No Halloween here, just these quotes

According to early Alcoholics Anonymous member Tom Powers, “Now these people, [A.A. co-founders] Bill and Dr. Bob, believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it wasn’t just a hobby.” [1]

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson stated, “The ouija board began moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience-it was a strange melange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends–some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! There were malign and mischievious ones of all descriptions telling of vices quite beyond my ken, even as former alcoholics. Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.” [2] (emphasis mine)

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson wrote, “That we have chosen this symbol [for A.A.] is perhaps no mere accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off spirits of evil, and AA’s circle of Recovery, Unity, and Service has certainly meant all that to us and much more.” [3]

“[A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson] himself seems to have been an ‘adept,’ that is, ‘gifted’ in the psychic sense; and he served as a medium for a variety of ‘controls,’ some of them recurrent. ‘Controls,’ in the lingo of spiritualism, are the discarnate entities who seem to usurp a medium’s identity and literally speak through him or (far more usually) her. Sometimes a control answers questions; sometimes a spirit seems to materialize,” stated Matthew J. Raphael. [4]

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson considered that “spiritistic matters were no mere parlor game. It’s not clear when he first became interested in extrasensory phenomena; the field was something that [A.A. co-founder] Dr. Bob and Anne Smith were also deeply involved with. Whether or not Bill initially became interested through them, there are references to séances and other psychic events in the letters Bill wrote to [wife] Lois during that first Akron summer with the Smiths, in 1935.” [5] (emphasis mine)

Source Notes:

1. PASS IT ON, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.. pg.280
2. PASS IT ON, pg. 278
3. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, pg.139
4. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159
5. PASS IT ON, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., pg. 275

Published in: on October 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Don’t Take the Bait (Humor/Satire)

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Truthinator strikes again.

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The Reformers: William Tyndale

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Tyndale and others were willing to die for the Word of God. Centuries later, we have blasphemies like The Message “bible”…

Originally posted on Steak and a Bible:

Everyone’s heard of Martin Luther, but what about William Tyndale? Tyndale was the Englishman who lived in exile and died a martyr’s death trying to give the English a Bible in their own language.

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Published in: on October 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

What was the original title of “The Swiss Family Robinson”?

A couple of years ago, right around 2 a.m., I was at the table eating peanut butter and crackers when I saw The Swiss Family Robinson on the bookshelf. As it turns out, this is not the original title of this wonderful classic. It was first published as The Shipwrecked Preacher and His Family: An Instructional Book for Children and Their Friends in City or Country.

The author, Johann David Wyss, was a pastor with four sons. One of them (Johann Rudolf Wyss, who also wrote the Swiss national anthem) got his father’s permission to edit the written stories that Pastor Wyss had shared with his children when they were young.

It may be that the sons also contributed to these stories; or it may be that his son Johann Rudolf Wyss not only edited but finished writing them–or actually wrote them based on his father’s oral stories. There are competing versions of this on the internet and elsewhere. At any rate, the book was published in 1813. Pastor Wyss died in 1830, but already his book was popular in many countries.

If you have children, this is a good book to read as a family.

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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“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

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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

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

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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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