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Spiritual Deception

Spiritual DecptionSpiritual DecpetionJesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.

Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

Richard Foster's Spiritual Formation

A Life Formed in the Spirit


Thirty-one years ago, not many evangelicals thought much of the "spiritual disciplines," and when they did, they thought of them negatively as one more form of works righteousness. That began to change substantially 30 years ago, with the publication of Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. This book, arguably more than any other, introduced evangelicals not only to the disciplines, but also to the wealth of spiritual formation writing from the medieval and ancient church. Today you are almost as likely to hear an evangelical talk about Thomas  Kempis's The Imitation of Christ as Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life.


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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

Dual Covenant Theology

Can you explain the two covenant theology and how it ties to classic dispensationalism? I have heard this mentioned several times, and not sure I clearly understand the implications.


Q. Can you explain the two covenant theology and how it ties to classic dispensationalism? I have heard this mentioned several times, and not sure I clearly understand the implications.
A. Two (or dual) covenant theology maintains that God's covenant with the Jews is different than the one He gave the Gentiles and makes it unnecessary for them to receive Jesus as their Messiah to be saved. It makes this claim even though Jesus came to Israel, fulfilled Jewish Messianic prophecies, and presented Himself as Israel's King and Redeemer.


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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

A Warm Protestant Welcome for Mary

Time was, for Protestants, that the Virgin Mary was a once-a-year thing. "We dragged Mary out at Christmas along with the angels and placed her at center stage," says religious essayist Kathleen Norris. "Then we packed her safely in the creche box for the rest of the year." That attitude, Norris and other Protestants say, has long denied the mother of Jesus her rightful place in Christian tradition.


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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

Monastic Evangelicals

A growing number of evangelicals--younger evangelicals in particular--are maturing the movement in another way. They are taking their newfound love affair with Christian tradition and the early church beyond the realm of books and talk and into their churches and Christian lives. Covenant's Kenneth Stewart noted at the Wheaton conference that more and more traditionally evangelical congregations are now experimenting with advent candles, sampling practices associated with Lent, and marking Holy Week with special services like Tenebrae--an evening service featuring songs, readings, and the gradual extinguishing of lights to represent Christ's death.


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I like Paul Young. Having heard him speak about his life and book three times recently in Portland, Oregon I found him to be passionate, witty and funny. While at Young's alma mater (Warner Pacific College), I was able to spend a few moments with him privately during which time I asked him to personally respond to several criticisms and concerns that I and other Christians are raising about the theological contents of his book. I wish I could report that he allayed my apprehensions but instead, I went away convinced that The Shack is more than just a little offbeat but is, as Dr. Albert Mohler pegged it on his radio program, "blatant heresy."


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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

How to Recognize a False Prophet--Reagan

False prophets are all over the landscape today, and they are a sign of the times pointing to the soon return of Jesus.


Jesus Himself warned of false prophets in the end times. His most detailed discourse on end time signs is recorded in Matthew 24. In that passage the very first sign He mentions is false prophets (Matthew 24:4-5), and it is the only sign He repeats (Matthew 24:11,24). His warning was blunt and plain spoken: "Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many."


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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

Desperate Sheep Without a Shepherd - Markell

But now 25 years later, TV commercials are airing about Lord Maitraya! Why was I a doubter? One such commercial can be found here. As a matter of fact, Benjamin Crème and references to Maitraya are found all over the Internet's favorite pastime, YouTube. In the minds of Maitraya's followers, he is just over the horizon ready to appear in his mystical, Eastern glory. Another is here.


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If you ask nine out of ten Christians just what is this Emergent or Emerging Church, they will likely be clueless! Nonetheless, it is devouring entire denominations and churches that were once solid.

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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

The Liberal Roots of the Emergent Church

By Eric Barger

Over a century ago spiritual liberalism swept through the once-sound mainline denominations, wreaking theological havoc on anyone in its path. Once solid and fundamentally based seminaries became infested with the liberal teachings of the so-called "German Enlightenment" and before long heretical intellectualism, which doubted the authority of the Bible, quickly spread to the leaders of the denominations, into the pulpits and finally to those in the pews.


Today, one doesn't have to look far to see the spiritual disrepair that liberalism has left the denominations in. Because of the longstanding apostasy of the spiritual liberals, untold millions have already entered eternity without Jesus Christ - having previously believed that those entrusted with teaching them the Christian faith were doing so faithfully and authentically.

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Saturday, 05 September 2009 19:00

Why the Left Is Not Right - June 9

Some who fit into the mold of the religious Left include Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, most all Emergent Church leaders including Brian McLaren, the National and World Council of Churches, and others too lengthy to list.  I will focus on primarily one -- Jim Wallis. He is the most troubling because he is Barack Obama's "spiritual advisor."


Jim Wallis is an admitted Socialist and Communist. How's that for being very up front with you?  He was a part of the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960s. That organization was always in a rampage and assaulting the police with their Communist agenda.


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