Monthly Archives: April 2014

A warning to Christians about homeopathy

For Christians desiring to learn more about the background of homeopathic remedies, and how they were developed, please consider reading the free, online e-book Alternative Medicine: A Mind Blowing Magical Mystery Tour by Steven Ransom. (** Please note that if you click the preceding link to the book, the book will automatically begin downloading **)

Magical Mystery Tour documents the bizarre beginnings of homeopathy, a very popular alternative treatment that once only existed on the fringes of the culture, within the New Age movement, but has now become mainstreamed, and is sadly even being embraced by Christians today. (Just a few background facts: Samuel Hahnemann was the developer of the homeopathic theory. Edward Bach came along later and systematized Hahnemann’s theory into what is known today as the Bach flower remedies, pictured above, and widely available today.)

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And why not do evil that good may come?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

And why not do evil that good may come?–as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just. (Romans 3:8 ESV) 

The debate in the visible Church in our time concerning the need for Christians to walk in Repentance is actually quite perplexing to those of us whose hearts and consciences are bound to the Word of God. It clearly exhorts us all to repent and walk in righteousness. I had a conversation with a Pastor a several years ago at lunch following his sermon that Sunday morning. We discussed the dreadful condition in the visible Church in which most professing Christians appeared to be very immature and in bondage to their flesh. I asked for his opinion of why that was so. His response was that it was the result of the Church not being the Church as God designed. There was little or…

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5 Inspiring Spurgeon Quotes

“Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“God’s thoughts of you are many, let not yours be few in return.” —Charles Spurgeon

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Podcast: A Bold Witness for Jesus (Pt1): The Character of God

By Chris Lawson

Understand God’s character in order to stand strong in the faith!

Abuse, ostracism, persecution…

Getting run out of your home-group, church or denomination, for standing against apostasy?

Here is a message to help you understand more about God’s character, and to exhort you to be a bold witness for Jesus Christ.

I have personally lived through much of what I discuss in these audio messages, especially since 2004 when I began to publicly denounce false teachers and false teachings within the Christian church, though our SRN ministry.

PODCAST: A Bold Witness for Jesus – Part 1
CLICK HERE: A-Bold-Witness-For-Jesus.mp3 (Recorded Oct. 1998)

As time rolls on, ostracism, abuses, and blatant persecution will arise from within the professing Christian church. Who will these things come from and who will they be directed against? They will come from false and compromising believers that refuse to separate from false teachers, and who willingly stand against sincere lovers of God’s truth. Simply stated, it is the people who seek to uphold Scripture, rather than twist and distort it, that will be persecuted from within the church in the last days.

Jesus said:
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12
Paul the Apostle said:
“But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” – 2 Timothy 3:10-13
Hope that this will help you to be more courageous in your Christian faith!

85% of Americans concerned young people don’t know enough about Holocaust or learning lessons of how to confront evil, finds new poll. What can you do to teach your children?

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MEME-HolocaustEducation(Jerusalem, Israel) —  “To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it.” 

As readers of this blog know, this has been a theme of many of my books over the years. Yet recently we learned a fascinating piece of data. A surprisingly large majority of the U.S. population is concerned that Americans are not being taught enough about the Holocaust or learning how to confront evil in our time. They are especially concerned that young people aren’t being effectively taught what can happen when evil rises and we do not take decisive action to stop it.

These are among the findings of an exclusive new poll Tyndale House Publishers and I commissioned as we prepared to release The Auschwitz Escape. It seems particularly relevant to highlight such findings on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-respected polling firm, conducted the survey for us. We asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters the following question:…

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GTY blog: Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not – John MacArthur

 

You’re probably aware of the hit movie “Heaven Is for Real” and the popular book it’s based on. Recently, various television news programs have invited John MacArthur to explain why he rejects the story of Colton Burpo’s trip to heaven. But in those brief, edited interviews, much of John’s biblical critique ended up on the cutting-room floor. We thought it would be appropriate to take a short break from our current blog series and explain in more detail why the truth about heaven isn’t found in hallucinations and near-death experiences, but in the Word of God alone. –GTY Staff

Given the rising tides of militant atheism, postmodern skepti­cism, biblical illiteracy, self-love, and gross immorality, what are we to make of the current interest in heaven?

One thing is clear: It does not signal any significant upsurge of interest in what biblical revela­tion teaches about heaven. On the contrary, the data actually seem to indicate that lots of people are simply making up whatever concept of heaven pleases them. The ideas about heaven that get the most press are mostly figments of the human imagination that bear little (if any) resemblance to that glorious realm of Christ’s kingdom as it is described in God’s Word.

We would of course expect New Age practitioners, cranks, and cultists to abandon the Bible in favor of their own dreams and fanta­sies. But this trend of inventing one’s own personal concept of heaven seems to be an even bigger problem in the evangelical community than it is in the world at large. Evidence of this can be seen in several recent evangelical mega–best sellers.

One of the most talked-about books of 2011 was Heaven Is for Real, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. The book recounts four-year-old Colton Burpo’s vision of heaven (as told by his father to Ms. Vincent). Colton claims he visited heaven during surgery after a burst appendix nearly took his life. His stories of heaven are full of fanciful features and peculiar details that bear all the earmarks of a child’s vivid imagi­nation. There’s nothing transcendent or even particularly enlightening about Colton’s description of heaven. In fact, it is completely devoid of the breathtaking glory featured in every biblical description of the heavenly realm. That doesn’t deter Todd Burpo from singling out se­lective phrases and proof texts from Scripture, citing them as if they authenticated his son’s account.

It may be quite fascinating to read these intricately detailed ac­counts of people who claim to have come back from heaven, but that hobby is as dangerous as it is seductive. Readers not only get a twisted, unbiblical picture of heaven from these tall tales; they also imbibe a subjective, superstitious, shallow brand of spirituality. There is no rea­son to believe anyone who claims to have gone to heaven and returned (John 3:13; 1:18). Studying mystical accounts of supposed journeys into the afterlife yields nothing but confusion, contradiction, false hope, bad doctrine, and a host of similar evils.

Nevertheless, the current popularity of such books shows how hungry people are to hear about heaven. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, of course. In fact, it is a desire that can be harnessed for good, as long as we look to Scripture and let God’s Word inform our knowledge and shape our hopes.

Indeed, it is right and beneficial for Christians to fix their hearts on heaven. Scripture repeatedly urges us to cultivate that perspective: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1–2 ESV). “We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are un­seen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV). “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 ESV).

Such a perspective is the very essence of true faith, according to Hebrews 11. Those with authentic, biblical faith acknowledge that they are strangers and pilgrims on this earth (v. 13). They are seeking a heavenly homeland (v. 14). They “desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (v. 16 ESV). The “city” that verse refers to is the heavenly Jerusalem, an unimaginable place—the very capital of heaven. It will be the eternal abode of the redeemed. No wonder Christians are intrigued with the subject.

You simply cannot gain a better understanding of heaven than we are given in Scripture—especially not from some­one else’s dreams and near-death experiences. In the words of Charles Spurgeon:

It’s a little heaven below, to imagine sweet things. But never think that imagination can picture heaven. When it is most sublime, when it is freest from the dust of earth, when it is carried up by the greatest knowledge, and kept steady by the most extreme caution, imagina­tion cannot picture heaven. “It hath not entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Imagination is good, but not to picture to us heaven. Your imaginary heaven you will find by-and-by to be all a mistake; though you may have piled up fine castles, you will find them to be castles in the air, and they will vanish like thin clouds before the gale. For imagination cannot make a heaven. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered the heart of man to conceive” it. [1][Charles H. Spurgeon, The New Park Street Pulpit, 6 vols. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1856), 2:20-21.]

What God has revealed in Scripture is the only legitimate place to get a clear understanding of the heavenly kingdom. This is a point we will come back to repeatedly: The Bible is our only reliable source of information about heaven. I want to show you why it is misleading and dangerous to probe and dissect people’s near-death experiences, as if they could give us some important truth about the afterlife that we are lacking from Scripture. We’ll do that next time.

 

(Adapted from The Glory of Heaven.)


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How Can I Get Assurance of Salvation?


Source: truthforlife.org

Recently I received a note from a man in his 60s. This is part of what he wrote:

I made my first profession of faith in Jesus before I was 13. I’ve walked the aisle many times since then! I just can’t get assurance of salvation and I feel like time is running out on me. Maybe God has never chosen me? Sure would like to know what direction to go!

I think this man speaks for many people who have “walked the aisle” and “prayed the prayer” but still wonder if they are truly saved.

Here is my answer:

You don’t need some extra experience called “assurance of salvation.” You only need to know that Jesus is enough. Sometimes we look at assurance as if it is a feeling we have. But our feelings come and go. Sometimes we “feel” saved, sometimes we don’t. Feelings are not trustworthy. Here is all you really need to answer: Are you satisfied with what Christ did for you on the cross? Think of it this way. God is satisfied with the death of his Son. Are you? If not, then you have put yourself above God, which I know you don’t want to do.

Remember, you are not saved by your faith, which sometimes may seem very weak. You are saved by Christ and only by Christ. Do not look to yourself, your life, your feelings, or to how many times you have walked the aisle. It will never be enough. Look to Christ alone. If you can say, “Lord Jesus, you alone are my only hope of heaven, and I am trusting in you,” that’s all you need.

Look to yourself and be disappointed. Look to Christ and be saved.

Don’t separate assurance from Christ. They always go together. Are you saved? Yes, I believe so because I believe you are dissatisfied with yourself and fully satisfied with Christ. That’s the essence of true saving faith.

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Netanyahu vows Israel will never allow another Holocaust. Asks, “Has the world learned from the mistakes of the past?”

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PM Netanyahu speaking at Yad Vashem tonight. PM Netanyahu speaking at Yad Vashem tonight.

(Jerusalem, Israel) — What a tremendous honor to attend the opening ceremonies of “Yom HaShoah,” Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Yad Vashem this evening. It was my first time to participate in this annual event, and I was repeatedly moved to tears.

I was moved by Israeli President Shimon Peres’ speech, as he shared personal stories of his family being burned to death by the Nazis in a wooden synagogue in Minsk (the same city my father’s Jewish family escaped from in the early 1900s).

I was moved by the Prime Minister’s address, as he raised some very challenging questions, and warned the world is in danger of making the same mistakes as in the 1930s.

I was particularly moved by the testimonies of six Holocaust survivors, who bore the brunt of the West’s mistakes back in the 1930s and 40s, and by this year’s theme: “Jews ‘On The Edge’ — 1944:…

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Dr. William Lane Craig answers a question about homosexuality and the Bible

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The question is “why should anyone care about Paul’s view on homosexuality, since Paul never met Jesus?”

Here is the answer:

Dr. Craig’s answer is two-fold. First, he said that Jesus was a Jew and had the same views on this question as Jews normally did. Second, he cited Jesus’ teaching about marriage being the union of one man and one woman in Mark 10:7-9 and Matthew 19:5. I heard this same verse presented when I was listening to the “It takes a Family” 2013 lectures, in the lecture by Dr. Robert Gagnon, who is an expert on what Jesus says about homosexuality.

Here are the relevant links, if you want to get yourself ready:

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Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God? (Ezek 18:23)

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

regretsGod wants all people to obey his summons to repent and believe the gospel, and so be saved (Acts 17:30; Ezek. 18:23).  In light of this, the church is called to preach the gospel indiscriminately to all people … to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:18). But sadly, all men without exception have a heart of stone, and in their willful blindness, turn a deaf ear and refuse to believe and follow Christ (Rom 3:11, 8:7; 1 Cor 2:14). He has no pleasure in seeing a humanity so unyielding and inflexible in their rebellion against Him.This saddens God and indeed angers Him. But even though all natural men reject this call to faith in Christ, God is yet still merciful. Instead of giving all of us what we justly deserve (His wrath), He still gives life and pardons more ill-deserving sinners than any man can count (Eph. 2:5; Rev…

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Pleading with Africa’s unreached to come, come to Christ!

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Reaching Africa’s Unreached (R.A.U) has been relentlessly preaching, pleading and imploring the heathens in Northern Western Uganda plus refugees from Southern Sudan to be reconciled with God. The message is the same every day …Come to Christ:

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:20-21)

20140427-080931.jpg Jacob Lee of Reaching Africa’s Unreached at one of their preaching points in Moyo, Uganda.
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Ten tenets of biblical Christianity

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government.” -John Adams (Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798)

1. God’s Creation – God created all things; the Biblical account of creation is completely trustworthy.

(Genesis 1-9, Deuteronomy 4, Job 4, 10, 14, 28,35-37, Exodus 3, 10,19, Ecclesiastes 1, Psalm 19,94,102,104,107,115,119,121,135, Jeremiah 27,51, Amos 4, Acts 14, Proverbs 20, Matthew 19, Nehemiah 9, Isaiah 40,42,44, Zechariah 12, Jonah 1, John 1, Acts 14,17, Romans 1, Corinthians 15, Ephesians 3, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1,16, Revelation 14)

2. Sovereignty of God – He has created us for Himself of His good pleasure. We are restless until we are reconciled unto God and ultimately restored by the blood of the Savior, Jesus Christ!

(Psalm 22,103, Deuteronomy 8, Daniel 4, 1 Chronicles 26,29, John 3, 1 Timothy 6, 2 Timothy 1, Acts 2, Revelation 4, 1 Corinthians 8)

3. Original Sin – The fall of man has left everything broken and bruised. Nobody is spared from the effects of sin internally or externally, spiritually or physically. We are all created in God’s image, but all of creation has been deeply wounded from the effects of sin. Although there are moments of prosperity, peace, and tranquility, this life is often a vale of tears…we must live for something more, something better.

(Romans 3,5,7, 1 Corinthians 15, Genesis 3,8, Psalm 14,51, Mark 7, Ephesians 2, Proverbs 22, Job 15, Jeremiah 17, Ecclesiastes 9, 1 John 3)

4. Moral law – The commands of God are still binding, although they cannot be kept perfectly. Once made alive through Jesus Christ, who paid the price on our behalf, we are now dead to sin and will no longer desire to have it live in our hearts.

(Matthew 5, Romans 6, 2 Timothy 3, Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, Leviticus 19, Proverbs 6)

5. Regeneration – We are spiritually dead in our natural state and have to be made alive by the Holy Spirit who applies the truths of Scripture to our hearts. Although spiritually resistant and wholly corruptible, the potency of the gospel can melt the heart of even the most hardened sinner. ‘Born Again’ by the power of the holy spirit, we are no longer a slave to sin but are redeemed by the blood of Christ to be sons of God and heirs of the promise. We ought to submit to these miraculous truths and allow ourselves to be led therein.

(John 1,3,6, Titus 3, Matthew 19, 2 Peter 1, Ephesians 2, Acts 3, 2 Corinthians 5, Romans 8)

6. Redemption – All the pain, all the tears, all the adversities, all the heartache, and all the suffering we experience in this life will be washed away for those who have given their lives to Jesus in faith, with fear and trembling, hope and love, and a true desire for righteousness.

(Revelation 21, Ephesians 1, Galatians 3, Romans 3, Colossians 1, 1 Corinthians 6,7)

7. Inerrancy of Scriptures – Filled with God-inspired wisdom, scripture is trustworthy and speaks to all essential matters of spiritual and earthly living. Jesus Himself and His disciples referenced scripture as trustworthy and authoritative

(Revelation 22, John 1,6, Proverbs 30, Deuteronomy 4, Matthew 5,7,19,22, Mark 9, 2 Timothy 3)

8. Evangelism – God’s followers are on fire for The Lord and will become ‘fishers of men.’

(Hebrews 10, 1 John 5, Matthew 9,28, Luke 9, John 1,10,14, Acts 2,3,4,13,16,22, Romans 10,12, Mark 1, Isaiah 49, )

9. Traditional Family – The nuclear family (father, mother, children) is ordained by God. God is the Ultimate Authority in all matters, and we are to live in service to The Lord with love and goodwill to our fellow man.

(Matthew 19, Genesis 2,9, 1 Timothy 3, Exodus 20, Proverbs 1, Ephesians 6, Colossians 3, Psalm 103, Joshua 24, Proverbs 11,31)

10. Personal Responsibility, Accountability, and Charity – We should diligently provide for our families and glorify God in all that we do (including our vocations) by maintaining a strong sense of moral responsibility in thought, word, and deed. We should bear each others burdens, provide for the needs of the poor and the needy, and love our neighbors as ourselves. The believer is sanctified and seeks to walk in humility, righteousness, and holiness through Christ who strengthens us!

(1 Timothy 5, 2 Timothy 1, Galatians 6,2 Corinthians 5, Philippians 4, Proverbs 28, 2 Peter 1, Luke 10,11,12, 1 Corinthians 5,6,13, Ezekiel 18, Genesis 4, Colossians 3, 2 Thessalonians 3, Deuteronomy 15, 16, Proverbs 3,11,21,22,28, Matthew 6, Mark 12, Luke 3,6, Acts 20, Romans 12, James 2,4, 2 Corinthians 9, Matthew 5, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 2,4, 1 John 2)

If this Country is going to go down, it should not be a result of apathy and indifference on our part….if this administration is going to continue to endorse the destruction of the body AND the soul, faithful Christians throughout this great nation must ask The Lord to use them to win some (the deceived) back….

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Christians Targeted in Global Persecution

 

ICC Note: “The West is sleep-walking into a tragedy,” says Lord Alton of the UK. The reality of persecution of Christians in the Middle East and beyond is occurring with near daily frequency and yet the response to these attacks is muted at best. While structures exist to protect Christians and to prosecute those responsible for the acts they are often not enforced. 

By Lord Alton

04/24/2014 Middle East (World Review) – THE WEST is sleep-walking into a tragedy with implications beyond the Middle East unless it exposes the ideology behind radical Islamist thinking, writes Lord Alton.

Reports of religiously-motivated atrocities against Christians appear almost daily but the West, including some Christian leaders, seems to be in a state of denial. 

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“Praise Darwin”: University Of Connecticut Professor’s Bizarre Rant Goes Viral

A deranged public tirade by a professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut is putting the evolution vs. creation debate back into the headlines. He recently spent more than two hours harassing Christian evangelists that were trying to preach to students on campus, and at one point he even asked one of the evangelists if he “had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior”. Later on, he even encouraged students to join him in publicly proclaiming the phrase “Praise Darwin!” This bizarre behavior has suddenly made this obscure professor quite famous, and as you will see below, he is not apologizing for his behavior. Sadly, this professor does not even seem to be aware of what Charles Darwin actually stood for. If he did, he would probably not be so proud of himself.

When I first came across this story, I could hardly believe it. What kind of self-respecting professor would spend more than two hours (Read More…)

Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are nearly 50 million Americans dealing with food insecurity? In 1854, Henry David Thoreau observed that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. The same could be said of our time. In America today, most people are quietly scratching and clawing their way from month to month. Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs. The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row. Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace. Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day. In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point. Approximately 16 million of them are children. It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about. But it is very real. (Read More….)

Britain is a ‘post-Christian’ country says former Archbishop

Britain is now a “post-Christian” country, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Rowan Williams said Britain was not a nation of believers and that the era of widespread worship was over. It comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said people in Britain should be confident of its status as “a Christian country”.

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