Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

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. Yet, it is in these times that His people will endure, because we are His people.

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 this. Marsha’s latest: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/140410

Which Cross Do We Carry

Having made peace through the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:20

One of the strange things under the sun is a “crossless” Christianity. The cross of Christendom is a “no cross,” an ecclesiastical symbol. The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is a place of death!

Let each one be careful which cross he carries!
Thousands turn away from Jesus Christ because they will not meet His conditions. He watches them as they go, for He loves them, but He will make no concessions.

Admit one soul into the kingdom by compromise and that kingdom is no longer secure. Christ will be Lord, or He will be Judge. Every man must decide whether he will take Him as Lord now, or face Him as Judge then!

“If any man will . . . let him . . . follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Some will rise and go after Him, but others give no heed to His voice. So the gulf opens between man and man, between those who will and those who will not.

The Man, the kindly Stranger who walked this earth, is His own proof. He will not put Himself again on trial; He will not argue. But the morning of the judgment will confirm what men in the twilight have decided!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your patience as You wait for people to repent and turn to You. I pray that this will be a day when many will respond to Your voice calling them to follow You.

Sent from Mornings with Tozer, by A. W. Tozer.

Thanks to: http://www.reflectionsfromthewall.net

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“World Vision, Christian Organization? Part 1″ by Marsha West

Marsha West is one of my favorite writers. Here she is 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

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Protestants who don’t unite with Catholics are guilty of “Spiritual Racism”

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.

Is it Easter Already? (Satire)

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Truthinator strikes again. Here is his satirical exaggeration of a growing truth.

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Published in: on April 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

No Girlfriend Songs in Church

mywordlikefire:

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

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Romans lesson

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Romans 12:15-18)

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Author who knew A.A. co-founder believes early A.A. people not “John 3:16 Christians”

Alcoholics Anonymous is in opposition to the Bible. A.A.’s own history has been incorrectly interpreted by those who–undoubtedly with the best of intentions–wish keep Christians involved in the twelve step religion.

Interestingly, in one of his own books, Dick B. (an advocate for A.A.’s non-existent “Christian/biblical” roots) records how author Mel B. tried to correct him about Christian influence in early A.A.

Dick B. writes, “[New Thought heretic Emmet] Fox appeared to teach that the death and resurrection and ascending of Jesus to the right hand of God was not merely the accomplishment for those who believed, but for anyone and everyone, if at all. Reflecting this contention, New Thought advocate Mel B. recently said to me he didn’t think early A.A. people were John 3:16 Christians.” [1]

Dick B. writes, “Frankly I dont know of any other kind, and there is nothing in the early A.A. surrenders to Christ that suggest otherwise.” [2]

Mel B. goes far enough back in A.A. that he actually met Bill Wilson. Mel B., whose book, New Wine, documents many of the spiritual influences that formed and shaped A.A., was simply trying to set the record straight. The spiritual base of early A.A. was influenced in part by New Thought, but also by liberal Christianity–and so Christ’s message of Salvation had little primary meaning in A.A.’s origin and development.

Endnotes:

1. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 17-18

2. Ibid.

The Protestant Liberal Influence:

Those who have heard early A.A.’s “roots” were biblically pure might want to investigate Emmet Fox and A.A.’s use of his heretical book, The Sermon on the Mount. This text was actually used as a teaching manual in AA until AA’s own instructional Big Book was completed. Read

The liberal Christian influence has to be acknowledged as well. These were not people who believed the Bible as the literal Word of God. As AA historian Glen C. notes, “But if we are carrying out a historical investigation into how A.A. first began…the center of gravity within early A.A. lay with the classical Protestant liberals instead of the fundamentalists. And A.A. still to this day contains many elements of belief and practice that came from the liberals, not the fundamentalists.”[1]

We will hopefully be expanding upon this soon, as it is yet another anti-Biblical root of Alcoholics Anonymous. These were well meaning people, as those more concerned with social gospel than Salvation always are.

“The fundamental idea that one did not have to be a Christian in order to be a good and spiritual person was a classical Protestant liberal belief that had a deeply formative effect on early A.A.,” states Glen C.[2]

This is not to say that there were absolutely no fundamentalist Christians in early Alcoholics Anonymous. After all, we can even find some in present day A.A., can we not?

But as Glen C. states, using AA co-founder Dr. Bob Smith’s wife, Anne Smith, as an example, the “Christian” influence was of a liberal bent:

“But the center of the bell-shaped curve, so to speak, lay with those with classical Protestant liberal sympathies. Dr. Bob’s wife Anne Ripley Smith, a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, one of the elite east coast women’s colleges, fits the profile of a deeply pious classical Protestant liberal in everything we know about her. So some A.A.’s were more conservative, and were more radical, but the ‘center of gravity’ lay with the classical Protestant liberals during AA’s earliest years, and studying Fundamentalist theology and belief does not help us much in understanding the way A.A. began.”[3]

Indeed. Studying the Word of God, in fact, shows A.A. is not from Jesus Christ, nor are the Twelve Steps, despite the ”Christian root” fallacies promulgated by pro-AA author Dick B. and others. –For rest of article, click Here…

Endnotes:

1. Classical Protestant Liberalism and Early A.A., by Glen C.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NASB) Matt. 5:10

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The Most Excellent Way to beat drugs and alcohol

If you have read articles on this website you know there are big problems with Alcoholics Anonymous–at least for those of us who want to obey the Bible.

We know from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that Christ was delivering drunkards back in the early days of the Church.

He still is.

Here is the link to The Most Excellent Way, a Bible-based program that has been around since the 1980s. Created by a husband and wife who overcame alcohol addiction, it is used in churches around the country.

Check it out: http://www.tmewcf.org/

Here is the phone number: 800-548-8854

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Japanese Robot in the Art School

“We can learn and accept from repulsion, not only from attraction.” –Associate Professor Mary Velonaki, Director, Creative Robotics Lab, College of the Fine Arts, UNSW

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