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By Warren Cole Smith
(EP News)"”Thirty years ago, businessmen involved in pornography and gambling might be on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" list.Ã‚Â Today, businessmen profiting from these seedy activities "“ and you can throw in abortion and homosexuality "“ are just as likely to end up on the "Fortune 500" list.
by Jackie Alnor (A Lady)
How has the position of women in the church gone from the virtuous Victorian doormat to the liberated female suffragette? Has the church simply followed the secular spirit of this age? Where is the scriptural balance?
by Charley Carle
John Griffeth lived in the western part of the United States during the depression years of dryness, dustbowls and drought. Married in 1929, the Griffeths watched their farming dreams blow into dust. Finally, they gathered their little son and their meager belongings and moved east.
by James Jacob Prasch
Matthew Murray, the deranged shooter who murdered four and attempted to murder hundreds of other Christians in his armed attacks onÃ‚Â a mission's centerÃ‚Â in Arvada, Colorado and on an Evangelical church in Colorado Springs had been until recently a member of the spiritually and doctrinally warped 'Youth With A Mission' (YWAM) organizationÃ‚Â founded by Loren Cunningham andÃ‚Â promoted by Danny Lehman.
Commentary on the News
Thursday, January 03, 2008
It gives me no joy to report on what I think is one of the most prominent stories of 2007. America is the most blessed, prosperous nation on earth. God raised this young nation up for several reasons. We have been a gospel light to the world and that remains. We have been Israel's "off-and-on" ally. Our Christian heritage has made us a compassionate nation.
But I see a nation pulling away from the one true God and giving a voice to those who hate God or who have a skewed view of Him. This was personified in 2007.
Why would a nation of Judeo-Christian principles give one of the highest honors to the Dalai Lama who received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in October? He snowed his adoring admirers, most of them the highest of America's leaders, by saying, "There can be no world peace without first obtaining inner peace." Where's the Prince of Peace and did anyone stand up for Him?
In July, a Hindu opened the U.S. Senate with a Hindu prayer. This same man is opening in prayer at state senates in many places.
The first Muslim imam delivered a prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives, even though he is on record saying, "Take my word--if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us."
This year saw an unprecedented push to convince Americans that Jews, Christians, and Muslims celebrate similar roots. Interfaith gatherings have taken place so that in unity all may celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Muslim Hajj Festival. Pulpits filled with men who should know better telling us that God and Allah are one and the same.
At the same time, atheists want a pulpit everywhere in America! It's not just Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Phillip Pullman's trilogy, The Golden Compass, warranted an expense of $180 million to seduce kids into hating God. The bottom line is that in America, atheism is in. Not since Nietzsche have disbelievers enjoyed such a ready public reception to their godless message--and such royalties.
Snaps Christopher Hitchens who wrote God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (although not, presumably, the pronouncements of atheists), "Many of the teachings of Christianity are, as well as being incredible and mythical, immoral."
In the past 12 months, atheist authors, according to The Wall Street Journal, have created a publishing sensation, selling more than 1 million books worldwide.
And the great "falling away" fell some more (see II Thess. 2:3). While many churches struggle to hold on to the truth, many more caved to methods of doing church that are not biblical. Willow Creek Pastor Bill Hybels repented for his "seeker-sensitive" approach, calling it an utter failure (although the church appears to now be taking an Emergent turn.)
Our own president stated in late 2007 that all religions pray to the same god. This creates confusion and a form of "falling away" again.
And the lead story in U.S. News and World Report in late 2007 was that even Protestants are returning to Rome as Catholicism and the one world religion join forces and gain strength.
The Bible says, The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'(Psalm 53:1).
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12.)
Yet our Lord delays His coming so that even these might be saved.
Visit our "Spiritual Deception" category at the Web site to learn more.
(Jan is founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries. To learn more, receive her print or e-newsletter, or hear three years of radio programming, visit her Web site, www.olivetreeviews.org.)
by Jackie Alnor
The latest charismatic craze heralding the long-awaited "Latter Rain" has fallen in Idaho - and I really mean fallen. How can the 'holy laughter'-shaking-drunkenness craze be outdone? How about with the gemstone-'weight-loss'-'hair growth' revival? We're talking major signs and wonders here! That's right - gemstones are falling from the sky in Coeur d'Alene. We can call this the "Chicken-Little Latter Rain Revival." It's raining cheap jewelry.
by Jacob Prasch
Indeed we know Alan Morrison. He is a fringe element conspiracy theorist; attempting to operate underÃ‚Â the masquerade of a Christian discernment ministry. His pathetic antics cost him his pastorate and his job as a pastor of a small Baptist church in the English midlands when the congregation couldn't take any more and rejected him as a leader. Even his hyper-Calvinistic friendsÃ‚Â from theÃ‚Â Peter Masters/Peter GloverÃ‚Â clan seem to have disowned him. After that he moved onto Holland,Ã‚Â and then toÃ‚Â France.Ã‚Â He left Britain with his tail between his legs.
by Sherry Neese
Bereans Then and Now
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11
Noble = Morally good; superior in nature or character
The Bulletin with Newsweek
March 7, 2007
Tanya Levin spent her formative years at Hillsong. Disillusioned, she began to question its gospel of wealth. We present her exclusive account of life inside Australia's most influential evangelical church.