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Atheistic attacks on Christianity
Real Christianity is nothing if not Biblical. The Bible & its teaching, laws and gospel is the very basis of our faith, and all attacks on Christianity boil down to one thing: an attack on the reliability of the written word of God, and a consequent undermining of Christian liberty.
by Grant Norman
Joseph Prince claims in this book to have a radical new understanding of grace.
Throughout the book he puts forth the tired old lies of the word faith movement. "You can live without suffering and sickness, everything you do will be successful" etc.
The only real difference being, while the Word Faith crowd claim it all by a redefined and unbiblical "˜faith', Prince teaches that all these things are assured under his version of "˜grace'. The new "˜grace' of Joseph Prince removes the need of repentance, and confession of sins from the Christian life. He also denies that God will ever bring conviction to a believer about their sin. To live under Prince's grace, we simply need to confess that we are righteous. That is the secret to the Christian life.
Yad Hashmonah is a Messianic Jewish village community with a hotel facility developed by Israeli believers and Christians from Finland. We urge prayer for Yad Hashmonah. The prayer request from Israel is as follows:
Dear friends in the Lord,
The judge ruled against us, claiming that our refusal to allow gay marriage in the Yad Hashmona guest-house is against the law. we were fined 80,000 shekelsand together with our expenses in this case, its very heavy on us.
This is a quote from the ruling:
""Every person who opens a public business in Israel should know that they must serve the whole public equally, without discrimination... which covers sexual orientation as well. As soon as the defendants opened their doors to all, they cannot close them for those who they believe do not meet the requirements found in the Bible or New Testament."
Needless to say, we do not close our doors to anyone who comes to Yad Hashmona, on the contrary, we are a living testimony of good news of the Messiah to many Israelis that pass through us, this is what I am here for. to be a testimony. But to hold a marriage ceremony of a lesbian couple in Yad Hashmona is to violate God's requirement over this place that we claim to be a Messianic village, and we could notÃ‚Â do that.
The Lesbian couple's lawyer, claims that the verdict is a precedentÃ‚Â in the sense thatÃ‚Â "the court decided that the principal of equality trumps the argument for freedom of religion and beliefs". So when it came to ourÃ‚Â right for freedom of faith,Ã‚Â and their right to wed at our village, they won.
What happened yesterday was a shock to me. I know how biased the media is, but the extent of the blindness and aggressive responses, took me by surprise.
Immediately upon advertising the verdict as a lesbian victory in theÃ‚Â main page of YNET, the Israeli on-line news page, and Ha'aretz, tens of responses appeared praising the couple and calling us many names.
No one even considers the small community in this village and its rights, the right to hold on to scriptural principles, the right to be respected and not violated in your own home.
No one approached us for responses or wanted to hear our side, because the media is not interested in our "primitive stand". When I tried to write a comment to the article, like hundreds of others, it was not posted!
They rejected again and again my comment and other friends comments who tried to stand with us. Talk about freedom of speech...
Letters of mockery were sent to our reception and this morning we received phone calls by angry Israelis attacking our place, saying they did not know we "believe this foolishness" or are "so old-fashioned". Two people called to say they are thinking to cancel their events here.
In Haaretz, it was quoted that the couple "... expressed hope that the owners of the hall wouldn't refuse to hold gay or lesbian events. "Everyone needs to choose where they celebrate. I would be interested to know if they (Yad Hashmona) accept or reject same-sex couples in the future..."so this morning more phone calls were made by guys asking about wedding details, and the receptionist was afraid it is aÃ‚Â trap done on purpose, and asked for guidance what to say to avoid another law suit.
But also good came of it: I received phone calls by religious people, praising our courage to stand on God's word, some even said they wished they hadÃ‚Â a stage to respond to this gay issue abuse of society. I had a chance to share with some that I believe God sees and hears and He will bring blessing from this.
I always felt that God's verse for our place is from Mathew 5: "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden".
Being a group of believers on this hill, a known Messianic village, we cannot hide, even if we wanted to. We cannot hide who we are and that is why we are attacked, it is not us but God on the stand. I may be offended (which I am today, believe me), but God isn't. He was not surprised when His son was crucified and He is not surprised when people are mocking His principles. He will have the final word and we should not loose heart.
Very soon major decisions will have to be made now in regard to our smallÃ‚Â little hotel'sÃ‚Â future. We need to redefine what it is that we serve and what is the name of our business.
And if this case means to close the hotel and make it something else..a Bible campus, or a Messianic retreat place... I don't know what, but we will have to do it.
We are carried in Yad Hashmona on wings of grace, I know that. I pray for guidance, clarity of direction and much peace in the process for the people who live here.
Continue to pray for our nation who is so much in the dark, continue to pray for the light to shine in Israel, continue to pray forÃ‚Â the "messenger of good news" to do their work.
We need all the prayer we can have to lift this case up before our father for great testimony!
Thank you for standing with me in prayer,
I appreciate it with all my heart,
December 27th 2011, 6:00 am
by Rev. Nick Howard
The word "˜racist' probably brings to mind a skinhead with a snarling face. But this image can blind us to the presence of well-spoken racists in very respectable jobs, who can capitalise on their social status to inflict more serious long-term damage than their counterparts on the streets. A prime example of this is one of my fellow Anglicans, Rev Stephen Sizer, vicar of Ã‚Â Christ Church Virginia Water. It hardly needs saying that I would only make such a serious charge on the basis of convincing evidence, and having already pursued the official means of complaint without success.
Then he said to me, "Write, "˜Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God." Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:9-10)
The Apostle John, through the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit of course, authored what is arguably two of the deepest and most important books of the Bible. The Gospel of John is often cited as the number one choice desired by those who theoretically become stranded on a desert island and can only have on book. From an earthly perspective of the Messiah, it is one of the most important books in history. But ironically the Apostle John also produced Revelation, which looks at future history from a heavenly perspective. (The repeated return to what is happening in heaven throughout Revelation is the "glue" that binds the themes of Revelation together.) John, as a kind of celestial court reporter, provides a transcription of how heaven sees things. He is unique in being used to author works which provide insight into the Lamb from both of these drastically different perspectives.
Remarkably, the angel at the forefront of conveying the heavenly visions provided to John places both the earthly record of the Gospel of John and this embodiment of heavenly revelations on equal footing. "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" is a statement that these two seemingly different books are actually two sides of the same coin. The writings and teachings of the Apostles about the Lamb who came to take away the sins of the world in the Gospels is the very spirit, life and soul of the prophecies in Revelation describing the concluding work of the one and only Lamb who brings all things to an ultimate fulfillment. The testimony of all the Apostles and Prophets who bore witness to Christ is the flipside of the coin to the spirit of prophecy endowed to the angels relating it back through the Apostle John. I believe this to be foundational to the interpretation of Scripture: there can be no right and sound eschatology without right and sound theology. Biblical prophecy is not exempted from any of the rules of interpretation employed to establish the foundational doctrines of the rest of Scripture. In fact, it is impossible without them.
This is the future capital of the world, but right now it's full of holy hypocrites.
By Alan Franklin
In Jerusalem this week, an Arab taxi driver wanted to take us to Bethlehem. We refused. He was even more surprised that, not only would we never go there, but we don't celebrate the pagan festival called "Christmas" , which might as well be called "Christless." We were also surprised to find that the Lord wasn't really a Jew, as we had always supposed.....
A nudge of the vector accelerating towards Daniel's Seventieth Week.
New York Post
December 16, 2011
by Nina Shea
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday ended the "Istanbul Process," a three-day, closed-door international conference hosted by the State Department on measures to combat religious "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization."
Thanks to our readers regarding the Revelation TV desecration by Howard and Lesley Condor and Gordon Pettie and blessings to those who will no longer financially support Revelation TV due to it's promotion of anti-scriptural apostate lunacy.
We thank our readers for the avalanche of supportive letters we have received supporting our disassociation from Revelation TV due to its propagation of ecumenism with Rome, Seventh Day Adventism, and the hype artistry money preaching of Jesse Duplantis.
Dear Howard, Lesley, Gordon, Lorna, Staff and Presenters at Revelation tv,
I am sending this to everyone as a cover so that each person knows what I have written and it lessens the possibility of being misquoted by anyone.
This is possibly the most difficult e-mail I have ever had to write.
Last week my friend and brother in Christ Jacob Prasch contacted me and asked if Jesse Du Plantis is appearing on Revelation tv.
I did a check on the schedule to see when I was next on and noticed Du Plantis was on a Monday.
So I told Jacob he was correct and that it was now causing me some concern.
In the last few years we have witnessed a trend with an increasing emphasis on this kind of 'ministry' being propagated in what claim to be scripturally based Christ centered churches.
I do not object to married or engaged Christian couples displaying moderate nuances of affection publicly such as holding hands or a quick kiss etc. I am not a stuffed shirt puritanical religious freak and I don't pay much mind to those who are. But discretion imposes parameters and this exceeds prudent limits. This is inappropriate in public, even for married couples, especially in a church service. There is a time and a place for expression of marital romance, but in public or in church is neither the time nor the place. It cheapens the romance by reducing it from something personal and intimate into something approaching exhibitionism. I find it altogether inappropriate and any doctrinal theology used to justify it is bogus and devoid of exegetical support.