‘Last Days Babylon’ Now On Drawing Board?

Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the spiritual home of Islam

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the spiritual home of Islam
It is planned to extend over multiple nations and to dwarf New York City at 33 times its size. The costs are expected to be hundreds of billions of dollars, and it is already attracting investments from some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world.

It’s Neom, the new mega-city planned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon.
Located on the Red Sea coast, the city will have a special legal status within Saudi Arabia and will supposedly be fully automated, with robots outnumbering humans.
The city is also supposed to be powered entirely by renewable energy sources, feature free high-speed Internet and will extend over 10,231 square miles, crossing the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. The crown prince also spoke of the kingdom’s willingness to embrace what he called a “normal” life, promoting a form of Islam that “translates to tolerance, to our traditions of kindness.”
Saudi Arabia has debuted a flashy promotional video intended to attract foreign investment, vowing to build a center for global culture with “nothing to hold you back.”
“No set ways of thinking, no restrictions, no divisions, no excuses,” claims the narrator, speaking in a British accent. “Just endless potential. This is the blank page you need to write humanity’s next chapter. Neom … a part of the world set aside for those who want to change the world.”

The global financial elite are already rallying around the project. The Economist proclaimed:
“At the launch were an ebullient Masayoshi Son, the Japanese head of a $100bn ‘Vision Fund’, and Stephen Schwarzman, head of Blackstone, a private-equity giant. Klaus Kleinfeld, a former boss of Arconic, Alcoa and Siemens, is to be NEOM’s chief executive. The prospect of creating a dynamic zone without the barriers to enterprise found elsewhere in the country has such people genuinely enthused.”
Such grandiose pronouncements already are drawing criticism. The kingdom has already tried to construct the “King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh,” billed as the “world’s next great economic city.”
But despite a projected population of 2 million people, there are only 5,000 permanent residents. There are also doubts whether Saudi Arabia’s bureaucracy can effectively administer such a massive project. In addition, the fall in oil prices is limiting the amount of cash the Saudis have to fund such an expansive project.
But another critic is worried about the more disturbing implications of the plan. Joel Richardson, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Islamic Antichrist,” believes he has solved the biblical riddle of “Mystery Babylon” in his book of that title.
And he argues the location of the end times’ city of evil is in Saudi Arabia, making the kingdom’s newest plans to become an economic superpower deeply worrisome.

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“Throughout church history, interpreters, commentators and students of the Bible have struggled to understand the identity of a last days city known as ‘Babylon the Great’ (Revelation 17-18),” Richardson told WND.
“Many have looked to the city of Rome as the fulfillment, while others have looked to Jerusalem, or New York City. Others have been awaiting a city to be rebuilt on the literal site of the ancient Babylon about 50 miles south of Baghdad in modern day Iraq. In my book ‘Mystery Babylon,’ I suggested the kingdom of Saudi Arabia may be a more appropriate, and even more biblically defensible position. Specifically, I look to the city of Mecca, the single greatest city of idolatry that mankind has ever produced.
“Well over a billion and a half people bow down five times daily and pray toward that great city. The mosque in its center which houses the famous Kabba, or cube-shaped shrine that Muslims pray toward, is literally the single most visited location in the whole earth, with millions upon multiplied millions of religious pilgrims visiting each year.”
Richardson does not take seriously Saudi claims of favoring a “tolerant” form of Islam.
“Saudi Arabia is the single greatest source of funding for the spread of radical Wahhabi Islam all over the earth,” he said. “Over the past 40 years, the Saudis have spent roughly $150 billion to build mosques and fill them with radical Wahhabi hate preachers all over the earth. They have arguably spent more to spread Wahhabism around the earth than the entire mission spending of the global Protestant church. From any given madrassa in Pakistan to the mosque in your town or city, it is likely it was paid for by the Saudi royal family. No other nation in the earth has done as much as the Saudis to spread a false religion throughout the earth in such a way that its fundamental character has been so permanently impacted.”

Richardson believes the effort to build a new “mega city” supports his claim “Mystery Babylon” will be located within Saudi Arabia.
“Students of biblical prophecy have long noted that the book of Revelation speaks not simply of a city, but of a ‘mega-city’ that will emerge in the last days,” he observed. “Consider the massive building projects taking place in and around Mecca and Jeddah, which will soon feature the world’s newest and tallest building, dwarfing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Just to the north, the Saudis have been quietly building the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), which is slated to become the region’s most technologically advanced sea port. All three cities – Jeddah, Mecca and KAEC – will soon be linked by a high-speed rail line which will allow anyone to get from one city to the next in less than 30 minutes.
“There is no doubt that this emerging megalopolis will match all of the unique descriptions of the last days Babylon, combining idolatry, religious power and economic power into one desert sea-port. It is for this reason that students of God’s Word are taking a fresh and serious look at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its relationship to biblical prophecy. Now, the Saudis have announced this massive project to the north of Mecca and Jeddah. Truly, this would fulfill the description of a ‘mega-city’ as mentioned in the Book of Revelation.”
Richardson, a frequent critic of Saudi influence on American politicians, acknowledges the kingdom will find it difficult to realize its breathtaking ambitions. Nonetheless, he warns the rapid expansion of Saudi influence throughout the world and the construction of a sprawling metropolis straight out of the pages of Scripture should command the attention of faithful Christians.
“Any watchful student of prophecy will be paying very close attention,” he said. “We should be paying attention not only to ‘Neom,’ but to all that is now unfolding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the ancient and modern day fountainhead of a violent false religion now bursting out into the nations.”

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Sword Of The Lord ~ June 2, 2017

Amen Corner

Some saints spend more time sighing than singing!  Vance Havner

I was brought up at the knees of a devoted mother and across the knees of a determined Father.  -Unknown

If only one second ago I trusted the Saviour, I am safe as the man who has believed in Jesus fifty years and who has all that while walked uprightly.  -Charles Spurgeon

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Evangelical Worldview Survey “Shocking”!

Dr. Shelton Smith

When Summit Ministries (an evangelical worldview ministry) and the Barna Group (an evangelical pollster) did a survey among evangelical Christians, the results according to them were “shocking.”  As shocking as it was, I think the results were predictable.

What was shocking to them and should be to all of us is the extant to which the evangelical community has eroded from its Christian roots.  Here are the numbers.

“Only 17 percent of practicing [evangelical] Christians have a biblical worldview.  So if that’s the case, then what do they believe?

“…Sixty-one percent of [evangelical] Christians who attend church at least once a month and say their faith is very important to their lives and self-identity as Christians also believe some tenets of New Age religions….

“Fifty-four percent…resonate with postmodern views, almost four in ten have some Muslim sympathies, more than a third accept Marxist ideas, and 29 percent believe ideas based on secularism” (onenewsnow.com).

Now the questions which must be raised are these:  Why?  How could this happen?  What has brought this about?  Wherein lies the blame?

Well, here is my analysis of their dilemma.  It should be a wake-up call to our fundamental, independent, Baptist brethren and especially to the ones who are enamored with evangelicalism and learning their ministries that way.  Here are some of the major culprits, I believe, which are contributing heavily to this “shocking” survey.

1. Religion rather than salvation!

Far too many people have decided to “become Christians”  without having been “saved.”  They are Christians in the sense that they have aligned themselves with a Christian group.

They got baptized, they take communion, and they are members of a church; but by their own admission they are not born again.  They are doing some Christian things, but they are unsure of Heaven when they die.  They tip their hat to God and determine to be as good as they can and do as much good as they can, but they are not born again.

They have religion , not salvation.  They identify as Christian, but they are not Christians in reality.  Remember John 3:1-8.

2. Conversational-style lectures have replaced preaching!

The preacher’s fire has gone out.  The dynamics of the art of preaching have eroded into a soft-soap “talk.”  Anemic fill-in-the-blank teaching has become the presentation of choice.

In the absence of Bible preaching with Spirit-filled authority the people go hungry.  When the pulpit menu at the church is like microwaved leftovers or TV frozen dinners, the folks don’t eat and gain strength.

So many of our churches have found for themselves weak leaders who either can’t or won’t preach.  When that happens, the people drift.  They drift spiritually and morally.  They drift philosophically and socially.

Shortly following the drift, the shift into strange territory begins.  When their church fails to impact their worldview, they start grazing in other pastures.  This poll makes clear that the shift in evangelical circles is well underway.

3. Bible doctrine has been watered down!

Doctrine is a despised word with a lot of these folks.  A lot of their churches go to great lengths to avoid any clear-cut defining of Bible doctrine.  Their watered-down teaching leaves out the “meat” of the Word (I Cor 3:2).  Absent the “meat” of Bible doctrine, even the “milk” seems to be of the two-percent variety.

The preacher has a God-given responsibility to “…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine”  (Titus 2:1).  Such “sound doctrine” should include salvation by grace through faith, baptism after salvation by immersion, eternal security and a generous number of other scripturally clear matters.

4. Political correctness has found a home!

The news media is politically correct!  The government is politically correct!  The schools are politically correct!  Now a lot of churches are likewise becoming politically correct!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  -II Tim. 4:3,4

It is not popular to buck the news media, the government and the schools, so these clergy and their churches cave in and go along.  They make a place for evolution!  They redefine marriage!  They embrace sodomy!  They go soft on alcohol!  They accommodate whatever the people want, etc.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  -I Tim. 4:1,2

Scriptural correctness has been pushed to one side by many in evangelical circles in order to make room for political correctness.  Obviously you can’t have both.  So if one is given priority, the other one will be on the outside looking in.

5. Superficial, unscriptural unity!

Camaraderie and fellowship are at the top of the list with evangelicals.  Everybody must get along and go along.  “Getting together” at the expense and the exclusion of Bible truth is the norm.

Unity is generated from a superficial “let’s be nice” platform.

To the contrary genuine Bible-based unity must have a solid, doctrinal foundation and underpinning.

Unity that is created by sacrificing truth is not the advocacy found in the Bible.  This superficial unity opens the floodgates to allow the promotion and proclamation of many varying ideas.  This generates confusion that leaves the evangelical crowd grabbing here and grabbing there.  The result is that they are now embracing a host of unchristian ideas.

6. Interdenominationalism and ecumenism!

A religious version of the politically correct penchant for inclusivism has blurred all the lines of distinctiveness.  The charismatic movement has been a major mover and shaker in this regard.

Popular TV preachers like Robert Schuller (now deceased) and Joel Osteen have fostered the “everybody get together” ideology.  Billy Graham resigned from the board of the Sword of the Lord in the 1950s because he decided to go this route.

The breakdown was predictable.  When you begin to major on soft-soap in order to facilitate your unscriptural unity agenda, you should know that the result will be weakness, not strength.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasurers more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”   II Timothy 3:1-5.

Note “having a form of godliness” (vs. 5).  These verses are describing the church crowd.  Unreal, even unthinkable, but so very, very true!

7. Once-a-week church doesn’t produce!

Once the seeds of destruction  begin to sprout, the “let’s do it the easy way” crowd gravitates to whatever entertains them.  Their appetite for spiritual food (real Bible preaching and teaching) is replaced by a lust for flesh-appeasing, worldly husks.  Instead of good, soul-stirring music, the church platform turns to rock, rap, and other such music (with some soft-sell “Christian” words, of course).

The “preaching” is reduced to a talk and a very short one at that.

The weaker the folks become, the less they show up at church.  Eventually the ministry is reduced to a once-a-week, watered-down service.  The longer this continues, the weaker the folks become.  All the while they are being influenced by Islam, the media, etc.  Consequently, they now have the “shocking” survey.

8.  Sunday schools are shut down!

A lot of churches have already cancelled their Sunday morning Bible study that has been called “Sunday school” for several hundred years.

In so many churches where Sunday school is still held each Sunday, it has become a social event with most of the time spent on coffee, donuts and reviewing the sick list.  Bible study gets only a brief portion of the allotted time.  Often the subject matter being taught is also woefully deficient and does not build strong Christians.

The Sunday school should be a solid center of indoctrination, education and edification.

9. No authoritative text!

In evangelical circles they have changed Bibles so many times the people do not know what to believe.  When the text of Scripture is in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t take long until the authority of Scripture is totally undermined.  This is a major factor in the breakdown of faith among evangelicals.

They will laugh at us because we will not change Bibles, but after this “shocking” survey they may want to stop laughing and throw out all of their watered-down Bibles.

An authoritative text that is tested, tried and true-the King James Bible-is a necessity if you expect to see your converts grow into strong Christians.

10. Accommodating the whims of youth!

Everybody knows that we need to reach young people.  What everybody doesn’t seem to realize is that you don’t get the job done giving them everything their immaturity demands.

Church youth ministries are often built on what I call “kiddie preaching” and “kiddie music.”  That is exactly the opposite of what should happen.

The teen departments in your church should have strong preaching, solid Bible study, standards of conduct and participation along with solid, noncontemporary music.

When the adult leadership leads with authority, example and love, the kids will follow.  And the results will be good!

Evangelicals “Shocked”; Fundamentalists Be Warned

Indeed, the Summit/Barna survey was pretty shocking even for the evangelicals.  But let’s be honest with ourselves.  The slide among some fundamentalists, in which they are borrowing everything they can from the evangelicals, puts all of us in danger.

To my preacher brethren, I’m sounding an alarm because it is past time to be alert.  Danger is beyond the doorstep and already inside the house.  Naivete we cannot afford.  Going-along-to-get-along is a flawed philosophy.

Just because something is “big” doesn’t mean it is “better” or “best.”

We had better pay attention.  What this generation does in moderation the next generation will do in excess.  Remember this pointed teaching:

“Walking about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following”- Ps. 48:12.13.

One Additional Note

Once the slide toward the left has begun, it is very, very difficult for a church to regain its moorings and pull back to solid ground.

Already several pastors who have “contemporized” their churches following the influence of the evangelicals and the charismatics have said, “I made a huge mistake, but I could never turn it back now without losing most of my current crowd.”  So sad, indeed!

My earnest plea: don’t let it happen to you!

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Booth ~ Quotable Quotation

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Was William Booth a prophet or what?  This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

  Understanding America’s Five Faith Tribes

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Belief matters because it drives action, both in the voting booth and out. We read and hear every day about a society embracing LGBT rights or turning away from the Church, and it may be cause for concern.

Although these trends are not to be ignored, it is important to keep in mind the fact that no society possesses a single group identity.

Instead, a closer look at the true divisions within society offers considerable insight into how the five major “faith tribes” behave based on their beliefs as well as how each is able to influence American culture as a whole.

Through examination of how these faith groups move a society, changes can be tracked, understood and predicted.

The breakdown of these cultural tendencies comes from research conducted by Barna and is particularly relevant following the unusual election cycle of 2016 and the major cultural forces that many believe are pulling the country in opposite directions.

Whereas it is true that there are a great many faith practices in the United States, three of the five faith tribes used in Barna’s research are Christian simply because of the fact that each is greater in size than any minority religion and that their influence on both culture and politics is also substantial.

 

 

All of the following figures refer to the adult population.

1. Evangelical Christians (6%)

Evangelical Christians, a group narrowly defined by the Barna researchers, tends to be older than each of the other four tribes.

They are also politically more conservative with 69% of respondents classed as fiscal conservatives and 79% as social conservatives.

The great majority (84%) are pro-life and pessimistic on the direction of the country (69%). The Tea Party movement also enjoys its greatest support, around 50%, from Evangelical Christians.

Spiritually, they believe in absolute moral truth, traditional moral values (98%) and the accuracy of the Bible.

Politically, only 18% describe themselves as environmentalist and a scant 4% support LGBT rights. In contrast to the common view of gun ownership, only 31% own a firearm, not so far removed from the 22% of religious skeptics and atheists who own guns.

In general, Evangelical Christians find themselves on the opposite side of the political and cultural spectrum, not in contrast to other religions but, rather, from skeptics and atheists.

2. Non-evangelical Born Again Christians (23%)

The faith tribe Barna describes as Non-Evangelical Born Again Christian is larger by a factor of nearly four, but has been declining in population over the past decades.

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They tend to be less conservative and less traditional, though the majority still self-identifies as conservative on both fiscal (56%) and social stances (59%).

Spiritually, they share the confession of sin and trust in the salvation of Christ. Non-Evangelical Born Again Christians may belong to any one of a number of mainline churches, but it is their beliefs that set them apart from the other faith tribes and unite them, even across denominational lines, with other Non-Evangelical Born Again Christians.

Firearm ownership is the highest among this group and despite fiscal and cultural conservative leanings, they double the support of Evangelical Christians for environmentalism (37%) and the Black Lives Matter movement (36%) while increasing the support for LGBT rights seven-fold at 27%.

Still, 87% support traditional moral values and 63% are pro-life with a nearly equal 62% holding a pessimistic view of the direction the country is heading.

3. Notional Christians (42%)

Notional Christians are the largest faith tribe and show a plurality of support, though not a majority, for the democratic party.

Less theologically conservative at 30%, Notional Christians, those who believe in Christianity in a general way but have not made a personal commitment for their own salvation, also show more progressive beliefs on environmentalism and LGBT rights, both at 39% support.

Rather than trusting their faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (only 10% believe in salvation through faith alone), their notion of salvation comes from earning their way into Heaven through good moral acts on Earth.

4. All Other Religious Faiths (6%)

All other religious faiths combined, including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and numerous others, comprise only 6% of the total US population. Barna has categorized Mormons in this category as well, further swelling its ranks.

 

This is the segment of those polled who identify themselves as being the most willing to engage in civil disobedience as a form of protest (31%) and fully 43% consider themselves to be environmentalists.

They are the only faith group to align in their majority with the Democrat party (58%) and support for LGBT rights (47%), they also support traditional moral values (57%) and a set of moral absolutes.

This group composed of all other religions is the group least likely to own a gun but also most closely aligns with Notional Christians with respect to the stated importance of their faith with only 43% responding that their faith is very important to them.

Their social liberalism further aligns them with Notional Christians with respect to their support for environmentalism, abortion, Black Lives Matter, LGBT rights and gun control

5. Skeptics and Atheists (23%)

The group composed of skeptics and atheists sits so far on the opposite end of the spectrum from Evangelical Christians that it is a strain to classify them as a ‘faith’ tribe.

By far the most liberal of the five faith tribes, 48% of skeptics call themselves environmentalists, 13% are pro-life and 66% support the LGBT movement.

Overall, 62% claim liberal positions on most social issues. As many as 44% consider themselves fiscally liberal as well.

Why Does It Matter?

To understand the faith tribes is to understand American politics. To understand how the five faith tribes grow or shrink in size or change their geographic distribution is to understand how politics is shifting.

The 2016 election cycle saw Evangelical Christians lining up behind President Trump with the Notional Christians splitting their vote between Trump and Clinton.

To predict future political opinion on LGBT rights, gun control, fiscal issues or abortion, shifts among faith groups is an essential study.

As the ranks of Evangelicals slowly shrink and skeptics, Notional Christians and other faiths grow, the national consciousness will be pulled along with them.

Some predict that the 2016 election may be a high point for conservative politics.

Pray For Revival In America!

2017 Southern Baptist Convention Highlighted By Firestorm Initiated By Russell Moore, President Of The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

Southern Baptists go ‘gender-inclusive’ on Bible

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Much of the division centers on politics – and at the center of the firestorm is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
Moore spent last year waging a long and bitter war against President Donald Trump and his supporters, including penning frequent attacks on the then-candidate in the pages of leftist media outlets like the New York Times.
He also condemned Trump’s immigration policies after the president’s election.
Even before the rise of Trump, Moore had also been pushing the denomination to support amnesty for illegal aliens, skepticism of Israel and other stands with which most American conservatives would disagree.
During last year’s meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention even took time to denounce the display of the Confederate battle flag. Some observers argue Moore may even break evangelical Christians’ reliable support of the Republican Party.
While President Trump has delighted many American social conservatives, especially with his actions against abortion, Moore has been largely frozen out of the White House and was noticeably absent from President Trump’s signing ceremony for an executive order on religious liberty.
And Moore’s strong stand against Trump has angered some Southern Baptist leaders who have pledged to withhold donations to the ERLC and the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Cooperative Program.”
However, the Southern Baptists are also facing serious issues because of reasons which go beyond politics. The Southern Baptist Convention has lost members for close to a decade, with most of the losses coming from those who leave the denomination after being raised in the faith.
Religion News Service reports the Southern Baptist Convention is also losing more members to evangelical and nondenominational churches than they are picking up as converts. And despite Moore’s support for mass immigration, the Southern Baptist Convention is also losing out to other denominations when it comes to attracting immigrants.
Carl Gallups, the author of several books including the recent title “When The Lion Roars,” has expressed concern about the future of the denomination. The pastor has a long history with the organization.
“I have served over 30 years as a senior pastor with the SBC, also spending over a decade of that time as an international youth evangelist with what was then called the Home Mission Board,” he told WND. “During the totality of my affiliation with the SBC I have spoken, by invitation, before the Board of Trustees, of what was then called the Home Mission Board. I have also preached by special invitation in the chapel services of the SBC central headquarters in Nashville and in SBC seminary and university chapel services as well. I have also served for over a dozen years on the Board of Regents for a major SBC University.”
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Gallups praised the Southern Baptist Convention for its long record of being steadfast in defending the truth of Christian doctrine.
“The Southern Baptists have been widely acclaimed as one of the most doctrinally conservative Christian denominations,” Gallups said. “Since Southern Baptist churches are autonomous and do not ultimately answer to a higher ecclesiastical body outside the governance of each congregation, there can certainly be variances among individual Southern Baptist churches regarding worship practices, style of local leadership, and even nuances of doctrinal positions. This rather unique style of denominational cooperation might well be a major reason why the Southern Baptist denomination is still so biblically sound in most areas of its ministry endeavors.”
However, Gallups expressed concern that stance may be weakening. The Southern Baptists have now adopted a “gender-inclusive” translation of the Bible. And Gallups warns the denomination seems to be trying too hard to appeal to a secular, anti-Christian culture rather than simply standing for truth.
“Our national obsession with political correctness is destroying our nation and is heavily influencing even the ‘conservative’ Southern Baptist denomination and many of its churches,” the pastor warned. “While every reliable poll indicates that America is slipping ever deeper into the abyss of a declining Christian identification, Southern Baptist membership has also been on a decade of decline. They simply are not hanging on to the younger generation of believers, or potential believers. There are a multitude of reasons why this is happening – too many to recite here – but the main culprit is the political correctness gremlin.”
In June 2015, Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins, professors of history at Baylor University, argued in The Washington Post Southern Baptists should become more active about evangelism and maintain doctrinal rigor to combat its falling membership rolls. Gallups enthusiastically agrees, but worries the denomination is being cowed by the hostile media climate against believers.
“Many believers are fearful of sharing their faith in an increasingly Christian-hostile culture,” he said. “Conservative Christian young people are often marginalized by practically every aspect of the world in which they are now being raised. The mantras of ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘tolerance,’ as well as the ostracism techniques of relentlessly labeling Bible-believing Christians as ‘homophobic,’ ‘xenophobic,’ or ‘racist,’ are powerful weapons of the demonic realm. As a result, many pastors have become increasingly fearful in proclaiming the whole council of God’s Word or discussing ‘tough’ matters because they are afraid of losing members. And so we have only 17 percent of Americans who identify as Christians actually holding to a biblical worldview. And these statistics are in spite of the United States being the largest ‘Christian’ nation on the planet and the home of the largest conservative evangelical denominations.”
Instead of compromising with a hostile culture, Gallups urges the Southern Baptist Convention to stand boldly for biblical truth and stop trying to win fawning media reports by attacking conservatives or President Trump. He argues the churches which are doing well are those who have refused to cater to the anti-Christian bias of the mainstream media and the larger culture.
“The churches that are spiritually and biblically thriving are the ones that are unashamedly standing in the contextual Word of God, exalting the name of Jesus, engaging in meaningful biblical worship, boldly proclaiming the Gospel message, discipling the body of Christ, and thoroughly engaged in hands-on and true mission endeavors,” Gallups said. “These are the churches that today’s Christian youth are so desperately seeking. These are the churches where young adults want to serve, grow, and raise their families. These are the churches, Southern Baptist or otherwise, that will continue to make a real difference in the advancement of the kingdom work of Jesus Christ.”
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One of the main signs that we are approaching the end of the church age is apostasy.  Russell Moore has caved into political correctness and religious correctness.  He despises the administration of Donald Trump, throws Israel under the bus, supports illegal immigration, and was ideally chosen by Satan to polarize Southern Baptists against each other.  Moore has capitulated to the zeitgeist (climate of opinion) of the age.  A “Gender-inclusive” Bible, inspired by man and not God, may be the harbinger of whether or not many Southern Baptists desire to stay within this denomination.  I am a born again Christian first, and a  Southern Baptist secondly.  I will continue as a Southern Baptist only if they submit to the Word of God.  This now seems in jeopardy and is of great concern.  If this sorry 2017 convention is a harbinger of things to come, it is an indication of apostasy within our ranks, and my exit could be sooner rather than later.  The coyote is in the henhouse.  Pray that our membership would boldly oppose this unscriptural mindset.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Another polarizing convention splitting issue raised after the above article was published:

A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention
At its annual meeting, the evangelical denomination initially declined to consider a statement of its opposition to the alt-right.

 

 

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 50

Things To Come:  The Shemitah’s Harbingers & What Lies Ahead    ~    Jonathan Cahn

Jonathan Cahn has a gripping conviction about the sin of our nation and about the need for national repentance.  God is not looking at the White House, He is looking at the church house.  II Chronicles 7:14   “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Jonathan Cahn wrote the Harbinger, and now focuses on the Mystery of the Shemitah.  Cahn claims this 3,000 year old mystery holds the secret of America’s future, the world’s future and your future.  His third book is The Harbinger Decoded, and reveals all of these things fulfilled prophetically.
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The Shemitah begins where the Harbinger leaves off.  George Washington placed his hand on the Bible and warned our nation that a disobedient nation could never expect favor from God.  America has rebelled against God, and we are witnessing the removal of His blessing.  A national prayer was given by Washington in what we know today to be ground zero from 9/11/01.  The calamity returned to the same place where the nation was dedicated to God.  Cahn points out the Sycamore tree that was struck down, as well as all of the other buildings during 9/11, EXCEPT the little stone chapel where America was dedicated to God.  This was a miracle.  The Sycamore tree actually saved the chapel.  God was attempting to wake up America, and seeking for America to repent and return to the Lord.
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Cahn is speaking on things to come.  Things related to the Harbinger and to the Shemitah.  What has happened since 9/11?  Our nation’s apostasy has accelerated.  The harbingers have not stopped but have progressed.  We will face revival or total judgment.  The second harbinger in the book is the sign of the terrorists.  The Assyrians attacked Israel in 722 B.C.  Isis is now attacking the world and America.  They are the offspring of Al Qaeda.  The Assyrians and Isis both come from Syria and Iraq.  Both are cruel nations, having the same capitol site of Nineveh.  They both mutilate and decapitate their victims, and place them on display.  A Biblical sign of judgment is a tree withering away with broken branches.  America is spiritually withering away.  Cahn mentioned a tree dying and the moon turning blood red a couple of years ago, coupled with this second harbinger of judgment.  The third harbinger was our determination to rebuild, and make the Twin Towers bigger, stronger and greater.  This was done in pride and arrogance.  It is indicative of the spirit of the Tower of Babel.  The rising and falling of towers is related to the rising and falling of nations.  The new tower has Isaiah 9:10 at its’ base, the verse that alludes to a nation building a tower in defiance of God.

Isaiah 9:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Our leaders thought this was an appropriate verse for the occasion, but actually it infers God’s judgment on nations who build towers rather than turn to Him!  We think we will come back with our own power, and not that of God.  President Bush spoke on this and said:  “…we will rebuild and we will come back stronger.”  -conspicuously absent was any mention of God.

The Seven Year Mystery.  The Mystery Of Sevens.

Cahn expounded on the Shemitah, and how the land was suppose to rest for one year out of every seven in Israel.  When God judged Israel, all seventy years for which they disobeyed the Lord were collected together when they were taken captive by the Babylonians.  He attempts to show that the same thing could be happening to us as well.  In the last forty years, there have been five times our finances have been shaken- 1973, 1980, 1987, 2000, and 2007.  There are seven years between them all.  Cahn compares previous economic collapses in American history to the Shemitah.  Cahn contends that the Bible ordains most economic crashes in world history to happen in September and October.  9/11 happened during Shemitah.

If America does not turn back to God, then the age of America as we know it will end.

Cahn claims the Shemitah marks the shaping of great world events like World Wars I and II.  It marks the rise and collapses of empires.  The Tribulation Period is likewise seven years.

Every seven Shemitahs in Israel is fulfilled by the Year of Jubilee.  Everything, your land and possessions are restored.  Cahn went into several examples of the Lord fulfilling His will after seven Shemitahs.  There is a significant Shemitah coming up on September 2015 through September 2016.  This is the year of the Jubilee.  Cahn believes this last year represents judgment, and the beginning of the end of the American age, as Russia just passed us as the greatest nuclear power, and China surpassed us as the greatest economic power.  We have also observed the end of the Biblical definition of marriage during this time.  Christians in America are being persecuted now to a large degree.  Cahn brought up the Pharaoh’s dream in the Bible of the seven years of plenty and the seven lean years.  God warned Egypt of what was coming.  This was the first recorded Shemitah in the Bible.  Could the Lord be warning America the same way?  Cahn showed the audience pictures of two cows that each had the number seven on their heads.  They were born at the opening of the Shemitah.

The Shemitah is related to death.  The darkening of the sun can be a sign of judgment.  There are two eclipses scheduled for 2015.  The harbingers are converging with the Shemitahs.  Cahn thinks the single tower replacing the Twin Towers will be a sign, and seals God’s judgment upon America.  We are no longer speculating about prophecy, we are now living in prophecy.  We are observing a great shaking of the global order, involving the collapse of the American economy, the removal of blessing and prosperity, and it may come with famine and the cutting off of our infrastructure.  Unbelievers and those outside of His will should fear.  Jesus is our only refuge and Savior.  If there is going to be a revival, then a great shaking must precede it.  After 9/11 there was no revival because there was no repentance.  Come what may, we will serve the Lord.  Christians have a wonderful opportunity to shine at this time.

Note:  Jonathan Cahn has a great zeal about repentance, judgment, apostasy, blessings and the last days.  He rightly encourages our sin sick nation to repent.  I love his fervor for his God.  He is very unique, however, when he applies God’s plan for Israel to the United States of America and all other nations.  He considers events that happen during the “Shemitah” years, trees falling, and occurrences happening in the order of seven years as harbingers of judgment, yet I am not sure he is correct in doing so.  We all feel God’s hand of judgment on America, yet I do not believe that we can apply all the same theology and precepts  to our nation, as when the Lord worked with Israel.  Actually, when he displayed pictures of two cows with the number seven on their heads, I felt very uncomfortable.  We must ALWAYS ask ourselves “Does this Bible study go right along with the truths that are found in the word of God?”

Blessings, Pastor Steve    

Addressing Apostate Pulpits In America

When a nation plummets into gross immorality and apostasy, God will use the most unlikely of sources to expose the current form of anemic “Christianity” in America.  The following article is what one might call a “Wake Up Call”: 

 

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A Secular Rapper Calls American Pastors To Account

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You know we’re in trouble when a secular rapper urges pastors to get back to preaching that the Lord is a jealous God of “discipline and obedience.”
As a recent article declared, “Chart-Topping Rapper Kendrick Lamar Is Preaching More Spiritual Truth Than Most of the Dead Churches In America.” So sad, but so true.
Lamar is a 29-year-old, Grammy Award-winning rapper, and his lyrics are typical, hardcore rap: filled with content, packed with protest, laced with profanity.
Suffice it to say that he is not a pristine pure, born-again, Christian rapper. Yet he sees a gaping hole in many churches today, and it mirrors his experience as a boy.
In an email to Hip Hop website DJ Booth he wrote, “I went to a local church some time ago, and it appalled me that the same program was in practice.
A program that I seen as a kid the few times I was in service. Praise, dance. Worship. (Which is beautiful.) Pastor spewing the idea of someone’s season is approaching. The idea of hope.”
He continued, “After being heavily in my studies these past few years, I’ve finally figured out why I left those services feeling spiritually unsatisfied as a child.
I discovered more truth. But simple truth. Our God is a loving God. Yes. He’s a merciful God. Yes. But he’s even more so a God of DISCIPLE. OBEDIENCE. A JEALOUS God. . . .”
And in words that mirror the words of Paul in Romans 11:22, which urge us to consider both the goodness and severity of God, he wrote, “So in conclusion, I feel it’s my calling to share the joy of God, but with exclamation, more so, the FEAR OF GOD. The balance. Knowing the power in what he can build, and also what he can destroy. At any given moment.”
How ironic that a worldly rapper is more concerned to balance out his message than many a preacher in America. How ironic that someone whom the churches would damn in a moment (in fact, “Damn” is the name of his latest project) sees the imbalance in so many of our contemporary churches.
Today, in many of our churches, it’s all about making people feel good about themselves, all about the coming breakthrough (probably financial!), all about fulfilling our personal dreams.
But what about the biblical gospel? What about the fact that one day we’ll have to give account to God for our lives? What about the judgment that will come on the whole world?
What about the reality that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)? What about the fact that Jesus saves us from our sins so that we will live the rest of our lives for Him?
I’m all for preaching hope and encouragement and love, but that is not the whole message. What happened to the rest of God’s holy Word?
In my forthcoming book Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Reformation, I devoted one chapter to the subject of “Restoring Thunder to Our Pulpits.”
In that chapter, I wrote, “Let the truth be told. There is very little thunder from our pulpits, very little preaching that creates an atmosphere of holy reverence (what the Bible calls ‘the fear of the Lord’), very little that challenges us and confronts us and stirs us and awakens us, very little that equips us to endure hardship or to be courageous or to confront the culture or to live a sacrificial life out of love for our neighbor.
“Many of our leaders preach a toothless, pep-talk gospel that fits in perfectly with our convenience store, quick-fix Christianity, promising all kinds of benefits without any requirements. What a deal! Who could refuse it?
No wonder we are producing consumers rather than disciples. What else can we expect when we so studiously bypass the cross in so much of our preaching? What else can we expect when we preach God the Genie rather than God the Judge?”
Do you affirm these words?
At the beginning of the chapter, I quoted from an 1873 sermon from Charles Finney. He said, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest,

the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
Although the pulpit was more influential in his day than in ours, I believe that what he said remains largely true. If America is in serious moral and spiritual decline, many of our preachers are partly to blame.
I say it’s time that we restore thunder to our pulpits. A chart-topping, secular rapper says, “Please do!”
Originally published at AskDrBrown.org – reposted with permission.



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Born Again 3

“Ye must be born again.”  John 3:7

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”   John 1:13

The new birth does not come through human descent (“not of blood”), nor does it come through human desire (“the will of the flesh”), nor does it come through human determination (“nor of the will of man”).  The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ?  Have you been born of God: have you been born from above?  Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).  Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late.   -W. Ross Rainey

Children of men, attend to the word, so solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord; And let not this message to you be in vain, “Ye must be born again.”  -William T. Sleeper

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Let us contrast the beautiful aforementioned summary of true salvation with that of Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California.  The following quotation is taken from page 220 of the Purpose Driven Church:  “Anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his or her heart.”

Sorry Rick, as it states prior to your man centered apostate statement, salvation does NOT come through human desire or determination.  It comes from ABOVE, and you and I are not big enough to find keys to anyone’s heart.  Do not be deceived- Salvation has everything to do with becoming born from above.  It has NOTHING to do with finding keys to people’s hearts.

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Are you a Berean or a Laodicean?  Do you believe the Bible or Rick Warren?  Rick Warren is a litmus test and a referendum of Biblical illiteracy.  Unfortunately he is plum out of line with how one becomes saved – the most important issue that anyone will ever face this side of eternity.  In the following video, John MacArthur succinctly and thoroughly exegetes the scriptures, comparing the impotence of Rick Warren’s “Gospel,” with the true and Biblical Gospel that saves.  Warren totally ignores the doctrine of repentance, without which one cannot be saved.  [Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”]  In a mere three minutes, the following video beautifully summarizes what true salvation is, and what it is not:

 

False Prophet Rick Warren Exposed!

These lengthly videos record many of Rick Warren’s false teachings, including Chrislam, his worldwide P.E.A.C.E. Plan, Catholicism, allegiance with the Pope, Mariolatry, universalism, promotion of the New World Order (NWO), his disparagement of Christian Fundamentalists, easy believism, no repentance required and all inclusive salvation, no mention of sin or condemnation, and much more.  Among the authors on these videos are John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, James Sundquist, Gary Gilley and Jack Van Impe.  Rick Warren is a litmus test.  Are you a Berean or a Laodicean?

In Christ, Pastor Steve

 

 

 

 

Beware Of The False Gospel Of Rick Warren