January 29, 2010

What is a true Christian?

January 28, 2010

People make love but God makes life

And there are no accidents!

Love these pics of my youngest granddaughter before and after birth:



And check out these links -
Famous people who were ADOPTED rather than aborted

Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless

And what about this...

Would You Consider Abortion in These Four Situations?

1. There is a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she is pregnant with her 15th. They are living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending abortion?

2. The father is sick with sniffles, the mother has TB. They have 4 children. The first is blind, the second is dead. The third is deaf and the fourth has TB. The mother finds she is pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you recommend abortion?

3. A man raped a 13 year old black girl and she got pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She is not married. Her fiancee is not the father of the baby, and he is very upset. Would you recommend an abortion?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these situations:

In the first case you would have killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists of the 19th century.

In the second case, you would have killed Beethoven.

In the third case you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.

In the fourth case you would have recommended the murder of Jesus Christ.

With U. S. abortion deaths topping 50 million, only God knows what we have sacrificed in lost human talent and creativity.

January 27, 2010

News article: Tim Tebow's Pro-Life Ad

My daughter told me about this today and I find it interesting that due to all the controversy, the Gospel is going forth!


The Tebow family

Tebow to appear in Super Bowl ad with Christian message
posted by jeremy fowler on January, 16 2010 10:25 AM
Orlando Sentinel
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Even on the biggest national stages, Tim Tebow seems to attract the spotlight.

Tebow will appear in a 30-second Super Bowl ad on Feb. 7 on behalf of the Christian group Focus on the Family, the organization announced on its Web site. His mother, Pam, also will appear in the ad.

Focus on the Family, a non-profit Christian organization, is not elaborating on the commercial’s message, but the story is expected to detail the Tebows’ pro-life message in line with Christian faith.

Pam Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery while on a Philippines mission, and the bacterial infection sent her into a coma. Upon recovery, doctors urged Pam to have an abortion because of the damage to her body. Tebow was born healthy on Aug. 14, 1987.

Tebow has been outspoken about his faith and inscribed Bible verses on his eye black on game days.

Jim Daly, Focus on the Family president and chief executive officer, said in a statement that the Tebows’ message about family comes at the right moment in the culture because “families need to be inspired.”

The commercial was shot in Orlando.

“Tim and Pam share our respect for life and our passion for helping families thrive,” Daly said. “Focus on the Family is about … strengthening families by empowering them with the tools they need to live lives rooted in morals and values.”

Super Bowl ads are expected to run around $2.8 million dollars for the 100 million viewers. But the Tebows produce financial draw.

“Every cent for this ad was paid for by generous donors who specifically gave for this project because they are excited about this opportunity for Focus to show who we are and what we do,” spokesman Gary Schneeberger told the Denver Post.

Focus on the Family’s message is to “strengthen, defend and celebrate the institution of the traditional family and to highlight the unique and irreplaceable role that it plays in God’s larger story of redemption,” according to its web site.

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CBS urged to scrap Tebow ad

Found the following excellent comment on a forum message board here:

The key issue in determining the morality of abortion is whether or not the unborn child is a person. The self proclaimed pro-choice crowd will never call the unborn child a person, child, baby, or anything else that gives the designation of personhood. Thus, they use the term fetus, zygot, etc. After all, if the unborn "fetus" is a person then said person, according to our constitution, has certain inalienable rights. Those rights are, of course, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So, determine personhood and end the debate.

There are only 4 differences between a born child and an unborn child. Intellectual honesty demands consistency with your answers. The acrostic SLED will help you remember these four differences. At conception the unborn child becomes a person because everything he needs to live is created the moment the sperm and the egg collide and attach to the uterus. DNA provides the roadmap for this new life. From one cell comes every other cell. The DNA remains exactly the same. Therefore, to kill the cell is to kill the person. Here are the 4 differences between a born person and an unborn person.

S- Size. The unborn child is much smaller than a newborn. But, the newborn child is much smaller than the toddler. The toddler is much smaller than the teen. The Teen is much smaller than the twenty-something. You get the picture. To say that size determines personhood, or the value of life, logically leads to calling children lesser persons than adults. It also means that a midget is not as much of a person as a regular sized person. I don't think such talk would work in our society. Therefore, we can effectively eliminate size from the list of what determines personhood.

L- Level of development. An unborn child is less developed than a born child. But then again, so is the toddler as compared to the sr. adult. If level of development makes a person more or less of a person, then the mentally retarded are inferior to the mentally competent. The genius has more value than the mentally average. Such a thought was actually prevalent during the reign of Hitler, and during the Eugenics movement in our own country (see Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.) To determine personhood using this criteria is, obviously, full of holes, and therefore cannot be utilized.

E- Environment. The unborn baby is in the protective environment of the womb. If this determines worth and personhood, then people in Haiti must be lesser people than us because they are not in as good an environment as us. Of course, this also means that those from Century are not as valuable as those from Gulf Breeze because the environment is much different as well. Obviously, this is not much of a determining factor either.

D- Degree of Dependency. The last difference is that the unborn child is dependent upon the mother for survival. Well, millions are dependent upon glasses to see. What about dependency upon pacemakers, pain killers, prosthetics, and on and on. In fact, every human being is dependent upon something at some time. How can this be used to determine whether or not a person is a person? It can't.

Conclusion? What other difference is there between the born and the unborn? Anybody? If the answer is "no other differences" then the unborn must indeed be a person of value and worth and therefore, should not be subject to slaughter before birth. This doesn't even touch the atrocity or partial birth abortion where a mother can bring the baby to full term, deliver breech, then allow the doctor to stab the child through the back of the neck into the brain so that the baby is born dead. Can anyone can give a defense for that? Why not just spare the charade, deliver the baby live, then stab him in the brain and kill him. It is the exact same thing, but our conscience won't support that image. We can sanitize the act by saying the baby was not a person because "it" did not yet take a breath.

As a nation, we either value all life or no life. We are grossly confused when we will save a whale and murder our own children. Over 45 million children have been killed through abortion since 1973. Sure, it happened before, but when a nation determines it is morally right to kill children, that nation will ultimately die. Literally. Our birth rate alone will not sustain our own existence.

Finally, the golden nugget is always "the life of the mother." The facts are abundantly clear that far less than 1 percent of abortions are actually performed for the health of the mother. Do some credible research. Abortion is about one thing...money. Planned parenthood (the nations largest abortion provider) began as a movement to keep a pure race (get rid of those nasty, mentally inferior blacks) and to rid the country of "useless eaters." They morphed into a abortion machine to make a few people rich. But don't take my word for it, do the research.

Gotta close this book, can't wait to hear your replies. And yes, commercials do make a difference. Why else would people pay the amount of money they do to tell their message in 30 seconds? Way to go Tebow, CBS, and the forum for talking about this.

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January 22, 2010

January 22, 1973 Decision: Roe vs Wade

January 21, 2010

More on the Kundalini Serpent Power

CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
This video compares the spiritual manifestations of other religions and the false revivals that are occurring in the church.


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And below are some replies to Andrew Strom's email "Kundalini Warning":

"D" writes:
I went to Lakeland 3 times. I was so drawn to go there. I really thought it was of God... I had so many supernatural experiences - to seeing a mystical Jesus with a third eye, angels talking to me, visions, being transported. I had one experience with my daughter being in the room and her experiencing it too. I was roaring like a lion, had gold dust and many other experiences. The worst thing that happened to me is that it got sexual. This false Jesus was approaching me sexually and I fell into it. I still to this day do not understand how I could have been so decieved. I have been a Christian since the age of 16. I am 49 now... I fell right in... hook, line and sinker. When I came home that last viist I became aware it was demonic, and I was surrounded and covered with demons literally, it was so horrible, all that I went through, you cannot imagine... I was seeing demons and being touched sexually and  tormentingly constantly.. it has been 1 1/2 years and I am still battling these demonic spirits. I cry out to the Lord everyday for  total deliverance. It has been horrible. I have renounced and repented, but still fighting. How do we get free of this?

SHERIE writes:
I can testify that I was infested with this foul eastern spirit, the kundalini. I was in a movement from 1992 - 2000 which had close links with the Toronto movement. From 2000 - 2006 I joined a church with links to Bill Johnson. I was desperate for God to move in my life and change situations  and heal hurts and was very open to ministry - I had many in this movement touch my forehead and experienced the manifestations you describe - drunkenness, laughing and crying, shaking. I got dreams and visions and just before I left the structure (church) I had a vivid dream of a huge python that came through the back door and attached itself to my car, and also to rooms in my home. I was very disturbed and sought the Lord for an answer.

It took about 6 months before I was delivered, but God brought a couple over my path who God had trained and had victory over spiritual entities. Every time I was in their presence, I would get very anxious, and they would calmly pray for me and I could feel darkness leaving and my sanity restored. It was only after 6 months of these episodes, I was again in their presence and sensed a fight ensue in the Spirit. I was very anxious and fearful and could feel a huge snake in my spine - I was rigid and very uncomfortable - It felt as if this thing wanted to throttle me and rob me of my life. I called out to God and they quietly prayed - then I asked the Lady to pull this serpent out of my head - it felt as if it could exit near the top of my crown. She continued to pray and I got the word "kundalini " in my spirit and just commanded this thing by its name to go in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I pled the blood as it was very frightening, and it left. I felt like a washed out rag, but I was free!

That was the last lime I had deliverance and my spiritual eyes have since opened and God has done a mighty work in me outside of the structure... Afterwards they were amazed and asked me what strange term I had used and where it came from - I had no idea except that it was God who gave me knowledge in that situation. Thank you for the info that has made everything clear to me!I Now have confirmation from where I was infected! May many of your readers heed the call of God to "come out and sever yourselves" from Babylon and its lies and deception and foul spirits, while there is time...

LUCY writes:
David Wilkerson also mentioned the kundalini spirit, and I researched it in late October, after having attended the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Prayer Furnace at which Che Ahn ministered. There, I saw many of the manifestations you mention: hopping and jumping during "worship", falling backward at Che Ahn's touch, extreme jerkiness in several cases. Very uncomfortable with this, I came home and watched (my first time ever) videos of Todd Bentley. Needless to say, I was appalled...

SARAH writes:
I'm just about in tears over all of this...May and I watched the very first nights of the recent "outpouring of the Holy Spirit" on the IHOP webstream and boy, did that turn sour fast. Aside from the singing on the first night, everything was just messed up. AHH! It's breaking my heart! How many people do we know and love in KC?! I've watched my beloved siblings laugh uncontrollably, jerk as though sick, stumble and speak as though drunk, and "sing in tongues" in complete chaos and without interpretation. I've raised the issue among friends of being "drunk in the Spirit" and even though I prove over and over that God is for self-control, which they agree with, they continue to act like drunken fools! (See Titus 1:8 and 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 which compared in the NKJV and NIV relates self-control with being sober, pointing to the fact that the Holy Spirit is not one who takes delight in being drunk at all, but in being sober-minded - fruit of the Spirit, what? Drunkenness is the complete opposite of being filled with the Holy Spirit! For sober-mindedness is a filling of Him!; 1 Peter 1:13, 4:7, and 5:8 ...

BRENDA writes:
A very dear friend of mine who has been my prayer partner for years were lured into the enemy's web of deception about many of the ministries and manifestations that you spoke about. After reading and listening to your web broadcasts we had a powerful prayer session repenting, renouncing, and commanding any spirit that we had picked up from these false prophets/doctrines of demons, etc. to go from us in Jesus' name. We broke all kinds of things off of us. Most of it was deep repentance and renouncing - thank you for exposing the enemy and his tactics and all the deception that the church body has fallen deeply into...

ANDREW STROM (http://www.revivalschool.com/) writes:
Yes - if you have had "hands laid" or done "soaking prayer" under any of these kinds of ministries, it is very important to RENOUNCE (from the very depths of your being in Jesus' name) and also COMMAND OUT these 'kundalini' spirits or any other "anointing" that you have received. Remember, you must VIOLENTLY EXPEL these things in the name of JESUS. Be FREE in His mighty name! I truly wonder what God is going to do to those ministries who have been spreading this alien spirit right through the Body of Christ. Truly, Judgment must begin "at the house of God."

January 17, 2010

Earliest Known Hebrew Writing Discovered


This undated picture released by the University of Haifa shows an ancient inscription on a piece of pottery in early Hebrew writing. The 3,000 year-old inscription discovered at a site where the Bible says David slew Goliath has been deciphered, showing it to be the earliest known Hebrew writing, Israeli archaeologists said.
(AFP/U of Haifa)

Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests

Clara Moskowitz
LiveScience Staff Writer
LiveScience.com
Fri Jan 15, 9:40 am ET
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Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing - an inscription dating from the 10th century B.C., during the period of King David's reign.

The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought. (The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.)

Until now, many scholars have held that the Hebrew Bible originated in the 6th century B.C., because Hebrew writing was thought to stretch back no further. But the newly deciphered Hebrew text is about four centuries older, scientists announced this month.

"It indicates that the Kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds of years before the dates presented in current research," said Gershon Galil, a professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel, who deciphered the ancient text.

BCE stands for "before common era," and is equivalent to B.C., or before Christ.

The writing was discovered more than a year ago on a pottery shard dug up during excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, near Israel's Elah valley. The excavations were carried out by archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At first, scientists could not tell if the writing was Hebrew or some other local language.

Finally, Galil was able to decipher the text. He identified words particular to the Hebrew language and content specific to Hebrew culture to prove that the writing was, in fact, Hebrew.

"It uses verbs that were characteristic of Hebrew, such as asah ('did') and avad ('worked'), which were rarely used in other regional languages," Galil said. "Particular words that appear in the text, such as almanah ('widow') are specific to Hebrew and are written differently in other local languages."

The ancient text is written in ink on a trapezoid-shaped piece of pottery about 6 inches by 6.5 inches (15 cm by 16.5 cm). It appears to be a social statement about how people should treat slaves, widows and orphans. In English, it reads (by numbered line):

1' you shall not do [it], but worship the [Lord].
2' Judge the sla[ve] and the wid[ow] / Judge the orph[an]
3' [and] the stranger. [Pl]ead for the infant / plead for the po[or and]
4' the widow. Rehabilitate [the poor] at the hands of the king.
5' Protect the po[or and] the slave / [supp]ort the stranger.

The content, which has some missing letters, is similar to some Biblical scriptures, such as Isaiah 1:17, Psalms 72:3, and Exodus 23:3, but does not appear to be copied from any Biblical text.

RED ALERT! Bentley and Joyner Alliance

Following is an email forwarded to me regarding the unholy alliance between Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner - birds/wolves of a feather/pack flocking/prowling together - false prophets/workers of iniquity.

This info came to me a few weeks ago via a youtube video from Bentley's Freshfire channel:

GAG!

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VIEW more here... if you can stomach it.

KUNDALINI WARNING - Urgent
email sent by Andrew Strom

I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing.

Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal-point of the meetings (Todd Bentley) was having an adulterous affair behind the scenes? Was it truly the "Holy" Spirit that was anointing something so sensual and unholy? And now that Todd divorced his wife and married his mistress - are we supposed to welcome him back and this "anointing" with him? What is going on here? Rick Joyner has been warned very specifically by high-level ministries not to do what he is doing now - bringing Todd Bentley back into the limelight. And yet it seems he does not care. Apparently the "manifestations" are all that matter.

So what exactly are these 'manifestations' if they are seemingly at home in such an unholy environment? Are they from God at all? (I am talking here about the violent "jerking", uncontrollable laughter, bodily contortions, drunkenness, 'portals', strange "angel" encounters, etc.) Why do we not see such an 'anointing' in the Bible? Why aren't Jesus or the apostles promoting these manifestations if they really are true Revival? Why instead do we see these things all the way through the New Age and Hinduism, etc? Do we not realize that many false religions have their own version of "laying on of hands" that results in these very types of
manifestations? This 'spirit' is not in the Bible - but it is all the
way through Kundalini-type Hinduism! Don't you think this should alarm us? WHAT is KUNDALINI?

If you search for Kundalini and Shakti on the Internet, you will find that multitudes of people in the New Age and Eastern religions still experience these powerful manifestations. Often this is with the help of a Guru, who touches them on the forehead so that they can experience a "Kundalini Awakening".

As researcher Robert Walker wrote in 1995: "The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called 'Darshan'. At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Kundalini? After a period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and appear to slip into an unconsciousness..."

And as the guru Shri Yogãnandji Mahãrãja wrote:
"When Your body begins trembling, hair stands on roots, you laugh or begin to weep without your wishing, your tongue begins to utter deformed sounds, you are filled with fear or see frightening visions? the Kundalini Shakti has become active."

In China there is a popular Kundalini-type movement called 'Qigong'. When a Chinese Qigong spiritual master spoke in the USA in 1991, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that many in the crowd began to experience "spontaneous movements". The master told his audience, "Those who are sensitive might start having some strong physical sensations - or start laughing or crying. Don't worry. This is quite normal."

When you see videos of these "kriyas" or other Kundalini-type manifestations, you would often swear that you are watching a modern "Impartation"-type church meeting. (And I say this as someone who believes strongly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just don't believe in "alien" anointings infiltrating the Body of Christ! There is a big difference between Kundalini and the real Holy Spirit).

Since 1993-4, I believe a foreign spirit has been allowed to invade the church - first through Rodney Howard-Browne's ministry - then Toronto, then the Prophetic movement (which I was part of at the
time) and on into Lakeland and many other ministries and movements. I urge people now to "test the spirits" just as we are commanded to in Scripture. Do not let just anyone lay hands on you. This is a powerful spirit and it has the backing of a lot of big-name ministries. In fact, these men and women are the very ones responsible for allowing it to spread right through the body of Christ. And one day they will be answerable to God for doing so.

We are specifically warned in the Bible that the Last Days will be a time of "seducing spirits," false prophets, 'lying signs and wonders,' and that we always need to watch for "angels of light" masquerading as the real thing. Why does the modern church not take these warnings seriously? Aren't we living in the very days that the Bible warns about?

Right now I need to do something that I have never done in such a way before. I have never before published a list of ministries ormovements to watch out for. But this time I have to. This sickness has gone on long enough. I urge you to cut yourself off from the following ministries and their tainted "anointings" my friends. Even though some of these people say "good things" at times, it is simply not worth having any involvement with them due to the tainted anointing that they endorse or minister in themselves. Here is the list-

(1) Todd Bentley.
(2) Rodney Howard Browne - the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender."
(2) Rick Joyner or anyone connected with Morningstar Ministries.
(3) John Arnott & any connected with TACF (The "Toronto Blessing").
(4) Peter Wagner of the 'New Apostolic Reformation' who claims to be head of a worldwide network of 'apostles' - who publicly endorsed Lakeland and will soon preach at Toronto TACF alongside other "false anointing" advocates.
(5) Mike Bickle and IHOP Kansas City (-I lived nearby for over two years - and know how much they are into all this stuff. Mike Bickle promotes it in his book).
(6) Bob Jones - the Kansas City prophet whose ministry is utterly tainted by it all.
(7) Patricia King and anyone else from 'Extreme Prophetic.'
(8) John Crowder & anyone connected with "Sloshfest."
(9) Bill Johnson of Bethel church, Redding - who says some good things but publicly endorsed Lakeland and promotes the "false anointing" very strongly behind the scenes.
(10) Heidi & Rolland Baker of IRIS Ministries - who do good work amongst the poor in Mozambique - but who have also carried and promoted this tainted anointing for years.
(11) Randy Clark, Wes & Stacey Campbell, and other key figures from the "Toronto blessing."
(12) The Elijah List - and almost anyone featured on it.

Of course there are a huge number of lesser-known preachers and ministries who carry or endorse this Kundalini-type "anointing" around the world. But I have concentrated here on the most influential that I know of. It really is an enormous issue in the church. I urge anyone who is a supporter of any of the above
ministries to really check them out thoroughly. If you find (as I have) that they carry or endorse this false Kundalini spirit in the church, then please stop supporting them in any way - and whatever you do, don't let them "lay hands" on you!

I am putting everything on the line to be "naming names" like this. But I believe it is that serious. How on earth did we get to the point where "kriyas" just like Hinduism are spreading through the church?

Please forward this email to everyone you know, blogs and boards, etc. These people are trying to "relaunch" this whole thing right now. Help us get this warning out. To see a video showing "kriyas" and other Kundalini-type manifestations, please click on the Youtube links below-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyW1UFzS2LY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaNiuRWHZrY

Please send feedback on this article to- prophetic@revivalschool.com

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Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner




2008 The Bentley Family


Bentley with new wife and former mistress, Jessa


Please see previous whatsup? posts on Todd Bentley:
7/1/09 He's Baaaack! Beware of Todd Bentley
2/18/98 Is 'Soaking Prayer' Biblical?
10/30/08 Update from Peter Wagner on Todd Bentley
10/21/08 Connect the Dots
10/20/08 Wolves
9/26/08 Email from Berlin Regarding Lakeland and Todd Bentley
8/28/08 Whatsup with Joel's Army?
8/17/08 Satan's Plan to Destroy Christianity
8/13/08 Charisma's Editor Lee Grady talks about the Todd Bentley Fisaco
8/4/08 The Tents are Down and Todd Bentley is Leaving Lakeland
8/4/08 The Heaersay of Patricia King
8/3/08 Spiritual Drunkenness and False Revival
7/12/08 Where Will Todd Go Next?
7/11/08 ABC Nightline Busts Bentley Who Now is on Break
7/11/08 Todd Bentley - Possessed by a demon?
7/11/08 Neither faith nor healing
7/11/08 Todd Bentley on Nightline
7/10/08 Todd Bentley Kicks Cancer Patient
7/6/08 Prophet or Wolf?
7/5/08 Comments from David and Nicole regarding Todd Bentley
7/4/08 Email from James Sundquist
7/2/08 Todd Bentley's revival in Lakeland draws 400,000 a night
7/1/08 Todd Bentley Praises Kenneth Hagin
6/30/08 Florida Outpouring Revival Concerns Pentecostal Leaders
6/27/08 Bentley the Healer?
6/25/08 Can We Give and Receive God's Glory?
6/25/08 False Prophets Commission False Prophet
6/24/08 Wendy Alec: Prophet of God?
6/18/08 Todd Friel & Justin Peters Speak on Healing and Todd Bentley
6/17/08 Commentary on Bentley by Way of the Master Radio
6/15/08 Bentley wants us to "Call down the angels!"
6/15/08 Bentley Interviewed by Geraldo
6/15/08 Child tells Bentley. "I don't want you to touch me!"
6/14/08 To Judge or Not to Judge?
6/11/08 The Lies of Bentley
6/9/08 Christian Research Service
6/8/08 Being 'Slain in the Spirit' in the Occult is Serpent Power
6/8/08 Raised from the Dead Story From Unverified Email
6/7/08 $elling Je$u$ by Todd Bentley
6/5/08 False Revival
6/4/08 Todd Bentley Deception
6/1/08 Be Not Deceived
5/28/08 Coming Out of Deception
5/27/08 The Third Wave & Angel of Finance?
5/27/08 A Word to False Prophets
5/25/08 Todd Bentley: Messenger of God?
5/24/08 Did Todd Bentley See the Jesus of the Bible?
5/22/08 The Tattoos of Todd
5/18/08 Is Lakeland Calling you? DON'T GO!
5/15/08 False Healing Revival in Lakeland, Florida
5/13/08 More on Todd Bentley from Apostasy Alert
4/25/08 Is Todd Bentley a False Prophet?

January 10, 2010

Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me To Do?


Photo from Cathy's Camera

Saul, later renamed Paul, was a zealot. Thinking he was doing God's will, he chased down and arrested Christians.

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
Acts 9

And it was while on the infamous road to Damascus that Saul met the Lord Jesus Christ.

The encounter was not something he sought nor expected but met Him he did, falling to the ground and asking two questions:

1. Who art thou, Lord?

2. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

The answers?

1. I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

2. Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

"Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink."

This is where the Holy Spirit convicted me this morning while reading this passage. The Lord told Saul to go into the city and it will be told what he must do. Granted, Saul was blind which would have hindered any of us but he simply waited as it turns out three days.

Am I willing to simply wait for furuther directions from the Lord OR do I get impatient and try to figure out another solution?

Too often, I do the latter.

Trusting God and obeying Him is our part when we ask: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

January 06, 2010

They ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.


White crane eating little critters in a wet Sonoma field yesterday (source)

I love the Word of God and besides the Gospels, especially enjoy the Book of Acts.

Today Acts Chapter 5 tells how by the hands of the apostles  many signs and wonders were done among the people.

This caused the religious leaders to put the apostles in jail but an angel freed them in the night and they continued to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

While standing a second time before the council, Peter said, "We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

May we too have the same boldness and courage to obey God rather than men!

January 03, 2010

Is Harold Camping a False Prophet?



Yes.

Below are 2 articles.

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Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011
Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, January 1, 2010
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Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012. "That date has not one stitch of biblical authority," Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. "It's like a fairy tale."

The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.

The Mayans and the recent Hollywood movie "2012" have put the apocalypse in the popular mind this year, but Camping has been at this business for a long time. And while Armageddon is pop science or big-screen entertainment to many, Camping has followers from the Bay Area to China.

Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011.

This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.

On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.

But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. He spent the next decade running new calculations, as well as overseeing a media company that has grown significantly in size and reach.

"We are now translated into 48 languages and have been transmitting into China on an AM station without getting jammed once," Camping said. "How can that happen without God's mercy?"

His office is flanked by satellite dishes in the parking lot that transmit his talk show, "Open Forum." In the Bay Area, he's heard on 610 AM, KEAR. Camping says his company owns about 55 stations in the United States alone, and that his message arrives on every continent.

'I'm looking forward to it'
Employees at the Oakland office run printing presses that publish Camping's pamphlets and books, and some wear T-shirts that read, "May 21, 2011." They're happy to talk about the day they believe their souls will be retrieved by Christ.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Ted Solomon, 60, who started listening to Camping in 1997. He's worked at Family Radio since 2004, making sure international translators properly dictate Camping's sermons.

"This world may have had an attraction to me at one time," Solomon said. "But now it's definitely lost its appeal."

Camping is a frail-looking man, and his voice is low and deep, but it can rise to dramatic peaks with a preacher's flair.

As a young man, he owned an East Bay construction business but longed to work as a servant of God. So he hit the books.

"Because I was an engineer, I was very interested in the numbers," he said. "I'd wonder, 'Why did God put this number in, or that number in?' It was not a question of unbelief, it was a question of, 'There must be a reason for it.' "

Code-breaking phenomenon
Camping is not the only man to see truths in the Bible hidden in the numbers. In the late 1990s, a code-breaking phenomenon took off, led by "The Bible Code," written by former Washington Post journalist Michael Drosnin.

Drosnin developed a technique that revealed prophecies within the Bible's text. A handful of biblical scholars have supported Drosnin's theory, lending it an air of legitimacy, and just as many scholars have decried it as farce.

One of Drosnin's more well-known findings is that a meteor will strike Earth in 2012, the same year some people believe the Mayan calendar marks the end of times, and the same year the "2012" action movie surmised the Earth's crust will destabilize and kill most humans.

Meaning in numbers
By Camping's understanding, the Bible was dictated by God and every word and number carries a spiritual significance. He noticed that particular numbers appeared in the Bible at the same time particular themes are discussed.

The number 5, Camping concluded, equals "atonement." Ten is "completeness." Seventeen means "heaven." Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.

"Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.," he began. "Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that's 1,978 years."

Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days - the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.

Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.

Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.

Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.

"Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story," Camping said. "It's the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you're completely saved.

"I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that," Camping said.

James Kreuger, author of "Secrets of the Apocalypse - Revealed," has been studying the end of times for 40 years and is familiar with Camping's work. While Kreuger agrees that the rapture is indeed coming, he disputes Camping's method.

"For all his learning, Camping makes a classic beginner's mistake when he sets a date for Christ's return," Kreuger wrote in an e-mail. "Jesus himself said in Matthew 24:36, 'Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only.' "

'It is going to happen'
Camping's believers will have none of it.

Rick LaCasse, who attended the September 1994 service in Alameda, said that 15 years later, his faith in Camping has only strengthened.

"Evidently, he was wrong," LaCasse allowed, "but this time it is going to happen. There was some doubt last time, but we didn't have any proofs. This time we do."

Would his opinion of Camping change if May 21, 2011, ended without incident?

"I can't even think like that," LaCasse said. "Everything is too positive right now. There's too little time to think like that."

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

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The Rapture will happen May 21, 2011...
January 2, 3:06 PM
Methodist Examiner
James-Michael Smith
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The San Francisco Chronicle reported a story yesterday in which Harold Camping, radio host, civil engineer and false prophet claimed that though his past prediction of the Rapture (Sept. 6, 1994, in case one is wondering!) went unfulfilled, it was simply a mathematical error in his calculations and after correcting this error, the true date for the Rapture will be May 21, 2011.

Camping, a civil engineer by trade, spoke about what got him into his mathematical interpretations of Scripture: "Because I was an engineer, I was very interested in the numbers," he said. "I'd wonder, 'Why did God put this number in, or that number in?' It was not a question of unbelief, it was a question of, 'There must be a reason for it.' "

He and his followers are quite confident about this prediction. However, there are two major errors they commit (among others):

1. Despite popular folk-theology, there is no such thing in Scripture as a "Rapture" where Jesus returns to pull the church out of the world in order spare it from 7 years of "The Great Tribulation." Many authors and teachers have made fortunes teaching this fictional doctrine ever since it was invented by John Nelson Darby in the 1800s. Yet it remains to this day completely absent from the pages of the Biblical texts themselves.

2. Even if by "rapture" Camping is referring to the return of Christ and final judgment (what Scripture actually is describing in the so-called 'rapture' passages), he ignores the plain teaching of Jesus Himself on the subject: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Matt. 24:36)

While Camping might be good with numerical calculations regarding zoning grids or traffic algorithms, his ability to read and understand the Bible is sorely lacking. The fact that he continues to influence his listeners is a testament to Biblical illiteracy among them.

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