State of Recovery

It is a fearful thing, leaving AA. The Big Book (the AA “bible”) states, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.”[1] Because this passage of AA “scripture” is taken literally, alcoholics rarely look elsewhere for help. Christians continue to jam their God, the Ancient of Days, into AA’s chameleon theology.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11-12)

It is not just fear that keeps us bound to this all-gods religion. The 12 Step experience becomes an idol–long term involvement almost always results in a transference of faith. Bluntly stated, when it comes to sobriety, many Christians end up with more faith in the power of the 12 Step program than in Jesus Christ.

This idol worship is by no means limited to those in AA, but applies to many in “Christian 12 Step” groups.

This transference of faith is subtle, gradual, and frequently inevitable. The result is that sobriety without the 12 Step program will not even be considered. Biblical wisdom, given by concerned and caring believers, is rejected.

Article and endnotes

Published in: on April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What is SOZO (Bethel Redding)

The article below, What is Sozo prayer, is from GotQuestions.org: http://www.gotquestions.org/Sozo-prayer.html

Question: “What is Sozo prayer?”

Answer: Sozo prayer, or Sozo ministry (from the Greek for “save” or “deliver”) is defined as “a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Sozo was created by a group of people from Bethel Church in Redding, California, and modeled after spiritual practices observed at revivals in Argentina. Sozo is strongly mystical in its approach and relies heavily on ideas about God and the Holy Spirit that are not based on biblical fact.

Sozo prayer requires the presence of a mediator / guide, who is trained to walk participants through a time of prayer and reflection that is supposed to facilitate intimacy with God. Intimacy with God is definitely something to be sought; however, the method of attaining intimacy via a journey through the subconscious is questionable at best.

Intimacy with God is achieved by Bible study, prayer, regular church attendance, and obedience, not by a mystical “journey” through our past. The Bible warns us to be discerning and wise, and not to be fooled (Hosea 14:9; Hebrews 5:14). The Bible and the Holy Spirit—not our subconscious thoughts or a fallible human being—are our connection to the counsel and the voice of God (John 17:17).

Many types of ungodly mystical practices include the presence of a “spirit guide,” but the Bible tells us that our connection to the Father is a direct connection, mediated by Christ (1 Timothy 2:5) and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). No other spirit guide is necessary.

The methods and practices of Sozo are of human invention and require human instruction, without reference to Scripture. In fact, Sozo is much closer to new age mysticism than to Christianity.

Participants are encouraged into a mild trance state, while being “led” into a series of mental / emotional rooms or stages where, by connecting to their own deeper feelings and thoughts, they believe themselves to have a new experience with God. Whatever participants feel has happened to them, the Bible tells us it is dangerous to open ourselves up to something that has not been sanctioned by God (Ephesians 4:11-14).

Preaching and teaching, evangelism, and the practice of anointing a person with oil, or laying hands on them, for instance, are all shown in Scripture to be spiritually safe and useful. But Sozo prayer does not have that kind of “backing”. It’s kind of like taking a drug that isn’t approved by the FDA. It might not damage you, but why take the risk?

In another part of the Bethel Sozo website, one of the goals of Sozo is to enable participants to “heal your relationship with God to enable you to fulfill your destiny.”

But the Bible tells us that a Christian’s destiny is death to self and obedience to Christ through faith in His power and saving grace (Luke 9:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). The things that make us one with God are produced by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and a Christian does not need to be led on a mystical prayer journey to attain them.

Every believer is conformed to Christ’s image by His power and has already been blessed with “every spiritual gift in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:3).

In summary, we do not believe that Sozo ministry / prayer is a godly practice or something that is needed, or helpful, for a believer’s fellowship with God.

Sozo is much more closely related to mysticism and spiritism than to true intimacy with God. True intimacy with Him happens by illumination of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit and fellowship with Christ as we show love for the Father through obedience to and imitation of Him (Ephesians 5:1).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Sozo-prayer.html#ixzz2xrfgnahC

Published in: on April 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm  Comments (4)  
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Mixing ingredients for baked heresy pie

Scripture is clear.

We were never meant to be part of an all-gods religion. It is not “legalism” to point out that the Lord will absolutely not be seen as one higher power among many. (Isaiah 42:8, Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

AA’s murky history can seem very confusing. Prolific pro-AA author Dick B. continues to present AA’s origin as Biblically rooted. But Alcoholics Anonymous is like a pie. One can claim it is made with lemon meringue ingredients, but if tar, rat poison, and glass shards are also in the mix, was it ever really a lemon meringue pie? A little leaven… (1 Corinthians 5:6) continue with recipe

Published in: on April 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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16 minute expose of Noah movie

Pastor Joe Schimmel’s 16 minute video expose of the Noah movie.

As Eric Barger noted, “Joe Schimmel has done a stellar job of encapsulating nearly every problem created by Paramount’s $160 million dollar film. The movie, released yesterday (3/28), paints Noah as a blood thirsty, murderous sort who would have killed the entire population of the planet himself if need be (including his own granddaughters!) instead of a “preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5) who set about to warn anyone who he could of the impending destruction that was soon to come upon the earth.” (bold mine)

More from Eric Barger about the Noah movie: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=cce15ff8-beec-4692-9915-19f312b4fb74&c=bc3f3a60-4cec-11e3-a529-d4ae5292c2ac&ch=bd1723d0-4cec-11e3-a57e-d4ae5292c2ac

The dark side of A.A. culture

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s “philandering was an open secret. In the 1960s longtime A.A.’s became so alarmed by his constant attention to young female newcomers, they formed what they called ‘Founder’s Watch,’ a group of friends delegated to steer Bill away from pretty women who caught his eye during functions,” writes Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control. [1]

phi·lan·der
1. To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
2. To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude. Used of a man. (freedictionary.com)

“Though he could not know it,” writes Glaser, “the early tolerance for Bill’s sexual conduct would set a behavioral precedent for [Alcoholics Anonymous].” [2]

Wilson’s last A.A. mistress was Helen W., and the affair lasted 15 years. Although Wilson’s wife Lois remained married to him through years of alcoholism and decades of adultery, Wilson nevertheless arranged that after his death, Helen W. would receive a percentage of the royalties from sales of Wilson’s A.A. books. [3]

Endnotes:
1. Gabrielle Glaser, Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, Chapter 4

http://books.google.com/books

2. Ibid.

3. http://mywordlikefire.com/2011/09/03/a-a-co-founders-last-a-a-mistress-received-profits-from-alcoholics-anonymous-big-book-and-others/

How Assemblies of God responded to World Vision’s gay marriage blasphemy

With great, crocodile tears, World Vision has reversed its decision about hiring married same-sex couples.

This reversal was not because of repentance, but because of economics. This was because George Wood of Assemblies of God and others reacted swiftly and firmly.

According to Melissa Barnhart of the Christian Post:

Assemblies of God issued a statement encouraging its churches and individual members to “gradually shift support away from the U.S. branch of World Vision to Assemblies of God World Missions, and other Pentecostal and evangelical charities that maintain biblical standards of sexual morality.”

Denouncing World Vision’s decision to allow people who are in a legal same-sex marriages to be employed at the nonprofit organization, Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, said that World Vision’s policy change “cannot be construed as anything but an endorsement of same-sex marriage.”

“Far from promoting Christian unity, the policy change enlists World Vision on the liberal Protestant side of the same-sex marriage debate as opposed to that of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches in the U.S., not to mention Pentecostal and Evangelical churches worldwide,” said Wood, who represents a fellowship of more than 3 million members.

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Want information on Mike Bickle and International House of Prayer?

Many, many people are interested in what is happening at Bethel Redding and International House of Prayer. Here is a link to Apostasy Watch, where information has been gathered about Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC. You will find contemplative and Catholic influence, an incorrect view of endtimes, and much more. LINK:
Apostasy Watch

Also, for extremely thorough analysis of what IHOP-KC teaches, go to Herescope and Herescope

Married A.A. co-founder’s “constant attention to young female newcomers”

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s “philandering was an open secret. In the 1960s longtime A.A.’s became so alarmed by his constant attention to young female newcomers, they formed what they called ‘Founder’s Watch,’ a group of friends delegated to steer Bill away from pretty women who caught his eye during functions,” writes Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control. [1]

phi·lan·der
1. To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
2. To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude. Used of a man. (freedictionary.com)

“Though he could not know it,” writes Glaser, “the early tolerance for Bill’s sexual conduct would set a behavioral precedent for [Alcoholics Anonymous].” [2]

Wilson’s last A.A. mistress was Helen W., and the affair lasted 15 years. Although Wilson’s wife Lois remained married to him through years of alcoholism and decades of adultery, Wilson nevertheless arranged that after his death, Helen W. would receive a percentage of the royalties from sales of Wilson’s A.A. books. [3]

Endnotes:
1. Gabrielle Glaser, Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, Chapter 4

http://books.google.com/books

2. Ibid.

3. http://mywordlikefire.com/2011/09/03/a-a-co-founders-last-a-a-mistress-received-profits-from-alcoholics-anonymous-big-book-and-others/

Anna In The Temple

Why is Anna in the temple?

She’s in there night and day

Worshiping and fasting

She kneels down to pray

Ancient Anna in the Temple

Her prayer is far from done

Her desire never changes–

To serve the Holy One

With weeping and with fasting

She comes before her Lord

Praying for her people

For Israel restored

Speak not while she’s before Him

Say not a single word

She’s on her face in the Holy Place

Seeking to be heard

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 3:43 am  Leave a Comment  

World Vision’s Crocodile Tears

So, I guess my wife and I never really had to repent over homosexual sin. Apparently we just needed to find and marry same sex partners who were “Christians.”

That is precisely the message World Vision just tried to spread.

But something unexpected happened: Christians (Bible believing Christians) began canceling their economic support. That affected World Vision’s movers and shakers far more than the Word of God, which Richard Stearns flat out disobeyed.

According to World Vision: “We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority. We ask that you understand that this was never the board’s intent. We are asking for your continued support.” — from World Vision’s letter about its reversal of policy on hiring “married gay Christians.” (bold mine)

Brokenhearted.

They are absolutely, positively brokenhearted.

Right.

Read: World Vision reverses decision

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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