False Prophet leading “Prophecy And The End Times” Track at Empowered21 Jerusalem Conference

My Word Like Fire reports:

New Apostolic Reformation figures will be introduced to many via live streaming of Empowered21’s Jerusalem 2015 Conference (May 20-25). There is no warning to viewers just how different NAR theology is from biblical Christianity. Cindy Jacobs was recently featured here in this video where she claimed “God showed” her The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism: click

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Now, she is about to be given access to many through Empowerment21. Below is the E21 Ministry Track information about Prophecy And The End Times Ministry Track co-chair Cindy Jacobs.

Pastor resigns after outed on Grindr

According to Berean Research:

Bible Book of RomansThis piece is posted on USA Today. The actual headline reads “Antigay pastor resigns after outed on Grindr.” There’s nothing in the article that comes close to showing that Matthew Makela is antigay. The writer quotes him as saying that he supports biblical marriage. Apparently USA Today would like its readers to think that anyone who supports biblical marriage is antigay. No, we’re “probible” and those who reject the Bible’s teaching are “antichrists.”

What this story’s about is a man who fell into sin and what it cost his family.

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Talk with your deceased loved ones using new virtual-reality software

According to Market Watch columnist Jurica Dujmovic, “Project Elysium, made by a couple of gaming geeks, aims to help people cope with the loss of family and friends.” The “game”the geeks came up with is steeped in the occult, thus Bible believing Christians must have nothing to do with it or any “game” like it — not even if it’s “just for fun.”

Dujmovic writes:

Communing with deceased loved ones usually involves a visit to the graveyard. Project Elysium, by Paranormal Games, is attempting to turn the experience into a 3D virtual-reality simulation.

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“Q” Is Cool

In piece over at truthXchange, noted Bible scholar Peter Jones reveals what he believes are the reasons the evangelical movement is in theological crisis mode right now. Dr. Jones informs us that in April 2015, 1,300 Christian leaders sat through teaching by “Q” founder David Gushee and homosexual activist and professing Christian Matthew Vines defending the “Christian Gay” movement. One of his concerns is that, “publicly airing the issue, in such an important “Evangelical” forum, in a cool kind of way [which is what was done] … may indeed bestow a certain legitimacy on such a biblically unsupportable position and thus threaten the on-going health of Christian orthodoxy.”

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French, Scottish Churches Cave In On Gay Marriage

Berean Research reports:

Two years after France legalized same-sex marriage, the United Protestant Church of France (EPUF) has authorized its clergy to bless same-sex marriages, the French news service RFI has reported.

The EPUF, formed from the union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in France in 2013 and currently the nation’s largest Protestant group, is the latest western European denomination to succumb to public pressure on the issue of gay marriage since the Church of Sweden adopted the practice in 2009.

On Saturday, the general assembly of the Church of Scotland also voted to allow the ordination of homosexual ministers and deacons who are in civil partnerships.

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School district awaits Supreme Court after Walmart attorney pushes transgender “rights”

According to ChristianExaminer:

In the Northwest Arkansas seat of Walmart’s home office, a company lawyer has engaged the local school board in the gender identity/sexual orientation debate in a way that Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver said in a letter could mean more that what appears on the surface. The school board is considering adding clauses to its nondiscrimination policy – but according to a local news report will await the Supreme Court’s announcement on same sex marriage next month. So, when the Supreme Court announces it decision on marriage next month, not only will it define marriage, “it will affect how children as young as kindergartners are taught, how Christian businesses are run, and even whom churches and Christian schools can hire,” Liberty Counsel said in a news release.

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SBC’s International Mission Board will no longer disqualify candidates who speak in tongues

According to ChristianExaminer:

The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, which selects and trains missionaries for the denomination and has more than 4,700 field personnel under appointment, has changed its personnel qualifications to allow “new pathways” for service to those who previously could not be assigned to long-term overseas posts, Baptist Press, the convention’s news agency, has reported.

David Platt, elected IMB president in August 2014, told the mission board’s trustees earlier this week that the organization’s changes to its appointment policy represent a new “unified statement of qualifications” that will apply to all new applicants.

“We’re talking about limitless possibilities that God has providentially arranged for His people to go around the world with the gospel. And as the IMB, we want to send Southern Baptists through as many pathways as possible, which necessitates that we open up the pipeline for people to come through those pathways,” Platt said, according to Baptist Press.

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U.S. Government Drops Remaining Charges Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind

According to Berean Research:

Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against an imprisoned creation science evangelist after a jury deadlocked on the matter and was not convinced of his guilt.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.

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Pope Canonizes 2 Saints From 19th-Century Palestine

Pope FrancisOn Sunday Pope Francis decided to canonize two nuns who lived in Palestine for reasons you’ll discover in the Associated Press piece which we will link to. Evidently these women were examples of “mercy, charity and reconciliation” which means they were “good people.” To canonize someone is to make him/her a saint. The article revealed that one of the sisters was not only a good person, she “is said to have received the “stigmata” – bleeding wounds like those that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross.” Since CRN routinely covers Catholic mysticism it came as no surprise that one of the nuns was a mystic — many Catholic clergy engage in mysticism. But what needs to be addressed here is Rome’s belief that their pope’s have the authority to declare people saints. This is untrue, as the Bible is clear that all born again Christians are saints. Following are just three examples:

Acts 9:32: “Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.”

Romans 16:15: “Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.”

1 Corinthians 1:2: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…”

So as you can see, Scripture clearly teaches that a saint is anyone who has put his/her faith in Jesus Christ.

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Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

Reuters reports:

Pope Francis’ hard-hitting criticisms of globalization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican’s diplomatic muscles as well. Last year, he helped to broker an historic accord between Cuba and the United States after half a century of hostility.

This past week, his office announced the first formal accord between the Vatican and the State of Palestine — a treaty that gives legal weight to the Holy See’s longstanding recognition of de-facto Palestinian statehood despite clear Israeli annoyance.

The pope ruffled even more feathers in Turkey last month by referring to the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century as a “genocide”, something Ankara denies.

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Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says

According to Fox News:

An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.

In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”

The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

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Call it “gender fluidity”: Schools to teach kids there’s no such thing as boys or girls

Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, reports that America’s public schools are teaching our children that sexuality is a “broader spectrum.”

One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.

Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.

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Tim Keller promotes Catholic mystic, rejects Genesis 1 as literal truth

There’s a must watch video over at My Word Like Fire that shows Tim Keller’s fascination with Catholic mysticism.

In a 2014 interview, Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church noted that Puritan John Owen was “down on Catholic mysticism and down on an awful lot of the ways in which evangelicals are trying to bring in Catholic contemplative prayer practices.” [1] Keller also stated, “Most books I know that are critical of contemplative prayer, as I am…” [2] (bold mine) Wait a minute. As he is?

Keller himself has advocated Catholic contemplative prayer practices. Here on YouTube Keller promotes Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila…

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God showed Cindy Jacobs The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism

John Lanagan shared a video on My Word Like Fire of New Apostolic Reformation “Prophet” Cindy Jacobs teaching on the Lord’s Prayer. We’re posting the video and Lanagan’s comments so that visitors to CRN will understand why we have said all along that the NAR is a dangerous movement within Christendom.

Did you know The Lord’s Prayer is really about transforming nations? Did you know sin came into the world because we didn’t understand our Dominionist commission? Neither did I.

So you see, this is exactly why we need the leadership (?) of New Apostolic Reformation prophets like Cindy Jacobs. Please pardon my sarcasm.

27 seconds into the video: “…and God showed me [The Lord’s Prayer] was a prayer and every part of the prayer is an element on how to reform and transform a nation.”

53 seconds into the video: The Lord’s Prayer “is the prayer of intercession that will help bring into manifestation the original Genesis Mandate to fill, subdue, multiply and have dominion in the earth.”

1:24 seconds into the video: “This was our commission in the Garden and it never changed…because we didn’t understand our commission sin came into the world and it began to deteriorate the ability we had to steward the earth.”

2:55 seconds into the video: “So we have authority to reverse the Genesis curse of poverty and death. Not only do we have the power to do so, we have the mandate. You have to understand this.”

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The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-13:

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Texas Senate Approves Bill Protecting Pastors Who Refuse to Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

According to Christian News Network:

Church The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies.

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.”

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Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders

No note went home, no calls were made. Now parents in Efland, North Carolina are understandably outraged to learn that their 8 and 9-year-olds’ homosexual teacher decided to read a gay fairy tale – that the assistant principal gave him – to the youngsters.

Said one parent, “People have been gay for years. People have been lesbian for years. But why does a third-grader need to know about that?”

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Boys: slip on a dress and you can join the Girl Scouts!

Berean Research reports:

Girl Scouts isn’t just for girls anymore. But then again the Feminist Movement has been trying to blur and eliminate gender lines for decades.

Now the Girl Scouts of America has changed its policy: Boys dressing as girls can join them for weekly meetings, campouts, changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities and any other formerly girls-only activities. Yes, boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program.

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Emergent Catalyst conference says it’s time to “awaken your wonder”

Berean Research reports:

Catalyst Conference 2015Catalyst, the premiere mega-conference for Emergent Church Leaders, is sending a curious message to potential attendees of its next Atlanta conference Oct. 7-9:

We are hardwired for wonder.

Just as the wonder of the world points to God, a sight unseen, so too should our acts of creation bridge the gap between what is and what could be. We transfer wonder when we awaken it in others. Leadership is about providing a lens through which others can see. A heart awakened to wonder invites others to follow in its path. It connects ultimate existence to daily experience, helping others see the solutions, rewards, treasures, they previously could not see.

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New Pew Research Poll: Apostate “Christians” Leaving Church

Church PewChristian News Network (CNN) informs us that the current Pew Research Center report stated that mainline groups have experienced the greatest drop in numbers and “may have fallen by as few as 3 million or as many as 7.3 million between 2007 and 2014.” According to CNN, these groups include the “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church— denominations that have largely been considered to be apostate by evangelical Christians because of their liberal and unorthodox stances on abortion and homosexuality.” The good news is that those who identify as evangelical Christians have declined less than one percent.

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FDA proposes 1-year abstinence for gay, bisexual men to donate blood

According to The Washington Times:

The federal government on Tuesday proposed its plans to permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have abstained from sex for a year.

The policy is aimed at safeguarding the blood supply for hemophiliacs and other users. It is similar to those of several nations, which also have a one-year or multiple-year sexual abstinence policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).

The policy is denounced by gay-rights groups who say MSM who are married or in monogamous relationships have less risk for transmitting diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis than heterosexuals who have multiple female sex partners.

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Liberal speakers dominate college commencements, conservative group says

Fox News Reports:

Northwestern UniversityAs cap-and-gown season gets underway at American colleges and universities, graduates and their loved ones will be getting an earful from left-wing commencement speakers, according to a report.

Liberal speakers will outnumber conservatives by at least 6-to-1 at the nation’s top 100 schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to conservative watchdog group Young America’s Foundation. Among the top 10 of the list–which includes schools such as Princeton, the University of Chicago and Duke–none is hosting conservative speakers.

“Our 2015 survey shows the conservative blackout on college campuses has only gotten worse,” Ron Robinson, president of Young America’s Foundation, said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “While conservatives won the national elections by a wide margin, campuses have doubled down on liberal speakers–with zero elected conservative officials scheduled to speak at our nation’s top schools.”

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Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty

According to Berean Research:

The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government.

Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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“The Shack Up”

Lyndon Unger of The Cripplegate tackles the topic of professing Christians living together before marriage. Many Christians feel that there’s no problem with “shacking up” because “everyone else is doing it.” However, they cannot point to the scriptures to show that God approves of “try before you buy.” In Part 1, Unger lays out a biblical framework for dealing with sex outside of marriage and explains why Christians must not to try to justify “shacking up” before walking down the aisle. Clearly, God is not silent on the issue of sex outside of marriage.

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Voters Worry Military Exercises May Lead to Federal Control Of States

According to Rasmussen Reports:

Eight weeks of U.S. military exercises this summer in several southwestern states – dubbed Jade Helm 15 – have some wondering if the government is preparing for martial law. Most voters don’t oppose such exercises, but a surprising number worry about what the federal government is up to.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. Just 16% are opposed, but slightly more (19%) are undecided.

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Religious Freedom Panel: Terror, Violence Spreading Worldwide

Christian Headlines reports:

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) this week urged the Obama administration to increase public pressure on foreign governments “perpetrating or tolerating” severe persecution of religious minorities around the world.

“Humanitarian crises fueled by waves of terror, intimidation, and violence have engulfed an alarming number of countries in the year since the release of [USCIRF’s] prior annual report last May,” the report says. “The horrors of the past year speak volumes about how and why religious freedom and the protection of the rights of vulnerable religious communities matter.”

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