David And Goliath?

No, it is this blogger’s adventuresome grandson Sawyer, and a facsimile of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (T.Rex).  It looks like he thinks the gigantic reptile is the real deal.  Guess what?  His folks and his grandad will teach him that dinosaurs walked with man on the planet earth, thousands and not millions of years ago!  God Is Awesome  ~  Pastor Steve <><


Sawyer Taking On T. Rex At St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

Settle down big guy!

You have a huge mouth!  Please be nice.




James Sundquist Open Letter on Zondervan and Rick Warren Posted by Amos 3:7 | Apologetics, Apostasy, Book Reviews, Contemplative Spirituality


James Sundquist Open Letter on Zondervan and Rick Warren

Hi, I’m James Sundquist, founder and director of EAGLE MASTERWORKS PRODUCTIONS, has written and/or produced the words and music for several network commercials, one internationally released sound track for a film, and four nationally released recordings. James’s network commercials include: several Mattel Toy spots; Woodsy Owl Give A Hoot, (“Keep America Clean” Campaign Public Service Announcement, for the Department of Agriculture at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising); Stretch & Sew Fabrics; and Your Local Church Welcomes You, for the National Episcopal Foundation.

James Sundquist

Zondervan False Report on Rick Warren
By James Sundquist
Dear Pastors, Staff Members, and Church Members of Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia,
As you no doubt already know, Rick Warren and his publisher Zondervan published on their Purpose Driven Life book cover and in their advertising that:
Purpose Driven Life is “the bestselling non-fiction hardback book in history”.
A similar statement was also published and posted by Southern Baptist
leader Jerry A. Johnson, President of National Religious Broadcasters, in Washington D.C.:
“Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 32 million copies, been translated into 85 languages, was the subject of a major motion picture, and is the best- selling hardback book in American history, according to Publishers Weekly.”NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson Source NRB
Circulation of a False Report
Jerry A. Johnson may very well now be a member or attendee of one of your churches in Virginia. He knows about this, but to date and to my knowledge, he has not warned anyone or sent out an NRB Alert to his members.
So, in light this Scripture:
“You shall not circulate a false report.” Exodus 23:1
I entreat you to read this investigation to establish and verify whether or not this claim can be substantiated. I have attached for you the Bestselling Books in History Ranking Chart.
Note where Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life ranks, in relationship to #1:
The above claim by Rick Warren and Zondervan was attributed to Publishers Weekly.
So let’s see what the President of Publishers Weekly said about this claim:
“I’ve checked our site which includes all of our content from about 1995. Also touched base with our religion editors and there is no finding of a quote like that… We don’t generally use the term hardback.” September 30, 2013 11:33:08 PM EDT George W. Slowik, President of Publishers Weekly
I also invite you to read a documentary on Warren’s SHAPE Personality Profiling (Step 3 or 301 Discovery Class), and Days 29-31 in Warren’s Purpose Driven Life book, based on Carl Jung, that I wrote which was published in
two Conservative Christian Theological Journals: Personality Profiling Jung

Silence is Not Golden
To avoid the temptation to remain silent in the face of iniquity, I invite you to sound the alarm to your fellow SBCV Members, in obedience to the Apostle Paul’s command for all Christians:
I have learned from a long-time SBC Pastor that even Christians that are concerned about Rick Warren’s teachings and programs are afraid to oppose or expose him. So I invite you to read this article why remaining SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN: Spiritual Formation Movement (Scroll down about half way until you see my name).
And Spiritual Euthanasia:
I also invite you to read my two books on Rick Warren, published by Southwest Radio Church Ministries, now free online at:
Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church? Here
Rick Warren’s Global Peace Plan vs. Scripture
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NIV Zondervan’s own Bible Translation).
And here is the video documentary I produced with Richard Bennett, former
Roman Catholic priest exposing Warren entitled:
“Experiencing God through Deceitful Mysticism by Richard Bennett”: On YouTube
Finally, in a world of FAKE NEWS, this should not even be named in the Church. So in what could be the greatest irony is that Rick Warren tells “FAKE Christians to find another church.” Source: Christianity Today
Therefore, I exhort you that if Rick Warren is your pastor, or you are a member of a Purpose Driven Church, then it is you that better find another church that does not preach another gospel! “Come out from among them and be ye separate.” And if you are truly a fake Christian why would Rick Warren send you off to another church to poison its members?
So if Rick Warren really has reached 197 nations with his Global Peace Plan, then he and his publisher Zondervan could have currently achieved the dubious honor of having spread more fake news than any Christian author and publisher in modern history. So the question remains, who is really the Fake Christian pastor/author that we should flee? And who is the real Fake Christian Publisher we should reject?
“Fake news” by Zondervan and Warren should be an oxymoron because we champion TRUTH, because Jesus Christ is the Way the TRUTH and the Life, it separates us from all other religions.
Kindest regards in Christ,
James Sundquist Eaglemasterworksproductions.com




The aforementioned books written by James Sundquist, can be found elsewhere on this blog/website, located under the category “The Emerging Church.”  The books can be read in their entirety, in digital online format, for absolutely no charge.

California Bill Will Outlaw Churches Helping People Out Of LGBT Lifestyle

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Fallen man now feels he knows how to help people, rather than submitting to the Lord and His Word.  When the secular government, which has already drifted away from God, becomes the conscience for a nation, we are in deep trouble.  This is an obvious case whereby the Christian must “obey God and not man.”   Acts 5:29 King James Version (KJV)  “and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”     Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

California Bill Will Outlaw Churches Helping People Out Of LGBT Lifestyle

The state of California is close to passing a law that would use consumer protection regulations to control the information presented by churches under the guise of protecting Californians from fraud.

Bill AB 2943, which has passed several rounds of committee votes and amendments as well as the assembly and will be voted on by the state senate on June 25th, would specifically ban any religious organization from providing assistance to those struggling with gender identity.

The law cites the American Psychiatric Association, as well as several other organizations, to claim that there is no evidence that adults can change their gender orientation and that attempts to do so may be harmful. The law argues that since there is no evidence that the services offered by the church are effective, then charging individuals for such therapy amounts to fraud.

In doing so, they have plunged the state deeply into issues of sexuality, individual freedom to choose and religious liberty. The law would ban anyone from offering sexual orientation change services or the materials, print or otherwise, in conjunction with such services.

While this is not likely to result in the banning of Bibles, a strict reading of the law would allow for such a ban the moment one is used to counsel someone on God’s plan for sexual morality. Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the 2016 massacre at The Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, has joined the voices speaking out against this law.

Following the tragedy, Ruiz left behind a life of homosexual hedonism with the help of God’s Word, but he is worried that others will be prevented from getting the same help.

“If they pass that bill in California, it will take away the rights of counselors, pastors and people that want to give you guidance on coming out of homosexuality.” he told The Christian Post. “I came to Christ through the Word of God. I came to Christ over Godly counsel, pastors, people prayed me through,” and he fears that this law will prevent others from getting the same help he did.

The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodríguez, has spoken out on the use of this bill to discriminate against Christians and the LGBT community in California. The reverend didn’t mince words when he said that “California’s AB-2943 is the most egregious, tone-deaf, and discriminatory example of anti-religious legislation that I have witnessed in all my years of ministry. I am deeply troubled that this profoundly flawed bill has already passed the California Assembly and now sits with the Senate.”

Several young adult conferences have already been canceled in California, such as those held by Summit Ministries, out of fear for how they may be attacked legally for teaching the Bible, and ministries across the state are now afraid that sermons from the pulpit may open them up to lawsuits, discrimination and smear campaigns.

The idea that if the state of California isn’t convinced your beliefs are both true and effective, it can prosecute you, flies in the face of the core concepts of religious liberty as well as freedom of expression and association. Jim Domen, now a Christian pastor who was saved by the Word of God from a lifestyle of spiraling depression and social alienation caused by his struggles with the homosexual life-style, has also called out the legislature for “trying to silence the power of Jesus Christ.”

Domen sees the bill as the government “controlling how we identify sexually,” and far from protecting the rights of the LGBT community is instead cutting off their right to choose; to decide to seek the help of the Church and of God.

These are men and women who have experienced the misery and confusion surrounding issues of sexual identity and come to the other side with the help of the Church and of God and they know firsthand the harm this bill will do to Californians. Shouldn’t we listen to those who have benefited from the efforts of dedicated pastors and Christian counselors and allow individuals to make their own decisions?

Other more libertarian voices, such as Rob Dreher who writes for The American Conservative, warns of the chilling effect Bill 2943 will have on freedoms of thought when he writes, “I would be appalled if a pro-LGBT organization decided to cancel a conference in my conservative state because they legitimately feared that local prosecutors would charge them over what they intended to say at the conference. That’s not America, or at least not the kind of America I want to live in.”

Leave it to the government of California to legislate what religious and sexual beliefs are valid and which are forbidden. In support of the freedom to follow their own beliefs, a series of demonstrations called Freedom Marches is being organized as a gathering together of those who have put aside homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

Luis Javier Ruiz was in attendance in Washington D.C. near the Washington monument at the first march and began by asking those in the LGBT lifestyle to come back, come back to the church and back to God through repentance of a lifestyle that is not God’s best for them.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2344#kO6cpCGSQY7OolP8.99

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 4, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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When Jeremiah decided not to make mention anymore of the Lord nor to speak in His name, he found a seething volcano within him, a fire shut up in his bones!  When he ceased to testify for the Lord, it was like a stream damned up within him that must burst forth.  Jeremiah was not only in the ministry; the ministry was in him!  He was like that man who had the billy goat by the horns and was crying out, “Someone come and help me turn this animal loose!”  -John R. Rice

It is better to be a good housewife or nurse or domestic servant than to be a powerless preacher or a graceless leader.  -Charles Spurgeon

You had better not pray to be conformed to the image of God’s Son unless you mean business!  It may be anything but the delightful experience you had in mind.  God uses strange ways to make us more like Jesus.  -Vance Havner

From the day of the Declaration [of Independence]…[t]hey [the American people] were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rule of their conduct.  -John Quincy Adams

It is one thing to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and quite another to surrender one’s life to the Lord.  There is such a thing as the dedicated Christian life.  And there are carnal Christians (I Cor. 3) who have never yielded their lives to Christ.  The yielding of one’s life or making Jesus Lord of one’s life is not a requirement for salvation.  That is Lordship salvation and a perversion of the Gospel.  -Curtis Hutson

It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.  -A.W. Tozer

It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.  -Frederick William Robertson

May you who are already saved meditate upon [Hell] in its practical, personal bearings until your heart is so burdened by the awful peril of the wicked that you will rush out to spend the last dollar, if need be, and the last ounce of strength in saving those imperiled men from the certain, awful Hell of conscious agony and shame to which they are fast hurrying.

People don’t miss church because they live too far from the building but because they live too far from God.

One way in which a Christian shows what he is, is by what he does with what he has.



The Comeback of ‘Under God’ ~ The American Renewal Project



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In 2015, the American Renewal Project hosted pastors and pews events preparing for the first four presidential primaries in 2016: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Participants included Mike Huckabee, LA Governor Bobby Jindal, TX Governor Rick Perry, TX Senator Ted Cruz, KY Senator Rand Paul, and FL Senator Marco Rubio.

On May 3, 2016, Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary. The race to become the next president was down to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump.

Some Evangelical leaders got caught up in the ‘Never Trump’ movement. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), declared in a Washington Post opinion piece of October 9, 2016, that “If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right.” The article seemed an effort to suppress Evangelical turnout on Election Day.  [Russell Moore is a wolf in sheepskin and he is bad for the SBC.  He promoted “Crooked Hillary” in 2016.  Why would anyone be surprised that he desires to enable LGBTQ?  Note Trump’s accomplishments below.  Moore totally lacked discernment of what Trump would do.  Pastor Steve  <><] 

On May 10, 2016, we examined the ‘Never Trump’ movement in an editorial addressed to 100,000 American Renewal Project pastors:

“What and how will Mr. Trump do? I don’t have a clue.

“But with Hillary we do know. The progressives that she will stack on the Supreme Court alone will set back America for a century. Americans may well lose 1) their Second Amendment right to ‘keep and bear Arms’ and 2) their religious liberty (Kim Davis was just the warm-up act). Codifying transgender bathrooms rights will only be the beginning of nine unelected and unaccountable Justices imposing a godless agenda, tearing America apart brick-by-brick.” (read full story here: https://bit.ly/2wFciXj )

Fast-forwarding now to June 2018, a list of President Trump’s victories includes:
• Defending religious liberty.
• Standing up for the unborn.
• Defunding Planned Parenthood.
• Appointing conservative jurists to the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.
• Reinstating the Mexico City Policy [policy blocking U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services].
• Rescinding the Johnson Amendment by Executive Order.
• Commitment to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
• Opening the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. Many promised for nearly three decades, only Donald Trump kept his word.

A good explanation for the Trump phenomenon, aside from the Left’s narrative, would be “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”

Last week we discussed how Cardinal Karol Wojtyla – who later became Pope John Paul II – and Father Frank Blachnicki established a youth ministry in Poland to renew the Polish church. They did this through spiritual mobilization in the fight against communism. Their Oasis movement was created to counter Soviet ‘propagandizement’ of Polish youth by USSR Young Pioneer camps. An estimated ten million children had passed through 40,000 pioneer camps across the USSR during the 1960s and 1970s. (1) This was ‘evangelization’ and indoctrination by a pagan, communistic godless religion. Contrast this to the Oasis alumni, who took vows to live ethical lifestyles of spiritual dissent in the face of a hostile communistic system.

It is evidently high time for an ‘ Oasis movement ’ for America’s youth. We need a movement that will expel pagan Secularism, presently entrenched as gospel, from public education and America’s cultural mountains of influence. This would be a miracle of similar magnitude to Joshua commanding the sun to stand still.

In any case, let’s be clear: neither Wall Street, politicians, government, nor public education is going to save America. “They one and all fail, utterly fail, to meet the deep need of the soul. One and all they are unable to put away sin. And, yet, sad to say, they one and all supplant the Christ of God – He is not wanted; He passes by unnoticed.” (2)

The phrase “passes by unnoticed” leads us to Proverbs 8:10: “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.” If riches are esteemed and desired over Wisdom, she quietly withdraws, without a commotion. Even a cursory glance at our culture will show that God has withdrawn His hand from secularized, public education. Wisdom’s absence is unmistakable.

As long as pagan Secularism controls America’s cultural mountains of influence – public education, academia, newsrooms, sports, the courts, big business, Hollywood, medicine – we are going downhill as a nation. Each passing day it becomes clearer that Christians have neglected their duty over the last three-quarters of a century. Christians have treated the conflict between the pagan religion of Secularism and the Biblical God Jehovah casually, as just another passing fancy. Yet, on the contrary, this is war.

We Christians must now make the fullest possible use of all means at our disposal to dislodge Secularism from the public square and the culture if America is to survive. This spiritual war calls for persistent vigilance together with action.

Currently, Donald Trump looks to be our best ally. God has raised a Samson “willing to do what God’s people are not.” ( goo.gl/2p6TXE)

Christians must take their civic government skills to the next level. A great tutor for developing such skills is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Newt’s new book is titled Trump’s America. ( goo.gl/YrH8pM)

In Chapter 3 – The Comeback of ‘Under God’ – it reads: “Essentially, the anti-Trump coalition has twisted freedom of religion into freedom from religion by casting faith as a source of oppression that should be removed from public life. … This is why freedom of religion is an essential pillar of America – and a key to the American comeback.”

Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/soviet-pioneer-camp-communism-scouts-belarus
(2) A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua

Pastor Says He Was Thrown Out of SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) Meeting for Questioning ERLC (Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) Ties to Revoice Conference

One can feel an Antichrist spirit, pushing the LGBT agenda on everyone in our nation; and no political party, religion, denomination or people group is exempt.  Let me say that it would not surprise me in the least, if liberal leaders entered the Southern Baptist Convention carrying a hidden ideology in their briefcase and flying under the radar.  After all, is this not what former President Barack Obama did?  He said that marriage was only between one man and one woman until he was elected, and then his true rainbow colors came out.  I would not at all be surprised to observe apostates slip into the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in a similar manner, which is what this article is all about.  Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve  <><


From The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Held In Dallas, Texas

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Post Reporter | Jun 14, 2018 3:38 PM

(Screenshots: Vimeo; YouTube)
Thomas Littleton (R), a veteran Southern Baptist Conference pastor and reporter for conservative news outlet BarbWire, said he was “physically handled” by Brent Leatherwood (L), the ERLC’s director of strategic partnerships, at the SBC conference in Dallas, Texas, on June 13, 2018.

The Rev. Thomas Littleton, a veteran Southern Baptist pastor and writer, said he was “physically handled” by a staff member of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and removed from the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas Tuesday for asking questions about the ERLC’s ties to Revoice, an upcoming conservative Christian conference for those struggling with same-sex attraction.

The Revoice 2018 conference, which takes place next month, is aimed at “supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” Some critics insist that the conference is trying to push an LGBT agenda on conservative evangelical churches but those involved say there is a lot of misinformation out there.

In a series of tweets beginning Wednesday, Littleton, who is an evangelist with over 38 years’ experience, claims he was “physically handled” by Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC’s director of strategic partnerships, and removed from the conference after he tried asking ERLC President Russell Moore about the ERLC’s ties to Revoice. He says the Dallas Police Department was told that he had “threatened someone” at the Kay Bailey Dallas Convention Center where the SBC’s annual meeting was held Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Is this the new Culture at The @ERLC after the @jdgreear election? Do thugs now run the ERLC who make false reports to the @DallasPD that I threatened someone for asking questions about #revoiceus conf and #ERLC ties? Where is @drmoore? Was @LeatherwoodTN doing #drmoore bidding?” Littleton asked.

The Christian Post contacted the ERLC’s press secretary, Elizabeth Wood Bristow, about Littleton’s claims on Thursday and she called his claims “untrue.”

“Mr. Littleton’s allegations about Mr. Leatherwood are absolutely untrue. To be specific, Mr. Leatherwood made no physical contact with Mr. Littleton whatsoever. We understand that Mr. Littleton was removed from the exhibition hall by the SBC Executive Committee, which manages access and credentialing issues,” Bristow said in a statement to CP.

Southern Baptist Convention spokesman Roger Oldham confirmed with CP Thursday that one person, a member of the media, was removed from the convention Tuesday for being in a restricted area but he could not immediately say if it was Littleton.

“The individual was actually in a restricted area and was basically loitering around,” Oldham said.

He said the individual was asked by the convention manager to leave the area when he did not comply so security was called to remove him. Oldham could not confirm if the security personnel who removed the individual were Dallas Police Department officers.
Sgt. Jerry Williams with the Dallas Police Department told CP Thursday that department records as well as checks with the precinct covering the area of the convention did not reveal anyone being removed from the conference this week.

He said while it is possible that Littleton was removed from the convention center by Dallas police and a report wasn’t filed, the removal of a pastor from such a large event would normally warrant some kind of narrative.

“Usually we record it in some form or fashion. I just don’t see a report on it anywhere,” he said. “I’m not saying that it didn’t happen but as far as the documentation of it, I don’t see it.”

Popular Christian talk show host Janet Mefferd said she witnessed Leatherwood grab Littleton by the arms in Moore’s presence.
“Yep, Leatherwood grabbed him by the arms. Russell Moore was right there when he did it. And yes, Tom can file his own (true) police report!” she declared in a tweet Thursday morning.

She also alleged that Leatherwood made a false police report:
“Good morning, @LeatherwoodTN – one more question. Are you & your ERLC team aware that under the Texas Penal Code, filing a false police report under Section 37.08 is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000? Look forward to hearing from you!” she wrote.

Nathan Rager of The People’s Church in Clearwater, Florida, notes in a video posted to YouTube that he was at the SBC meeting and questioned Moore about the ties between ERLC research fellow and Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior and Revoice.

Moore responded: “I don’t know about the Revoice conference but I do know this, Karen Swallow Prior has committed herself to go anywhere and everywhere to stand up and tell the truth about God’s Word about human sexuality. In doing that, she has seen countless people come to faith in Jesus Christ and countless others strengthen to going forward. She’s a professor at Liberty University serving there for many years. I don’t know anybody more committed to evangelism, and committed to the inerrancy and truth of God’s Word, and more committed to the biblical message that marriage is between a man and a woman and that sexual immorality leads not just to bad consequences but to Hell.”


Another fascinating development in the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), is the firing of Paige Patterson from his presidency at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), and he was stripped of retirement benefits.  He was formerly to be reduced to the status of Pastor Emeritus at SWBTS and taken away from his positon, yet shockingly he has suddenly become Personna Non Grata (PNG) among Southern Baptists.  He was to be the keynote speaker at the convention, and was reduced from the penthouse to the outhouse.  He was president of SEBTS and SWBTS, and was a premier figure in the Southern Baptist conservative resurgence, as well as a great and highly respected theologian and leader.  No matter what offences he engaged in, even if the charges are legitimate, this is no way to treat one of the few remaining pillars from yesteryear, of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Paige was charged with no personal impropriety at all; he was charged with rendering poor counsel and decision making regarding instances going back decades.  [If the over 40,000 Southern Baptist Pastors were judged the way Paige Patterson was, that is for using poor judgment on one or more occasions in regards to counseling, etc., then we would all be fired and our Guidestone retirement/healthcare plans would be revoked as well].  I personally feel there may be a power play involving the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, their president Russell Moore, Revoice, and the #MeToo movement.  Regardless, it should not surprise anyone that in this day of apostasy, Satan desires to send his emissaries into the largest Protestant denomination in America in order to pollute it.  The LGBTQ movement will not be content until every American is forced to accept their abominable lifestyles. Maranatha, Pastor Steve  <><


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Paige Patterson Fired by Southwestern, Stripped of Retirement Benefits
UPDATE: Board chair shares details over Patterson’s firing.
May 30, 2018 9:25 PM

Paige Patterson Fired by Southwestern, Stripped of Retirement Benefits

Image: Adam Covington / SWBTS / Baptist Press
Paige Patterson at the May 22 special board of trustees meeting where trustees voted for his early retirement.

Update (June 1): Paige Patterson lied to the board of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) about a rape allegation that came before him at another seminary, withheld documents from his previous presidency, and referenced attempting to “break down” the victim of a more recent rape incident, according to a new statement released Friday by the chairman of the school’s board of trustees.

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Kevin Ueckert offered more details surrounding the board’s recent decision to fire the former SWBTS president, referencing documentation of a 2003 rape allegation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), which Patterson previously led for over a decade, as well as emails surrounding a 2015 rape allegation at Southwestern.
The SEBTS graduate—whose story was reported in The Washington Post and who has since made her case public on social media—claimed that Patterson and fellow officials did not report her rape, discouraged her from doing so, and urged her to forgive the perpetrator.
The information in the SEBTS student record Ueckert reviewed “contradicts a statement previously provided by Dr. Patterson in response to a direct question by a board member.”
Additionally, while president of SWBTS, “Patterson sent an email (the contents of which were shared with the Board on May 22) to the Chief of Campus Security in which Dr. Patterson discussed meeting with the student alone so that he could ‘break her down’ and that he preferred no officials be present.”
“The attitude expressed by Dr. Patterson in that email is antithetical to the core values of our faith and to SWBTS,” the board chair stated. “Moreover, the correlation between what has been reported and also revealed in the student record regarding the 2003 allegation at Southeastern and the contents of this email are undeniable.”
Since his May 30 termination, SWBTS has located documents from his tenure at SEBTS, including 31 pages posted online by a Patterson supporter—the wife of his former chief of staff—who had hoped the documentation would absolve him. The documents were shared without permission of the students referenced in them.
Still, the board stands by its unanimous decision to fire Patterson, with Ueckert saying, “In this difficult situation, the Executive Committee based its decision on the current performance of the president and did not allow the legacy of Dr. Patterson or the #MeToo pressure to steer the outcome. We did not react; rather, we decisively exercised our responsibility based on the Seminary’s biblically informed core values and integrity.”

A week after trustees voted to immediately shift Paige Patterson to “president emeritus” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), the board’s executive committee has stripped the Southern Baptist stalwart of all “benefits, rights and privileges.”
In a statement announcing Patterson’s termination, the committee stated today that it had confirmed information regarding reports that he mishandled a sexual abuse allegation while president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).
Last Tuesday, a former SEBTS graduate student told The Washington Post that after she reported her rape to Patterson and fellow seminary officials in 2003, they failed to notify authorities and the former president encouraged her to forgive the perpetrator. Patterson did not respond to the claims, but SEBTS launched an internal review of its own.
The news came after weeks of controversy—and calls for Patterson’s dismissal—over his past counsel and statements regarding women, abuse, and divorce.
Best known as the leader who orchestrated the “conservative resurgence” in America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Patterson spent decades as a revered and seemingly untouchable denominational figurehead; previous controversies had come up, but had not threatened his position or reputation until now. His case has been widely viewed as a prominent example of the fallout of the #MeToo movement and how it has changed expectations for institutional leaders.
The same day as the former student’s story broke last week, following a 13-hour meeting of SWBTS’s board of trustees, Patterson was ousted from the presidency he’d held since leaving SEBTS in 2003. The board’s decision came despite his issuing an apology “especially to women” who were hurt by his past remarks.
The initial move seemed to go both ways: Patterson was out of the presidency, partly satisfying critics who opposed his stances or were concerned about his impact on the SBC as a whole, but still kept the campus clout that came with the position, partly satisfying supporters who did not want to see the legacy of such a significant denominational leader tarnished by contemporary pressures.
“Patterson supporters seemed willing to live with the decision but it infuriated many, especially conservative Christian women, who said Patterson had not been explicitly held accountable and had been allowed to retire with his stature intact,” The Post reported today.
“Ironically Patterson, leader of a historic conservative purifying in the 1980s and 1990s of Southern Baptism that called for male-only pastors and women to ‘submit graciously’ to their husbands, was being held under the public light by conservative women, who by the thousand signed a May 6 petition calling for him to lose his job.”
Today’s decision, though, squarely sides with his critics. The executive committee deemed Patterson’s response to the SEBTS student’s allegation “inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values,” and said the information “demanded immediate action.”
This week, Megan Lively tweeted publicly to identify herself as the former student at the center of the SEBTS story:
I am the woman you read about, #SEBTS 2003, not afraid, ashamed, or fearful. I am proud to be #SBC, bc of how many have responded with compassion & love. Our history isn’t our future. Ephesians 4:30-32, Romans 8.Please join us in praying tomorrow. #PaigePatterson #sbc18 #matthew5
SEBTS’s current president, Danny Akin, has offered Lively his “love, prayers, and support” as the school undergoes an internal investigation of her case. Beth Moore, who wrote a viral open letter to fellow Southern Baptists regarding sexism and harassment, praised Lively for her bravery and belief.
Following Wednesday night’s news, Lively posted the lyrics to a verse from “In Christ Alone,” starting with the lines, “No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.”
Several Southern Baptist pastors and leaders spoke out Wednesday night to praise the SWBTS trustees’ latest decision.
“I am very grateful that the trustees chose to act with moral clarity,” wrote Denny Burk, a Southern Baptist professor and president of the complementarian Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. “If there was some question about that before, there can be no question now. Indeed, they declare ‘the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse and grieves for individuals wounded by abuse.’”
Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and J. D. Greear, a protégé of Patterson’s and an SBC presidential candidate, asked for prayers for the SWBTS community.

“Pray for the faculty & students of @swbts and the individuals hurting and confused in this moment,” said Greear. “And hope in God’s grace. The Lord chastens those whom he loves. Aslan is on the move. God be merciful to us & bless us, that your… salvation may be known among all nations. Ps 67”
Beth Moore posted on her blog in response on Thursday, saying she fully supported the trustees’ decision. “My deep hope is that Dr. Patterson will take the necessary time to heal, reflect, seek counsel, as so many of us have, to determine what went wrong and why, then become active in helping create a healthier culture for both men and women marked by Christlikeness,” she said.
The full statement from SWBTS reads:
During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Board of Trustees, new information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS’s biblically informed core values.
Deeming the information demanded immediate action and could not be deferred to a regular meeting of the Board, based on the details presented, the Executive Committee unanimously resolved to terminate Dr. Paige Patterson, effective immediately, removing all the benefits, rights and privileges provided by the May 22-23 board meeting, including the title of President Emeritus, the invitation to reside at the Baptist Heritage Center as theologian-in-residence and ongoing compensation.
Under the leadership of Interim President Dr. Jeffrey Bingham, SWBTS remains committed to its calling to assist the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by biblically educating God-called men and women for ministries that fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God.
Further, the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse and grieves for individuals wounded by abuse. Today, Dr. Bingham made it clear that SWBTS denounces all abusive behavior, any behavior that enables abuse, any failure to protect the abused and any failure to safeguard those who are vulnerable to abuse. Additionally, Dr. Bingham called for the SWBTS community to join the Body of Christ in praying for healing for all individuals affected by abuse.
Patterson is still slated to speak at the upcoming SBC annual meeting in Dallas on June 13, but the delegation will have an opportunity to vote to replace him on the schedule.
Fellow Southern Baptist affiliates had already been forced to distance themselves from Patterson and SWBTS prior to his firing.
The former president backed out of a speaking gig at a Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders event in Dallas, and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, led by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Heath Lambert, relocated a fall conference originally scheduled to take place on the SWBTS campus.

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Southern Baptist full debate on Paige Patterson, Southwestern Seminary, & #MeToo #ChurchToo Movement

Preacher discusses liberal hypocrisy, Christian love & fruit of spirit, conflict resolution  [Notice Nathan Rager calls the Southern Baptist Convention an “ordeal.”  What a shame.  Pastor Steve]

Christian America News      

Published on Jun 15, 2018

Brother Nathan Rager does final wrap-up on Southern Baptist Convention SBC 2018, the scandal of Democrat Russell Moore’s Ethics & Religious Commission ERLC staff filing false police report against pastor & journalist Thomas Littleton hours before he misled SBC messengers on his organization’s ties to homosexual Revoice conference, the difference between hateful Social Justice Warrior SJW virtue signaling & the virtue of Christ that shows in conservative Bible-believing Christians, & his desire to reconcile with his critics in a spirit of Christian brotherhood & give account for his joy & conviction in Jesus Christ.


Pray For Revival In America!

Why The Episcopal Church Of England May Cut Ties With The American Episcopal Church – Apostasy

Episcopal Church Removes Terms Husband & Wife To Be More Gay-FriendlyNews Image

Episcopal Church Removes Terms Husband & Wife To Be More Gay-Friendly

The American Episcopal Church has continued its process of radical liberalization by altering the standardized version of the marriage vows to remove any use of the terms “husband” and “wife” so as not to offend same-sex couples they marry.

Any references to procreation will also be removed in an effort to appease homosexual couples whose unions cannot produce children. Since the change is being adopted as a church-wide policy, its effect won’t be restricted only to the same-sex couples that are wed by the Episcopal Church, but will, instead, extend to all new couples.

The response to this move away from Biblical teachings and towards radical inclusiveness was met with a sharp response from the Church of England in October when the Secretary General William Nye wrote to the American church, asking them to re-evaluate their position or risk the Church of England cutting ties with the American church.

Now the church, in its efforts to appease gender activists, risks a further schism if it goes ahead with this proposed change to the wording in the Book of Common Prayer.

The U.K. newspaper, The Telegraph, reported, “The new service removes the phrase ‘the union of husband and wife’ and replaces it with ‘the union of two people’. It also replaces the section which talks about part of God’s intention for marriage being ‘for the procreation of children’, with the phrase ‘for the gift of children’, to make it more relevant for same-sex couples who may wish to adopt.”

Yet the Church of England is far from united in support of Biblical theology either, as 30 of the 483 members of the Anglican Church’s synod, including the Bishop of Buckingham, have declared themselves in support of the pro-homosexual changes in the Episcopal Church’s common prayer.

The opinions of these church officials are now in opposition to the Anglican Church’s official position, along with an Anglican LGBT advocacy group known as One Body One Faith.

One Body One Faith went so far as to write an open letter to Secretary Nye. In their letter, they condemn Nye for his traditional stance on Biblical teachings and call the pro-homosexuality policies of the American church “courageous, just and Christ-like.”

It refers to the Church of England’s support for traditional views on sexuality a “refusal to listen” and the “single biggest missional disaster of our generation,” and even goes so far as to refer to the Anglican church leadership as a “group of Christians who profess the love of Christ but seem incapable of recognizing it in the loving, committed, relationships of two people.”

The American Episcopal Church, loosely under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican Church, has come under increased pressure from LGBT ‘Christians’ who claim that various aspects of doctrine and church tradition are offensive or discriminatory.

From openly LGBT priests serving in the church to fully embracing homosexual marriage, the Episcopal Church has quite rapidly shifted its stance on homosexuality from that of the Bible and Christian tradition to embracing a secular agenda of moral relativism.

With the rewriting of the church-wide marriage vows, this accommodation will be felt not just by LGBT members of the church, but by all who will now be reminded that references to wives, husbands and procreation are considered too Godly and too Biblical for the postmodern Episcopalian Church to tolerate.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2330#WlWSsZdZfFkErB7h.99

Quotable Quotation ~ Lindsey Graham (Republican) South Carolina Senator

Lindsey Graham Stated On Fox News, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, About President Donald J. Trump And His Summit In North Korea…

“They (North Korea) wouldn’t be talking to Trump unless they believed he was serious about using military force.  President Trump has done more in five hundred days to deal with North Korea than every president in the last thirty years.”

Robb Thompson – Life Changing Testimony

Radically Saved

Robb Thompson’s abridged testimony on his battle with schizophrenia and how he was rescued by finding Jesus.


This blog author graduated next to Robb Thompson at Harold L. Richards high school in ’71, in a class of over 700 in the Chicago suburbs.  I also had a locker right next to him in P.E. class.  He was wild, without restraint, and without clear direction, headed for a mental institution shortly thereafter, having issue with multiple personalities.  I remember him asking me about the meaning of life, and since I was not saved at that time, I had no answers.  Notice how his above testimony tells us that he was TOTALLY delivered from the strongholds in his life.  He did not go to classes for recovery.  He was not reformed, he was regenerated by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Pure and simple.  Many today do not understand that this is a miracle and work of God.  That is why they are always “getting saved and giving their life to Christ” over and over and over.  When one is truly saved, there is no need for a repeat performance.  2 Peter 1:10 King James Version  “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure….”  Make sure of your salvation.  When one is truly born from above, God does all the work as we throw our entire being at His feet in FAITH.  (Galatians 5:16 King James Version  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”)  Robb is the founding pastor of Family Harvest Church in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Their distinction is that they are a racially diverse church with over 4,000 members.

From Wikipedia        photograph

Early life[edit]
Thompson grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois where he was raised a Roman Catholic and worked for United Parcel Service for the majority of his early adulthood.[1][5] He moved to Homer Township, Illinois, where he sought “practical answers to life’s problems and a real personal relationship with Jesus Christ”, and began considering other denominations.[1] He stated that he had a transformative experience on October 28, 1975 where he was “unplugged and reengineered and then plugged in again to Christ” and became a Baptist for several years.[1][6]
Thompson earned his doctoral degree from Life Christian University, an unaccredited institution[7] based in Tampa, Florida.

Church leadership[edit]
As an ordained minister,[8] Thompson founded Midwest Christian Center in 1983,[5] which later grew into a large worship center.[9] He remained the pastor of the center through the late 1990s.[9] He also pastored the House of Glory church in the 1980s, in Orland Park, Illinois,[8] and held regular Bible study groups. It was during these study groups in 1999 where the name “Family Harvest” was conceived.[3]
Thompson is the founder[10] of the nondenominational Family Harvest Church[11] in Tinley Park, Illinois,[12] a member of the Family Harvest International network. Family Harvest Church, which can hold over 3,000 congregants in one service,[4] has been called a megachurch, noted for its theater chairs, projection screens, polished singing performances, stage lighting, amplified sound, and TV and web shows.[3] In 2004, the church had nearly $10 million in assets.[13]

Church activities[edit]
In 1986, in an effort to promote that Halloween is “historically evil” and harmful to children, Thompson’s church scheduled a “Hallelujah Party” in its place on October 31. The church has made it an annual tradition ever since.[8]
Family Harvest Church’s ministers preached regularly about the risk of a “Y2K apocalypse” during 1998, relating it to Thompson’s published interpretation of the Bible.[9] On January 2, 2000, with Y2K essentially a nonevent, pastor Rev. Doug Boettcher’s message was about not letting go of one’s preparations, urging members of the Family Harvest Church to be prepared “for any kind of natural disaster” and to help their neighbors in such a situation; but many locals had already returned generators and space heaters the day before.[14]
In 2005, Family Harvest Church opposed Tinley Park’s decision to zone an off-track betting facility, as destructive of local ideals.[15]
For Christmas 2005, Thompson arranged the donation of over 100,000 articles of clothing, toys, and other goods to Miracle Centre Cathedral, a Ugandan cathedral run by senior pastor Robert Kayanja that is claimed to be the biggest auditorium in East Africa.[16] The items were distributed to displaced persons’ camps and orphanages in northern Uganda.[17]
In 2009, Thompson founded “City Harvest”, a Family Harvest Church ministry in northwest suburban Chicago.[2]
In early 2011, the Robb Thompson Ministries hosted the “Dancing for the Stars” dinner-dance fundraising event in Orland Hills, Illinois. The proceeds of the event were to go to underprivileged children around the world and to funding Family Harvest’s global missions.[18] Over 400 attended the event which helped raise $25,000.[19] With these funds, two medical and dental trips are being organized in 2011, to the Petén Jungle in Guatemala and later to Haiti, where children, orphans and adults will be offered free medical and dental checkups and treatment.[19] The ministries also announced that a portion of the funds will be donated to help Japan after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[19]

International College of Excellence[edit]
Robb Thompson is Founder of the International College of Excellence, a Christian university dedicated to teaching and training of new pastors “to maximize their personal potential and equipping tomorrow’s leaders”. He serves as the institution’s President. The college is headquartered in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago.[cit]


Final Note:  On a late Saturday afternoon, I was studying for a message to preach at a church I served at in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia nearly twenty years ago.  The Christian program I was watching on television went off, and on came Robb Thompson and his ministry “Winning In Life.”  I thought nothing of it at first, until I noticed he was based near Chicago, and then I learned he was a pastor in Tinley Park.  I went and found my high school yearbook and thought THAT JUST COULD BE HIM.  I finally got a hold of him, and he sent our church a large offering that we put towards our sound system.  I mentioned above about our high school graduation class of over 700, and how we were next to each other.  As we endured the long wait for our diplomas, I distinctly remember Robb saying to me:  “Steve, someday we will meet again.”  He spoke near where I serve in southwest Florida about ten years ago, and I could have fulfilled that prophetic utterance at that time, but I was unable to attend.  Regardless however, since Robb and I are now both born from above, someday we WILL meet again!

Life is full of surprises, Pastor Steve <><