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Even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 1 John 2:15-18 (NASB) 

If you are at all familiar with eschatology and the many different views on the end times then you have undoubtedly read or heard of a man who is referred…

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January 8 Fear or Faith?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:23–27

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Wolf eels, which grow to be approximately six feet long, live in the cold waters of the northern Pacific Ocean in rocky dens on the sea floor. They have large, almost human-size eyes and formidable teeth, which give them a fierce appearance.

It is no wonder that for years, many marine scientists and divers believed them to be predatory and vicious. A recent discovery, however, has debunked that myth forever. Wolf eels actually use their long, sharp teeth to crack the shells of mollusks in order to get the meat inside. They do not bother humans at all. In fact, they are so docile that some have even played with the divers who studied them.

Something that looked fearful turned out not to be worthy of fear at all. Appearances can be deceiving, especially in spiritual matters. Peter was fine until he put his eyes on the waves at his feet and allowed the seeming impossibility of walking on water to rule his belief.

In an earlier scene, when the disciples were caught in a storm and awakened Jesus in a panic, He asked them, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matt. 8:26 niv).

Jesus does not want you to evaluate situations with your senses and human reason, which can be led astray easily. He wants you to walk by spiritual sight that is guided by faith in a Lord who cannot fail.

Dear heavenly Father, do not let me evaluate situations by my carnal senses and human reasoning. Let me walk by spiritual sight guided by faith in You—a God who can never fail![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

“Lamborgini Pastor” Claims Criticism Making Him a Suicide Risk, TD Jakes Exorcizes his “Suicide Spirit” — Pulpit & Pen

John Gray is the high-rolling pastor who’s heavily associated with Joel Osteen and Oprah, who made headlines in recent weeks for bizarre behavior. First, he told church members to come up and pilfer the offering plates. Secondly, he gave his wife a Lamborgini. Third, he confessed to having cheated on his wife, with the car seemingly given as a make-up gift. Now, the pastor is claiming that the criticism is driving him to contemplate suicide and Modalist prosperity preacher, TD Jakes, has come to exorcize from him the demon of suicide.

Many critics of Gray have “put two and two together” and view Gray’s claims of suicidal thoughts to be a manipulative public relations stunt to silence critics who might feel preemptively guilty should the man kill himself.

Gray said…

“I literally thought about how I could end my life and still get to Heaven and somehow my kids would not be scarred but there was no way I could figure out how to do it. And I’m not the only person that thought about that. I’m not the only person the devil attacked in that are.”

However, on Saturday during a special leadership training at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, TD Jakes showed up to rehabilitate the adulterous and Mammon-worshipping pastor. According to the video (below), Jakes revealed via special revelation that a “Spirit of Suicide” was still lurking in Gray’s home and he rebuked it away.

What you just witnessed was Kabuki theater, a choreographed play in which each actor knows their part and acts as expected. A high profile prosperity preacher was caught fornicating with a mistress amidst a scandal caused by his own insanely self-unaware display of lascivious materialism. The “rain maker” voodoo doctor – or “Apostle” and “Bishop” in this case – then comes to expunge the preacher of his sin and restore him to leadership without any tangible, real, or lasting signs of visible repentance.

In a display that was perfectly predictable, Jakes laid his hands on Gray’s head and shouted at supposed “suicide spirits” (PS that’s not a thing) – thereby laying the fault on the devil rather than on the devilish preacher – and Gray convulses in the floor, shielding his face from discerning glances as he fakes some kind of emotional response.

John Gray – at this point – acknowledges himself to be (1) an adulterer (2) suicidal (3) oppressed by demons. Add “lustful for greedy lucre” on top of that.

He’ll be in the pulpit this Sunday preaching because charismatic doctrine teaches the concept of an “anointing” that is bestowed by Apostles and granted by the Holy Spirit to men, almost entirely independent of their qualifications.

The Holy Bible teaches no such thing.

[Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that TD Jakes was embraced as a brother in Christ by James MacDonald, Mark Driscoll, and others at Elephant Room 2.0. They’ve yet to repent of that.]

via “Lamborgini Pastor” Claims Criticism Making Him a Suicide Risk, TD Jakes Exorcizes his “Suicide Spirit” — Pulpit & Pen

Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill Warns That Antichrist Will ‘Control Human Beings’ Through Our Smart Devices — Now The End Begins

 

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that humans’ dependence on modern technology will result in the coming of the Antichrist.

The head of the Russian Orthodox church gets pretty close to understanding the truth about the mind-boggling increase of technological knowledge as it relates to the end times, mark of the beast and the coming Antichrist. But let’s sharpen the tip on that pencil, shall we?

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

The Mark of the Beast, whatever form it finally takes, will indeed control all buying and selling around the world. So we know that it will interact across the board with everything connected to the Internet, at least in the beginning. Seeing right now how people have become enslaved to their devices, conduct all business through them, and indeed live virtually through smartphone and tablets lets you know the vast majority of the population will not only take the Mark, they will welcome it joyously!

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:5-7 (KJV)

When Jesus opens the First Seal and releases Antichrist, he will arrive on the scene, and with the power of the Roman Catholic church behind him, will rule all the world, albeit for a short period of time. The Vatican, the Holy See specifically, is the harlot that will ride the beast that is Antichrist.

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Revelation 6:1,2 (KJV)

Lastly, Patriarch Kirill of the Russian church says that if we stop using our devices we can prevent Antichrist from coming on the scene. That is where he is 100% wrong. Nothing will prevent the arrival of Antichrist, so don’t waste one second of your time praying against it. For it is Jesus Himself who will take the ‘7 sealed book”, open the First Seal, and release Antichrist. But no need to worry. If you are saved, Jesus will take you out in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. Don’t say nobody ever warned you, because I just did. Click here to know how to get saved and avoid Antichrist.

Russian Patriarch Warns ‘Antichrist’ Will Control Humans Through Gadgets

FROM THE MOSCOW TIMES: In an interview with Russian state media, Patriarch Kirill explained he does not entirely oppose gadgets, but warned against “falling into slavery” to smartphones.

Patriarch Kirill said that the collection of user data including “location, interests and fears” will make it possible for humans to be controlled by external forces. “Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist,” Kirill told the state-run Rossia-1 TV network on Orthodox Christmas Monday.

“The Antichrist is a personality that will be at the head of the world wide web controlling the entire human race. Thus, the structure itself presents a danger,” he said.

The church leader stressed that “if we don’t want to bring the apocalypse closer, there should be no single [control and access] center.” READ MORE

via Head Of The Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill Warns That Antichrist Will ‘Control Human Beings’ Through Our Smart Devices — Now The End Begins

Second black man found dead at home of wealthy LGBT Democrat megadonor

WINTERY KNIGHT

Wealthy Democrat Ed Buck and wealthy Democrat Hillary Clinton Wealthy Democrat donor Ed Buck and wealthy Democrat Hillary Clinton

I’m not going to have a lot to say about this as commentary, because I just want to stick with the facts. Please be restrained with your comments.

Story from Fox News:

A man died early Monday at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck, his attorney confirmed to Fox News — 17 months after a male escort died in the same apartment.

[…]Buck, a well-known figure in LGBT political circles, has given more than $500,000 to a range of Democratic groups and candidates — including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In July of last year, prosecutors declined to file charges against Buck in the death of Gemmel Moore, a male escort whose body was found in Buck’s apartment in July 2017. According to a coroner’s report, Buck’s apartment was full of…

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Russian Orthodox Pope Says Smartphones Are Tool of Coming Antichrist — Pulpit & Pen

The Russian Orthodox “Pope” is warning that smart phones will be a tool fo the antichrist to control people.

The Russian Orthodox Church, known as the Moscow Patriarchate, is an autocephalous division of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church has many of the same idolatries and heresies of the Roman Catholic Church, but additionally deny Penal Substitution and Propitiation. In short, Russian Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox believers are not Christians because they do not trust in the Gospel. Unlike the Papists of Rome, the Eastern Orthodox church does not submit to a singular “Pope,” but numerous “Patriarchs” in one of its 15 autocephalous Churches.

The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, whose given name is Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, says the modern technological innovation of the cellular smartphone will lead to the rise and reign of the antichrist.

Speaking to Russian media outlet, Rossia-1 TV, Kirill said, “Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist.”

He continued, “The Antichrist is a personality that will be at the head of the world wide web controlling the entire human race. Thus, the structure itself presents a danger.”

Kirill claims that diversifying ownership and operation of the Internet will help delay the Man of Sin and Son of Perdition as prophesied in the Holy Scripture.

The church leader stressed that “if we don’t want to bring the apocalypse closer, there should be no single [control and access] center.”

Ironically, Protestants consider Popes (particularly the Pope of Rome, but to a lesser extent, anyone who promotes a false gospel and usurp’s Christ authority as head of the church) to be the antichrist.

[HT: The Moscow Times]

via Russian Orthodox Pope Says Smartphones Are Tool of Coming Antichrist — Pulpit & Pen

Happy New Year from the New Age “Christ” – AGAIN! — Herescope

Oprah and/or Marianne Williamson Running for President?

New Age leaders enter presidential politics[1]

 

Williamson visits Iowa before 2020 presidential caucuses[2]

Eleven years ago on January 3, 2008 this blog reported that Oprah Winfrey was providing a highly visible platform for her longtime friend Marianne Williamson to teach New Age spirituality to the masses. Here is how Warren B. Smith described this pivotal event:

On New Year’s Day, New Age leader Marianne Williamson got the new year off to a rousing start on Oprah & Friends XM Radio as she began to systematically teach the New Age principles of A Course in Miracles…. Both Oprah Winfrey and Marianne Williamson have openly stated that they believe the principles of A Course in Miracles can change the world.(1)

“As previously posted on this site, A Course in Miracles is reputedly “new revelation” from “Jesus,” channeled through a university professor in New York City by the name of Helen Schucman. A Course in Miracles is actually the Bible turned upside-down, as it teaches that “a slain Christ has no meaning” and that “the journey to the cross should be the last useless journey.” Its teachings state that “there is no sin” and that “the recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.”…

“When Marianne Williamson stated on her New Year’s Day program that the chief purpose of A Course in Miracles “is the dismantling of a thought system based on fear,” she was clearly referring to dismantling the traditional teachings of biblical Christianity. According to A Course in Miracles and the New Age/New Spirituality, the Bible is a fear-based thought system because it preaches an “angry” and “wrathful God.” Also, in the upside-down worldview of the New Age, it is “fearful”  and “unloving” to deny the divinity of humanity and to not see everyone as “God” and “Christ.”[3]

 

Oprah campaign T-shirts available HERE [4]

Fast forward to today. Oprah’s pal Marianne Williamson is exploring running for President! And speculation is rising that Oprah Winfrey might run, too!

This political action on the part of leading New Age proponents is indicative of a master plan that they began to fulfill shortly after the events of 9/11. Coming out with an overtly religious/political agenda was Neale Donald Walsch, Gary Zukov, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and others. Their platform represents a New Age form of Dominionism. They intend to radically transform global spirituality as an essential component of gaining political power.[5]

Warren Smith documented their early religious/political work in his 2002 book Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel. He followed up his initial report with online Updates to each chapter. And a few years later he published the information again in his book False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?  Smith has reported on their original political committee, which they called The Global Renaissance Alliance, later renamed The Peace Alliance in 2005.[6] It is described as a “citizen-based network of spiritual activists” whose “mission is to make a stand in our local and national communities for the role of spiritual principle in solving the problems of the world.” Note the mix of spirituality with politics in this mission statement. Warren Smith also wrote that Marianne Williamson was “greatly inspired by a book entitled Spiritual Politics” written by Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson.[7]

Concurrent with her bid to run for President, Marianne Williamson is launching a new book on April 23, 2019 titled A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution. Her book is being described as a “powerful spiritual manifesto.”[8] This is just the latest in a several books that Marianne Williamson has written to mix her brand of spirituality with politics. Regarding her first book in this genre, Healing the Soul of America, Warren Smith provided insightful background information:

The [Global Renaissance] Alliance presents itself as a “grassroots” organization of everyday folks, but it is important to remember that it is spearheaded by a high level group of New Age leaders. These New Age leaders are operating from a spiritual blueprint channeled from the spirit world years ago by esotericist and occultist Alice Bailey, the author of many channeled books and teachings. Bailey’s original blueprint is being continually affirmed and updated by the more recent “new revelations” received by Schucman, Hubbard, Walsch, Creme and others. Williamson as much as admits the occult foundation of the New Age/New Gospel movement by using words that are the title of an Alice Bailey book, The Destiny of the Nations. She also borrows a term frequently used by Maitreya when she describes the “Great Work” of which she is a part. In a revealing passage in her book, Healing the Soul of America, Williamson writes:

 

Beyond the appearances of history, there is a great and glorious unfolding plan for the destiny of nations. According to the mystical traditions, God carries this plan within His mind, seeking always, in every way, channels for its furtherance. His plan for the evolution of humanity, and the preparation of teachers to guide it, is called within the esoteric traditions the Great Work.[9]

 

Posted on Williamson’s website sistergiant.com[10]
 Marianne Williamson’s announcement on Twitter

Williamson’s Campaigns
Williamson is serious, even though in the current political scope of Democrat Party presidential political realities she barely shows up on the radar screen. Yet, she has made a few ripples. In fact, she has been quite ambitious politically over the past decade. In 2014 she ran for Congress in California’s 33rd District but didn’t win. A news article at that time listed her bio as:

In addition to her career as a writer, Williamson works in several other capacities. She is the emeritus chair for The Peace Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace; facilitator of Sister Giant seminars, designed to promote “a higher level of contribution among those of us who want to increase our efficacy as activist and/or candidate, in order to uplift the tenor of American politics and in so doing help heal the world”; and a teacher of A Course in Miracles, a course of study that assists people in relinquishing a thought system based on fear and embracing one based on love.[11]

Williamson also founded Sister Giant, a “grassroots” movement calling itself an “Intersection of Spirituality & Politics, ” which recently announced her launch of a presidential exploratory committee. Notice the words on the poster below:

Sister Giant documents are archived on the Internet[12]

Launching a “Great Resistance” Revolution
Assisting Marianne Williamson in this “Great Work,” which she has referred to as the “Great Resistance”[13], are well-known key figures on the political Left. Williamson’s 2017 Sister Giant conference depicted above featured a keynote by Sen. Bernie Sanders.[14] An earlier 2015 Sister Giant online seminar, “Awakening Our Conscience, Restoring Our Democracy,” featured Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison, former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth, and other notables.[15]  In 2018 Williamson embarked on her Love America Tour[16] traveling widely across America promoting her spiritualized political agenda based on the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Politics should be sacred.”[17]

She and her New Age Leftist friends have been cooking up this religious/political mixture for a long time, especially working together on their so-called “peace” agenda. Kucinich helped to launch a cabinet level Peace Department, and on April 8, 2003 introduced a bill to establish it.[18] In 2010 Williamson appeared with Keith Ellison at a Network for Spiritual Progressive conference to bemoan “Our cultural additions to oil, money and war” and “start down a new road of simplicity, nonviolence and stewardship” of the earth.[19] This group’s website for Spiritual Progressives calls for a “revolution.”[20] Note that this is not just political, but it says spiritual progressives. The intent is to blend the two into one big movement.

Anti-Semitic Spiritual/Political Progressives
Wiliamson’s associate Keith Ellison has been a controversial political figure. He has often been in the news this past year over allegations of emotional and physical domestic abuse.[21] His past record is complicated by his defense of Louis Farrakhan, whose horrific Anti-Semitic views are extraordinarily well-documented.[22] Ellison has also backed the idea of Peace Department.[23]

This agenda is becoming politically mainstream. Williamson’s Peace Alliance bragged that it had achieved considerable impact when the “CA Democratic Party Adopts Wide-Ranging Peacebuilding Platform” in 2014.[24] Such activism cloaks Williamson’s more insidious associations.

Perhaps even more chilling than Marianne Williamson’s involvement with Keith Ellison, is her longtime associate Neale Donald Walsch. Walsch’s books have provided New Agers with an extensive spiritualized justification of Hitler’s Holocaust by asserting that there is “no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in the universe.”[25]

Warren Smith published an important booklet titled Neale Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler. Here is a screen shot illustrating Walsch’s Hitler theology:

Read the Neale Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler booklet HERE

Williamson’s pal Walsch has actively worked on creating a spiritualized political Left. Sixteen years ago in 2003 he founded Humanity’s Team. Shortly after this Warren Smith reported that

The expressed purpose of Humanity’s Team was “to change the world” and this was briefly outlined in New Connexion: A Journal of Conscious Evolution:

(Source)
  • Its purpose is to change the world.
  • It seeks to do this by creating the space of possibility for a New Spirituality to emerge upon the earth
  • This is a spirituality that enlarges and enhances humanity’s current belief about God and about Life to include new ideas and new thoughts that could change forever the way we interact with each other, bringing peace and harmony to our planet at last.
  • What we are going to do is change the world.[26]
  • OPRAH: Is She or Isn’t She Running for President?

Which brings us back to Oprah. One doesn’t have to spend much time watching the news before it becomes quite evident that there is a huge field of candidates in the Democrat Party for 2020 and none of them currently seem to be generating a whole lot of excitement. Thus there murmurings (or “longings”) about a draft-Oprah campaign. Here’s the gist of it:

Will she or won’t see?[27]

There are even campaign buttons and gadgets to help promote a run for Oprah.[28] In our day and age of media personalities entering public office Oprah possesses the mainstream name identification and popularity that could easily win over a large segment of the voting public. This past Fall she even hit the campaign trail on behalf of Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).[29] But so far Oprah claims “God” hasn’t told her to run for President.[30  Of course the main problem with Oprah, as has been well-documented by Warren Smith, is just exactly who her “God” might be. Warren Smith even wrote a booklet about this titled Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes.[31]

Establishment Media Tolerating New Age Dominionism
It could be that Marianne Williamson is a front man for Oprah. Or maybe Williamson is serious and really wants to be President. Or she could be hoping to become Oprah’s running mate. Or more likely she is gunning for a cabinet level position to head up a newly created Peace Department in the Oprah administration. Quite possibly she is plowing the ground in Iowa and other early voting states to generate interest in her blend of New Age spiritual politics. Williamson could also be pounding the drumbeat to include a progressive spiritual component to the Democratic Party’s political platform for 2020. It is well known that politicians running for office have great influence over the contents of political party platforms.

Regardless of which of these scenarios might play out, it is likely that the establishment media will not conduct a close scrutiny of Williamson, nor her controversial anti-Semitic associations, nor her spiritually progressive platform of New Age politics. So far she is getting a free pass. After all, many of political progressives, including those who are openly anti-Semitic, are getting free passes right now as the establishment media conveniently turns a deaf ear.

Marianne Williamson posing in front of a Buddha[32]

Yet she bears watching because Willliamson is running on pure New Age spiritual juice, proclaiming as she launches her exploratory committee that

“I look forward to to speak into a new America listening – one that is ready to look past an old, mechanistic political paradigm and embrace a more forward-thinking, holistic and deeply democratic frame of mind. As Americans, we have some issues to clean up from the past, some new beginnings to co-create the future, and a new era of citizenship to forge within ourselves.”[33]

Reading these words closely, and recognizing that many of these words now contain explicit political and/or spiritual agenda new meanings, this statement could potentially represent a forged consensus of the radical Left with the radical New Age. If so, this represents a uniquely New Age form of political progressivism. This is a dangerous mixture evidencing a whole new form of Dominionism (i.e., mixing spirituality with political power).

It appears that the progressive Left is perfectly willing to accept politicians who have revolutionary views. So Marianne Williamson may be on tap to pump in an infusion of spirituality to justify certain components of their extremism. “God’s” seal of approval. God’s mandate.[34] After all, this isn’t anything new. We’ve already seen this very thing happen on the political Right.[35]

“cursed be every one that curseth thee,
and blessed be he that blesseth thee.”
(Isaac blessing Jacob, Genesis 27:29b)

The Truth:
Keep an eye on the rise of New Age spirituality in the progressive political realm. There is a very offensive component to it, namely the close ties these leaders have to anti-Semitism.[36] There is also a strong pro-abortion component to it.[37] Watch the development of their actual spiritual political platform. New Age leaders have been quite prolific over the years in writing about their agenda for a New Age New World Order. Under their plan (Alice Bailey called it “The Plan”[38]) there will be no freedom of religion or speech. Read the following that Warren Smith published in his booklet Neale Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler:

Read the entire booklet HERE

Endnotes:
1. Kerensa Cadenas, “Marianne Willson, Friend of Oprah, Is Running for President,” Nov. 17, 2018, Vanity Fair, https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/11/marianne-williamson-oprah-winfrey-president-2020
2. Brianne Pfannenstiel, “Author, entrepreneur Marianne Williamson forms presidential exploratory committee, visits Iowa,” Des Moines Register, November 16, 2018, https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/16/marianne-williamson-explores-presidential-run-iowa-caucus-caucuses-trump-democrats-president/2029590002/
3. Warren B. Smith, “Happy New Year form the New Age ‘Christ’!” Herescope, January 3, 2008, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2008/01/happy-new-year-from-new-age-christ.html See also the earlier report “Oprah and Friends” To Teach Course on New Age Christ,” Herescope, November 9, 2007, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2007/11/oprah-and-friends-to-teach-course-on.html  To really get the gist of what the Course In Miracles teaches, see the March 28, 2008 post “What Is Oprah Teaching About EASTER?” http://herescope.blogspot.com/2008/03/what-is-oprah-teaching-about-easter.html
4. You can buy your Oprah campaign ware at https://www.cafepress.com/bytelandart/5574857. Notice the Peace theme.
5. This blog has reported extensively on the agenda of religious political Dominionism over the years, but primarily examining the radical agenda of certain elements of the Christian Right. However, the New Age Movement also has an agenda that merges politics with religion, and we have also reported on this, too. In particular the extensive influence of Marilyn Ferguson’s groundbreaking book The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s.  See, for example, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/03/kings-and-priests.html. For background read:  http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm or http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/sarah-leslie/dominionism.htm. For New Age significance, read this comprehensive overview: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/06/evolution-new-age-movement.html
6. Warren B. Smith, Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel (Conscience Press, 2002), p. 41, quoting from Marianne Williamson, Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century (U.S.A.: Rodale, Inc.: Daybreak imprint, 2000), p. 413. Williamson is still listed with the Peace Alliance as Emeritus Chair: https://peacealliance.org/team/marianne-williamson/
7. See the Chapter 6 and its Update for Reinventing Jesus Christ at http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/f/reinventing-jesus-christ.pdf and http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/reinventing-jesus-christ-global-renaissance.html
8. Quote from book promo at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062873938/?coliid=I10Z49E7XB9X0N&colid=3D6I4AQB5RBZZ&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it. Marianne Williamson, A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a new American Revolution, HarperCollins Publishers, set to be released on April 23, 2019. This book is but one of a series of books that Marianne Williamson has authored that mixes politics with her New Age religion. See her author page at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Marianne-Williamson/e/B00455T7KU/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
9. See the Chapter 6 of Reinventing Jesus Christ at http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/f/reinventing-jesus-christ.pdf The quotation is from Marianne Williamson, Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), p. 195. Also see Smith’s Update to Chapter 6: http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/reinventing-jesus-christ-global-renaissance.html 
10. See Williamson’s current announcement at sistergiant.com.
11.  “Best-selling author Marianne Williamson running for US House seat in California,” captured on October 21, 2013 at https://allvoices.com/contributed-news/15786675-bestselling-author-marianne-williamson-running-for-house-seat-in-california
http://marianneforcongress.com is now redirected to: https://marianne.com.
12. Graphic is archived here: http://sistergiant.com/page/4/?s=sistergiant&search_404=1.
13. Ibid. This conference is described, “We are bringing together speakers representing everything form a deeper archetypal understanding of our predicament to the most effective ways to politically resist it.” Williamson refers to this as the “Great Resistance.”
14. See: https://dreamvisions7radio.com/creating-a-politics-of-love-marianne-williamsons-sister-giant-2017-featuring-keynote-by-senator-bernie-sanders/.
15. Sister Giant 2015 is archived here: https://marianne.com/sister-giant-two-day-recorded-conference/ and see the conference schedule here: http://sistergiant.com/conference-schedule/
16. The Love America Tour was launched in 2018 according to Wikipedia Marianne Williamson page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Williamson
17. This Gandhi quote can be found in numerous places as Williamson frequently uses it, but here is one source: https://dreamvisions7radio.com/creating-a-politics-of-love-marianne-williamsons-sister-giant-2017-featuring-keynote-by-senator-bernie-sanders/
18. See the Chapter 7 Update in Warren Smith’s book Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel posted here. There is a subsection titled “Dennis Kucinich and the Peace Department.” http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/reinventing-jesus-christ-new-gospel-campaign-peace.html See the agenda here: http://www.albanyca.org/home/showdocument?id=1832 and
19. John Dear, “Tikkun Rally at the White House,” June 22, 2010, https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/road-peace/tikkun-rally-white-house
20. See this webpage: https://spiritualprogressives.org. It is beyond the scope of this current article to delve into the significance of this organization and its agenda, connected with Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun Magazine.
21. See, for example, Stephen Montemayor, “Keith Ellison defeats Doug Wardlow in Minnesota attorney general race, Nov. 7, 2018, Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com/keith-ellison-elected-minnesota-attorney-general-over-doug-wardlow/499701441/  There have been allegations of a cover-up of this abuse. See, for example the AP story titled “Minneapolis police won’t investigate Keith Ellison abuse allegations, cite conflict of interest,” Washington Times, October 3, 2018, https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/3/minneapolis-police-wont-investigate-karen-monahans/ and “Keith Ellison abuse claim unsubstantiated, attorney concludes,” NBC News, Oct. 2, 2018, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/keith-ellison-abuse-claim-unsubstantiated-attorney-concludes-n915491
22. Seth McLaughlin, “Keith Ellisons black nationalist past haunts bid to lead DNC,” December 21, 2016, The Washington Times, https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/21/keith-ellisons-black-nationalist-past-haunts-bid-t/
and more recently see, for example, “”RJC Calls on Seven Farrakhan-connected Members of Congress to Resign,” March 6, 2018, http://www.rjchq.org/rjc_calls_on_seven_farrakhan_connected_members_of_congress_to_resign
23. “Ellison is pushing for … a Cabinet-levell Department of Peace and Nonviolence” reported by Katherine Kersten, January 29, 2008, Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com/in-a-violent-world-ellison-dreams-of-peace-department/14849326/. See also the stock photo of Keith Ellison titled “Keith Ellison A peace alliance headed by Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra and Frances Fisher, held at the Lisner Auditorium,” 2-2-07, archived here: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-keith-ellison-a-peace-alliance-headed-by-marianne-williamson-deepak-34141947.html See also: http://sistergiant.com/congressman-keith-ellison/, His website is: https://keithellison.org
24. Nancy Merritt, CA Peace Alliance, April 3, 2014, https://peacealliance.org/ca-democratic-party-adopts-wide-ranging-peacebuilding-platform/. Note the list of political who’s who who seemingly supported these measures.
25. “NEW BOOKLET: Oprah Winfrey’s New Age ‘Christianity’ (Part 2)- Neale Donald Walsch, ‘God,’ and Hitler,” Lighthouse Trails, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17094
26. This quotation comes from Warren Smith’s Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel, Chapter 3 Update, published online here: http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/reinventing-jesus-christ-neale-donald-walsch.html This was also published in its entirety in the Discernment Newsletter, Sept/Oct. 2006 (Vol. 17, No.5).
27. Doug Mainwaring, “Desperate liberals in the age of Trump see ‘new age’ Oprah as their 2020 savior,” January 10, 2018, LifeSite News blog, https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/desperate-liberals-in-the-age-of-trump-see-new-age-oprah-as-their-2020-savi
28. You can buy your Oprah campaign ware at https://www.cafepress.com/bytelandart/5574857 Notice the peace theme.
29. Dan Zak, “‘Hi, I’m Oprah’: The Georgia governor’s race is at full boil – and now the cavalry has arrived,” The Washington Post, November 2, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hi-im-oprah-its-full-boil-insanity-in-the-georgia-governors-race–and-now-the-cavalry-has-arrived/2018/11/02/05cbc080-de39-11e8-b3f0-62607289efee_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7542c3cd539d
30. Brett Samuels, “Oprah: If I’m supposed to run for president, God has to tell me,” The Hill, 2/28/18, https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/375969-oprah-if-im-supposed-to-run-for-president-god-has-to-tell-me
31. Warren Smith, “NEW BOOKLET: Oprah Winfrey’s New Age ‘Christianity’ and the Emperor’s New Clothes,” Lighthouse Trails, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17043
32. Exhibit 1: This photo ironically shows up in an article in The New York Jewish Week, Dec. 3, 2018, titled “New Age Guru Marianne Williamson On Her Jewishness And 2020 Presidential Run.” For this interview Williamson divulges her own Jewish ethicity, but clearly portrays herself a New Age self-help guru. Sadly her family roots have not prevented her from openly associating with the anti-Semitic New Age leaders. https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/new-age-guru-marianne-williamson-on-her-jewishness-and-2020-presidential-run/
33. Advertisement: “Marianne Williamson: ‘The Spirit of Democracy,'” scheduled appearance at the First Congregational Church in Sioux City, Iowa on September 13, 2018. http://evolvesiouxcity.com/an-evening-with-marianne-williamson/ Note the “‘evolve yoga & wellness” logo at this website.
34. Others have already observed this. See for example, the article in The Guardian by Sarah Smarsh titled “How the American left is rediscovering morality,” August 7, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/04/american-left-morality-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-bernie-sanders Also see Cliff Kincaid’s analysis titled “New Agers Back Socialist Sanders as Messiah,” https://www.aim.org/aim-column/new-agers-back-socialist-sanders-as-messiah/
35. See, for example, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/03/kings-and-priests.html.
36. See Alan Dershowitz’s November 17, 2018 commentary “Dershowitz: Hard-Left Democrats Are ‘Tolerating Anti-Semitism’ to Avoid Being Alienated,” https://insider.foxnews.com/2018/11/17/alan-dershowitz-hard-left-democrats-are-tolerating-anti-semitism-avoid-being-alienated. To understand the rise of anti-Semitism, recent articles the past few days might illustrate the seriousness of the problem: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/anti-semitic-doctor-who-threatened-jewish-patients-should-lose-medical-license and https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rashida-tlaib-accused-of-anti-semitic-slur-days-after-profane-anti-trump-tirade .
37. To understand the significance of Alice Bailey’s New Age “The Plan,” read Constance Cumbey’s groundbreaking book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow: The New Age Movement and Our Coming Age of Barbarism. It can be read online here: https://archive.org/stream/TheHiddenDangersOfTheRainbowTheNewAgeMovementAndOurComingAgeOfBarbarism/The%20Hidden%20Dangers%20Of%20The%20Rainbow%20%5BThe%20New%20Age%20Movement%20And%20Our%20Coming%20Age%20Of%20Barbarism%5D_djvu.txt
38. See our Herescope articles about Oprah and the abortion doctor: “Oprah Magazine: God’s ‘in’ Abortions” Herescope, Sept. 23, 2017, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2017/09/oprah-magazine-gods-in-abortions.html and “Un-Sacred Spaces: Theology to Justify Abortion,” Herescope, Dec. 2, 2017, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2017/12/un-sacred-spaces.html
A special thanks to Sue Conway, Gaylene Goodroad and Warren Smith for research assistance with this article.

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30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet — Christian Research Network

“Can you imagine what it must be like to tell a therapist of your experience being abused as a child, which you offer as a possible explanation for your dysphoria, only to have the psychiatrist totally ignore that aspect of your past and instead push you to sex-change procedures as the only way to overcome your angst?”

(Stella Morabito – The Federalist)  Walt Heyer knows firsthand what it’s like to undergo sex change surgery and then regret it. After living as a woman for nearly a decade, he decided to accept his biological sex and de-transition back to male. By then, Walt had received intensive cognitive therapy that helped him recognize early childhood trauma he had experienced.

The trauma resulted in a mental condition known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). In the clarity of that realization, his gender dysphoria simply vanished. His life as a “woman” all amounted to an attempt to escape reality. Sadly, too few people consider the possibility that gender dysphoria can manifest as a byproduct or symptom of other mental conditions, and most certainly of DID. (More on that below.)

Walt suffered huge waves of regret as a result of following through with his urge to be a woman. He had eagerly taken the bait of politicized medical practitioners, who hurried him along in the transition. He not only regretted what he had done to his body, he also grieved over the estrangement from his wife and children caused by his drastic change in identity.

There was collateral damage to other personal relationships as well. He also regretted the lost decade of his life in which he lived in the persona of a woman.

Heyer’s New Book Shines Light on Trans Life Survivors

Heyer has written several books on transgender regret, but his sixth and newest book, “Trans Life Survivors,” is not his personal story. It’s a compilation of the stories of many others caught up in today’s “transmania.” They specifically sought out Walt to get some much-needed support. They’ve shared their lonely, surreal experiences falling down the trans rabbit hole, hoping to escape as he did.

Walt’s correspondents describe a wide range of frustrating and confusing experiences. Some are nudged into transgenderism by social pressures and emotional manipulation. Many are hastily sent into surgery without adequate counseling (or any counseling at all), or are misdiagnosed. Some of those regret their decision very shortly after having irreversible surgery.

Many concerns about childhood traumas are ignored by therapists who are politically motivated to push as many patients as possible into sex change. They also fear intense ostracism and vicious backlash from the trans community if they “come out” as a potential de-transitioner.

Walt wrote “Trans Life Survivors,” he says, because he wants others “to catch a glimpse of the raw emotions and experiences of people who are harmed by the grand – and dangerous – experiment of cross-sex hormones and surgical affirming procedures.”  View article →

Research:

Homosexual Agenda

H/T Linda Harvey

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Harvest Bible Chapel: Dropping Defamation Suit to keep Records Private — Pulpit & Pen

January 8, 2019

[Daily Herald] Harvest Bible Chapel says it’s dropping its defamation lawsuit against three critics after a Cook County judge Monday ruled against the church’s request to keep some documents private.

The church announced the move on its website, harvestbiblechapel.org.

The message, ascribed to the Executive Committee of Elders, said the judge’s decision was unexpected. The church had asked in December for discovery to be stayed until the judge ruled on the defendants’ motions to dismiss the case, because the defendants were publishing some of the materials their lawyers had received.

Alternatively, it asked the court to order the materials be kept temporarily from public view.

“Recent events have made it clear that any further private content subpoenaed from third and fourth parties will likely be publicized online,” the elders posted.

“The result is that even if we filed a motion to reconsider, even if we amended the complaint to exclude private matters sensitive to some third parties, the court appears unwilling to protect our many friends, including those with whom we seek to reconcile.

“In good conscience we cannot knowingly subject innocent people, in many instances against their will, to a full subpoena process.”

Harvest sued Julie Roys of Carol Stream, Ryan and Melinda Mahoney of Wheaton, and Scott and Sarah Bryant of Geneva in October. Ryan Mahoney and Scott Bryant write TheElephantsDebt.com website, and Roys is a freelance writer on Christianity, a blogger and a former radio show host.

Melinda Mahoney and Sarah Bryant were included because, the suit said, they provided computers and internet service to The Elephant’s Debt.

The suit accused The Elephant’s Debt of conducting an “ongoing campaign of harassment” and publishing defamatory statements that painted MacDonald in a false light. It said the publication constituted commercial disparagement, interfering in the business of the church — namely, persuading people to become faithful Christians.

Roys in particular possessed subpoenaed records, including items from former workers and elders, about how the church handled reports that one of its youth ministers was sending sexually explicit photos and requests to minors. The minister was charged in October with misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a minor, and disorderly conduct, in Kane County circuit court. The case is pending.

The Elephant’s Debt has criticized the church’s founding pastor, senior pastor James S. MacDonald; his treatment of employees and elders; its finances; and its relationship with Harvest Bible Fellowship, an organization of churches it had founded worldwide. The Mahoneys and Bryants are former members.

Monday night, Scott Bryant said he was not surprised by the ruling, “mostly because it (the request) is pre-emptive. It is hard to shut down free speech,” He suspected Harvest would quickly drop the suit.

“I am in no way surprised at the results,” Ryan Mahoney said.

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Susan Sarkauskas and originally published at Daily Herald]

via Harvest Bible Chapel: Dropping Defamation Suit to keep Records Private — Pulpit & Pen

What is the Gospel? — Christian Research Network

“The reason there was so much opposition to Jesus’ ministry is because his gospel got to the heart of matters. He wasn’t giving a muddled dry exposition, his goal wasn’t the dissemination of information, or simply to create controversies about how to correct human behavior. Jesus had one great goal: the salvation of people.”

(Christopher J. Gordon – Abounding Grace Radio)  Years ago I remember hearing an elder say that if my sermon could be accepted in a Jewish synagogue then it is not a distinctively Christian sermon. I’ve thought a lot about that over the years. What makes Christian sermons distinctively Christian? What damage could be done in the life of the Christian church if our sermons lose their distinctively Christian character?  To answer that, of course, one would need to understand and appreciate what makes a gospel message distinctively “gospel”.

To be sure, the word “gospel” is used differently in the Scriptures.  Robert Godfrey provides a helpful observation:

Sometimes the word gospel refers broadly to all aspects of the salvation and new life that Jesus gives His people, and sometimes it is used narrowly to refer to what Jesus does for us outside of us. In other words, sometimes the term gospel refers broadly to Jesus’ work of justification and sanctification for and in His people, and sometimes it refers narrowly to Jesus’ work of justification.

Godfrey also makes the case that sometimes the word “gospel” refers more broadly to all the New Testament fulfillment of what was promised in the Old Testament.  It is in this sense that Mark uses “gospel” when he says in chapter 1, “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Mark is explaining the gospel as the person and work of Christ in fulfillment on behalf of his people.

This is crucial for understanding the overall theological intent and purpose of the gospel of Mark.

The presentation of the gospel of the “Son of God” is pressed with urgency upon people to repent and believe this gospel. Mark uses the word “immediately” an astonishingly forty-two times throughout the book. This is not intended to impress upon us the need merely for ethical change, but to receive by faith, all that the Son of God has come to fulfill for us in our place.  It’s a gospel of Jesus’ whole work for us. That, according to Mark, demands immediate response.  View article →

Research:

Steve Lawson’s impromptu Gospel presentation

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