The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ July 13, 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.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

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Amen Corner

Too many of our sermons are like a supper of leftovers – they have been too long away from the fire!  God forgive the preacher who expects results from a ministry that has not been touched by the fire of God for weeks or even years!  -John R. Rice

When you teach salvation by grace through faith, that one is saved simply by trusting Jesus Christ, some call that “easy believism.”  But you will not find that expression in the Bible.  That is a man-made expression.

It is not easy to get one to trust Jesus Christ, Him alone, and nothing else for salvation.  As a matter of fact, that may be the hardest thing in the world to do.  -Curtis Hutson

It’s about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o’clock sharp and end at twelve o’clock dull.  -Vance Havner

It takes more grace than I can tell to play the second fiddle well.  -Charles Spurgeon

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great  Creator and Preserver of the universe.  And no subject shall be hurt, molested or restrained in his person, liberty or estate for worshipping God in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience, or for his religious profession or sentiments, provided he doth not disturb the public peace or obstruct others in their religious worship.  -John Adams

If you are not as close to God as you once were, you needn’t guess who it was that moved.  -M. R. DeHaan

When God goes to build a battleship, He doesn’t go looking in a flower garden.  -Mordecai Ham

One of the greatest calamities that sin has brought upon us is the debasement of our normal emotions.  We laugh at things that are not funny, we find pleasure in acts that are beneath our human dignity, and we rejoice in objects that should have no place in our affections.  The objection to “sinful pleasures” that has always been characteristic of the true saint is at bottom simply a protest against the degradation of our human emotions.  -A. W. Tozer

Before we can effectively serve others, we must first of all receive full provision from the Lord for our own spiritual needs.  He has given us the blessed Holy Spirit to empower us and to lead us.  We are sent by the Lord, we are safe in Him, and He provides for our needs.  -Perry Rockwood

Nothing makes people go into debt like trying to keep up with people who already are.

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Death Bed Conversions ~ Quotable Quotations

“True repentance is never too late, but late repentance is seldom true.”       -Matthew Henry

“Those who plan on eleventh hour conversions often die at ten thirty.”

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True repentance cannot be planned, and comes to us only when the Lord grants us revelation – and He allows us to see ourselves as He sees us.  We then observe our need to repent, and become saved through placing our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ who died for our sins.   Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

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2 Corinthians 4:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

Paul Harvey ~ If I Were The Devil

If I were the devil . . .

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

Origins: “If I Were the Devil” is a form of social criticism, an essay that postulates what steps the devil might take in order to corrupt human civilization (and the United States in particular) and lead it down the path of darkness — before delivering the catch that all the steps listed are phenomena that are already taking place in the world today. It was written and popularized by national radio commentator and syndicated columnist Paul Harvey, who from the mid-1960s onwards featured it in both media many times over the course of his long career, periodically updating it to incorporate current trends.

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Written, rewritten, modified and abridged by Paul Harvey, commencing over fifty years ago in 1965.  He interprets our age like a modern day prophet.  Good Day, Pastor Steve <><

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 29, 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.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

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NN   Noteworthy News

The Baker “Takes the Cake” Case (SCOTUS Rules 7-2)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 [June 4] in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a historic case that protects the right to free exercise of religion against the LGBT “sexual orientation” law that was being used to force a Christian baker to violate his conscience.  The Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the neutrality required by the First Amendment by making disparaging comments against Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs regarding same-sex “marriage.”  Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to use his artistic talents and expression to promote a same-sex ceremony.

  … Though the Court focused on the explicit hostility exhibited by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in this specific instance, this significant decision will have a wide impact regarding the clash between free speech and the LGBT agenda, including laws that add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”…

“This is a huge victory for the religious rights [of] private citizens,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.  “People should not be forced to speak a message that violates their conscience.  Just as any person or business should have the right to refuse to promote a KKK event, in the same way no one should be forced to promote a same-sex ceremony that violates [his] sincerely held religious beliefs.  A painter can refuse to paint hate, nudity or the Nazi symbol.  A photographer or moviemaker can refuse to be used as a mouthpiece for an objectionable message.  Today’s ruling protects that inalienable right to conscience,” said Staver.

-LIBERTY COUNSEL

 

UMC Megachurch Hosts Ramadan Dinner With Muslims

The largest United Methodist Church congregation in the United States hosted a dinner with the local Muslim community as part of the Islamic season of Ramadan.

Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas,…hosted the iftar dinner, the meal which Muslims eat after sunset during Ramadan, on May 22.

In an interview with the Christian Post on Wednesday, [Pastor] Hamilton explained that his church wanted to “dissipate fear” and “demonstrate the love of Christ” by holding the event.

We’ve been trying to look for ways to build bridges with the Muslim community in Kansas City and to demonstrate the love of Christ to them,” said Hamilton….

About 320 people attended the event,…including about 40 Muslims.  In addition to dinner the event featured opening remarks by Hamilton and a Muslim representative of the interfaith group the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City….

Some have expressed concern over churches, especially mainline Protestant denominations, holding events for the Islamic community out of concern that they are either compromising the Gospel or are oblivious to extremism.  -Michael Gryboski, christianpost.com

Editor’s Comments:  Some people seem to think that if we just “all get together” and “make nice” toward one another, the problems will go away.  In our world today “the wolf and the lamb” cannot feast together.  The wolf may try to get in close, but the lamb should not be fooled.  The wolf is a wolf.

Let me add a final note.  If I were a member of a United Methodist Church (UMC), this foolhardy act would be a prelude to my immediate and permanent departure.  For Christians to allow Muslims to celebrate Ramadan in their church, is interpreted by Islam as a sign of weakness and capitulation of their own professed faith!  Islam, which means SUBMISSION, will levy sharia law on these naïve hosts, as soon as their perceived majority comes into play.  Never, but never compromise your faith!  [Do not forget that this is the denomination that condones abortion, sodomy, gay marriage, LGBT, even ordaining pastors who are homosexuals].  Pastor Steve <><

Amen Corner

Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan and speculate for liberty; but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand….The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue; and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government; but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.

-John Adams, June 21, 1776

God never blesses what we don’t do.  If you have a garden, you’ve got to plow, plant, water, and weed if you expect to reap a harvest.  -Jeff Fugate

The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.  -Vance Havner

The flames kindled on the Fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

-Thomas Jefferson

We have depended on culture and learning, but schools and literature do not make prophets like Jeremiah!  We have depended on organizations and institutions , but they do not bring the power that came at Pentecost and converted three thousand in a day.  Our colleges and seminaries send out preachers but do the same signs and wonders attend them as were shown in the ministry of Barnabas and Saul, who went out “being sent fourth by the Holy Ghost” with miracle-working power (Acts 13:4)?  -John R. Rice

When fathers are tongue-tied religiously, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin-tied?

-Charles Spurgeon

Wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not only for our power, but for freedom.  Our nation’s cause has always been larger than our nation’s defense.  We fight, as we always fight, for a just peace – a peace that favors human liberty.  We will defend the peace against threats from terrorists and tyrants.  We will preserve the peace by building good relations among the great powers.  And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies on every continent.  -George W. Bush

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire.  O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still.  Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed.  Begin in mercy a new work of love within me.  Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”  Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.  -A. W. Tozer

 

“I never say no to the Lord.”

-William Booth (when asked the secret of his happiness)

 

The Mormons ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ~ The godmakers

The theology of the Mormons is one of the most profound pack of lies ever concocted by Lucifer.  It is out of the pit of Hell and it smells like smoke.   There is absolutely nothing in this belief system whatsoever that resonates with orthodox Christianity.  The following are teachings from John MacArthur, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and an ex Mormon RICHARD PACKHAM, on this cult.

In The Name Of Jesus, Pastor Steve

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Spurgeon Thursday – On Mormonism

LDS Defined
What shall we say of Mormonism, the haggard superstition of the West? (Nov 5, 1854)

LDS and Polygamy
Then what will ye choose? Shall it be Mahometanism? Will ye choose that, with all its fables, its wickedness and libiditiousness? I will not tell you of it. Nor will I mention the accursed imposture of the West that has lately arisen. We will not allow Polygamy, while there are men to be found who love the social circle, and cannot see it invaded. We would not wish, when God hath given to man one wife, that he should drag in twenty, as the companions of that one. We cannot prefer Mormonism; we will not, and we shall not. (May 27, 1855)

The 1855 Plague of Locusts

A little while ago some of us were fretting about this Mormonism, and we said, “It will never be broken up.” Some stupid fellows in America began to kill the poor Mormonites, and so carve them into saints, which was the very way to establish them. Christians trembled, and said, “What can this be? We shall have Sodom over again.”    

But did you read the Times newspaper of Thursday last? You will there see a wonderful instance of how God can scatter the clouds and make them dust of his feet. He has caused to come out of the ground, near Salt Lake, at Utah, thousands of crickets, and all kinds of noxious insects, that devour the crops; creatures that have not been seen in Utah before, with swarms of locusts, have made their appearance; and the people, being so far from civilized nations, cannot of course carry much corn across the desert, so that they will be condemned to starve or else separate and break up. It seems to all appearance that the whole settlement of the Mormonites must entirely be broken up, and that by an army of caterpillars, crickets, and locusts. (Aug 19, 1855)

A Transparent Delusion
Take again the increase of Mormonism. What has been its strength? Simply this—the assertion of power from heaven. That claim is made, and the people believe it, and now they have missionaries in almost every country of the habitable globe, and the book of Mormon is translated into many languages. Though there never could be a delusion more transparent, or a counterfeit less skillful, and more lying upon the very surface, yet this simple pretension to power has been the means of carrying power with it. (Apr 27, 1856)

Victorian Universalism
That seems to me to be the right spirit, but where do you find it now-a-days? The modern spirit mutters, ‘We are all right, every one of us.’ He who says, ‘yes,’ is right, and he who says, ‘no,’ is also right! You hear a man talk with mawkish sentimentality which he calls Christian charity. ‘Well, I am of opinion that if a man is a Muslim, or a Catholic, or a Mormon, or a Dissenter—if he is sincere—he is all right.’ They do not quite include devil worshippers, thugs and cannibals yet—but if things go on they will accept them into the happy family of the Broad Church. Such is the talk and cant of this present age, but I bear my witness that there is no truth in it and I call upon every child of God to protest against it and, like Moses, to declare that he can have no complicity with such a confederacy! (July 28, 1872)

Mike Drop (oh yeah!)
And, last of all, though much more might be said, what happiness this brings to a man to know that he is a child of God. I remember, some 22 years ago, being waited upon by a Mormon who wanted to convince me of the Divine mission of Joseph Smith. And after hearing some of his talk, I said, ‘Sir, would you kindly tell me what you have to offer me and how I am to get it? I will listen to you if you will let me tell you afterwards what I have to offer you and the way to it.’ I heard him with a great deal of patience. He listened to me not quite so patiently, but when I had done he saluted me thus, ‘If what you say is true, you ought to be the happiest man in the world!’ To which I replied, ‘Sir, you are correct. I ought to be and, more, I am!’ And so I left him. (Sep 21 1875)

A Disclaimer
One of the most modern pretenders to inspiration is the Book of Mormon. I could not blame you should you laugh outright while I read aloud a page from that conglomeration. (April 25, 1891)

Charles H. Spurgeon

 

TO THOSE WHO ARE INVESTIGATING “MORMONISM”

By RICHARD PACKHAM
Revisions as of June 15, 2011

If you are investigating Mormonism (the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” or “LDS Church”), you are probably studying it in private meetings in your home with missionaries from that church. Here are some of the key things that they are probably telling you:

Mormonism began in 1820 when a teen-aged boy in western New York named Joseph Smith was spurred by a Christian revival where he lived to pray to God for guidance as to which church was true. In answer to his prayers he was visited by God the Father and God the Son, two separate beings, who told him to join no church because all the churches at that time were false, and that he, Joseph, would bring forth the true church. This event is called “The First Vision.”

In 1823 Joseph had another heavenly visitation, in which an angel named Moroni told him of a sacred history written by ancient Hebrews in America, engraved in an Egyptian dialect on tablets of gold and buried in a nearby hill. Joseph was told it was the history of the ancient peoples of America, and that Joseph would be the instrument for bringing this record to the knowledge of the world. Joseph obtained these gold plates from the angel in 1827, and translated them into English by the spirit of God and the use of a sacred instrument accompanying the plates called the “Urim and Thummim.” The translation was published in 1830 as The Book of Mormon, now revered by Mormons as scripture, along with the Bible.

The Book of Mormon is a religious and secular history of the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere from about 2200 BC to about 421 AD. It tells the reader that three groups of immigrants settled the uninhabited Americas. They were led by God from their original homes in the Near East to America. The first group came from the Tower of Babel, about 2200 BC, and two other groups came from Jerusalem just before the Babylonian Captivity, about 600 BC. They had prophets of God who had been inspired with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is thus preserved in their history, the Book of Mormon. Many of the descendants of these immigrants were Christians, even before Christ was born in Palestine, but many were unbelievers. Believers and unbelievers fought many wars, the last of which left only degenerate unbelievers as survivors, who are the ancestors of the American Indians. The most important event during this long history was the visit of Jesus Christ to America, after his crucifixion, when he ministered to (and converted) all the inhabitants.

Joseph Smith was directed by revelation from God to reestablish (“restore”) the true church, which he did in 1830. He was visited several times by heavenly messengers, who ordained him to the true priesthood. He continued to have revelations from God to guide the church and to give more knowledge of the Gospel. Many of these revelations are published in the Doctrine and Covenants, accepted by Mormons as scripture, along with the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

Joseph Smith and his followers were continually persecuted for their religious beliefs, and driven from New York State to Ohio, then to Missouri, then to Illinois, where Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844 by a mob, a martyr to his beliefs. The church was then led by Brigham Young, Joseph’s successor, to Utah, where the Mormons settled successfully.

The LDS church is led today by the successors of Joseph Smith. The present president of the church is a “prophet, seer and revelator” just as Joseph Smith was, and guides the members of the church through revelations and guidance from God.

The modern LDS church is the only true church, as restored by God through Joseph Smith. Other churches, derived from the early Christian church, are in apostasy because their leaders corrupted the scriptures, changed the ordinances of the original church, and often led corrupt lives, thus losing their authority.

The most reliable way to determine whether the Book of Mormon is true, and whether the Mormon church is “the only true church” is by sincerely asking God in prayer.

By accepting baptism into the LDS church you take the first step necessary toward your salvation and your ultimate entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (the “Celestial Kingdom”).

WHAT THE MISSIONARIES WILL NOT TELL YOU
Until recently, the missionaries were required to present Mormonism in six “discussions”, which were a series of memorized sales talks. They are now encouraged simply to “follow the spirit” in their presentations. The basic message and approach, however, is still essentially the same. A thorough, thoughtful and balanced discussion of each of the six “official” lessons as the missionaries formerly presented them to investigators is at http://www.lds4u.com (archived), together with the techniques and strategies which the missionaries are instructed to use. (The actual texts of the discussions were also on this site at one time, but the Mormon church threatened the webmaster with a lawsuit, and he removed them; click on “next” at each window to read a summary and commentary.)
Here is a summary of important facts about the Mormon church, its doctrine, and its history that the missionaries will probably not tell you. We are not suggesting that they are intentionally deceiving you –most of the young Mormons serving missions for the church are not well educated in the history of the church or in modern critical studies of the church. They probably do not know all the facts themselves. They have been trained, however, to give investigators “milk before meat,” that is, to postpone revealing anything at all that might make an investigator hesitant, even if it is true. But you should be aware of these facts before you commit yourself.
Each of the following facts has been substantiated by thorough historical scholarship. And this list is by no means exhaustive! For links to articles substantiating each of these points, CLICK on the word NOTES following the item.
The “First Vision” story in the form presented to you was unknown until 1838, eighteen years after its alleged occurrence and almost ten years after Smith had begun his missionary efforts. The oldest (but quite different) version of the vision is in Smith’s own handwriting, dating from about 1832 (still at least eleven years afterwards), and says that only one personage, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. It also mentions nothing about a revival. It also contradicts the later account as to whether Smith had already decided that no church was true. Still a third version of this event is recorded as a recollection in Smith’s diary, fifteen years after the alleged vision, where one unidentified “personage” appeared, then another, with a message implying that neither was the Son. They were accompanied by many “angels,” which are not mentioned in the official version you have been told about. Which version is correct, if any? Why was this event, now said by the church to be so important, unknown for so long? NOTES

Careful study of the religious history of the locale where Smith lived in 1820 casts doubt on whether there actually was such an extensive revival that year as Smith and his family later described as associated with the “First Vision.” The revivals in 1817 and 1824 better fit what Smith described later. NOTES

In 1828, eight years after he supposedly had been told by God himself to join no church, Smith applied for membership in a local Methodist church. Other members of his family had joined the Presbyterians. NOTES

Contemporaries of Smith consistently described him as something of a confidence man, whose chief source of income was hiring out to local farmers to help them find buried treasure by the use of folk magic and “seer stones.” Smith was actually tried in 1826 on a charge of moneydigging. NOTES It is interesting that none of his critics seemed to be aware of his claim to have been visited by God in 1820, even though in his 1838 account he claimed that he had suffered “great persecution” for telling people of his vision.

The only persons who claimed to have actually seen the gold plates were eleven close friends of Smith (many of them related to each other). Their testimonies are printed in the front of every copy of the Book of Mormon. No disinterested third party was ever allowed to examine them. They were retrieved by the angel at some unrecorded point. Most of the witnesses later abandoned Smith and left his movement. Smith then called them “liars.” NOTES

Smith produced most of the “translation” not by reading the plates through the Urim and Thummim (described as a pair of sacred spectacles), but by gazing at the same “seer stone” he had used for treasure hunting. He would place the stone into his hat, and then cover his face with it. For much of the time he was dictating, the gold plates were not even present, but in a hiding place. NOTES

The detailed history and civilization described in the Book of Mormon does not correspond to anything found by archaeologists anywhere in the Americas. The Book of Mormon describes a civilization lasting for a thousand years, covering both North and South America, which was familiar with horses, elephants, cattle, sheep, wheat, barley, steel, wheeled vehicles, shipbuilding, sails, coins, and other elements of Old World culture. But no trace of any of these supposedly very common things has ever been found in the Americas of that period. Nor does the Book of Mormon mention many of the features of the civilizations which really did exist at that time in the Americas. The LDS church has spent millions of dollars over many years trying to prove through archaeological research that the Book of Mormon is an accurate historical record, but they have failed to produce any convincing pre-columbian archeological evidence supporting the Book of Mormon story. In addition, whereas the Book of Mormon presents the picture of a relatively homogeneous people, with a single language and communication between distant parts of the Americas, the pre-columbian history of the Americas shows the opposite: widely disparate racial types (almost entirely east Asian – definitely not Semitic, as proven by recent DNA studies), and many unrelated native languages, none of which are even remotely related to Hebrew or Egyptian. NOTES

The people of the Book of Mormon were supposedly devout Jews observing the Law of Moses, but in the Book of Mormon there is almost no trace of their observance of Mosaic law or even an accurate knowledge of it. NOTES

Although Joseph Smith said that God had pronounced the completed translation of the plates as published in 1830 “correct,” many changes have been made in later editions. Besides thousands of corrections of poor grammar and awkward wording in the 1830 edition, other changes have been made to reflect subsequent changes in some of the fundamental doctrine of the church. For example, an early change in wording modified the 1830 edition’s acceptance of the doctrine of the Trinity, thus allowing Smith to introduce his later doctrine of multiple gods. A more recent change (1981) replaced “white” with “pure,” apparently to reflect the change in the church’s stance on the “curse” of the black race. NOTES

Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon contained the “fulness of the gospel.” However, its teaching on many doctrinal subjects has been ignored or contradicted by the present LDS church, and many doctrines now said by the church to be essential are not even mentioned there. Examples are the church’s position on the nature of God, the Virgin Birth, the Trinity, polygamy, Hell, priesthood, secret organizations, the nature of Heaven and salvation, temples, proxy ordinances for the dead, and many other matters. NOTES

Many of the basic historical notions found in the Book of Mormon had appeared in print already in 1825, just two years before Smith began producing the Book of Mormon, in a book called View of the Hebrews, by Ethan Smith (no relation) and published just a few miles from where Joseph Smith lived. A careful study of this obscure book led one LDS church official (the historian B. H. Roberts, 1857-1933) to confess that the evidence tended to show that the Book of Mormon was not an ancient record, but concocted by Joseph Smith himself, based on ideas he had read in the earlier book. NOTES

Although Mormons claim that God is guiding the LDS church through its president (who has the title “prophet, seer and revelator”), the successive “prophets” have repeatedly either led the church into undertakings that were dismal failures or failed to see approaching disaster. To mention only a few: the Kirtland Bank, the United Order, the gathering of Zion to Missouri, the Zion’s Camp expedition, polygamy, the Deseret Alphabet NOTES. A recent example is the successful hoax perpetrated on the church by manuscript dealer Mark Hofmann in the 1980s. He succeeded in selling the church thousands of dollars worth of manuscripts which he had forged. The church and its “prophet, seer and revelator” accepted them as genuine historical documents. The church leaders learned the truth not from God, through revelation, but from non-Mormon experts and the police, after Hofmann was arrested for two murders he committed to cover up his hoax. This scandal was reported nationwide. NOTES

The secret temple ritual (the “endowment”) was introduced by Smith in May, 1842, just two months after he had been initiated into Freemasonry. The LDS temple ritual closely resembles the Masonic ritual of that day. NOTES Smith explained that the Masons had corrupted the ancient (God-given) ritual by changing it and removing parts of it, and that he was restoring it to its “pure” and “original” (and complete) form, as revealed to him by God. In the years since, the LDS church has made many fundamental changes in the “pure and original” ritual as “restored” by Smith, mostly by removing major parts of it. NOTES

Many doctrines which were once taught by the LDS church, and held to be fundamental, essential and “eternal”, have been abandoned. Whether we feel that the church was correct in abandoning them is not the point; rather, the point is that a church claiming to be the church of God takes one “everlasting” position at one time and the opposite position at another, all the time claiming to be proclaiming the word of God. Some examples are:

– The Adam-God doctrine (Adam is God the Father); NOTES
– the United Order (all property of church members is to be held in common, with title in the church);
– Plural Marriage (polygamy; a man must have more than one wife to attain the highest degree of heaven); NOTES
– the Curse of Cain (the black race is not entitled to hold God’s priesthood because it is cursed; this doctrine was not abandoned until 1978); NOTES
– Blood Atonement (some sins – apostasy, adultery, murder, interracial marriage – must be atoned for by the shedding of the sinner’s blood, preferably by someone appointed to do so by church authorities); NOTES

All of these doctrines were proclaimed by the reigning prophet to be the Word of God, “eternal,” “everlasting,” to govern the church “forevermore.” All have been abandoned by the present church.

Joseph Smith’s early revelations were collected and first published in 1833 in the Book of Commandments. God (as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants Sections 1 and 67) supposedly testified by revelation that the revelations as published were true and correct. Because the Book of Commandments did not receive wide distribution (most copies were destroyed by angry opponents of the Mormons in Missouri, where it was published), they were republished – with additional revelations – as the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835 in Kirtland, Ohio. However, many of the revelations as published in Kirtland differed fundamentally from their versions as originally given. The changes generally gave more power and authority to Smith, and justified changes he was making in church organization and theology. The question naturally arises as to why revelations which God had pronounced correct needed to be revised. NOTES

Joseph Smith claimed to have received the priesthood (the only valid priesthood recognized by God) directly from resurrected beings (angels): the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist and the Mechizedek (higher) Priesthood from Peter, James and John. However, the accounts of these visitations are contradictory and questionable. NOTES

Joseph Smith claimed to be a “translator” by the power of God. In addition to the Book of Mormon, he made several other “translations”:

– The Book of Abraham, from Egyptian papyrus scrolls which came into his possession in 1835. He stated that the scrolls were written by the biblical Abraham “by his own hand.” Smith’s translation is now accepted as scripture by the LDS church, as part of its Pearl of Great Price. Smith also produced an “Egyptian Grammar” based on his translation. Modern scholars of ancient Egyptian agree that the scrolls are common Egyptian funeral scrolls, entirely pagan in nature, having nothing to do with Abraham, and from a period 2000 years later than Abraham. The “Grammar” has been said by Egyptologists to prove that Smith had no notion of the Egyptian language. It is pure fantasy: he made it up. NOTES

– The “Inspired Revision” of the King James Bible. Smith was commanded by God to retranslate the Bible because the existing translations contained errors. He completed his translation in 1833, but the church still uses the King James Version. NOTES

– The “Kinderhook Plates,” a group of six metal plates with strange engraved characters, unearthed in 1843 near Kinderhook, Illinois, and examined by Smith, who began a “translation” of them. He never completed the translation, but he identified the plates as an “ancient record,” and translated enough to identify the author as a descendant of Pharaoh. Local farmers later confessed that they had manufactured, engraved and buried the plates themselves as a hoax. They had apparently copied the characters from a Chinese tea box. NOTES

Joseph Smith claimed to be a “prophet.” He frequently prophesied future events “by the power of God.” Many of these prophecies are recorded in the LDS scripture Doctrine and Covenants. Almost none have been fulfilled, and many cannot now be fulfilled because the deeds to be done by the persons named were never done and those persons are now dead. Many prophecies included dates for their fulfillment, and those dates are now long past, the events never having occurred. NOTES

Joseph Smith died not as a martyr, but in a gun battle in which he fired a number of shots. He was in jail at the time, under arrest for having ordered the destruction of a Nauvoo newspaper which dared to print an exposure (which was true) of his secret sexual liaisons. At that time he had announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, set up a secret government, and secretly had himself crowned “King of the Kingdom of God.” NOTES

Since the founding of the church down to the present day the church leaders have not hesitated to lie, to falsify documents, to rewrite or suppress history, or to do whatever is necessary to protect the image of the church. Many Mormon historians have been excommunicated from the church for publishing their findings on the truth of Mormon history. NOTES

Trying to determine the truth by relying entirely on the feelings one gets after praying is not a reliable way to learn the truth. One can easily deceive oneself into “feeling” something that is really not true at all. The only reliable way to get to the truth is to examine verifiable facts. NOTES

Mormonism includes many other unusual teachings which you will probably not be told about until you have been in the church for a long time. These teachings are not revealed to investigators or new converts because those people are not yet considered ready to have more than “milk” as doctrine. The Mormons also probably realize that if investigators knew of these unusual teachings they would not join the church. In addition to those mentioned elsewhere in this article, the following are noteworthy: NOTES

God was once a man like us.
God has a tangible body of flesh and bone.
God lives on a planet near the star Kolob.
God (“Heavenly Father”) has at least one wife, our “Mother in Heaven,” but she is so holy that we are not to discuss her nor pray to her.
Jesus was married.
We can become like God and rule over our own universe.
There are many gods, ruling over their own worlds.
Jesus and Satan (“Lucifer”) are brothers, and they are our brothers – we are all spirit children of Heavenly Father
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father by having sex with Mary, who was temporarily his wife.
We should not pray to Jesus, nor try to feel a personal relationship with him.
The “Lord” (“Jehovah”) in the Old Testament is the being named Jesus in the New Testament, but different from “God the Father” (“Elohim”).
In the highest degree of the celestial kingdom some men will have more than one wife.
Before coming to this earth we lived as spirits in a “pre-existence”, during which we were tested; our position in this life (whether born to Mormons or savages, or in America or Africa) is our reward or punishment for our obedience in that life.
Dark skin is a curse from God, the result of our sin, or the sin of our ancestors. If sufficiently righteous, a dark-skinned person will become light-skinned.
The Garden of Eden was in Missouri. All humanity before the Great Flood lived in the western hemisphere. The Ark transported Noah and the other survivors to the eastern hemisphere.
Not only will human beings be resurrected to eternal life, but also all animals – everything that has ever lived on earth – will be resurrected and dwell in heaven.
Christ will not return to earth in any year that has seen a rainbow.
Mormons should avoid traveling on water, since Satan rules the waters.
The sun receives its light from the star Kolob.
If a Gentile becomes Mormon, the Holy Ghost actually purges his Gentile blood and replaces it with Israelite blood.
A righteous Mormon will actually see the face of God in the Mormon temple.
You can identify a false angel by the color of his hair, or by offering to shake his hand.
YOUR LIFE AS A MORMON
If you should decide to become a member of the LDS church, you should be aware of what your life in the church will be like. Although you will find yourself warmly accepted by a lively community of healthy, active and generally supportive people, many of whom are very happy in Mormonism and could not imagine their lives without it, there is another side:
You will be continually reminded that to enter the highest degree of heaven (the “Celestial Kingdom”), you will have to go through the endowment ceremony in the temple and have your marriage to your Mormon spouse “sealed.” (If your spouse is not Mormon, or if you are not married, you cannot enter the highest degree of heaven.) To get permission to have these ceremonies performed in the temple, you must prove yourself to be a faithful and obedient member of the church and do everything commanded by the church authorities, from the Prophet down to the local level. You will have to undergo a personal “worthiness” interview with the local church authorities inquiring into your private life and your religious and social activities. NOTES

You will be expected to donate at least ten percent of your income to the church as tithing. Other donations will be expected as the need arises. You will never see an accounting of how this money is spent, or how much the church receives, or anything at all about its financial condition; the church keeps its finances secret, even from its members. NOTES

You will be expected to give up the use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. NOTES

You will be expected to fulfill any work assignment given to you. These assignments may be teaching, record keeping, janitorial work, cannery or farm work, helping in the Sunday nursery – any job that needs to be done. Each task you perform successfully will make you eligible for others, with more responsibility and more demands upon your time. The members who perform these jobs, even those involving sensitive pastoral counseling, receive no formal training whatsoever (there is no paid, trained clergy). You will be told that God has called you to your assignments. Many Mormons find much of their spare time taken up with church work, trying to fulfill the numerous assignments that have been given them.

You will be expected to be unquestioningly obedient to church authorities in whatever they might tell you to do. “Follow the Brethren” is the slogan, and it means to follow without doubt or question. Discussion of whether a decree from above is correct is discouraged. You will be expected to have faith that the leaders cannot possibly lead you astray. Even if they should tell you something which contradicts what a previous prophet may have said, you will be told “A living prophet takes precedence over a dead prophet.” NOTES

You will be able to “vote” on those who have been called to positions of authority over you, but the voting will be by the show of hands in a public meeting. Only one candidate for each office will be voted on (the one “called by God”). The voting is therefore almost always unanimous in favor of the candidate.

You will be advised not to read any material which is “not faith-promoting,” that is, which may be critical or questioning of the church or its leaders, or which might place the church or its leaders in an unfavorable light.

You will be advised not to associate with “apostates,” that is, former Mormons. (You will be asked in your “worthiness” interview about this.) NOTES

If you are unmarried, you will be encouraged to marry a good Mormon as soon as possible. When you do marry, in a wedding ceremony in the temple, your non-Mormon family members and friends will not be allowed to attend the ceremony, because only “worthy” Mormons are allowed to enter the temple.

If you are homosexual, you will be pressured to abandon this “evil” aspect of your nature. If you do not, you will probably not be fully accepted by other church members. If you do not remain celibate, you may be excommunicated. NOTES

If you are a male over 12 years of age and “worthy” (that is, if you are obedient, attend meetings, do not masturbate NOTES, etc.), you will be ordained to one of the levels of priesthood, and, if you continue to be faithful and obedient, you will gradually advance through the priesthood ranks. If you are female, you will receive the benefits of priesthood authority only indirectly, through your Mormon father or your Mormon husband. The role of the Mormon woman is to be a wife and mother and to obey and honor her priest husband (or father). NOTES

If you prove yourself to be faithful, hard working and obedient, you will eventually be considered worthy to “receive your endowment” in a Mormon temple. You will not be told in advance exactly what to expect in this lengthy ceremony, except that the details of the ritual are secret (Mormons prefer to say they are just “sacred,” but they treat them as though they are secret). As part of that ceremony you will be required to swear a number of oaths, the penalty for violation of which is no longer stated but until 1990 was death by various bloody methods, such as having your throat slit from ear to ear. You will be given the secret signs and passwords which are required to enter heaven. (Although most Mormons who have not received the endowment know very little about the ceremony, the entire liturgy is now available on the Internet to Mormon and non-Mormon alike.) After receiving the endowment you will be required to wear a special undergarment at all times. NOTES

If you should ever decide that you made a mistake in joining the church and then leave it, you will probably find (judging from the experiences of others who have done so) that many of your Mormon friends will abandon and shun you. If you are unable to convince your family members to leave the church with you, you will find that the church has broken up your family and your relationship with them may never recover. NOTES

Consider very carefully before you commit yourself, and remember that any doubts you may have now will likely only increase.
Examine carefully both sides of the Mormon story. Listen to the stories of those who have been through an unhappy Mormon experience, not just those Mormons who may speak glowingly of life in the church. NOTES
The Mormon missionaries are often charming and enthusiastic. They have an attractive story to tell. At first it sounds wonderful. But remember the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Be careful not to fall into the trap of believing something simply because you want it to be true. Mormons may tell you that those who criticize the church are lying, misquoting and distorting. If you examine the sources used by the critics, however, you will discover that most of their source material is from official or semi-official Mormon writings. You, too, should examine those sources.
Is Mormonism a “cult”? Many experts on religious cults see in Mormonism the same fundamental characteristics as cults which have entrapped the unsuspecting, even though most people think of “cults” only as small, unknown groups. Use a “cult checklist” to evaluate Mormonism, or any group, before you commit yourself. NOTES
To get more information about the other side of Mormonism, or to see the evidence supporting any of our statements about the church, feel free to contact us. Our only aim is to make sure that you hear both sides. We promise not to preach at you, but only to provide you with facts to balance the Mormon story. Click here for the names and e-mail addresses of people to contact. Click here to read personal stories of people who have left Mormonism.
For short video interviews with former Mormons (updated usually every week) see “I Am An Exmormon”.
For statements by many well-educated people who have left the church, see “Ex-Mo

Not Your Daddy’s Democrats…

The following article is taken from the Sword Of The Lord publication from July 27, 2018.  Despite the fact that all Socialist and Communist Nations fail, this is what Modernists/Millennials desire!  The progression goes from Socialism to Communism/Fascism to Dictatorship.  Many felt that if Hillary Clinton was elected, we would have forever lost our nation.  I would agree 100% with that assessment.  I believe if a leftwing radical once again wins the White House as Barrack Hussein Obama did, we will never get our nation back to the desired roots that our Founding Fathers established.  And make no mistake, the liberal element desires to redistribute wealth, place your estate in the hands of the government at your death, and take away your second amendment rights.  Future demographics favor the Democratic Party – millennials, modernists and immigrants.  It seems as if the seniors are the only core group who favor the principles upon which this nation was built.  Once this generation passes on, unless the Lord intervenes, what will prohibit us from resembling Europe?  (The European nations are one by one capitulating to Islam).

Today’s Democrats desire open borders, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, high taxes on the middle class, abortion on demand, impeachment, regulations that eliminate businesses and corporations, they want to totally remove American distinctives in favor of multiculturalism, and to forever bury the Judeo Christian ethic, the base upon which this nation was founded.  In short, they desire to homogenize the United States with their planning of a New World Order (NWO).

The Progression:  The Democratic Party > Socialism > Communism/Fascism > Dictatorship > The New World Order (NWO)

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

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Fifty-Eight Percent of Millennials Would Rather Live in Socialist or Communist Nation

The majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one, according to a new poll.

…Fifty-eight percent of the up-and-coming generation opted for one of the three systems, compared to 42 percent who said they were in favor of capitalism.

The most popular socioeconomic order was socialism, with 44 percent support.  Communism and fascism received 7 percent support each.  -gopusa.com

EDITOR’S COMMENTS: Whether or not these numbers are accurate (polls can be deceptive), it does tell us things we really don’t want to hear.  The universities across the nation are largely responsible for this.  Our churches who sit idly by and do not stand and speak up loudly and clearly must also bear some of the blame.

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Former President Ronald Reagan:  “Fascism Will Come In The Form Of Liberalism”

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Under Wraps
A.F. Branco on July 31, 2018 at 7:40 am

Democrats are Socialist

Mainstream media and the Democrats continue trying to hide what most people have already figured out, that they are socialist leaning toward Communism. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Amerikan
A.F. Branco on July 30, 2018 at 7:40 am

Socialism is the path to communism, and Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the way this 2018 election. It’s not your parents’ Democrat Party. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 15, 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.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

The greatest problem of the churches is the preacher problem:  “Like priest, like people.”  Preachers are usually good men, often learned men, sincere men; but many lack the divine fire, the Christlike passion, the John the Baptist boldness, the Pauline urgency, the Holy Spirit enduement of power that will fire the churches of God.  They lack the supernatural evidences that accompanied New Testament preachers.  The miraculous, the supernatural is missing in the average preacher’s life and message and results.  -John R. Rice

It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God’s name is often the hardest put to find time for God.  The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.  -Vance Havner

What is the profit to America by having endless economic prosperity, computers and a hundred channels of television in every home…if our families are shattered and our children corrupted?  -Senator Bill Armstrong

No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy.  He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.  -A. W. Tozer

Never try to save out of God’s cause; such money will canker the rest.  Giving to God is not loss; it is putting your substance in the best bank.  Giving is truly having, as the old gravestone said of the dead man:  “What I spent I had; what I saved I lost; what I gave I have.”  -Charles Spurgeon

The advice you give that has not been solicited is in reality another form of criticism.  -Curtis Hutson

When Mr. Moody died, Dr. Dixon, speaking of the man and his mission, said,  “When I left Moody, I always felt not like praising him but praising God.”

Who of us but understood the sentiment after leaving his presence?  Did you ever stop to analyze that sentiment?  Its explanation is in the solitary fact that when Moody preached, Jesus was present, and God’s praise was the natural result.  -W. B. Riley

Don’t try to hold God’s hand; let Him do the holding and you do the trusting.  -H. W. Webb-Peploe

Four things come not back – the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.  -Survey Bulletin

The first to apologize is the bravest.  The first to forgive is the strongest.  And the first to forget is the happiest.

The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ June 1, 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.

An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.

Amen Corner

The best friends you have in the world are the ones who tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear, those who want to teach you what you are not seeing and to be a help to you.  -Dr. Jerry Ross

It may be that not all who are called to preach can preach to large and enthusiastic audiences with the acclaim of men, but there are enough dying men to hear the message of every preacher who will tell the story of Christ and redemption.  -John R. Rice

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.  -Samuel Adams

Men who have been used of God in any generation from Calvary down to this hour have not invented and preached new truths.  They have simply had the anointed vision to discover truths that had been obscured by the overemphasis of certain other truths.  -A. W. Tozer

The Bible has a lot to say about our mouths, our lips and our tongues, for our speech betrays us.  What is down in the well will come up in the bucket.  -Vance Havner

The whole idea of separation is to please God and to create a climate in which He can bless and use us.  -Curtis Hutson

Wisdom in government is not a one-way street that always runs downhill.  More often, the higher up the ladder of government you go, the less common sense you find.  -Ronald Reagan

Faith in the living God is not an unreasonable attitude of the mind; it is the highest act to which reason can attain.  Every reasonable person will acknowledge his need of faith in God.  Faith makes the unseen real and what lies in the future as if it were present.  Faith gives substance to the invisible things of God; it becomes the eyes of our souls.  -Bill McSpadden

The men who have moved the world have been men whom the world could not move.

We cannot break the promises of God by leaning on them.

End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough?

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End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough?

By Jan Markell/Olive Tree Ministries July 13, 2018

The malady goes by many names: End-time weariness; Rapture fatigue; Israel burn-out. The results are the same: The scoffers and skeptics are gaining too much territory and too many followers.

The fact that the King is coming is boring and just old news. What Hal Lindsey wrote in 1969 in his classic “The Late-Great Planet Earth”, in the eyes of many, did not come to pass. Thus, there is a collective so-what sigh.

Haven’t we waited long enough??

It is the tragedy of my lifetime – and I never thought I would see the day.

Late-Great Burn-Out?

Recently I read a revealing article in The Guardian recommended by Bill Koenig. It talks about the destruction of the new Christian progressiveness. This article suggests:

– “The Late-Great Planet Earth” and the “Left Behind” series prophesied a lot of things that have not yet come to pass. Haven’t we waited long enough? Isn’t it time to move on from their message?

– Those who hung onto the words of the popular 1970s Larry Norman song, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” have also waited long enough. Life has always been filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor as the song goes, but so what? Almost 45 years have passed and the world is still groaning. It’s time to move on.

– “We’ve been through all of this before” has replaced apocalyptic fervor! There is nothing new under the sun. Your words of warning are now falling on deaf ears.

– Maybe you evangelicals have sided with the wrong players. Don’t you know that hundreds of innocent Palestinians are being killed daily by apartheid Israelis?

End-time weariness. Rapture fatigue. Late-Great burn-out. The Chosen People have lost their chosenness. The article in The Guardian suggests all this and more!

The Spoilers: Date-Setters

Add to this mix that some date-setters have been wrong. Edgar Weisenhunt and Harold Camping not only set dates, but re-set dates when nothing happened the first time! Hal Lindsey never said 1988 was the date of the Rapture but that was the accusation. He suggested 40 years after 1948 was an intriguing date. That’s all.

The Bashers

Then came the bashers who are respected in some circles. Hank Hanegraaff said there was no Rapture to be found in the Bible. Who knew? Well, he’s no Bible Answer Man to me.

Lynne Hybels and World Vision teamed up to condemn Israel as almost barbaric persecutors of the Palestinians in their one-sided “Hope for the Holy Land” tours across America.

What’s in the water Frankie Schaeffer is drinking? When he, like Hanegraaf, joined the Eastern Orthodox Church, he went sideways. He now goes into tirades on MSNBC against what his parents – Francis and Edith Schaeffer – might have believed about the end-times.

He slams his “good friend” Jerry Jenkins for coming up with the “Left Behind” books that belong in the Twilight Zone category according to Schaeffer. What’s in them can only be believed by white evangelicals who support Donald Trump, says Frankie.

Internet broadcaster Rick Wiles consistently says that Dispensationalists and Christian Zionists are the root of the world’s problems and also the church’s problems. We are destroying the world.

Destructive Social Justice

If your teen or twenty-something kid goes off to a Justice Conference, they will likely hear Marxist Cornell West rather than any pro-Israel speaker. The Catalyst Conferences aren’t much better when it comes to promoting end-time theology. A persecuted Palestinian might be an honored guest so that the social justice cravings of the Millennials can be satisfied.

Social justice has gained ground over good old-fashioned evangelical support for Israel and her God-given land. The under-age-40 crowd is listening to voices that are not telling the truth. They are hearing that Israel is illustrative of a new form of apartheid; that the Palestinians had their land stolen; and don’t you know that the Church is the new Israel?

Most reject what their parents grew up on: Israel is the apple of God’s eye and the key to the end of the age.

These are just a few of many reasons why this glorious message that years ago had nearly every Christian excited that today might be the day is now a big yawn! It is now a wake-me-when-it’s-over sentiment. Add to that the fact that our churches have dropped this message!

Deja vu All Over Again!

So when stunning events take place such as the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the aligning of the nations in the Mideast that could be a part of the Gog-Magog War, and the convergence of dozens of end-time signs, there is a collective sigh. Some will say it’s déjà vu all over again. You said that 40 years ago. Nothing happened.

So the fact that things are all coming together excites only a tiny remnant who will never grow weary of keeping their eyes on the sky! If you are among them, hang in there. He is coming soon and Israel remains the apple of God’s eye!

Jan Markell is the founder of Olive Tree Ministries and will be one of the featured speakers you can livestream free this weekend – July 13/14 at the God’s Prophetic Voices To America Conference.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2400#8lmJ1T28h4PtqLgg.99

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2 Peter 3:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

“People who scoff at Christ’s coming are just another sign of His coming.”

Maranatha, Pastor Steve <><

Ocasio-Cortez & The New Breed Of Far Left Politicians

There is a huge paradigm shift going on within the Democratic Party.  The desire of the extreme left is basically to hijack the United States Constitution (Remember that President Barack Obama and other progressives called it a fluid or living document) and replace it with sharia law.  This party has radical voices who aim to lead the Democrats farther to the left, and at this point the party itself does not know where it will end up.  Socialists and Communists are now pushing the envelope within their ranks.  Elections have been won in New York by extreme leftists in the Democratic Party.  There is a strong movement within the DNC to abolish ICE.  As  President Donald Trump says:  “Without ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), you will not be safe when you leave your home.”  Without ICE, MS13 murderous gang members, radical Islamic Jihadists and a plethora of other undesirables will be coming to a theater near you.  Make no mistake, anarchy is in their crosshairs as the leftists within the Democrat Party take aim.  Ever since Donald J. Trump was elected president, they have proven time and again, that they will not accept “no” for an answer.  They will not submit to a vote that runs counter to their agenda.  This mindset is the polar opposite of American jurisprudence and politics.  Pray for revival in America.  All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve  <><

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Ocasio-Cortez & The New Breed Of Far Left Politicians

By Meira Svirsky/Clarion Project July 03, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may be downplaying the upset victory of a young socialist over incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14 Congressional District, but that is most likely a fig leaf.

Crowley, who has been a Congressman since 1999, was touted as the next speaker of the House (if the Democrats gain the majority in midterm elections).

His defeat by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, 28, sent shock waves through the Democratic establishment.

But it shouldn’t have. Without the help of the super delegates, Bernie Sanders, with his Far Left agenda, may have garnered the Democratic nomination.

To the press, Pelosi explained away Ocasio-Cortez’s victory as an anomaly. “The fact that in a very progressive district in New York, it went more progressive — and (incumbent Rep.) Joe Crowley is a progressive — but to the left of Joe Crowley is about that district,” she rambled. “It is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else.”

Ocasio-Cortez had another take, “Working-class Americans want a clear champion, and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.”

So, let’s talk about Ocasio-Cortez’ “moral clarity” and the so-called “progressive” movement for a moment.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on an anti-capitalist, socialist platform calling for Medicare for everyone and a federal jobs guarantee (employment by the government for all those unable to get jobs). Her “progressive” ideas included the abolition of ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). I am imaging this means an open border policy from any country, regardless of security risks.

She recently applauded Hamas terrorists who called for the murder of Israeli civilians while violently trying to break through the border as “engaging in political expression.”

Their imaginative kite and condom bombs lobbed onto Israeli farmland managed to cause millions of dollars of damage to crops and the environment, yet she said she was “compelled on moral grounds” to speak out in their favor, comparing the “protesters” to West Virginia teachers on strike.

“I think I was primarily compelled on moral grounds, because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teacher strikes,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“The idea that we’re not supposed to talk about people dying when they are engaging in political expression just really moved me, and running for office, seeing like the silence around this issue, has been a little interesting to me.”

Ocasio-Cortez is part of a new breed of Far Left politicians who consider themselves “progressive,” i.e. on the moral high ground. They have made intersectional alliances with all the so-called “victims” of society.

In one of the most brilliant stunts of political manipulation pulled off by those whose goal it is to replace the Constitution with sharia law, Islamists have managed to join that group (and it seems not to matter to progressives how violent or bigoted they are).

It is certainly the irony of our times.

The de-evolution of the Democratic party should be a concern to all of us, and not just the Pelosis of the country, who will soon enough be fighting for their own seats in Congress.

When the winning votes go to those espousing or supporting extremist ideology – including radical Islam – in the name of “progress,” we have a big problem.

Originally published at Clarion Project – reposted with permission

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2368#epJuBxJrfCr2StHY.99

 

Pray For Revival In America!