These articles go on and on and on. When a Christian pastor, leader and teacher endorses a “World P.E.A.C.E. Plan,” yet never speaks on Bible prophecy and disparages the teaching of Bible prophecy, it should send up a red flag. I believe Jesus Christ, and not Rick Warren, will bring in the millennium. When a Protestant pastor has liaisons with the Pope, Elton John, prominent American and international Muslim leaders, global communities such as the Council Of Foreign Relations, the African Summit, and the United Nations, all focused on the New World Order, etc., etc., etc., and endorses plans to “coexist,” yet does not share the Gospel, I need no other information. When an author claims he is bringing on a New Reformation like Martin Luther, I think he is deranged and deluded. When a Protestant preacher refers to the “Prophet Isa” (the Muslim’s apostate view of Jesus Christ) at President Barack Hussein Obama’s first inaugural, I need no further information. When a man is mentored by universalist Robert Schuller, I believe he has left “Christ alone.” When a Protestant pastor endorses Chrislam, I believe that once again he has left “Christ alone.” When a man holds hands with a worldly famous sodomite, and says “If they kissed, it would be the kiss heard around the world,” I smell something very rotten in Denmark. (He fought AIDES with Elton John, yet failed to warn him that he was heading for a Christless etenity). When a man writes books including the theme of salvation, using nearly twenty translations of the Bible, yet fails to expound on sin, the dire need to repent, and fails to mention the reality of hell and the Lord’s soon coming judgment, this is a false Gospel.
Having attended four prophecy conferences in the last decade, I found it fascinating that about twenty speakers at each conference, all who represented different Protestant denominations, and none who worked intimately with, or even knew each other, all found major flaws in the theology of Rick Warren. Warren is not the subject of a witch hunt of sorts. These erudite scholars live totally separate lives from one another, yet all come up with the same conclusions. One can easily observe this, as his critics each cover different concerns in his convoluted theology. Where there is smoke there is fire.
American Christians today are Biblically illiterate. 95% of professing Christians would not know how to properly respond to a Jehovah Witness or a Mormon if they came to their door. (That is why they keep coming to our doors. The cults can perceive when they encounter a theological vacuum and they become emboldened…and that is what our culture has become- a Biblically anemic people). They know not the Word of God. Many of my peers and colleagues support Rick Warren only because he is a Southern Baptist megachurch pastor. In some cases their relative or friend served on his staff at Saddleback. Rick is worldly popular, and vacillates on the so called “gay lifestyle,” depending upon to whom he is speaking. He is brilliant, clever, witty and smart, and he is not a straight Gospel preacher. This is to his advantage in a day of Biblical illiteracy. Rick Warren is a litmus test.
Are you a noble Berean?
Acts 17:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 The Bereans were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Is your Bible a sword or a butter knife?
Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
“The doctrinal ignorance of the evangelical church is shocking. Matched only by its’ cowardice I fear.”
Spoken in a message concerning the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the desire of many evangelical leaders to compromise with Catholicism, trampling on the blood of the fearless martyrs throughout the church age- Hus, Tyndale, Luther, Wycliffe, etc., etc.
The Grim Reality Of The Last Days
Nearly all Christians will tell you that they believe the next apocalyptic event on God’s calendar is the Rapture of the Church and the coming of Jesus Christ for His Bride. This was believed in the early church, and they greeted each other with the phrase “Maranatha,” meaning the Lord is coming! In fact, the believers in Thessalonica believed in it so strongly that they thought they missed it! Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote Thessalonians I and II in order to set them straight. Thessalonians is all about a Pre Great Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Lost people will believe peace and safety will prevail and sudden destruction will come upon them. This time period, however, will not catch the discerning Christian by surprise.
Revelation 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
I believe the Bible gives strong credence to ONLY a Pre Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Why? For one thing, the Lord never judged the just (those saved by faith) with the unjust at Noah’s Flood, at Sodom and Gomorrah, or even in Jericho. In each case, believers were taken out and protected from God’s universal judgment. God says about Himself: “I am the Lord, I change not.” The hermeneutical first mention principle tells us that God will totally exonerate believers from the worst “one of a kind” judgment to ever strike planet earth. Christians erroneously tell me that since we must endure trials and tribulations, this proves we must endure at least part of the Great Tribulation. This is convoluted logic. The tribulations we endure in our daily walk have absolutely NOTHING to do with a just and holy God treading the wine press and unleashing His fury on a Christ rejecting world. The Great Tribulation is called Jacob’s Trouble, and there is no period in human history to compare it to. We are talking total hell on earth. Our tribulations are 1) getting fired from a job because of our faith, 2) an unbelieving spouse leaving us, 3) being ostracized by people because of our faith. To compare the Great Tribulation to our persecution, trials and tribulations is comparing elephants with apricots- no can do.
Furthermore, the major prophecy conferences such as Joe Van Koevering’s “International Prophecy Conference,” and the “Prophecy In The News” summits in Orlando, Pike’s Peak and elsewhere, all promote a Pre Tribulation Rapture. These conferences typically host up to twenty speakers and their eschatological theology is of one accord. The following household names all believe in a Pre Tribulation Rapture: Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye (Left Behind Series), Jack Van Impe, Thomas Ice, David Jeremiah and John MacArthur.
Now, why else do we know that the Rapture will happen before the Great Tribulation? The alternatives do not make any sense. A Post Tribulation Rapture would place the Rapture at the same time as Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, when He comes to the earth in judgment at the end of the Great Tribulation period. The Mid Tribulation idea is just as faulty because it “dates” the Rapture. How so? The Great Tribulation will commence with the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Antichrist. If the Mid Tribulation theory was true, the Rapture would happen three and one half years after the peace treaty and we would know all that time in advance when the Lord would come for His Church! We would have a date set years in advance. How absurd.
The ONLY way that the Rapture can always remain immanent, is if it occurs BEFORE the Great Tribulation period commences. Any other time would place a date on it. If that were the case, the next apocalyptic event would NOT be the Rapture, it would be the signing of the peace treaty between the Antichrist and Israel. People who believe in a Mid or Post Tribulation Rapture are waiting for the appearance of the Antichrist. Folks like me who believe in a Pre Tribulation Rapture are focused on the coming of Christ for His Bride, the Church. Praise God, I can say: “Maranatha, the Lord is coming!”
“Be ye therefore ready also, for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40 One cannot believe this verse unless they understand the Pre Tribulation rapture!
Blessings, Pastor Steve
Note the thorough exegesis of Roman Catholicism by John MacArthur in the first message, which followed the pope’s recent arrival in America. Protestant pastors use to all have a copy of “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop (I have one). In this book the author reveals the commonality of Roman Catholicism and the ancient religion of Babylon. Note the peculiar garb, especially the hat, flamboyant robe and crooked crucifix of the pope. Have you ever wondered what it has to do with Christianity or where it came from? The ancient Babylonian priests wore this clothing, replicated on stone and woodcuts for us to see and compare. A careful examination of Catholicism will reveal it to be another religion than Christianity. Listen to MacArthur expound on this truism: