Manny Silva of Stand for Truth Ministries reveals the occultic, interfaith and ecumenical nature of Guideposts in the following article reposted in its entirety below the Ray Yungen video about Sue Monk Kidd
DURING PANDEMIC, HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION REQUIRING FEDERAL LICENSE TO OWN GUNS SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/05/26/during-pandemic-house-dems-introduce-legislation-requiring-federal-license-to-own-guns/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: While in the midst of the
“MASS RESISTANCE” HELPING WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIALS CONFRONT PROPOSED LGBT ORDINANCE~BEING PUSHED ON TOWN BY NATIONAL MOVEMENT “Transgender” activist leading the effort is exposed by MassResistance – as convicted child molester!
CORONAVIRUS: SHOULD YOU BE A SLAVE TO MY FEARS? BY ROB MORSE SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/should-you-be-a-slave-to-my-fears/#axzz6NYCukL7c; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Is it your fault that I’m
BIDEN’S “YOU AIN’T BLACK” DISASTER AS BLACKS BEGIN LEAVING THE DEMOCRAT PARTY ★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★ Joe Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ flub is proving to be
FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM COVID-19 Reflections on the people you thought you could trust, the rise of the new neighborhood Gestapo – and much more. BY KATIE HOPKINS SEE:https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/5-things-i-have-learned-covid-19-katie-hopkins;
GOVERNMENT ACTION PUTS CHURCHES UNDER “THE GUN” BY ROGER KATZ SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/government-action-puts-churches-under-the-gun/#axzz6NXp4Okb7; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- America is first and foremost a Christian Nation.
DELAWARE: GOP LAWMAKERS DEMAND EARLIER, WIDER REOPENING; CALL GOVERNOR CARNEY’S MOVES “UNCONSTITUTIONAL” BY CHRIS BARRISH WHYY SEE: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/gop-lawmakers-demand-earlier-wider-del-reopening-call-carney-moves-unconstitutional/article_6f45bf91-9f18-5d8e-937e-1ee3769c4a94.html republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: On Wednesday,
“DECLARATION OF ESSENTIALITY”: 1,200 CALIFORNIA PASTORS DEFY GOVERNOR NEWSOM; PLAN TO REOPEN MAY 31 BY BOB ADELMANN SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/35783-1-200-california-pastors-defy-governor-newsom-plan-to-reopen-may-31; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: The
SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK? BY CATHY A. SPIGARELLI SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/35788-should-i-wear-a-face-mask?; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Awkward. This is how it feels to be
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WARNING DISTURBING: Jaydon Hayden Caught Beating Up Elderly Nursing Home Patients In Michigan Jaydon Hayden is reportedly from Westland, Michigan and beat elderly white nursing home patients for sport. There
MINNESOTA: WITH 81% OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES, GOVERNOR WALZ REFUSES TO STOP KILLING GRANDMAS BY DANIEL GREENFIELD SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/point/2020/05/81-coronavirus-deaths-mn-nursing-homes-gov-walz-daniel-greenfield; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research
“SOCIAL DISTANCING”-PREVENTING HUMANS FROM GATHERING IN CHURCHES The spiritual war right in front of our eyes. Subscribe to the Glazov Gang‘s YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. In this new Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie
BIDEN NAMED AS ACCUSED CRIMINAL IN UKRAINE COURT!!! ★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★ Joe Biden has been officially named as an accused criminal in a Ukrainian Court!
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: REQUESTS CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUNDS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BY RAVEN CLABOUGH SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/35778-seattle-requests-coronavirus-relief-funds-for-illegal-immigrants-in-washington; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: While the Left continues to claim
DAVID CLOUD’S “WAY OF LIFE” RECENT ARTICLES SEE: https://www.wayoflife.org/friday_church_news/21-21.php; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: DARLENE ZSCHECH SOLD HER SEASIDE MANSION FOR $4 MILLION (Friday
BLOOMBERG’S “EVERYTOWN” RECRUITS ANTI-GUN CHURCH LEADERS IN VOTER TURNOUT BY DAVE WORKMAN SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/bloombergs-everytown-recruits-anti-gun-church-leaders-in-voter-turnout/#axzz6NAremuYr; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for
TOLEDO: 911 LINES FLOODED WITH PEOPLE REPORTING OTHERS FOR “NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING” Police forced to ask snitches to call alternative number. BY PAUL JOSEPH WATSON SEE: https://www.infowars.com/toledo-911-lines-flooded-with-people-reporting-others-for-not-social-distancing/; republished below in full
NYC: MAYOR DE BLASIO SAYS THOSE WHO SWIM AT BEACHES WILL BE “TAKEN RIGHT OUT OF THE WATER” BY WARREN MASS SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/35770-de-blasio-says-those-who-swim-at-beaches-will-be-taken-right-out-of-the-water; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational
EXPLOSIVE LEAKED AUDIO RECORDING WILL CRIPPLE THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN!!! ★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★ New revelations are rocking the Biden campaign to the core! It appears that
OBAMAGATE: THE COUP ATTEMPT AGAINST TRUMP UNVEILED~WHEN TREASONOUS INVESTIGATORS & THEIR INSTIGATOR BECOME THE INVESTIGATED SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/video-obamagate-–-coup-attempt-against-trump-frontpagemagcom; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Subscribe to the Glazov Gang‘s YouTube Channel and
ARE MANDATORY VACCINES COMING?~ THEY’VE ALREADY BEGUN! BY REBECCA TERRELL SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/35604-are-mandatory-vaccines-coming-they-ve-already-begun; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Big Brother has been calling the shots on
MEDIA, LEFTISTS FLIP OUT AFTER TRUMP SAYS HE’S TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE Nancy Pelosi ‘fears’ for ‘morbidly obese’ President BY STEVE WATSON SEE: https://www.infowars.com/media-leftists-flip-out-after-trump-says-hes-taking-hydroxychloroquine/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and
PELOSI’S “HEROES” ACT FORCES UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS TO COMPETE WITH ILLEGAL ALIENS While Americans lose their jobs, Democrats keep illegal aliens employed BY DANIEL GREENFIELD SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/pelosis-heroes-act-forces-unemployed-americans-daniel-greenfield; republished below in full unedited
NORTH CAROLINA: JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF CHURCHES SEEKING TO HOLD INDOOR SERVICES~ “THERE IS NO PANDEMIC EXCEPTION TO CONSTITUTION” BY HEATHER CLARK SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/05/19/judge-rules-in-favor-of-nc-churches-seeking-to-hold-indoor-meetings-there-is-no-pandemic-exception-to-constitution/; republished below in full unedited for informational,
YOUTUBE REMOVES GLAZOV GANG’S KATIE HOPKINS VIDEO The truth about ‘Life Under Lockdown in the U.K.’ is too much to handle for the Google-owned video platform SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/youtube-removes-glazov-gangs-katie-hopkins-video-frontpagemagcom; republished below in
GOOGLE ERASES THE EXISTENCE OF THOSE WHO SPEAK UNWELCOME TRUTHS For the tech giants, 1984 is an instruction manual BY ROBERT SPENCER SEE:https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/google-erases-existence-those-who-speak-unwelcome-robert-spencer;republished below in full unedited for informational, educational
TRUMP NEVER PUSHED A MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINE Coronavirus vaccine will be completely voluntary despite MSM talking points claiming the contrary BY MILLIE WEAVER SEE: https://www.infowars.com/trump-never-pushed-a-mandatory-covid-19-vaccine/; republished below in full unedited for
FORCED VACCINES & DIGITAL IDs With the high proclivity for government to operate outside of its constitutional limitations, the very real scenario of setting up a police state to ensure
DRUNK WITH POWER! MICHIGAN’S GOVERNOR WHITMER AT IT AGAIN MI Governor Says 1st Amendment “Not Appropriate in a Global Pandemic” “Racist,” “Misogynistic” SEE:https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/05/14/mi-governor-says-1st-amendment-not-appropriate-in-a-global-pandemic-racist-misogynistic/; republished below in full unedited for informational,
DEMOCRAT GOVERNORS THREATEN TO WITHHOLD AID IF COUNTIES DEFY SHUTDOWN ORDERS
The double jeopardy clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from prosecuting individuals more than once for a single offense and from imposing more than one punishment for a
FLATTENING THE UNITED STATES BY GINA MILLER SEE: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/miller/200517; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Last Tuesday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, he asked, “What was the
OPPOSE H.R. 6666, THE COVID–19 TESTING, REACHING & CONTACTING EVERYONE (TRACE) ACT Contact your U.S. Congressional Representative and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 6666 THE NVIC ADVOCACY PORTAL
3 OUT OF 5 DEADLIEST CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAKS WERE IN STATE NURSING HOMES Socialized medicine isn’t the answer unless the question is, “How do we kill more senior citizens?” BY DANIEL
THE ANTI-TRUMP RESISTANCE COLLAPSES AS TRUMP EXPOSES BIDEN AT CENTER OF FAILED COUP ★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★ The Anti-Trump Resistance COLLAPSES as President Trump UNMASKS the
Dr. Richard ‘Rachel’ Levine PA GOVERNOR WOLF BACKS TRANSGENDER HEALTH SECRETARY WHO TOOK MOTHER OUT WHILE SENDING CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS TO NURSING HOMES BY DANIEL GREENFIELD SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/point/2020/05/pa-gov-wolf- backs-health-sec-who-took-mother-out-daniel-greenfield; republished below
VIDEO: “DRAG QUEEN” RUPAUL RAISES NEARLY $100,000 FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD ON “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” BY HEATHER CLARK SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/05/13/drag-queen-rupaul-raises-nearly-100k-for-planned-parenthood-on-the-price-is-right/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
MASSACHUSETTS CHURCH RECEIVES CEASE & DESIST ORDER, BUT PASTOR WAS ONLY GOING TO HOLD SERVICES WITH “UNDER 10 PEOPLE” BY HEATHER CLARK SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/05/13/mass-church-receives-cease-and-desist-order-but-pastor-was-only-going-to-hold-services-with-under-10-people/; republished below in full unedited for informational,
LIBERAL GOVERNOR CARNEY DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WHAT PRIVACY? WHAT SPYING? BUT WHY THE NATIONAL GUARD TOO? BUT IT’S ALL FOR THE GREATER GOOD? IT’S JUST “REACHING OUT”!
RED TSUNAMI RISING! GOP SWEEPS SPECIAL ELECTIONS AS TRUMP VOTE SHATTERS RECORDS! ★★★ A NEW CONSERVATIVE AGE IS RISING ★★★ As of today, we appear to be seeing nothing less
REVISITING THE VIRTUE OF COURAGE IN THE AGE OF THE GREAT “UNREASON”~REMEMBERING ARISTOTLE BY JACK KERWICK SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/revisiting-virtue-courage-age-great-unreason-jack-kerwick; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: The Great
SAN FRANCISCO BESIEGED BY HOMELESS DEMANDING FREE HOTEL ROOMS, POT & BOOZE “People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is.” BY
CONTACT TRACING GROUP FUNDED BY SOROS AND GATES, HAS CHELSEA CLINTON ON BOARD What do these investigators really want? BY PATRICK HOWLEY SEE: https://www.infowars.com/contact-tracing-group-funded-by-soros-and-gates-has-chelsea-clinton-on-board/; republished below in full unedited for informational,
WHEN THE “SLOWLY BECOMING CATHOLIC” SOUTHERN BAPTISTS KNEEL & BEG FOR HANDOUTS & RELEASE OF PRISONERS FROM THE VERY CATHOLIC, POPE SYCOPHANT NANCY PELOSI TOP SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADER, RUSSELL MOORE,
SINCE WHEN ARE AMERICANS’ RIGHTS NOT “ALLOWED”? SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/since-when-are-americans-rights-not-allowed-video/#axzz6MKDaL9xo; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In recent weeks, American adults have been subjected to
GESTAPO POLICE STATE NEW JERSEY: GUN GROUP SUES TO RE-OPEN OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGES Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs Prepared to Go to U.S. Supreme CourtMurphy Admits 2A
TUCKER CARLSON DEVASTATES OBAMA; EXPOSES COUP AGAINST TRUMP Russia collusion was always a hoax and Obama knew it and directed it SEE: https://www.infowars.com/must-see-tucker-carlson-devastates-obama-exposes-coup-against-trump/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational
TWITTER TO CENSOR COVID-19 ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ WITH WARNINGS “These warnings will inform people that the information in the Tweet conflicts with public health experts’ guidance before they view it.” BY
IDAHO GOVERNOR SIGNS MAJOR BILLS DERAILING THE TRANSGENDER AGENDA, DESPITE HUGE PRESSURE BY LIBERAL ESTABLISHMENT FOR VETO Outrageous campaign of lies, distortion, and propaganda by national LGBT movement, US corporations,
CHURCHES REFUSE TO COWER BEFORE CAESAR; COURT VICTORY IN KENTUCKY BY BOB ADELMANN SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/35684-churches-refuse-to-cower-before-caesar-court-victory-in-kentucky; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Some churches are suing. Some
HEALTH OFFICIALS LAUNCH MOBILE APP TO PRE-REGISTER CHICAGOANS FOR COVID-19 VACCINE BY RISHMA PARPIA SEE: https://thevaccinereaction.org/2020/05/health-officials-launch-mobile-app-to-pre-register-chicagoans-for-covid-19-vaccine/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: The Chicago Department of Public
REPORT: UNIVERSITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA STILL HAVE CHINESE PROPAGANDA CENTERS “They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have” BY STEVE WATSON SEE: https://www.infowars.com/report-universities-all-across-america-still-have-chinese-propaganda-centers/; republished below in full unedited
Obama slams DOJ over decision to drop Flynn case in leaked audio: #OBAMAGATE BOMBSHELL! Obama PANICS as Trump Prepares to CRUSH the DEEP STATE!! OBAMAGATE: PRESIDENT TRUMP GOES AFTER OBAMA~THE TREASONOUS
THE WITCH HUNTS BY THE “STAY AT HOME” ZEALOTS VIRTUE-SIGNALING & SHAMING IN A MASS FASCIST HEALTH HYSTERIA SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/video-witch-hunts-stay-home-zealots-frontpagemagcom; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
FACEBOOK PUTS SOROS, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, ACTIVISTS IN CHARGE OF CENSORSHIP The Leftist-Islam Supreme Court of Social Media Censorship is here BY DANIEL GREENFIELD SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/facebook-puts-soros-muslim-brotherhood-activists-daniel-greenfield; republished below in full unedited for
ANTI-GUN FORCES WON’T REST UNTIL SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT IS ERASED FROM MEMORY BY ROGER KATZ SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/supreme-court-majority-joins-forces-with-second-amendment-foes/#axzz6M9011MU4; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- As reported in
NYC: MUSLIMS ENRAGED AT “DISRESPECTFUL” QUALITY OF TAXPAYER-FUNDED MEALS PROVIDED BY CITY FOR RAMADAN BY ROBERT SPENCER SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/05/nyc-muslims-enraged-at-disrespectful-quality-of-taxpayer-funded-meals-provided-by-city-for-ramadan; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Given
JOE BIDEN PROMISES TO RESTORE AMERICAN FUNDING TO PALESTINIANS THAT WAS CUT BECAUSE OF JIHAD TERROR BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/05/joe-biden-promises-to-restore-american-funding-to-palestinians-that-was-cut-because-of-jihad-terror; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research
ARIZONA: MUSLIM STUDENTS THREATEN TO KILL PROFESSOR FOR SUGGESTING ISLAM IS VIOLENT BY ROBERT SPENCER SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/05/arizona-muslim-students-threaten-to-kill-prof-for-suggesting-islam-is-violent; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: My latest at PJ
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PRITZGER IMPLIES HE MAY NOT ALLOW SOME CHURCHES TO FULLY REOPEN FOR UP TO A YEAR OR MORE BY HEATHER CLARK SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/05/08/illinois-gov-implies-he-may-not-allow-some-churches-to-fully-reopen-for-up-to-a-year-or-more/; republished below in full unedited for
SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ABANDONING SOCIAL JUSTICE HERESY FOR HERESY OF DOMINIONISM SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/05/07/southern-baptists-abandoning-social-justice-heresy-for-heresy-of-dominionism/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: For the last several years, the social justice
SEVERAL CHURCHES FILE JOINT LAWSUIT AGAINST MICHIGAN GOVERNOR WHITMER OVER UNCONSTITUTIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDER SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/05/07/several-churches-file-joint-lawsuit-against-michigan-governor-over-unconstitutional-stay-at-home-order/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: In the midst
NC GOVERNOR ROY COOPER BLAMES CORONAVIRUS SPREAD ON CHRISTIANS SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/04/20/nc-governor-blames-coronavirus-spread-on-christians/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: PNP NEWS — In 64 AD, the Great Fire
THE GOSPEL COALITION INCITES FEAR, SAYS CONGREGATIONAL SINGING IS DANGEROUS SEE: https://reformationcharlotte.org/2020/05/08/the-gospel-coalition-incites-fear-says-congregational-singing-is-dangerous/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: The Gospel Coalition abandoned the gospel long before
FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP COUNCIL INCLUDES PRO-MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ACTIVIST BY PAUL JOSEPH WATSON SEE: https://www.infowars.com/facebook-censorship-council-includes-pro-muslim-brotherhood-activist/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Facebook’s new censorship council, which will decide what
WHITE HOUSE SHELVES CDC GUIDE TO REOPENING COUNTRY~DOCUMENT MYSTERIOUSLY LEAKED TO PRESS BY DAN LYMAN SEE: https://www.infowars.com/white-house-shelves-cdc-guide-to-reopening-country/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Weeks after President
VIDEOS: LEFTIST “ENFORCE THE LOCKDOWN FOREVER” SYNDROME~THE CREEPY CONVERSATIONS WITH A DEMOCRAT IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/video-leftist-enforce-lockdown-forever-syndrome-frontpagemagcom; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Subscribe to the Glazov Gang‘s YouTube
DID THE LOCKDOWN MODEL CAUSE HALF THE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN NEW JERSEY? Instead of coronavirus overwhelming hospitals, it overwhelmed nursing homes BY DANIEL GREENFIELD SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/did-lockdown-model-cause-half-coronavirus-deaths-daniel-greenfield; republished below in full unedited for
TRUMP ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: “THEY’RE HUMAN SCUM”~STANDS UP FOR MICHAEL FLYNN & UNVEILS HIS PERSECUTORS SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/video-trump-obama-administration-theyre-human-scum-frontpagemagcom; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: In this video,
NJ2AS VIDEO: SAYREVILLE, NEW JERSEY GESTAPO POLICE DENYING ALL GUN PERMITTING RIGHTS TO CITIZENS BY ALEX ROUBIAN SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/05/nj2as-video-police-denying-all-gun-permitting-rights-to-citizens/#axzz6LrAQcL1S; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Almost
NEW YORK TIMES BLAMES HASIDIM, PURIM FOR CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK BY IRA STOLL SEE: https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/05/06/new-york-times-blames-hasidim-purim-for-coronavirus-outbreak/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: Did the Hasidic Jewish community in
AMERICA THE WUSS: FROM RUGGED PIONEERS TO COWERING SHEEP~WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN SPIRIT? BY DON FEDER SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/05/america-wuss-rugged-individualism-social-don-feder; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: On
WASHINGTON STATE: GOVERNOR CANDIDATE SUES TO OBTAIN RIGHT TO HOLD OUTDOOR ONE-ON-ONE BIBLE STUDIES DURING “PANICDEMIC” BY HEATHER CLARK SEE: https://christiannews.net/2020/05/06/wash-gov-candidate-sues-to-obtain-right-to-hold-outdoor-one-on-one-bible-studies-during-pandemic/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research
DR. JOHN BERGMAN: SURVIVING THE PANICDEMIC~ HOW TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR MIND
ABOVE VIDEO IS IN ENGLISH CHICAGO: ROMANIAN PASTORS PUT ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ON NOTICE WITH FIERY DECLARATION: “WE’RE OPENING MAY 10 NO MATTER WHAT” BY DUSTIN GERMAIN SEE: https://pulpitandpen.org/2020/05/05/pastors-put-illinois-gov-on-notice-with-fiery-declaration-were-opening-may-10-no-matter-what/; republished below in full
BILL GATES: GLOBALIST TECHNOCRAT TO “SAVE” YOU WITH MANDATORY VACCINES? SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/35644-alex-newman-bill-gates-globalist-technocrat-to-save-you-with-mandatory-vaccines-behind-the-deep-state; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: In this episode of Behind The Deep State,
U.S. UNIVERSITIES CREATING CHINESE STYLE SOCIAL CREDIT CORONAVIRUS SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM App will generate “personal risk scores” and determine the need “for quarantine and decontamination.” BY STEVE WATSON SEE: https://www.infowars.com/us-universities-creating-social-credit-coronavirus-surveillance-system/; republished below in
OUR DRESS REHEARSAL FOR A POLICE STATE~THE GREATEST THREAT TO LIBERTY SINCE AMERICA’S FOUNDING BY DENNIS PRAGER SEE: https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/04/our-dress-rehearsal-police-state-dennis-prager; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: All
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PA REP. STEPHANIE BOROWICZ: COVID-19 UPDATE-GOVERNOR WOLF’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL DICTATES WARRANT FEDERAL INVESTIGATION Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes: I am so proud to stand alongside
.” Kalman Yeger ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם@KalmanYeger Mr. Mayor, your words are unacceptable. To condemn our entire community over one group of people is something you would not do to any
Manny Silva of Stand for Truth Ministries reveals the occultic, interfaith and ecumenical nature of Guideposts in the following article reposted in its entirety below the Ray Yungen video about Sue Monk Kidd
“The cool thing is church planting,” said Warren Bird of the Leadership Network. “The uncool thing is to go into the established church. Why that has taken over may speak to the entrepreneurialism and innovation that today’s generation represents.”
Therefore, many new pastors are deciding to meet inside of coffee shops, theaters, warehouses and even bars to attract those that are turned off to Christianity.
“It’s pretty low risk to wander into a bar or movie theater or hotel,” stated Professor Scott Thumma of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. “It ends up delivering the message of relevance: we’re just like you, we’re struggling, we might have a beer together — and our faith is also relevant.”
Many churches that continue to meet in a conventional church building are also now deciding to add a coffee hour before or after the services in order to utilize the idea, in hopes that it might draw new people for the sake of community. “Coffee hour: 9:30, worship: 10:30″ announce some signs on church properties nationwide.
“Already several people have discovered the freedom of coming into a safe place to experience God without the formality of a church sanctuary setting,” said Pastor Leon Fikse of Bethany Reformed Church of Redland, California, who recently created a coffeehouse atmosphere at his church, complete with drinks and refreshments. “We encourage those who think this is worth a try to come and to see for themselves how this works for them.”
Others work to make the services into more of a club atmosphere with flashy stage lighting, smoke machines, an edgy band, and modern dances and dramas performed by the youth group. Woodlands Church near Houston, Texas, which has over 15,000 members on four campuses, utilizes more of the concert atmosphere, and Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Georgia, has a similar feel with a large worship band that includes electric guitars and several backup singers. One Woodlands servicefeatured online shows the worship team performing U2 and Eminem songs on stage for the congregation.
“For us, it’s all about being interactive,” Pastor Paul Wirth of Relevant Church in Tampa, Florida told the New York Times. The publication reports that one Sunday, Wirth took his innovations even further and decided to dress in a rabbit suit and surprise the congregation by loading them all onto chartered buses, where he took them to the local park.
However, there are some pastors across America that do not endorse attempts to transform the church in order to be accepted by the culture. They lament that the focus has now shifted in many churches to where man is the center instead of Christ.
“The Church wants something cooler than God,” Pastor Scott Brown, the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and elder at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, told Christian News Network. “They want something cooler than the New Testament Church, so they invent a new church for a new generation because they fear losing the next generation.”
“The huge mistake is that it gives people themselves instead of what they really need,” he continued. “People need God. They don’t need more of themselves and they definitely don’t need more of the culture.”
Pastor David Whitney of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Pasadena, Maryland agreed.
“The purpose of worship is to honor and glorify God,” he said. “Christianity is about experiencing God, not experiencing a rock concert.”
Whitney said that in Biblical times, people didn’t take well to Christianity either, and we should not expect a different response today.
“Paul said that his preaching was often despised,” he outlined. “He said that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those that are perishing. … People turned away when Jesus’ message turned particular and difficult. … It’s not something that’s going to be attractive to the lost.”
Brown outlined that trying to reach the unsaved by humanistic means produces a bottomless pit of continuing to feed people with humanism.
“If you win them with coffee, then you’re going to have to keep them with coffee. If you win them with clowns, you’re going to have to keep giving them clowns,” he explained. “But, if you win them with God, then you give them God, and that’s what they need the very most.”
“It’s humanism that gives birth to entertainment-focused churches,” he added. “It’s an idolization of coolness rather than holiness. … [However,] the Church of God is defined by the holiness of God, not the coolness of man.”
“Jesus did not say, ‘Take up your La-Z Boy recliner and follow Me.’ He said, ‘Take up your cross and follow Me,’” Whitney stated. “That way is a lot less glamorous and a lot less popular.”
But the men assert that Christianity is not about being popular or accepted by the culture. It’s about honoring, obeying and worshiping God.
“If you’re really about what Jesus said regarding success, it’s about being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and obeying all that He commanded them,” Whitney said. “The message that’s first and foremost is ‘Repent.’ How can you repent unless you know you’re a sinner? There’s no message of repentance [in most churches today]. There’s no message of sin. Most pulpits will never mention Hell. … We are not called to make converts, we are called to make disciples.”
“When the objective has become [connecting] people with people, then people become the defining focus of the church. And when your objective is connecting people with God, that becomes your defining focus,” Brown stated. “And so the question is, what are we connecting people with? [Is it] with one another, with the culture or are you trying to connect people with God?”
They stated that the early church never tried to use worldly means to reach the lost. Instead, gatherings were for the purpose of building up believers in the faith, and church meetings were never used for evangelism. Rather, the people went out to preach and teach, rather than changing the church so that people would come to them.
“The early church was persecuted and hated and pounded,” Whitney explained. “They were hated because they preached the truth; they preached repentance; they preached that there is only one God. … It was considered intolerant.”
“The early church got together and they prayed and sang. They read the Scriptures, and they experienced the preaching of the word of God. They celebrated the Lord’s Supper,” Brown outlined.
Brown stated that at his church in North Carolina, he aims to keep Christ at the center with no distractions.
“If you came to our church, … I pray that what you would find is that we gather around God as the central focus on the church,” he said. “[That we gather] around the word of God and the preaching of it and the reading of it, singing praises to God and celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and that we would pray. Jesus said, ‘My House shall be called a house of prayer.’ And so, we limit ourselves to these things.”
“We want our people to be satisfied with God and what He has commanded,” Brown continued. “It might be cooler and hipper to show video clips of hot movies or things like that, but what we would say is, ‘No, be satisfied with God.’ God has called us to gather and pray and read and listen to the preaching of the word of God, and we ought to be humble people ready to do what God commanded us to do.”
Whitney said that just because coffeehouse and club atmospheres may attract new people, doesn’t mean that men are being made into disciples.
“It looks like growth, but cancer grows, too,” he said.
“Rather than relating with people by becoming like people, the church is to present the glory of God,” Brown exhorted. “When people come into the church, they should see a completely new kingdom, a completely new community. They should see how different God is than they are and how much more wonderful He is, and how His ways are much more beautiful than their ways.”
“Churches can meet in fields. Churches can meet in catacombs. Churches can meet in a traditional church building,” he noted. “But when the church starts identifying with a coffeehouse rather than the imagery that God has provided, then the Church has really departed from historic Christianity.”
The two previous posts of this blog which dealt with the Southern Baptist Convention in particular, included:
1) Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin, http://www.pccmonroe.org, has two great sermons on the SBC which demonstrates its ecumenism, etc. Visit Sermon Audio, “Heart of the Matter”:
2) 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:
Doug Harris of Simply the Truth (Reachout Trust- http://www.reachouttrust.org), hosted a debate on Mariology between Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries and Catholic Jesuit priest Keith McMillan:
The 20 page report dated 1987 in the PCA Digest on Freemasonry within the Presbyterian Church in America is here for your inspection: http://www.pcahistory.org/pca/2-300.pdf.
It references several other denominations which have published statements regarding the incompatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity and that those who are involved in Freemasonry while claiming to be Christian should repent by terminating their membership in the Masonic Lodge or affiliated female or youth focused Masonic organizations.
Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin, http://www.pccmonroe.org, has backed up his article in print “What a Difference Six Months Does Not Make” previously referred to in this blog, with an audio sermon to complement at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=14131031143. Ovadal exposes Beeke’s associations with organizations and persons that are clearly ecumenical, apostate, heretical and Catholic. It is well worth reading Ovadal’s two written articles and then listening to the audio sermon, since it is a rare pastor who will dare to uncover and expose the unbiblical lack of separation of those who claim to be “reformed”, but who are in fact traitors to the historic Protestant Christian faith by their words, writings, affiliations and associations. It is full time that these charlatans be exposed as the compromisers they are.
Part 2 below of the review of Passion 2013 by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith:
Opening night at Passion 2013:
Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith describes the Passion 2013 event, making reference to Erin Benziger’s thorough and revealing article at Do Not Be Surprised, titled “Jesus Culture and Judah Smith to Join Piper, Moore, Chan and Others at Giglio’s Passion 2013”: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/01/jesus-culture-and-judah-smith-to-join.html
Who is Louis Giglio? Pastor of “Passion City Church” in Atlanta, Georgia. Let him preach tolerance to you here at Passion 2012 with John Piper approving:
And Giglio at the Liberty University Convocation Nov. 2, 2012 where he promoted Passion 2013 and his goal of seeing “spiritual awakening” come to college campuses worldwide:
The following is a rather mixed bag of what’s happening in the emerging church, incorporating Catholic contemplative mysticism, mind-emptying meditation, with a heavy emphasis on “experiencing God” and where this all leads. “Passion” is not the passion of Christ in these venues. The idea is we can all have unity if we are strictly non-dogmatic and non-doctrinal.
Here the alleged “Glory Cloud” (small glitter flakes) descends and floats down around the crowd at Bethel Church, Redding, California. This is what is called “camping around the presence”, i.e., “the presence over the Word”.
At other times the alleged “Glory Cloud” has allegedly floated up from the floor!
“Jesus Culture” live in Chicago, now at Passion 2013 to give a giant boost to everyone’s “spirit”:
Compare this with the multisensory E.P.I.C. (experiential, participatory, image-rich, and connected/communal) Worship coined by Leonard Sweet, postmodern New Age, “Christian” mystic, in his book “The Gospel According to Starbuck’s”. For example Martha Munizzi sells EPIC here:
Followed by a “prophetic interlude” (false gospel) for you sinners that is devoid of Jesus Christ, repentance, etc, but filled with feelings and experience, as is typical with all the emergents:
A one hour video is below of Diet Eman, age 92, who was and is a “righteous” person for saving many Jews and resisting the Nazis. She is a concentration camp survivor as well. Here is her personal story and testimony:
In addition, Lighthouse Trails Research has an excellent article about her and her book “Things We Couldn’t Say” at: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10128. Included in this article is a video of Hitler in 1935 at the “Reichsparteitag” stressing unity of industry, state and church, Peter Drucker style (three legged stool). The video is titled: “Speech During a Reichsparteitag (Reich Party Day rally) to the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth)”. Wait for the 3:05 minute mark for the translation of Hitler’s speech. Hitler said: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future”. Do you know a leader like this today? Beware these unaccountable ALL POWERFUL LEADERS (FUHRERS), whether in churches or in government!
The rotten charismatic/pentecostal/”signs and wonders” fruit of Lonnie Frisbee is still corrupting to this day. The search for the so-called “radical middle” between fundamentalism and pentecostalism, otherwise known as “power evangelism” (along with the necessary display of questionable “gifts of the Holy Spirit) is typical of Calvary Chapel, founded by Chuck Smith, the Vineyard Church founded by John Wimber, and Sovereign Grace Ministries, founded by C.J. Mahaney, who were ultimately influenced by the Jesus People of the sixties and Lonnie Frisbee as you will see in the Wikipedia articles here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Frisbee, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Smith_(pastor), and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wimber. SGM, however, has morphed away from pentecostal displays of these gifts toward a more refined or “reformed” Calvinist stance. All three regardless, have had their issues, their corruption, and their own particular problems. The overarching similarities are the authoritarianism, powerful leadership, and members signing covenants agreeing to be submissive, non-judgmental, and non-divisive, and especially not discerning.
A very good description of the “spiritual formation” thrust in the Vineyard movement is in this: http://www.sgm.org.nz/Research%20Papers/Buried%20Seed-Spiritual%20Direction%20and%20the%20Vineyard%20Movement.pdf and Lighthouse Trails Research’s article, “The Vineyard Movement Grabs Hold of Contemplative Spirituality” at: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=7137.
More to come.
Here is the link to the 23 page lawsuit filed against various defendants associated with the Calvary Chapel churches: http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/larabee-et-al-v.-costa-mesa-et-al.pdf. That plus at least a second lawsuit also filed as per the article here: http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/?paged=2. The last known activity has been a request for dismissal of the first suit sometime in 2012.
At Proclaim and Defend, there is a three (3) part article examining Sovereign Grace Music from Sovereign Grace Ministries compared with Getty-Townend Music at:
Followed by David Cloud’s, http://www.wayoflife.org, reviews here in the free e-book below, wherein the Gettys (page 139-140) and Townend (page 360) are reviewed with a similar but somewhat different take. Unfortunately, Cloud has nothing to say about SGM (yet). Knowing Cloud, he will soon enough have good reason to take them on too.
|This is an article from Mike Gendron, a former Catholic, of Proclaiming the Gospel, exposing the false doctrines of the harlot church of Revelation, the Roman Catholic Church. http://proclaimingthegospel.org/
Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin has an article about corrupt Neo-Reformed/Neo-Calvinist activity, involving Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, at: http://www.pccmonroe.org/2013/01.03.htm. After reading Ovadal’s prior article, “Of Ducks and New Calvinists” at http://www.pccmonroe.org/2012/06.25.htm, then read the follow-up article released today in its entirety below:
Joel Taylor of 5 Pt. Salt, http://5ptsalt.com, has an excellent article, tiltled “The Missional Church: An Attempt to Combine the Great Commission with Unbiblical Ideas” at http://5ptsalt.com/2011/02/21/the-missional-church-an-attempt-to-combine-the-great-commission-with-unbiblical-ideas/. In it Mr. Taylor refers to a 26 page pdf article of “Reformed” Tim Keller on the subject of the “missional” church titled “Contextual and Missional” at http://lcm.endisinsight.com/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=39597. Keller can be seen and heard trying to differentiate between “seeker sensitive” (a/k/a “attractional”) and “missional” churches here:
And Keller trying to differentiate between an evangelistic church and a “missional” church at:
And Keller describes how a “missional” church is not offensive or confusing to the unbeliever:
Taylor also links to an article on the website Modern Reformation by Michael Horton titled “Missional Church or New Monasticism?” at http://www.modernreformation.org/default.php?page=articledisplay&var1=ArtRead&var2=1215&var3=main&var4=Home.
Perhaps “unbiblical ideas” is too kind an attribution for this new paradigm of “doing church”. A better characterization would include the words “worldly, carnal, apostate, compromised”. All in the name of this so-called neo-reformation/neo-Calvinism!
This is B. Jackson’s summary of the book “Toxic Faith” by Arterburn & Felton, located at:
Toxic Faith (a summary by B. Jackson)
A. The following is a summary of the book Toxic Faith by Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton (Oliver-Nelson, 1991)
B. I wrote this during the most trying time of my life when the issues raised by Arterburn and Felton came as a godsend to me. They apply the insights of family systems theory and religious addiction to life in the church. I helped to father a church in Indianapolis that had aspects of toxicity and these principles and truths enabled me to understand and explain much of my history in both my family of origin and the church
2. INTRODUCTORY ISSUES
A. Religious addiction1. Def. of addiction: when a person is excessively/compulsively devoted (sacrificing family, job, economic security, relationship with God, their bodies or mental health) to a substance, relationship or behavior
2. When people suffer from not knowing they are secure and significant, things which should be learned from one’s family of origin and ultimately from a relationship with God in Christ, they have a vacuum in their soul that demands to be filled
3. The pain in our souls was intended to drive us to God who, alone, can meet the deep longings of the heart.
Instead of getting the message, we pridefully fight relying on God alone to meet our needs. We avoid listening to the pain by playing self-protective games
Along the way, we often find patterns of behavior that dull the pain, thus making it easier to live with. These pain medications can be virtually any substance, relationship or behavior that provides relief. When a person develops a pathological (abnormal) relationship to a mood-altering experience or substance that has life-damaging consequences, addiction exists
4. Addictions can be divided into three basic types: substance addiction (e.g., alcohol), emotional addiction (letting an emotion run your life e.g., depression), process addiction (e.g., work, religion)
5. Addiction is ultimately idolatry, that is, the worship of a relationship, substance or behavior instead of God
6. Religion becomes unhealthy when our attendance and service flows, not out of faith in God who has loved us in Christ and given us opportunities to serve out of that place of rest, but out of a need to be loved and find worth. Religious addiction is hard to spot because it has to do with motive. Two people could be serving side by side and one is doing it by faith in God for an eternal reward (gold, silver and precious stones; 1 Cor 3.12) while the other is doing it by faith in the behavior for a temporal reward with no eternal dividends (wood, hay and straw). Religious addicts are also usually the best workers in the church so their dysfunction is not only overlooked but rewarded. Meanwhile, their lives head for disaster.
B. 21 erroneous beliefs that can fuel toxic faith (various forms and degrees of unhealthy Christianity)1. Security and significance with God depend on my behavior
2. When tragedy strikes, true believers should have a real peace about it
3. If you had real faith, God would heal you or the one you are praying for
4. All ministers are men and women of God and can be trusted
5. Material blessings are a sign of spiritual strength
6. The more money you give to God, the more money he will give to you
7. I can work my way to heaven
8. Problems in your life result from some particular sin
9. I must not stop meetings other’s needs
10. I must always submit to authority
11. God only uses spiritual giants
12. Having true faith means waiting for God to help me and doing nothing until he does
13. If it’s not in the Bible, it isn’t relevant (all truth is in the Bible)
14. God will find me a perfect mate
15. Everything that happens to me is good
16. A strong faith will protect me from problems and pain
17. God hates sinners, is angry with me, and wants to punish me
18. Christ was merely a great teacher
19. God is too big to care about me
20. More than anything else, God wants me to be happy (free from pain)
21. You can become God
C. 7 irrational thinking patterns common in religious addiction1. Thinking in extremes: driven by an all or nothing, black or white mentality (no gray; my way or the highway) that causes the addict to be very hard on himself/herself and others
2. Drawing invalid conclusions, not based in reality; global thinking i.e., using words like “never, always.”
3. Filtering out the positive and distorting reality. These people selectively hear only the negative and are consequently negative about everything, especially themselves; in response to positive input they say, “yes, but…”
4. Filtering out the negative and distorting reality. These people selectively hear only the positive to shield their already low self worth. They allow in themselves what they would condemn in others. A lot of relational wreckage; the weight of restitution can be crushing when they finally see it
5. Thinking with the heart; feelings become the basis for reality because I think my perception is “certainly accurate.”
6. “Should, ought” thinking; constant self condemnation of not being able to measure up
7. Codependency; egocentric feeling of being responsible for everything; must be in control; eyes always on the needs of others at the expense of their own
3. TOXIC RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS
A. 11 Characteristics of a toxic faith system1. Religious addiction is developed in a toxic faith system. The following characteristics differentiate it from systems, churches, and ministries committed to growing people in faith and developing their relationship with God
2. “Special” claims
a. The leaders of toxic faith systems claim a special pipeline to God which places them at a level above all the others in the church which creates an atmosphere of unapproachability. The leader can use this superiority to manipulate the followers who either believe and obey or suffer the consequences
b. In the toxic system, the minister will set him/herself up as having a special destiny or mission that can be performed by no one else. This special anointing or calling many times is nothing more than the pathological need to be valued or esteemed. He/she can also posture special powers from God like the ability to supernaturally heal
c. The victimized followers, seeking a closer relationship with God but focusing more on the addicted leader than on God, lose contact with God and often fall away from faith permanently. Misguided loyalty allows the delusions of the leader to grow and destroys the faith of the loyal
The only hope for everyone involved is for the leader who claims to be God’s special officer to be forced into accountability or dethroned to protect other potential victims.
a. Churches and ministries are started and grown through the vision of a strong leader. The authoritarian leader comes to power because a driven personality accompanies talent and charisma. A toxic system arises when that leader moves into a free rein style with no real accountability. Often, this ministry is the first experience of authority for the leader
b. Those who work in this setting find themselves either agreeing with the direction of the ministry or leaving. There is no room for compromise since the dictatorial leader believes that everyone should submit to his rule without question. Those who fear for their jobs or feel they may not be able to find similar jobs will comply with the leader rather than challenge certain decisions or actions that appear to be wrong. The leader and the people, therefore, mutually deny their accountability structures and wave the option of having safeguards in the system
4. An “Us Versus Them” Mentality
a. Religious addicts are at war with the world to protect their terrain and establish themselves as godly persons who can’t be compared to other persons. They see themselves in the cutting-edge ministry and other people need to come into the light
b. Those in the exclusive society believe they are serving God but they are serving a person, and that person’s concept of what should be and should not be
c. Any scrutiny of the ministry is seen to be an attack from the enemy
5. Punitive in Nature
a. The minister addicted to power punishes and purges the system of anybody who would upset the status quo
b. To outsiders, the whole ministry appears negative and punitive, out of balance, and distorted from the love, acceptance, and forgiveness freely given by God and his Son
6. Overwhelming Service People get burned out by the service demands of the system which feeds on compulsive personalities
7. Followers in Pain Many religious addicts in the system are physically ill, emotionally distraught, and spiritually dead because they are looking to the leader and ministry to give them what only God can give
8. Closed Communication
a. Communication is from the top down or from the inside out. Those at the top no longer hear the perceptions and needs of the people. The addicts on the inside no longer care about the needs of the people on the outside
b. Someone in the system has the job of shielding the leader from the truth by placating those who disagree and satisfying those who want a direct voice to the leader. The lieutenant is never to tell the leader anything but what he/she wants to hear
c. The organization eventually becomes ineffective because it loses touch with the people it is designed to serve, just like a father loses touch with his children
9. Legalism What you do is more important than who you are. Performance is everything.
10. No Objective Accountability
a. This is the key to a toxic faith system. If religious addicts were in healthy, accountable relationships with others, toxic faith would not be allowed to flourish
b. A person accountable only to God is a person out of control
a. Labeling attempts to dehumanize persons so that dismissing them or their opinions is much easier. Rather than say that John Doe has made a negative comment, the addict proclaims that they are “traitors” or have a “critical spirit.” The labels become rallying points under which the other followers can be moved to action to squelch a revolt. Once the label is in place, it becomes more difficult to see that person as a human with real needs and the potential for good judgment
b. Because it is difficult to rally against rational, thinking people who have different views, labels must be used to polarize the opponents and energize the followers to fight against those opponents. The enemy is “shot” so the underlying issues that need to be considered can be avoided
B. The Roles of Toxic FaithIntroduction
a. A healthy system is made up of individuals with a full range of emotions, intellect, free will and the ability to function independently. In a dysfunctional system, each individual plays out a role needed for the system to function. Since individuals lack the ability to function independently, they depend on one another to play out their roles and allow the system to continue. Those roles have to be played so that those in the system can remain in their denial and avoid the overwhelming fear of insignificance
b. In a dysfunctional system, roles evolve to support the system. Each person must be willing to play the roles which become more keenly defined as the addiction intensifies. Individuals become trapped in predictable behaviors that remove God and faith, replacing them with a dependency on a set of rules. As a person’s behavior lines up with one of these predictable roles, any deviation from that role is a sign of rebellion from the system and is dealt with quickly through shaming and rejection. Although each role is difficult to maintain, it is even more difficult to leave the safety and predictability of the role and act independently. A person who takes this step back toward reality becomes an outcast of the system
c. In a toxic faith system, be it family, church or ministry, the person with the role of persecutor heads the group. The persecutor is supported by coconspirators, enablers, and victims. These people have one primary function: allow the persecutor to function, insulated from reality. Each person in each role believes the organization must continue, and it is each person’s job to distort, manipulate, hide, or deny reality so the toxic system can go on. Each person in a different way protects the persecutor from outside disruptions that could stop the achievement of the persecutor’s vision
d. These people create a false reality by distancing and isolating the persecutor from contact with the real world. As they grow more committed to the persecutor and the toxic ministry, they become addicted to the behaviors of the role and the feelings derived from participating in the false reality of the toxic system. Once they stop supporting the false reality that allows the persecutor and the ministry to continue, they are no longer needed by the system and are thrown out
a. The Persecutor The persecutor plays the role of the father in the family. In the church this person is the one with the vision that es the organization must continue, and it is each person’s job to distort, manipulate, when they were younger and, therefore, don’t want to risk rejection as an adult. Rather than trust God and risk being rejected or betrayed by God, they focus on what they do in the name of God and what they perceive are the instant rewards sent from God. In this way they lose all faith in God and rely on their own abilities to find God’s favor. The fulfillment of the mission becomes everything for the wrong reason and they surround themselves with people willing to say that the progress toward the goal is outstanding
b. The Coconspirator For every persecutor, there is at least one coconspirator who manipulates, plots, and plans to keep the persecutor in power and position. The persecutor and coconspirator work as a unit; they operate as one. Both are addicted to religion as the means by which they es person is the one with the vision that he/she and the others find meaning in fulfilling. Persecutors have often been rejected Several work together to form a team of “yes-men” that will do anything to protect and defend the persecutor. They feed into the persecutor’s ego and further blind him/her from reality. When there is conflict, they usually find a way to agree with the persecutor and support his/her position. They are loyal in every way. In a toxic faith system, these are the most dangerous followers because of their proactive commitment to keeping the system intact. Their undying faith in the persecutor is the reason so many will continue to support that person when trouble, rumor, or admission of wrong surfaces
c. The Enabler While the coconspirator actively connives to keep the persecutor in power, the enabler’s role is more passive. They allow, more than promote, victimization. They are not active in the decision-making of the organization but willingly support those decisions made at the top. They know something fishy is going on but they don’t want to rock the boat by calling attention to it. They are getting their worth serving something “significant,” therefore, they purposely don’t “see things,” thus justifying their enabling activities
The fearful enabler will wait until someone else intervenes. They hope for but are afraid to work for change. Instead, they work like beasts of burden because they feel responsible for everything
d. The Victims place their complete trust in the leaders of the toxic faith system and become silent victims of something they don’t understand. They fear rejection and abandonment so much that they would rather be exploited members of something than be on their own and be part of nothing. Theirs is a blind allegiance
e. The Outcast This is the only role in the toxic system that is not driven by addiction. In any toxic system, there is usually someone who can see the problem and confronts it. In a healthy system, individuals serving in that organization have respect for the person and position of leadership. For it to remain healthy, there must also be respect for the workers. When there is no respect, the “hired hands” are not allowed to disagree. If they don’t like something, they are labeled complainers, negative thinkers, and not team players. The toxic system has no place for anyone who challenges the integrity or disagrees with the methods of the leader. The person who is unwilling to play the games of the persecutors and coconspirators, becomes the outcast. They lose their friends and church because they stood for their convictions
C. 10 Rules of a Toxic Faith System1. The leader must be in control of every aspect at all times
2. When problems arise, find a guilty party to blame immediately
3. Don’t make mistakes
4. Never point out the reality of a situation
5. Never express your feelings unless they are positive
6. Don’t ask questions, especially if they are tough ones
7. Don’t do anything outside your role
8. Don’t trust anyone
9. Nothing is more important than giving money to the organization
10. At all costs, keep up the image of the organization or the family
D. Characteristics of Healthy Faith1. Focusing on a personal relationship with God in Christ, not religion
2. Looking to God to meet the needs for security and significance
3. Growing in faith as evidenced by walking into pain
4. Respect for the personhood of others
5. Serving others for their sake
6. Being vulnerable
7. A trusting atmosphere
8. Celebrating uniqueness by recognizing people’s spiritual gifts
9. Relationships being the heart of everything
10. People being taught to think
11. Balanced thinking rather than extremes in black and white
12. Non defensive
13. Non judgmental
14. Reality based
15. Able to embrace our emotions
16. Able to embrace our humanity as evidenced in the ability to allow for mistakes
17. The ability to laugh
4. MY RESPONSE
A. I think that each of the toxic roles is actually a counterfeit for genuine gifts and roles in the kingdom of God:a. A person receives a vision from God to start a certain type of ministry, be it church or Sunday school. They articulate that vision and impart it to a group of people who partner with them to fulfill it, not to gain identity but as an outflow of the gifts of the Spirit exercised in faith. The difference between the persecutor and the true godly leader is motive and degree of control. The true leader obeys by faith and is secure enough to not be controlling. He/she does not lay down in front of the people and do what they say because of being afraid of them (cf. 1 Sam. 15.24), nor do they lord it over those they lead. The leader definitely leads but as a servant and an example to the flock
b. True leaders gladly submit themselves to a group of people with whom they can know and be known. They trust their council and value relationship with them above pursuit of the vision. They wait for them so they can walk together
1. The persecutor is the counterfeit for the real gift of leadership which God gives to a man or woman by the Holy Spirit
2. The coconspirator is the counterfeit for true eldership and government
a. Leaders need an accountability and decision-making structure around them. They (leader and eldership) function together as coequals with different functions based on giftedness. Those who serve the leader who is serving them do so as those who already have an identity in God and are merely walking out their response to God’s grace according to the measure of their faith. They are “elding” for the right reason
b. They are not “yes men” but neither are they of an interdependent spirit. They recognize the leadership gifting on the point person and trust in what God has put on him/her. They also trust that the leader understands how the elders complement that leadership and know that he/she will listen and heed their council. While the leader leads by giving direction and going first, they govern the church together
3. The enablers are the counterfeit for the true servant workforce in the church
a. Jesus told us to pray for laborers in the harvest, for the harvest was plentiful but the workers were few. Nehemiah saw to it that it was the people’s job to build the wall around Jerusalem, not his. He saw to it that they had whatever they needed, training, supplies, etc.
b. The true workforce of the church is serving according to their spiritual gifts by faith and not for a sense of belonging and worth. They are not passive codependents who would enable the sickness of leadership because they need the sick system for their pain medication. They know they are not gifted in government so they trust that gifting on the eldership. But they also know that if they had a question, even a hard one, that the leaders would be open to their concern and make proper adjustments when necessary. They serve God, not the leader or vision, with joy in their hearts
4. The victims are the counterfeit for the godfearer fringe
a. These are those that attend the larger meetings and are trying to decide if they want to give themselves to the local church. Many are Christians who have had bad experiences in the church and are hesitant; some are frightened “pew sitters” who need to be loved into the family and joyful service, others are non Christians who are checking out the faith
b. Whichever category, they are the fishing pond out of which disciples are made. Jesus chose 12 then 70 out of the crowd that followed him. What makes the difference whether these people become disciples or victims? Everything depends on the actions and motives of the group they are walking among. Is it healthy, glorifying Jesus and honoring personhood or is it toxic, glorifying the leader and denying personhood? Motive is everything
5. Outcasts are the courageous detractors in the toxic system who are trying to bring health to something sick
Just as God will try to heal something that is sick, Satan will try to destroy something that is healthy. In the healthy system will be found both rebels and wolves
a. Rebels are Christians who for whatever reasons have enough wounding to create problems for members in the flock because of their sin. They are good people who are just not conscious of what they are doing and why. They may be caught in a sin and need to be restored gently (Gal. 6.1). They may be acting out congregational pain that they have not been able to understand. Whatever the case, the flock is called to a process of lovingly winning these rebels through ardent pursuit outlined in Matthew 18. This passage begins by talking about true shepherds who make lost sheep their priority. It then says we are to go to our brother who is in sin and try to win him. We are to offer numerous opportunities for repentance, each with a higher relational price. If losing relationship is worth something to the rebel (this is what separates rebels from wolves), then he/she will eventually repent and have a genuine heart change. The key to this process is love. The parable of the unmerciful servant which follows in the text highlights how the atmosphere needs to be permeated with forgiveness
b. There is a difference between the rebel and the wolf. Rebels are good people with wounds who need to be loved back to health. Wolves are divisive people with hardened hearts who the enemy has planted with a strategy to destroy the fellowship. Titus says, “Warn a divisive person once, then twice, then have nothing to do with him” (3.10). Paul told the Corinthians to expel a wicked man from their midst (1 Cor. 5.13). Discerning rebels from wolves and treating them accordingly is one of the jobs of eldership (even wolves are to be treated lovingly and with respect as human beings!). The difference is in the heart and the heart must be discerned
B. Conclusion1. If Jim Jones was a 10 and totally healthy is a 0 then most families and churches would fall somewhere on the spectrum. Healthy would go from few to some toxic behaviours, unhealthy from frequent to compulsive toxic behaviours. How toxic we were is a matter of debate. There is no question that I/we had dysfunction. How much is (in my opinion) a fruitless sidetrack. Whether it is one cancer cell or a thousand, let’s call it cancer and ask God to root it out
2. This book was extremely helpful to me because it gave me crucial insight into what was happening to us. If we understand what toxic faith is and what drives it, we can recognise it and choose never to walk in it in any degree
Condensed by Bill Jackson
The Hindu greeting “Namaste” allegedly recognizes the “divine spark” in everyone, even on the streets of NYC, don’t you know? These divine sparks are just about everywhere, but without the recognition of a sin sick world in need of the redeemer, Jesus Christ, who alone can give us the Holy Spirit, when and if we admit we are sinners and accept Jesus as Savior. Then the Holy Spirit (the Paraclete) can be our guide into a transformed, Christ-like life. Until that happens, we walk in sin and depravity.
As you saw in a previous post on this blog December 16, 2012, Sue Monk Kidd is into the Divine Spark concept of the latent divine presence in ALL of mankind and creation, really panentheism. This was the video:
Likewise, Max Lucado refers to the Divine Spark in his book “Cure for the Common Life”, reviewed at Lighthouse Trails Research here: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9232. Take note that Lucado quotes from a number of mystics in this book, including Thomas Merton, a Catholic/Buddhist monk, which is further expanded on at Way of Life at:http://www.wayoflife.org/database/thomasmerton.html. His book promo video has him sitting in the vicinity of what appears to be a rather large liquor assortment:
Apprising Ministries has articles on Divine Spark:
and Richard Foster, Quaker mystic on “Zoe Life”:
and Shane Hipps Exposed: http://apprising.org/2009/09/30/shane-hipps-exposed/
Further examples of the penetration of this concept across Christianity and into various other religions is:
CBN’s article: http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/Devotions/plemmons_divineSpark.aspx
and at Got Questions: http://gotquestions.org/divine-spark.html
Even our own President:
And not to leave out the Quakers (or Friends), those peace loving, non-dogmatic, ecumenical, get along with everybody and every religion folks, except those practicing genuine Christianity represented by the offensive, narrow minded Jesus who claimed he was THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE, who they quickly silence. Apprising.org has these articles: http://apprising.org/2008/08/25/contemplating-the-inner-light-of-the-quakers/, and http://apprising.org/2008/10/22/richard-foster-and-quaker-beliefs/ where the connection between Quakerism and the emerging crowd is shown.
The Bible says differently, that we are in need of a Savior: Romans 3:10-“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one”. Obviously, this crowd believes that you have no need of a Savior, that you are not depraved. This is a false gospel if there ever was one.
Lynn and Sarah Leslies’ article “The Shepherding Movement Comes of Age” (2002-2003), http://erwm.com/ShepherdingMovement_L_S_Leslie.pdf, gives a clear picture of the abuses of the 1970s’ “shepherding movement” being resurrected in the 21st century by the fact of the more recent use of membership agreements, constitutions, bylaws, confessions, pledges, vows, oaths and assorted “spiritual commitments”, which prospective members of a church are required to sign, or current members annually affirm. The result as previously seen in the 1970s, is more bondage and binding of consciences for the typical Christian church member.
The Scriptures are clearly opposed then as now in:
James 5:12–But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Matt 5:33-37-But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
As per the Leslies: “Across the country, parishioners are now being challenged to take oaths, perform vows and sign covenants.”
What in the world is going on?
Do pastors learn this way of “doing” church from their seminary training? In part, yes. The other source is perhaps Rick Warren via Peter Drucker. Another would be the church growth methods of the “Leadership Network” http://www.leadnet.org/ for so-called “next generation pastors” running multi-site church “campuses” into change agents (facilitators) as described in:
To quote the Leslies again: “Drucker has dedicated much effort into bringing the church into conformance with the “systems” model of governance, which is known as Total Quality Management in the corporate world.””In this model, parishioners are “customers.” “The focus shifts to “outcomes” which means that people will have to be held “accountable” for “performance.”” “Peter Drucker grew up under the influence of the German philosophies of the 1800s.” “The Corporate and the Church subsume their identities and comfortably merge with State into one comprehensive “system” of governance for mankind.”
The following will demonstrate how, in the further words of the Leslies and supported by history that:
“Wherever the nationally established Christian religions have taken root they have tried to use religious oaths as a means to bind the wills and consciences of men to their own expediency and have used various methods to argue that Christ never meant what he plainly said concerning the taking of oaths.”
Dr. Robert Klenck, orthopedist/apologist, speaks of this “new covenant agenda” which uses the diaprax method of incremental change by mixing truth and error, in the video below (2HR/43MIN):
Two examples of the influence of Leadership Network are the following videos of two well known emergent church pastors who attribute their successes to Leadership Network:
Steven Furtick: http://leadnet.org/resources/video/steven_furtick_find_your_rocks
Mark Driscoll: http://leadnet.org/resources/video/mark_driscoll_two_sparrows_in_a_hurricane
Followed by videos of the merger of church and state in Hitler’s Nazi (National Socialist) Germany:
Let’s not allow this to be repeated again!
“The Effects of Spiritual Abuse on Women” by Richard Damiani at Recovering From Spiritual Abuse website is below. The effects on women are devastating and sometimes long lasting. If married, a husband may feel he is unaffected by the abuse in a cult-like church and/or he can withstand it or “live with it”, not realizing or taking into account the damages to his wife’s spirit, soul and body. Read and learn: