Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” is a parody of the Bible

The Message is not the Bible. It is not a translation of the Bible. It is not even a paraphrase, since Eugene Peterson has removed much and added much.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines parody as: 1) a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule. 2) a feeble or ridiculous imitation.

Consider Psalm 1:1 from The Message: How well God must like you–you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

This evokes images of clowns pouring forth from a tiny car, running around in helter-skelter fashion, honking hand held horns:
Sin-saloon! (Honk, honk) Dead-End Road! (Honk, beep) Smart mouth college! (Beep, honk)…

The Message version of Psalm 1:1 might be okay if used as a line in a country song, rather than pretending to be a verse from the Bible.

Here is Psalm 1:1 from the KJV:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Here is Psalm 1:1 from the NASB:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

There is more to be concerned with than just the mockery of Psalm 1:1. The Message seethes with passages that are an offense to God. This parody has deceived people for over two decades now. In this, it has been very effective.

If you want to investigate further, go here: http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Message.html

Minister Who Runs Wedding Chapel Sues After Facing Jail, Fines for Rejecting ‘Gay Marriages’

Heather Clark of christiannews.net writes:

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Attorneys for an Idaho minister who is facing possible jail time and fines for refusing to conduct “gay marriages” at a wedding chapel that he operates with his wife have filed a legal challenge seeking a court order banning the government from forcing them to officiate the ceremonies.

Donald Knapp and his wife Evelyn run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho across from the county clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. Their ceremonies are blatantly Christian in nature, and include the reading of Scripture and the invocation of God’s blessing on the union. Those who marry at the facility are also provided with recorded sermons about marriage, along with recommendations of books on the subject.

However, after a federal district judge ruled earlier this year that the state must recognize same-sex “marriages”—striking down Idaho’s voter approved marriage amendment—Warren Wilson with the city attorney’s office noted, “For profit wedding chapels are in a position now where last week the ban would have prevented them from performing gay marriages, this week gay marriages are legal, pending an appeal to the 9th Circuit.”

“If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation,” he explained. continue reading article

California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else

Originally posted on True Discernment:

from The Federalist:

For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer,” and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections.

The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin…

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Published in: on October 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Bethel Church’s ‘apostle’ Bill Johnson: A comedy of errors, Part 1″ by Marsha West

Bill Johnson is no stranger to controversy. For one thing, he claims to be an apostle, as in the unique position held by the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was given this high honor by C. Peter Wagner who holds many titles himself, including president of Global Harvest Ministries, chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute, convening apostle of the New Apostolic Roundtable, and my personal favorite: presiding apostle of International Coalition of Apostles (ICA). So for the purpose of this article I’ll dub him Presiding Apostle Peter or PA Peter for short. What’s important to know about him is that he’s sort of like the pope of the “new apostolic-prophetic movement.” click here to continue reading Marsha West’s article

Published in: on October 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Assassin’s Creed exposed by Apolomedia’s Carl Kerby Jr.

Interviewed by T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call about video games, Carl Kerby Jr. stated:

“But Assassin’s Creed , the whole storyline is based off of a weapon called the ‘Piece of Eden,’ and you see, what this Piece of Eden does is it blinds people to make them blindly follow you, and everything you say; they’ll just follow you. Well, what is the Piece of Eden? Well, the game quotes at the very end of Assassin’s Creed 1 that they call it the Word of God; and see, they say that Moses, he never parted the water, and Jesus never turned the water into wine, and so they actually say that everything that you think happened in Scripture was a lie, and that these Christian Templars are just using these weapons to deceive you and get you to blindly follow them. You know, one kid came up to me afterwards and he just was blunt with me; he says, ‘Carl, you’re exactly right. You know, after playing this game, they might as well call it Kill the Christians, because that’s all you do throughout the whole game.'” [1]

Here is the thing: Most adults, when we even know enough to be concerned, focus on the sex and violence in these games. As Carl Kerby Jr. has pointed out, there are spiritual messages in some of these games as well. Kerby has a website dealing with game related issues called Apolomedia. Click here for link to Apolomedia

Source Notes:
1. http://www.thebereancall.org/content/t-mcmahon-carl-kerby-jr-part-1

Published in: on October 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Preemptive Prayer

Here is how the dictionary defines PREEMPTIVE: Undertaken or initiated to deter or prevent an anticipated, usually unpleasant situation or occurrence. (italics mine)

We know that God guarantees us a way out of temptation in 1 Corinthians 10:13:

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

What does the next verse say?

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14)

Idolatry can be defined as anything we place ahead of God. According to Gotquestions.org, “Idolatry extends beyond the worship of idols and images and false gods. Our modern idols are many and varied. Even for those who do not bow physically before a statue, idolatry is a matter of the heart—pride, self-centeredness, greed, gluttony, a love for possessions and ultimately rebellion against God. Is it any wonder that God hates it?”

Is there a way to deter or prevent temptation? My pastor has often encouraged preemptive prayer—so, specifically in regards to temptation, this means praying NOT to be tempted.

At the Mount of Olives, we see that Christ instructed His disciples, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)

Can we pray preemptively about issues other than temptation?

Absolutely.

Published in: on October 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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An unholy origin of twelve not so simple steps

Examined over several decades, it is clear A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson repeatedly and willingly gave himself over to familiar spirits. A.A. historian Ernest Kurtz notes, “So profound was Bill’s immersion in this area that he at times confused the terms ‘spiritualism’ and ‘spirituality.’”[1]

Author and A.A. member Matthew J. Raphael observes, “[It] might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.”[2]

“A.A.’s official biography indicates Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. Scripture condemns communication with familiar spirits,” writes T.A. McMahon, Editor of The Berean Call. [3]

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

Related information click here
Source Notes:

1. Ernest Kurtz, Not-God, pg.136

2. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159

3. T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call Newsletter, March 1, 2002

Published in: on October 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm  Comments (1)  
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“Spiritual information about Pokemon” by Preston Young

[Note from MWLF: 14 year old researcher Preston Young shares a few things about the Pokémon game. His concern is that it's "sneakily teaching kids and adults stuff in the occult." This is an area where most adults have little knowledge.]

Preston Young writes:

What’s wrong with Pokémon? Here are a few things I found. I got this info from Pokémon X.

1. Throughout the game you must battle random Pokémon trainers (Pokémon owners), all of whom have different hobbies. Some are Fishermen, Tourists, or Pokémon rangers, but two of them caught my attention: Psychics and Hex Maniacs, a.k.a witches. This is bad already, but what caught my attention even more is what they said before and after you meet them: For example the Hex Maniac will say “I’ve known forever—since my PREVIOUS LIFE –that we would meet here today and face off!” The previous life mentioned here comes from eastern mysticism which NO Christian should take part in.

2. One of the moves your Pokémon can get is “Lucky Chant.” This next sentence comes directly from the game: “The user chants an incantation toward the sky, preventing critical hits..”
Chanting and incantations come straight from witchcraft. When something is chanted it is repeated over and over. Jesus told His followers how not to pray in Matthew 6:7. He said “…use not vain repetitions…”

3. In Pokémon X you can get a Pokémon named Meditite (meditate). His name comes from eastern mysticism. Eastern/New Age/Contemplative meditating zeroes out your mind and allows demons to come in. “Calm Mind” a.k.a meditating is another move. This quote comes straight from the game: “The user quietly focuses its mind and calms its spirit to raise it sp. Atk and sp. Def stats.”

4. Evolution is all throughout the whole game and if we believe evolution then we don’t believe God and what he said happened in Genesis.

That’s all I have but I hope and pray that you think about and pray about whether you should be playing or buying Pokémon for you or your children. God bless.

Related: New Age ending in popular Minecraft game?

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City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

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Homo-fascism and homo-spirituality…stronger and stronger. Ephesians 6:12

Originally posted on True Discernment:

from Fox News:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

The subpoenas are just the latest twist…

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Published in: on October 15, 2014 at 1:45 am  Leave a Comment  

New Age ending in popular Minecraft game?

Within the next week or so My Word Like Fire will publish a report from fourteen year old researcher Preston Zleisy concerning the anti-biblical aspects of Pokémon. Zleisy is warning about something which few adults have any knowledge of at all.

A great resource for discernment about video games in general is Apolomedia, the website of Carl Kerby, Jr., Drew Thorwall, and Solomon Richardson. The excerpt below about Minecraft is taken straight from this website, which you can link to Here. (The link to the entire Minecraft article is at the end of the excerpt.)

According to Apolomedia:

WHAT ABOUT GOD IN MINECRAFT?
However, one of our gaming friends came up to us after a presentation one day pointing out that we had missed the most important part about Minecraft when it comes to spiritual matters! He sent a link to the “ending” of the game. What we saw there was mindblowing and changed our entire understanding of Minecraft.

You could produce an entire documentary on the 8 minute ending scene of this game. In essence, it is an 8 minute wall of new age teaching that seemingly comes out of nowhere and certainly flies in the face of a biblical perspective on God and the created universe. This is a significant place to not only recognize the challenge, but to get the answers and know how to go back to the Bible to find truth.

Look at these statements with which the player is rewarded upon completing the game: (It should be noted many players are frustrated by being forced to read all this text for 8 minutes, regardless of religious beliefs.)

“and the universe said I love you”
“and the universe said you have played the game well”
“and the universe said everything you need is within you”
“and the universe said you are stronger than you know”
“and the universe said the light you seek is within you”
“and the universe said you are not alone”
“and the universe said you are not separate from every other thing”
“and the universe said I love you because you are love”

By reading that, you would almost think this was a biblically based game. Isn’t “the universe” just another way of saying “God”? It talks about light and love and everything! The unnerving part about this is that the way they equivocate “the universe” with God could lead Christ-following gamers almost to buy in to the purported majesty of the universe as it describes the universe with words similar to the way the Bible describes God. It is the kind of close-but-no-cigar language that leaves our defenses down.

“And the game was over and the player woke up from the dream. And the player began a new dream. And the player dreamed again, dreamed better. And the player was the universe. And the player was love.

You are the player. Wake up”

Did you catch that? The game tells you that the universe tells you that you are love, but the Bible tells us God is love (1 John 4:8). The universe tells you that everything you need is within you, but the Bible reminds us that God knows what we need and gives it to us (Psalm 23; 2 Peter 1:3). The game says you are stronger than you know, but the Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13) even as God commands us to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) because, as the game says, we are not alone, but He is with us.

If it wasn’t clear yet, the game is essentially telling the player “you are god”. “The player was the universe. And the player was love.” After all the hours of mining, all the hours of building, all the hours of someone else saying “can I use the computer yet…” the culmination of your effort is meant to be the realization that you are the godlike universe.

All this from a blank canvas infinite lego set game! Just imagine what else is out there in games where the plot and characters take center stage! Believe it or not, we don’t say this all to scare you, though if it shocks you into action then we believe our mission is accomplished!

WHAT DO I DO?
Determining what action to take as a parent or gamer is up to you. You have to answer: “What about Minecraft?”

We see three main options for the way people usually respond:

Response 1. Play no more. “I don’t want to let my children play these games anymore, because I don’t want to support these messages. There is a much more God honoring way to spend my money and my time.”

Response 2. Play with your eyes wide open. “Thank you for letting us know what are in these games. I am going to sit down with my children and have a Bible study with them. I want to make sure they know what truth it so they are prepared next time a message like this is thrown at them.

Response 3. Just Play. “It’s just a game. Stop making a big deal out of it.”

We won’t tell you which one to choose, but let us just challenge you with this… don’t be the person from Response 3. Instead, take the opportunity to get into God’s Word. Whatever decision you make, as an individual or as a family, make it prayerfully. Find real answers, and share those answers with the world around us! Odds are you know more than one person who plays Minecraft. This could be a great opportunity to start a spiritual conversation on a topic they already care about! We live in a world that has many dark places in desperate need of light. And we need to be the one’s to shine it.

If we become bold in our faith and confident in the Bible, we have a chance to speak the truth of God’s word to a whole culture of gamers who may be getting their only spiritual messages from games. And that is a big deal.

You can read the entire article, Minecraft: Friend or Foe? by clicking Here.

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