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My New Blog


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I started a new blog called “Fool’s Gold Today” at Blogger

http://foolsgoldtoday.blogspot.com

I hope you will stop by and give it a look around.  

I went to Blogger.com because I can install a button on my blog that will translate my blog into a wide range of languages.  I am currently

having readers from South Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, and more.  This way the reader can read the blogs in their own language.

Thanks for your understanding,

Sandy

#0625sva – You’re Pretty Important


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You’re Pretty Important

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Ted Camp

There are now over seven billion people in the world, but there is only one you.  You are unique and different because there is no one else like you.  It is important for you to understand that God knows you personally and loves you.  “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16)—that includes you!

In this world of people, God personally sees you.  You are different from all the others, but God still loves you.  As Christians, we need to see as the Lord sees.  “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them”  (Matt. 9:36).

What He saw with His eyes touched His heart.  What moves you?

 It seems this is an uncompassionate generation that looks down on, shuns, teases, and even feels embarrassed by those who are different—those who are blind, deaf, crippled, maimed, obese, disfigured, uneducated, or mentally challenged; those with different nationalities or cultures; those who have cerebal palsy, Down syndrome, or Alzheimer’s.

I like what one man said when he was asked, “Your wife has Alzheimer’s and does not know you, so why do you visit her?”  He answered, “She may not know me, but I know her.”

Some shun others just because they are different from them.  We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).  As Christians, we need to put aside our prejudices, look beyond their problems and see their needs.  Everyone is different; but every one has a soul, feelings, hurts and a need to be loved.  Everyone needs to be loved!  Everyone!

As Christians, we need to see as the Lord sees and be moved with compassion as we look upon the multitude.  Everyone is important to God and should be important to us.  We all are different and have our faults and flaws, but God still loves us unconditionally.

There is not one thing I can do to make God love me more or to make God love me less.  He loves me because of Christ.  We all could say, “Except for the grace of God. . . “  You may be different, but God loves you!  NO one is handicapped with God.  No matter who you are or what you have done, look up because God loves you !

The world is in darkness—don’t let the Light go out!

Jesus Can Forgive Even the Sin of Abortion


Originally posted on Delight in Truth:

Jesus can forgive in fact any sin if the sinner repents.

As I review my patient’s surgical histories, I come across a high percentage of women who have had at least one abortion.  Many of them are remorseful knowing they extinguished a life, while others would not have a problem wearing a “I had an abortion” t-shirt at a pro-choice rally.

The following comment was left on my blog as a response to one of Delight in Truth’s most popular articles “Face to Face With the Reality of Abortion” (here) .  It comes  from a Christian woman who had an abortion in her youth.  It is an uplifting message of repentance and redemption.  She is an example that the blood of Christ can cover any sin, even one as horrific as abortion.  Her blog The Narrowing Path is here.

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#0624sva – Bill Hybels Admits Failure


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Since first becoming aware of the “Seeker Sensitive” phenomenon back in the 1990s I have considered it a flawed concept. In an effort to attract unchurched people, the “Seeker Sensitive” movement suggested that churches should cater to the comforts of the “seeker” and should update both style and presentation so as to make the experience – and the Gospel – less offensive.

By eliminating the alleged “negative” elements deemed a “turn off” to the world, such as talk of sin and repentance, “Seeker” advocates assured us we’d fill the seats on Sunday morning. But since the Holy Spirit is the most seeker sensitive being in the Universe, who are we to monkey around with the message He has already given the Church to present? Do we think we can do better? Besides, who is more sensitive and better equipped to save a seeker than the Holy Spirit? Isn’t it a fact that unless we present the unadulterated Gospel we indeed hinder the Spirit from doing His convicting work in the hearts of men?

The “Seeker” idea lacked anointing and appeared perilously misguided and now, after all of the books, seminars, conferences and surveys the brain trust who popularized “Seeker Sensitive” is admitting they’ve been wrong all along. Duh.

Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church has released the results of a multi-year study on the effectiveness of their programs and philosophy of ministry. A new book, Reveal: Where Are You?, co-authored by Willow Creek insiders, Cally Parkinson and Greg Hawkins, states that the so-called “Seeker model,” popularized by Bill Hybels, is a “failure.” Hybels himself called the findings “earth shaking,” “ground breaking” and “mind blowing.”

Hybels states: “We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.”

Incredibly, the guru of church growth now tells us that people need to be reading their bibles and taking responsibility for their own spiritual growth!

Ohio Christian radio talk show host and commentator, Bob Burney, reiterated the crux of why so many of us haven’t been fans of Hybels approach to ministry. He said, “The new report reveals that most of what they (Willow Creek) have been doing for these many years and what they have taught millions of others to do is not producing solid disciples of Jesus Christ. Numbers yes, but not disciples.”

Burney continues, “The one individual who has had perhaps the greatest influence on the American church in our generation has now admitted his philosophy of ministry was, in large part, a ‘mistake.’ The extent of this error defies measurement.”

On a quest for the newest “thing” and enamored by the sheer numbers flocking to services at mega-churches like Willow Creek and Saddleback, countless shepherds began tweaking with the untweakable. To varying extents, they traded in the New Testament Book of Acts model of preaching and discipleship for what amounts to religious folly. Who can calculate the damage done by leaders who persuaded leaders to change the Church to suit the fancy of the world?

Though marginalized as relics from an unenlightened era, concerned Bible believers have been crying out for a summary rejection of the “Seeker” nonsense for some time. Now, “Seeker” proponents are suddenly dismayed by the hard fact that great numbers of their “converts” have dried up like skim milk on a hot Texas afternoon. But it doesn’t appear they are ready to come all the way out of their quagmire just yet.

Perhaps the most amazing thing I have seen concerning the Willow Creek admission is that these leaders, whose ministry philosophy changed the practice and thinking of thousands of churches over the last 20+ years, are still looking for whatever it was they thought they had found when they first told us that “Seeker Sensitive” was the answer!

Read the next statement carefully.

Greg Hawkins stated, “Our dream is that we fundamentally change the way we do church. That we take out a clean sheet of paper and we rethink all of our old assumptions. Replace it with new insights. Insights that are informed by research and rooted in Scripture. Our dream is really to discover what God is doing and how he’s asking us to transform this planet.”

This is what the “Seeker Sensitive” leaders have been saying from day one! And now they want to “replace it (the original Seeker model) with new insights…informed by research…” (i.e. more market surveys)?

Hold on just a minute. Wasn’t it the assumption that the Church was a failure and that we needed to study the culture to find a fix exactly what brought us this mess in the first place? So let me get this straight.

As sincere as they may be and as much as the claim what they’re up to is “rooted in Scripture,” the “Seeker” advocates have sowed what amounts to spiritual poison into countless lives and convinced thousands of churches to abandon truly biblical plans and now Hawkins, Hybels and the rest want another chance at getting it right?

I’m all for second chances but in this case, no thanks.

The Church Growth gurus may have started with good intentions but in reality have sold us a false bill of goods. Following the fads, schemes and flowery “positive” messages of men, many have become deeply entrenched in the here-and-now “feel good” philosophies. Frankly, the lack of authority given to the Scriptures in so many church circles has paved the way for the postmodern attitudes that have shown biblical righteousness and holy standards the door. Doctrine and standards are viewed as hindrances and salvation, it appears, is secured by simply thinking nice thoughts about Jesus. The result is that many of yesterday’s Evangelicals either haven’t quite finished becoming liberals yet – or haven’t realized they are in the process of becoming apostate.

Thankfully, the chorus of voices now challenging the deception is growing. Some people are going to take heed. Many will not. Let’s pray that Bill Hybels not merely look for a new model to endorse but that he and others from the “Seeker” vein will seek God and not their own understanding.

Remember: our mission in these disturbing times is to (1) keep standing calmly against what is nothing short of a revolt against absolute truth from inside the Church and (2) pray for the anointing and courage to help turn those who will listen back to truth, one at a time.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. – Acts 2:42

—www.ericbarger.com

#0622sva – Sex Sermons in Church


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A Pastor puts a stripper pole up at the pulpit.  Another church leader puts a bed on top of his church and sleeps in it with his wife, on camera, for 24 hours.  Pastors are giving graphic details of their sex behaviors with their wives to a congregations of men, women, and children.  Some pastors are even ordering their congregation to have sex  for 30 days straight.

For the past several years, there has been a rapidly-growing trend of churches doing a “Sex series,” sermons supposedly focusing on Godly intimate relations and instructing  married couples on how to improve their relationship through sex.  With provocative ads, blasphemous displays and outright witchcraft in some cases, what these apostate pastors are doing is catering to the lust of the flesh and trying desperately to go the world’s way to bring crowds and greater revenue.

The Bible clearly teaches that sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman.  And there is nothing wrong with preaching that Biblical truth.  But what these “seeker-sensitive” churches are doing is preaching on “improving your sex life” through church.  There is nothing in the Bible whatsoever that instructs Pastors to coach couples on their sex lives.  Yet in an effort to boost popularity, be “relevant” and attract new attendees, churches are going the way of the world by appealing to sexual lust in hopes of drawing people in, turning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which they should be preaching to help lost souls find eternal life, into sexual perversion.

This is not to say that a Pastor cannot discuss sex with congregants.  If a couple is dealing with intimacy issues, that is something that should be discussed with a pastor in private, not in front of hundreds of thousands of people.  And this reveals the nature of these sex sermon series—–they are about marketing schemes and trying to pack pews.

Granger Community Church, one of the fastest-growing churches in America, helped to really jump start this trend back in 2006 by posting a billboard for “mylamesexlife.com” (see photo above) with a provocative photo of a couple’s feet sticking out from under the sheets next to a local Hooter’s restaurant.

Now  was the Pastor at Granger really interested in helping his congregation improve their intimacy in marriage?  If so, why put up billboards for people who have never been to the church?  Why advertise something like this to the general public?  This was just a marketing stunt to entice people through sexual lust.  Notice the billboard does not even mention that the ad is for a church!  It’s just using sexual imagery and excitement to get people to go on to their site.  Again, it must be stressed that there is nothing in the Bible that instructs pastors or churches to do anything of the sort.

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There is no Scripture quoted. . . . that shows “God want you to have great sex.”  So how can Granger make this statement?  Just like the false “Prosperity Gospel,”  that says “God wants you to be rich!” and teaches that Christians should command all sorts of financial blessings and wealth based on mangled Scripture interpretation and false promises of heretic Pastors, these churches are taking the same unbiblical approach to intimacy.  this time instead of “you can have health and wealth” being the promise, the pastors at these churches are now telling their congregations that if you are a Christian you are guaranteed all sorts of fireworks in the bedroom. And again, none of  this is said in Scripture.

 Granger admitted that they intentionally omitted their name from the billboard “to encourage people to log on to mylamesexlife.com and engage in conversation about sex.”  So rather than being honest about this being for a church service (and being honest would seem to be the Christian approach to advertising), Granger church opted to lure the public in for sex discussions on a site they think is just about sexual issues and then use the “bait” to then invite them to church.

sex4This above picture is an ad for the 2012 Ressurection Day Services at City Church in Seattle, Washington.

The picture below is from Light of The World Church, they used a stripper pole, lingerie and money at the pulpit.

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. . . . .beginningandend.com

Granger Community Church is out of control.  Check out their irreverent worship with the theme from an adult TV show.  50 year-old wanna be rock stars who cannot make in the world coming into the church to affirm themselves. Pathetic, (comment from one of our readers—Delight in Truth blog— who also submitted this video)

#0621sva – Persecuted Church


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Sheep Being Led To Slaughter

As Christians in America, we live a very blessed life. While Christians in the Middle East and Asia put their lives on the line every day practicing their faith, we live here with tremendous freedom to worship. So you might consider it impossible to think that real persecution could ever come to our nation.

But I am quite certain that Christians living in Russia in the late 19th century probably thought the same thing; as did Christians in Germany in the early 1930s. And Lebanon in the 1960s was considered a paradise within the Middle East where Christianity was flourishing. Today, Christians are persecuted for their faith and face the threat of Islamic terror every day.

 Now in America today we still have tremendous freedoms as Christians. But if you watch the news closely, you can begin to see cracks forming in the armor.

True Christians are starting to be marginalized and considered to be close minded and judgmental. Courts are increasingly ruling against Christian beliefs in our schools and governments. Media goes out of its way to portray true Christians as bigots and homophobes. And sadly this attack on traditional Christianity is often being led by those who call themselves Christians. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, posing as Christians, but who are really political idealists wishing to usher in government control in our lives. The stances they take have less to do with God’s Word—and much more to do with their goals of a big government that is the arbitrator on what morality is. To them, government is god.

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Bible prophecy is clear that in the final days, evil will increase and God’s true believers will be persecuted for His name.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, the time is coming when we may have to make a choice—to worship Him or give in to the world. Now some say we have nothing to worry about because the church will be raptured before real persecution happens. Quite frankly, I think that attitude is careless and is an insult to those in Asia and the Middle East who face real persecution now!

The separation of the sheep and the goats has begun. In Matthew Chapter 7, Jesus says many who call Him “lord” will not enter the kingdom of heaven. He reminds us the gate to salvation is narrow, while the path to eternal destruction is wide. Today—in America—many who call him “lord” do not really know Him as Savior and Lord. For those of us who do, it is time to stand strong on His Word and share His message of salvation. Time is starting to run short.

—-standupforthetruth.com

#0620sva – Prophetic Birth Pangs Accelerating


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All these things are the beginning of sorrows.  Matthew 24:8

July 2013

#0619sva – Freemasonry: False Religion


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How can you quickly know  that the foundational teachings  of Freemasonry are false?

Simply consider the facts.

Freemasonry requires its members to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being and also to believe that there is only One God. Freemasonry refers to its god as the Great Architect of the Universe. It teaches that all men, of all the various religions, worship the one God, simply using a variety of different names. It is on that basis that Masons may be Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, or men who profess to follow Jesus. Freemasonry requires a belief in the existence of A Supreme Being, but does not define that being.

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The Holy Bible however, reveals that the truth is somewhat different. The Bible does state that there is only one God:

 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)

 However, it states that those who practice pagan religions worship idols and demons, rather than the God of the Bible. Psalms 96:5 reveals that the gods of the many nations which surrounded Israel were idols. Those peoples did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

 Paul warned the Christians at Corinth not to participate in pagan worship. He revealed that pagans worship demons rather than God.

 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. (1 Corinthians 10:19-20)

 The Bible clearly reveals in Luke 4:33 that demons are spirits.

 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit.

 Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, and other modern day pagan religions, worship demons, rather than the God of the Bible. We can know this because anyone who rejects Jesus Christ, rejects God.

 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)

 With these facts clearly documented from the Holy Bible, it is easy to know that the foundational teaching of Freemasonry, namely that all men worship God, is not true. Since Freemasonry does not follow in the teachings of Christ, the god of Freemasonry cannot be the God of the Bible.

Since God is a Spirit, a question you might ask of a Worshipful Master, or other Mason, is the following:

 Is Vishnu, the god which Hindus worship, the same spirit which you refer to as the Great Architect of the Universe?

 It is a simple question. The answer is either “Yes”, or “No.”

 If the Mason answers yes, then you will know that he does not know the difference between the God of the Bible and a demon. He does not know God. How can he be a Christian?

 If he says no, then obviously you have demonstrated to him that all men do not worship the same God simply using a variety of different names. When Freemasonry accepts the god of a Hindu as a Supreme Being, it declares that demons are Supreme Beings. How can he be sure that the spirit he worships in lodge as the G.A.O.T.U. is not a demon?

 Does Freemasonry lift up Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation as is documented in John 14:6? Clearly, Freemasonry does not follow in the teachings of Christ. Therefore, Freemasons do not have God. (2 John 9)

Freemasonry is a pagan religion. Paul warned that it was not possible for a man to participate in paganism and also be a Christian. He wrote:

 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:21)

 In John 4:24, Jesus told us:

 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 If a man has bought into the Masonic lie that all men worship the same god, simply using a variety of different names, then he cannot be worshiping in truth. Therefore, he cannot be worshiping God when he goes into the lodge.

—-Duane Washum: Ex-Masons for Jesus, http://www.emfj.org & http://www.ephesians5-11.org

Administrator’s Note:  Ex-Masons for Jesus is a fellowship organization of those who have left the Masonic Lodge, or affiliated organizationss, to follow Jesus Christ.  They offer personal testimonies in churches and fellowship and counsel for those who are leaving the Masonic system to follow Jesus.  Pastors who have questions about Freemasonry should not hesitate to contact them.

#0615sva – Deception Of Chrislam


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CHRISLAM

 In 2007, a group of Muslim clerics sent an open letter to Christian leaders called “A Common Word Between Us”. In it they stated that the two “great religions” shared two crucial beliefs in common: The love of the one God and the command to love one another. Hundreds of Christian leaders, including Brian McLaren, Rick Warren and Jim Wallis, responded positively to the letter, calling for greater dialogue and cooperation between Christian and Muslim leaders to bring peace to the world and eliminate poverty and injustice.

While these Christian leaders’ intentions may have been good, their actions are foolish. No matter what beliefs Muslims and Christians may have in common, the Koran denies the triune God and denies that Jesus is the Son of God. These two disagreements make anything we share in common meaningless. Jesus and the apostle Paul warn us against having communion with non-believers. This movement of Chrislam is leading both Muslims and Christians astray from the true gospel.

Naïve Christians are being led into a false belief that Allah and YHWH may be one and the same God; Muslims are being denied the opportunity to be confronted in love with the fact that Jesus is not a prophet—but is the Son of the living God.

We believe Chrislam is a major component of the movement to a one world religion foretold in biblical scripture. Christians should avoid and speak out against this false teaching that seeks to find “common ground” between a false religion worshiping a false god, with the only true religion, Christianity, that teaches salvation and eternal life only by accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

#0617sva – Prophecy: Coming Four Blood Moons


The Coming Four Blood Moons 2014–2015

A Warning to Israel & Us

Joel 2:31  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

The Rapture is Imminent!!! 

J

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