We all know there are countless, delightful blessings set about us every day, cheering our hearts. Of course, there are many disheartening things that strike at our beings to bring distress. It pains our soul to hear of the tornado destruction in various southern locals.
The unsaved cannot understand how God can be still praised by some survivors who lost every ounce of wealth in a split second. Of course, Christians rest in the fact that owning Christ is far better than possessing silver or gold.
It is a sobering thing when God’s name is uplifted in the secular media. Who knows how many seeds are planted when this occurs? Our God is omnipotent, moving to save souls in many unlikely places.
Have you contemplated Christ’s love for you? Please link: Paradise
Distressing Promiscuity and Homosexuality
Every American is presently required to pay for health care that has no illegal limits. Under newly enacted legislation, the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), now rewards illegal immigrants “with everything from government-sponsored abortions to transgender hormone treatments.”
“A pregnant detainee in custody shall have access to pregnancy services … including abortion services.” ICE now commits our federal dollars to drugs that are designed to help men look and sound like women and visa versa. ICE mandate: “Transgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody should have continued access.”
Grandiose healthcare that fits a criminal immigrant’s every need is now granted to him or her. They are daily monitored to ensure their expectations are met in the way of comprehensive medical care.
Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, responded to The Daily Caller, explaining that most of these pampered detainees are convicted criminals. “They came out of jails and prisons where we treated them based on the charges that they were either convicted of or arrested for. The second they come to ICE, we have to treat them with a completely different standard. We throw law enforcement and security protocol … out the window.”
This administration has made criminals the new health heroes of America:
Recently, a friend of mine informed me of her unbelievable experience in downtown Boise, where she found herself standing within a group of homeless people who had just arrived in town. Their clothes were filthy dirty. They informed the people around them that they had come to participate in Occupy Boise, Idaho; also letting it be known that they expected people to take them in and care for all their needs. Not long after, a person representing the Democratic Party met them and told them they had tents arranged with everything to satisfy their needs.
250 El Paso, Texas citizens are being threatened with arrest for not siding with homosexuals who want the government to flip the bill for health care benefits for their live-in partners. These Texans are quite concerned by the fact they may be serving prison time.
Governor Cook is the one who is threatening, due to the fact, these 250 signed a petition that stands on traditional marriage. What is very strange indeed is the fact that Texas laws only protect traditional marriage. El Paso City has taken a bold, wicked step in resistance to the state.
The people of El Paso voted in opposition to homosexual rights to health care benefits for partners. It should have ended there; unfortunately, the governor and council members overturned the vote with cruel threats, and they continue to infringe on free speech regarding this issue. They literally stifle it!
One pastor has led the fight for Biblical marriage and he has paid a high price in every way.
With the escalation of criminal rights in recent years, it should not surprise us that Christianity is becoming less and less respected in the government and in the media. Our rights are suffering!
The homosexual minority has made great strides, being able to release significant power of persuasion.
Due to the rise of homo-power, more Christians are being arrested for presenting the Gospel in public. This has been progressing over recent years. Homosexuals have played key parts in having several arrested. Complying judges have thrust legal threats upon street ministers, stating, they may have to serve many years in prison. Fortunately, thus far, the threats have never been played out, as our free speech laws are still intact. However, frightful arrests continue:
We do not know what is to come with judges even citing Sharia Law in a couple of court cases. Liberal judges on the Supreme Court are declaring the right to implement laws from other nations, including communist. They believe it to be archaic to stand on the Constitution only.
Police will rudely harass preachers and lay people on public sidewalks, at times in great force, trying to harm them and even destroying their property. They do not care if they even possess legal papers of permit.
They will grab cameras so no evidence can be filmed. One pastor was arrested for simply reading his Bible in public to reach people for Christ in California in April 2011. Two ministers who were with him, who were not presenting Scripture, were arrested later. The national, liberal media remains silent when this occurs.
I find this so ironic when Occupy Wall Street protesters are often violent. They mock and throw small fire bombs (molotovs) at police, yell obscenities to those around, push at city barricades, and will even pursue young school children; yet, nothing is done. Now some Occupiers, at times, are arrested; however, most run free to terrorize.
Pastors have also been arrested in other countries that believe in the freedom of speech.
(Of course, I do not believe it is right for Christians to yell at the police, as we are to obey the laws of the land and those who represent the law. Unfortunately, disrespect for the law has occurred in some instances.
We do know we must obey God over men when it comes to presenting the Gospel to everyone; however, we must not ever approach police in disrespectful hatred. We are to act opposite of those of this sinful world.)
When my husband and I, with a group of believers, were presenting the Gospel outside the World’s Fair, in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1982, police appeared and began to harass us. They wanted to apprehend us, but could find no grounds.
The officers appeared to be calling headquarters, off and on, to find a legal way to apprehend us. The police, not being sure what to do, finally told us, we had to back up so many feet on the wide sidewalk, which we did. It made no difference for presentation.
During these presentations, the men of our group would set up an easel and explain the Gospel by illustrating how mankind is separated from holy God until he repents. Salvation was offered to all who listened. The Gospel explanations were always executed in loving and gentle ways. Of course, no matter how kind you can be, you are prone to have one heckler or more. They manipulate in a loud manner in attempt to silence your message. We had some businessmen in flashy suits heckle us in one city.
It is a common practice with the police, who want to cease the Gospel message in public, to first make the messengers back up so many feet on the sidewalk. If they want to definitely end the preaching, even though the Christians comply to their requests, they will take the next steps. They will grab a person or persons in rough ways, make anyone who might be filming stop, and then they arrest.
The Gospel is to go everywhere. Most people in our world will not step foot in a Bible preaching church and that is why Christians are commanded to go everywhere with the Gospel. Everyone is to be warned of the wrath to come that they might be rescued unto eternal life; Hebrews 10:29-31, John 3:36, Thessalonians 1:10, Jude 22-23, etc.
We know there is much partiality in our legal system when it comes to criminal activities. When a homosexual commits a crime, the secular, liberal media will not even address the fact that the person is a homosexual. To divulge this transgresses their code of ethics.
Often, without any proof, the media will boldly state a terrorist is a Christian; such as the man who murdered 76 youth in Norway. He was proven to be one who practiced new age demonism. Immediately, upon the Oklahoma City bombing, Christians, pro-lifers, and home-schoolers were blamed, and the state of Idaho. This wrong assumption also made its appearance in the Arizona political shooting spree. When the media is proven wrong, they still hold to their lies and never apologize.
Extremely vile and violent acts, over recent years, have occurred with churches with no media coverage, involving homosexual terrorism. The secular media closes its eyes and ears to homosexual violence of any kind, done to anyone. Fortunately, Fox News has exposed a few cases, including a recent one, where a homosexual took a young gal’s Bible, and hit her in the head with it and then kicked her. She was with a group of people who were kindly witnessing in the area. They had been singing Amazing Grace when it occurred. The police came and escorted them from the area with hundreds of homosexuals surrounding them, yelling, screaming, swearing, threatening, etc; even with the protected presence of the law officers.
We do know through the witness of Christ, that many homosexuals have been saved. God does transform the lives of repentant homosexuals to purity. Countless sexually deviant people have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. All have sinned and fallen short of His glory; yet, His outstretched love calls all to repentance. He is abundant in mercy and grace.
(Internet photo of some of the militant homosexuals who invaded a church dressed in Code Pink attire)
Homosexuals terrorized a Michigan church, wearing pink and black. They came in, disrupted a service by throwing pro-gay leaflets, glitter and pink fabric at people and acting forceful. They hung up a vile worded pink banner. They threw out condoms and pulled the fire alarm. They blasphemed Christ by stating he was gay. Two lesbians came to the front of the church, and engaged in a sensual kiss. Two homosexuals went into the restroom and engaged in homosexual sex.
Code Pink is a powerful pro-homosexual group. They appear in various political arenas for various causes. Their symbol is the color pink, which they wear. They, at times, engage in pink glitter tossing as explained in this pro “Pink” article with video:
Code Pink is also behind Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Code Pink website:
George Soros is also.
Code Pink travels in Arab Spring arenas, conquering powers in the Middle East. They are on the move in most nations through Occupy and Arab Spring endeavors. (I have addressed Code Pink previously)
President Obama’s terrorist friends, Jodi Evans and Bill Ayres, are behind the power of Code Pink.
Members of Code Pink trust that radical Muslims will eventually dislodge Israel from her land. They stand with all Palestinian aggression.
Arab Spring Timeline:
(On bottom of this post, there is current information regarding Obama’s stands with Israel)￼
Another church incident involved homosexuals yelling outside a church, using a bullhorn, and banging on windows; revealing hatred for its Biblical stances on family. The police made no arrests.
Large bricks were thrown at another church.
(Condensed and Edited)
ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) founder, Eric Pollard, threatened Pro-Family leaders: “I shall torture you during the day time, and will keep you from a peaceful sleep at night.”
In Madison, Wisconsin, 400 homosexual activists stormed Trinity Evangelical Fellowship Church shouting obscenities inside the church for nearly an hour, while some of the protesters urinated and defecated on the church floor. Hundreds of others banged on the walls and windows with rocks and trash can lids, shouting: “Crush the Christians!” and “Bring back the lions!”
… While there were 13,500 stories on the murder of Matthew Shepard, who was a homosexual, there were only 632 stories on the brutal murder of 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising by homosexual assailants. Jesse was bound, gagged and brutally sodomised, then smothered to death, by homosexual assailants. The secular media shed no tears for him.
Matthew Shepard assailants chose to rob and kill him to buy their drugs. All reliable sources confirmed it had nothing to do with his homosexuality; greed was the motive. Yet, there was massive newspaper and TV coverage of this case: Two major Hollywood specials, three TV movies and a play, all depicting Shepard as a victim of an anti-homosexual hate crime.
A pastor and wife reported of their trials after their San Francisco church dismissed a homosexual organist. Rocks, beer bottles, beer cans were thrown through the church windows on many occasions. Swastikas were carved in the church doors and drawn on the pastor’s house. A window in his car was smashed out. Graffiti was spray painted all over the church, parsonage and sidewalk. Anti-Christian, pro-homosexual leaflets were scattered around the neighborhood, calling church members Nazis, bigots, etc. Demonstrators would come to the Sunday services and disrupt the worship …
One man came pounding and spitting on the front door of the pastor’s home in the middle of the night, screaming: ‘We’re going to get you – we’re going to kill you politically!’
He and his family were threatened outside their home, as they made their way to their car. There were daily – 24 hours per day – telephone calls. It began with screaming and obscenities. Later, the phone calls began describing their children … and what sexually deviant behaviour was to be practiced on the children before killing them … Then … someone actually attempted to follow through with their threats to kill the pastor’s family by fire bombing the house while the children were asleep inside.
Praise God, places in Africa understand that homosexuality needs to be cut out like a cancer from nations. We need to pray for the passage of the Uganda political bill, as stated below, so families continue to be protected from this filthy lifestyle of death.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, carrying a 14 year prison sentence for offenders. The new legislation to be voted on, would even place greater fear in those who would dare to break God’s law in this area of promiscuity. It is no surprise that President Obama and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, want homosexuals to exercise all rights in Africa.
Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012
Uganda Bill Calling for Life Sentence, Death Penalty for Gays Goes too Far?
Uganda is once again considering a bill that was defeated three years that calls for those who commit homosexual acts to face life imprisonment and for witnesses and sympathizers of homosexuals to be locked up for up to 14 years. Some argue, however, that lawmakers are overreaching in their aim to protect the country’s culture and Christian values.
The bill was introduced Tuesday by lawmaker David Bahati. A similar bill that called for the death penalty for homosexuals was defeated three years ago after international pressure. The revised bill is likely to garner more support in the deeply religious African country, although a reading of the bill has not yet been made public to determine if the death penalty clause has been dropped.
“This is a piece of legislation that is needed in this country to protect the traditional family here in Africa, and also protect the future of our children,” Bahati said of the anti-homosexual bills to CNN. “Every single day of my life now I am still pushing that it passes.”
Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment …
In addition to codifying a life imprisonment for couples that engage in same-sex marriage, strict punishment is in line for any group that promotes gay rights (including Amnesty International), as well as any person who witnesses homosexual activity and does not report it to authorities within 24 hours …
Uganda is not the only country to enact strict anti-gay legislation on the continent. Nearly every African nation prohibits same-sex marriage, and countries like Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya and others have harsh penalties for those who commit homosexual acts.
Nigeria voted in November to criminalize gay marriage with one lawmaker going as far as to say that “such elements in society should be killed.”
Speaking at an October 31 hearing, Nigerian Senate President David Mark called his Christian faith into his defense of the bill.
“My faith as a Christian abhors it. It is incomprehensible to contemplate on same-sex marriage. I cannot understand it. I cannot be a party to it,” Mark said.
Like in many African nations, lawmakers in the Nigerian government see homosexual behavior as a foreign import – a bane on the nation’s pure culture and a remnant of imperialism.
“There are enough men and women to marry each other. The whole idea is the importation of foreign culture, but this one would be a freedom too many. We cannot allow our tradition and value system [to be] eroded,” Mark said.
In southern and middle Africa, Christians comprise a significant majority of the population. About 84 percent of Ugandans are Christian.
Regarding the previous bill to criminalize homosexuality, the Church of Uganda issued a statement in support of the measure but called for “proportionality in sentencing” although the church did not outright condemn the death penalty for homosexuals.
The Church of Uganda also said it would like to work with homosexuals to reverse their orientation and asked that the bill be amended to prohibit punishment of religious figures who work with homosexuals.
The church has not yet issued a statement on the new bill.
U.S. President Barack Obama joined a chorus of international voices and called the 2012 bill “odious.” U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urged the Ugandan parliament to reject the bill immediately.
Ancient Rome was a very vile society full of homosexuality. Nero was a transsexual, full of murder, and held wicked sexual desires toward boys, men and women. One of the reasons Rome fell was due to its homosexual lusts. In Romans chapter 1, of the Bible, God explains that homosexuality destroys civilizations. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, in His wrath, that was full of homosexual deviancy. People hated the sin of these cities and cried out to God for justice. He heard and destroyed.
God did not allow homosexuality to have any say in Israel that she might not be polluted from within. The penalty was death. God declares that these acts and other sexual vile acts pollute the land in Leviticus chapter 18. Leviticus 20:13 states death was the penalty for homosexual actions.
Several news sources have stated that our President has put Palestinian aggression against Israel on hold until after the election.
By Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM — The Obama administration asked the Palestinian Authority not to make any major demands until after the presidential election in November, a senior PA official told Klein Online.
The PA official, speaking on condition his name be withheld, said that Obama promised to renew stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders, meaning an Israeli withdrawal from eastern sections of Jerusalem as well as from Judea and Samaria, also referred to as the West Bank.
“We were asked by the (U.S.) administration not to make special demands or scandals during the elections,” said the official.
“After elections, the negotiations will be renewed on basis of the Clinton plan, and Obama’s speech in Cairo of the 1967 borders,” the official said.
The Clinton plan is a reference to the formula used during the Camp David negotiations in the summer of 2000 that saw sections of Jerusalem in which Jews predominantly live go to Israel, while areas inhabited by Arabs would become a Palestinian state. The negotiations also called for a near complete Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
KleinOnline previously reported that several major purported Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem are actually built illegally on Jewish-owned land, resulting in an Arab majority in those sections.
Obama to ‘take on’ Netanyahu during 2nd term?
This is not the first time the PA claimed the Obama administration asked them to hold off until after this year’s election.
Last September, KleinOnline quoted a top PA official saying the Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority it cannot significantly help advance a Palestinian state until after the election.
The official, however, said the U.S. will press for a Palestinian state quickly if President Obama is reelected.
“The main message we received from the U.S. is that nothing will happen in a serious way before the 2012 elections,” said the official.
Earlier this month, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius said he expects Obama to “take on” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a second presidential term.
Appearing as a panel member on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show, Ignatius stated: “What I hear from the White House is looking towards a second term on foreign policy, which I cover, as an opportunity to do the broad things that would establish an Obama agenda. He came into office passionate about the Middle East, about the Palestinian issue. I’d see him taking another really strong crack at that.”
“Go head to head with Netanyahu again?” Matthews then asked, according to a transcript provided by Newsbusters.
“Yeah, and I think, this White House thinks… -that he’s had success, that that’s an area – who would have said that an anti-war President, candidate, four years ago, could run on a strong foreign policy record?”
President Obama and Israel video:
Obama no longer Israeli ally (Condensed)
Egyptian voters in the far more Islamist Nile Delta and Sinai will undoubtedly provide the forces of jihadist Islam with an even greater margin of victory.
Until the US-supported overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt served as the anchor of the US alliance system in the Arab world. The Egyptian military is US-armed, US-trained and US-financed.
The Suez Canal is among the most vital waterways in the world for the US Navy and the global economy.
Due to Mubarak’s commitment to stemming the tide of jihadist forces that threatened his regime, under his rule Egypt served as a major counter-terror hub in the US-led war against international jihad.
GIVEN EGYPT’S singular importance to US strategic interests in the Arab world, the Obama administration’s response to the calamitous election results has been shocking. Rather than sound the alarm bells, US President Barack Obama has celebrated the results as a victory for “democracy.”
Rather than warn Egypt that it will face severe consequences if it completes its Islamist transformation, the Obama administration has turned its guns on the first country that will pay a price for Egypt’s Islamic revolution: Israel.
Speaking at the annual policy conclave in Washington sponsored by the leftist Brookings Institute’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hammered Israel, the only real ally the US has left in the Middle East after Mubarak’s fall. Clinton felt it necessary – in the name of democracy – to embrace the positions of Israel’s radical Left against the majority of Israelis.
The same Secretary of State that has heralded negotiations with the violent, fanatical misogynists of the Taliban; who has extolled Saudi Arabia where women are given ten lashes for driving, and whose State Department trained female-hating Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the lead-up to the current elections in Egypt accused Israel of repressing women’s rights. The only state in the region where women are given full rights and legal protections became the focus of Clinton’s righteous feminist wrath.
Israel is a criminal state for affording Jewish soldiers freedom of religion. Whereas the Taliban, who enslave women and girls in the most unspeakable fashion are worthy interlocutors, and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which supports universal female genital mutilation is moderate, Israel is an enemy of democracy for seeking to preserve the government’s ability to adopt policies that advance the country’s interests.
And as far as she is concerned, if Israel is not perfect, then it is unworthy of support. And since Israel, as a nation of mere mortals can never be perfect, it is necessarily always guilty.
CLINTON’S ASSAULT on Israeli democracy and society came a day after US Secretary of Defense, Panetta, attacked Israel’s handling of its strategic challenges. Whereas Clinton attacked Israel’s moral fiber, Panetta judged Israel responsible for every negative development in the regional landscape.
Panetta excoriated Israel for not being involved in negotiations with the Palestinians. Israel, he said must make new concessions to the Palestinians in order to convince them of its good faith. If Israel makes such gestures, and the Palestinians and the larger Islamic world spurn them, then Panetta and his friends will side with Israel, he said.
Panetta failed to notice that Israel has already made repeated, unprecedented concessions to the Palestinians and that the Palestinians have pocketed those concessions and refused to negotiate. And he failed to notice that in response to the repeated spurning of its concessions by the Palestinians and the Arab world writ large, rather than stand with Israel, the US and Europe expanded their demands for further Israeli concessions.
Panetta demanded that Israel make renewed gestures as well to appease the Egyptians, Turks and Jordanians. He failed to notice that it was Turkey’s Islamist government, not Israel, that took a knife to the Turkish-Israeli strategic alliance.
As for Egypt, rather than recognize the strategic implications for the US and Israel alike of Egypt’s transformation into an Islamic state, the US Defense Secretary demanded that Israel ingratiate itself with Egypt’s military junta. Thanks in large part to the Obama administration, that junta is now completely beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood.
As for Jordan, again thanks to the US’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its aligned groups in Libya and Tunisia, the Hashemite regime is seeking to cut a deal with the Jordanian branch of the movement in a bid to save itself from Mubarak’s fate. Under these circumstances, there is no gesture that Israel can make to its neighbor to the east that would empower King Abdullah to extol the virtues of peace with the Jewish state.
Then there is Iran, and its nuclear weapons program.
Panetta argued that an Israeli military strike against Iran would lead to regional war. But he failed to mention that a nuclear-armed Iran will lead to nuclear proliferation in the Arab world and exponentially increase the prospect of a global nuclear war.
Rather than face the dangers head on, Panetta’s message was that the Obama administration would rather accept a nuclear-armed Iran than support an Israeli military strike on Iran to prevent the mullahcracy from becoming a nuclear-armed state.
Clinton’s and Panetta’s virulently anti-Israeli messages resonated in an address about European anti-Semitism given last week by the US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. Speaking to a Jewish audience, Gutman effectively denied the existence of anti-Semitism in Europe. While attacks against European Jews and Jewish institutions have become a daily occurrence continent-wide, Gutman claimed that non-Muslim anti- Semites are essentially just all-purpose bigots who hate everyone, not just Jews.
As for the Muslims who carry out the vast majority of anti-Jewish attacks in Europe, Gutman claimed they don’t have a problem with good Jews like him. They are simply angry because Israel isn’t handing over land to the Palestinians quickly enough. If the Jewish state would simply get with Obama’s program, according to the US ambassador, Muslim attacks on Jews in Europe would simply disappear.
Gutman of course is not a policymaker. His job is simply to implement Obama’s policies and voice the president’s beliefs.
But when taken together with Clinton’s and Panetta’s speeches, Gutman’s remarks expose a distressing intellectual and moral trend that clearly dominates the Obama administration’s foreign policy discourse. All three speeches share a common rejection of objective reality in favor of a fantasy.
In the administration’s fantasy universe, Israel is the only actor on the world stage. Its detractors, whether in the Islamic world or Europe, are mere objects. They are bereft of judgment or responsibility for their actions.
Restrained by ideological thought police that outlaw critical thought about the dominant forces in the Islamic world today, US officials have little choice but to place all the blame for everything that goes wrong on the one society they are free to criticize – Israel.
The second possible explanation for the administration’s treatment of Israel is that it is permeated by anti-Semitism. The outsized responsibility and culpability placed on Israel by the likes of Obama, Clinton, Panetta and Gutman is certainly of a piece with classical anti-Semitic behavior.
The end result is the same in either case: Under President Obama, the US government has become hostile to Israel’s national rights and strategic imperatives. Under Obama, the US is no longer Israel’s ally.
It is most distressing to read of pastors molesting children. The long list of incidents is sickening! Here is one of many sources:
http://stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm – Please watch the links to 20/20 reports.
Notice, the Southern Baptist Spokesman lies to 20/20, making excuses for not having a sex offender registry!!!!
Cover-ups in conservative churches may exceed the idolatrous Catholic congregations, according to an internal investigative report on cases.
Previously, I addressed Calvary Chapel regarding this issue. This is added information concerning the two Calvary Chapel pastors who molested children. One pastor was apprehended in California and the second in Idaho. Calvary Chapel leadership shielded the vile criminal activities of the Idaho pastor, who they knew had a record in regard to pedophilia while pastoring in California. He had sexually abused a boy as a youth pastor. Some incidents of sex abuse, by this pastor, occurred when he supervised a mission trip. Yet, he was still allowed to pastor.
There are “two separate lawsuits filed against Calvary Chapel accusing them of harboring the Idaho child molester.” (Of course, child molesters deserve the death penalty and harborers deserve incarceration for life. This includes Chuck Smith if he assisted in the cover-up; and I have a hard time believing he did not, peering at the open facts!)
Now, why in the world was this man not serving life in prison; and why in the world would Calvary Chapel allow a child molester in its doors, yet alone to pastor in this chapel? I assume some Calvary Chapel pastors never read 1 Corinthians chapters 5 and 6, the books of Timothy and Titus, and John 7:24! Pastors must be above reproach in every way, faithfully obedient to Word of God! It appears some of Calvary Chapels pastors are simply corrupt, vile men who have no morals!
Another disturbing story regarding Chuck Smith:
At one Calvary Chapel exposure site, regarding child molestation, many had blogged that it was wrong to expose the child molesters of Calvary Chapel. (The apostasy is grave beyond belief.)
As stated before, I know of a church in Washington State which preaches the Bible; yet allows child molesters to attend. Some children left the church as a result. They now have no church to attend. The pastor does not care!
Of course, this is part of the backlash of allowing people who view pornography in the church doors, and those who dress immodestly in church doors. Vile church attendees think it is such a fun, silly game to play church, and then go home and engage in unspeakable activities. They truly believe church attendance exonerates them.
Child molestations in Bible churches have become a conspiracy of the most monstrous and demonic kind. Praise God, for the truth that is beginning to be released.
May God bring forth His righteous judgment speedily for all compromising sins in the church!
*Info gratefully gathered from many web sources.
The info below is devastating; however, expected in our churches that love the sensuality of rock music and Hollywood agendas, coupled with demonism.
In the name of New Spirituality, anything goes and I know this to be a fact. If you disagree, you are targeted. Many pastors today move like the Mafia to silence those who take a stand against the worldly church that they call the contemporary church. Despite Biblical commands and warnings, they seek to maintain a pious look in replication of the liberal Sadducees and Pharisees; Matthew 23:125-28.
There are many cases of child abuse in Bible churches in today’s world. Known pedophiles are allowed in churches. I know a case where a mother felt forced to remove her sweet boys from a church in Washington state to protect them from the present pedophiles. Only those who abide in the teachings of Christ are to be allowed in the church; 2 John, 1 Corinthians 5:9f, and 2 Corinthians chapter 6. Of course, those who truly want to hear the Gospel should be welcomed as well; Jude 22-23.
The Bible never lies! It is to be our only source of truth. (1 John 5:10-13—the Bible) ParadiseChild rape is erupting pain that does not easily cease If anyone wickedly harms a child, it is better if a millstone be hung around their neck and they be drowned in the depths of the sea; Matthew 18:6 (photo by Val Lee)
In this story, you will learn that a Calvary Chapel youth worker who had a history of committing child molestation was allowed to remain working with youth at Calvary Chapel churches. Sadly, a number of Calvary Chapel pastors knew about the abuser’s history. The result was that at least four other boys were allegedly sexually abused. We strongly suspect that as this story unfolds others will come forward with their own stories. While we realize that sexual abuse of children happens within every denomination (not to mention the horrendous abuses within the Roman Catholic Church covered up for years), the Calvary Chapel structure where the pastor is in full charge and where the whole movement is basically under the authority of one man makes it very susceptible to abuse and cover up as there is not a good accountability structure for pastors and youth pastors. What’s more, it creates an environment, not of humility by leaders, but rather one of power, manipulation, and control. In virtually every story we have heard from those who have contacted us about having to leave a Calvary Chapel church, the common element in each story was a lack of regard for church members and a power play by church pastors. These things ought not to be so as Christian pastors and leaders are to be servants of the people, not heavy-handed arrogant controllers. We remember the words of Chuck Colson (sorry to say he is ecumenical) in talking about his role in Watergate when he said that the two worst things to happen to a Christian leader is power and money.
The Christian church is in trouble, but not for the reasons that Rick Warren supporter and pollster George Barna gives. His statistics do not portray an accurate picture but are rather used to promote the “new” Christianity.” The Christian church is in trouble largely because those leading the evangelical/Protestant Christian church – publishers, prolific authors, organizations, ministries, radio and television stations, mega pastors, speakers, futurists, networks, colleges and seminaries, etc. – are embracing an emerging, contemplative, sensual, power-purpose-driven “gospel.” For true revival to happen, there must be repentance and humility. God will not work in any other environment. It is interesting to watch dominionist-type figures running around the country telling people to repent to “restore” America when they themselves have not repented and are totally misrepresenting true Christianity.
But God will not be mocked, and He will expose the hidden things of darkness, both in the leader’s life and the follower’s life …
Lest any reading this thinks that his or her denomination is without fault, virtually every denomination, to one degree or another, has succumbed to the “new” spirituality. And one of the key elements in the “new” spirituality is sensualness. This is why books like The Shack and practices like contemplative are so popular – it appeals to people’s senses; thus they are sensual. The word sensual means gratification of the flesh be it appetite, sexual, physical, etc. James 3:15 puts sensualness in the same category as earthly and devilish. And below we can see where Jude says those who are sensual do not have the Spirit.
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:15-19
Roger Oakland’s strong warning to Christian leaders:
Christian pastors and leaders need to know – your sin will indeed find you out. Better to willingly humble yourself and repent than to wait for God to bring His hand of judgment upon you. If you are a leader who is part of the apostasy come out from among her; if you are a leader who is sitting on the sidelines in utter silence while spiritual havoc is taking place, humble yourself and repent and you too, come out from among her. The days are short – there is no time for any believer to compromise …
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:20-25
… let us not forget the boys in this case, who were sexually abused. Please pray for them. In view of the APA’s (American Psychological Association) recent efforts to call pedophilia “normal,” it is all the more urgent for discerning Christians to speak up on behalf of children in a godly and responsible manner.
This is truly a heartbreaking situation. We are grieved and troubled that we even have to draw your attention to what is now being revealed to the body of Christ about what has been going on and even covered up by Christian leaders who many respect. The cause of Christ has certainly been damaged. Our prayer is that the sheep will have the wool removed from covering their eyes and will begin looking to Jesus. For the record, I am sad to say there is much more to come. So far, within the leadership of the movement, NO one has listened. Their only response is that I am crazy. I think it is a sad thing when the world has to expose the Church because there is no one in the church to do it.
Lighthouse Trails spoke with the Idaho Judicial Courts on 8/24/11 to confirm that case number CV 2011-6451 in Kootenai County, Idaho is a legitimate case filed with their courts, which we have now confirmed with that office.
This first document below is a record of events showing the court actions since August 9th, 2011, when the case was filed.
|Nicholas Rutler, etal. vs. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, etal.|
|Case:||CV-2011-0006451||District||Filed:||08/09/2011||Subtype:||Other Claims||Judge:||John P. Luster||Status:||Pending|
|Defendants:||Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship, Inc. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa Davis, Robert E|
|Plaintiffs:||Larabee, Kory Larabee, Kyle McIntosh, Alex Robert Rutler, Nicholas|
The following document is from the court records on file in Kootenai County, Idaho, stating that certain Calvary Chapel pastors were aware of the existence of a pedophile working with youth. To view the entire legal court document, click here
By Gustavo Arellano
Orange County Weekly
Everyone knows about the Catholic Diocese of Orange and its pedophile-protecting ways . . . but Orange County’s other Christian yahoo network has had its kiddie-diddling scandals as well–except Calvary Chapel does a much-better job hiding its tracks, signing settlements that remain under seal. I should get to exposing those, and will after I finish a couple of projects, but nice to see others aren’t waiting.
April 16, 2011 – 2 Idaho Churches Protected Predator
April 16, 2011: Churches protected predator, suit says
Emerging/emergent spirituality is making frightening strides in Christianity today. Whether it is emergent or emerging it means one with the world culture. Churches and Christian colleges, who may not fully understand the subtle undermining of this spirituality from the world, the flesh and the devil, are endorsing and promoting it. An event (Movement 2009) took place on May 29th at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (the Calvary Chapel mother church) with Rock Harbor pastor, Mike Erre.
The “kingdom of God” wicked theology that Erre presents is deadly broad. Erre states that there has been too much emphasis within Christianity on individual salvation and nothing on corporate salvation (i.e.., all of the world and creation being saved). He believes God is saving “all of creation” ( as seen on page 100 in his book Death by Church). Erre exalts uncertainty and doubt (always searching, never finding). He states: “Jesus brings mystery, paradox, and tension—rarely did someone get a straight answer out of Him” (p. 36). This sounds like New Perspective mendacious theology that is in Bible churches today. I have heard it. This teaching is totally counterfeit. It is a demonic lie from the pit of hell. God is not a God of confusion and the Biblical Christ must always be followed without question. He is the Word of God and His robe is dipped in blood; Revelation 19:13. Jesus Christ must always be uplifted in an all-holy manner, not analyzed as one would an insane neighbor who does not know what he is talking about. It is blasphemy to scrutinize Jesus Christ in a questioning manner. He is the Creator of the universe and its sustainer. Every knee will someday bow before Him!
“Erre’s kingdom theology is expressed throughout his book, “Death by Church. On page 132, he states that the gospel is “something bigger” than the “story of Jesus’ dying for the private sins of individuals…. it is the story of God’s kingdom being launched, on earth as in heaven, generating a new state of affairs. Atonement, redemption, and salvation are what happen on the way.” This emerging spirituality that does not see atonement, redemption, and salvation as a moment in history when Jesus Christ died on the Cross but rather an ongoing process that is continually growing, expanding, changing (see our review of An Emergent Manifesto of Hope). Erre states that “the end of the age does not result in the destruction of the earth but rather in its renewal.” Errie states: “Rather that waiting for the last days, we have been living in them since the coming of Jesus. Rather than waiting for the end to come, we are already living in the end times that will be consummated when Jesus returns” (p. 198). And, “The end of the age does not result in the destruction of the earth but rather in its renewal” (p. 212).”
“Erre sounds very much like a New Age Episcopalian priest (like N. T. Wright and others), and when he says ‘deep theology’ he actually means ‘deep ecumenism’ (‘deep’ meaning all-inclusive). Erre spouts that all of creation is being restored and saved. This runs redundantly throughout his book.”
Of course, true born again believers know that the road to heaven is narrow and few follow it. One can only be saved by being born again through the precious shed blood of Christ that cleanses from sin. The Bible is inerrant and it must be the only teaching of the church, never the doctrines and precepts of men. Sinful man always desires to become a god unto himself, according to what he thinks, has experienced or others have.
What true church that is commanded to be separated from the world, would meet in a nightclub as Rock Harbor did in its past? What church that believes the Bible is true and that women are to dress in bashfulness towards men as commanded, would put a cross next to a painting of a topless woman?
“COSTA MESA – It’s Palm Sunday at the Shark Club nightclub in Costa Mesa. Bibles lay on the ornate pool tables. Tattooed twenty-something are text-messaging furiously before the service. They sit on red velvet lounge chairs or bar stools under gleaming silver disco balls.
But the only thing on tap here is the grape juice for Communion.
A black curtain is draped over the bar, hiding the Bacardi, vodka and beer. A cross is propped next to a covered painting of a topless woman.”
“…They really know how to bring Christian relevance to our everyday atmosphere. It doesn’t feel that big to me,” said the marketing director of Fly by Night, a Huntington Beach disc jockey company.
“Here we are having church in a bar,” he said. “We’re not living in a Christian bubble. I came here once and was hooked ever since.”
(from an article by reporter—VALERIA GODINES)
From Rock Harbor’s websites:
“art as a bridge
art holds a significant place in our culture. movies, video, theatre, dance, and visual art are esteemed, explored and most importantly – understood in all areas of our society. we desire to use this common medium to communicate truth.”
http://www.rockharborswings.com/ At this link, you can view Rock Harbor’s advertisement for their swing dances, promoted as a chance to get to know others. They invite the unsaved to partake as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBRgOz8kYDo This sad, worldly video, reveals the truth of what I am stating. I do not recommend that men view this. If they desire to know what is taking place, I would ask for a wife or sister to watch. This clip is of a Rock Harbor dance team performing at Rick Warren’s church (Saddleback) that is homosexual affirming. This video shows girls, girls, girls and men love to see them dance this way! Christian men are called to view women in all chaste purity and anyone in their right mind recognizes this is not what this promotes. (1 Timothy 5:2) No church has a right to claim to be part of the body of Christ that engages in such lewdness.
In this newsletter (link above), they state “all styles of dance represented and welcomed!” Yes, there is an exclamation point. They also promote a performance called “Funny Bone.” They advertise it as being “hilarious and funny.” Where are our churches going? They are certainly apostate in every sense of the word.
Where in the Bible are we commanded to imitate culture? We are to hate this world and its productions, not mimic it for a trendy cultural look so the unsaved never witness the holy separated sacrifice. True believers are hated by society’s culture because they expose its sinful alluring agendas that spell “fun” for all. World = culture is a true equation.
John Calvin is also revered today in countless churches. He believed the human race would bruise satan on the head, not Jesus Christ when He conquered death through His tree of suffering and shame. …“we must necessarily come to one head, that we may find to whom the victory belongs … Wherefore, the sense will be (in my judgment) that the human race, which Satan was endeavouring to oppress, would at length be victorious.” Uplifting the sinful, vile human race is nothing new and uplifting false theologians who do so is nothing new.
When one truth of Scripture is thrown out the window, it opens all the windows for an invasion of lies. The Bible must be taught verse by verse, chapter by chapter with no compromise and with the listener’s ears wide open in this day and age of church apostasy. Scripture must be compared with Scripture in order for one not to be deceived. Man-made contrived interpretations must be confronted.
The church today wants to be worldly conforming, not separated from the world teachings, methodologies and terminologies. Most pastors do not want to stand on street corners preaching the Word of salvation or going door to door to reach the lost. They attempt to make the church look like the world and sound like the world so it is pleasing to all for numbers sake. They want mega churches and they want them their way without having to go out as the apostles and prophets exampled for all, for all ages. They were willing to die for the Gospel and did not seek to be viewed as cool, trendy and technology-wise.
The church is called the church because it is made up of believing Christians who abide in the truths of the Word of God (1 Corinthians 5:11 and 6:9-11). The church is to go out and save and then bring them in. I do not say true searching ones cannot be allowed in. Nevertheless, the church means the church of Jesus Christ, its Savior.
The church must shun Satan’s entertaining ways of allurement and return to the Biblical examples of reaching the lost. The church in general looks silly-stupid as it attempts to appear styling—holding to a rock-out mentality that uplifts Hollywood productions and present its own rock stars. And the apostate church craves Hollywood-like Gospel productions—the best in presentation.
It desires its own programs to be set before people like sitcoms. Very sick indeed! The contemporary mindset set forth is a lie from the pit of hell. Yet, contemporary-ism rules most churches.
I believe the church in general is walking the apostasy road because it craves the entertainers of the world and uplifts them as gods. Church attendees do not want to believe these live people-gods are of Satan and their idol entertainers are going to hell unless they repent of their ways. It is becoming more easy for church goers to believe everyone is going to reach heaven. The false teachers are tickling the ears of their make believe world. Christians no longer want to dwell on those things that are true, they relish the novel mentality.
The apostasy is becoming more grave as each day passes. May the church revive and come out from amongst them and be separate.
(some information accumulated and quoted)
This question was posed to me regarding “False Doctrine Beware.”
I must state first, in regards to Genesis 3:15, we are not dealing with an “it” as if in reference to the human race. “Heel” is in the masculine form. We also know from Romans 5:14-21, 1 Corinthians 15:21-25, etc. that this is a reference to Christ’s work. It was God’s prophecy concerning the Messiah. Calvin deliberately lied regarding God’s Word. The NASB states, “He (meaning the seed of God and man) shall bruise you (the serpent) on the head and you shall bruise Him (Jesus Christ) on the heel.” Satan knew exactly what this prophecy meant and that is why he wanted to murder Christ at His birth—Revelation 12:1-4)
“Where did you get the quote from John Calvin? The quotation says to me that those who come to the Head (Jesus Christ) will be victorious through what Jesus did on the cross for us. The victory belongs to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Here was my answer:
I trust you are being blessed today. Concerning Calvin, you can see his entire commentary on the bruising of Christ below.
It must be recognized Calvin, like false teachers today, spoke always out of both sides of his mouth. If you look at his commentary, you see that he speaks both ways. The “human race” is not the church though he tries to sound pious by ending his commentary, by slyly making it sound like the church. He talks like one from the Episcopalian church and the Episcopalian church loves Calvin. You must grasp the fact the “human race” is not the church as Calvin tries to infer. Only a very small fraction of the human race is saved and it consists of the “called out ones” from the human race. The Bible never refers to the church as the “human race.” The human race moves according to Satan’s influence. It will not destroy its own false god, Satan. Only Jesus Christ has that authority. Satan is still loose and roaming the earth.
The Seed is Christ, not the future generations that came from Eve, as explained by Calvin. Satan was not bound by the human race through future generations. The human race will never be victorious. The human race in general is bound for hell. Only the church is saved.
Calvin is wrong, the bruising did take place by one man only—Jesus Christ. When Paul refers to bruising in Romans 16:20 (see Calvin’s statements below), he is not referring to when Christ bruised Satan on the cross. We know Genesis 3:15 refers to the cross as it states to Satan, “you shall bruise Him on the heel.” Satan was not victorious in his attempt to destroy God on the cross.
And you must see, even from the Romans verse, that it states the LORD who will bruise Satan under the feet of the saints. We exalt only in Christ’s power not our own. We can do nothing apart from Him. What God is referring to in this verse in Romans is the fact Christ will usher in His kingdom following the tribulation (and will rule from Israel (Revelation 19:11-chapter 20). The bruising of Satan is not imparted to faithful men as Calvin states. It is through God and God alone. We cannot read into Scripture what is not there as Calvin consistently does.
Calvin lies and says the church has replaced Israel in his commentaries. He also stated that Christ did not die for all men. God is not a God of confusion, but Calvin is and so are his followers. Satan is the one whose doctrine never makes sense.
I hope you understand and see the truth.
Val (Colossians 1:9-14)
Calvin Commentary Genesis 3:15:
It shall bruise. 45 This passage affords too clear a proof of the great ignorance, dullness, and carelessness, which have prevailed among all the learned men of the Papacy. The feminine gender has crept in instead of the masculine or neuter. There has been none among them who would consult the Hebrew or Greek codices, or who would even compare the Latin copies with each other. 46 Therefore, by a common error, this most corrupt reading has been received. Then, a profane exposition of it has been invented, by applying to the mother of Christ what is said concerning her seed.
There is, indeed no ambiguity in the words here used by Moses; but I do not agree with others respecting their meaning; for other interpreters take the seed for Christ, without controversy; as if it were said, that some one would arise from the seed of the woman who should wound the serpent’s head. Gladly would I give my suffrage in support of their opinion, but that I regard the word seed as too violently distorted by them; for who will concede that a collective noun is to be understood of one man only? Further, as the perpetuity of the contest is noted, so victory is promised to the human race through a continual succession of ages. I explain, therefore, the seed to mean the posterity of the woman generally. But since experience teaches that not all the sons of Adam by far, arise as conquerors of the devil, we must necessarily come to one head, that we may find to whom the victory belongs. So Paul, from the seed of Abraham, leads us to Christ; because many were degenerate sons, and a considerable part adulterous, through infidelity; whence it follows that the unity of the body flows from the head. Wherefore, the sense will be (in my judgment) that the human race, which Satan was endeavoring to oppress, would at length be victorious. 47 In the meantime, we must keep in mind that method of conquering which the Scripture describes. Satan has, in all ages, led the sons of men “captive at his will”, and, to this day, retains his lamentable triumph over them, and for that reason is called the prince of the world, (John 12:31.) But because one stronger than he has descended from heaven, who will subdue him, hence it comes to pass that, in the same manner, the whole Church of God, under its Head, will gloriously exult over him. To this the declaration of Paul refers,
“The Lord shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly,”
By which words he signifies that the power of bruising Satan is imparted to faithful men, and thus the blessing is the common property of the whole Church; but he, at the same time, admonishes us, that it only has its commencement in this world; because God crowns none but well — tried wrestlers.
On May 5th Paul Smith, brother of Chuck Smith (the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement), was fired from his position in the Calvary Chapel (CCOF) organization during an unscheduled meeting that day. The motion to fire Paul Smith was made by board member Roger Wing and seconded by Chuck Smith’s son-in-law, Brian Broderson. Other board members affirmed the motion and Paul Smith was dismissed.
For some time now Paul Smith, who has been in full-time ministry since 1951, has been putting forth tireless efforts to help keep contemplative and emerging spirituality out of the Calvary Chapel movement. At times, this caused conflict with other Calvary Chapel figures who did not resonate with these efforts.
Calvary Chapel released a Position Paper denouncing mystical practices (i.e. contemplative prayer) and the emerging church. This weekend a position paper addressed to pastors was posted on the Calvary Chapel website. The paper indicates that Calvary Chapel is taking a stand against contemplative spirituality and the emerging church and decrees that the title Calvary Chapel not be attached to such movements.
In the Position Paper, Calvary Chapel pastors were told not to use the Calvary Chapel title on their church name if they were going to go in the contemplative/emerging direction.
Calvary Chapel is at a critical point in the history of the movement. If nothing more happens than a written statement, and pastors and churches are permitted to carry the name Calvary Chapel but embrace contemplative purpose driven seeker friendly market driven ideas, the movement will break into various segments. There are many Calvary Chapel pastors who are asking for this kind of clear cut direction and want Calvary Chapel to remain what it once was.
If Calvary Chapel stands firm on defending the gospel message and rejecting heretical demonic doctrines, it may be setting a precedent for other Christian ministries to do likewise. With organizations such as Purpose Driven, Zondervan,
(Zondervan Publishes the NIV Bible that omits hundreds of words and phrases from the Word of God by NIV translators. The “Godhead” in the NIV was completely removed from the Word of God. All the following words have been omitted from the NIV: Propitiation, regeneration, mercyseat, remission, Jehovah, immutable, omnipotent, Comforter, Messiah, infallible, et cetera. The word “sodomite” is completely gone, as are the words: fornication, carnal, effeminate, vanity, devils, Lucifer, damnation, brimstone, and the bottomless pit. Zondervan Publishers does not reveal they are OWNED by Harper Collins, which also publishes The Satanic Bible and The Joy of Gay Sex. http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Zondervan-Corporation-Company-History.HTML Dr. Marten Woudstra, chairman on the NIV committee, was involved in sex perversion. He is quoted as saying that loving monogamous relationships between gay men or women were acceptable to God and that there was nothing in the Old Testament that spoke against the perversion. (Lies) Dr. Virginia Mollenkott, a literary critic on the NIV translation, was a sodomite. In Episcopal, Witness (June 1991, PP. 20-23), she comes out of the closet by saying, “My lesbianism has ALWAYS been a part of me. . .” This could explain why, “sodomite” is never found in the NIV. (Deut. 23:17, I Kings 14:24, 15:12 , 22:46 , II Kings 23:7) Not only that, but all other references to sodomy are perverted to say something else: 1Cor. 6:9, “. . . Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, . . .” is replaced with the “. . . Nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders. . .” According to Wikipedia.org, the New International Bible (NIV) printed by Zondervan is the most popular Bible version today. Zondervan Publishers does not reveal they are OWNED by Harper Collins, who also publishes The Satanic Bible and The Joy of Gay Sex. http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Zondervan-Corporation-Company-History.HTML)
Nav Press publishers (Publishers of the heretical Message Bible), Willow Creek and Renovare, all promoting contemplative spirituality, and with many other ministries appearing to head that way; it is becoming less and less popular to do what Calvary Chapel has done. But it is a time in history when compromising the integrity of the Gospel could actually help to unfold the greatest spiritual deception Christianity has ever seen.
Calvary Distribution (the resource arm of Calvary Chapel) removed all Purpose Driven materials from their resource database. The pressures on young pastors today to conform to the current trends for the sake of having a successful big church are ever-increasing. The financial backing that is behind the birth of the current emerging church movement reveals the movement is not simply a “discontent grumblings of young people looking for answers” but entails a far more structured effort to bring about a new mystical spirituality that would ultimately reject the very core of the Bible’s main tenets and its inerrancy.
But as with most denominations and Christian organizations, there are indications that contemplative/emergent/Purpose Driven is continuing to influence the Calvary Chapel movement contrary to the efforts and statements of Chuck Smith in 2006. For instance, Calvary Chapel speaker Gayle Erwin has come out strong in support of the New Age sympathizing book, The Shack. Erwin’s endorsement for William Paul Young’s New York Times best-seller sits on The Shack website and says: Riveting with twists that defy your expectations while teaching powerful theological lessons without patronizing. I was crying by page 100. You cannot read it without your heart becoming involved.
Unfortunately, an event is scheduled between Rock Harbor and Calvary Chapel at the end of May. The conference will take place at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and will feature Rock Harbor’s teaching pastor Mike Erre and worship team. Mike Erre is the author of a new book, Death by Church: Rescuing Jesus from His Followers, Recapturing God’s Hope for His People. The book is filled with kingdom-now theology—anti-Revelation, rapture and millennial, including dismissing the countless promises to the Jews found throughout the Word of God. Also numerous favorable references to and quotes by people like Brian McLaren, Dallas Willard, and other contemplative emerging figures. Based on this book alone, it is accurate to say that Erre has all the earmarks of a heretic, as an emerging church pastor. In Erre’s 2008 book, Why Guys Need God, he quotes and references a number of contemplative mystic-proponents: Richard Rohr, Larry Crabb, Pete Scazzero, Rob Belland others. It is very clear by Erre’s remarks about Richard Rohr (whom he references over a half a dozen times in the book) that he esteems him highly. And yet Rohr’s spirituality would be in the same camp as someone like Matthew Fox (author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ) who believes in pantheism (god in trees, rocks, etc. A denial of Biblical God). Rohr wrote the foreword to a 2007 book called How Big is Your God? by Jesuit priest (from India) Paul Coutinho. In Coutinho’s book, he describes an interspiritual community where people of all religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity) worship the same God. How ironic that Paul Smith’s firing is sandwiched between two Rock Harbor events at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Members at that church should be very, very concerned.
At a Calvary Chapel’s Costa Mesa’s high school, a teacher asked his class to read, review, and study How to Stay Christian in College written by Protestant-turned-Catholic J. Budziszewski. The book has references in the back of some editions to mystic emergent Tony Jones and Budziszewski himself is a proponent of contemplative prayer practices. Many families in today’s churches are trying to protect their children and teens from spiritual deception. Christian parents must realize that the souls of their youth are at stake. Satan is in churches trying to obtain them through the false demonic movement of contemporary Christianity.
Isaiah 11:1-5: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”
This situation with Calvary Chapel is not isolated. Nearly every evangelical denomination and organization of any size in North America is going in this same direction to one degree or another. One key factor in why this is happening so rapidly is that Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries are heavily saturated with contemplative/emerging spirituality. Biola University, for instance, where many Calvary Chapel pastors have attended and graduated is deeply involved in this “new spirituality.” Satan is certainly increasing in power in these later days as the Bible predicted. Christ revealed, He would not find any faith on the earth when He returns. Faith in the inerrant Bible is dwindling every day from our churches.
The spirituality of the desert fathers has gotten a grip on the current theological thought and practice like no one could have predicted just a few years ago, thanks largely in part to the emerging church and the work of Rick Warren and Bill Hybels. Remember, mysticism is what gives the emerging church its momentum. Holistic doctor and author Dr. Rick Levy revealed that in 2008, 17 million Americans were practicing meditation (eastern-style). That number is up from 10 million in 2003. At that rate, in another five years it will probably be somewhere between 20 and 25 million. There is no doubt that this surge of mysticism will have a profound effect on virtually every North American family. This statistic is sobering when you consider what Richard Kirby observed: The meditation of advanced occultists is identical with the prayer of advanced mystics, it is no accident that both traditions use the same word for the highest reaches of their respective activities: contemplation. (Mission of Mystic) Mysticism (i.e. the satanic controlled occult) is overtaking all segments of society, and this means that the world is falling under the spell of sorceries (magical arts). This fact represents the book of Revelation and the belief system that will arise in the later days (Revelation 18:23). The acceptance of Harry Potter in the church has certainly been the springboard to what we now observe in our apostate fellowships.
Contemplative prayer or Spirituality defined:
Below is a simple definition and Wikipedia’s take:
Definition of Contemplative Spirituality: “A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is often wrapped in Christian terminology; the premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and pantheistic (God is in all). The purpose of contemplative prayer is to enter an altered state of consciousness in order to find one’s true self, thus finding God. This true self relates to the belief that man is basically good. Proponents of contemplative prayer teach that all human beings have a divine center and that all, not just born again believers, should practice contemplative prayer.”
In Christian mysticism, Contemplative prayer can refer to:
• Repetitive chanting, breathing in a controlled manner or silent concentration to quiet the thoughts and feelings and commune with God.
• Infused contemplation, for many writers, including St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila (both demonic Catholic mystics), the sole sense of the term;
• Acquired contemplation, also known as “Prayer of Simplicity”; or
• Centering prayer, which is sometimes called contemplative prayer, although “It is not contemplation in the strict sense, which in Catholic tradition has always been regarded as a pure gift of the Spirit, but rather it is a preparation for contemplation.”
“Contemplative consciousness,” says [Thomas] Merton, is “a Trans-cultural, Trans-religious, Trans-formed consciousness … it can shine through this or that system, religious or irreligious”
One question that has surfaced at various times in history is whether contemplative prayer is given only to select people or whether everyone is called towards it. Generally, the latter view has prevailed. In the 17th century, however, several writers, most notably John Baptist Scaramelli, taught, in reaction to Quietism, that asceticism and mysticism are two distinct paths to perfection; the former was the normal, ordinary end of the Christian life, and the latter, to which contemplative prayer belongs, is something extraordinary. The controversy was more or less resolved in the early 20th century with Arintero and Garrigou-Lagrange exonerating the view that infused contemplation is a normal development of the spiritual life. This is now the generally accepted position.
*Some info gathered and quoted from Lighthouse Trails Publishing (This is a conservative publisher, but I do not agree with everything stated by their authors. I have appreciated the editor’s assistance at times.)
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