Good News: Ken Silva Out Of The Hospital

My wife Donna and I are pleased to let you know that the Lord has answered prayer. I was released from the hospital rehab center this past week and I’m now recuperating at home.

We want to send you our deepest heartfelt gratitude for all your well-wishes , prayers, and support. I’m currently dealing with a fair amount of pain, which is still being controlled by medication.

Between a wheelchair, a walker, and a cane, I’m slowly regaining my mobility after being completely bedridden for nearly three straight months.

We’re grateful to God that this ordeal seems to be moving toward an end and in the upcoming week you should begin to see me slowly start posting some articles once again here at Apprising Ministries.

As you might imagine, having no health insurance, these past four months of hospitalization, doctor’s appointments, and medical imaging, has left us with a bill of some six figures.

Thank you again for believing in AM and for your faithful prayer. If you’d like to continue to support Apprising Ministries you may donate via PayPal by clicking here.

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Further reading

Free Kindle Edition of Christ and Him Crucified

This weekend only, Christ and Him Crucified, Kindle edition, is available absolutely FREE. Was offered for those on the Christ and Him Crucified Facebook page yesterday and has been available since midnight PST, 3 March 2012. This free offering will continue until 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, 4 March 2012.

If you already have this book, thank you for reading it; may I ask, however, that you might forward a link from this blog post to someone you know that would be blessed to have a free copy.

If you do not have Amazon Kindle, you can download the software for free onto your computer, tablet, phone, or any other Internet-accessible device. Use the same link below to download the software.

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Hello, My Name Is Amanda, and I Was a False Teacher

Article by Amanda Bowers (Hears His Voice blog)‎

I’m no perfect one. I’ve been taught error and I have taught error. Hi, I am Amanda Bowers and I was a False Teacher. I took lightly the grave responsibility that comes with feeding sheep. I let my emotions and my own deceitful heart lead me, rather than the Word of God…..

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Faithful

by Mike Ratliff

10 μηδὲν φοβοῦ ἃ μέλλεις πάσχειν. ἰδοὺ μέλλει βάλλειν ὁ διάβολος ἐξ ὑμῶν εἰς φυλακὴν ἵνα πειρασθῆτε καὶ ἕξετε θλῖψιν ἡμερῶν δέκα. γίνου πιστὸς ἄχρι θανάτου, καὶ δώσω σοι τὸν στέφανον τῆς ζωῆς. (Revelation 2:10 NA27)

10 Do not fear the things you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison that you may be tested and you will have affliction ten days. Be faithful unto death and I will give you the Crown of Life. (Revelation 2:10 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1) 

Πιστὸς (pistos) is the Greek adjective translated in Revelation 2:10 (above) as “faithful.” Πιστὸς is defined as “faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable.” In the context of Revelation 2:10, 13, which are our Lord’s own words, to be “faithful” is to refuse to compromise the Christian faith, even in the face of persecution and martyrdom. In this day of superstar or what some call “Rock Star” Christian leaders whose popularity is based upon their willingness to dilute the Christian faith with the world and its ways or even by blending in the cultic ways of other religions, we need to have a clearer understanding of the faithfulness that is expected of the genuine Christian by our Lord. 

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Would the Son of God Contradict the Father? by Marsha West

Is it true that Jesus never mentioned anything about homosexuality? That He never brought it up, even once? Most of us have heard the line that in the Gospels there’s no record of Jesus condemning homosexuality. There are individuals, especially from the militant homosexual rights movement, who utter this fabrication with all the raw hostility of liberals who think abortion is their God given right.

The “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality” argument is meant to bully people into believing that Jesus actually took a benign attitude towards same-sex acts. Liberal’s reason that if Jesus disapproved of homosexuality, He would have said so. Since He never mentioned gay sex, He didn’t condemn it.

Most people, including some Christians, don’t have a clue what Jesus did or did not say on any given subject, let alone what He thought about same-sex practices, so they fall for the “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality” lie, hook, line and sinker. Read more

T.D. Jakes Has Ties To "Rabbi" Ralph Messer

Apprising Ministries brings you some very interesting information from Messer himself in this short well-documented article.

As I just told a few names you’d recognize if I dropped them, I really wish James MacDonald would stop what he’s doing because the ecumenical road he’ on with T.D. Jakes just got even more crowded.

You may remember that Messer is the one who recently crowned Jakes’ good friend, and fellow prosperity preacher, Eddie Long king.

ONE Conference Brings Together Calvary Chapel and Hillsong

The upcoming ONE Conference in Miami, Florida, will find two Calvary Chapel pastors sharing the stage with prominent Hillsong Leaders Brian Houston and Christine Caine. Of perhaps even greater concern is that Calvary Chapel pastor Pedro Garcia has also invited Brian Houston to fill his pulpit on Sunday, February 12. It is no secret that Hillsong is known for its propagation of Word-Faith doctrine, so what ought to be the response to this?

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The Obedience of Faith

by Mike Ratliff

1 Παῦλος δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ, κλητὸς ἀπόστολος ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον θεοῦ, 2 ὃ προεπηγγείλατο διὰ τῶν προφητῶν αὐτοῦ ἐν γραφαῖς ἁγίαις 3 περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ τοῦ γενομένου ἐκ σπέρματος Δαυὶδ κατὰ σάρκα, 4 τοῦ ὁρισθέντος υἱοῦ θεοῦ ἐν δυνάμει κατὰ πνεῦμα ἁγιωσύνης ἐξ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν, Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν, 5 δι᾽ οὗ ἐλάβομεν χάριν καὶ ἀποστολὴν εἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν ὑπὲρ τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ, 6 ἐν οἷς ἐστε καὶ ὑμεῖς κλητοὶ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, 7 πᾶσιν τοῖς οὖσιν ἐν Ῥώμῃ ἀγαπητοῖς θεοῦ, κλητοῖς ἁγίοις, χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. (Romans 1:1-7 NA27)

1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called Apostle having been set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised before through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 concerning his Son – having come from the seed of David according the flesh, 4 – having been designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of Holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we received grace and Apostleship for obedience of faith among all the nations on behalf of his name, 6 among whom you are also the called ones of Jesus Christ, 7 to all the ones in Rome, loved ones of God, called ones, saints, grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)

In the passage above the word “faith” in v5 translates the noun πίστεως (pisteōs), which is the Genitive, Singular of πίστις (pistis), “faith, faithfulness.” The verb form of πίστις, πιστεύω (pisteuō) means, “to have faith in, trust; particularly, to be firmly persuaded to something.” Some teach in our time that this “faith” we are describing here simply means “mental assent” and so teach that all one must do to be saved is mentally assent to a few facts about Jesus.

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John Piper Comments About "Reverend" Lauren Winner

Dr. John Piper, respected author and pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, as befitting his role as undershepherd over his church and fulfilling his 1 Peter 5:1-4 and Titus 1:5-9 responsibilities, recently warned his church body about a new emergent author named Lauren Winner who teaches classes with Emergent Church Movement leaders Tony Jones and Phyllis Tickle. (Although Jones and Tickle are considered mainstream evangelicals in today’s church, Jones and Tickle are both way outside of orthodoxy as far as what they believe, teach and confess. Documentation to that effect is linked at the bottom of this post.) Dr. Piper also gave a sternly worded rebuke to Lauren Winner herself, who, in rebellion to God’s clear command not to have authority over men, is also an ordained “Reverend” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, NC.

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The Oneness Pentecostal "Jesus Trick"

Lots of talk about Oneness Pentecostalism and the Trinity lately. I think you will find this post and video helpful as we encountered anti-Trinitarians twice at the Super Bowl Outreach. The Trinity is an essential doctrine of Christianity – be prepared with what to expect from those denying the Godhead and how to answer them:  The Oneness Pentecostal “Jesus Trick”

Prop 8 ruling: Same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, federal appeals court rules

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declared California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision.

In its ruling [PDF], the three-judge panel had to decide:

• whether Prop 8 supporters have a legal right to defend the ballot measure since state officials have refused to defend it.

• if Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down Prop 8, should have recused himself from the case because he was in a long-term relationship with a man.

• if Walker was correct when he ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional or whether the state had a rational or compelling reason to limit marriage to heterosexual couple.

Despite the ruling, it could be a while before same-sex couples can resume marrying in California. Prop 8 backers plan to appeal to a larger Ninth Circuit panel and then to the U.S. Supreme Court if they lose in the intermediate court. Marriages would likely stay on hold while that process plays out. Read more

Are You Praying to the Only True God? By Marsha West

Christianity holds to the view that prayer is of the leading of the Holy Spirit. Octavius Winslow put it in these words:

It must be acknowledged by the spiritual mind that all true prayer is of the leading of the Spirit; that He is the author of all real approach of the soul to God. All true prayer is put into words by the Spirit. He is the Author of prayer in the soul.

The scriptures speak of God the Holy Spirit residing within all who believe in the Son of God. The Spirit guides, instructs and empowers believers. (John 14:16-17) As well, the “Spirit of truth” confirms everything about Jesus. (John 15:26) The unregenerate (unsaved) person is not Spirit filled. God does not hear anyone’s prayer unless it is put into words by the Holy Spirit. So if we want our prayers to be heard and answered we must pray to the right God.

“This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

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The human cost of T.D. Jakes’ false prosperity gospel

It’s easy to forget the human cost of false gospels. Not only in eternity – though even one lost soul is immeasurably tragic – but also in this life. Thabiti Anyabwile, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, has posted the first-hand account of Sean, a man whose life was nearly destroyed by T.D. Jakes’ prosperity gospel.

Continue reading on BetterThanSacrifice.org.