ALPHA COURSE-SOME OTHER OPINIONS

AS AN INTRODUCTION:
    Rick Warren endorses the Alpha Course in this video. Below the video are reviews of the Alpha Course from a biblical point of view, followed by two more videos of Cecil Andrews.

BELOW IS COPIOUS EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT ALPHA HAS ROOTS IN THE VINEYARD CHURCH OF JOHN WIMBER, CHARISMATIC, FRIENDSHIP AND COMMON CAUSE WITH ROMAN CATHOLICISM, CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICAL ASSOCIATION WITH RENOVARE, AN ASSORTMENT OF ECUMENICAL PASTORS LIKE RICK WARREN, AND A BROAD RANGE OF APOSTATE CHURCHES. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO SHOW THAT ALPHA IS TO BE AVOIDED IF YOU ARE OR ARE THINKING OF BECOMING A BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN:
Do Not Be Surprised Blog:
     http://www.donotbesurprised.com/p/the-alpha-course-compromise.html
Personal Freedom Outreach:
     http://www.pfo.org/alpha-cr.htm
Deception in the Church.com:
     http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/alpha.html
Dusty Peterson “The New Age of Alpha” (critique):
     http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/TheNewAgeOfAlpha.pdf
Christiandoctrine.net-“The Gospel According to Alpha” by Cecil Andrews:
   http://www.christiandoctrine.net/doctrine/outlines/outline_00107_the_gospel_according_to_alpha_web.htm
Apprising.org-“The Influence of Christian Mystics Morton Kelsey and John Wimber (Vineyard Church) on the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/12/02/the-influence-of-christian-mystics-morton-kelsey-and-john-wimber-on-the-alpha-course/
Apprising.org-“The Ecumenical Compromise of the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/09/27/the-ecumenical-compromise-of-the-alpha-course/
Apprising.org-“Chris Hand on the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/11/30/chris-hand-on-the-alpha-course/
LighthouseTrails Research.com-“Alpha Assessed” by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/alphabycecil.pdf#search=”alpha course”
LighthouseTrailsResearch.com-“Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, ‘Purpose-Driven’, ‘Toronto’ (Blessing)”:
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index32.pdf (SEE COLORED FLOWCHART)
Bayith Ministries (Peterson & McDonald)-“The Character of Alpha’s Jesus” (3 parts):
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index18.htm and
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index19.htm and
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index20.htm
Webtruth.org-“The Gospel According to Gumbel (the Alpha Course)”;
http://www.webtruth.org/articles/what-is-the-gospel-21/the-gospel-according-to-gumbel-(the-alpha-course)-40.html

VIDEO IN TWO PARTS BY CECIL ANDREWS ON: “ALPHA: ATTEND OR AVOID?”:

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER & TAIZE WORSHIP

TAIZE: www.taize.fr Here are some introductory videos about Taize, the French ecumenical mystical monastery which is devoid of scripture and doctrine, but heavy on contemplative mysticism, candles, low lighting, prayer positions, and “religious” feelings, especially attractive to the unchurched of Europe and the U.S. Note that once Protestant denominations are becoming less Protestant and adapting these Catholic/Orthodox practices. It would seem that the Reformation of Luther, etc., is being undone, so that the “lost brethren”, once called heretics, anathematized by the Council of Trent, and subsequently murdered by the Catholic Inquisition, can now be brought back to Rome.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

David Cloud of Way of Life www.wayoflife.org explains reasons for not being a Southern Baptist at: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/whynotsbc.html. In summary the reasons are as follows:

(1) THE DENOMINATIONAL SYSTEM ITSELF IS UNSCRIPTURAL
(2) THE SBC IS ECUMENICAL
(3) THE SBC HAS REFUSED TO DISCIPLINE BILLY GRAHAM. 
(4) SBC CHURCHES ARE NOT GOVERNED SCRIPTURALLY. 
(5) WORLDLINESS IS RAMPANT IN SBC CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS.
(6) SHAMEFUL POLITICS IS PRACTICED BY SBC CONSERVATIVE LEADERS.
(7) WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO HOLD LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE SBC. 
(8) THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT IS GROWING WITHIN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 
(9) THE SBC IS PERMEATED WITH THEOLOGICAL MODERNISM. (See below)
(10) THE SBC IS FILLED WITH MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE YOKED WITH PAGAN ANTI-CHRIST ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE EASTERN STAR. 
(11) THE VAST MAJORITY OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONGREGATIONS REFUSE TO EXERCISE CHURCH DISCIPLINE, AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A BIBLICALLY PURE CHURCH WITHOUT DISCIPLINE.
(12) SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROMOTING THE CHURCH GROWTH PHILOSOPHIES THAT WEAKEN THE CHURCHES BY TURNING THE CHURCH’S MISSION AWAY FROM THE COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD, WHICH IS THE MISSION AND PURPOSE THAT JESUS CHRIST DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH (MATT. 28:19-20), TO A CAPSULATED, WATERED-DOWN, MAN-MADE “PURPOSE.” THE CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT PROMOTES THE USE OF WORLDLY MUSIC AND DRESS TO ATTRACT LARGE CROWDS. (See below)
(13) THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION IS NEW EVANGELICAL AND REJECTS BIBLICAL SEPARATION. 
    In reference to #9 above, the following video is brought to your attention for comparison. Jeff Pinder will be the new senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Wilmington, Delaware, www.fbcwilmington.com (Independent Baptist, non-SBC affiliated to date), effective January 1, 2013. He will be replacing the former pastor George Nichols under whom Pinder worked years ago as a youth pastor at Faith Baptist. Pinder authored “Forged by Conviction” and has ties, if not affiliations with, the Southern Baptists, including the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention of Florida. The question is whether Pinder will bring a formerly independent Baptist church into the Southern Baptist Convention, and if not, will he bring in contemporary “Christian” music and all the church growth methods of Warren, Hybels, and Drucker and mix in some neo-reformed Calvinism, mysticism, and ecumenism too? A hint may be found at his present church, Faith Baptist Port St. Joe, Florida www.fbcpsj.org

    

BERLIN DECLARATION-Global Home Education Conference

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BERLIN DECLARATION
We signatories of this declaration presented on November 3, 2012 at the first Global Home Education Conference in Berlin, Germany hereby,
Remind all nations that numerous international treaties and declarations recognize the essential, irreplaceable and fundamental role of parents and the family in the education and upbringing of children as a natural right that must be respected and protected by all governments,
Affirm home education as a practice where parents and children undertake the activity of education themselves to pursue learning that meets the needs of the family and children,
Note that in Article 26 part 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 stating that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” elevates and indicates the preeminence of the right of parents and the family in relation to the State,
Further note that the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states in Article 13.3 that the “States Parties to the present covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents […] to choose for their children schools, other than those established by public authorities, which conform to such minimum educational standards as may be laid down or approved by the State and to ensure that religious or moral education of their children is in conformity with their own convictions”,
Further note that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides in Article 18, paragraph 4 that “the States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and that this convention designates these rights as non-derogable in Article 4 paragraph 2,
Further note that Art. 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child demands that state parties ”respect the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents … to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the present Convention” including the right to education,
Further note that the Doha Declaration issued on 30 November 2004 by the Doha International Conference for the Family, welcomed by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/59/111) emphasized that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children and the liberty to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and called to “Strengthen the functioning of the family by involving mothers and fathers in the education of their children” and to “Reaffirm that parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” (Call to Action, nn. 16-18),
Further note that the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Education recognized that home education should be a legitimate educational option specifically in a March 2007 report on an official observation mission to Germany,
Further note that the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 provides in Article 2 of Protocol 1 that “in the exercise of any functions which it
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assumes in relation to education and teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions”,
Further note that Article 14.3 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees that “the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right”,
Further note that the European Parliament in its resolution of 23 October 2012 on an Agenda for Change: the future of EU development policy (P7_TA(2012)0386, n. 15) “Emphasizes the importance of solidarity between generations; in this respect, invites the [European] Commission to adopt family mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle for achieving the EU development goals” and that home education should be viewed as an important part of the family mainstreaming in the educational policies,
Further note that Art. 27.1 of the CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states: “In the exercise of any functions which the Contracting Parties assume in relation to education and to teaching, they shall respect the right of parents to ensure for their children such education and teaching as corresponds with their own convictions and national traditions”,
Further note that credible and scientific research indicate that home education is an effective means of educating children to become literate and productive citizens and members of civil society and that there is no evidence at all of harm to children or an increased risk of harm on the basis of home education,
Wherefore we now,
1. Condemn the policies of those nations that prohibit the practice of home education and permit the persecution of home educating families through excessive or coercive fines, threats to parental custody and application of criminal sanctions;
2. Urge all members of the international community to take concrete steps to affirm in their law, policy, and civil and criminal procedures that parents have a natural and fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children which includes the right to choose the type of education their child shall receive including home education;
3. Encourage states to consider the growing body of research about home education and take steps to review laws, policies and procedures to make it possible for all parents to participate in this activity;
4. Urge the assistance of human rights bodies, governments, NGOs, elected and appointed government officials and individual citizens to seek greater respect for the fundamental right of parents to choose the kind of education their children receive including home education;
5. Request the global home education community take active steps to communicate this resolution to their governments and to take all steps necessary to recognize the right of
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families to home education as a non-derogable and fundamental human right regardless of the motivation or methodology of those who chose it;
6. Commit to support freedom, diversity and pluralism in education through formal and informal coordination with the goal of making home education a legitimate educational option in every nation and the right of every family and child.
Presented this day, the Third of November, 2012 in the City of Berlin at the First Global Home Education Conference.
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List of Organizational Signatories
GHEC2012 Organizing Board
List of individual Signatories

Foreign Spirit of Contemporary Worship Music

Pull up a comfortable chair and spend 1HR/18MIN watching this video by David Cloud of Way of Life http://www.wayoflife.org. He explains how churches are “building bridges” to the world of rock and roll, mysticism, and ecumenism by using contemporary “Christian” music. Most CCM artists have secular music backgrounds, affiliate with Catholic contemplative musicians, or do joint recordings and concerts with these. This is how the world and its corrupt influence gets into bible believing churches.

JUGENDAMT-German Homeschooler Abductions

ALERT: Behind the veneer of a perfectionistic, orderly and efficiently run culture lies a remnant of national socialism reminiscent of the Nazi period. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the USA. Not so in Germany and other countries. In its desire for uniformity of outcome, and to prevent so-called “parallel societies”, Germany enforces compliance with its public school system with the use of the Jugendamt, a quasi social services/militaristic arm of the government to track down, harass, fine, imprison parents and/or relocate children to foster homes, psychiatric facilities, and children’s homes. Home School Legal Defense http://www.hslda.org is helping homeschoolers in the USA and Germany and around the world where it can.

Lawsuit vs Sovereign Grace Ministries, RE: Alleged Sex Abuse of Minors

LAWSUIT VS SGM:
http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/2012/10/18/copy-of-lawsuit-brought-against-sovereign-grace-ministries-e.html
    Above is a copy of the original lawsuit filed (and on public record) in Maryland against Sovereign Grace Ministries for alleged sexual abuse within the facilities and/or within the care of its people. It is still pending, and for more information see Brent Detwiler’s database at www.brentdetwiler.com or plaintiffs’ attorney Susan Burke at www.burkepllc.com No judgements have been, are being and/or will be made by this blog, its author, or any others to our knowledge at this time. At the time of the filing of this lawsuit there were three plaintiffs, and it is our understanding that other plaintiffs may come forward to participate in same. There are however, two blogs that discuss matters about SGM in general and are worth referring to for a wider perspective. See: www.sgmrefuge.com and www.sgmsurvivors.com

WELCOME TO THIS NEW CHRISTIAN BLOG

    Welcome to this Christian blog which will concentrate on changes in the world of Christianity, its people, leaders, and institutions. A lot of what is happening in this so-called “postmodern” world is flowing into and out of many churches. Most of all this has been detrimental to the historic, biblical and orthodox Christian faith, and likewise to the American social order. 
    This will be a work in progress, and this blog will look different from time to time. It will incorporate new features over time, add and/or delete as time goes on, depending on circumstances. 
    A decision was made not to allow comments, as there are too many varieties of valid opinion to take time to address, thoughts and ideas people submit that don’t relate to the subject matter, and people desiring to abuse and subvert anything and anyone who claims to be Christian. 
    It will be the primary aim of this blog to shed light on and expose all error, heresy, apostasy and false teaching that it encounters for the building up of the saints, who frequently are being led astray, not warned, and not educated concerning the evils of this world. 
    As you will see, there are many links to other blogs and websites for your edification and education. No warranties are made about their content. Use your own discretion and discernment. Some content you may find offensive, perhaps because it challenges your preconceived ideas or beliefs. While there may still be a lot of good that today’s churches offer, that does not preclude or negate the fact that the modern church world is not the same as it once was. 
    This blog is non-denominational, but nevertheless totally supportive of the historic Christian faith, the Bible correctly and faithfully translated, the aims and purposes of the Reformation, the five solas, and historic confessions. It is opposed to “corrupt” and/or paraphrased bible translations, adding to and/or subtracting from the canon of Scripture comprised of its 66 books and any and all liberal theologies and cult movements. 
    Please visit often and learn! More knowledge and wisdom will help you not be deceived.

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