Daily Archives: August 1, 2016

Hillary Clinton gets Four Pinocchios rating for Fox News interview

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What difference does national security make? What difference at this point does national security make? How dare you question the Queen?

There was an interview on Fox News Sunday featuring centrist Chris Wallace and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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It was hard work to find any news articles that mentioned the exchanges about Benghazi, her private, unsecure e-mail server and alleged peddling of Secretary of State influence for foreign donations, through the Clinton foundation,

Regarding Benghazi, the Washington Free Beacon noted that Clinton called one of the gold star moms a liar, for contradicting Clinton’s story that the terrorist attack was caused by a YouTube video:

With Benghazi playing a major theme in the attacks against Clinton, Wallace played a video clip from the Republican National Convention (RNC) of Pat Smith blaming Clinton for her son’s death.

“I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son. That’s personally,” Smith said.

Wallace asked…

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Four points in the gay agenda that should concern Christians and conservatives

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This article by Kelsey Harkness appeared in the Daily Signal, and it’s a must-read.

Excerpt:

More than 25 prominent leaders of the national LGBT movement, including elected officials and other influential voices, gathered for the four-day event called the Equality Forum.

The Daily Signal attended several panel discussions featuring speakers such as Janson Wu, executive director of the advocacy group GLAD; James Esseks, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and AIDS project at the American Civil Liberties Union; and Evan Wolfson, former president of Freedom to Marry, a campaign largely credited with winning the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Looking forward, speakers said, priorities include defeating “anti-LGBT” bills, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth through new school policies and curriculum and partnering with outside organizations on minority-driven issues such as gun control and criminal justice reform. They called for Congress to…

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Hillary is Sick: Educate Yourself on Her VP Choice Tim Kaine

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The word on the street is that Hillary Clinton is more sick than any of us know.  So her pick of a VP was not a quick decision on her part.  She had to choose someone who is aligned with her beliefs. She had to make sure that in case she must step down, that her globalist and pro-Islamist world view will be carried on and enforced.  That man is Tim Kaine, and choosing him was certainly calculated.  I will give you the facts about Kaine and hopefully you will connect the dots.

Should we have expected that Hillary Clinton would pick an all American – Patriotic, apple pie kinda guy to be her running mate?  Only if you have lived under a rock for the last 8 years; then you’d have an excuse to be so naive.

But you see, that’s the problem.  Most people who vote Democrat might…

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The Ultimate Expression of Divine Compassion

Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:15

Code: B160801

by John MacArthur

The fact that God is compassionate and merciful is good news for sinners. It’s why we don’t always get what we deserve.

And that compassion finds its fullest expression in the Person and work of Jesus Christ—God in human flesh. The incarnation itself was an expression of sympathy and identification with our weakness (Hebrews 4:15). In Christ we can see countless expressions of divine compassion translated into human displays that we easily understand and identify with—including sadness, sympathy, and tears of sorrow.

Though sinless Himself, Jesus suffered all the consequences of sin in infinite measure—and in so suffering, He identifies with the misery of all who feel the pains of human anguish. This was the whole reason God the Son became a man to begin with:

He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since he Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. . . . For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 2:17–18; 4:15)

Those statements show that divine mercy extends far beyond empathy merely for our physical sufferings. Of course, the lovingkindness of God includes a heartfelt concern for our temporal, earthly, physical welfare—but it is infinitely more than that. Both the compassion of God and the earthly work of Christ must be seen ultimately as redemptive. In other words, our Lord’s tenderest mercies are concerned primarily with the salvation of our souls, not merely the suffering of our bodies.

Nevertheless, because illness, disability, pain, and all other forms of physical suffering are effects of the fall and fruits of the curse of sin, God’s sympathy for the human plight includes a special grace toward those who suffer physically. We see vivid evidence of that in the healing ministry of Jesus. Physical healing was not the central point of His earthly mission. He came, of course, “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10)—to provide redemption and eternal life for sinners. His one message was the gospel, beginning with a call to repentance (Matthew 4:17) and culminating in the promise of eternal rest for weary souls (11:29).

But along the way, He encountered multitudes of sick, lame, blind, and other physically suffering people. He healed “every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23; cf. 15:30-31), including congenital disabilities (John 9; Mark 7:32-35); chronic, medically hopeless cases (Luke 8:43-47); and cases of severe demon possession (Mark 5:1-16).

Those physical healings were vivid displays of both Jesus’ power and His compassion. They were proof of His deity and living demonstrations of His divine authority. They established His unlimited ability to liberate anyone and everyone from the bondage, the penalty, and the consequences of sin.

As such, the healing ministry of Jesus illustrates the gospel message, a true expression of divine compassion, and a definitive verification of His Messianic credentials. But physical healing was neither the central point of His message nor the main purpose of His coming. Again, He came to make propitiation for sin and to purchase redemption for sinners. And He did that by suffering in their place—dying for their sins.

The gospel, then, proclaims the way to forgiveness, redemption, a right standing with God, and the gift of eternal life. The gospel is not a guarantee that earthly suffering will be banished from our experience. It does not promise immediate or automatic healing from every physical affliction.

In fact, suffering itself can be a grace by which we are perfected—molded into the perfect likeness of Him who suffered in our place (1 Peter 1:14-17). “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29). And “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

That is why no televangelist or self-proclaimed faith healer today can really heal the way Christ and His disciples did. It is not that Christ has changed or that the power of God has somehow diminished. The problem is that the so-called faith-healers themselves have misconstrued the gospel.

The true meaning of the gospel is bound up in an accurate understanding of that famous prophecy in Isaiah 61:1, which Jesus read aloud in the synagogue in Luke 4:18:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18)

“The poor” whom he promised to bless are “the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The “captives” to whom He proclaims liberty are “those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives” (Hebrews 2:15)—meaning those who are in bondage to sin (Romans 6:17). The “blind” who recover their sight are those who “turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18). And the “oppressed” who are set at liberty are those who were formerly under the oppression of sin and Satan (Acts 10:38).

In other words, what the gospel announces is something that the physical healings merely symbolized; something more vital, more lasting, more momentous, and more real than temporary relief from the pains of earthly affliction. The gospel gives us the only true, abiding remedy for sin and all its guilt and repercussions.

Furthermore, because we gain so many eternal benefits from our earthly sufferings, the mercy that sustains us through our suffering is actually a greater mercy than if God simply erased every trace of hardship or difficulty from our lives. To put it plainly, instant healing would not be spiritually as valuable to us as the all-sufficient grace that cares for us in the midst of our suffering (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16–18)

Still, because we know God never changes, we can say with absolute certainty that His heart is full of compassion for those who suffer. Our lives and ministries should reflect that compassion as well—especially toward those who are burdened with physical agony in this life. We cannot proclaim the love of God faithfully if we neglect that duty.

(Some of the above material will be included in a book scheduled to be released by Ligonier Ministries in late 2016.)

 


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10 Important Considerations Before You Follow Jesus

Nine years ago in my early twenties, I would have laughed at the person who’d predict that I’d be an unashamed, enthusiastic, passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Before placing saving faith in Christ as my Lord and Savior, I cherished independence, my sinful lifestyle and pleasures, and everything the world had to offer me without repercussion.

When I put my faith in Jesus Christ, my heart changed dramatically, but it wasn’t until I opened my Bible that I understood what it meant to follow him.


Christ’s followers submit to him by faith, even when this exceeds understanding.
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In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus repeatedly commands, “Follow me.” While most of these instances specifically called the 12 men who would become his disciples (Matthew 10:3–4), other cases show Jesus was calling anyone throughout the ages who wanted what he had to offer them (John 3:16; Mark 8:34).

The same words personally invite us today: “Follow me.” But this invitation goes beyond adapting new habits, embracing Christian beliefs, and living moral lives. The Scriptures give ample evidence of what we should consider.

Before you follow Jesus, reflect on these 10 important considerations:

1.  Be willing to obey and submit.

Following Jesus does not mean you live independently from his example and instruction. Christ’s followers trustfully obey and submit to his will by faith, even when it exceeds understanding. “Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’” (John 14:23).

2.  Be prepared to endure hardship.

Are you prepared to endure hardship for Christ’s cause? Following Jesus means hardship is not only a possibility, but a guarantee. But James 1:12 explains, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” As we endure hardship, we can be assured of Christ’s provision for it: “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

3.  Be ready to see the ugliness of your sin.

Walking with Jesus Christ means seeing the sin he reveals, confronting it, and asking for forgiveness. You will continue to fall short daily, and that can be frustrating for believers who assume that following Christ is equivalent to perfection. As you still succumb to temptations and earthly pleasures, you will find that having a new heart means you have a new awareness and sensitivity to sin when you never did before. But take heart, friend. Christ’s perfect sacrifice has covered us from condemnation, and he will supply you with the strength you need flee from sin.

4.  Know that the world will not always accept you.

When you truly know Jesus Christ, it’s hard to fathom how others won’t receive him and his followers. But Jesus doesn’t shield us from this sobering reality: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18, NIV). If the world is not walking with him, they are fighting against him. Therefore, as his follower, you will find yourself in similar situations of persecution, misunderstanding, condemnation, unacceptance, hostility, and oppression. Amongst the world’s antagonism, cling to what Peter and the apostles acknowledged in Acts 5:29: “We must obey God rather than men.”

5.  Be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

Christians are called to seek justice, defend the helpless, and serve the poor. None of these commands can be accomplished by sitting quietly in your home. Whether you are comfortable with the Lord’s commands or not, you will be challenged to speak up when you’re scared, intimidated, or uncomfortable. Jesus isn’t saying you must be full of doctrinal knowledge or a spiritual superstar to do these things; no, Jesus calls us to a willing and obedient heart that follows wherever he leads.

6.  Prepare to be held accountable.

Through Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross, and by faith in him, your sins have been cleared from your record. But this doesn’t mean you have freedom to take Christ’s sacrifice for granted and continue sinning. You will still stand before God’s judgment seat, giving an account of your actions to him (Romans 14:12). Not only must you remain accountable to God, but to others in the body of Christ. Accountability seems intimidating, but it is a gift from God to help us walk the right path.

7.  Accept him at his word.

Your limited humanity means you will not always understand God’s sovereignty. You will question why he allows suffering, where he is in the silence, and why your prayers seemingly go unanswered. But you have not been instructed to fully understand; you are to walk by faith, acknowledging that his ways are higher than yours, and that his thoughts are greater than yours (Isaiah 55:9).

8.  Leave things behind.

Ephesians 4 tells us to no longer walk how we used to (v. 17) because our understanding was darkened, we were excluded from God, we were ignorant, and our hearts were hardened (v. 18). But we don’t know Christ in this way anymore (v. 20), because we have heard his truth and listened (v. 21). Therefore, we are to put aside our old self, prior to knowing Christ, and to put on our new self, which is now in the likeness of God (v. 24). Faith in Christ demands a radical change in your lifestyle from the way you once behaved. It may mean removing yourself from people or situations that ultimately do not glorify God, and this can be challenging.

9.  Expect to be humbled.

Philippians 2 tells us that followers of Christ do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but humbly count others more significant than themselves (v. 3) and look to the interests of others (v. 4). Christians are to walk humbly because Christ himself did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant (vv. 6-8). Boasting in our weakness (2 Corinthians 11:30) seems counterintuitive to our culture, but it is our duty as Christ-followers.

10.  Prepare to love.

At first glance, this final consideration sounds easily achievable. But in loving as Christ did, this means you cannot be selective about who you love. Following Jesus means loving without condition. But don’t be confused: Loving here means loving in action, not feelings. You may not be able to feel love for your obnoxious neighbor or spiteful relative, but you are still commanded to love them. John 13:34-35 spells this out: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” By loving others in spite of their sin, the world will see something different in you—and that beautiful difference is that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, unconditionally loved by him through his gospel of grace.

Can you think of any other important considerations?

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Robert Morris caught red-handed stealing money from congregation

In the video below, Robert Morris is silencing anyone who wants to argue with him on the false tithing dcotrine and claims that Christians are thieves and open to demonic possession if they do not give ten percent of their money to his church.

Notice that Morris twists John 10:10 to make out that Christians who don’t tithe are the thieves.However, Christ was talking about false teachers who are the real thieves in John 10:10.

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber… Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.” John 10:1,7-8, 10.

However, his false teaching opposes God’s Word directly.

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Witnessing to the Watchtower: And the Word was ???

Almost every person reading this article should be able to recall a time when Jehovah’s Witnesses came knocking at his or her door to proselytize.  Anyone who took the time to interact with the Witnesses at their door should have noticed that the Jehovah’s Witness sect has a very peculiar doctrinal stance that separates them from orthodox Christians -Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God.   This doctrinal stance is perpetrated in the New World Translation of the Bible, which is published by the official Jehovah’s Witness publishing source, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.  The New World Translation renders John 1:1 as follows:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

This particular rendering of John 1:1 is almost completely unique to the Watchtower translation of the John.  It is markedly different from almost every other English translation of the same biblical verse.  Some examples from the most popular English translation of the Bible are as follows:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” NASB

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” KJV

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” HCSB

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ESV

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” NRSV

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” NIV

Each of the translations listed above are “committee translations”.  A committee translation of the Bible is a translation completed by a group effort of Hebrew and Biblical scholars.  By using a group of scholars, committee translations are insulated from the theological prejudices of individual translators.  Renderings of Greek and Hebrew verses with ambiguous English meanings are the result of scholarly collaboration and not the hypothesis of a single individual, no matter how credentialed he might be.   According to the Watchtower Bible and Society, the New World Translation is a committee translation.   However, the names of the men who participated in the translation of the New World version of the Bible have been kept secret since its publication.   No one outside of the highest echelons of the Watchtower can verify that any of these bible translators are actual biblical scholars.  This includes nearly every Jehovah’s Witnesses who goes out knocking on doors.   To the contrary, the names of the men who translated the other English Bible versions listed above are well-known and their credentials as scholars of Hebrew and Greek are well-attested.   These biblical scholars did not classify the Word as “a god” in John 1:1, whereas the Watchtower translators did.  Why?

Jehovah’s Witness doctrine holds that the man Jesus was actually an incarnation of the angel Michael, a spirit being who had no body before he was born to the virgin Mary in the first century.  According to Jehovah’s witnesses, Michael was the first being ever created by God.  John’s gospel refers to Jesus as “the Word”.  If Jesus is the angel Michael, then “The Word” cannot be God since Jesus isn’t God but the angel Michael.  Thus the New World Translation must render the Greek phrase “Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος” in John 1:1 as the “the Word was a god”.  This is troublesome given that there is no Greek word for the English indefinite article “a”.  Jehovah’s Witnesses are well trained on this talking point.  Their argument is that the context on John 1:1 demands the indefinite article in English.  However, their argument stands at odds with virtually every credible Greek scholar in the western world.  If John meant to communicate that “the Word was God” the best Greek phraseology he could have used was the phraseology he actually did use.

Conversely, there are numerous ways John could have clearly communicated in Greek that the Word was a lesser god, an Angel, or Michel.  Here they are:

“eis qewn ἦν ὁ Λόγος”  – The Word was one of the gods

“Aggelos ἦν ὁ Λόγος” – The world was an angel

“Micahvl ἦν ὁ Λόγος” – The word was Michael

When evangelizing Jehovah’s witnesses, Christians can use this knowledge to help clear Witness minds of cultic preconditioning.  Here are suggested steps a Christian can take:

  1. Ask the Witnesss if he believes Jesus (the Word) was “a god” as their Bible translation indicates.
  2. Ask the Witness if he believes that Jesus was an angel in the beginning.
  3. Ask the Witness if he believes that Jesus was Michael in the beginning.

The Witness should answer affirmatively to all of these questions.  Then ask the witnesses to help you understand John 1:1.

  1. Ask the Witness the names of the men who translated the Watchtower Bible. (Either the witness will not know that the names are secret and you will have to tell him or he will know and indicate that they are kept secret out of humility)
  2. Inform the witness that the names and Greek credentials of the men who translated the NASB, KJV, HCSB, ESV, NRSV, and NIV are well-known and unassailable. (Maybe ask them a question if they’d like to know that their doctor went to medical school or their lawyer went to law school)
  3. Inform the witness that the translation committees of the translations listed above rendered John 1:1 as “the Word was God”.
  4. Show the witness the alternate Greek phrases listed above. (The phrases should be hand written as Witnesses often refuse to read religious literature from sources outside The Watchtower.)
  5. Ask the Witness why he thinks John didn’t use clearer wording if he meant to teach that Jesus was the Angel Michael and not God.

Be prepared for the witnesses to interject with references to Jesus from other places in scripture.  They may ask how the Father was “greater than” Jesus or how the Word was “with God” if he was God.  These are distractions.  Do you best to stick to one subject; the proper translation of John 1:1.  Most Witnesses are unfamiliar with Greek and many are generally uneducated (the result of a generation of Witnesses eschewing college because of a failed end-times prediction).  Their arguments will not be based on a educated understanding of how Greek works.  Making a Jehovah’s Witness doubt the authority or capability of the Watchtower organization could be the first step of leading a Jehovah’s Witness out of their cult an into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

For more information on Jehovah’s Witness doctrine and how to witness to them, please see the resources made available by the Watchman Fellowship.  It is also advisable to memorize John 1:1 in the Greek.

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

Source: Witnessing to the Watchtower: And the Word was ???

Ps Pedro Garcia Removed from Calvary Kendall Miami & Hillsong Family?

Calvary Chapel’s founding pastor, Pedro Garcia has recently been removed from ministry due to ‘lifestyle issues”. Before looking at this, we think it is important that readers look at Garcia’s association with Hillsong and what Brian Houstons says his ‘Hillsong Family’ is.

WHAT IS THE HILLSONG FAMILY?

Calvary Chapel was assimilated into the Hillsong Family a few years ago. Ken Silva from Apprising ministres observed the assimilation happening:

ONE CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER CALVARY CHAPEL & HILLSONG CHURCH

Here is Brian and Bobbie Houston with Pedro Garcia:

pedro-garcia-hillsong Hillsong Family: Brian and Bobbie Houston with Ps Pastor Pedro Garcia of Calvary Chapel Miami.

This is a screen grab from today (01/08/2016):

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We have the screen grab back in 09/02/2015 to prove that Pedro and his wife are legitimate pastors in the Hillsong Family.

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Brian Houston explains what the ‘Hillsong Family’ is (although you can’t trust a man who is known around the world as a compulsive…

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A Second Justification? (Owen)

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In volume five of his Works, John Owenwrote extensively about justification by faith alone.  After giving some Bible-based definitions of faith and justification, Owen brought up the Roman Catholic doctrine of double justification.  Rome teaches that a person’s first justification is based on infused grace, faith, and Christ’s work.  Second justification, for Rome, is the effect of first justification, and it is based on good works and love done according to the infused habit of grace. For example, the Canons of the Council of Trent (VI.10) talk about being “further justified” by good works.

Here’s what Owen had to say about two justifications:

This distinction was coined unto no other end but to bring in confusion into the whole doctrine of the gospel. Justification through the free grace of God, by faith in the blood of Christ, is evacuated by it. Sanctification is turned into a justification, and…

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Look, the lamb of God, the one lifting up the sin of the world!

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

29 Τῇ ἐπαύριον βλέπει τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐρχόμενον πρὸς αὐτὸν καὶ λέγει· ἴδε ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου. John 1:29 (NA28)

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the lamb of God, the one lifting up the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (translated from the NA28 Greek text) 

In my Nave’s Topical Bible there is a subsection under “Atonement” titled “Atonement – Made by Jesus.” It covers half of page 85 and runs through half of page 88. I find it interesting that the leaders in the emergent church such as Brian McLaren focus so much of their energies on trying to deny that the Lord Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice on the Cross to atone for the sins of His people was the primary mission of His incarnation. Instead, these false Christian leaders point their followers to follow a man-made…

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