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Phil Johnson rebukes Dr Michael Brown.

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We want to provide readers with Brown’s quote that kick-started the controversy and what Gracelife’s Pastor Phil Johnson recently had to say about Dr Michael Brown’s behaviour.

phil-johnson From thegracelifepulpit.com

Brown writes,

“Some of today’s self-appointed heresy hunters are like a doctor who amputated his patient’s head because the patient needed eye-glasses. They are like the hypocrites Jesus spoke of who strained out a gnat yet swallowed a camel, damning some of God’s children to hell because of a difference over a non-essential doctrine or practice. It’s very sad to see and terribly divisive and destructive. May God reveal to them the fullness of His truth and love, and may the discover the fullness of the Spirit’s power.”

Source: Dr Michael Brown, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1947488478610078, Published 14/05/2017. (Accessed 14/05/2017.)

Dr Michael Brown also put this comment on Twitter. However, it appeared Ps. Phil Johnson tried to comment… and was blocked by Michael Brown…

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How Bono And the Emergent Church Are Leading Millions Away From Biblical Christianity

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Have you been fooled by this rocker, who talks about his love for Jesus, but in reality shows his love for Satan during his performances?

THIS ARTICLE WILL SHOCK AND SADDEN SOME OF YOU, WHO HAVE BELIEVED THAT BONO OF U2 FAME IS A CHRISTIAN.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)

This article will show you that not only is Bono not a Christian, but he is from the dark side.

When I was drawn by the Lord in 1983, it was a powerful and supernatural event. I had searched for the truth about God for most of my life. On that unforgettable…

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Heretics & NAR Apostles speaking at Australian Lutheran Conference and infiltrating Lutheran Churches?

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This article will expose the teachings of the Lutheran Renewal Conference that was put on last year (2016) by Edgar Mayer. It will first introduce people to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its teachings and then demonstrate how this conference was used to convert Christians to the NAR and use them to infiltrate Australian Lutheran Churches. (We will also be publishing Chris Rosebrough’s coverage of this conference in another article.)

After the introduction, we will briefly expose the man who is leading the Lutheran Renewal cult – Edgar Mayer – in denying the Christian faith and the Lutheran expression of that faith. Then we will provide each session of the conference from YouTube with some key quotes from sessions at the bottom of each video.

(Please note – these men may come across loving, encouraging and equipping believers to love Christ and unite churches in love. However, they follow the same…

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Benny Hinn’s claims to being an Apostle.

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Benny Hinn claims he is an “Apostolic Leader” and an “Apostle” on his website:

“One of Benny Hinn’s greatest ministries has been as mentor and apostle for a growing army of Christian leaders.”

This is why back in the 80s and 90s, Benny Hinn was claiming that God would strike people dead if people questioned him and other “men of God” like Paul Crouch.

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According to NAR Leader, C. Peter Wagner, greater amounts of spiritual authority are delegated by the Holy Spirit to individuals, that is, Apostles:

“In my judgment, views of leadership and leadership authority constitute the most radical of the nine changes from traditional Christianity.  Here is the main difference: The amount of spiritual authority delegated by the Holy Spirit to individuals.  I have attempted to use each word in that statement advisedly.” [Source]

You can see Benny Hinn wielding this delegated ‘spiritual authority’ and his so-called ‘apostolic authority’ in…

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Abbas Lies To Trump: Palestinian Children Are Taught To Hate And To Slaughter Jews

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The Muslim practice of “taqiyya” is permissible lying for the furtherance of Islamic domination in the world. It has been practiced since the Qur’an was written.

For many years, Mahmoud Abbas has told PM Netanyahu that the PA would never recognize Israel as the Jewish State.  That would in turn bring any hopes for peace to a screeching halt.

But now Abbas is using taqiyya on President Trump, and from all indications, Trump is buying it lock stock and barrel.  I was hoping that Trump’s Orthodox Jewish son in law, Jared Kushner, would see right through this.  Something about Mr. Kushner is unsettling to me.

From israelislamandendtimes.com

TAQIYYA: ABBAS LIES TO TRUMP: ‘WE ARE RAISING OUR CHILDREN ON A CULTURE OF PEACE’

Abbas attempted to whitewash decades of official PA incitement to violence and anti-Israel indoctrination that continue unabated until today.

Standing alongside President Donald Trump at the White House…

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Resource: What is the NAR?

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WHAT IS THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION?

There is a global cult that is emerging in Evangelicalism which has been called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). You can read the experiences of other Christians leaving the movement here:

Christians Leaving the New Apostolic Reformation

The NAR has continued to evolve in its identity and doctrine, many leaders within the movement attributing it’s connection to the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) in 1948.

05_Code-Blue_NARCode Blue. Abb: NAR Symbol: Tilde. Representing how the NAR leads people to be tossed and turned by every wave and wind of doctrine. Eph 4:14

Since then, the NOLR has continually been criticized and therefore repeatedly rebranded itself over the decades. These are the most prominent forms from each decade:

  • The New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) in the 1940s.
  • The Voice of Healing Movement (VHM) in the 1950s.
  • The Charismatic Renewal Movement (CRM) in the 1960s.
  • The

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Brian Houston promoting New Apostolic Reformation theology in Hillsong music.

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While writing the article, ‘The origins of Hillsong (Part 6): Latter Rain theology in Hillsong worship‘, we were also trying to track down another one of Hillsong’s earlier songs titled ‘Heaven Suffers Violence’. This song was written by Brian Houston and released in 1988 on CLC/Hillsong’s album ‘Spirit and Truth’. (In a future article, we will explain the particular NAR theology behind this song).

This song is not to be found anywhere online. However, we were notified of a Hillsong article and video that was uploaded to Hillsong’s blog, with Brian Houston saying he wrote this song.

We are trying to find the actual lyrics from the album. (Please email us at c3churchwatch@hotmail.com if you know the lyrics of the original). At the moment, we recall a rendition of this song with lyrics similar to this:

Verse 1
Heaven suffers violence
And the violent take it by force
Heaven…

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What is the nature of the New Apostolic Reformation? (Part 1) Lawless & Pragmatic.

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WHAT IS ITS NATURE?

The Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, has in some ways helped us understand many cults and false teachers. While we do not embrace his philosophies, when it comes to discernment work  we continually bring ourselves back to basics by remembering this quote:

“Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature?” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Those questions lead us as Christians to ask these questions: Do they operate from a fallen, sinful, fleshly nature or from a new nature Spirit-frilled believers nature? (Galatians 5)

When spiritually profiling heretical movements and their leaders, it’s very important to ask these questions. That’s because once you educate yourself on the nature of  dangerous cult movements and their leaders, it is easier to recognise before they infiltrate your local churches.

The nature of a false teacher is described by Jesus as a wolf (Matthew 7:15)…

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Bill Johnson: If you’re not healed, you’re not saved – and it’s all your fault.

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The reason why the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) can not even be remotely treated as a Christian movement is the abusive theology it forces on people. Especially those who are sick, poor and vulnerable.

A good example of this abusive theology comes from Bethel Redding’s Bill Johnson, who links healing and salvation together with Christ’s death on the cross. This bible twisting stems back to the foundations of the New Apostolic Reformation when it was known as the New Order of the Latter Rain in 1948. This movement popularized the teachings of Franklin Hall and William Branham, which gave rise to the Voice of Healing Movement (VHM). Both TL and Daisy Osborne were influenced by the teaching that healing came from the death of Jesus. And since then, the NAR have promoted this lie by twisting Isaiah 53.

Bill Johnson promotes this dangerous teaching to this day. The article below is…

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Are there really ancient prophecies in the Bible that promised the rebirth of Israel in the “last days”? As modern Israel turns 69, it’s an important question to consider.

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israelUPDATED: (Central Israel) — Today marks 69 years since the dramatic rebirth of the modern State of Israel in May of 1948. Israelis are joyfully celebrating independence, security and growing prosperity, but not everyone is happy. Sadly, there are many people in this region and around the world who despise Israel and seek her isolation, demise, and even annihilation.

Rather than address these (very important) geopolitical issues today, however, I’d like to address a question that many people ask me when I travel and speak around the world: Are there really ancient prophecies in the Bible that promised the rebirth of Israel in the last days, despite all the wars and rumors of wars and controversy this would ignite?

Yes, there are — I’ll walk you through a number of the Biblical passages in a moment.

But first some context: according to studies by Pew Research, only 40 percent of American Jews believe…

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As Their 70th Anniversary Of Being Regathered Approaches, Is The LORD Preparing To Visit Israel?

On May 14, 1948, two minutes after midnight, the nation of Israel was officially regathered according to Bible prophecy. The fig tree of Matthew 24 was blooming after two millennia of dormancy

“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)

On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel,” prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier.

In Matthew 24, a chapter devoted almost exclusively to the Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble, Jesus gives a really important time clue. He says that when we would see the “fig tree in bloom”, a reference to the nation of Israel, that that would be the official start of the end times, or last days mentioned throughout Bible prophecy.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:32, 33 (KJV)

We believe that the blooming of the fig tree officially began when Israel was regathered back in their own land after nearly 2,000 years of dispersion. This was the first formal regathering but it will not be the last. The one that the Bible has in view ultimately is the final regathering of Israel at the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble when Jesus returns to vanquish the Antichrist and his evil hordes at the Battle of Armageddon.

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THE BIBLE BELIEVERS GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING

When the fig tree bloomed again in 1948, is started a minimum 70 year time period that, when finished, will have included the great falling away of the Church, the end of the Church Age in the Rapture, and the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. As I write this article on the 23rd day of April, 2017, we are roughly 13 months away from the 70th anniversary of the regathering of Israel. 70 is a very important number in the Bible, and in Bible prophecy in particular.

We have already shown you that it is no coincidence of any kind that Donald Trump was 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old on his first full day in office. Not only that, we also showed you the importance of Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and how that could possibly trigger the war mentioned in Psalm 83.

But before we continue, it’s important to remind ourselves first of the following:

  • THE JEWS WERE REGATHERED IN UNBELIEF: At the time, in 1948, newspaper headlines made many references and allusions to Old Testament scriptures about God regathering His chosen people, and for a brief period the people who were fresh off of Hitler’s Holocaust gave the God of Abraham the glory. But it didn’t last long. Today, hospitals in Israel perform late-term third trimester abortions, and Tel Aviv is considered the premier LGBTQP capital of the world, eclipsing that of San Francisco and Greenwich Village in New York City. The Boston Globe calls Tel Aviv “the gayest city on Earth“. Israel celebrates what God destroyed both Sodom and Gomorrah for, let that sink in for a moment.
  • THE JEWS STILL REJECT THEIR MESSIAH: In the book of Romans, Paul weeps over the lost condition of his Jewish brethren, and wishes he could somehow get them to see that Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Scriptures. In Israel today, there is a growing number of Messianic believers, but the overwhelming majority reject the claims of Jesus.
  • THE JEWS WILL FOLLOW THE ANTICHRIST AND BUILD HIM A TEMPLE: In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul shows us that after the Rapture of the Church, the Antichrist is revealed in what is called the “strong delusion”. Not only that, Jesus in Matthew 24 directs us to Daniel 9:27 (KJV) and shows us the Antichrist sitting in the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple.
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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE COMING THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE WILL SHOCK YOU TO YOUR CORE

All that now leads us to May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of regathered Israel:

Please note that this article is in no way setting a date for the Rapture of the Church, or a date for the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. But it is presented to show you some very real possibilities for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in the very near future.

The prophet Jeremiah in chapter 30 and verse 7 makes a reference to something he calls the “time of Jacob’s trouble”, which is the same thing Jesus mentions in Matthew 24 when He talks about the coming time of “great tribulation”.

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

But just one chapter before that, Jeremiah mentions something that immediately preceded that, a visitation from the Lord after 70 years. Historically this is talking about the Jews in Babylonian captivity, but is also a prophecy of the Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble in the end times.

“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)

It is interesting to note that in the book of Revelation, Jesus says that in the time of Jacob’s trouble Israel will be like “Sodom and Egypt”. (Remember the Boston Globe article calling Tel Aviv the “gayest city on Earth”?)  They have turned so far away from the LORD that this is how God now views them.

“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8 (KJV)

But Revelation also directs our attention to spiritual Babylon that has now trapped the Jews just like physical Babylon did in Jeremiah’s day.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

So I ask you, those of you who are Bible believers and understand that there is much prophecy yet to be fulfilled, is it possible that sometime around the 70th anniversary of the regathering of the nation of Israel, could the LORD be planning to once again visit Israel and His chosen people the Jews?

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WHAT IS THE POINT OF PUTTING THE BODY OF CHRIST INTO THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE?

If so, then wouldn’t that of necessity place the Rapture of the Church before that visit? Yes, it would. The Church has no place in the time of JACOB’S trouble, it is Israel’s final refinement according to the Bible.

“Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” Amos 3:1,2 (KJV)

The 70th anniversary of regathered Israel is 13 months away, and there are only 3 possibilities for what is mentioned in this article. It is possible that 1). some of it could happen, 2). none of it could happen, or 3). all of it could happen.

Are YOU ready for what comes next?

Source: As Their 70th Anniversary Of Being Regathered Approaches, Is The LORD Preparing To Visit Israel?

To Christians Who Suffer

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Some Christians suffer more than others.  God, in his mysterious sovereignty, has given some of his children a more difficult lot and heavier load than others.  Depression, chronic illness, handicaps, intense family conflict, mental illness, and other trials are the hard lot of some Christians.

Abraham Kuyper reminds us that St. Paul had a very difficult lot as well.  The apostle called it a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor 12:7).  Kuyper says it was a trial that felt “as though a demon assaulted [Paul] and beat him with fists.” The thorn was given to Paul so that he might stay humble and also experience the sweetness of God’s grace.  Kuyper notes that Christians who suffer should remember from Paul’s experience that God’s fatherly plan for us in suffering is a gracious one.  This way we won’t despair when our prayers for relief are not answered in the affirmative.

Kuyper…

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