Daily Archives: October 14, 2018

OCTOBER 14 GOD AT THE CENTER

He built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him.

Genesis 35:7

After Jacob’s first memorable encounter with God in the wilderness, he called the place Beth-el, which means “the house of God.” Many years later, after he had suffered and sinned and repented, and discovered the worthlessness of all earthly things, he renamed the place, El-beth-el; literally “the God of the house of God.”

Thus Jacob had shifted his emphasis from the sacred place to the God he had met there. God Himself now took the center of his interest.

We need to consider that many Christians never get beyond Beth-el. God is in their thoughts but He has not been given first place. Faithfulness to the local church is a good thing; but when the church becomes so large and important that it hides God from our eyes, it may become a good thing wrongly used.

Always God must be first—and we ought never forget that the church was never intended to substitute for God! What is our primary interest? Is it Beth-el or El-beth-el? Is it my church or my Lord? Is it my creed or my Christ?

Father God, I want You to have first place in my life and in the lives of the people in my local church. Help us to focus on You so that we can enjoy Your presence wherever we are—at church, at home, in the office or on vacation.[1]


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

Ratcliffe Discusses Sketchy Turkish Story Surrounding Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance… — The Last Refuge

 

Everything surrounding the “disappearance”, perhaps “murder”, of Saudi critic/journalist Jamal Khashoggi screams manufactured geopolitical propaganda.  All current narrative indications are pushing in one direction. Here are the warning flags:

♦Flag #1 – Jamal Khashoggi in self-exile, worked for The Washington Post, and was hiding behind ‘residency’ in the U.S. WaPo is a notorious left-wing intelligence propaganda outlet for the most politicized elements within the U.S. intelligence apparatus.

♦Flag #2 – Turkey (Recep Erdogan) pushing the narrative.  Erdogan is a notorious liar when it comes to his interests, and a master manipulator. Turkey/Erdogan is the most openly staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and has a self-interest in distracting/deflecting U.S. economic pressure from their ongoing relationship with Iran.

♦Flag #3 – Saudi Arabia [Mohamed Bin Salman (MbS)] has been instituting political and cultural reforms that are antithetical to the advanced objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood, Recep Erdogan (wants new Ottoman Empire), and extreme Islam.

♦Flag #4 –  The voices behind the U.S. push to promote the Jamal Khashoggi story are all aligned in one purposeful and ideological direction.  Former Obama officials including: John Brennan, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett et al, are all pushing the story in a transparent effort to create division between the U.S. and KSA and by extension benefit their Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian allies.

♦Flag #5 – The left-wing, highly political, intelligence apparatus – and all DC interests are joined by the notorious right-wing members of the UniParty war machine. [Rubio, Sasse, Flake, Schumer, Menendez, et al] Together with the exact same left-wing media voices (right and left), and all the political ‘think-tanks’, who advance the DC drumbeat.  Yes, the gang is all back together again in their high-brow pontification of ‘muh values‘.

♦Flag #6 – The story is being pushed into U.S. media outlets by a notorious Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece, Khaled Saffuri:

[I]n the past 24 hours we now have a glimpse of exactly who is feeding the establishment media reporting on the Khashoggi matter — including at least one source who was tied to a joint Libyan intelligence and al-Qaeda plot to assassinate the Saudi crown prince.

Khaled Saffuri is the protege of al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is currently serving a 17-year sentence in federal prison for his role as bagman for the Libyan/Al-Qaeda assassination plot.  (read more)

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Ratcliffe Discusses Sketchy Turkish Story Surrounding Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance… — The Last Refuge

Domestic Terror Group ANTIFA Burns The American Flag As Portland Mayor Defends Non-Intervention Policy — Now The End Begins

Hillary Clinton and Maxine Waters have called for incivility and confrontation, and domestic terror group ANTIFA is only too happy to oblige their call to action

Domestic terror group ANTIFA is loved and promoted by the Liberal media at every turn. Like the KKK they wear masks that conceal their faces, they wear long shrouded outer garments, and they love to set things on fire like the American flag. They enjoy gathering in large mobs and terrorizing women and old people. But today they were confronted by a group of American patriots determined to end ANTIFA’s control of the streets of Portland.

ANTIA is anti-white, anti-cop and anti-law and order. ANTIFA is also a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government. Did I mention that they receive millions of dollars in funding from George Soros? ANTIFA is welcomed with open arms in Liberal cities like Portland, San Francisco and New York City.

Members of ANTIFA clashed with ‘Patriot Prayer‘ in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, in the latest ugly incident in the progressive, “tolerant” city. Video shows agitators burning an American flag in the street, before it gets snatched away and extinguished.

Patriot Prayer is advocating for the removal of Mayor Tim Wheeler, who has defended the actions of his police department, which stood down as agitators blocked traffic and intimidated residents this week. ANTIFA, apparently, is backing the mayor.

Earlier in the week, ANTIFA had taken control of one of the city’s main streets and were demanding that cars make a hard right turn instead of going straight. This lead to confusion on the part of elderly motorists, who when confused, were chased and hunted down by ANTIA storm troops. One senior citizen has his window broken and thousands of dollars of damage done as rioters pounded on his vehicle.

Pusillanimous mayor Ted Wheeler defended his actions in allowing the riots to terrorize the people and guests of Portland, which is a self-described ‘tolerant city’.

FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing ANTIFA protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved.

The video posted by journalist Andy C. Ngo showed protesters, including members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter, blocking an intersection and attempting to direct traffic at while officers on motorcycle watched from a block away.

Liberal Media Silent As ANTIFA In Oregon Terrorizing Locals And Shutting Down Roadways

At one point, the activists chased down 74-year-old Kent Houser after he made a right turn against their wishes, pounding on his silver Lexus and breaking a window. The car sustained thousands of dollars in damage, he told the Oregonian.

Even so, Mr. Wheeler insisted that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”

Demonstrators did not obtain a permit before holding the Oct. 6 march to protest the death of Patrick Kimmons, a 27-year-old black man who was shot and killed Sept. 30 by police. The shooting is under investigation.

The mayor has been accused of taking a kid-gloves approach to the protests that routinely roil the liberal enclave, such as the summer occupation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, which saw Portland police refuse to assist unless federal officers were in physical danger. READ MORE

Domestic Terror Group ANTIFA Burns The American Flag As Portland Mayor Defends Non-Intervention Policy — Now The End Begins

OCTOBER 14 THE WORK OF THE HAMMER

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! … Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

—Isaiah 45:9

It was the enraptured Rutherford who could shout in the midst of serious and painful trials, “Praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace.”

The hammer is a useful tool, but the nail, if it had feeling and intelligence, could present another side of the story. For the nail knows the hammer only as an opponent, a brutal, merciless enemy who lives to pound it into submission, to beat it down out of sight and clinch it into place. That is the nail’s view of the hammer, and it is accurate except for one thing: The nail forgets that both it and the hammer are servants of the same workman. Let the nail but remember that the hammer is held by the workman and all resentment toward it will disappear. The carpenter decides whose head shall be beaten next and what hammer shall be used in the beating. That is his sovereign right. When the nail has surrendered to the will of the workman and has gotten a little glimpse of his benign plans for its future it will yield to the hammer without complaint. ROR155-156

Lord, You are indeed sovereign and have every right to hammer me and shape me and mold me and use me any way You want. I yield today to Your plans for my life. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Holy Spirit: Not Welcome Here — Pulpit & Pen

Holy Spirit is a popular and powerful worship song currenty played on Christian radio stations and sung in Sunday Services all across America. The song was first released in 2012 by the band Jesus Culture and has since made its way westward from Redding, California, the band’s home. It’s lyrics are as follows:

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord
There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

If this song is being sung in your local church, you should be very alarmed.

First and foremost, it presents a heretical view of God. The singers of this song “welcome” the Holy Spirit to “fill the atmosphere” of the room. God the Holy Sprit is not some element in gaseous form who can be expected to fill the room like oxygen, nitrogen, or helium. He is not to be breathed in to an intoxicating effect. The Holy Spirit is just that, spirit. He is immaterial. He is also the sovereign God of the cosmos. He requires no invitation.

Secondly, the source of this song is wicked to the core. The band Jesus Culture hails from Bethel Redding Church, a den of blasphemy and deception that is a prominent part of a greater heretical movement, the New Apostolic Reformation. At Bethel Redding, the “presence” of the the Holy Spirit is physically counterfeited, among many ways, in the form gold dust “glory clouds” and angel feathers falling from the ceiling.

Should a song which includes chants about the presence of a Holy God be provided by a group of blasphemors who make a living out of faking it, who make a living out of decieving others? Bethel Redding and Jesus Culture use their music to whip their followers into an emotional state fit to manipulate them. They do so in the name of “Jesus” and “The Holy Spirit.” Is the worship pastor of your church doing the same when he asks you to sing this song? The Holy Spirit is God. Respect him enough not the sing this song about him. Love your brother enough to challenge him in his error when he does. Do not welcome Holy Spirit at your church.

For information on Bethel Redding see this well-researched article.

For an example of how to challenge this song at your church, see this letter I sent to my former music minister:
Gary,

I’d like to generally commend you for your Sunday morning song selection. In all the time I’ve been attending RSBC, I can only remember hearing Hillsong once and the songs you pick are almost always sound.
One glaring exception is the song “Holy Spirit”. Not only is this song theologically unsound, it comes from the minds of “Jesus Culture”, the popular band hailing from Bill Johnson’s Bethel Redding Church. I’d like to offer you the following wisdom from Pastor Gabe Hughes about singing Jesus Culture songs in Christ’s church:
“Here’s three reasons why you shouldn’t play their music in church. First, their songs offer nothing substantive. Your church will not be missing anything if you don’t play Jesus Culture songs, but you will be missing something if you do. As I’ve written about before, there’s nothing biblically solid about their music. If you think you hear doctrinally sound lyrics, that’s because the song is ambiguous enough to allow you to impose your (probably better) theology upon it. But if their teaching isn’t biblical, neither will their music be.
Second, you would inadvertently be endorsing their church. If someone found out the song you sang on Sunday came from Jesus Culture, that could open the door for that person exposing them to Bethel’s teaching and heresy. I shared an occasion of this happening in a previous article (linked above).
And third, you would be paying them for their songs. If your church is singing something other than hymns or what’s in the public domain, then you probably have a CCLI license. That means you pay royalties on the songs that you sing. If some of those songs are from Jesus Culture, you are paying them to sing their music. (By the way, these reasons also apply to why we shouldn’t sing Hillsong tunes either.)”
Even if the song were not written by some of the most dangerous people in the Christian music industry, the Holy Spirit is not some kind of tangible gas that “fills the atmosphere” nor is he someone who needs our invitation or “welcome” to a specific place, especially a church. God tabernacles with believers. We needn’t ask for his presence.
I hope Gary, that you will never perform this song in our church (or anywhere else) ever again. It is not fit for God’s people.

Best,

Seth Dunn

*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.

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