Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:52:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Teenage Girl Harvests Eggs Before “Transitioning” to Male: “Always Known I Wanted to Have Kids” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/teenage-girl-harvests-eggs-before-transitioning-to-male-always-known-i-wanted-to-have-kids/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/teenage-girl-harvests-eggs-before-transitioning-to-male-always-known-i-wanted-to-have-kids/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:51:43 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60048 Continue reading ]]> According to CNS News:

Yahoo Parenting reported on Thursday that an 18-year-old girl who began her “transition” to male last year, took steps to ensure “he” could have a biologically-related child.

Cole Carman, who lives in San Francisco, decided that in addition to major surgery and hormone therapy she would undergo another medical procedure: having her eggs harvested.

The idea, however, came from the doctor treating Cole with hormones, according to Yahoo.

“I’ve always known I wanted to have kids of my own, so when my endocrinologist talked to me about it, it was a no-brainer,” Carman told Yahoo Parenting.

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Senate misses its ‘William Wilberforce’ moment; will not defund Planned Parenthood http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/senate-misses-its-william-wilberforce-moment-will-not-defund-planned-parenthood/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/senate-misses-its-william-wilberforce-moment-will-not-defund-planned-parenthood/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:35:51 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60046 Continue reading ]]> ChristianExaminer reports:

A bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider plagued by four undercover videos showing its doctors negotiating the sale of aborted fetal body parts, stalled today after failing to receive the votes necessary for cloture, a parliamentary move to end debate and send the bill to the full Senate for consideration.

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Reformed Pastor, Francis Chan, to speak at IHOP cult – again! http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/reformed-pastor-francis-chan-to-speak-at-ihop-cult-again/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/reformed-pastor-francis-chan-to-speak-at-ihop-cult-again/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:03:19 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60034 Continue reading ]]>
              Marsha West

Marsha West

In 2013 Francis Chan spoke at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) apostasy fest Onething: Until the Fame of Jesus Fills the Earth annual event brought to us by false prophet Mike Bickle. Many well intentioned bloggers alerted Chan to the bizarre goings on at IHOP but, sadly, their warnings went unheeded.

In 2014 I penned a piece entitled The Prosperity Priestess and the Pied Piper of IHOP to inform readers that Word of Faith/Prosperity Preacher Joyce Meyer intended to join forces with Mike Bickle at Onething 2014. (Meyer ended up pulling out of the event at the last minute because of “unforeseen personal circumstances.”) In the referenced article I included a bit about Francis Chan’s professed love for Mike Bickle:

Francis Chan & Mike Bickle

It’s important to note that last year Reformed pastor; author; conference speaker Francis Chan spoke at Onething where he declared “I love Mike Bickle.” Chan took a lot of heat for agreeing to speak at the conference. When friends and fans urged him to decline the invite, he admitted that he didn’t know much about Mike Bickle and IHOP so,

I kinda went on the Internet and started looking things up.

Whatever he found caused him to fall in love:

I go, man, there’s a lot of great things going on [at IHOP]. And today was the first time I ever met Mike Bickle. And, I love that guy. I do. And Mike knows – we talked about this – you know, there’s people who told me not to hang out with him.

Like, you know, words like “creepy” came up. And yet, I get to know this guy and I’m going, “Man, I love his heart. And I just want to publicly say I love Mike Bickle. (Source)

As you can see, Chan professed his love for the sort of person Jesus referred to as a ravenous wolf. (Mat. 7:15)

What Francis Chan failed to turn up in his investigation is that Mike Bickle has led countless young people astray. He’s a sort of a Pied Piper to those who journey to Kansas City from all over the globe to be a part of something “significant.” Once there, they stay for days, months…even years. You’ll find them in the prayer room praying. Prayer “led from a stage full of musicians and readers chanting repetitive phrasings of faith” goes on ’round the clock.

The false prophet has filled the young sojourners’ heads with untruths such as “an elite end-time church defeats God’s enemies, and Jesus is ‘held in the heavens’ until it happens.” So they most “go forth and make ready.”

Now I learn from John Lanagan that Francis Chan will be speaking at Onething 2015. He’ll be there with several IHOP apostates as well as evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, and one of Bethel Church’s music family, Amanda Cook. More speakers will be added. View article →

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John 3:16 in context http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/john-316-in-context/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/john-316-in-context/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:30:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60021 Continue reading ]]>

16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. (John 3:16 NA28)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that everyone believing in Him should not perish but have life eternal. (John 3:16 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The first verse I memorized in Sunday School as a child was John 3:16 from the King James Bible. This must have been sometime around 1956-1957 since I did not learn to read until the 1st grade. My mother even had a plaque made with that verse on it and put it on the wall over my bed. I still have the little white New Testament I got for memorizing the most verses in my class that year. So what? When I look back on my life from that point to the time God had mercy on me in 1986, I am truly amazed that He did at all. Since the time I came to know Christ, I have known much of both of the tender mercies of our Lord as well as His flail of tribulation. My brethren, the school of the cross is the school of light, it discovers the world’s vanity, baseness, and wickedness, and lets us see more of God’s mind. Out of dark affliction comes a spiritual light. With that, let us look at John 3:16-21. View article →

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New doping crisis to “shake the foundation” of athletics http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/new-doping-crisis-to-shake-the-foundation-of-athletics/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/new-doping-crisis-to-shake-the-foundation-of-athletics/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 03:31:56 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60023 Continue reading ]]> According to Yahoo News:

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Sunday it was “very alarmed” by new accusations of mass doping that have plunged athletics into a deep crisis.

WADA president Craig Reedie said the new claims would “shake the foundation” of athletes trying to stay clean.

German television channel ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said they had been leaked a database belonging to athletics governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed “extraordinary” levels of doping.

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Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/planned-parenthood-and-the-barbarity-of-america/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/03/planned-parenthood-and-the-barbarity-of-america/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:14:09 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60025 Continue reading ]]> Conservative columnist and Fox News commentator, George Will, has some thoughts on the shocking revelation that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting organs from aborted babies for profit. Will reminds us of the abortion industry’s callous disregard for human life: “At no point in the gestation of a human infant does this living being have a trace of personhood that must be respected. Never does it have a moral standing superior to a tumor or a hamburger in the mother’s stomach.”

Baby in the womb

Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill.

First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned Parenthood official explaining how “I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above” whatever organ (“heart, lung, liver”) is being harvested. Then the president of a Planned Parenthood chapter explained the happy side of harvesting: “For a lot of the women participating in the fetal tissue donation program, they’re having a procedure that may be a very difficult decision for them and this is a way for them to feel that something positive is coming from . . . a very difficult time.”

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It is necessary for Him to increase, but for me to decrease http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/02/it-is-necessary-for-him-to-increase-but-for-me-to-decrease/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/08/02/it-is-necessary-for-him-to-increase-but-for-me-to-decrease/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:10:20 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60016 Continue reading ]]>

30 ἐκεῖνον δεῖ αὐξάνειν, ἐμὲ δὲ ἐλαττοῦσθαι. (John 3:30 NA28)

30 It is necessary for him to increase, but for me to decrease.” (John 3:30 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

We often think that false doctrine concerning the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will begin with denials of His deity or the fall of man et cetera. Consider this my brethren. All it takes to get the gospel wrong is to make man the focus of it rather than the glory of the Father through the glorification of the Son as He lived that sinless life and through that perfect obedience became the propitiation for those He came to save. Then he deliberately laid down His life to be that perfect sacrifice on their behalf. He went to that cross so that those chosen before the foundation of the world, given to the Son by the Father, are given eternal life when they believe the Gospel in repentance turning to Christ as Lord and Saviour. At that moment, the Father imputes Christ’s perfect obedience and perfect righteousness to their account. However, during our Lord’s earthly ministry, those who followed Him as well as those who opposed Him did not see this at all. Jesus came to reveal the Father to the lost sheep of Israel, but most of them rejected the message. It was not until our Lord rose from the dead three days after dying on that Cross that He opened the minds of His disciples so that they could understand Sacred Scripture and then know the truth of His true mission and what the gospel is all about. Yes, when the gospel is handled correctly, people are saved and brought into the Kingdom, but the purpose is the glory of God. John the Baptist understood that perfectly. View article →

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Todd Bentley’s School of Revival? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/todd-bentleys-school-of-revival/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/todd-bentleys-school-of-revival/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:40:51 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60010 Continue reading ]]> John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire reports that false prophet Todd Bentley is up to his old tricks:

Welcome to the (as I call it) School of the Unholy, where once again Todd Bentley will present his bells-and-whistles strange fire. In the video he speaks of his experience that was like “a glory liquid honey cloud.”

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Rob Bell returns: His thoughts on creation, modern “kingdom of God” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/rob-bell-returns-his-thoughts-on-creation-modern-kingdom-of-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/rob-bell-returns-his-thoughts-on-creation-modern-kingdom-of-god/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:32:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60004 Continue reading ]]> Former Mars Hill pastor Rob Bell, who now has his own TV show on the Oprah channel, brought his “Everything is Spiritual” tour to Grand Rapids. During his one man show, Bell offered his convoluted version of the creation story, which of course has nothing to do with what the Bible teaches on creation. No surprise there, as long ago Bell rejected the inerrancy of Scripture and embraced the view of Christianity taught by Emergent Church apostates. During the show, Bell passed on this “truth” to his audience: “You are just a pile of dust and yet you can hope and dream and feel compassion and love. You are crammed full of something called spirit. You are an exotic cocktail of dust, soul, bone and spirit.”

MLive has the report:

“In the beginning,” Rob Bell said, “was a point.” That point of energy went bang and, over some 13 billion years of “ongoing creation,” particles bonded to become more complex atoms, which bonded to become more complex molecules, which bonded to become more complex cells, which bonded to become human beings.

Now, the spiritual inertia of the universe tugs at humankind to sustain that pattern of evolution, Bell said Wednesday, July 29, at The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids.

“What, my brothers and sisters, is pulling the whole thing forward into greater complexity and depth and unity and inclusion?” Bell asked. “The thing (Jesus) kept talking about was the ‘kingdom of God.’ This is what he was talking about.”

The founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church who moved to California three years ago, Bell came back to Grand Rapids to reprise an “Everything is Spiritual” speaking tour that he first did a decade ago. Talking about atoms rather than the biblical Adam, Bell gave a fast-paced, often comical sketch of the history of the universe, with frequent interjections of pop-culture references to music, movies and dancing Super Bowl sharks.

Dismissing secular and churchy viewpoints, Bell said humanity is hard-wired over billions of years of evolution to progress toward greater equality and unity.

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Do not love the world nor what makes up the world http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/do-not-love-the-world-nor-what-makes-up-the-world/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/do-not-love-the-world-nor-what-makes-up-the-world/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:38:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60000 Continue reading ]]>

15 Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε τὸν κόσμον μηδὲ τὰ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ. ἐάν τις ἀγαπᾷ τὸν κόσμον, οὐκ ἔστιν ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ πατρὸς ἐν αὐτῷ· (1 John 2:15 NA28)

15 Do not love the world nor what makes up the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; (1 John 2:15 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

There is a certain type of love that God hates. We find that in John 15:18-20)

18 Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν. 19 εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε, ὁ κόσμος ἂν τὸ ἴδιον ἐφίλει· ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ, ἀλλʼ ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου, διὰ τοῦτο μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος. 20 μνημονεύετε τοῦ λόγου οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν· οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ. *εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν, καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν· εἰ τὸν λόγον μου ἐτήρησαν, καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν. (John 15:18-20 NA28)

18 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were from out of the world , the world would love you as its own; but because you are not from out of the world , but I myself selected you from out of the world, through this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you’ the slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecuted you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:18-20 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

God has no love for “love of the world system that is opposed to God.” Jesus made it clear in the passage from John 15:18-20 that those who are “of the world” are not of God nor are those whom He has selected from out of the world part of the world. This is why those who are still “of the world” hates them. I want to reinitiate here that there are plenty of apostate, “so-called christians” in our time who exhibit that very same hatred toward those of us who refuse to back away from Orthodox Christianity and God’s Word as being infallible and complete. In any case, John is telling us in 1 John 2:15-17 two important truths about genuine Christianity. First, the Christian loves God and fellow Christians and an absence of love of the world must habitually characterize the love life of those to be considered genuinely born again. View article →

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