by Mike Oppenhimer
Kikawa's whole concept is one big generalization that does not take into account the actual history of each nation. He assumes that if they have a name for a supreme God (one of the heavens, which are often called sky gods) who is benevolent, that this is sufficient to make the case for Romans 1. All religious systems grew out from men turning away from the truth. Noah's worship was pure and was handed down but degeneration quickly took place. Monotheism led to polytheism and then to further corruption with creature worship. Though these cultures may point back to the beginning of history and have kept distortions of the accounts i.e. the deluge in Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek or South American traditions. Nearly all systems of religion contain some supreme deity above the others or have a parent deity causing (born or created) sub-deities. This is why God made Israel a theocracy and gave the true record. That through these people the whole world would know the truth.
by Mike Oppenheimer
THE BIBLE- Romans 1:18-20 "who suppress the truth in unrighteousness"
Daniel Kikawa-"by finding the native name of God which in, in Japan we found that name is Ameno-mi-nakanushi, which means the God in the glorious center of heaven and he is their creator God who created everything. And so we found this name of this creator God there, and it immediately says he's a Japanese God and he loves them. This is what Paul did in Acts 17" (Word to the World interview with Daniel Kikawa Feb 16, 2006 #9)
by Mike Oppenheimer
It becomes evident that this is not what the apostles delivered to the church, this is something FOREIGN, altered. This is not upholding the faith but destroying the faith that was delivered to the saints. Kikawa wants to go back, back into the ancient past where the creator of a culture is generally mentioned or where some individual may have known something about the creator. He ignores the completed revelation that is in our hands that is to be distributed- as is. He cites Job and Mechizedik as examples of those who held a knowledge of God but these were not nations but rare individuals in these PAGAN nations (Canaan, which God destroyed). There were no nations that worshipped God "“ the creator correctly, except one- Israel. And this is only because God specifically revealed himself to them; yet they at times fell into idolatry with this revelation. If there were any redeeming qualities of these nations God would not have had to remove Abraham from among the pagans (Chaldeans) to train him and make a nation, a theocracy under Him. Contrary to what Kikawa is teaching, God did not purify any nation. If we look at Egypt as an example, He took his people out and judged those who opposed them. And He continues to call us out from the worlds beliefs.
by Berit Kjos
While church leaders prompt their followers to see the movie, buy their books, and "engage the culture" through dialogue, many Christians question this strategy. But not author Dan Brown! He welcomes the public controversy. He knows that it fuels a useful global dialogue that gradually pulls the diverse readers toward a new "common ground." "The dialogue is wonderful," he tells us. "...the debate that is being generated is a positive powerful force. The more vigorously we debate these topics, the better our understanding of our own spirituality. Controversy and dialogue are healthy for religion as a whole. :"(http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/faqs.html)": He is right about the power of dialogue between opposing forces. This public process affects every participant, whether they realize it or not! [See Brainwashing in America] As happened through the homosexual agenda, constant exposure evaporates the shock and disgust of evil. Even those who feel equipped to defend the truth will be pressured to set aside their Biblical "certainties" for the sake of unity. In fact, the ground rules for this dialectic process have already become familiar and normal to believers as well as unbelievers across America. Ponder the effect of these points:Ã‚Â
by Michael Gleghorn
What is Yoga?
What is yoga? For many in the West, yoga is simply a system of physical exercise, a means of strengthening the body, improving flexibility, and even healing or preventing a variety of bodily ailments. But if we inquire into the history and philosophy of yoga we discover that "much more than a system of physical exercise for health, Yoga is . . . [an] ancient path to spiritual growth." It is a path enshrined in much of the sacred literature of India. :"(Raphael, Essence and Purpose of Yoga: The Initiatory Pathways to the Transcendent,Massachusetts: Element Books, Inc., 1996, back cover.)":Ã‚Â Thus, if we truly want a better understanding of yoga, we must dig beneath the surface and examine the historical roots of the subject.
By Christopher Goffard
Times Staff Writer
If his message is grim, the founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement bears the ruddy good cheer of a 79-year-old believer who insists he has never known a day's doubt or despair.
By Jackie Alnor
I'm having church issues this week. As many of you know, I have attended Calvary Chapels since I was born-again back in 1981. My first Calvary was Costa Mesa and my first pastor was Chuck Smith. I still think of it as my home church since I've moved around this country a lot. Pastor Chuck and I would agree on all the essentials of the faith and even on many non-essentials. But, because he pastors a mega-church, I've never actually met him face to face. He doesn't know me, though he knows of me, however I can finish his sentences, I'm that familiar with his teaching.
by James Jacob Prasch
While the LA TIMES feature on the differences between Pastor Chuck Smith Sr. and his son's church at Capo Beach, California were described by Chuck Smith Sr. as essentially accurate, there were clear aspects of the coverage that plainly were not and appear designed to amplify the personal split between father and son out of proportion, as their personal relationship is not averse in the manner the feature article describes, despite clear differences in theological emphasis and pastoral opinion.
by Berit Kjos
A "Christian" animation or a deceptive imitation?
Kids will love this animated action movie! Angel Wars is an animated DVD featuring an epic, supernatural adventure of angels battling fallen spirits." :"(www.americanfamilysuperstore.net/e/product.asp?sku=5559406112)":Ã‚ AFA Superstore
"Angel Wars Guardian Force rocketed to success this fall as children in more than 2,000 American churches buckled up and strapped in to the high powered adventures of Michael, Swift, Kira and Ariana." :"(Joe Montague, "Angel Wars Guardian Force," www.tollbooth.org/2006/features/angel.html)": Review by Joe Montague
by James Jacob Prasch
A decade ago I & Moriel hosted a conference in the U.K. entitled "Preparing For Persecution" . At a time when the popular rhetoric of most so-called Evangelical leaders in the UK , Australia , New Zealand and elsewhere riding on the back of a counterfeit moves of God from Toronto, Canada and Pensacola, Florida that predictably came to absolutely nothingÃ‚ in terms of the revivals these carnal and demonically influenced deceptions promised but could not deliver.