Get your Rapture hats ready, kiddies! The sky is falling, and our wise gift of nuclear winter will propel us all into the loving arms of the all-knowing and all-everywhere G-d.


I am sick of this already; yes 300 million USians are comatose and criminally negligent.
Yes the legitimate churches are criminally negligent for not documenting the principles
that immutably convey the Jesus message.  Yes I don't give a damn, as long as my SUV sparks-up
just fine with nuclear radiation and blood residue in its lead-shielded gas tank.
Nuke them ALL.   Adamn GOP, yes aDamn GOP.

August 13, 2006 at 11:22:30
The Cult of the Antichrist

by Eileen Fleming

See this page for links to articles on OpEdNEws that articulate both sides on the issues in the middle east. It is the goal of OpEdNews to air opinions from both sides to stretch the envelope of discussion and communication. Hate statements are not accepted. Discussions of issues and new ideas for solutions are encouraged. .
The way to protect the USA from the violence and mayhem in the Mid East from revisiting our shores is to truthfully deal with the immorality of trusting in weapons of destruction to change hearts and minds. What is needed is imagination and intelligent leadership that reflects upon what we have done wrong and courageously seeks to right it.

The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures." - William Fulbright


We the people have been told that the "terrorists" hate us because of "our freedoms". Not a word is heard from the MSM about USA made weapons being used by Israelis to massacre refugees or that target Red Cross ambulances and have now slaughtered more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians.

And yet, President Bush clings too- and the limp MSM continues to report- that it is our freedoms that they hate!

Journalists quote "security sources" without challenging the information/propaganda and for those who dare to speak out about the other side of the wall, we are ignored or labeled anti-Semitic. Speaking out against inhumane and violence perpetuated by any government is a moral imperative for those who know the truth and are compelled to share it. Criticizing USA policy does not make one an unpatriotic American, but a thinking, feeling and compassionate world citizen. Opposing Israel's occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people does not make one anti-Semitic, but proves one cares for the weak, the vulnerable and those without a voice.

"The Israeli aggression is relentless, and Israel benefits from Lebanon, in that the world is not paying attention to Gaza," said Interior Minister Said Syiam in Gaza City. "I appeal to the world to pay attention."


Two months after Israel's offensive on Gaza began; the civilian population is desperate, isolated, and defenceless before Israeli massacres.

On July 24, 2006 Franklin Graham, President of Samaritans Purse, issued a "Prayer Alert: Crisis in the Holy Land." He states the "latest conflict between Israel and the Hezzbollah terrorist group in Lebanon has created a unique opportunity for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to reach out with God's love to thousands of families displaced by the fighting."

The good news is that in the midst of the mayhem of the Middle East the potential now exists as never before, to wake up USA Christians to the six decade long refugee crisis in the land we all call Holy, and the nearly four decades of occupation that has been allowed to not just continue unchallenged by America, but is also supported by the USA with billions of dollars worth of weapons of destruction and billions of USA tax dollars.

Graham sites Matthew 5:44, that Christians are to "love your enemies" and Psalm 122:6 that we are to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Good advice, but prayer without action is hypocrisy.

Because Lebanon is 30% Christian, evangelicals have begun to arouse from their blind allegiance to the Israeli governments policies and with education of the true facts on the ground there is hope that the real crisis in the Holy Land can now be addressed, a partial list includes:

1. Four decades of occupation.
2. Millions of refugees who are not allowed to return home and millions who cannot get passports to leave.
3. Over 100 unrecognized villages in Israel where Arab's have been given Israeli citizenship and pay taxes but receive no services; no electricity, no water, no medical, no schools, no respect, no human rights.
4. 4,170 Palestinian Homes have been demolished without reason or compensation since 2000. []
5. A concrete wall/electrified fence that does not follow the Green Line and has been deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice and must come down, but continues to grab Palestinian land, water and divides families and prevents farmers from tending their land which terminates their rights to it.
6. 9,599 Palestinians prisoners are being held, many without charges and access to legal council, and many of these are woman and children.
7. 60+ new Jewish-only settlements have been built on confiscated Palestinian land between March 2001 and July 11, 2003. [IBID]
8. The U.S. gives $15,139,178 per day to the Israeli government and military and has furnished billions in weapons of destruction.

"We have seen the enemy and he is US"-Pogo

According to The Nation on the web href="" target="_blank">

Over the past months, the White House has convened a series of off-the-record meetings about its policies in the Middle East with leaders of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a newly formed political organization that tells its members that supporting Israel's expansionist policies is "a biblical imperative."

The Nation reported that CUFI's pressed White House officials to adopt a more confrontational posture toward Iran, to refuse aid to the Palestinians and give Israel a free hand as it ramped up its military conflict with Hezbollah.


The White House has not revealed the names of the officials who met with CUFI lobbyists which is a tentacle from the Armageddon-based foreign-policy views of its founder, John Hagee.
Hagee is a fundamentalist, fire-and-brimstone preacher and a leader of the fastest growing cult in America: Christian Zionism, which is inherently anti-Semitic.

While Jewish Zionism began with the hope that all Jewish people would have a safe and peaceful dwelling place, these corruptors of the gospel Christ preached, adhere to a 200 year old mis-interpretation and mis-reading of disparate scriptures that they have weaved together to support their fear based doctrine.

Hagee has captivated nearly 18,000 misled Christians at his Cornerstone Church with his take on who the anti-christ is, and he also hosts a major TV ministry where he explains his views of how the end times will unfold. He blatantly corrupts and denies the message that Christ preached. Hagee, Hal Lindsay and the Left Behinder's are doomsday false 'prophets' who believe that the only way to defeat "Islamist fascists" is with a full-scale military assault.

The cult of 'Christian' Zionism is what the concept of Anti-Christ is all about. This heretical theology of Premellenial Dispensation worships a god of Armageddon and not the God of love, forgiveness and compassion that Jesus/AKA The Prince of Peace taught, is the epitome of what the majority of theologians have always understood to be what the term anti-christ is really about.

Christian Zionists desire to convert the Jews to Christianity or leave them to perish in a nuclear holocaust, for they believe that is Gods desire.

In 1891, Christian fundamentalist and lay-preacher, William Blackstone appealed to President Benjamin Harrison to help establish a Jewish state in Palestine. Blackstone was a disciple of Dwight L. Moody and they both were influenced by the father of premillenial dispensationalism, John Nelson Darby.

Darby had great success in connecting with the post-Civil War survivors and was able to transmit his new theology into the heartland of America. Despite the horrifying news of Czarist pogroms that could have been the catalyst to establishing a Jewish state before the Holocaust, the fundamentalists moved onto the Scope's Trial and forgot about the Jews for a while.

Fifty years later and after six million innocents were cold bloodedly murdered, and then only after the British Mandate ran out, Israel was born.
Most evangelicals interpreted the establishment of Israel to be the fulfillment of -how they understood and interpreted- certain prophetic scriptures. They interpreted the Israeli victory in the 1967 War and the capture of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights to be an act of God and not because of Israeli superior military might.

The American Bi-Centennial in 1976 was a watershed year for the religious right. While mainline churches declined evangelical fundamentalist churches became the fastest growing sector of American Christianity. TIME magazine named 1976 as The Year of The Evangelical and suddenly they became a legitimate political and religious force.
"Following the War of 1967, Israel gained an increased portion of USA foreign aid and military budgets, becoming the 'western pillar' of the USA strategic alliance against Soviet incursion into the Middle East...During this period AIPAC and other pro-Israeli lobby agencies began their ascent to power in shaping USA foreign policy. The Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant denominations began to develop a more balanced approach to the Middle East, bringing them closer to the international consensus on the Palestinian question. Pro-Israel organizations interpreted this shift as being Anti-Israel and in turn began to court the conservative Christians."-pg. 35 Challenging Christian Zionism

In 1977, when President Carter stated "The Palestinians deserve a right to their homeland." The Christian fundamentalists and Israeli lobby responded with full page ads stating: "The time has come for evangelical Christians to affirm their belief in biblical prophecy and Israel's divine right to the land...and affirm our belief in the Promised Land to the Jewish people." [Ibid]

The Reagan White House hosted a series of seminars from the Israeli lobby and Christian right. This was when Hal Lindsay, Pat Robertson, Jerry Fawell and the Moral majority infiltrated the West Wing.
"Fawell received a Lear Jet from the Israeli government for his personal travel...When Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear plant in 1981, Prime Minister Begin called Jerry Fawell [ before he called Reagan] to ask him 'to explain to the Christian public the reasons for the bombings.'" [Ibid pg. 37]

In 1996, Netanyahu and Likud ideology dominated Israeli policy and 17 evangelical USA pastors pledged their support of illegal colonies in the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights and full support for a Jerusalem under sovereignty of Israel.
The Christian Zionists launched a PR campaign under the banner: "Christians Call for a United Jerusalem."
They ignored the fact that they were in conflict with American policy and the Oslo process as well as a direct attack on Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant unity with the Churches for Middle East Peace that called for a Shared Jerusalem.
What Hagee and the Left Behind crowd have left behind is that Christ promised: "The Peacmakers shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9


"The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty," Hagee wrote this year in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. "Israel and America must confront Iran's nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide."


The theology of the fictional Left Behind series, is the epitome of the spirit of the anti-christ:
fear of the other that drives one to violence.

THE PHILOSOPHY AND MORALS of JESUS of NAZARETH, as penned by Thomas Jefferson illuminate just how far these neo-Christians have strayed from the message Christ delivered and modeled with his life.

According to Christ, to be his follower, one must be just: for justice comes from virtue which comes from the heart.
And that one is to treat ALL people the way one wants to be treated and not to judge the non-believer.

Christ taught that the only way to resist evil is with good and modeled that one must always work for PEACEFUL resolutions, even to the point of returning violence with compassion and forgiveness, as Jesus did when nailed to a cross for he prayed:

"Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing."


Eileen is an activist, author, poet, reporter and editor for the WAWA Blog: Her first novel "Keep Hope Alive" will be available August 2006 and 100% of royalties will go to provide olive trees for peace in Israel Palestine.

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August 18, 2006 at 21:59:12

One Last Chance

by Mick Youther

In July, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that "by an almost 3-to-1 margin" Americans felt that America was heading in the wrong direction, and they wanted Democrats to take control of Congress in 2006 (AP, 7/14/06). That is why we have elections in America.

"Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights." --Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia (1900), p. 842.

At the time Jefferson made this statement, only white males who owned property could vote. Since then, though, We The People have amended our Constitution to extend the right to vote to former slaves, minorities, women, and 18-year olds. The majority of Americans believe that every citizen should have an equal voice in the government that represents them. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees.

The same Republican strategists who gave us Ronald Reagan and a pair of Bushes realized that their platform of tax cuts for the rich, cuts in social programs, and perpetual war would not be popular with American voters for very long. They knew they could never win a fair election, so they set out to make sure they never had to.

"[In 2000] Bush was elected not by counting the votes [in Florida] but by preventing their count. And he was reelected the same way in 2004 when a quarter million votes were nullified in Ohio." -- Greg Palast,, 7/14/06

"Florida was so successful [stealing the election], the Republicans.. have been busy "floridizing" state elections procedures from sea to shining sea." --Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, NY: Plume, 2003.

"Officials [in Ohio] purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives, shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency." --Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rolling Stone, June 2006

"Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election. ...[I]n Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004" --Art Levine,, 7/19/06

"Since 2000 more Americans are at greater risk of being disenfranchised than at any time since the days of segregation. Provisional ballots that are not counted, substandard voting machines, and chicanery such as in Ohio that literally denied black voters the means to vote, all conspire to maintain the status quo that has established one party Republican rule." --Margaret Kimberley, The Chicago Defender, 11/18/05

Republican strategists know that even though they have used every illegal, under-handed, dirty trick-in-the-book to suppress the Democratic votes; they still don't have enough die-hard Republicans, Dittoheads, and people willing to vote against their own interests to win an election. That is why they have also taken control of every aspect of our electoral process.

"Republicans build the voting machines, Republicans write the secret software, Republicans count and compile the totals. The Republican machines allow no auditing of the vote totals they report. So Republicans have the ability to "win" elections, regardless of the will of the voters. There is compelling evidence that they have done just that." --Dr. Howard Dean, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, 12/13/05

"80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S. ...The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers (and Republican Donors). ...30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail. ...All-not some-but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates." --from Twenty Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA,, 1/8/06  [THAT is hard to believe, even for me, and I've been irate about the criminally negligent RECEIPTLESS machines here since at least 2001.  OpEd news is reliable-but not quotable like THIS!!/js]

"The United States is the only major democracy that allows private partisan corporations to secretly count and tabulate the votes with proprietary non-transparent software." --The Free Press, October 26, 2005

"Recent scientific analysis has found that all electronic voting machines are vulnerable to breakdowns, lost votes, ballot formatting errors, and errors in computation. They are also vulnerable to deliberate efforts, by a wide range of potential actors, to hack the system and change the outcome of an election." --Mary Howe Kiraly,, 7/27/06

"[The General Accounting Office] report now confirms that electronic voting machines as deployed in 2004 were in fact perfectly engineered to allow a very small number of partisans with minimal computer skills and equipment to shift enough votes to put George W. Bush back in the White House." --Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, The Free Press, 10/26/05

In response to the huge number of problems with electronic voting machines (both deliberate and accidental), Rep. Russ Holt (D-NJ) sponsored a bill (HR 550) requiring all voting machines to produce backup "voter-verified paper record". The bill was originally called The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003. Then it was called The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2004. Then it was called The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of of 2005, and now I assume it is now called The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2006. When last seen, it was disappearing into a black hole, called the [INCUMBENT-CONTROLLED = correct label /js] Republican-controlled House Administration Committee. You get the idea.

[INCUMBENT-CONTROLLED = correct label /js] Republicans have absolutely no interest in changing the way we vote, in holding the machine makers responsible, in having a verified paper trail, in eliminating conflicts of interest [of partisan election officials]..." --Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), speaking at the Take Back America progressive conference, June 2006

There is an important election in November. An overwhelming majority of Americans want to see the Democrats regain control of Congress; but will that desire translate into victory at the polls-or is it too late? Do the Republicans already have such a stranglehold on our elections that our votes no longer count? [without question the 2000 and 2004 elections have been absolutely proven to have been systematically and egregiously tampered-with, sometimes with extreme defiance of applicable laws/js] We shall see.

"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery." --Thomas Paine

"Those who make peaceful change impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." --John F. Kennedy

Register and vote! It may be your last chance.


Mick Youther is an American citizen, an independent voter, a veteran, a parent, a Christian, a scientist, a writer, and all-around nice guy who has been aroused from a comfortable apathy by the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush Administration.

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The Vast Rightwing Conspiracy

The Vast Rightwing Conspiracy Theory isn't a matter of conjecture, it's a matter of fact. A half dozen corporations do own and control most of our newspaper and media outlets, and they are part of the Vast Rightwing Conspiracy to impose an Authoritarian Government on America. Those corporations are in turn owned by America's "elite," the richest and most politically powerful families in the U.S.A.

The corporate media disseminates lies and propaganda to bolster Authoritarian leaders and to crush dissent. They have accomplished their goals, we have in fact an Authoritarian Government in America.

by rabblerowzer (0 articles, 31 comments) on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 6:57:16 AM



After returning from the Army back in 2000, I was told to check out one of the churches that belong to this association. So I did, and signed up for a small group. About 3/4 of the way through the small group signup, the leader asked for more people to become facilitators because there were not enough people signing up for that position. About 5 minutes later, after nobody volunteered, he made the announcement I'll never forget:
"Come on folks, we really need some facilitators. Don't be scared - you don't need to know the Bible to do this. You just need to be able to facilitate a discussion".

I was so shocked that I called him over. I asked him how he could have someone lead a small group that didn't know the Bible. He was quick to correct me - "they're not leaders, they're facilitators". Then I brought up Stephen, who was chosen to hand out food to widows, but to qualify just for that position, he had to be "full of the Spirit and wisdom" (Acts 6:3). How much more should someone leading a small group? He then said "We're short and we have to have people", and then he walked away. I guess James 3:1 doesn't mean anything anymore.

This is just one incident I had at one of the churches in the Willow Creek Assoc. Never mind the secular songs used during worship, the absence of the cross in the building "because it might offend someone" (I was actually told that), the shallow and pragmatic preaching.

Yes, if we would just rely on the power of the Holy Spirit and faithfully exposit God's Word, we wouldn't need to resort to this folly that is unfortunately becoming a false yeast in the dough.

Posted by: Clay Tarpley at August 3, 2006 11:07 AM


"See reality not as it is..." If that isn't the most oxymoronic statement. But this is the game these self-proclaimed pastors play. They toy with language, manipulating statements and phrases in order to swoon easily-awed babies. "Wow this sounds so fresh and cool and on the cutting edge!!"

hmmm...I think the Willow Creek copywriters should maybe think of changing their slogan too:

"See reality not as it is...well in this case let's not see reality at all!"

the foundations continue to crumble. . .

Posted by: reformedtwentysomething at August 3, 2006 01:13 PM

Willow Creek Leadership Conference: Where is the Holy Ghost?

Here's what the Christian Post is saying about the upcoming Willow Creek Leadership Conference, beamed by satellite to 125 churches.

On Aug. 10-12, some 70,000 church and business leaders will participate in the global gathering led by a host of leadership experts including Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church -- voted this year's most influential church in America, according to The Church Report.

"If Christian leaders ever needed to be equipped for the challenges in this ever-changing landscape, it's now. The Leadership Summit provides a unique opportunity for Christ-following leaders to take the next step in their continual development," said Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church and best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, in a released statement.

"See reality not as it is but how it might be," reads the theme of the 11th annual Leadership Summit.

Sounds eerily identical to White House agents saying  [Iraq] 'Reality is unimportant, it is what we say it is'  Could there be a symbiotic link with CZ and RR and GOP authoritarianism!? Nah! 
QED, @ JKS  20Aug'06 ]

.../... So when my pastor hailed this pagan [ M. Scott Peck ] as "a fine Christian author", I about puked. When I approached him about his remarks after the service, he was surprised - and told me that he was given the quote and endorsement by another SBC pastor and had not bothered checking it out.


Pastors who fail to take their position responsibly do inestimable harm to the church. We who love the Lord must pray for our pastors AND hold them accountable.

Posted by: Stuart L. Brogden at August 3, 2006 11:12 AM

Quoting Heretics: The New Trend for Christian Authors


This article describes how Sweet, revered in emergent circles, actually thanks New Age occultist David Spangler for his help and influence! This post on the Lighthouse Trails blog addresses the strange propensity for Christians to quote heretics like Sue Monk Kidd. Ms. Kidd long ago left her Christian heritage and has been traveling the country promoting her New Age spirituality. That hasn't stopped speakers and pastors like Dr. David Jeremiah, or Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) or Today's Christian Women from favorably citing her work.

A Very Poor Christian "Communicator" Rob Bell

I have substantially updated and expanded this piece concerning Rob Bell who is fast becoming the "Elvis" of Emergent. In it I provide some background for you to understand where he started from and you'll even see corroboration from another pastor, who is sypathetic to Bell, and is quite familiar with his "entertaining" work, that Bell "doesn't make the way of salvation through the substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross."

And the "love" notes of "peace" such as this from Emergents like Scott in the comments section speak very loudly concerning the "gospel" they are receiving to "grow from" through Christian "communicator" Rob Bell:

"So many comments, so full of negative words - and maybe jealousy?If Rob is not against us, then he is for us (Mark 9:40). But can the same be said of the comments on this site. Rob Bell preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that people can hear and grow from. I hope for your congregations, you all do the same. Peace to you."

Posted by Rev. Ken Silva on August 3, 2006 @ 11:46 PM
Emergent Church

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Rev. Silva ... I just picked up Kenton C. Anderson's new book "Choosing to Preach" (Zondervan). Anderson is dean of Northwest Baptist Seminary, and associate professor of homiletics at Trinity Western University (British Columbia, Canada). Anyway, he uses Rob Bell as an example of what a "visionary sermon" (popular among emergents) looks like. (He also showcases MacArthur, Warren, and Eugene Lowry.) There's no condemnation; he actually extols Bell's Nooma series of video clips. Overall, he's accepting of this "very poor Christian communicator" (as you call him).

As to the quote: "Well, because God wired them that way ... to seek Him." The emphasis should have been on "to seek Him." I definitely am not Emergent friendly--but I think what Bell was saying is simply that God has wired us to seek Him; unfortunately people seek for Him in all the wrong things. Sad.

Posted by: T. Ruth at August 4, 2006 08:07 AM

I have just split from the AG church that I have been attending for the better part of this year. The reasons are numerous, mostly revolving around the doctrinal issues I have with the Pentecostal faith, but primarily due to the fact that the youth ministry I was involved in is sliding ever so closely to the seeker/emergent/relational edge and I fear it wont be long before they go over the precipice.

During the summer interns from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Evangel University came and took over the sunday school class. They, taking their cues straight from the postmodern drenched culture, aptly renamed the Sunday School class "Vintage." How ironic. I hated the name. I hated it then, I still hate it now. A reformist friend of mine (who is a sophmore at the University of Oklahoma...a "twentysomething") turned to me one day and said "By 'vintage' I assume the purpose behind the summer classes will be a robust study of Christianity's rich heritage. The creeds and the councils and the reformation and such."
In a word: no.
"Vintage", along with all the other "words" that get thrown around in todays postmodern church, means absolutely nothing whatsoever. Just like the word "Jesus" has been emptied of all meaning, maintainng no propositional structure and now being worn as a badge on an abercrombie and fitch polo.

Reverend Ken, it grieves my spirit, so much so that sometimes all I can do is bow my head and weep for my generation. They are being bamboozled by the enemy and showing absolute contempt for El Elyon and his ways. During the last Sunday School class I attended 70+ ripe-for-molding students sat watching a NOOMA video. "Bull-Horn Guy " was the name of it and it was my first introduction to Rob Bell. I had no idea who the guy was but felt a rush of righteous indignation from the minute I saw him sitting on a bench with his curly hair and emo glasses spouting off his pseudo-gospel rhetoric.

I make my departure with a Piper qoute:

"Those who talk like this--"Christ unites, doctrine divides"--have simply replaced propositions about Christ with the word Christ. It carries no meaning until one says something about him. They think they have done something profound and fresh, when they call us away from the propositions of doctrine to the word Christ. In fact they have done something very old and worn and deadly."

Posted by: reformedtwentysomething at August 14, 2006 12:49 PM

The Cult that I was raised in and was delivered from by the grace of God, which was very concerned about the ecuminical movement (not knowing they were already part of Babylon) has many members embracing Rob Bell.
This cult has been around for 80 years and was built on the platform that they would overcome sin and be just like Jesus who they thought was a heavenly creature.
Many in this cult just love Rob Bell. Why would that be? It is apparent that they are enamored by his rejection of the Orthodox Christian Faith. He espouses a universalism gospel, which is no gospel at all.

Rob Bell is a false teacher who denies the atonment. He does not believe in the Word of God.
Please keep exposing this poison, Pastor Ken. It is unbelievable how many deceptions are going on.

In Christ,
Posted by: todd at August 14, 2006 12:50 PM
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W.L. Brall

Yes I did say that. Israel is comprised of all who enter by faith through the promise given as Isaac. We are ingrafted as gentiles into that tree which has the root of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
According to Eph 2:11-22, Israel is comprised of both Jew and Gentile united by the finished work of Christ and the cross.
I am not saying I am "jewish".
Israel is the chosen people of God and a careful reading of the Scripture demonstrates that God' plan was for all nations, not just the jews.
I do not wish to make this a forum for this kind of study. I will post more on this on my blog later today.

Posted by: Chris P. August 15, 2006 09:30 AM [box at right ] 
 [yet will Heaven allow them not? / 'with Faith as Children' I must suppose so, which sadly repudiates ~all discernment and thus doctrines! oops, God is God.  /jks]

Friday, July 14, 2006

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem  [baffling how some blogspot sites have indexed & properly titled shortcuts for articles... not in this case, sorry, 'Reader' if you exist! /js]

.../.... For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: "About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son." 10And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad--in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call-- 12she was told, "The older will serve the younger." 13As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated

In light of the outbreak of hostilities in Lebanon and Gaza:
My prayer is that the church get it's head out of the convoluted teachings of dispensationalism, quit listening to John Hagee and Perry Stone and start reading the Bible. Oh yeah,and stop watching the media and their slanted misinformation campaign. [Amen, writeth js]

He is: H'Yeshuah B' Maschiach Yeshua
Chris P.

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Chris P. said...

Thanks friend. When the charismatic/messianic folks begin to understand that the Abrahamic covenant is the all encompassing covenant of the Scriptures, and that Abraham was sumerian/chaldean.babylonian, and there was no Israel until Jacob wrestled at Peniel and Israel is both "jew and gentile" according to
Eph 2:
11Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-- 12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

There is no separate covenant with
eretz Y'Israel. There are unfulfilled prophecies, but we should be worrying about the place where God has placed us, wherever that is. Jer 29:7

There are no "jewish genetics" either.
I realize I will be branded as one of those who espouses "replacement" theology, but as I have said before I am not denominational, arminian or calvinist, or ...???
I strive to be Scriptural. They should do the same.
I will check out the info you provided. Thanks again.
July 15, 2006 6:56 AM
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Museum hails ancient Psalter found in bog By Jodie Ginsberg

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's national museum on Tuesday hailed what it said was one of the most significant discoveries in decades -- and perhaps centuries -- after an ancient prayer book was found by chance in an Irish bog.
The National Museum of Ireland said fragments of what appeared to be an ancient Psalter or Book of Psalms, written around AD 800, were uncovered by a bulldozer in a bog in the south Midlands.

"In discovery terms this Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls is being hailed by the Museum's experts as the greatest find ever from a European bog," the museum said in a statement.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in the mid 20th century, are considered to be of enormous religious and historical significance since they include some of the earliest known surviving Biblical documents.

..."In my wildest hopes, I could only have dreamed of a discovery as fragile and rare as this," Museum Director Pat Wallace said, adding it was not so much the fragments themselves, but what they represented, that was of such "staggering" importance.
"It testifies to the incredible richness of the Early Christian civilisation of this island and to the greatness of ancient Ireland," he said.  ... possibly more than a thousand to twelve hundred years ago."

Part of Psalm 83, a lament to God over other nations' attempts to wipe out Israel, is legible but the museum said the extent to which other Psalms or additional texts are preserved would only be determined by lengthy work by a team of experts.

The Culture of Followers

In this article Scott McIntyre of Wood & Steel Ministries brings to light something to which we should be paying strict attention. What will happen when the entire body of Christ is following after a few select leaders that "are...

Posted in Slice of Laodicea on August 22, 2005 10:17 PM

Has Zondervan Smeared 'Filthy Graffiti ' Across The Word of God'?

It's a shame that we need to keep posting topics that require a parental advisory, but unfortunately this is going to be yet another. A new Bible created especially for girls age 13-16 has some Christian parents saying such material should not appear alongside Scripture.

Stacy McDonald is editor of Homeschooling Today, author of "Raising Maidens of Virtue" (a great book that we read to our daughters) had this to say:

"I find this 'Bible' comparable to filthy graffiti smeared across the Word of God. Instead of edifying young girls and encouraging them to godliness it actually violates their purity by its very text,"
A spokesman for Zondervan defended the content of the teen Bible, saying the company would be irresponsible not to include the controversial subject matter.

Posted by Jim Bublitz on March 21, 2006 @ 07:30 PM
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Heat Wave Edition - Christian Carnival CXXXIV

Hello and welcome to Christian Carnival CXXXIV (that's 134 outside of Rome). My old friend, Heat Miser brings you greetings as well! Be nice to him... he's a bit of a hothead, you know.
Is religion The Root of All Evil? At Principled Discovery, Dana begins with Mel Gibson's latest statements and compares them to media statements about Christianity.

Want to learn a little more about political philosophy? JCHFleetguy at Brain Cramps For God is in the midst of that very exercise. Check the post A "Discussion" of Political Philosophy.

Marijuana and hashish in the Old Testament? "Not a chance," says Tyler from Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot. Then he sets about debunking the whole idea. Interesting read.

Minimum Attention For Minimum Wage is the offering from Father David at Left of Calvary.

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One lady asked me, "If I become a Christian, will my life get better?" My answer didn't really satisfy her. I told her that her situations wouldn't change, but the way she looked at them would. Like the rich young ruler, she walked away shaking her head, for she wanted everything to be different. She wanted her boyfriend to really love her. She wanted her illnesses to go away. She wanted a better job and a better this and a better that. But why bother if nothing will be different?

The thing is, when a person trusts Christ to be not only Lord, but also Savior, nothing is different. Ah, but everything's changed. "Keeping up with the Joneses" isn't what drives us anymore. Stockpiling cash and prizes aren't our lives' focus. We now look to please God rather than men. We understand that this earth is not all there is. We realize just how messed up we really are.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Thinking About the 4th

Wow, what a busy week! I'm finally getting caught up around here, but there have been so many things rumbling through my gray matter that it's going to take a while to get it all fleshed out. Plus there's a worship service to prepare for today, so I'll regale you with a rerun. I actually posted this back in January, but it's much more appropriate this weekend.

I posted a couple of days ago about the way the minds of so many American Christians link patriotism and Christianity as almost one and the same. This was an extension of my July 4th post about the American flag's presence on church property. Anyway, in the comments section, Bob of gratitude and hoopla pointed out,
I hear all the time from people who have mistakenly equated Christianity with Americanism. It sounds foolish to our ears, perhaps, but where did they get that idea? Did we give it to them? I think the answer is yes, unfortunately. We have to work at correcting this misunderstanding, for we bear that responsibility. I thank God for my country, but it does seem that we American evangelicals are far too "at home in this world".
Now I can argue that personally, I didn't give these people that idea, but I realize that Bob was using "we" to refer to Christians in general, especially teachers and preachers. But the responsibility to correcting this misunderstanding falls on me and upon all who are reading this. So how do we do it? How do we get people to see that Christian does not equal American? Here are a few ideas:

(1) Get the American flag off of church property. We don't have to fly flags, right? And flying the American (or Canadian or whichever) flag forces us to put Christianity and patriotism on the same level, or if both flags are on one pole it's the Christian flag which is pushed to the bottom. You can't tell me that the symbolism isn't noticed at one level or another by the general population. I went off on that topic

(2) Preach about Christian sacrifice. What should we be willing to give up for Christ? Think about this: Almost every church in America has people sitting in the pews who would gladly lay down their lives for their country, but who wouldn't in a million years give up their lives for God. You know it's true.

(3) Along with that idea, preach about the advantages of being a Christian. Those who would die for their country realize that they want the advantages of being an American to be available to others. They will give their lives so that others can continue to enjoy those benefits. But do most people understand the advantages of being a Christian? Aside from being "fire insurance", what about the value here on earth -- peace which passes all understanding, hope, strength, faith, etc. Does the average person in the good ol' U. S. A. know about these things? I'd bet not. Perhaps the idea of Christian sacrifice wouldn't seem so foreign if we realized the benefits we're already using.

(4) Teach priorities. Do not denegrate this country. It's a great country. I'm sure Canada is fantastic too. But this is not our home. Our first priority is to our Creator and Savior.

(5) Don't allow anyone to inject "America" into the Scriptures. I've heard so many people interpret
2 Chronicles 7:14 as applying to the United States, yet in context the promise to "heal the land" is for the nation of Israel. Americans are not the "people who are called by my name". Not that we shouldn't humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, but the promise is not for America.

At least those are my ideas. Feel free to argue any of them or suggest more. But a clear teaching of Scripture is needed to give a clear understanding that we are called to be Christians before we consider our home country. I argued in
my last post that we are to be Christians before we are doctors or fathers or any other role we fulfill. Being a Christian first makes us better doctors and better fathers and so on. In the same way, making sure Christ is our first priority will make us better citizens, and it will put God solely on the throne as He deserves.
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At 8:28 AM, July 07, 2006, Kim from Hiraeth said…

There is at least one other reason.

I am reminded of a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, "Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer."

quoting Edwards:

"If you have left off calling upon God, it is time for you to leave off hoping and flattering yourselves with an imagination that you are the children of God.
Probably it will be a very difficult thing for you to do this. It is hard for a man to let go an hope of heaven, on which he hath once allowed himself to lay hold, and which he hath retained for a considerable time. True conversion is a rare thing; but that men are brought off from a false hope of conversion, after they are once settled and established in it, and have continued in it for some time, is much more rare."


At 8:39 AM, July 07, 2006, MegLogan said…

"it is a way for us to want what God wants, " -SO true... I long to desire what God desires! Seems I was once doing far better in this area than I am of late!

"We just can't find a pressing reason to make it necessary or even efficient."-- Yet again, very true statement. This is one of my primary fears, that I will pray and not say anything but vain repetition, that I will have nothing to say, that I am too proud to even think there is something I NEED to say.

"He knows that we're so self-absorbed that our efforts at a relationship with Him are superficial at best."-- Again, hit the nail right on the head. So often I am praying for myself! and asking for this or that, but really what I need is a deeper knowledge of Him, a closer relationship with Him, a heart that is so attached to His that I desire what He desires...

(ps thanks for the plug!)

Doubt, Pride and Shame

A good writer doesn't give away the answers to the question too quickly. So, call me a hack.

I asked the question, "So, why don't we pray?" and I've already given you the answers that I've come up with right there in the title. Doubt, pride and shame. I thank those who offered their comments, which I believe fit into these three categories.

When I first started hashing this thought out in public, it was at Meg Logan's Blog. (Meg was away from the blogosphere for awhile, but is back at it again. I heartily recommend a trip over there.) But in one post on prayer, I mused about this subject and Meg, very bravely, admitted that her problem was doubt. It is very easy for us to doubt that our prayer will make any difference at all in the situation we pray about. Why is that? Because we've all prayed for something and not received what we prayed for. All of us. I've met no one who is batting 1.000 in the GWPF's (Getting What we Prayed For's). In fact, I'd say I know more people who are closer to .050 than to .500 in GWPF's.

So doubting is natural for us. Since we often think of prayer as a way of getting what we want instead of remembering that it is a way for us to want what God wants, we can get discouraged watching request after request go unanswered -- or at least not answered the way we want.

If we don't think something is going to "work" it becomes a less attractive way for us to spend our time. But prayer is not about getting God to change His mind, it's about molding us into the image of Christ Jesus. "Thy will be done" -- remember?

The mental image I use when explaining how prayer works is of a person in a rowboat holding a rope which is tied to the dock. By pulling on the rope, the dock is not brought closer to the boat. In fact just the opposite is true. Prayer is most effective when our will is brought into line with God's will.
But the doubting mind keeps us from seeing the true purpose of prayer, and so drives us away from prayer. We may not really hate the idea of praying. We just can't find a pressing reason to make it necessary or even efficient.

Then comes pride. Pride makes us think that prayer is unnecessary because we can handle the tough stuff ourselves. Pride makes us believe that we're not in that bad shape. Pride says that we are rugged individualists who have no need for a crutch. Pride tells us that "God helps those who help themselves" yet forgets that this old saw is not taught in Scripture.

Oh, pride. It's just our own poor perception of ourselves taking action. It's usually more of a "male" thing, but it brings down plenty of females too. Urging us to "be strong" and to "deal with it" and the like. Funny how Jesus never had any real problem with being too proud to pray -- and I doubt we think we're stronger than Him!

We do so love to have a good opinion of ourselves. Self-actualization, self-worth, loving yourself before you can love others... the world tries to sell us that whole bill of goods daily. Scripture teaches something else entirely. And the Bible is full of examples of godly people who weren't too proud to come to their Creator.

Shame. There's a word we don't hear much anymore. I suppose it stems from the whole pride nonsense. But deep down we still have shame, even when the world tries to tell us we shouldn't. And that shame can get in the way of our relationship with Christ.

.../...  [Shame: ...] All this to avoid a confrontation which needed to be worked out. Running from confrontation seldom accomplishes anything but delaying the inevitable. Yet still many people run. By the same token, many run from prayer, too ashamed to go to God to get rid of the 1200 pound gorilla.

Now maybe I'm just being simplistic here. But I think prayer avoidance comes down to these three categories. Again, not having time is just an excuse. Claiming to not know what to pray or how to pray or even not knowing we should pray are childish rationalizations meant to make ourselves feel better about snubbing Almighty God. It's back to doubting in prayer or God's ability to answer prayer, being too proud to ask for help, and feeling too much shame to come to the One we continue to sin against.

But isn't understanding the reason for our running a step toward getting that prayer life on track? I'm challenging you and me both to deal with the reason why we don't pray, then let God put it as far away as the east is from the west, and get back to a deepened relationship with our Savior and Lord. posted by rev-ed @ 12:24 AM
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School Loan Debts Snag Mission Candidates

Reprinted by permission of Christianity Today

Rising tuition and easy loans send students into debt--- and away from the mission field!


At Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee a missions committee fund provides up to $1,000 per year for each student from the church headed for missions. If a student does not enter missions work with-in a reasonable time after graduation, he or she is asked to repay the money with interest. Since about 1982, the fund has helped 25 students complete undergraduate and graduate studies, according to missions pastor Valgene Hayworth. In that time, only two have not gone to the mission field.

Smaller churches that cannot match Elmbrook's million-dollar missions budget can still contribute to a potential missionary's success, according to Floyd Bruning of the ACMC. "The key is for churches to assume responsibility early in the process, long before someone becomes a candidate, and find ways to keep them out of debt in the first place."

-- Monthly Ecumenical Deaf Worship, Hands of Christ Deaf Ministry, Appleton
-- Monthly Interpreted Services, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Appleton
-- Weekly Interpreted Church Services, Elmbrook Church, Brookfield

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[WADNet Post] August 7, 2006: Religious Updates

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RELIGIOUS UPDATES -- Summer Series: Theology on Tap -- August Dates for Women's Bible Study, Appleton  -- Aug 20: Deaf Sunday School Class, East Delavan Bible Church, Delavan


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