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Sophisticated Witches

Posted by Job on March 6, 2008

From Slice of Laodicea. The title is serious! It is about this former member of Rod Parsley’s church creating a new church that mixes charismatic apostasy (note that I did not say charismatic Christianity, for I do not believe that all charismatics are false) with witchcraft. Ingrid Schlueter’s post is short, so I will go ahead and paste the whole thing below, but go to her site anyway because it has a lot of Christian warfare weaponry on it!

Christian Witchcraft Is Here

Look-ee what’s emerging now. We’re in postmodern times, we’re told. Rob Bell says the Bible is a “human product”, not “Divine fiat”. In other words, we can make things up as we go. This line of thought has now brought us “Christian” witchcraft. A Slice reader sent me a link to a site being promoted in an online group as a new “alternative” Christianity. The Raven Wing website was started by a woman who came out of charismatic churches, including Rod Parsley’s, to start her own brand of Christian witchcraft. Her belief page is a bizarre mixture of Christianity and goddess theology. The Raven Wing site declares:

Think you have christians & christianity figured out? click here for the most amazing website ever to exist relating to christianity & all things christian. guaranteed to open your mind & move you to the edge!

The edge of the abyss, that is, and right over it, frankly. The link, by the way, takes you to a website ZoeCarnate.com for cool new “Christianity”, including an ad for an emerging conference, and links to all the emerging sites of Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, and a host of others listed under the category, “Dispatches from the Great Emergence”. The ZoeCarnate site is also promoting The Shack as must reading for emerging Christians. Read a biblical review of The Shack in Berit Kjos’ article, Deceived by a Counterfeit Jesus.

Readers are invited at the Raven Wing site to attend the Columbus Eclectic Christian Meet-Up where they can “meet other Christians who are also interested in the Old Ways, and The Craft.

This is the Great Emergence indeed.

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Do Something in Your Life That Doesn’t Make Sense to Pagans

Posted by Job on February 28, 2008

From Sharper Iron by Jason Janz at 1:00 am February 27, 2008. 344 views. Filed under: Uncategorized
Author’s Note: For the past nine months, I have been consumed with the vision of planting a church in downtown Denver. This vision has called me and my family to a life of travel, a part-time job, and constant change. As the owner of SI, I have felt detached from the site I started almost three years ago. I appreciate the crew that has pinch-hit for me. For the next week, I’d like to update you on what God has been showing me over the past nine months. I will do so by publishing some articles that I wrote for our prayer partners.In his 1931 book, The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams said, “If, as I have said, the things already listed were all we had to contribute, America would have made no distinctive and unique gift to mankind. But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” The American Dream has permeated this nation, but it has also spilled across the oceans to all nations of the world. Everyone understands the American Dream, and he pursues it with all his might. While we are familiar with seeing images of desperate Cubans endeavoring to land makeshift rafts on the beaches of Florida in their pursuit of this dream, many Americans are no different. They just look better in the pursuit. But under the cover of well-clothed, well-educated, well-cared-for Americans is a relentless pursuit of the same idea—a better, richer, fuller life than what I am currently experiencing. The pursuit leaves every player exasperated for one simple reason—it’s not the way God intended us to live.

God gives us strong admonitions to live for another world, another country. Our mode of operation is to be that of a pilgrim, not a consumer. When pagans compare our lives to theirs, we should look like idiots in their eyes. But I’m afraid most of the time we look pretty normal. We should have different economic strategies (kingdom giving), different time schedules (acts of mercy; times of personal, family, and corporate worship), different family priorities (parenting God’s way, time together), and different pursuits (kingdom of God, glory of God, people of God). However, I’m afraid that when the lives of most Christians are examined, they make complete sense to the average pagan. Materially, we have houses, cars, retirement plans, and five kinds of insurance so that we can have “risk-free” living. When it comes to our time, we spend more time having fun than serving the poor. We spend more time playing with our toys than meeting as believers, provoking one another to love and good works. I’m afraid that our diversions have become our delight in America. When it comes to what we live for, I’m afraid we display Babylonian desires for the latest and greatest . . . just like the pagans.

This thought has rolled around a lot in my mind mainly because of the reaction that I get from many Christians when they hear about our vision to plant a church in perhaps the darkest area of our city. On one hand, I’ve had very good friends wrinkle their noses when they hear that we are moving to the Five Points Neighborhood, the second-highest crime neighborhood in the city. I’m not sure of all the reasoning behind the wrinkle. It could be their own distaste for the area. It could be that our burden just doesn’t make sense. Or could it be that my life never really echoed a life that was willing to risk for the sake of the gospel? Did this decision seem out of step with my self-preserving bent? I don’t know. I just know that it’s time to repent of my self-serving ways and do something in my life that doesn’t make sense to pagans or . . . the average Christian . . . or perhaps even me. Without knowing it, I have often drunk at the fountain of the American Dream.

Am I scared? Absolutely. I do not want my home broken into. I do not want my kids hurt. My wife and I were on a plane flying to Orlando when I read a story in Christianity Today about a wife who did just what we are hoping to do in the city. On night she was raped while her husband was at a church meeting. (You can get her book here.) That stuff scares me to death.

On the back cover of John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life, he says,

I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader’s Digest: A couple “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball, and collect shells …” Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.” That is a tragedy.

Sadly, this type of wasted life is seen all over the Scriptures. When the twelve spies went to look at Canaan, ten of them shrank in fear even though God had already promised victory. Thousands of people wasted their lives because they valued comfort over godly courage. The Scriptures tell us that when a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it yields fruit unto life eternal. We don’t need more life in America; we need more death.

I want to encourage you to take a risk for the cause of Christ. Start some things only God can finish. Go somewhere where you don’t have all the answers before you begin—not for the sake of danger or to be viewed as heroic, but for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God.

  • Teenager, can you think of pursuing something greater this year than academic honors or a starting position? What about starting a ministry from scratch to minister to those in your school or community who need help?
  • College student, what about changing your major and ministry direction to go and be a missionary to a Muslim country where you face the real danger of being killed for your faith? That choice doesn’t make sense to pagans.
  • Moms, can you think of ways to stretch your children to do something that pagans wouldn’t think a child could do?
  • Dads, what about taking a missions trip instead of a family vacation? What about quitting your job, taking a pay cut, and going to work for a nonprofit organization that is doing the work of God?
  • Pastors, would your congregation say that you are risking something for the sake of the gospel in your community?
  • Retirees, are you using the best years of your life for the glory and work of God?

Someone once said that five minutes after stepping into heaven, we will know exactly how we were supposed to live. I know this—if we simply pursue the American Dream, we will hang our heads in shame. However, if we “fall into the ground and die,” we can anticipate a joyful entrance.

Jason Janz, SharperIron site publisher, is planting Providence Bible Church in downtown Denver. Formerly, he served as an assistant pastor at Red Rocks Baptist Church (Morrison, CO). He has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and is currently finishing a master’s degree in theology. He has been married to Jennifer for 10 years, and they have four boys. His interests include pastoring, reading, and wrestling with his boys. He likes SI because of how it helps serve pastors and church leaders.
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A Seven Part Expose Of Wicca!

Posted by Job on February 17, 2008

This is primarily interesting to see how much success Wicca has had in infiltrating our popular culture. For another resource on similar threats to popular culture, please see http://goodfight.org.

The Cult of WICCA

Wicca- Part One “Which Witch is Which?”

WICCA-2 “Beliefs”

WICCA- 3 “Book of Shadows and Wiccan Practices”

WICCA- Interlude

WICCA- 4 “The Circle”

The Cult of WICCA- Epilogue

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Black Republicans Looking To Their Mike Huckabee Jesus

Posted by Job on February 9, 2008

christianpost.com/article/20080205/31079_Black_Conservatives%3A__Don%5C%27t_Give_Up%2C_Huckabee.htm

I kid you not, had this presidential race come along before my eyes were opened a couple of years ago when I read a compilation of the writings of Chinese Christian martyr Watchman Nee “Secrets To Spiritual Power”, I would this very second be volunteering for Mike Huckabee’s campaign, praying and prophesying in tongues speaking the Word of Faith and speaking the prosperity Psalms and Proverbs that God would use this mighty man of God to overturn Roe v. Wade, and maybe even give high level government positions to Kenneth Copeland and John Hagee, both of whom I was fervent fans. Well, maybe we need to raise up a collection to send these blokes copies of “Secrets To Spiritual Power.”

I may be rightfully accused of being unfair, but quotes like this make my blood boil. “And we like that his life story pretty much mirrored the background of many African Americans,” Scoggins added. Excuse me, but weren’t black folks identifying with Bill Clinton not long ago? Instead of talking about how the life story of Mike Huckabee or any other man resembles ours, shouldn’t we black Christians identify with the life and work of Jesus Christ? Like a lot of black men, the carpenter Jesus Christ was a low – income laborer. Which means he knew what it was like to struggle to find work, pay bills, and keep food on the table. Like black people, Jesus Christ was marginalized by society … not only was He not a Roman citizen and was hence subject to that brutal regime’s subjugation of his Jewish people, but even among the Jews He had a low status with no connections to the religious or economic elite and coming from Nazareth, the most disfavored part of northern Israel, which was already less favored than Jerusalem. Put it this way, Jerusalem looked down on northern Israel and northern Israel looked down on Nazareth. So when the people were saying about Jesus Christ “can anything good come from Nazareth?” and “no prophet has ever come from Nazareth”, it was a class/culture issue. So when the early Christians were called “Nazarenes”, it was not a name taken by them but a name given to them by their opponents to mock them because of the despised station in life of the leader of the sect, and to discredit them. Despite His great teachings and mighty works, a lot of people rejected Jesus Christ to follow after the powerful wealthy Jerusalem elite just because Jesus Christ was from Nazareth. Is that not akin to the experience of the American Negro? If these black conservatives realized that when the Jerusalem Jews called the followers of Jesus Christ “Nazarene” it was akin to calling them NIGGER, then they would see that they have no need to identify with the fraud from (false) Hope, Arkansas.

Now maybe some of you might go after Toni Morrison and call Bill Clinton your first black president, well let me give you some more examples of how Jesus Christ is your only black Lord, God, and King. Black men have a low life expectancy, so like a lot of black men Jesus Christ saw His earthly father Joseph die at an early age. Jesus Christ being raised by a man that was not His natural father who at first attempted to abandon the pregnant mother of Jesus Christ should remind us of the very troubled state of the black family that is being wracked by out of wedlock pregnancy, serial monogamy, divorce, homosexuality, AIDS, etc. And Joseph and Mary being turned away and having to have their child in a stable because “there was no room at the end” reminds me of how so many traveling blacks would enquire at the front desks of hotels that had their vacant signs on and be told that they were suddenly filled, or would similarly be told when responding to “now hiring” signs at businesses only to be told that all the positions were suddenly filled. Of course, such a black man would notice when driving away from that hotel that the vacancy sign would remain on with the establishment still taking white lodgers, and he would also see when passing by that place of business the next day and even the next week that the “now hiring” sign would still be in the window with whites filling out applications.

But now I shall get to the best example of how the life of Jesus Christ speaks to the black American experience: like so many black men, Jesus Christ received grotesque treatment from the criminal justice system. You know that old slogan: “there’s no justice, there’s JUST US!” In Jesus Christ you had a man arrested, tried, and executed by people knowing the whole time that the Man was innocent. THEY EVEN RELEASED AN INNOCENT MAN, A MURDERER AND INSURRECTIONIST, IN HIS PLACE! You know how the system, the man keeps the black man down? Well, the Roman Empire and the Jewish religious leaders conspired to put THE MAN (Acts 17:31 ) down. But to borrow from that Maya Angelou poem BUT STILL HE ROSE!

So black Christians, white Christians, black conservatives, white conservatives, black liberals, white liberals, people of all races and political affiliations, stop putting your trust in the systems of the world. Instead, put your trust in Jesus Christ, the One who bore your sins to the cross so that you do not have to pay the penalty for them. Put your trust in Jesus Christ, the one who defeated death and hell so that you can have eternal life through Him. And oh yes, the same goes for you members of the Barack HUSSEIN Obama cult too (who is obviously learning from New Age witch Oprah Winfrey how to bespell people). Stop dealing with the false messiahs and put your faith and trust in the real one. If you have not already, follow the Three Step Salvation Plan today! If you are already a born again Christian, stop following after and putting your trust in these men (and women, Hillary Clinton supporters) and start acting like it.

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Beware Of Witches And Black Magic In The Church!

Posted by Job on November 15, 2007

Courtesy of Brother Soli Deo Gloria.

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The Original Name Of The Muslim Moon God: NOT ALLAH!

Posted by Job on October 19, 2007

I am a huge supporter of Messianic (meaning COMPLETED) Jewish rabbi Moshe Laurie and his show, but I must admit that I have not been as motivated to watch it recently because Laurie has been devoting a lot of time to exploring the possibility that the 12th imam of Shi’ite Islam will be the anti-Christ. I really cannot get into that because of my belief that the anti-Christ will have to be an “all things to all people” sort in order to get the world to follow him, and as such his false prophet would likely be a New Age universalist sort.

But I came across something the other day that will make me give rabbi Laurie’s efforts more thought. The book Readings of the Ancient Near East (by Bill Arnold and Bryan Beyer, published by Baker Books) has starting on page 137 the war chronicles of king Tiglath-pileser I of Assyria. Of course, it begins with the usual statements of devotion to this pagan’s gods. Now this fellow’s primary god was Ashur, but I noticed one of the other false deities that he credited for his successful military exploits. Tiglath-pileser I referred to the deity as the wise one, saying that he was the lord of the lunar disk (the moon god) and his symbol was “the divine crescent.” Of course, Islam’s “Allah” has long been known to be the moon god worshiped by the Arab peoples of that region, and as such the crescent moon is their symbol. So, what name did Tiglath-pileser I call this deity, the same false deity as Mohammed’s Allah, in his royal inscriptions? SIN. I kid you not, page 137 of Readings of the Ancient Near East clearly identifies the name of the god of Islam as SIN.

Some background here. When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, God told them not to follow after the worship or practices of the people in the area. Such practices were, of course, pagan. Israel began referring to the pagan practices that God commanded them against as SIN because it was shorthand for the moon worship that was dominant in the area. (Please recall, for instance, that Abraham’s family, from Haran, were moon – worshipers.) That was why the wilderness that the children of Israel spent 40 years wandering in was called the wilderness of Sin Exodus 16:1 (though wilderness of Zin was an alternate spelling)! And the mountain where the law was given? Mount Sinai! Note that there was no reference to God or Moses naming them as such. The wilderness and the mountain already had those names because the local moon worshipers, SIN worshipers, gave it that name, just as places where Baal worship took place were given such names by the pagans as Baalzephon, Baalpeor, Baalmeon, etc. So as one of the first commandments of God regarding their conduct was to refrain Israel from taking on the worship of the Sin cult, sin became shorthand for all evil behavior. (Some folks that are familiar with the scriptures in their original languages claim that the translators often used “sin” where “lawlessness” or similar would have been more appropriate.)

So going back to Moshe Laurie’s teachings that the anti – Christ will be the eschatological figure that the modern moon god worshipers of Shi’ite Islam are awaiting, we cannot ignore that one of the titles given for the anti – Christ in the Bible just happens to be “man of sin“(2 Thessalonians 2:3)! But wait, it does not end at Islam. Lots of other folks do too: wicca and other pagan movements, New Age, some strands of kabbalah, etc. But you know what else? MASONRY, especially the SHRINERS branch. (Hint: Mormonism was founded by the MASON Joseph Smith). Oh yes, did you know that masonry, while claiming to be a Christian fraternal organization, is actually universalistic, teaching that all religions are equal, see ericbarger.com/presbyterian.masonic.htm? (Sort of sounds like Skulls and Bones George W. Bush proclaiming that all religions worship the same god recently, doesn’t it? Fascinating that he made that pronouncement while traveling in Muslim countries. It is also fascinating how many of our presidents have been Masons or members of its affiliated societies.)

So it looks like Moshe Laurie may be onto something. If he is, then this “something” is actually way broader and deeper than he realizes!

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Why Did The Ephesians Burn Their Books?

Posted by Job on October 16, 2007

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Rick Warren And Other Emergent “Christians” Support Harry Potter

Posted by Job on August 14, 2007

Link To Dr. James Emery White’s Crosswalk.com’s Weblog Entry “Mad About Harry”

This shows how many so – called Christians are not, including J. K. Rowling herself, a member of the Church of Scotland. This fellow claims that Harry Potter has a “Christian worldview.” Sounds like these NONEXISTENT Christian values (see Christian Values Do Not Exist and Christian Values Do Not Exist Part II: The Motivation For Believing A Lie) to me, and yet another reason why true Christians should contend against this anti – Christ concept, because the more worldly the church gets the more heresies and abominations will be able to masquerade as “good Christian values” and “good Christian worldview.”

Then again, the “emergent” and “contemplative” Christians are supporting witchcraft already. See HERETIC TD JAKES ENDORSES YOGA AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER! as well as my emergent church  and contemplative prayer categories. Now I do not do as good a job of documenting the wickedness of this movement as does people like Apprising Ministries (and this is a good link on his site as well), and Christian Research Network/Slice Of Laodicea (the people who first let me know that TD Jakes denied Trinity and LIED ABOUT IT).

There really does seem to be a huge movement out there dedicated to opposing, denying, and undermining what is left of Bible – based Christianity is from the inside: the oneness pentecostals on one side with the charismatic movement and the emergents on the other side with the Southern Baptists and other fundamentalists. You have Brian McLaren and similar denying that Christ died for our sins,  and a whole multitude of false charismatics who deny the very Trinity doctrine that allowed God the Son to bear our sins on earth while God the Father was able to remain separated from them and turn His face in Heaven. So, this proves that the wide embrace of Harry Potter and other wickedness by mainstream Christianity is proof that such things are only symptoms of much larger doctrinal issues.

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The Goddess Unmasked: What every woman should know about the sacred feminine

Posted by Job on May 18, 2007

See this excellent expose on the false “goddess worship” movement. My interest is not that it is attracting more and more people, but rather that it is worming its way into Christian churches (Jezebel spirit maybe?). So, read this article and see if things from this false religion is making its way into your church or is influencing a pastor or teacher whose ministry that you support. I will say this: the liberal wing of the Presbyterian Church’s considering replacing “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Spirit” with “Mother”, “Child”, “Womb”  because “some people have had bad relationships with their earthly father that may cause them to reject Christianity because of the masculine language” is clearly influenced by goddess worship. A great many of our seminaries and religion schools have studied paganism, wicca, etc. (and many of them are oughtright pagans) and are using it to influence the Christian pastors that they train, calling it a more “woman – friendly, diverse, progressive Christianity that is more welcoming to all.” Well, if you want diversity, then go share the gospel with someone of a different race, ethnicity, nation of origin, or class background from yourself, and support overseas missionaries (or become one yourself). Study the spread of the gospel and see how its message is best adapting it to whatever culture and setting you are in (as Paul did in Acts 17 when he spoke to the Greek philosophers, in Acts 22 when speaking to Jews, and Acts 26 when speaking to Roman leaders; he gave a different pitch each time) while remaining true to the Bible. That will more than suffice.  http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2007/mayjun/5.30.html

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Should Christians Boycott The March Of Dimes?

Posted by Job on April 5, 2007

This article makes a very convincing case.

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Churches Abandoning Inner Cities

Posted by Job on March 14, 2007

Fleeing from the lost and hurting souls living in the inner cities of America for the safety, comfort, and MONEY of the suburbs.  One of the phenomena I have watched over the past 20 years, has been the flight of churches located in the inner cities of America, many long time works of God, to the suburbs.  I have heard all of the various “reasons” for these
moves, but they all end up at the same place, MONEY!  It is simply more profitable to operate in the comfort and affluence of the suburbs than in the inner city.  I have no doubt that these churches who have moved out to the suburbs do a great work for God, meet the spiritual needs of those they minister to, and are a tremendous asset to the Kingdom of God.  However, let me ask you one question.  What about the lives and eternal souls of those who live in the city where they used to be?

You see, this is the heart of the issue.  As church after church flees the inner city, there is a spiritual void.  Sadly, in most cases it is the cults, the false religions, and the things of this world that come to quickly fill that void.  The “light” is quickly replaced by the “darkness.” Cults like Scientology , Mormonism, and the Jehovah Witnesses, false
religions like Islam, quickly move in to fill the spiritual void left when a church abandons the inner city.  Instead of the people living in these metropolitan centers being told about the Truth of God’s Word and how to find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ, they are being led into hell through the lies of L. Ron Hubbard, Joey Smith, the Watchtower Society, and the Qur’an.

In addition to the cults and false religions vying for the souls of these people the church abandoned, you also have the allures of this world that now operate without any opposition from those warning people from the Truth of the Bible.  The drug dealers, prostitutes, alcohol vendors, bookies, are now operating free from anyone warning the people that these are traps from satan designed to destroy their life.  The “light” has been removed and is replaced by the darkness, the “salt” is taken away allowing lives to rot.
It is not hard for satan to lead souls to hell when he is working unopposed.

So what is the answer?  Inner city churches are dealing with older building that need repair.  The inner city often poses logistical challenges like a lack of parking.  They are dealing with a declining membership and income. There is no denying the safety issue, especially when it comes to services and events held at night.  Dealing with a transient and low income population is also a legitimate concern for churches in the inner city.
These are all very real problems an inner city church faces and why leaving the inner city for the suburbs usually makes tremendous sense.

Selling the property in the city gives a church the initial funds they need to tie down a nice piece of property in the suburbs where land is much cheaper and build a brand new state-of- the-art facility with plenty of parking.  The suburbs have a much larger group of people to draw from so the church can actually grow quickly.  There are always security issues, but they are much easier to handle in a suburban facility in an area where the
crime rate is a fraction of what it is in the city.  You find stable communities in the suburbs where people live for many years and the vast majority are working and earning a living for their family.  When you contrast the problems with the city and the benefits of relocating to the suburbs, it is very easy to see why over the past 20 years so many churches have made this move.

There is only one factor that is always left out, or if it is considered, it simply doesn’t carry enough weight to stop the move.  THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE INNER CITY! Again, when the church leaves, they pack up the “salt” and “light” and take that with them.  The people they leave behind are left to the ravenous wolves who seek to devour their souls and lead them to an eternity in hell.  It was God who planted that church in the city in the
first place.  No doubt it was a different time and as the years wore on, many things changed.  The one thing, however, that never changes is the need people have for the Truth and for a relationship with Jesus Christ.  That is as true today as it was the day the church in the inner city was founded.

So what is the answer?  A responsible church that is forced by economics to move out of the city, must carry the burden for the souls of the people they are leaving behind.  I find it amazing that a church will leave the inner city, prosper in the suburbs, give tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands a year to foreign missions, and never spend a dime or a moment back in the neighborhood they left.  Those people are going to the same hell the person in Africa or Asia are going to!

A church that is forced to leave the inner city needs to continue the work God gave them in the city by making it their number one missions project. They can find inexpensive facilities to continue having services, continue to feed, clothe, and provide practical help to those who live around their old church location.  If God is leading them to move to the suburbs, they can still have an effective ministry and presence in the city.  A church may
actually be able to move to the suburbs and reap those benefits that will allow them to have an even greater impact on the people in the city they left.  *The key is to make a commitment to the people, the real lives and eternal souls of those who live in the city where God birthed that church!

I love you and care about you so much.  Please hear my heart today.  I am not saying that a church will be cursed for moving out of the city to the suburbs.  Every pastor and church administration needs to seek the Lord and let the Holy Spirit guide them in these critical decisions that affect the life of that fellowship.  What I am saying is that a church can’t simply leave the city for the suburbs and leave the people in the city for satan to
destroy.  Those people in the city may not have the financial resources the people in the suburbs have, but they have the same needs, God’s Truth and an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ.

I will be praying for those pastors and church leaders who may be in the midst of making this critical decision today.  I will also be praying for those pastors and church leaders who have already made such a move.  As God guides you and leads you, don’t forget to put in place a plan that will allow you to continue to minister to the spiritual needs of the people in the city where your church began.  It is easy to simply leave them and forget all about them.  However, the Lord is reminding you today that you have a responsibility to minister to them and bring them the hope and love of Christ.  He will give you wisdom and guidance and direction in how you can best do that, and bless you richly for your obedience as you take Christ to the “least of these my brethren.”

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

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Mayan Pagan Priests Act A Lot Like Some Charismatic “Christians” I Know

Posted by Job on March 9, 2007

Mayan “priests” are holding pagan ceremonies to “cast out evil spirits” following Bush visits. Why is this of interest to Heal the Land? Because a lot of the stuff that they are doing sound suspiciously like what is going on in our “Christian” churches today. See my “The State of Christianity” and “Why I Hate Black History Month” series to see what I am talking about. The attempts to bring in animism and spiritism through “multiculturalism and diversity”, and the strange rituals and doctrines brought in by the Oneness Pentecostals, false charismatics, Word of Faith, and prosperity teachers (which I already stated resembles Oprah Winfrey’s “The Secret”) makes these “churches” no different from whatever is going on at the local witch doctor – or for that matter the Jehovah’s Witness “Kingdom Hall” or any Mormon center of heresy. Christians really should study false religions and their traditions, rites, and belief systems and see how much of that nonsense is going through the church today.

Father YHVH in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, please open the eyes of Your people concerning all of the false doctrine and strange fire being burned in the church today, and give them boldness through the Ruach Hakadosh to rise up against it in their own lives and in the Body of Christ. Amen. technorati tag:

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Another Ravening Wolf Seeking To Scatter The Sheep

Posted by Job on February 22, 2007

Looks like this guy put a lot of time into pursuing his master plan. I have to admit, his constitutional rights are being violated; he is experiencing what our courts and laws define as religious discrimination! Which, of course, is yet another reason why Christians should divorce themselves from the wicked world. Not saying that Christians should not vote, seek office, or serve in government, but you must realize that any government that affords equal rights to a Christian and a Wiccan – as we must according to our laws – is NOT going to be able to promote Yeshua HaMashiach. So, Christians need to stop believing that they can take the easy way out by establishing God’s kingdom on earth using politics (whether right wing or left wing) instead of by changing hearts with the gospel.

And preach the gospel this guy did do! This utterly confused fellow was born Catholic, converted to Pentecostalism at a Billy Graham crusade, was “speaking in tongues” and preaching while still in high school, and then going straight home and reading Buddhism. Says that he was always vexed by the “exclusivity” of Christianity, and that he was always a universalist, and he “decided to switch to Wicca when a bomb killed 1200 people while serving in Iraq.” Translation: Christian claims that salvation is only through Yeshua HaMashiach make us no different from Muslim extremists!

This guy is perfectly suited to use in the anti – Christ’s many fronts (media, legal, etc.) against Christianity: a white male who served in the military who is an alleged former Christian but became disaffected because of the “contradictions”, “unanswered questions”, and – of course – “bigotry” in our Bible. And he insists that “I wasn’t trying to start any trouble; I was just being naive” and “just wound up in the center of a huge constitutional lawsuit all by accident.” Uh huh, right. And oh, please do not ignore how this article is just an unpaid advertisement for this religion; how it is so much different and BETTER than Christianity. Well, we know what side the Washington Post is on (as if we didn’t already). The question is … which side are YOU on? Are you on the side of the Lord of the Bible? If so, what are you doing to let people know it?

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