Daily Archives: June 23, 2018

June 23: Discernment and Prayer

Nehemiah 6:1–7:65; 1 John 5:1–5; Psalm 109:16–31

“For all of them sought to frighten us.… And now, God, strengthen my hands” (Neh 6:9).

While God calls us to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us]” (Matt 5:44), he also calls us to act with discernment and prayer. Loving others doesn’t mean we should be weak or passive. Part of loving others means discerning their hearts and motives.

“Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth” (Matt 5:5). When Jesus spoke about being meek, He wasn’t referring to weakness. Instead, He was teaching us to focus on others rather than ourselves. That doesn’t mean we should be passive toward those who wish to harm us. Part of practicing meekness is being aware of our enemies and dealing with them cautiously. Doing so successfully takes strength and discernment—necessary components of any godly work.

Nehemiah demonstrates these traits in his interactions with his enemies. When his opponents ask him to meet with them, Nehemiah discovers that they actually wish to hurt him. He resists their attack—even calling them on their deceit (Neh 6:8).

Too often we allow ourselves to live passively. We enter into situations without thinking things through or recognizing that we’re about to be hurt by others. Yet we as Christians are at war against the evil in the world—not just against people, but also the unseen forces of evil (Eph 6:12). When we feel oppression, we must resist the urge to be reactive. Instead, we must appeal to Christ, who can overcome it all. We must refuse to engage unless it’s on our terms, by the power of the Spirit and completely in His will.

What battles are you engaging with that you should disengage from? Which situations in your life need discernment?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

FBI Gives Congress Thousands of Requested Documents on Russia Probe, FISA Abuse and Its Use of Informants — The Gateway Pundit

The FBI gave Congress thousands of requested documents on the Russia probe this week, including details on its use of spies and FISA abuse during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

It took several months and threats of contempt and impeachment to get these documents from the FBI and DOJ.

Politico reported:

The FBI turned over thousands of documents to Congress this week, including details about its use of informants to glean information on Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to letters the bureau sent to three GOP committee chairmen on Friday.

The documents provided this week include details about some of the FBI’s most sensitive programs, including a file on the FBI’s justification to obtain a court-authorized warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign aide in October 2016.

[…]Files continued to arrive on Capitol Hill as late as Friday, according to the bureau, when the FBI submitted a classified letter to the House Intelligence Committee detailing whether the FBI relied on informants on Russian meddling prior to the official opening of its investigation.

Also on Friday, the FBI turned over more than 1,400 pages of documents to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees relating to senior FBI or Justice Department officials’ requests to review or manage surveillance records that either involve or mention the Trump campaign or Trump administration.

The FBI did not hand over transcripts of summaries of the informants’ (yes, plural) conversations with Trump campaign officials. Instead, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats was tasked with getting those requested documents to Congress, according to Politico.

So far we know one of the informant’s identities.

The informant, Stefan Halper, was paid a total of $411,575 in 2016 and 2017 for work with the US government that included spying on the Trump campaign.

It was a lucrative business for Stefan Halper.

Hill sources are saying the FBI spy who infiltrated Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Stefan Halper bled information into Hillary’s phony dossier, reported Paul Sperry.

On May 21st, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo appeared on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle and dropped a bombshell–he said he was approached by a SECOND informant during the 2016 election.

The DOJ and FBI have been stonewalling on the requested documents relating to the informants, FISA abuse and phony dossier because it is a threat to the phony Mueller witch hunt and exposes the criminals in the Obama administration.

via FBI Gives Congress Thousands of Requested Documents on Russia Probe, FISA Abuse and Its Use of Informants — The Gateway Pundit

June 23 Fulfilling the Royal Law

“If … you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well” (James 2:8).

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Love is the only antidote for partiality.

In Matthew 22:36 a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest. Jesus answered, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (vv. 37–40). Love for God and one’s fellowman summarizes the intent of God’s law and is the measure of true faith.

Jesus wasn’t calling for the shallow, emotional, self-oriented love that is so prevalent in our society, but for a sacrificial quality of love that places the needs of others on par with your own. That kind of love is utterly incompatible with partiality, which seeks only to further its own selfish goals.

Showing partiality breaks God’s law because it violates God’s attributes, misrepresents the Christian faith, ignores God’s choice of the poor, and condones the blasphemous behavior of the rich (James 2:1–7). But when you treat others impartially, you fulfill the royal law. “Royal” in James 2:8 translates a Greek word that speaks of sovereignty. The law was given by God, who is the supreme authority in the universe; so it is authoritative and binding. Love fulfills God’s law because if you love someone, you won’t sin against him.

Apparently not all of James’s readers were showing partiality, so he commended them, saying they were “doing well.” The Greek word translated “well” speaks of that which is excellent. They were doing an excellent thing because they were acting in a manner consistent with God’s impartial, loving nature. That’s God’s call to every believer, for “the one who says he abides in [Christ] ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). As you do, you fulfill God’s law and thereby prove that your faith and love are genuine.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  God’s love is the only antidote for partiality. So pray each day that He will teach you how better to express His love to those around you.

For Further Study: Read the following verses, noting the characteristics of godly love: John 3:16; Ephesians 5:25–29; Philippians 1:9–11; and 1 John 5:1–3.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 187). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

SEDUCING THE VULNERABLE: Exposing the Devilish Doctrines of Bethel Church of Redding CA

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

As I am beginning to write this article, I must tell the reader that the Lord showed me how the heretical and satanic practices of Bethel Church and other churches who teach aberrant “doctrines of demons” breaks His heart. When He revealed that to me, my heart broke, and I have been weeping for over an hour.

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries just finished a two part interview of the parents of a woman who was seduced into this “cult.” These people literally lost their child to Bethel.  Jan asked me if I would write on the interview and expose in depth the practices of Bethel and other NAR churches.

I pray that this article travels far and wide and that the Lord would direct it into the hands of  many who are spiritual prisoners of satan because of Bethel and other NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) churches.

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Drawing a Fine Line Between Faith and Politics — Pulpit & Pen

 

  1. America is a country of laws. Laws do not change based on twitter campaigns, media spins, or some contrived form of public opinion. Laws change via the elected representatives of the citizenry. It is all spelled out in our U.S. Constitution. (Note: Activist judicial rulings are not binding as a true law of the land. Such precedents defy true Constitutional authority. You can’t legislate from the bench).
  2. Politics is not the place to make Christian converts. You cannot use the force of government to compel people to go to church. You can’t change the human condition via proper legislation. The hearts of men are deceitful and desperately wicked; they can only rebel. However, the moral law of God as written in the hearts of mankind is the eternal blueprint for what is good and lawful. A nation that defies its moral foundation and elects men who dare to circumvent this foundation is bound to implode. Our tendency to rebel does not negate our true accountability before God and man.
  3. The Christian leader, who works collaboratively with secular authorities that not only defy God’s moral foundation but also undermine the very laws they’ve sworn touphold, must step down. These leaders are to relinquish their positions of authority as they have proven themselves unprofitable. You cannot serve both God and man. Whenever the laws and inclinations of the governing authority blatantly conflict with the Word of God, the true Christian can no longer align him or herself with such authorities. And again, we must respect the legislative process and not incite rebellion against laws established and enacted with proper constitutional authority. (Note: The Supreme Court lacks moral authority and justification to redefine marriage and terminate the lives of innocents).

When the links become incestuous, and/or infected and corrupted, they must be wholly severed. See the signs and remain vigilant and faithful: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/06/20/illegal-immigration-and-lax-border-controls-are-the-epicenter-of-the-uniparty/

via Drawing a Fine Line Between Faith and Politics — Pulpit & Pen

Pastor Who Shot Armed Carjacker At Walmart Speaks Out (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

Gateway Pundit readers may recall the story earlier this week of multiple armed citizens shooting a carjacking would-be mass shooter at a Walmart outside of Olympia, WA. The man who led the charge and fired the rounds that ultimately killed the scumbag is now speaking to media.

Seattle based KOMO News reports:

David George, who is an emergency medical technician with the Oakville Fire Department and a pastor at the Oakville Assembly of God, described his harrowing experience at a Wednesday news conference in his hometown.

He said he initially wanted to remain anonymous, not out of shame or regret, but to maintain the “dignity and integrity” of his ministry in Oakville. But he later reconsidered after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of the gunman, who had already injured three people in a series of carjackings and a shooting rampage at the Walmart store before George stopped him.

David George’s complete statement:

“My family and I were at Wal-mart on Sunday afternoon to make an exchange. I was speaking with an employee at the customer service desk while my wife, daughter, and grand-daughter were in a check-out line to purchase additional items.

“I heard shots fired near the back of the store. I am a concealed weapon carrier and permit holder, with significant training in the use of firearms and some of the legalities involved in a defensive encounter. As a volunteer firefighter I have also received active shooter training. In addition, I am also a credentialed range safety officer. I train regularly to be proficient with the firearm I carry and to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

“All that to say, I was sure it was gunshots I heard and I was familiar with how I should respond, while considering mine and the public’s safety in the setting of this large store. I was concerned for my own family and sought to find them and exit the building. My daughter, recognizing gunshots, also gathered her daughter and moved quickly to exit the building.

“I did not see my wife and so I continued to look for her as people began to realize the situation and run out of the building. At no time did I draw my firearm in the building.

“While doing so, the gunman came past me waving and pointing his gun and exited the building. I followed carefully, along with another citizen carrying a firearm, unaware of what the shooter would do next or where he would do it.

“The gunman attempted to get a car and when he failed moved to another screaming at the driver. He then shot two times into the driver’s side of the vehicle. When the driver did not or could not respond to his threats he began to travel in the direction that I thought my family to be.

“At this point I left cover and moved to intercept the gunman. When the gunman began threatening another person for the use of their car, I moved in order to have a safe shot at the gunman. He entered the vehicle, which I considered an even bigger threat and fired to stop the shooter.

“After being hit, the gunman tried to exit the vehicle and fell to the ground. I moved to clear the gunman yelling to him to drop the gun and show me his hands. I determined the gunman was incapacitated and unable to respond at this time.

“It was then that I heard someone associated with the previous gunshot victim yelling for help that her friend/husband had been shot. I directed the other armed citizen to remain with the gunman and retrieved my jump bag/first aid bag from my nearby vehicle in order to render aid to the previous gunshot victim. I am an EMT with Oakville Fire Dept. and I responded as my duty and training instructed.

“I acted on Sunday to protect my family and others from the gunman and his display of obvious deadly intent. This is in accordance with both by training as an emergency responder and calling as a pastor, husband, father and grandfather.

“I am grieved that the shooter’s reckless actions endangered and hurt numerous individuals and demanded that he be stopped before doing more harm. My family, my congregation and I are praying for the gunshot victim’s full recovery and for all those that are suffering as a result of Sunday night’s tragic events, including the shooter’s family.”

Speaking of the victims, the son of one of the victims, Ricky Fievez, has set up a Go Fund Me page to pay medical bills and help the family. As of this writing they are at $21,000 of a $50,000 goal. The Fievez family has thanked George, both for intercepting the gunman and rendering aid, both actions likely saved Fievez’s life

Video of David George’s press conference, courtesy of KING 5 News:

via Pastor Who Shot Armed Carjacker At Walmart Speaks Out (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

We Remember: The Charismatic Day of Infamy, June 23rd, 2008 — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media

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It’s the ten year anniversary of June 23, 2008: “The Charismatic Day of Infamy,” but you are NOT supposed to know about it (or even talk about it). 

If everyone knew about what happened on this day (and stopped making excuses for it) a whole bunch of false teachers would put their tail between their legs, pack up their bags and go home. The “New Apostolic Reformation,” the “Signs and Wonders Movement,” the Hyper-Charismatic Movement (whatever it’s being called at the moment) should not even exist. 

Here’s a video showing part of what happened on live television that day:

The “Super Apostles” were so proud of themselves that day; they could hardly believe that they were even gathered together at the same place. C. Peter Wagner (who does the official “commissioning” here) is the man who made up the name “New Apostolic Reformation” and then appointed himself God’s leader of it. Other important “Super Apostles” on stage were Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Che Ahn, John and Carol Arnott, and the Super Star of the whole, messed up day: Todd Bentley.

FreshFireMonday23June08.jpgThese men were all gathered in Lakeland, Florida, to officially “commission” Todd Bentley to become part of the “Super Apostle” club. This is what the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation, C. Peter Wagner, said:

“I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to you, Todd Bentley:

  • Your power will increase.
  • Your authority will increase.
  • Your favor will increase.
  • Your influence will increase.
  • I also decree that a new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry.
  • A new life-force will penetrate this move of God.
  • Government will be established to set things in their proper order.
  • God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error.
  • New relationships will surface to open the gates for the future!”
  • And rainbow-colored unicorns will spread golden pixie-dust and shift the atmosphere!! (Okay, I made up that last sentence…)

But within two months Todd Bentley’s “revival” completely fell apart and these men were proven horribly wrong; they were proven to be false prophets on television for all the world to see!

  • Todd Bentley was having an affair with a woman from the church and abandoned his wife and children.
  • He was also found to be a fraud who couldn’t provide any evidence for his claimed “healings” on national television.
  • And, it was revealed that he was showing up to these “revival” meetings drunk, as he went on stage and told elaborate stories about raising people from the dead, kicking people in the face and having regular contact with an angel named “Emma.”

Here’s Bentley telling the audience to call down angels at the Lakeland “Revival:”

 

ALL of these “Super Apostles” claim to hear directly from God and claim to have special “powers” and “anointings.” They claim that they are part of a new and better church-not like the old, stuffy Bible-focused churches. They claim to “move in the prophetic” and some even claim to be “seers” who can predict the future. Rick Joyner claims to go to heaven on a regular basis-he evens claims to talk to the original (real) apostles, and he claims they wish they were him! Why didn’t God tell any of these people the truth about Todd Bentley?

They were 100% wrong about Todd Bentley, and they were clueless about it! They stood up on that stage like blathering buffoons, talking all about how great Todd Bentley was, and all about the great things that were going to happen. Stacy Campbell even went through the trouble to hiss like a snake as she violently jerked her head back and forth, while she “prophesied over” Todd Bentley:

giphy (48).gifA few years later, Todd’s new wife (the woman he had an affair with) showed that she could hiss and shake her head, too.

giphy (49).gifC. Peter Wagner should have tried to disband this New Apostolic Reformation, but he didn’t; instead, he made excuses for what happened. Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson should have admitted that they don’t really hear directly from God, but instead they decided to take Todd Bentley under their wing and tried to “restore” him to ministry. You can read more about this (and see more videos of the entire bizarre “commissioning”) here: Grace to You.

These men and woman have all proven that they do not know what they’re doing.

They do not know what they’re talking about.

They do not rightly handle God’s Word.

They do NOT speak for God.

 

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

— 1 John 4: 1

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

— 1 Corinthians 14: 33

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”

— Jeremiah 5: 30-31

“And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.”

— Ezekiel 22: 28

“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity
to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading.”

— Lamentations 2: 14

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

— Matthew 24: 24

Lastly, it needs to said that not all Charismatics and Pentecostals are in agreement with the leaders in these videos (The NAR leaders). They’ve fought against the ideas in “The New Apostolic Reformation” and they are to be commended for that. Unfortunately, their voice is largely being drowned out by the much more prominent and popular leaders who’ve declared themselves the Super Apostles. God help us all to be faithful to His Word, and to ignore the teachings of men.

Here are few more articles about this event:

We Have Had Enough of False Prophets by Marsha West

Three Lessons from Lakeland by David Servant

Are Wagner’s Apostles Leaving? by Michael Fackerell

Here’s recent case where Todd Bentley claims to be raising the dead with absolutely no proof: My Phone Conversation With TMU RE: Bentley’s Resurrection Claim (Audio)

Here are some things the Super Apostles do NOT want you to know: Shocking Stuff You’re Not Supposed to Know

Smart phone prophet” Shawn Bolz and Todd Bentley together at “Azusa Now” in April 2016:

Here’s a recent video showing Bill Johnson endorsing his good friend Todd Bentley:

via We Remember: The Charismatic Day of Infamy, June 23rd, 2008 — Messed Up Church – Pirate Christian Media

JUNE 23 BEHIND THE MASK

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:20

I think it is pitiful and rather sad that about the only time you can find a fellow citizen who is not a “phony” is when he is mad. In our kind of society, most people feel that they must always be pretending, continually “putting on a front.”

So, they are never their real selves until they get mad!

When Jesus faced His bitter religious enemies as recorded in John 8:47, there was no pretending, nothing staged for dramatic effect. Jesus confronted them with the words: “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God!”

These were firm and severe words; His enemies answered with angry and insulting words. These men were mad; they were letting go. They had given up pretense. They were acting naturally now, showing what they were within.

As humans, we are what we do! If what we do proves us to be wrong, then it is either despair or obtaining the help we need. Jesus came to change our natures. He came to break old habits of sin, to break and conquer them!

Lord, You have a provocative way of exposing man’s sinful nature. You have a way of cutting to the core of the issue. Have Your way with me, Lord.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

‘Truly fake news’: White House slams MSM for distorting facts & using unrelated photos

The White House has chastised the media for distorting the facts to discredit the administration’s tough immigration policy. That’s after a major news magazine published an unrelated – but powerful – photo on its cover, to slam Trump.

White Helmets Plotting False Flag Chemical Attack in Southern Syria – Sources

The White Helmets, accused by Damascus and Moscow of being the “media arm” of the Nusra Front terrorist group, have repeatedly been charged with helping stage chemical attacks and blaming the Syrian government to try to prompt Western military intervention in Syria.

Source: White Helmets Plotting False Flag Chemical Attack in Southern Syria – Sources