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Ministry Update - October 23, 2007
by Eric Barger
It is a fact that the “40 Days of Purpose” and other church growth and leadership materials produced by Rick Warren are aggressively marketed to Mormons and others outside Christian orthodoxy. When asked why Mormon leaders are involved in his pastoral training programs Rick Warren told USA Today: “I'm not going to get into a debate over the non-essentials. I won't try to change other denominations. Why be divisive?” (http://www.usatoday.com/life/2003-07-21-rick-warren_x.htm)
Say WHAT? Mormonism...a “denomination” and “non-essentials” such as the identity of Jesus Christ, godhood for mankind or the route to eternal salvation???
Clearly, Warren doesn't KNOW or doesn't WANT to identify Mormonism as non-Christian. Either way, what USA Today didn't report is that Rick Warren is helping train Mormon leaders to more effectively present a false religion to the world - a false religion that has led millions of lost souls to an eternal Hell.
Now, we find listed alongside a Mitt Romney promo video on the popular YouTube website that one of his favorite books is listed as...you guessed it, The Purpose Driven Life. (http://www.youtube.com/mittromney) It is the only religious book he mentioned (Hummmm, in May 2007 Romney listed the Bible and Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard's tasteless novel "Battlefield Earth" as first and second on his list of "must reads." (See http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/romney-favors-hubbard-novel)
As you ponder the correlation of Warren and Romney, also note this quote: "...we are a religious people... We are a purpose-driven people..."
- Governor Mitt Romney, Union Leader, March 19, 2006
The point is that Warren can't or doesn't care to identify that Mormonism is cultic and NOT in any way orthodox Christianity and Romney doesn't seem to discern anything from Warren or his book to make him think that the Purpose Driven Philosophy is incompatible with Mormonism! Both Christians and Mormons should scratch their heads in wonder. The line between truth and error continues to blur...or simply just disappear altogether - exactly what the Scriptures foretell of for the end-days.
One further very disconcerting illustration. On Oct 19, 2007, Fox News reported that the pro-life, Christian conservative movement, that held such sway in the Republican Party in the last 2-3 elections, is in the process of splintering. Fortune magazine's Washington Bureau chief Nina Easton told Brit Hume on "Special Report" that the reason for the fragmenting of the right wing ranks is that Evangelicals are now more willing to accept candidates who may not share a pro-life position (they were speaking about Rudy Giuliani). She stated that mainstream Evangelicals have moved to a more moderate position because of the influence of Rick Warren's book The Purpose Driven Life. She stated that in 2007 many who once held strongly to conservative values were softening their stands. Easton also remarked that the most important value now held by those calling themselves "Evangelicals" was world hunger and not evangelism or abortion. What does this tell us about the overall and lasting effects of Rick Warren's influence on Evangelicals?
Caring for the hungry is certainly a Christian value and one that we who are blessed need to be actively involved in. However, besides sounding eerily like the kind of thing Antichrist will propose, Warren's misguided preteristic "P.E.A.C.E." plan (announcing that he's going to lead the Church to solve the problems of the world) seems to have sidetracked many Christians from the eternal mission we are here to accomplish. Sounds like Satan now doesn't it? Raise up a leader, make him popular, gain the trust of the people and then use him to divert millions to a plan that has some measure of merit and even some Christian values attached to it - yet is NOT primary to seeing the lost surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. This is the exact replacement that the laymen of the once strong mainline denominations bought into when they lost their biblical way 100+ years ago. As I asked in a recent newsletter, "Will they say of us, 'They WERE the Evangelicals'?"
As I watched the Fox News report, I was again sickened to think of the widespread dumbing down that has come upon once-sound bible believers. If some Evangelicals have lost their way concerning the abortion issue - let alone the very core reason the Church exists - then is it any wonder that many don't see a conflict in endorsing a cultist for President? It is as if there has been a mass demonic spiritual anesthetization concerning truth. Antichrist indeed must be waiting in the wings.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, (literally “a form of the religion of Christ”) but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
- II Timothy 3:1-5
More Pre-Primary Madness
Bob Jones III endorses Romney
The Environmentalist's Dirty Little Secret
Leading weather scientist blows whistle on Global Warming farce
by Eric Barger
Thank God for honest scientists and bold politicians who are not on the take from far left billionaire activist George Soros, being bankrolled by the bunch at the U.N. or beholden to the bulk of left-wing politicians and pundits!
When renowned hurricane specialist, Dr. William Gray recently spoke out about Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize it gave hope that honestly, integrity and truth were still the driving force behind some in the scientific community today. Dr. Grey nailed it in stating that Al Gore and the Environmentalists are driven by nothing more than a the lust for power and money and that it surely can't be science. Gray is not alone. President Klaus of the Czech Republic chided the U.N.'s "we're all gonna die and its our fault" crowd when he told them on September 24th that global warming is not understood and the campaign Gore has promoted is wildly inconsistent with the evidence. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of Climatology at the University of Virginia states there are at least 500 credible scientists who agree with Klaus' synopsis. And Lord Moncton, Lady Thatcher’s science adviser, has challenged Gore to a debate based upon 35 errors he has found in Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth." Gore has refused to debate anyone concerning the factual merits of his positions. The problem is that you wouldn't know about any of this pesky dissension if you just got news from CNN, MSNBC or The New York Times or Washington Post. They either ignore the growing outcry from the academic world or the bury the story so deeply that snow plows couldn't chisel it out into view.
The bottom line is that many of the same "scientists" who not long ago fueled the hysteria of a looming Ice Age have flipped 180 degrees. The reason: they must make certain they get their allotted grants from those who wish to use them to validate controlling (read that "socializing") us. As for the media's part, they generate sell papers and garner viewer ship based on hysteria. Plus, in Gore's case, they are helping one of the darlings on the left to save face after the cowboy from Texas captured the Presidency in 2000.
Even honest lefties such as the late Dr. Dixie Lee Ray have been shut out of the discussion as to man's part in the warming of the earth. Just disagree with the party line and you lose your voice - and your money. Ray was disbarred from the Rio Earth Summit in the 80's for bucking the powers that be. Now it's Dr. Gray's turn. (Again, the articles linked below contain the research this article refers to and are "must reading.")
Think twice before you buy into the "Global Warming" rhetoric that is presented everyday as a fact.
"Mankind is considered (by the radical environmentalists) the lowest and the meanest of all species and is blamed for everything.... No question about that, the radicals are in charge." -- Dixie Lee Ray
In 1993 I recorded a video on this very topic which is still relevant today. Click Here for info on "The New World Order and the Environment (or...How to Rule the World Through Fear!)"
Saturday, October 20, 2007
NEW YORK — Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay.
J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.
She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."
"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.
She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."
Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."
"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan fiction."
Potter readers on fan sites and elsewhere on the Internet have speculated on the sexuality of Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past. And explicit scenes with Dumbledore already have appeared in fan fiction.
Rowling told the audience that while working on the planned sixth Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," she spotted a reference in the script to a girl who once was of interest to Dumbledore. A note was duly passed to director David Yates, revealing the truth about her character.
Rowling, finishing a brief "Open Book Tour" of the United States, her first tour here since 2000, also said that she regarded her Potter books as a "prolonged argument for tolerance" and urged her fans to "question authority."
Not everyone likes her work, Rowling said, likely referring to Christian groups that have alleged the books promote witchcraft. Her news about Dumbledore, she said, will give them one more reason.
That's right J.K., it does give us one more reason to clearly denounce this, the most popular literary series in history. However, as I have been saying for several years, if we simply just ignored the witchcraft element of the Potter series parents should be equally as concerned about the morality taught in the books. Obviously, when heroes extolling the virtues of lying, stealing, swearing and drinking, Christians at all levels of maturity should get more than a little check in their spirits. (See "Eric Barger's Three Arguments Against Harry Potter") Let's carefully read Rowling's comments reprinted here above too. "...she regarded her Potter books as a 'prolonged argument for tolerance' and urged her fans to 'question authority.'" Read that "tolerance to witchcraft and homosexuality" and "rebellion" against authority such as parents, schools and of course, God.
Muslims - "Out of Australia"
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament.
"If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then "Australia is not for you", he said on National Television. (Read More)
An emailer suggested: "There is one thing that must be pointed out. All Christians. as well, believe that there are the laws of man (government) and the laws of God. No Christian worth his salt would accept laws of man that are contrary to the laws of God, yet in America, we Christians have been doing that for a long, long, long time. In fact, we do it now to the point that "toleration" is a god in itself.
When we come in contact with other "Muslims" who actually mean what they say when they say the laws of their god (not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) are at least equal to the laws of any nation they reside in, we become greatly offended. Sometimes I wonder if it is because of our own inconsistencies, or failures. While I understand fully that militant Muslims are focused at riding the world of infidels who do not accept them and their god, and have a chip on their shoulder before they enter a country, any country, and they do not honor any of true Godly laws, perhaps we as Christians can take with us some of their zeal and all for the right reasons as suggested here. In fact, I believe, if we as Christians don't, we are in for some unusually BAD TIMES."
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