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VeggieTales Versus Rob Bell: Not That Much Difference!

Posted by Job on March 24, 2011

First, let me say that I haven’t read Rob Bell’s book and I do not plan to ever to. The reason is that my bookshelf is so stacked with great items from legitimate Christian writers that it will take me years to go through them all, and I am yet in the process of trying to acquire more (I want a good commentary on the book of Daniel and on the gospel of Luke; I am accepting recommendations towards that end). So I don’t have the time – or the inclination – to read prattle from a known false teacher. Further, the doctrines that Bell are spreading are not new, but instead are the same abominable heresies that the church has been contending against since nearly the beginning, and then just as now are  the result of reading humanistic and pagan ideas into the Bible text. So, if you want a review of Bell’s “Love Wins”, I suggest Albert Mohler, Ken Silva (from whom I first learned of Bell and the movement that he represents), Phil Johnson, Tim Challies, The Gospel Coalition, and a host of Christian thinkers far more capable of that sort of thing than I. Meanwhile, I will continue to spend my free time reading books that actually contain truth from the likes of Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, George Whitefield and John Eadie.

Still, it is curious to note a curiosity or two. First, the postmodern hermeneutics employed by Bell, Brian McLaren, and similar are by no means new. Quite the contrary, it is reminiscent of allegorical and other techniques that have used to either ignore or alter the meaning of “inconvenient” Bible texts for hundreds of years. I won’t go into the various doctrines that these methods have been used to support or reject, but it goes without saying that using his interpretative method when it suits your own purposes makes it a lot harder to stand in the face of a blasphemer that is using it for his.

Second, it is even more difficult to hold figures like C.S. Lewis in high esteem (and for that matter Billy Graham) when Lewis, Graham, and many other giants of evangelical Christianity hold the same basic views as does Bell! Any number of evangelical Christian leaders encourage us to run out and take our children to see the “Narnia” movies because “it is oh so important to support Christian efforts in Hollywood and the mainstream culture.” As for Billy Graham, well, their “Gideon: The Tuba Warrior” episode saw fit to depict Graham (of all the preachers in history) as one raised up by God despite Graham’s publicly stating beliefs similar to those of Bell.

Speaking of VeggieTales, I recall reading the line “The evangelical “Veggie Tales” cartoons—animated Bible stories featuring talking cucumbers and tomatoes—probably shape more children in their view of scripture than any … catechism does” in the Wall Street Journal. (Note: here is a good catechism for children.) They are not alone. Quite the contrary, you are more likely to encounter an actual Biblical theme in VeggieTales than you will in any “Christian” children’s programming in your local Christian video store, or on Christian broadcasting. But evangelical and many fundamentalist parents buy things like Veggie Tales, The Horned Avenger, On The Farm, Hermie The Caterpillar, Adventures In Odyssey etc. despite the clear fact that A) most of them offer a “Christless” Christianity focused more on ethics, morals, virtues, so-called family values, than the gospel. Phil Vischer specifically stated that this is done to increase sales and make more money from Christians, and has the motto “the more you preach, the fewer you reach.” So, all of that Jesus Christ talk will mean not selling videos because Christians won’t buy it! And they know of what they speak … consider that Good Times Entertainment, whose products were often about Jesus Christ (consider the Bible series featuring Charlton Heston), went bankrupt in 2005. An example of what leaving Jesus Christ out results in? Their “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” movie allegorically depicting Satan as the brother of Jesus Christ. Another example? Teaching works-righteousness in “Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella“, when the lead female character tells the lead male character (who in true feminist fashion – yes feminism has made real inroads in evangelical Christianity – in an incompetent idiot) that “Do you know what those who do the right thing are called? Righteous.” Actually, the New Testament says that righteousness comes by being imputed through Jesus Christ, and that it is impossible to be considered righteous apart from Jesus Christ. So the need to omit Jesus Christ in order to sell more DVDs results in teaching the exact opposite of what Jesus Christ taught and denying the reason for Jesus Christ’s ministry and work! As no one raised a peep about VeggieTales’ essentially endorsing Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, modern Judaism, and every other false works-based religion, how can we be surprised when Rob Bell has such a huge audience? Bell is only reaping the fruit that that was planted and watered by others in fields that were plowed by others.

Now granted, VeggieTales does get around to mentioning Jesus Christ and even His atonement occasionally (see their Easter episodes, though typical of modern Christianity, they give Christmas much more attention than Easter, including promoting the very destructive Santa Claus works religion in two of them … telling kids that there’s no Santa Claus means not selling any DVDs though!), they and the other “Christian” entertainment rarely – if ever – mentions the other side. They will tell you “accept Jesus Christ and go to heaven.” They will not say “if you do not, you will go to hell.” Indeed, even mentions of hell are rare, and this is the case in Christian children’s entertainment, contemporary Christian and gospel music, Christian movies, Christian books, and most Christian evangelism and preaching. So, since we are in a Christian culture that leaves out this important detail, what is the basis, the justification, for getting angry when Rob Bell comes in and fills in the blanks for us?

A lot of Christians are angry at Bell for not believing orthodoxy, but the real problem is that those who believe orthodoxy will not preach orthodoxy.  Challies mentions a new book that discusses “issues pertinent to the church today” which a lot of popular contemporary writers contributed to. According to Challies, there is no chapter on hell, and there are only two references to it in the index! That is no surprise. Clark Pinnock, the Rob Bell of his day, related that when a major Christian publishing company solicited prominent evangelicals to represent the traditional, Protestant view in Four Views On Hell (which is a theological debate in published form) they found no one wanting to take the job! (Ultimately, dispensational pastor and theologian John Walvoord took the challenge.) Pinnock – and again this is nearly 20 years ago – defended his position at the time, annihilationism (this was before Pinnock discarded any remaining pretense of adhering to inerrancy and adopted views similar to Bell’s) by stating that due to the increasing unwillingness of evangelicals to preach about and defend the doctrine of hell, the result would be a widespread embrace of universalism. (Pinnock was not well versed on pluralism at the time, but after learning more about purgatory from the Roman Catholic contributor to the project, Zachary Hayes, he ultimately adopted it as his own position.)

So, Veggie Tales and its effects on children is merely symbolic for the larger Christian scene itself, whether an unwillingness to oft preach and share the whole gospel because it is not acceptable in modern humanist culture – we Christians have to keep our place in the mainstream! – or an unwillingness to confront, condemn and separate from those who preach false doctrines. Quite the contrary, Christianity Today, long the evangelical standard, published a missive aimed at Christians appropriately denouncing Bell, claiming among other things that they lacked the necessary qualifications and standing to do so, and that their actions reflected a lack of various Christian virtues. The writer calls (indirectly but very intentionally) those attacking Bell “meain-spirited”, directly accuses them of “lacking self-restraint”, and pines for the days when such debates were the exclusive domains of people like Plato and “Saint” Thomas Aquinas – in addition to Moses and Augustine – “who gained respect through a lifetime of scholarship.”

Well the respect of the world earned by “Saint” Aquinas for advancing popery and of the pagan Plato is not what we should be after in the first place. Instead, we should seek the grace given through Jesus Christ. That so many of us want the respect of those in whom the truth is not present is precisely why this great vacuum on teachings about hell exists. The problem is not that Rob Bell stepped up to fill it, for there have always been and will always be until Jesus Christ returns false teachers. No, the problem is the carnality caused by the love of this present world in the church that allows this void to exist to begin with.

The result of this void caused by the worldliness is that as many as 59% of evangelical Christians believe that salvation can be obtained outside of Jesus Christ. Not surprisingly, 59% of evangelicals also have “dealing with moral breakdown” as a forefront issue; apparently the great commission can wait for another day. Again, and this should surprise who? Did you think that it was secular humanists being raised on VeggieTales, Hermie The Caterpillar, Focus On The Family etc. and buying them for their kids? Or that atheists are the ones buying Christian and gospel music that does a great job of emulating secular music (or maybe not) but oft neglects the gospel? That theological liberals are the ones heading to Christian bookstores and loading up on “devotionals” that are increasingly just Christianized pop psychology and motivational writings?

The issue is not Rob Bell. The issue is the church and its dereliction of its duty while chasing after worldly pleasures. And let Revelation 2 and 3 remind you: the church is where judgment begins. To more that is given, more is required, and the parables of Jesus Christ tell us that to those to whom more is given, more is required, and further if we are not faithful with what we have been given, then what we have will be taken from us and given to those who have been faithful. We Christians have been given the gospel, and we must avoid allowing the love of this world to prevent us from proclaiming it in its entirety.

In closing, it must be said that if you are a not a Christian, do not take comfort in the lies of the pluralists and others who claim that there is salvation outside of Jesus Christ. Yes, the Bible does declare that love wins, but it will be love of holiness, justice, righteousness, and the only way to have those attributes is by imputation through identification with One who has those attributes, which is Jesus Christ. Unless you live in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ lives in you, there is no life and victory, but only eternal torment. So, I urge you to repent of your sins and join with Jesus Christ immediately.

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Christians Please Pray And Intercede For Children

Posted by Job on March 9, 2009

I have noticed a rash of shocking violent crimes against children – as well as violent crimes by children – lately. Perhaps the most amazing thing is how little attention it is attracting. A mere 20 – 25 years ago, crimes against children or by children were national news. Now, there are entire families getting murdered in their homes on back to back days and it is only mentioned in a single local news cycle. Nor has there seemed to be much notice in the trend of preteens committing murders against their own family members.

The world may not be noticing, but Christians need to stand up and take notice. And we also need to take action. What action should this be? Pray and intercede for these children and families. The Bible says that prayer changes things. Bible – believing Christians need to start living up to our name and start praying in the Name of Jesus Christ that the hand of evil that is afflicting our nation’s children be stayed and removed! I encourage all Bible – believing Christians who read this to post their prayers in the comments below in the chance that some people who do not have a prayer response readily available can read them and repeat them. It can be an Internet prayer meeting of sorts!

And no, we cannot merely stop at praying for children. We need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with children so that they may be born again through Him, and do it urgently. We can speculate Biblically on the cause of this great evil another day (or on another thread) but now is not the time for words but for action in the form of prayer, intercession, evangelism, and spiritual warfare. I ask that all Christians take some of their time and participate.

Thank you.

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Endtimes Alert: Doctor Gives 9 Year Olds Sex Changes. And They Say Evil Spirits Are Not Real?

Posted by Job on April 21, 2008

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Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

A liberal Christian came by about a year ago to challenge me as to whether corporate industrial pollution was responsible for the increase in homosexuality – especially among children – by messing with their hormones (see link here). My response to him? COULD BE! Whether corporate greed drives sexual perversion, or whether sexual perversion drives corporate greed (pornography IS a multi – billion dollar business, and that does not even include the things that aren’t counted as pornography but should be, so where there is a demand mammon will meet it). But now here is the evidence that sexual perversion is deeply embedded into our culture and being normalized:

CHILDREN HAVE CUT themselves. In some cases, 9- or 10-year-old kids have staged suicide attempts. The little boys sob unless they’re allowed to wear dresses. The girls want to be called Luke, Ted, or James. Their parents, desperate to know what is wrong, go online and type “gender disorder.” And what they find is that, even now, decades after doctors performed the first sex changes in America, there’s little help for transgender children. 

There is more.

IDEAS: When are children old enough to declare what gender they will be?

SPACK: All I know is that when I see preadolescents, they have been dressing in the underwear of the other sex for years. These kids are almost certainly transgendered.

And they say evil spirits are not real? We are not just talking about the evil spirits in the children, but rather from the ADULTS that accommodate this vile wickedness, this abuse of God’s creation. This is the key part: the article says that pre – adolescents have been exhibiting this behavior for years. Pre – adolescent means pre – teen, which equates to 10 – 12. So if a 10 year old has been doing this for years, it means since 6, or 4. That is before a child has had any meaningful exposure to the culture: schools, movies and television, etc. So then, how is it that these children have been turned so perverse so early? Child molestation is an easy answer, but too easy. You may want to blame parental neglect due to so many households in which women work – especially households led by single mothers – but that is a class based argument, not a spiritual one, for many of our lower income and minority communities have always seen high percentages of working mothers and single mothers without anything like these sorts of problems. And please realize that the article talks about how this fellow learned these techniques from the oh so progressive Dutch who lack some of our social problems (instead having entirely different ones that the American media rarely speaks of). 

I think that an answer may be found in studying the state of Old Testament Israel. Regrettably I do not have a link at hand, but in one of his messages in The Minor Prophets series, Ronald Dart of Born To Win spoke of King Josiah’s efforts to spiritually rescue Israel, and gave the opinion that sometimes a nation’s apostasy has gone on so long and is so deeply embedded into the culture that it cannot be saved. Dart spoke of Israel then with their idolatry, sexual perversion (including child prostitution) and murder of the innocent (including child sacrifice) and compared it with the evils of contemporary America, making the conjecture that America had itself crossed its spiritual Rubicon into irrecoverable corruption and apostasy. So, God destroyed Israel, leaving it utterly desolate, so that the land could rest from the abominations of the people. Why? Well, God still had plans for the land … for His Son to be born into it. But Israel had so corrupted the land that God intended to be holy and set apart for the purposes of Jesus Christ that it had to be cleansed through desolation. 

Think back thousands of years earlier, Sodom and Gomorrah. The place was filled with sexual immorality and violence, so God overthrew it. And think back quite a time earlier, in the primordial period just before the flood. The whole world was filled with violence and other evils, including the giants in the land, the nephilim about which there has been so much speculation. But in all of these instances, the Word of God records that the very land itself had become corrupted with sin. Not just the people. Not just the cultural traditions, perverted religions, and public institutions of government, military, and commerce. And not just the animals (which the Bible makes clear can be corrupted, not only through God declaring everything that had breath of life corrupt and having to be destroyed in the flood and the evil spirits entering the swine when Jesus Christ cast them out of a man, but when God often warned the children of Israel not to keep or sacrifice to Him the cattle and sheep of pagan nations, but instead to destroy them all along with the people!), but the very land itself!

Now I will grant you, there is some ambiguity or flexibility as to what precisely the term “land” means in various contexts in the Bible, but in this instance we can be reasonably certain that it is strongly correlated with the geography of a nation itself. So if the land is polluted by what the people living in the land are doing, then in what manner is this pollution? If it is not a horde of evil spirits attracted to an area by repulsive sinful conduct of the worst manner, I do not know what is. And there is no worse sin than that of the person who has knowledge of God or professes God but rejects God. Yet that was what happened with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and mankind falling into sin and the entire creation being corrupted with it was the result. Romans 1:18-32 makes it clear that many in the world knew of God during the primordial period. And then you had the apostasy of Israel, God’s elect nation of stiff – necked people. Now I reject dominion and official theology, America is not the new Israel. But still, how can we not compare the wretched conduct of so many people who claim to believe in God to that of biblical Israel, of Sodom and Gomorrah, or of the cosmos before the flood? So if we are indeed a land corrupted by sin, with what is the resulting corruption? From my humble estimation, it can be nothing else but evil spirits that have such reign over the land that they can now enter into children of very young ages – ages before both Jewish and Christian doctrine claims that they can possess any responsibility for sin – and fill them with thoughts and provoke them to behaviors that are not convenient even without those children personally having been exposed to external sources of wickedness on that scale.

So we can suppose, then, that the effects of God ridding a corrupted land from its people so that it can rest as He did with Israel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the entire world with the flood can be viewed in terms of Matthew 12:43-45, which reads “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” Get rid of all the people, and there is nowhere for these unclean spirits walking through dry places to find rest, and nowhere for him to bring the seven spirits more wicked than he. It would honestly appear that with the grotesque abominations that are now not only commonplace and accepted but DEMANDED by our contemporary society that America as a nation is that wicked generation that is in that last state. The only question is whether it applies just to America, as it did to Israel in the time and place that Jesus Christ was speaking (as the nation of Israel was destroyed in 70 A.D.) or does it apply to the whole world? Is this the beginning of sorrows for the earth, or just for America? After all, nations have come and nations have gone! Remember the mighty civilization that the Aztecs built? Yet the conquistadors overthrew it all! So … time will tell. 

I acknowledge that during the short time (a little over a year) since I started this website, I have gone from (disillusioned) Pentecostal to a more Reformed Christianity, but people, evil spirits are real, and Reformed Christians have to come up with a way to deal with these problems through evangelism and ministry programs so that we can redeem God’s children from the clutches of the enemy. That is one of the reasons why I have yet to remove the spiritual warfare materials from the top (also to the side) of the site: it is mostly from the charismatic perspective – with due respect to the Baptist Frank Hammond – but really what else is there?  

From another perspective, this type of evil shows how perversion is taking over the world. Not only is it happening virtually unchecked, but it is the people that say that it is wrong that would face opposition. Suppose you and I were to go to Boston right now with picket signs and bullhorns in front of this fellow’s office, declaring to the world the abomination that it is. (Of course, some would propose that quietly talking to people and handing out gospel tracts would be a more effective and more Christian way of dealing with this evil than publicity – seeking grandstanding, but consider the question anyway.) The news media, the intellectuals (of which there is no shortage of in Boston) and even many clergy would denounce such an effort as hateful, bigoted, intolerant, etc. and before long there would be hate crimes legislation against it, with news footage of Christians yelling and swinging signs at crying confused children, it would be a political watershed moment for the gay rights community, their Selma. Yet a mere 40 years ago, such an establishment working this type of evil against children would have been burned to the ground!

It has to be spiritual. Satan knows that he has but a short time, so the forces of spiritual wickedness are being unleashed upon the earth in a way like never before, and it will build until the return of Jesus Christ. The moral climate, the economic climate, the wars and diseases, the apostasy of the church … it all adds up to one thing: the fulfillment of the things spoken of in Daniel, Ezekiel, the Olivet discourses of Jesus Christ in the gospels, Revelation, etc. And yes, the apostasy of the church is a clear indication. How can these things be going on in a nation that claims to be over 75% Christian (if not higher) without a single hint of righteous outrage? Without armies of Christians motivated to action? It is as if a spiritual cloud of fear, defeat, blindness, pacifism, and accommodation is hanging over the church. And so many are that are fighting are doing it the wrong way: through electoral politics and in the courts. Were John Edwards and George Whitefield about today, what would they say about us? And better yet: how come WE are not doing what John Edwards and George Whitefield did? And yes, I include myself among the number of those that really are not doing nearly enough for the gospel. I have to do more. We ALL have to do more!

Jesus Christ is coming back soon, Christians. And when He does, what will you say if He asks you why didn’t you do anything to help, defend, and advocate for His little children such as these?

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Third Grader Plot To Murder Teacher Is More Evidence That Child Evangelism Is Necessary

Posted by Job on April 4, 2008

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(Matthew 24:4, 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 2 Peter 3:3-10 )

Why would a group of 6-9 third graders, boys and girls between the ages of 8
and 10, have handcuffs, duct tape, electrical and transparent tape, ribbons,
a crystal paperweight, and a broken steak knife? To attack their teacher!
What did this teacher do to invoke the wrath of these children? She scolded
one of the girls for standing on a chair. School officials and police in
Waycross, Georgia, which is located just north of Jacksonville, Florida,
were tipped off Friday to this plot by the children to attack their teacher.
All of the students involved have been suspended, with two girls, ten and
nine-years-old, along with an eight-year-old boy, facing multiple juvenile
charges of conspiracy, possession, aggravated assault, all in the third
grade.

Waycross Police Chief Tanner says the students apparently planned to knock
the teacher unconscious with a crystal paperweight, bind her with the
handcuffs and tape, and then stab her with the knife. He went on to add
that the third-graders assigned themselves different tasks including
covering-up the windows so people couldn’t look in down to cleaning up
afterwards.

Of course so many questions remain unanswered at this point. Were these
children seriously going to follow through with their plan and actually
carry out this assault on their teacher that could easily have killed her?
Who are these kids? The teacher who was their target and school officials
described the children as “good kids,” and not known as trouble makers.
What types of home environments do these kids come from? More critical is
what was the thought process that went into this whole scheme? Who
initiated the plot? Why did the other children choose to go along with such
a brutal plan? It will be interesting in the coming days and weeks as these
details emerge.

I am dealing with this sad story today because it is simply another classic
example of what I have been talking about these last 9 years, and sounding
the trump of warning about frequently over the last few years. This nation
is in spiritual freefall. We are in a spiritual abyss. This story of 3rd
graders plotting to brutally attack and most likely kill their teacher is a
clear symptom of a society that is out of control. Kids see acts of
violence as a form of expression. No longer do the vast majority of people
have any sort of moral or ethical compass to guide their lives. Right and
wrong are now determined by each individual.

I have had the sad experience of seeing our society and culture literally
disintegrating over my 5 decades of life. This is NOT the same world, the
same culture, I was born into and grew up in as a child. We legally
slaughter 4,000 innocent babies EVERY 24 HOURS and nobody says a word. The
sin of homosexuality is now accepted as a mainstream lifestyle. Sex is no
longer viewed as a gif from God for a man and woman in the bonds of
marriage, but a sport to be played by anyone, of any age, at any time, with
anyone, in any way. The proliferation of porn and gambling have destroyed
any stigma they used to carry and have helped to further erode the moral and
ethical choices people make.

The daily avenue of escape most people choose are drugs and alcohol, which
further deadens a person’s ability to make wise choices. Living together
outside of marriage is considered perfectly acceptable and God’s holy
institution of marriage has been turned into little more than a legal date
by most. Most children no longer grow up in a loving, nurturing home with
their mother and father, but in every kind of unstable and unhealthy
situation you can imagine. THE BETTER PERCENTAGE OF TWO FULL GENERATIONS
HAVE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO CHURCH AND HAVE NO FAITH OR CONNECTION TO GOD!

So why are we really shocked when a bunch of third graders decide they want
to attack their teacher? If you haven’t read the Bible and the various
passages that describe the signs of the last days, we are living in them
right now. Time is very short and Jesus is coming soon. These children in
Georgia are just further evidence of that. Look at the recent news
regarding kids. Gangs of teen girls brutalizing people and involved in
serious crimes like robbery, stealing cars, dealing drugs, and even murder.
An 8-year-old who raped an elderly woman. 12-year-old girls who were
suspended for having a contest on the school bus to see how many boys they
could give oral sex to on the way to school. Those are just a few, there
are many more.

The legitimate question is where are children of this age learning this type
of behavior. First, at home. So many are growing up in Godless, faithless,
broken and blended homes where the only modeling they see by adults is
negative. Second, is the media and technology kids are exposed to and have
today. Please don’t for a second underestimate the power of television,
movies, music, advertising, video games, and the internet has on shaping the
thoughts, ideals, and values of kids today. With very little positive
influence at home, without any spiritual influence in their lives, the minds
of our kids today are being shaped by our Godless culture that promotes
every kind of sin and debauchery you can imagine. Understanding this, why
are we shocked when we see the type of behavior we see from children today?

Let me give you my personal thoughts on these kids in Waycross. When all
the details come out you will find that they are most likely from middle to
above middle income homes. 80% of the kids will be living in homes that do
NOT include their biological mom and dad. Most likely 80% don’t go to
church, though with the state of our churches today I wouldn’t be shocked if
many did attend. FOX recently had a reality program involving young
children of this age who were left on their own with no adult supervision to
create and live in their own town, and they did it. Crime shows like CSI
are blueprints for how to organize and commit crimes.

You will find the child who was the mastermind of this scheme was influenced
heavily by television, and the others were willing followers. Most all of
the kids play video games, which if nothing else, desensitizes them to
violence and cheapens the value of life. If you put all those factors
together with children who have no sense of right and wrong, and this story
is not as unbelievable as it may seem at first blush. These children are
simply a byproduct of a culture and society that is in spiritual freefall
and deteriorating right before our very eyes.

I love you and care about you so much. If stories like this don’t wake
people up to the state of our culture and the times we are living in, I
don’t know what will. I already know many will simply chalk this up as an
“isolated incident.” I wish it was. Seeing over 40,000 emails daily, we
sadly are dealing with sad stories like this that never make the headlines.
I see the results of this deteriorating culture every day in the destroyed
lives of people. I remind you often of satan’s goals, to kill, steal, and
destroy. He is having his way at this time in human history as he virtually
goes unchecked about his business of stealing people’s souls, destroying
their lives, and killing them.

This is a war for the souls of men, and sadly, satan is fighting virtually
unopposed in the culture. If the church would get as zealous about saving
souls as they are about building projects, if ministries would leave the
comfort, safety, and profitability of the Christian media and move their
message to the secular media, if publishers would write books and magazines
geared to and marketed to the lost world as opposed to other Christians, we
could see some dramatic changes in our culture overnight. But sadly, most
are more worried about the temporal pleasures of this world and money more
than souls. So they keep on fleecing the choir to preach to the choir,
while the lost and hurting masses are left to the wolves like Oprah and the
lies of satan who is serious about taking them to hell.

Pray today for these children. They are young, it is not too late for them.
They need the Lord. Pray for their parents. They need Divine guidance to
deal with their children and provide an environment that teaches the type of
scheme they were involved in is not something a person should ever consider.
Pray for this teacher, as God has protected her from what would have been a
horrible experience. Pray for the legal and school authorities as they are
led to properly punish these children for their actions.

In closing, I pray for you today. WAKE UP! This is not some isolated
incident, but this IS the world we live in today. This IS what our culture
has become. The only hope we have, the only answer there is, is for this
nation to turn back to God and Biblical values. Nothing short of a true and
sweeping spiritual revival is going to turn our nation and culture back to
the foundation of faith it was originally based on. Unless that happens, we
will be seeing these types of stories more often, and even more shocking
examples of a culture that is spiraling out of control.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day. Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-845-510-2722

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Videos To Aid And Exhort In The Evangelizing Of Children

Posted by Job on January 26, 2008

Please follow link below!

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Children Are Growing Up With No Mother, No Father, AND NO GOD!

Posted by Job on January 17, 2008

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(Psalm 127:3; Isaiah 8:18; Proverbs 20:11)

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Kids who are growing up with no mother, no father, and no God. After 100
months of Liveprayer.com and 56 months of the Liveprayer TV program, I am
seeing every day the family unit decimated and dealing with kids between 10
and 18 who are growing up in a home with no mother or no father, and in most
cases, with no God!!! We have a new generation that is growing up void of
God, void of His Truth, and void of a relationship with Jesus!!!

People wonder why I am like a broken record about getting God’s Truth into
the marketplace. If they sat in my chair, even for a day, they would
understand. You see, I deal daily with the very real lives of those people
who are growing up right here in the United States, a place with more
churches, ministries, Christian media and publications than man has ever
known. Yet they are part of the larger percentage of 2 full generations now
who have never even been inside of a church, aren’t the target audience of
most ministries, and have no contact with Christian media and publications.
These people have their lives, thoughts, and beliefs shaped by the world.

These kids have been born in and have grown up in a world that has taught
them there is no God and if there is, He is detached from our lives and
isn’t really interested in what happens in the world. They have been taught
in school that we weren’t created by God, but we evolved from a drop of pond
scum and are really little more than a genetic accident. From birth they
have been bombarded at every turn with raw sexual images and the message
that sex is a sport to be enjoyed at any time, with anyone, and in any way
without consequences. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are things everybody does
because they make your life more enjoyable.

The games they have grown up with all have violent and death elements to
them, numbing them to how special and precious life is. Most have spent
thousands of hours every year in front of TV and internet screens with
little parental supervision, being exposed to every kind of lie the world
can tell about life. Most have grown up totally void of God and Biblical
Truth since it wasn’t taught to them at home and they weren’t being exposed
to it in the marketplace where they live each day.

I share with you often how what we do here each day is literally a battle
for the souls of men. That has never been more evident than in the lives of
those kids 10-18. Their entire belief system has been shaped by the lies of
this world. They are oblivious to the fact there is a very real enemy of
their soul who seeks to “kill, steal, and destroy,” THEM! A growing
percentage are growing up in homes with only one parent, and in many cases
with a parent who has also rejected Christ and Biblical Truth and have
modeled a life that only supports the lies of the world their child has
grown up believing.

So when they get a Daily Devotional or turn on to watch the Liveprayer TV
program, and they read or hear how evolution is a ridiculous theory and we
were created by God, that homosexuality is a sin, how sex outside of
marriage is not God’s plan, how abortion is murder, how faith in Jesus is
the only way to be saved and the other religions and beliefs the world
embraces are lies, THEY FREAK OUT! They have never heard these things
before. Biblical Truth flies in the face of everything they have ever heard
and been taught, seen and experienced their entire life.

Sadly, we deal daily both on the Internet and through the TV program with so
many young lives who have already been damaged before they ever had a chance
to live. Fortunately, many of their hearts are not yet so hardened that they
refuse to listen to the fact God loves them, gave us Truth to live this life
by, and that by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they can
find the true joy, peace, and abundance of this life plus know where their
eternal home will be when they die. The key is, we have to get out in the
marketplace where they live to reach them with this message.

My heart breaks for these kids who grow up without ever knowing the real
Truth of this life and end up with their lives decimated and destroyed at
such a young age. How many times do I have to say it, THE CHURCH IS PLAYING
GAMES, SATAN IS NOT!!! The answer is to follow God’s plan for the family. It
starts with marriage, God’s Holy Institution. A person needs to be equally
yoked with another Believer, they need to take the time and effort to build
a solid spiritual foundation to their relationship, and than follow through
on the vows they make to each other and God for life.

It is in that Godly union that children are born. A mother and father,
loving and nurturing them, raising them in the admonition of the Lord.
Growing up in a home where Jesus is honored and guided by God’s Truth. A
home where prayer and Bible reading is part of each day. A home where they
have the model of a mother and father who love the Lord and each other. It
is this environment that God intended children to be raised. In 2008, how
many children are growing up in a home like this?

I love you and care about you so much. So what is the answer? For you single
moms and dads, God will make you adequate. You can’t go back and change
things, so start today to do all you can to raise your child or children
with the love of Christ and guided by the Truth of His Word. Pray of your
children every day. Have a time of reading the Word with your children. Make
sure they are in church each Sunday. Talk to your children about all that
they are seeing and experiencing in their life so you can help bring God’s
Truth to contrast the lies of the world they’re being exposed to. Raising
your child in the admonition of the Lord is the greatest ministry you will
ever have, and God will make you adequate each day.

For those who are single, pray hard and long before you make that lifetime
commitment to someone. It is the most critical relationship you will have in
this life after your relationship with the Lord. Stay out of the trap of
pre-marital sex and possibly having to raise a child without the benefit of
a mother and father. Getting married, having children, are life-changing
events. If you will follow God’s plan, they can make your life special and
fulfilling beyond all you could ever imagine. God’s way works!

Finally, for you young kids and young adults. The world has lied to you
about EVERYTHING! There is only one source of Truth, God’s Word. It has the
answers to everything in this life and if you follow it, your life will be
blessed and abundant, full of joy and peace you can never experience without
God. The fact is, God DID create you in His image. He loves you so much. He
has a plan and purpose for your life. He loved you so much that despite the
fact you have sinned, he sent His Son Jesus to die for YOUR SINS so that by
putting your faith in Jesus, your sins could be forgiven and you would have
the assurance that when this brief life is over you would be forever with
God your Creator.

This is why I so passionately scratch and claw each day to press forward and
implore you to help me. Not only are there adults in their 20s to 90s out
there lost, hurting, and heading to hell unless they come to know Jesus, we
have children between 10 and 18 who are growing up for the most part totally
void of God and Biblical Truth, having their thoughts and beliefs shaped by
the lies of this world, and unless we reach them, they will become the next
generation to grow up and have children who will also be growing up without
God and rejecting Christ’s love for them.

Kids who are growing up with no mother, no father, and no God. May we rise
up and go into the marketplace where they are growing up and let them know
that the Bible is God’s guiding light of Truth and that Jesus loves them,
died for their sins, and wants to have an everlasting relationship with

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will
die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now
available via AUDIO each day.  Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm
Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling 1-727-342-5673

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John MacArthur: Children And The Kingdom Of God Part

Posted by Job on January 13, 2008

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Bible League News: Works In Action

Posted by Job on January 13, 2008

From illness to inspiration

India–Located on the northeastern side of Maharashtra
State, Gondia is known as the “rice city,” and
is heavily dependent on farming for survival—as
is much of India. The need for God’s Word is
great. One laborer shares his first encounter with
the Gospel. Read
more
.

 A life with purpose
Venezuela–Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth,
Morris had
been overlooked by his Venezuelan community. Isolated
and lonely, he had minimal contact with anyone but
his mother. But when God sent someone into Morris’ life,
everything changed. Read
more.

Her doubt turned to true faith
Moldova–Christians in Moldova, the poorest nation
in Europe, are finding life’s true riches in the pages
of God’s Word. Solomia is one of them. Meet this teacher
who had been firmly entrenched in the ways of communism
during Moldova’s more than four decades as a Soviet
republic. Read
more.

Women
and children first

Middle East–The Middle East is the geographic
origin of three of the world’s major religions:
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This historic distinction
also makes it a flashpoint for some major conflicts.
Reza, however, works toward meaningful connections—not
conflicts. Read
more.

Historic impact and bold vision mark 70th Anniversary
Bible League celebrates its 70th Anniversary in 2008. While the mission hasn’t
changed, the vision has expanded. Bible League partners now help lead people
to Christ in more than 60 countries by placing Bibles into waiting hands. Find
out more
.

Latin America ministry experiences momentum
John Wagenveld, promoted to Vice President of Latin America
ministries, brings vibrant passion and strong leadership
to the Latin America team. Last year more than 800,000
Bibles and New Testaments were placed in the hands of waiting
Christians throughout the 10 countries where Bible League
has ministry. Find
out more
.

Bibles for Latvia: Staff project a success
Bible
League staff supports Bible-sharing ministry by donating
time and talent to raise funds for Latvian Bibles. Through
creative efforts of staff—raising more
than $12,000—Latvian Christians rejoice for the
Bibles they received. Find
out more.

Listen
to their voices cry out in need and thanksgiving

Visit our audio library and listen to people around the world express their need
for God’s Word. Select the country that you have a heart
for. Tune in now.

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Bible Studies and Encouragement for Teen Mothers

Posted by Job on January 12, 2008

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The Price Of Not Sharing The Gospel To Your Friends And Family

Posted by Job on January 12, 2008

(John 3:16; Romans 10:10; Ephesians 2:8-9) I received an email yesterday from a woman that I get quite often. This dear woman was racked with guilt after one of her best friends died. Her friend had never expressed much interest in God or the Bible and most likely died in her sins and her soul is lost for all eternity. Faced with the likelihood
her friend is in hell forever, the woman was bemoaning the fact that she had
passed on numerous opportunities to witness to her, especially in the final
months of her life as she battled with cancer.

She recited for me all the various excuses she had come up with for not
sharing Christ with her friend. However, now that her friend was gone,
probably in hell for eternity, none of those excuses for not making the
effort to tell her friend how to know Christ as her Savior seemed very good
any longer. I tried to console this woman, reminding her that the decision
to accept or reject Christ is one each person has to make for themselves.
She couldn’t make that choice for her friend.

Sadly, I get emails like this every day from people who are dealing with the
guilt of not taking the time to tell a family member or friend about the
Lord and His love for them. As you prepare to be with your family and
friends during this Thanksgiving, I want to challenge you today to take the
time, make the effort, to share the Gospel with those who don’t know Christ
as their personal Savior. Remember, you can’t save anyone, that is not your
job. What is your job is to tell them how they can be saved. What they
choose to do is ultimately up to them, but God is calling you to be His
vessel to bring them the message of everlasting life through faith in Jesus
Christ.

I realize that for many people, sharing the Gospel with your family members,
with your friends, can be difficult. Ultimately, you are afraid of their
rejection. Remember, they are NOT rejecting you, they are rejecting the
Lord. How can you claim to love a person, knowing full well if they died
today they would spend eternity in hell, when you have the words of
everlasting life to help them escape that eternal horror and find their rest
and peace with the God who created them and loves them so much? If you
really love a person, you will love them enough to tell them about Jesus!

Listen my friend, the cold hard reality of this life is that one day we will
each die. The Bible tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. Each
day is literally a gift from God. Death is final. One moment you are alive,
the next moment you are dead. This life as we know it is over that quick. As
soon as you take that last breath you are standing before God. In that
instant the ONLY thing that matters is your relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you have rejected Him and die in your sins, the Bible says that you will
be cast into everlasting darkness, forever separated from God your Creator.
If you know Jesus as your Savior, you will be ushered into God’s presence
and dwell with Him for ever and ever.

*Each person who lives this life will die and stand before God at that
moment. This includes your mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter,
husband, wife, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, granddaughter, aunt,
uncle, nephew, niece, cousin, and any other family member, as well as your
friends, neighbors, those you work with, go to school with, recreate with,
and encounter during your day-to-day life. I pray that you will never be
able to look at a person in your life again without thinking about the fact
they will die one day and have to stand before God. Will they be ready for
that moment? Do you care about them enough to ask them if they are ready for
that moment?

Let me give you an easy ways to share the Gospel with those you will be with
this Thanksgiving. A short but powerful presentation of the Gospel with an
invitation to accept the Lord is on this video clip I created:
http://www.liveprayer.com/altarcall.cfm.  This is an easy ways for you to
share the hope and love of Christ with your family members and friends this
Thanksgiving, giving them the opportunity to make Christ their own.

I love you and care about you so much. I know many will be traveling this
Thanksgiving and I pray for traveling mercies as the Lord blesses your
journey. I pray that God will richly bless the time you have with your
family and friends in these coming days. I know many will be with people you
only see during Thanksgiving and Christmas. May the Lord allow this to be a
very special Thanksgiving as you spend it with those you love and care
about. The holidays are always a special time in our lives and I pray that
this is your best Thanksgiving ever.

I will also be praying that you remember what Thanksgiving is all about. A
time to give thanks to God for all of His many blessings. Make the time to
get to church this Sunday, even if you haven’t been for a while. Use this
opportunity to invite those family members and friends you are with to join
you. Above all, pray and seek the Lord for His wisdom and boldness in
allowing you to make it a priority this Thanksgiving to use the opportunity
you are with your family and friends to tell them about Jesus and His
unconditional love for them. I will be praying for you as you are faithful
and obedient to tell those in your life about the Lord and that God will
prepare the hearts and minds of those you share His love with to receive
Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

What they choose to do with Jesus is a decision they have to make, but
telling them about Jesus is a decision YOU have to make!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will
die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator.
To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day.  Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-727-342-5673

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Satan Is Real And After Your Children: Omaha Shooter Robert Hawkins

Posted by Job on December 5, 2007

According to msnbc.msn.com/id/22116784/ this Robert Hawkins was 20 years old, and had a history of depression and other problems, including being kicked out of his parents’ home, being fired from his McDonald’s job over allegedly stealing $17, and breaking up with his girlfriend. So this fellow according to all available evidence (including two suicide notes and a will) premediates the notion that he is going to find meaningfulness and worth in death that he was unable to find in life by “going out in style”; killing himself and taking several others with him to the tune of 9 dead including himself in an Omaha mall, firing from 35 to 40 shots in the process.

A lot of times we look at people at that age and do not see children looking back at us. Indeed, by the time a person reaches 20 he  can have completed his education, possess a job or trade that involves a good deal of money or responsibility, be married, and have fathered children. But especially in our modern culture, which robs children of their innocence on one hand and stunts their emotional, mental, and intellectual growth on the other, we are producing an increasing number of people at that age that are angry, frightened, insecure, irresponsible, and in so many ways unable to manage their own affairs. Available studies, including those that are detailing the stunning academic and career failure rates of young men, show that for whatever reason boys are faring worse than girls, though girls are showing severe problems too, such as the skyrocketing increase in girls and young women that are committing violent crimes and being incarcerated.

I can look at this and understand and sympathize with certain people who feel that the answer is more teachers, more counselors, more social workers, and fewer guns. I can also understand the views of people who say that the solution is returning to the laws, mass culture, and family structure that we had before the 1960s. The former are correct in noting that America has more problems of this type than many other industrialized nations, and that we are needlessly harming people and threatening the future of our nation by refusing to emulate other countries. Yet the latter is also correct when they state that we didn’t have these problems in our own country a just a few decades ago, and that any reforms should consist of returning to the way that things used to be. Either way, we have to realize that these things happen so often that we have become desensitized to them: a similar shooting that claimed 5 lives in Utah before the killer Sulejmen Talovic was killed by police has been all but forgotten. So has the murder of four college students in Newark, New Jersey. A lot of people made much of the fact that Sulejmen Talovic, the murderer in the first incident was a Bosnian Muslim refugee allowed into this country by the Bill Clinton administration, while others focus on the fact that the main murder suspect of the four college students, Jose Carranza (alias Jose La Chira),  is an illegal immigrant from Peru that is also suspected of raping a five year old (although some claim that it was an anti – gay hate crime). Well this case is yet another example of how the vast majority of our terrorists, whether they victimize a single person or a great many, are home grown, so while the immigration issue – both legal and illegal – is a worthy topic of consideration, let us not allow it us to view it out of context and distract from the main issue that our culture overall has become exceptionally violent. If anything, the violence of illegal immigrants reflects the recent wave of violence in the overall culture, for it is a logical conclusion that were illegal immigrants committing these acts in, say, the 1950s when the culture was much less violent and more willing to be moved to act out of shock and anger and a desire for justice and order because of incidents like this (although events such as the Rosewood massacre in Florida shows that such reactions were not always just or honorable), we would have built the border fence between the United States and Mexico long ago.

Well, I am not here to take sides on whether we should pursue a liberal social welfare agenda or a conservative family values agenda. Regarding those, let each person pursue what he thinks is best for our nation and himself, and we must agree that we generally convince ourselves that what is most favorable or acceptable for the latter for whatever reason is also in the best interests of the former. Instead, I am here today to promote a Jesus Christ agenda, to urge every parent to teach their kids about Jesus Christ and urge them to accept Him. I did not say take your child to church and trust some religious establishment to teach your child what he or she needs to know. Instead, you, as a parent, a mother or father, should take personal responsibility with what God has given you.

Do not believe the lies of those that oppose Jesus Christ who say that you are committing child abuse or imposing your will on a child by teaching your child about Jesus Christ and urging the child to accept Him as personal Lord and savior. These lies are the very reason why so many people delegate this task to the churches, thinking that it is somehow more moral to let their children “come to their own decision when they are ready” by virtue of participation in a corporate religious culture. Well, salvation through Jesus Christ is personal, so group while group religious participation may provide the benefits of socialization, it may not result in individual salvation. But realize that the lie that children should be off limits from being told about the imperative that Jesus Christ should rule their lives comes from people who themselves have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and savior over their lives and desperately want your child to follow after their ways. Many of these people have actually convinced themselves that opposing the gospel message actually makes this world a better place, seeing Satan as a much more benevolent, virtuous, and worthy ruler than God. Whether they realize it or not, this is the true stance that these people are taking, and their lies should be rejected by every parent.

Child Evangelism Fellowship http://cefonline.com has materials that will help you communicate the gospel message to a child as young as five, the age which Charles Spurgeon suggested in a sermon a person so young could receive it (though the context of his sermon did not preclude a person even younger from hearing and believing the message). Now I am not here to promise you that your child accepting Jesus Christ will prevent that child from becoming the next Robert Hawkins or for that matter one of his victims. There are a lot of Christians who sincerely believe so, but that is not the point of the gospel message. Instead, the purpose of the gospel message is that no matter your fate or situation in this life, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior secures your eternity with that same Jesus Christ in the next. It will be an eternity absent violence, grief, sickness, sadness, war, poverty, racism, injustice, hatred, death, and evil of all sorts but will consist of only joy.

If you have not accepted that message yourself, here is your opportunity: follow the Three Step Salvation Plan. After you have done so, please share that message with your family members – especially if they are your children – and anyone else that you have the opportunity to, and no children should not be exempt from those that you share this message with. After all, there were many kids at that Omaha mall where Robert Hawkins unleashed his fury, desperation, and hopelessness, and those 35 – 40 bullets that he shot had no respect of anyone’s age. I urge you to do so immediately, for as everything from wars to incidents like this to seemingly more “everyday” incidents like car accidents and health problems, it is plainly evident in this day and age that tomorrow is promised to no one! I am not trying to scare or manipulate you, for my own Bible makes it clear that the gospel message is not to be spread by pressure or deception. Instead, I am telling you why the plain facts of life are evidence in and of themselves why we need a savior, and that said savior can only be Jesus Christ.…..

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Can We Do Anything To Speed The Return Of Jesus Christ? Why I Say NO!

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

Up until very recently I sincerely felt that Christians could speed the return of Jesus Christ by doing works, such as spreading the gospel. But now I find out by reading “Messiah In The Old Testament” by the (rather liberal but still orthodox) Walter Kaiser out that the Pharisees had that same error. They were correct in presuming that their failure to keep the law resulted in their nation being sent into captivity and subjected to brutal subjugation. They were correct that the prophets who foretold their current fate also spoke of a coming Messiah. So then, what was their error? A perfectly understandable mistake: that if disobeying the law caused them to lose their nation, monarchy, and sovereignty, then keeping the law would cause these things to be restored by the Messiah that their prophets spoke of. Of course, the natural progression was that the Jews could speed the return of the Messiah by being VERY ZEALOUS, but that being “less than zealous” would hinder his coming. That is why their actions against Jesus Christ, who like John Hagee His being Messiah they rejected, were very understandable … they thought that His using His influence with the people to disobey their interpretation of the law was hindering the restoration of Israel and the Messianic age.

This belief did not die, incidentally. The reason why Jews went from tolerating Jesus Christ’s Jewish followers as a sect within Judaism (if an errant bothersome one … though they far from the only ones considered errant and bothersome) to expelling them from their synagogues as apostates and heretics was because they were ultimately scapegoated for the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and Jerusalem in 117 AD. Why? Because they were following the Man who taught them to disobey the law, causing God to punish us as He did in 586 BC. (Of course, this is not said directly, instead they say that the reason why the second temple was destroyed was “the lack of unity.”) And though this is similarly rarely spoken of, some Jewish leaders blamed the Holocaust on a number of Jews going after secularism and liberalism (Conservative and Reform Judaism) and a general failure to keep the Sabbath. And to this day, the goal of rabbinic Judaism is to cause God to grant the Jewish nation their Messiah.

Is it an oversimplification to say that the Pharisees were too preoccupied and self – assured in their doctrines that they could bring cause the Messiah to come through works that they did not recognize the Messiah when He came to them not by their works to do their Will but by God’s grace to do God’s Will? For it must be said: the Word of God says that if a man labors, he must reap the benefits thereof. If even the ox that treads the corn should not be muzzled, how much more so should a man that labors be? So the inevitable conclusion is that with anything that man produces with works, man can take some credit for it. Man can take some ownership of it. Man can have some control over it. As such, the Messiah produced by works would have been THEIR Messiah to do THEIR Will, even if only least in part. So when Jesus Christ came to do not their Will in any sense but God’s, and was so not owned by or beholden to man that He did no so much as have a human father, they rejected Him because He was not the creation of their own hands. Nay, He was not the creation of ANY, but rather the uncreated God, the Word of the Trinity.

That is why our own salvation cannot be the result of works. If we labored in any least sense, in any jot or tittle, then that would give us that much ownership rights and control over our souls. That would deprive God not only of His due glory, but His ownership rights as our sole creator and sole managers of our destiny. And since works produce works, it would give preachers and evangelists ownership rights over those converted by their efforts! Now imagine the effect of this … the great masses of the redeemed dwelling with God in heaven, not only with each having a claim on himself and many having claims on others, but the combined net worth effect of their collective claims! For eternity! (Believe in interest perhaps?) So I say “God forbid!” Such a thing cannot not be and will not be. What say you?

And that brings us to the Imminent return of our Lord and Savior Y’shua HaMashiach, better known as Jesus Christ. If it were possible to facilitate or speed His return by the gospel or any other works, we would have a claim on His Return and Him with it! Since all things were created by the Word (John 1:3) through Him we would have a claim on the entire creation. And since He is one with the Holy Spirit, we would through Him have a claim on the Holy Spirit. And since He is one with the Father, we would through Him have a claim on the Father. And because sinful man would have a valid legal claim on the Father, the Father would no longer be holy and no longer sovereign. The result? He would be a false god, no god at all! God forbid that such a thing should happen. So now, Christian, do you see the error of works based theology?

Yet works based theology is alive and well in Christendom, and it is not limited to the Roman Catholic Church. It is alive and well in the Protestant movement too. Let me give you three ways.

1. Tithing. The practice was for the Old Testament only and for a specific purpose: to support the priests who stood before God’s presence as man’s mediator. The Book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ is our priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. From that, if you continue to tithe to your pastor or church, two things can reasonably be inferred. A. It is your pastor and your church and not Jesus Christ that is the mediator between you and the Father. Please realize that such is the position of the Roman Catholic Church. I cannot help but – after a somewhat whimsical fashion – wonder if Matthew 23:9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” is a prophetic polemic against the Roman Catholic practice to come. B. That Jesus Christ either never came, never died, or never resurrected. Those who continue this practice in ignorance of the truth do so in ignorance of the truth. But to those that have come into the knowledge of the truth, new covenant giving is to be directed by 2 Corinthians 9:7 which reads: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

2. The prosperity/Word of Faith movement, where we are taught that we receive things from God not according to grace, but by works. The prosperity doctrine the works are actually somewhat indirect through obedience (to quote Jesse DuPlantis, “the prosperity doctrine is an obedience doctrine”) and compulsory giving (John Hagee teaches that those who do not tithe will have their wages cursed by God, and that you will receive a greater blessing for giving to Jews and Israel than elsewhere). But the Word of Faith movement is more direct in telling people that you can bit a bridle and harness in the mouth of God, hop upon His back, and drive and command Him to use His Power to control nature and history as you see fit! It was from Albert Pendarvis of http://www.radiomissions.org – who ironically is located a few miles away from Jesse DuPlantis – whom I first heard warn Christians against those preachers that were “commanding God, not respecting Him, and misusing His Name” in the charismatic movement, especially the faith healers. Of course I was a full gospel Kenneth Hagin Word of Faith/prosperity adherent at the time so I rejected him at the time, but now I must acknowledge the truth in his preaching in this matter. These doctrines deny grace and try to co – opt, manipulate, and control God.

3. Christian Zionism. If you are a dispensational pre – tribulation rapture doctrine adherent, I shall not speak against you for believing in that doctrine. What I do speak against is how so many pastors who hold this view teach that we can speed or facilitate the return of Jesus Christ based on it! For instance, some Christians are helping finance the return of Jews to Israel. But the Bible says that it is the Messiah’s job to do this in Jeremiah 23:3-6. Some Christians are helping Jews breed red heifers so that the Jews can restart their sacrifices in the temple. Why are we facilitating that which we no there is no profit but instead is a snare, an act of rebellion against everything that Hebrews says? Are we helping the Muslims practice their religion? Why not? Are they not the children of Abraham too? Are we aiding the Hindus, Mormons, and Scientologists in their abominations? Did Jesus Christ come in the flesh, die on the cross for our sins, and rise again on the third day or not? Did He do such a thing for the Jew first and then the Gentile or did He not? Are we ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Jews’ presence? For the Jews’ sake? Well what John Hagee is now preaching is merely the fruition, the logical conclusion of that mindset!

And speaking of John Hagee, it is not enough to speak of his dual covenant theology, though it is bad. Hagee, Robertson, and their fellow travelers use “defending Israel” as an license to justify whatever level of atrocity and militarization of the Middle East they desire. With Hagee, his running a “Christian AIPAC” gives a third tier televangelist from San Antonio great wealth and power. And as for Robertson, who does own oil interests, how much is his personal wealth increased by oil being over $100 a barrel? And how much higher will the price of oil go if our government assassinates Hugo Chavez as Pat Robertson suggested? How much higher will it go if we invade Iran as Hagee demands? Now Hagee prophesied (back when I was a fan of his show) that we would be at war with Iran by now and that Jesus Christ would come back a few months later. Put all the details in his best – selling books. A false prophet that no one has held accountable? Of course!

But consider what would happen if Hagee was RIGHT. That would mean that it would be possible for even crooks, liars, thieves, and false prophets to have a claim on God if works doctrines be true. Though they are false preachers, the gospel is preached through these fellows, and people are saved by it. But you can see the effects of people perceiving works doctrines to be true? These pastors have tens, possibly hundreds, of millions of people at their command, onward Christian soldiers marching to war! Blood, violence, disease, starvation, death, and poverty for the many. All for the profit of a few. Is that the gospel of Jesus Christ? Maybe a false Jesus Christ that you can own through works, but not the true Jesus Christ obtained only by grace. We are to show love to God’s people and His holy city, certainly, but the way that the Bible tells us to. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Support the legitimate needs of Jews out of love and obedience to God, not expecting blessings in return or in support of a political agenda. And to also give aid to the Palestinians so as to not show partiality.

So in the final analysis we must come to the conclusion that man can do nothing to speed the return of Jesus Christ. No one knows the day or the hour. Jesus Christ is returning when the Father sees fit. The sovereign God will determine when Christ will return. God is not hindered by man, He is not frustrated by man, He is not dependent upon man. God is sovereign. 2 Peter 3:9 declares that it is by the grace of God and not the works of man that has hindered the coming of Jesus Christ to this day, and it will be by that same grace that Jesus Christ comes to rescue the church from this life and punish all else for its uncleanness. Yes, it is said that Christ will not return until the gospel is preached throughout the world, and that does mean that evangelism and missionary work should be done in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth from the least to the greatest, the youngest to the oldest. But even that will not be our doing lest any man should boast, but rather God’s doing. I am going to co – opt the words that so offended the renowned missionary William Carey and say that when it pleases God to evangelize the world He will do it without your help or mine. He will do it without the ecumenical movements. He will do it without the TBN satellites that Paul Crouch asserted in one of his mass mailings was the angel flying around the world proclaiming the gospel in Revelation 14:6.

The sovereign God will do this by His grace! And when history comes to a close, all creation will see that God does not need us. Instead, it is we that need Him. The only question is whether people realize this in due time or in past time. Those who do so in due time will receive eternal life as a reward. Those who fail? Eternal wrath and destruction. Will you do so know? Will you bow before the Great King of creation, acknowledge that you need Him, and submit yourself to Him? I urge you to do so now, for tomorrow is not promised. There are many people that were here yesterday that presumed that they would be here today that are not. Are you better than they are? If so, how? I say this not to frighten or manipulate you but rather because I am concerned about you, and also because it is undeniably true. If you have not acknowledged the sovereignty of God, please do so. Follow The Three Step Salvation Plan right now.

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Gospel For Asia: India Dalit Children Beaten Mother Burned

Posted by Job on November 18, 2007

How would you feel if someone beat your children for innocently playing? Several Dalit families in Bihar, India, experienced this agony recently when a group of upper-caste farmers became angry with the children for playing near a temple. Learn more about this sad story of hatred against Dalits here.

Atrocities against Dalits continue to happen throughout the state of Bihar. Thankfully, the Lord has called several Gospel for Asia missionaries to take His Good News and encouragement to these downtrodden people.

A group of about 10 infuriated, upper-caste farmers beat up some Dalit children who were playing on the premises of a local temple in Bihar, India, on September 1. The farmers then chased the children home and argued with their mothers about the incident. As the disagreement escalated, the farmers threw a pot of scalding food onto one of the mothers.

According to news reports, the upper-caste farmers were upset because they felt the Dalits did not have the right to be near the temple where they worshipped. “They told us how dare we enter the temple, this is our temple, you have no right to offer prayers here,” said one victim, Rukmini Devi.

Following the incident, police arrested one of the farmers and are continuing to search for five others. They also filed paperwork with the court system and assured local news sources that the law would take its course.

Although Bihar has made some strides to create equality among its people, many atrocities against Dalits continue. This recent event only highlights the ongoing need for Dalits to be valued and respected in their society.

<!–Although Bihar has made some strides to create equality among its people, many atrocities against Dalits continue.–>Gospel for Asia missionaries serving in Bihar have a special burden to reach the Dalits in their state with Christ’s love, and show them the true importance they have in the kingdom of God. The missionaries request prayer for the violence against Dalits to cease and for many to come to know Jesus through these difficult times.

Floods have swept over the homes of many people in Bihar this year.

Bihar is home to thousands of low-caste people like the Dalit children who were beaten. Learn more about this state.

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