Women in Combat

In this hard-hitting piece Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley urges Christian men to “gird up, gear up, and stand up.”  Why?  “Because some women in combat are wounded, battle fatigued, and in need of some R&R.”

Women in combatOver the last few months, there’s been a lot of talk about the possibility of future U.S. military drafts including young women in addition to young men. I’ve admired godly male friends who have spoken out vehemently against this and expressed concern about the government trying to press their daughters or wives into service. Some even vowed to lay their lives down protecting their women from having to face the horrors and dangers of war.

But I wonder if these men – husbands, fathers, pastors, elders – know that many of their wives, daughters, and sisters in Christ are already in the trenches fighting off the enemy with every ounce of our strength and every weapon at our disposal.

It’s not a war for territory or political control or freedom from dictatorial tyranny.

It’s a battle for the purity of the Bride. And the souls of our sisters.

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The GOP Sellout Continues

Genevieve Wood of The Daily Signal brings us up to speed as to why a large number of conservative Republicans are done with the GOP establishment:

To watch the recent happenings on Capitol Hill, you would think this was just another typical presidential election year—a few bumps here and there, but no sign of a major shake-up, no indication voters were in revolt, nothing to suggest business as usual in Washington was perhaps falling out of fashion among the American public.

What else explains the lackluster, uninspiring, and, I would suggest, “sell out your base” agenda of GOP congressional leadership?

For example, the Senate GOP sold out its base on the issue of Common Core this week. Despite the fact Republicans have a majority in the Senate, seven members of the GOP joined a majority of Democrats to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee, John B. King, Jr. as education secretary. King is an avowed supporter of Common Core and other top-down, government-knows best, education policies.

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Online discernment ministries — the new lepers

From Berean Research:

JD Hall wrote a blog post entitled “No More Discernment. Seriously.”  In it he shared that he is tired. Tired of what?  For one thing he’s “tired of seeing the flock of God ripped apart lamb by lamb and limb by limb and be left in a bloody pile of wool for their pastors to find on Sunday morning.”  As I read his graphic description I thought to myself, “Gee, I wish I had said that.”  Oh wait!  I have.  For close to twenty years I’ve reported on, among other things, false teaching in the Church.  I’ve detailed how apostates wormed their way in via magical mystical practices such as contemplative prayerlectio divinaprayer circlesyoga.  Likewise, New Age/New Thought, the cults, the occult and even far-left political ideology (cultural Marxism).  My partner at Berean Research, Amy Spreeman, has been involved in discernment work for over six years. Are we tired?  You betcha!  Will we throw in the towel? Nope.  We’ll continue sounding the alarm as long as the Lord allows.

Discernment is not for the feint of heart, as you will see in JD’s piece.  I urge you to read it in its entirety. And then pray for those of us in ODM — that’s shorthand for “online discernment ministry” a term coined by Emergent Church leaders “and once it’s been slapped upon a given website, it then becomes one of the new lepers,” said the late Ken Silva who was a pioneer in online apologetics and discernment work.

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Christian celebs want to unite the Body of Christ with….wolves?

From Berean Research:

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen fills us in on The Gathering, an upcoming event where wolves in sheep’s clothing posing as Christians and a few of what I refer to as the low-information evangelical (LIE) will be gathering to “unite the Body of Christ in America.”  Why do LIEs wish to unite believers with those who teach doctrines of demons?

Please tell me how these sorts of events glorify God.  And how. pray tell, do they help those who are seeking Truth?  Speakers at The Gathering include Church leaders such as Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham (SBC), Kay Arthur (noted Bible teacher) and Anne Graham Lotz (on behalf of Billy Graham) who, for reasons known only to them, choose to gather with WOLVES such as Kenneth CopelandRobert Morris (Word of Faith) and Samuel Rodriguez (NAR).

What’ll it take to get LIE celebs to guard against error?

Ahlheim writes:

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie “Armani” Floyd is at it again. He’s attending yet another ecumenical conference; this one is advertised as “a solemn assembly”. It has been dubbed “The Gathering” and a gathering it is.  It’s a whose who of evangelical outlaws, in-laws, crooks, and straights.  Apparently, the main requirements to be apart of this “solemn assembly” are the ability to use “God” in a sentence and attract a million dollar following. The ability to use God’s name correctly is apparently optional.  The website for the event, which is evocative of some new age, mystical conclave, can be seen HERE.  By the time Floyd attends this event, which is scheduled for September 21, 2016, he will (thankfully) no longer be the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Yet his willing participation in this rogue’s gallery gathering brings great harm to the witness of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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The Ownership of the Name “Calvary Chapel,” the Dove and the Appearance of a New Symbol

Roger Oakland of Understand the Times examines what has been going on inside Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa since the passing of Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement..  Oakland asks some important questions such as “Who really owns the Calvary Chapel name?”

A new symbol has appeared at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM). Some may be wondering if this new symbol will be replacing the Calvary “dove” that has symbolized Calvary Chapel for decades. For now, at least, the dove logo seems to have gone “undercover” on the back wall behind the podium at CCCM and replaced by another symbol projected on the wall. Those who attend Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa will have seen it and know what I mean. Or if you receive ”tweets” via Twitter from Brian Brodersen, Chuck Smith’s son-in-law, you will have seen the new symbol. Brodersen inherited the pulpit at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa because of his marriage to Chuck Smith’s daughter, Cheryl. Since Pastor Chuck passed away, many changes have occurred at CCCM as the “new Calvary” replaces the “old Calvary” under new leadership.

Below is the banner used to promote Brian Brodersen’s Sunday morning study for Revelation 9:13-21 on March 6, 2016 that was sent out by Twitter:

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“Young Messiah” makes merchandise of men’s souls

Movies such as this one are theologically dangerous warns Amy Spreeman of Berean Research.  The executive producer of the film, Chris Columbus, also produced two Harry Potter films.  Columbus said in an interview that “Young Messiah” is the “greatest story never told.”  He also said that he had a team of theologians looking over his shoulder and according to them the film is historically accurate and “orthodox.”  That is highly unlikely since the film is based on Anne Rice’s novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” Prior to writing about the life of Christ, Rice penned a series of books about vampires, became famous, and made a small fortune.  And then she set her sights on Jesus.

Anyone who has read the Bible knows that the scriptures are silent on Jesus’ life as a child; thus, anything written about Him at age 7 is shear speculation!  What’s troubling about all this is that gullible people are going to believe the story’s true. Even worse — professing Christians will see this train wreck and (good grief!) they’ll purchase the merchandise.

Now to Amy’s piece:

You can’t have a Christiollywood blockbuster without the bling.  While you won’t find Young Messiah Happy Meal toys in your fast food, the Jesus trading cards and games introduce a whole new kind of fandom.

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Successful movies require bling. Successful Christian genre films require endorsements and film-based preaching. From sermon guides and resources to small group study materials, the film is quickly making merchandise of men’s souls.

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Jim Daly Joins Muslim Sheikh and Robot Spiritual Guide at Ecumenical Culture Conference

Jim Daly is the CEO of Focus on the Family which is (or was) a Christian organization. According to Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen not one topic listed includes the name of Jesus, even though the conference is supposedly a Christian event.

I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked. Psalm 26:4-5

What could better describe an “assembly of evildoers” than an ecumenical conference that includes Muslim Sheikhs, Native American pagans, and, I wish I were making this up, a man who will give a presentation on offering spiritual guidance to robots.

The Q Denver conference, in April 2016, will host a multitude of quasi-religious leaders as well as secular experts of various fields, to preach and teach on cultural issues. The website states,

As our culture changes, Christians have an incredible opportunity…we will explore what renewal and faithfulness might look like in society today…From the ideas and current issues shaping society to the truth that transforms the world, you will be informed and gain confidence that God is at work in his mission to renew all things…Education by thought leaders and stories from change-makers will inspire a hopeful way forward.

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Bethel’s Medical Healing Conference to bring army; activate impartation

Amy Spreeman of Berean Research has the story:

Bethel Healing Conference

A gathering of medical professionals who pray for their patients seems like a fantastic idea, in the right context. But there is more to Bethel Church’s upcoming Medical Healing Conference than meets the eye. The April event starring self-proclaimed “prophet” Bill Johnson invites medical professionals to experience Bethel and “marry the natural with the supernatural,” or the science of medicine with God.

You may be thinking, “Good! There’s nothing unbiblical about praying for patients or asking God to skillfully guide a surgeon’s hand.” And on this point I’d agree.

But this is no ordinary conference, and its goal, as you are about to see, is anything but biblical Christianity. I’d like to show you a glimpse behind the curtain.

You may be thinking, “Good! There’s nothing unbiblical.

If you know nothing about the dangerous unbiblical theology behind Bethel Church of Redding, Calif., and its lead pastor Bill Johnson, this report may surprise and concern you. I’ve included many links at the bottom of this article for you to begin to study and research why so many discerning Christians are warning and fleeing this movement. Please hold what you learn up to the light of truth in Scripture.

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Andy Did It Again

Todd Pruitt, contributor on Mortification of Spin podcast, addresses the brouhaha over Andy Stanley’s recent sermon criticizing small churches and subsequent Twitter apology.

Andy Stanley

By now many of you have seen the clip of Andy Stanley criticizing small churches and the people who choose to attend them. Specifically Pastor Stanley said:
“When I hear adults say, ‘I don’t like a big church. I like about 200. I wanna be able to know everybody.’ I say you are so stinkin’ selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids, anybody else’s kids. If you don’t go to a church large enough, where you can have enough middle-schoolers and high-schoolers so they can have small groups and grow up the local church, you are a selfish adult. Get over it. Find yourself a big ol’ church where your kids can connect with a bunch of people, and grow up and love the local church. Instead, what you do…you drag your kids to a church they hate, and then they grow up and hate the local church, and then they go off to college, and you pray there’ll be a church in their college town that they connect with, and guess what: all those churches are big, the kind of church you don’t like. Don’t attend a church that teaches your children to hate church.”
No doubt seeing the quick and negative reaction across social media, Stanley took to Twitter to offer an apology.

 

California is considering a travel ban on states with [so-called] anti-gay laws

Miami Herald reports:

Like always, lawmakers jammed a mountain of bills into the legislative queue just ahead of the Feb. 19 deadline to introduce them.

Many of them affect state employees. Some would install new laws and regulations that pile on workload (it happens every year to DMV staff) or by altering some aspect of how state government itself conducts business.

Now, with the 30-day waiting period to start hearing those measures just ahead, here’s one to watch: Assembly Bill 1887 by Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell.

Low wants to prohibit state employees from government-funded travel to states that have “a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” according to his bill’s language.

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Anne Graham Lotz Lassoing Baptists With Wiccan Prayer Circles

Circle MakerBlogger Bud Alheim informs us that Anne continues to promote a “new way of praying” she discovered in The Circle Maker which is nothing more than an occult book (here). This time she taught praying in circles at a Baptist campus. A few months ago she posted the following on her blog: As I look ahead into 2016, I feel compelled to draw a circle around this city, this state, this nation” and pray! Until God answers. Do the same. Please. On this first day of the New Year, draw your own circle. Then pray for everything that’s inside of it.

Now to Alheim’s blog post:

Just last week, February 25, the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC hosted “An Evening With Anne” in which the daughter of the renowned evangelist was given free reign of the dais to promote the false teaching of circle making, contemplative prayer.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that SEBTS would host such an evening of Scripture-denying false teaching. You may recall in June 2015, when the President of SEBTS, Danny Akin, made news (HERE, and HERE, among others) for eagerly joining in with atheist Richard Dawkin’s website Openly Secular (Video: HERE) in order to, not defend a Christian worldview nor to share the Gospel, but to “pitch tolerance” for atheists, as the Christian Examiner noted.

If you’re the President of a Southern Baptist seminary, and you get invited to go on video on Richard Dawkins’ website, that’s stupendous! What an opportunity to share the Gospel!

But if you’re Danny Akin, president of a Southern Baptist seminary, it’s more important to seek unity, and tolerance, and get-alongedness with those whose very souls are heaping up God’s wrath. Let’s not share the Gospel; let’s find ways we can live together in harmony! (I’m here inserting a new hashtag … #PATHETIC-SOUTHERN-BAPTIST-LEADERSHIP-FAIL!)

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Phil Johnson: “‘Evangelical’ support for Trump proves the American Evangelical movement isn’t truly _evangelical_ in any historic sense of the word”

Because of all the discussion going on regarding whether or not Donald Trump is an evangelical Christian, as he claims, we’ve decided to share what some of our Christian leaders are saying about Mr. Trump. The following Facebook post was penned by executive director of Grace to you, Phil Johnson, who once said that the term “evangelical” is likely the most abused term in the entire religious lexicon.

Donald Trump 2Please allow me to expand on something I posted [on Facebook] in reply to some questions that came up in an earlier comment-thread. Here is my answer to friends who wonder if there’s a contradiction between my sounding an alarm during an election year regarding Donald Trump’s character vs. my own frequently-expressed opinion that churches and pastors should keep partisan politics at arm’s length, and Christians should not be deluded into thinking that the machinery of the American Electoral College can be commandeered for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.

This isn’t about politics. My concerns about Donald Trump have nothing to do with his political convictions. Even if I agreed with every position he took on both foreign and domestic policy, it would still be my firm belief that he does not qualify to lead this or any other nation. It’s frightening to think that such an irascible and capricious man, severely lacking in both self-control and moral boundaries—a man whom we have repeatedly seen fight like a 7-year-old schoolgirl—might have the power to invoke war or take other executive actions.

Of course Trump is by no means the only Presidential candidate (including certain current office-holders) who is morally, spiritually, and ethically stunted. He’s surely the *worst,* but he’s neither the first nor the only scoundrel who doesn’t deserve anyone’s votes. American politicians for years have seemed to be trying to outdo each other to see who can be more arrogant, more narcissistic, more ostentatious, more wantonly driven by the flesh, and more cleverly deceitful—while being less accountable, less open to instruction or admonition, and above all, less modest. But Trump has greatly upped the ante, and he is certain to be the hands-down winner by an incredible margin in the contest to see who can be the mouthiest and most unsavory political candidate ever. I can’t imagine how anyone could ever surpass him for sheer carnal chutzpah. I’m especially annoyed by the ridiculous pretense (put forward and fostered by Trump himself) that he is a faithful Christian who “reads the Bible more than anyone else”—even though he claims he can’t remember ever asking God for forgiveness or even needing to. This man is not a Christian, and as long as he insists he is—and (evidently) manages to get lots of people to believe it,—my conscience is continually telling me I have a duty to warn my friends and members of my flock not to be duped by this swaggering loudmouth falsely masquerading as a messiah.

I’m appalled by the pathetic gullibility of hundreds of thousands who self-identify as “evangelicals” (presumably people who would say they believe the Bible is true) who nevertheless are quite willing to believe that this arrogant adulterer represents hope, or promise, or an improvement of some kind.

Americans already voted an overweening narcissist into office eight years ago. Why would anyone think an even more egomaniacal blowhard is going to make things better for our nation?

Yes, I know God is sovereign, and that the king’s heart is in His hands (Proverbs 21:1), and I DO rest in the knowledge that His truth will ultimately triumph, and He will use all things for our good and His glory.

But I’ve never viewed my Calvinist convictions as an excuse for indifference or inaction. I needed to say something.

Planned Parenthood dented as American Cancer Society backs away from breast exams

Washington Times has the report:

Planned Parenthood Threatened with cuts to its state and federal funding, Planned Parenthood has fought back by touting its non-abortion services, starting with its “life-saving breast cancer screenings.”

The problem? The American Cancer Society no longer recommends the annual procedures, saying in its latest directive that they have failed to show a “clear benefit.”

“Research does not show a clear benefit of physical breast exams done by either a health professional or by yourself for breast cancer screening,” the society said in an Oct. 20 statement after the directive was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Due to this lack of evidence, regular clinical breast exam and breast self-exam are not recommended,” the statement said. “Still, all women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.”

For Planned Parenthood, the recommendation is another blow in its battle to portray itself as an indispensable health care provider while it tries to stem a rash of defunding efforts.

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Your Choice: Homosexual Hegemony or Free Speech

Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch details how homosexual fascism is on the rise. LGBT activists aim to silence all dissenting voices and are attempting to destroy anyone who disagrees with their radical agenda. We’re in the midst of a moral revolution that is rapidly spreading across America and pressure to conform to the LGBT agenda is mounting. Muehlenberg reminds us that freedom of speech is at stake, especially for Bible believing Christians — and he has several examples of Christians who are being persecuted for clinging to the biblical view that homosexuality is a sin. (Rom 1:24-27, 1 Cor. 6:9) He writes:

SilencedIt’s becoming abundantly clear that we either insist on a whole raft of special rights for homosexuals, or we defend freedom of speech, but we cannot have both. Every day we find more appalling examples of homosexual militants and their allies in the State clamping down on freedom of speech.

Simply dare to take a contrary view to the reigning homosexual orthodoxy and all hell will break loose. That is why in my 2014 book Dangerous Relations I had an entire chapter on the erosion of freedom under the homosexual juggernaut. I offered 165 examples from a 34 month period of individuals being persecuted for holding differing beliefs.

Simply to state that marriage is between a man and a woman on your own private Facebook page for example can result in you being fined or fired. And some of the horror cases I cite show that differing viewpoints can even see you being jailed.

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Prophecy watchers morphing into a mixed Apocalyptic bag

According to Amy Spreeman of Berean Research:

“Apocalyptic scenarios sell. No wonder there is a temptation to enhance Scripture with extrabiblical and alternative future scenarios. Postmodern teachers are rapidly leaving Sola Scripture to add in mystical components, and the prophecy circuit teachers are no exception.”

Rocky Mountain conference The intro paragraph above was written by researcher Sarah Leslie in 2013. The image is from a promotional conference happening this summer. What do you see?

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Multi-site churches, holographic pastors and virtual relationships

In a piece over at Grace to You entitled The Absence of Pastors, blogger Cameron Buettel examines a “new generation of pastors who can be in two places at one time [by] using technology—high-def videos, and even holograms—to beam their Sunday morning sermons to remote ‘satellite’ churches that belong to their congregation.” We are in the age of the multi-site “church.” Buettel gives Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church as a prime example of this sort of shepherding. And then there’s megachurch pastor Andy Stanley who thinks pastors should be more like CEOs.

Shepherd guarding sheep

Imagine you’re trying out a new church this coming weekend. You find your seat just as the pastor opens with a word of prayer. After some worship songs, he returns to greet the new visitors, make some announcements, and pray over the offering.

After another song or two, you expect to see him step onto the stage to deliver his sermon, but he’s nowhere to be found. Instead, the lights dim and you’re transported via video to another church with another congregation, watching someone else preach the sermon. You won’t see the “pastor”—whose Sunday role seems to be little more than master of ceremonies—until he greets you at the door on your way out.

Such is life in a satellite church. And while the look and feel of the service can vary greatly, the end result is still the same—countless believers every Sunday sit under the teaching of pastors piped in and projected from a stage somewhere else.

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HT Glenn Chatfield

The Young “Messiah”: Christians Delight In Really Bad Fanfiction

From Berean Examiner:

The Young Messiah posterGet ready for another collection of unbiblical dialog and drama that NEVER HAPPENED. The Young Messiah is the movie that will be releasing March 11 in theaters across the nation (Just in time for Resurrection Sunday!), but the world premiere happened in January at the Billion Soul Network’s NAR-based Synergize 2016 conference.”

“Young Messiah is the “greatest story never told,” says film exec Chris Columbus, (Home Alone, two Harry Potter films, and Mrs. Doubtfire). He recently told Kathie Lee and Hoda that The Young Messiah is based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by on-again-off-again Catholic Anne Rice, which imagines Jesus at around age 7. He said it was biblical, because he had a team of theologians looking over his shoulder, and they all agreed that this was an accurate film.

Who are these theologians? Only one is named:

Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film, & Television Commission, which publishes MOPVIEGUIDE®, served as a theological and film making consultant for THE YOUNG MESSIAH, and has declared the film to be “orthodox:”

“There have been many movies about Jesus since the 1890s,” he noted. “Only one has been word for word. All the others create story elements not found in the Bible. So, THE JESUS FILM, which has been seen by a billion people, is 70 percent the Gospel of Luke. The rest was added to make the movie dramatic. . . . I had long conversations with the filmmaker, John Heyman, about how to dramatize the Gospel while keeping the orthodox, biblical theology of the New testament. Even if a movie is word for word, like THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, the casting, the set direction, the locations, etc., are all products of the filmmaker’s imagination.” Source

Dr. Baehr, how can a film based entirely on the idea of Jesus at age 7 and an Ann Rice novel be “Orthodox?” Besides Baehr, a long list of partners who got a sneak peek in order to offer a positive review of the film include Word of Faith Hillsong pastorix Christine Caine, Bishop Doug Beacham of the trinity-denying International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and several Catholic organizations and churches.

So we’ve got Word of Faithers, Modalists and Catholics all agreeing that this is an orthodox film true to a story that was never told? Ah well, Sean Bean is in it, so never mind all that biblical accuracy stuff…

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Your Soul For A–Pronoun?

Peter Jones of truthXchange reminds us that: We were promised by early homosexual rights advocates that granting personal sexual freedom would not change society. History has proven otherwise. Sexual radicals now demand “non-offensive” pronouns: “ze (he or she) laughed; I called hir (‘heer’); hir eyes gleam; that is hirs; ze likes hirself (‘heerself’).”

This, of course, turned out to be fiction, as you will see. Dr. Jones writes:

EqualityThe new Western progressive view of sexuality claims that there are no given sexual identities. Each individual creates his, her “hir”, “zir”, “nir”, “vis”, “eir” or “Xyr” sexual self-definition in our approaching “just” society. No opposition will be considered. Here are some recent expressions of sexual self-determination:

A 60-something Bruce Jenner, one of the world’s greatest male athletes, has fashioned himself as a 30-something female pin-up who recently won the ESPN Arthur Ashe athletic award for courage; In Toronto, a 6’2″, 46-year-old father has convinced himself that he is a 6-year-old girl, with the blessing of the Metropolitan Christian Church; At a 2016 United Methodist forum for their VBS programs, the Reconciling Ministries Network demanded workers to “drop the gender binary” by avoiding such offensive language as “boys and girls”; In the UK the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England for school-children between 13 and 18 asked students to complete a questionnaire choosing from 22 “gender types,” included “gender non-conforming,” “tri-gender” and “gender fluid.”

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Francis Chan’s not afraid of the big bad wolf, says “I still love Mike Bickle!”

From Berean Research:

In a piece I wrote entitled The Prosperity Preacher and the Pied Piper of IHOP I warned the Body of Christ that it had become evident that popular preacher Francis Chan had started moving away from Christian orthodoxy and offered proof of this. One thing I found problematic was that Chan chose to unite with and sing praises to IHOP Kansas City’s Pied Piper, Mike Bickle. Bickle is not only a false teacher, some people say he’s a cult leader. It’s common knowledge that several years ago Mike Bickle was in cahoots with a heretical group known as the Kansas City Prophets. According to the late Ken Silva, the KCP “brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever. These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region.”

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Christian Post Finds Christian Themes in Vulgar Blockbuster, DeadPool

JD Hall of Pulpit & Pen lays into Christian Post, a so-called Christian site that has the spiritual discernment of a box of rocks. Unfortunately many Christians visit CP to get the latest news and views. Hall writes:

You might have heard of the blockbuster Marvel movie that is now in theaters, Deadpool. Unlike most Marvel movies based upon comic book characters, this film received an ‘R’ rating for its sexual content, on-screen nudity, and vulgarity. Should it surprise you that Christians with a culture-redemption complex are now finding “Christian themes” laced among the coarse jesting, debauchery and displays of fornication?

According to Plugged-In, Deadpool contains 75 f-words, 40 s-words and a whole bunch of others that would probably make your grandma blush and Jesus angry. In fact, Jesus’ name is take in vain numerous times. The movie is laced with beer (both at bars and strip clubs) and drugs, including references to cocaine. The chief protagonist is seen in sexual activity with a female co-star repeatedly, who happens to portray a stripper and prostitute. There’s full frontal nudity, as well as bare breasts, and the lead character’s backside is shown, as well as another guy’s. There’s talk of masturbation, sex toys, porn and oral sex. A stuffed animal is abused, for crying out loud.

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Looking at HGTV’s Fixer Upper Joanna Gaines’ testimony: Christianity, or Prosperity Gospel?

From Berean Research:

Chip and Joanna GainesElizabeth Prata of The End Time is to be commended for tackling such a controversial topic as this one will surely be. Full disclosure: My husband and I are fans of Fixer Upper and regularly watch the show. So when I came across Elizabeth’s blog post, my first thought was, “Uh-oh.” Nevertheless, I felt I should read her report because Chip and Joanna are professing Christians. (They must be for real because this season high-profile author and pastor Max Lucado appeared briefly on the show.) So I dived into the first installment and learned all sorts of things about the Gaines family I wouldn’t otherwise know. Part 1 of Elizabeth’s reporting is “fair & balanced.”

One last comment…

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Steven Furtick: His Past, Present, Future

Vince and Lori Williams of Falsified Ministries have written an informative piece on megachurch “prophet-pastor” Steven Furtick. For those who are unfamiliar with Furtick–you need to be–he’s the wolf that’s leading the sheep astray from the pulpit/stage of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC.

While most leaders within the seeker-driven movement will go out of their way to pride themselves on the rapid growth of their own congregation and campuses, Steven Furtick is near the top, if not #1. Furtick is one of the most arrogant, ego-driven, narcissistic leaders we have yet to see, with no signs of changing. He has become, and is rapidly progressing, into one of the world’s most popular leaders in the seeker-driven movement. Currently in his early 30’s, Furtick is already a rising star in evangelical circles around the world. He is the pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina – a Southern Baptist multi-site church. He is the author of two best-selling books on the New York Times list. He received a B.A. in Communication from North Greenville University and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although young, Furtick has learned the tools of the seeker-driven trade, and learned them quickly. He infiltrated the evangelical world in 2005 supported by some of the top seeker-driven leaders, and now going at full speed he’s not showing any signs of stopping.

If you are a Furtick follower, or if you are one who has been able to see past the surface to realize there’s something seriously wrong, you will find this very informative, or at least very interesting.

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HT Glenn Chatfield

American Girls: How social media is disturbing the lives of teenagers

This piece was written by Nancy Jo Sales for Time. Sales spent 2½ years researching for her book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teen­agers. So she can say with certainty that social media encourages sexualization and bullying. Not surprisingly, girls are at much higher risk than boys are. This is an important read.

TextingOnce upon a time, only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have their portraits painted by a small, select circle of artists. With the advent of photography, parents of all backgrounds could have pictures of their children, which were coveted as documents of their development and a way to show off their innocent beauty and charm to family and friends.

Today, with smartphones and social media, we all have in our hands the means to broadcast our pride and joy to the world. And we are cultivating our children’s online selves from birth—or even before, in utero. Ninety-two percent of American children have an online presence before the age of 2. Parents post nearly 1,000 images of their children online before their fifth birthday. “Sharenting” has given parenting a whole new dimension: viewer-rated performance.

The usual debate centers on whether posting pictures of one’s children’s ­online—or allowing one’s children to do so—is safe from a privacy or security standpoint. And as we have seen in the recent abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Va., concerns about online predators are more than just a moral panic: they stem from something real. Lovell reportedly texted with one of her alleged killers, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech student, on Kik Messenger, an app known among kids as a place for the exchange of sexts and nude selfies.

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“Step Into the Healing Flow and Receive God’s Will For Your Life.” Jennifer LeClaire

Jennifer LeClaire is the senior editor of Charisma Magazine. Recently she made this comment on Facebook.

Healing handsIt’s a John 5:4 season in the body of Christ. Whatever needs healed. Whatever needs restored. Whatever needs new life, the Lord is asking “Do you want to be healed?” He wants to heal you. Don’t let the devil trouble your mind with doubt. Step into the healing flow and receive God’s will for your life.

To which the Museum of Idolatry responded:

Is it really “a John 5:4 season in the body of Christ” as she says?

Well, John 5:4 is the just about the WORST verse in the whole New Testament to be “proclaimed” or “declared” or “decreed.” Some translations of the Bible (The NIV and ESV, for example) don’t even have this verse-they just go from John 5:3 right to John 5:5! Why? Because this is the story of the angel stirring up the pool water that would cause people to get healed, and many experts believe this was inserted into the Bible later. Many reliable and early manuscripts don’t contain this story. The real purpose of this passage is to show that Jesus is God (not that Jesus is your personal genie-in-a-bottle). He’s the God who can (really) heal people, and we are not to trust in a pool that’s been stirred up by an angel-or any other superstition.

Jennifer LeClaire saying: “it’s a John 5:4 season in the body of Christ!” is kinda like saying: “it’s a stirred up pool season in the body of Christ!”

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FLASHBACK: Justice Scalia: “I Even Believe in the Devil”

CNSNews has the story:

Devil Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he believes in the Devil as a living entity, “a real person,” and that the Devil is “smart” and “successful” in today’s world by convincing people to not believe in him or in God.

“I even believe in the Devil,” and “yeah, he’s a real person,” Scalia told writer Jennifer Senior in an interview for New York magazine published on Oct. 6, 2013.

“Hey, come on, that’s standard Catholic doctrine,” said Scalia, who is Catholic. “Every Catholic believes that.”

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