“It is not our purpose to discredit the organization Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). But let the world keep its AA – it has absolutely no place in the Church. In fact, as will be shown, the only way AA and the Church can work together is for the Church to reject the authority of the Scriptures, or for AA to abandon much of its philosophy concerning God, much of its Twelve Steps, and parts of its traditions,” states Reverend Pyle. continue reading
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.” (Matthew 28:6)
I could be in hell right now, in eternal torment. I am not, and will not be, because He has risen and I have believed and repented and and bowed to Christ as my Savior and Lord.
I could have died homeless on the streets in a number of cities, drunk, or with a needle in my arm. Or, for that matter, from heart failure or melanoma. I am alive because He has risen and I receive mercy and grace.
Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved, (Ephesians 2:3-5)
What a mighty God we serve.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I wrote about the controversy swirling around the so-called Christian organization World Vision here. For those who are unaware of what occurred on March 24, WV announced that they had plans to hire “married” homosexuals.
The backlash was fast and furious. Christian leaders, Roman Catholics, the pro-family movement and others in the faith community made it abundantly clear that they opposed WV’s decision to hire people in counterfeit marriages on the grounds that the Bible teaches that homosexuality’s a sin. It’s no secret that Bible-believers hold to the teaching that God established the marriage sacrament for the purpose of bringing Him glory; thus marriage other than that which He designed does not bring glory and honor to Him. One would assume that WV’s president and board members had an understanding of what the Bible teaches on marriage – but maybe not.
They learn fast, though. The board noticed a storm brewing when donors began to withdraw their financial support and they quickly changed course. The public’s reaction was so strong that they reversed their decision faster than greased lightning.
In part 2 we will examine whether or not World Vision’s truly a Christian organization. I mean, that’s the burning question, isn’t it? One way to find out is to take a look at its website. On the homepage they make the claim that they are a,
Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Perhaps because I’ve spent a number of years exposing false teaching in the Church, likewise the cults and the occult, when I read the phrase “full potential” Anthony Robbins immediately came to mind. Robbins is one of many Human Potential magnets. He has taken on the trendy title “life coach.” The life coach’s aim is to get you to a place where you can tap into your full potential. Robbins’ beliefs are rooted in the New Thought movement.
read the rest of Marsha West’s article
For the Church to refer people to AA because “AA has the most effective program” is not much different
than sending the evangelism committee to the Jehovah’s Witnesses because they have the most effective door-to-door evangelism program. –Reverend Pyle
The Truth Shall Make You Free by Reverend Pyle: READ
In a stunning interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN Catholic network, Rick Warren referred to the “great classic devotional works” of Catholic contemplatives Brother Lawrence, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross, (11:28) and seemed to say his own “spiritual director” studied under a noted Catholic. (29:58)
Warren said he is an “avid fan of EWTN. I make no bones about it.” (34:25) So…Rick Warren faithfully follows the Catholic channel, so to speak?
Warren calls EWTN’s The Chaplet of Divine Mercy “one of my favorite shows…” He says he and his wife “put it on and relax and worship and in that time of reflection, meditation, and quietness I find myself renewed and restored.” (35:03).
He thanked Mother Angelica for the show.
I don’t know how much one should to read into this, but it is amazing he referred to Pope Francis as “our new Pope…” (13:00)
Then again, Warren stated he fully supports the Catholic Church’s New Evangelization strategy. (30:50) But…New Evangelization is a strategy to bring people into Catholicism!
Host Raymond Arroyo asked Warren what is the obstacle “keeping Christians apart and away from that unity” and noted that Christ, Pope John Paul 2 and other popes desired unity. (23:32)
“Every one of them,” agreed Warren, which seemed to be a reference to the most recent popes. (23:45)
Warren gave his apparent understanding (?) of salvation, or what beliefs supposedly bind Christians and Catholics… (23:40–24:55)
These are perilous times when church leaders cannot necessarily be relied upon. The Word of God will continue to be attacked or denied, sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 timothy 2:15)
Rick Warren’s Catholic endeavor comes on the heels of Protestants who don’t unite with Catholics are guilty of ‘Spiritual Racism,’ which you can read and watch right HERE
World Over 4-10-2014
Sackcloth and Ashes
Raymond Arroyo with Rick Warren
Start at 10:00 minute mark: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/video.asp?servertime=201404140619
Thank you Marsha West for informing us about the Rick Warren story. Marsha’s latest: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/140410
Here she is the very thorough Marsha West with another well researched article.
According to West:
The dust has settled a bit since Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision’s March 24 announcement that it would hire gay couples who are legally married in the state in which they reside. Since “World Vision-gate” remains a hot topic, it’s time for some introspection; likewise to do some digging to find out if WV truly is a Christian organization, as it claims.
When WV announced its decision to hire gay people, not surprisingly Bible believing Christians found the decision unsettling. Clearly WV’s Board of Directors chose to ignore the plain teaching of Scripture regarding homosexuality. As a result, a large number of believers, including some high-profile evangelical leaders, took to the blogosphere in protest and thousands stormed WV’s website. Board members hadn’t counted on the huge uproar their unbiblical decision would cause.
Certainly they expected WV’s financial support to take a minor hit from unhappy sponsors. But evidently no one anticipated just how big the hit would be. According one source 10,000 sponsors pulled out. (More on this in a moment.) continue reading article
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)
What are the strands that will be woven together to form the false church?
Tony Palmer states he receives financial support from Kenneth Copeland and claims he has been “consecrated” by Pope Francis to be a bridge for further unity among Protestants and Catholics. You may have seen the message from the Pope that Tony Palmer played at Kenneth Copeland’s convention. It is included in the above video.
According to Palmer, “…the protest of Luther is over. And therefore now we are all living in a post-Protestant era…” (8:00 in video)
The Protestants who disagree are suffering from “spiritual racism.” (8:40)
But…is unity with the Catholic Church even possible?
Palmer says, “It’s the glory that glues us together, not the doctrines. If you accept that Christ is living in me and the presence of God is in me and the presence of God is in you that’s all we need. Because God will sort out all the doctrines when we get upstairs.” (13:48)
Really? The Lord will sort out all the doctrines in heaven? Christ is very concerned with doctrine (teaching) and deception cannot take place without departure from His doctrine.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:16)
Palmer, from the Anglican tradition, has served three popes. He uses a 1999 document between Catholics and Lutherans (?) as indication that the Catholic Church now lines up with Protestant (biblical) understanding of justification.
Yet, the Council of Trent’s ruling of hundreds of years ago has never been overturned by the Catholic Church. That historic ruling makes clear the division in belief. http://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification
What about the Pope’s “infallibility”? http://www.reachingcatholics.org/eternal.html
And what about praying to Mary and the saints?
I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)
What about seeking forgiveness of sins through a priest?
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 5:6)
And what about the Eucharist? http://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Eucharist.html
What about purgatory? Where in the Bible is there a temporary version of afterlife suffering? http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/Purgatory.html
Pope Francis is clearly a kind man, and a humble man. But that is not the issue. I am grateful for the stand Catholics take on abortion. I am very grateful for my Catholic education and my Catholic friends. But that is not the issue.
Catholicism is not biblical Christianity.
Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer tried to bring the Catholics into his One Thing conference several years ago. Fortunately, this did not happen. Link
There will be other efforts, as we can see by this Kenneth Copeland supported gentleman, Tony Palmer. Are we watching the beginnings of the charismatic movement (Copeland, Bickle etc.) aligning with Catholicism?
Pay particular attention to the last six minutes of this video.
And do not be deceived.
Truthinator strikes again.
Here also, if you haven’t ever checked it out, is a link to the Worship Song Ratings by Sandy Simpson of Deception In The Church. These ratings are not based on music styles, but on whether lyrical content “upholds biblical teaching…or not.”
Ever wondered about a song you hear in church? Maybe it is on Worship Song Ratings page. LINK: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/worshipsongratings.html