUS; ONLY GOD IS WORTHY OF THAT TITLE!

    John MacArthur recalls how the Democratic Party platform re-inserted a reference to God AFTER endorsing abortion and gay rights, and how that was blasphemous. Likewise, it is blasphemous for Andy Stanley to assign the title of “Pastor-in-Chief” to Obama and for Obama to accept it. WHY? Because God is our “Pastor-in-Chief” and He alone!
    He also explains why the growth of immorality in American culture, politics and government is reason enough for Christians and churches to step up and speak up against the evil WHEN IMMORALITY INVADES POLITICS:

Democratic Party and Homosexuality:

“When God Abandons a Nation” by John MacArthur, focusing on Romans 1:18-32:

“Abortion and the Campaign for Immorality” by MacArthur:

“Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality” by MacArthur:



“Thinking Biblically About Homosexuality” by MacArthur, in which MacArthur characterizes the gay lifestyle as PERVERSE:

PERVERTER-IN-CHIEF GIVES IMMORAL SUPPORT TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LGBT EQUALITY

BREAKING NEWS: 
See the video message below from Barack Obama encouraging the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, right on the heels of the inauguration and the impetus provided by Andy Stanley and assorted gay-affirming clergy of ill repute. Obama himself has certainly been handed an immoral “mandate” of sorts, reflected in the  perverse twisting of “homosexual love” as somehow equivalent to the Bible’s description of love between a man and a woman in marriage. This qualifies Obama as
  “PERVERTER IN CHIEF”
Which Christian pastor is now bold enough to publicly revoke the title of 
                                 “PASTOR-IN-CHIEF” and replace it with the 
“PERVERTER-IN-CHIEF”?
Obama is undeserving of the former because he is clearly promoting the evils of LGBT rights and abortion, placing him squarely off limits to Christians, our children, our churches, and schools, and as a threat to the social order. Otherwise, we have lost all moral influence in the world as a nation. In righteousness, DEMAND that Andy Stanley of Northpoint Community Church http://www.northpoint.org/, (contact form) revoke the title he conferred on this president on Inauguration Day. 
Andy Stanley has a wishy washy biblically uncertain stance on homosexuality so it is no wonder he would glorify the anointed one with a title he doesn’t deserve. This is documented at:
Erin Benzinger’s “Do Not Be Surprised” website here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2012/05/andy-stanleys-microcosm-of-church.html, and 
and demonstrated in the picture, where he shows “three males” (divorced husband with gay partner and former wife with new new husband) in his postmodern, emerging, perverse concept of the “extended” family wherein any arrangement is possible, even among “Christians”.
 ATLANTA, Jan. 25 — President Barack Obama issued a video statement airing today before 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates assembled for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.
The conference, being held this week in Atlanta, is the country’s largest gathering of LGBT rights advocates who are strategizing and organizing for the critical year ahead in the areas of politics, racial and economic justice, marriage equality, faith, family, and more. Obama’s special message comes on the heels of his historic inaugural address this week in which he said, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” In the video released today, President Obama said, “I’ve always said that the change we need in this country — real change — doesn’t come from Washington, it comes from folks like you. Change has always come from ordinary Americans who sit in or stand up or marched to demand it. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been a partner at the forefront of that movement for 40 years. … With your help, we will continue the journey to perfect our union. The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I’m more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice — and all of us keep marching together.” Watch the president’s entire message:

    Americans For Truth Against Homosexuality has written about the conference occurring January 23-27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia here: http://americansfortruth.com/2013/01/25/breaking-obama-champions-gay-task-force-creating-change-conference-which-promotes-sadomasochism-multi-partner-unions/.
The link to the entire article is also here:
BREAKING: Obama Champions Gay Task Force’s ‘Creating Change’ Conference – Which Promotes ‘Kinky Sex’ (Sadomasochism), Multi-Partner Unions and Gender Confusion–Event Funded by Southwest Airlines, Office Depot, AARP and Wells Fargo.
    This is the same city where Home Depot is headquarted and which also has a documented history of participating in gay parades there and in other major cities, as has been reported by the American Family Association. http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147496231. See the history at this link.
    Home Depot has continuously denied participating despite photos of Home Depot parade floats and tables set up at these parades at which they distribute memorabilia, cups, and aprons to parents and children. AFA requests that you boycott Home Depot and sign the boycott pledge at the link above.

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