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“YOU THEREFORE, BELOVED. . .BE ON YOUR GUARD SO THAT YOU ARE NOT CARRIED AWAY BY THE ERROR OF UNPRINCIPLED MEN AND FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS, BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. TO HIM BE THE GLORY, BOTH NOW AND TO THE DAY OF ETERNITY. AMEN.” (2 PETER 3:17-18)

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The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   In Redding, California, Bethel Church has become one of the largest evangelical churches in North America. Many people from around the world travel to Redding to attend the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and C. … Continue reading

Should Christians Dialogue with Obvious Apostates and Heretics?

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you … Continue reading

Destructive Heresies

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing … Continue reading

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   Publisher Problems What if you are a major publisher like Thomas Nelson and you suddenly discover that your mega best-selling book Jesus Calling was inspired by a channeled New Age book? And what if you … Continue reading

Kirk Cameron Called to ‘Repent’ for Encouraging Christians to Celebrate Halloween

Christian News christiannews.net   Kirk Cameron, who has been making appearances promoting a new documentary film, is now being called to repentance after raising concerns by statements he made encouraging Christians to celebrate Halloween… During the interview, Kirk discussed his … Continue reading

Rock Music and Insanity

David Cloud Way of Life Literature, Inc. www.wayoflife.org/   It cannot be disputed that a spirit of insanity accompanies rock & roll music more than any other in modern times. Since the 1950s, rockers have thumbed their noses at God’s … Continue reading

For Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten … Continue reading

Yoga

Robert Velarde Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org   Is it possible to practice yoga apart from its decidedly Eastern religious worldview, and do so safely? The simple answer is no; it is not possible to practice true yoga without the underlying spirituality … Continue reading

Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? (Important Reasons Why They Shouldn’t)

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   Is your church involved in a Spiritual Formation program? If so, you might want to ask the question, what exactly is Spiritual Formation? It’s a fair question, and one that, if not asked, could end … Continue reading

The Ministry of Rebuke – and How to Receive It

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   No one likes to be rebuked. From childhood, our natures rebel against any form of reproof, rebuke, or censure. But in the course of our lives we may experience rebukes, at different times, … Continue reading

The Low-Information Evangelical (LIE)

Marsh West STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH! standupforthetruth.com   The phrase low-information voter (LIV) was made popular in the mid-1990s. Although the LIV is uninformed on the issues, he casts his vote. The LIV is often highly opinionated even when … Continue reading

Mysticism

Pastor Zachary Doppelt Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   What has been the greatest negative influence on the Christian faith over the centuries and particularly in the past thirty years? Was is Roman Catholic sacramentalism, money-crazed tele-evangelists, “Christian” rock concerts? Sure, these … Continue reading

Biblical Discipleship vs. RightNow Media

Amy Spreeman STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH! standupforthetruth.com   Are you ready for the next big state-of-the-art discipleship tool for every member of your church, including staff? It’s called RightNow Media, a slick new video streaming program that compares itself … Continue reading

Bound to Work: 3 Reasons You Should Not Try Bind Satan

Clint Archer Café Seminoid www.clintarcher.com   Spiritual warfare is real. It might not make the news; but it ought to. Paul acknowledges this in Ephesians 6: 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, … Continue reading

An Evaluation of Muslim Dreams & Visions of Isa (Jesus)

Pastor Dennis McBride c/o Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   My Goal: The goal of this paper is to evaluate the reported phenomenon of Jesus (Isa) appearing to some Muslims in dreams and visions, and to discern if such reports fit … Continue reading

Answers to Questions: Community Conversion

Pastor Richard A. Conners www.fbceres.com   Question: Is it possible for a community group, like a family, tribe, household, or village to come to Christ altogether at the same occasion? Answer: We have to be clear about what the question … Continue reading

Dreams as a Mission Strategy: Let’s Ask Questions

Pastor Randy White Randy White Ministries randywhiteministries.org   For many years now I’ve been concerned with what appears to be a growing strategy of missions in difficult areas: praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ in the lives of … Continue reading

A Call to Separation

Arthur W. Pink   “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14-18)   This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those … Continue reading

Roman Catholic Necromancy: Praying to Dead Popes

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   At an historic and unprecedented canonisation ceremony in April 2014 the reigning pope of Rome, Francis I, watched by his predecessor, the retired Benedict XVI, canonised two dead popes, John XXIII and John … Continue reading

How Neo-paganism Deceives the World and the Church – Why Nature Religions Predominate

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed … Continue reading

The Church as a Vehicle to Transform the World

Dr. Martin Erdmann Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   New series of seven video interviews with Pastor Dean Good: The Biblical Mission of the Church Satan’s Mission: One World Society The Infiltration of the Church The New Age Movement The Church as … Continue reading

Pastor of Subjective Spirituality?

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com April 2014   Why would an evangelical Protestant church have a “Pastor of Spiritual Direction” on its staff trained by an abbot from a Benedictine monastery?  Such is the case of one local pastor … Continue reading

Narcissism: The Root of All Hypocrisy in The Theological Psychology of Jonathan Edwards

Bruce W. Davidson   I. INTRODUCTION Nowadays there is a naïve tendency to accept uncritically all accounts of spiritual experience as authentic. Many books capitalize on this and relate their authors’ supposed experiences with God. For example, in the best-selling … Continue reading

Climbing Up Another Way – Is There A Spiritual Ladder to the Lap of “Father God”?

Mark Dinsmore The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org March 2014   History and Structure of Sozo “SOZO” is a psycho-spiritual deliverance and inner healing methodology birthed out of Bethel Church in Redding, California. But though the Bethel Sozo website banner says, “[A] … Continue reading

Copeland in Popeland: Kenneth Copeland Embraces “Unity” with the Roman Pope

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   It caused a huge stir – but really, should any Christian be surprised?  At a conference in Texas, USA, under the auspices of the “ministry” of veteran Charismatic charlatan and false prophet, Kenneth … Continue reading

Larry Crabb to Join Richard Foster’s Renovare Contemplative Conference – Christian Leaders Continue to Promote Crabb

Lighthouse Trails Editors Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   As Lighthouse Trails has often said, when Christian pastors and leaders endorse or share platforms with those who are teaching serious heresy (contemplative negates the Gospel itself with panentheistic/universalisitic/interspiritual roots), this not … Continue reading

Movie Review: Son of God

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell Answers in Genesis www.answersingenesis.org   Largely cobbled together from The Bible miniseries that showed in six parts on the History Channel last year, Son of God, as a full-length feature film focusing just on the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, had … Continue reading

Swedish Megachurch Leader Ulf Ekman Converts to Catholicism, ‘Stuns’ Congregation

Stoyan Zaimov The Christian Post www.christianpost.com   Megachurch leader Ulf Ekman of the Word of Life ministry in Sweden has announced that he and his wife Birgitta have converted to Roman Catholicism . . . “We needed to know the … Continue reading

Pope To Copeland: Catholics and Charismatics Must Spiritually Unite

Stand Up For The Truth! standupforthetruth.com   We are galloping toward a one-world melding of religions, and the ramifications are staggering. Pope Francis has now sent a video message to Word of Faith father Kenneth Copeland, urging a reconciliation between … Continue reading

John MacArthur Defends Children on CNN’s Headline News

Richard Mayhue, Th.D. The Master’s Seminary www.tms.edu   John MacArthur appeared yesterday afternoon on the Nancy Grace show in response to the third-degree murder conviction of parents in the death of their infant son.  This was the second of their … Continue reading

The Paraclete

Charles Haddon Spurgeon “Prince of Preachers” (1834 – 1892) Spurgeon Gems & Other Treasures of God’s Truth www.spurgeongems.org   A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, OCTOBER 6, 1872, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. (NO. 1074)   … Continue reading

Question: What About People Who Say They’ve Gone To Heaven?

Brent Riggs Serious Faith www.seriousfaith.com   Think about it… the Apostle Paul went to heaven, and God told him “don’t talk about it”. The Apostle John saw many wondrous things in heaven that God told Him not to write down, … Continue reading

Christians Eating Grass?

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   News concerning a pastor in South Africa who has made his church members to eat grass has shocked the world. What many people do not know was that a few days … Continue reading

What is Dominionism?

Dr. Martin Erdmann Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   Dominionism is the erroneous belief that Christians have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming themselves and others as well as all societal … Continue reading

Strange Fire Conference

Grace to You www.gty.org   Strange Fire, part of Grace to You’s Truth Matters conference series, evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirms the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The conference … Continue reading

Biblical Signs of a Work of God

Jonathan Edwards Adapted from the complete, modernized text of Jonathan Edwards’ The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God “I will now show positively what are the sure, distinguishing scriptural evidences and marks of a work of … Continue reading

What Does it Mean to be Filled with The Spirit?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   In 2008, a news release was sent out in Great Britain entitled, “World’s Oldest Living Animal Discovered After He is Pictured in 1900 Photograph.”1  The article showed a picture taken on the … Continue reading

Contending for the Faith Against the Heresies of our Times

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   In addition to preaching the Gospel to the lost (Mk.16:15), and teaching all the Word of God to the saved (Matt.28:20), it is also the solemn duty of the Lord’s servants to “earnestly … Continue reading

The Characteristics of an Apostate

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, … Continue reading

Spiritual Warriors with an Antigay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation

Political Research Associates   The New Apostolic Reformation, an aggressively political movement within Christianity, blames literal demonic beings for the world’s ills and stresses the power of “spiritual warfare” to deliver people and nations from their power. It is rapidly … Continue reading

The Evangelical Gelding is Neutered

Dr. Orrel Steincamp The Plumbline Newsletter Archive www.deceptioninthechurch.com/plumblinearchive.html   “To play the culture card you have to ‘mix and match.’ Having put the focus on the culture as ‘evangelism’ bait you find you then need the new and brighter and … Continue reading

Toxic Devotion: A Review of Sarah Young’s — Jesus Calling

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  (Acts 2:42)   In the Bible, the term “devotion” is used for … Continue reading

Joel Osteen is a Demonic False Teacher

“Men are not so much victims of false prophets as false prophets are the judgment of God on men who don’t want God.”   Video includes: Paul Washer, John Piper & John MacArthur View video HERE.

Joel Osteen: Origins & Errors of His Teaching

Keith Thompson Reformed Apologetics Ministries www.reformedapologeticsministries.com   “Joel Osteen has assumed the role of pastor at Lakewood Church in Huston, Texas, teaching his view of Christianity to around 38,000 people a week and to millions on television around the world.” … Continue reading

A Healthy Church Member is an Expositional Listener

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile Pure Church thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/   The Scripture tells us “the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn … Continue reading

Why is The Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   Many explanations have been given for the explosion of the Charismatic movement in Africa. Many have seen this as a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. Whereas there is probably more … Continue reading

The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis

James K. Walker Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org   How can we recognize a counterfeit church or a group that is theologically cultic? What are the differences between another Christian denomination and a religion promoting imitation Christianity? While there is some doctrinal … Continue reading

Modern American Christianity

Paul Washer Shocking Youth Message Stuns Hearers, So Shocking the Preacher Was Never Invited Back   LISTEN HERE.

Examine Yourself

Paul Washer The most important issue in life is your salvation. Are you really saved?   A Sermon That Has Angered Many – Examine Yourself is a message on true and false conversion. Are you striving after holiness? LISTEN HERE.

On the Excellency of the Holy Scriptures

                  William Huntington I have sometimes thought, that a nation must be truly blessed, if it were governed by no other laws than those of that blessed book [the Bible]. It is … Continue reading

Do People Still Speak In Tongues?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   It is very common today to hear stories of people experiencing God in unusual ways.  Several books are currently available that describe someone’s trip to Heaven1 or Hell2 or they tell how God spoke … Continue reading

Is The Church Necessary?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   Is the church still needed today or is there a better way to live the Christian life?  Several decades ago, that question would have been unwarranted as Christians understood that the primary … Continue reading

The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   “The Charismatic Movement has stolen the Holy Spirit and created a golden calf and they’re dancing around the golden calf as if it were the Holy Spirit.” View audio/video HERE. Well now that … Continue reading

They Claim to Speak for God – Part One

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org March 2013   A very large part of Christendom in the United States is enamored with those who claim to speak for God. If you think that’s an overstatement, simply tune into some … Continue reading

They Claim to Speak for God – Part Two

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org June 2013   Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you … Continue reading

Fasting and Spiritual Direction

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   The list of spiritual disciplines that has been adopted within the Spiritual Formation Movement is almost endless. We could analyze the divine office, Benedict’s Rule, use of the Rosary and prayer … Continue reading

The False Gospel of Self-Esteem

Jim Baumgaertel Proclamation, Invitation, & Warning procinwarn.net   COUNSELING “Christian counseling” has become a very prominent feature of the Church of Jesus Christ. The fact that the general area of “counseling” is rife with the philosophies of man results in … Continue reading

By Faith

Diane Conklin  Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   A look at the benefits of stepping out in faith according to Exodus 14 GOD LEADS ME “Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and … Continue reading

Building the Kingdom of God on Earth

The Mind Renewed Thinking Christianly in a New World Order themindrenewed.com   Dr. Martin Erdmann Interview:  Dr. Martin Erdmann, Professor of Philosophy at North Greenville University, Director of the Verax Institute in Greer, South Carolina, and member of the Discernment … Continue reading

The Greatest Loss

J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900)   “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”—Mark 8:36   THE saying of our Lord Jesus Christ that stands at the head … Continue reading

Are You Born Again?

J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900)   Are you born again? This is one of life’s most important questions. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). It is not … Continue reading

Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting … Continue reading

Bell Calls Homosexual ‘Marriage’ a Move of God for ‘Greater Affirmation of Gay Brothers, Sisters’

Heather Clark Christian News christiannews.net   Rob Bell “believes that the push for homosexual ‘marriage’ is actually a move of God.” “What we’re seeing right now in this day, I believe, [is] God pulling us ahead into greater and greater … Continue reading

Does the Emergent Love-God Win?: A Review of Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   A Review of Love Wins–A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell   I.  BELL’S BOOK A.  Were you ever in a conversation where you could not … Continue reading

The Word-Faith Error: Word-Faith Course (11 lectures) by Watchman Fellowship

Tim Martin Watchman Fellowship, Inc. http://www.watchman.org   Faith means trusting in God for the future, not claiming rights for the present: The faith that “moves mountains” is a special spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:8; 13:2), not the normal Christian experience. … Continue reading

The Real Roots of the Emergent Church

Elliott Nesch Holy Bible Prophecy www.holybibleprophecy.org   Film: This Christian documentary film The Real Roots of the Emergent Church will take an honest look at the leaders of the Emerging Church movement such as Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, … Continue reading

Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order

Elliott Nesch Holy Bible Prophecy www.holybibleprophecy.org   Film: Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved … Continue reading

An Invasion of Error: A Review of Bill Johnson—When Heaven Invades Earth

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   Bill Johnson of Redding, California has become a popular teacher in one of the latest iterations of the Signs and Wonders movement. His book, When Heaven Invades Earth, reveals his underlying theology. Johnson believes that … Continue reading

False Prophets and Lying Wonders

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   Have you noticed that no matter how many times charismatic televangelists make outlandish false prophecies, they never lack for followers, and they don’t stop claiming the Lord has spoken directly to them? Benny Hinn, for … Continue reading

The Doctrine of Church Discipline

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.     PURPOSES IN CHURCH DISCIPLINE A.    Restoration in Fellowship (Gal 6:1) 1.     Meaning of “restore” a)    The word “restore” (katartizō) in Gal 6:1 means to mend a net or something broken, to repair, to fit out, equip, put in order, … Continue reading

The Demise of Biblical Discernment

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org February 2013   In last month’s issue of this newsletter we exhorted our readers to discipline themselves to read the Word of God daily. The emphasis was on developing a habit, the best … Continue reading

Excited Utterances: A Historical Perspective On Prophesy, Tongues and Other Manifestations of Spiritual Ecstasy

Matthew Allen www.bible.org   “…Christianity involves a relationship, not a religion. By that, we mean that we do not hold to the staid formalism or empty rituals that typify much of religious expression in our day. After all, even orthodox belief, devoid … Continue reading

Charismatics and the Sovereignty of Satan

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   I received an interesting letter the other day. It came from some people who came to Grace [Community] Church from a Charismatic church — a very large, prominent Charismatic church. That’s quite a jump … Continue reading

Slain in the Spirit

Dr. Ken Matto Scion of Zion Internet Ministry www.scionofzion.com   There is a phenomenon which has taken hold in many churches called “Slain in the Spirit.” When this event happens a person falls backward into the arms of another so … Continue reading

Focus on the Family: A Sham and a Shame – Part One

Martin & Deidre Bobgan PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries www.pamweb.org   Sometime back we did a series of articles on the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) in which we called the AACC “A Sham and a Shame” and then demonstrated why … Continue reading

Generational Sins & Blaming the Past

Martin & Deidre Bobgan PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries www.pamweb.org   Psychological counseling theories and therapies encourage individuals to look outside themselves to explain why they do what they do and why they feel the way they do. This blame game all … Continue reading

Rick Warren Uncertain if Homosexual Behavior is Sinful, Says ‘Gays’ Go to Heaven

“Controversy is stirring over recent comments made by Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life and megachurch leader of Saddleback Church in California, who stated that homosexual behavior ‘might be’ sinful, and that he believes homosexuals go to Heaven.” … Continue reading

A Brief Synopsis of The Emerging Church

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.     WHAT IS THE EMERGING CHURCH? A.    It is difficult to pin down a definition of the Emerging Church for several reasons: 1.     They are not able to clearly define themselves. 2.     They have not made up their mind, what to deconstruct and … Continue reading

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Jonathan Edwards 1703 – 1758 www.pbministries.org Preached at: Enfield, Connecticut, July 8, 1741 “.. Their foot shall slide in due time,” Deut. 32:35 In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s … Continue reading

Another Gospel

A. W. Pink 1886 – 1952 www.pbministries.org   Satan is not an initiator but an imitator. God has an only begotten Son-the Lord Jesus, so has Satan-“the son of Perdition” (2 Thess.2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is … Continue reading

Practical Concerns in the Local Church: An Interview with John MacArthur

John MacArthur & Phil Johnson Grace to You www.gty.org   Topics include: When church leaders are abusive When to leave a church Is it an option to not attend church? Women “pastors” and deaconesses Mysticism, spiritual formation, Richard Foster/Dallas Willard … Continue reading

Setting the Record Straight on the Work of the Holy Spirit

Where is the debate in evangelicalism today regarding the attacks on the Holy Spirit by the Charismatic Movement?  “The Holy Spirit has been assaulted and abused in a massive way…there seems to be no outrage.”  Listen to John MacArthur and … Continue reading

Christian Mysticism

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.        INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM A.      Mystical Experience 1.       No true believer will deny that experience or even, mystical experience, has a place in the Christian life. 2.       For instance, the divine events that bring a sinner to salvation could be … Continue reading

Charismatic Irrationality

The following is excerpted with permission from The Master’s Seminary Journal, “The Rationality, Meaningfulness, and Precision of Scripture,” by Robert L. Thomas, Professor of New Testament, The Master’s Seminary, Fall 2004: Contemporary Examples of Irrationality The psamist has written, “Your Word is … Continue reading

Spiritual Warfare Movement

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   INTRODUCTION A.    We know from Scripture that Satan exists and has set up a counterfeit program. He attacks God’s creation (Gen 3:1), God’s Word (Gen 3:1,4), God’s character (Gen 3:5), God’s truth (1Ti 4:1-5; 2Co 11:14), God’s Christ … Continue reading

The Gospel as the True Armor of God – Deliverance from Demons as Transfer of Dominion

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13, 14) We know that … Continue reading

Jesus Gets Tough… Part One

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org September 2012   When writing or even thinking about the biblical Jesus, problems may arise. One of them occurs when we focus on just one of His attributes and lose sight of His … Continue reading

Jesus Gets Tough… Part Two

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org October 2012   In this two-part series we’re considering characteristics of Jesus that are revealed clearly in the Scriptures but that seem to be avoided or dismissed in the church today. As we … Continue reading

Profane Preachers Contribute to Killing the Conscience

Marsha West News With Views www.newswithviews.com Pastor Mark Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington is highly regarded in evangelical circles. Pastor Driscoll sometimes uses profanity from the pulpit and has become known for his crude stand-up comic style … Continue reading

Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins': A Review

“One of the reasons the blogosphere exploded over this book, is that we really do have two different Gods. The stakes are that high. If Bell is right, then historic orthodoxy is toxic and terrible. But if the traditional view of … Continue reading

The Christian’s Authority: Experience or the Word? Part 1

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   We’re studying this morning, continuing in our series in discussing the charismatic movement. I want to just express, initially, that, basically, Grace Church is a place where saints come together to learn the … Continue reading

The Christian’s Authority: Experience or the Word? Part 2

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   Well, this morning, we’re gonna continue in our study of the issues in the charismatic movement, and I want to preface it by saying that I feel that the things we’re gonna share … Continue reading

The Evils Within the Church

Horatius Bonar Jude 1-25 Jude, “the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,” speaks to us in the tone of an ancient prophet. His voice is that of Elijah or John the Baptist. It is “the voice of one crying … Continue reading

The Church of the Apostasy, Part I

Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum Ariel Ministries www.ariel.org   “The old apostasy was marked by verbal ‘destructive denials.’” The following is excerpted from The Footsteps of the Messiah – A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events by Dr. Arnold G. … Continue reading

The Church of the Apostasy, Part II

Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum Ariel Ministries www.ariel.org   “The new phase [of apostasy] claims to affirm the fundamentals of the faith…” The following is excerpted from The Footsteps of the Messiah – A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events by Dr. … Continue reading