More unity as Pope Francis calls Muslims “dear-brothers”

Apprising Ministries looks at this event in light of Beth Moore’s talk of a coming “outpouring” of the Spirit, Rick Warren’s advancing unity with the Church of Rome, and the pope’s friend Tony Palmer playing the pope’s message of unity at the ministry conference of charismaniac leader Kenneth Copeland.

You’ll see that we have good reason to wonder just how far-reaching this growing spiritual unity may eventually stretch. View article →

Rick Warren keynote speaker for SBC’s 2014 pastors conference

PC 2014 is coming up in just a couple of weeks and is the lead-in for the annual SBC general conference immediately following.

Apprising Ministries shows you that, rather than rebuking Warren’s sinful ecumenicism, instead the SBC is rewarding him with this prime spot to share his warped wisdom and further influence its pastors.

Yer another reason why the SBC is suffering from a mortal wound. View article →

Former Sovereign Grace Ministries youth leader convicted of sexual abuse; C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris resign from TGC

Christianity Today is reporting that C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris, both key figures in the history of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), have resigned from The Gospel Coalition (TGC), a parachurch organization of which both were members, following the May 2014 conviction of former SGM youth leader Nathaniel Morales of multiple counts of child sexual abuse. View article →

What’s on deck

Any of our regular readers know of my deep and abiding love for hymns. I am constantly finding and downloading new hymns: some old, some new, some contemporary, some traditional, some gospely and bluesy, some on the pipe organ, and everything in between. I am also constantly being surprised at hearing from readers who report that they have had little to no exposure to hymns. With that in mind, I’d like to share my current iPod playlist, for anyone who would like to check out a few of these hymns and see what they’ve been missing. View article →

Tony Palmer and charismaniacs embracing Pope Francis’ call for unity

The current pope of the apostate Roman Catholic Church is continuing to call for charismatic Protestants to enter into full Christian fellowship with the Church of Rome.

In this new, and heavily documented, article over at Apprising Ministries you’ll see the evidence that this message from the pope is now being embraced in many sectors of the wider charismatic community. View article →

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: a Christianized version of “sexytime” with ghosts?

Out of the highly sexualized culture in America, which also has a taste for the supernatural, comes a recent article describing alleged sexual encounters with ghosts. Actress Natasha Blasick and pop singer Ke$ha have both shared in recent interviews about their sexual experiences with supernatural entities, with Ke$ha terming her encounter “sexytime with a ghost.”

But wait, here comes the Reformed Christian culture wanting a piece of this action too. After all, they’ve got their very own mystical girl looking for “sexytime” with God in Ann Voskamp, who has written of having a sexual encounter with God in her bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts.

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Centering prayer taught by mystic Phileena Heuertz at Catalyst Dallas

 A Centering Prayer exercise was recently led by mystic and contemplative spiritualist Phileena Heuertz at Catalyst conference, which is a Christian conference that moves from city to city. The current Catalyst is being held April 30-May 2, 2014 in Dallas, TX.  Heuertz, who is the author of Pilgrimage of the Soul, was listed as a “lab speaker,” which means that her session was probably a breakout session in which not all of the conference attendees were participants. Some of the other Catalyst Dallas speakers include Tullian Tchividjian, Dave Ramsey, Louie Giglio, Mark Batterson, Jen Hatmaker, Craig Groeschel, and Francis Chan. View article →

A warning to Christians about homeopathy

With respect to Edward Bach, who created homeopathic treatments, are his theories, methods and preparations scientific? Do they seem compatible with the Christian worldview? Let’s remember that God gave humans minds with which to reason things out, and that includes the use of the scientific method for testing substances, as opposed to going by mystical feelings, hunches, guesses, or impressions (which was how Bach developed his remedies).

Also, when I look at the list of 12 “emotional types” that Bach came up with, I can think of lots of Scripture that addresses those weaknesses in humans, none of which involve floating flowers in stream water and allowing the sun to spiritually imbue the essence of those flowers into the water in order to magically free the affected individual from those weaknesses.

Christians should call sin sin, and should address their areas of weakness biblically: through accountability, Scripture memorization, Bible study, prayer, etc. That takes relying upon the Lord and the power of the Holy spirit for wisdom and strength, diligence, a desire for holiness and hard work. There are no magical remedies for sin, but thankfully the Bible does gives us all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

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