So Babylon is a family name that embraces both the Mother Church and those of her daughters who are also fallen. In Revelation 17, why is mother Babylon pictured as riding on the beast? What does the beast represent? In Revelation —7, Jesus portrays the papacy as a combination of church and state. For more information, see Study Guide In Revelation chapter 17, Jesus depicts the church the harlot and state the beast as separate entities, though related.
The woman is astride the beast, which signifies that the church is in control of the state. What other powers unite with the papacy in fulfilling end-time events? The dragon of Revelation 12 represents Satan working through pagan Rome. See Study Guide 20 for more details. In these last days the unholy partnership includes non-Christian religions such as Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, the New Age, secular humanism, etc. The false prophet represents apostate Protestantism centered in the United States, which will take the lead in urging worldwide worship of the beast see Study Guide The beast is the papacy see Study Guide These three powers: non-Christian religions and governments, apostate Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism will become allies in Armageddon—the final war against God, His law, and His loyal followers.
How will organizations with such diverse backgrounds effectively unite? Spiritism—the belief that the dead are alive and can contact the living—will be the tenet that welds all together. Satan and his angels—posing as the spirits of dead loved ones, prophets of old, angels of heaven 2 Corinthians , 14 , and even Christ Himself Matthew —will convince the world that their cause is guided from heaven see Study Guide Incidentally, all three entities believe that the dead are alive: A. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.
Non-Christian religions are overwhelmingly based on belief in and worship of spirits of the dead. Apostate Protestantism believes that the dead are not dead but, rather, alive in heaven or hell. Thus they are susceptible to deception by demons who pose as spirits of the dead. For what sins does God indict Babylon? Thus, God is indicting Babylon for 1 conferring with devils by inviting evil spirits into its midst through spiritism and for 2 deceiving virtually the entire world through lying, demonic spirits.
Lies are a type of abomination in the Bible Proverbs In contrast, the church is the bride of Christ Revelation , 8 and loves Him and is loyal to Him only—which Jesus said means keeping His commandments John Therefore, the papacy is censured here for turning away from her husband, Jesus James and for forming illicit relationships with civil governments union of church and state for her support.
They have been brought into the Protestant churches by the Mother Church of Rome, who received them from paganism. A few of these false teachings are that: A. The law of God has been amended or repealed. See Study Guide 6 for powerful evidence of this truth. The soul is immortal. The Bible mentions "soul" and "spirit" nearly 1, times. Not once is either referred to as immortal. See Study Guide 10 for more information. Sinners burn eternally in hell. The Bible teaches that sinners will be consumed put out of existence , both soul and body, in the fire Matthew An eternal hell of torment is not taught in the Bible.
See details in Study Guide Baptism by immersion is not necessary. Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture. See Study Guide 9 for further information. For details, see Study Guide 7. Perhaps this is all new to you. If so, ask God to guide you Matthew , 8. Then search the Scriptures Acts Promise that you will follow where Jesus leads, and He will not permit you to end up in error John They are known for 1 their love of Jesus 1 John , 3 , 2 their loyalty to and faith in Him Revelation , and 3 their obedience to His Word and commandments Revelation ; John , What he presents as evidence for his side will seem so righteous, spiritual, and Jesus-like that nearly everybody on earth will be deceived and follow him Matthew He will doubtless use the Bible, as he did when tempting Jesus in the wilderness Matthew — When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus repeatedly quoted Scripture Matthew — Through His remnant people, God will tell the truth about the unbiblical nature of Babylon the great.
He will make it clear that Babylon is presenting a false gospel Galatians —12 , which has opened the door for billions to be deceived and lost. This final, God-given message will go to the inhabitants of the entire world Revelation ; Mark ; Matthew What final, urgent appeal will Jesus make to those who are in Babylon? These people love the Lord supremely, and Jesus says they are His children. How will people who love Jesus but who are now in Babylon respond when they hear His appeal to come out?
Jesus recognizes His children who are in Babylon. Further, He promises to call them out of Babylon before it is destroyed. And, most glorious of all, Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety. Jesus says Babylon is going to be destroyed, not reformed. She will become hopelessly drunk with her wine identified as false doctrine in Revelation —6.
It is for this reason that He calls His people out Revelation Who are the kings of the east of Revelation ? The kings of the east are the Kings Father and Son of heaven. They are called kings of the east because that is the direction from which heavenly beings approach the earth. Note the following, for example: A. The sun, symbolizing Jesus, rises in the east Malachi Does the warning about the fall of Babylon imply that Babylon has not always been fallen? Many of the churches comprising Babylon have stood strong, tall, and loyal to Jesus in the past.
The founders were flawed but devoted people of God who were searching the Bible diligently to discover all of its truth. Not all churches are fallen today. When called out of Babylon, where should a Christian go? What do the 10 kings of Revelation —16 represent? The 10 kings symbolize the nations of the world.
The 10 toes of the image of Daniel chapter 2 and the 10 horns of the monster beast of Daniel chapter 7 symbolize the 10 kingdoms of Europe. What does the symbolism of "frogs" mean in Revelation , 14? A frog captures its prey with its tongue, which could symbolize the counterfeit gift of tongues now sweeping the world. Please remember that miracles, including the gift of tongues, prove only one thing—supernatural power.
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But the Bible informs us that supernatural power can be from either God or Satan. It further explains that Satan, posing as an angel 2 Corinthians , will utilize supernatural miracles so effectively that almost the entire world will be deceived and follow him Revelation At present, he is using the counterfeit gift of tongues to weld together churches and religions of all kinds—including pagans.
Each of these feels that the gift of tongues is proof of authenticity. If they do not agree with the Bible, they are counterfeits Isaiah , Further, the true gifts of the Holy Spirit are never given to one who deliberately and knowingly disobeys God Acts There is a true gift of tongues. It is a miraculous enabling to fluently speak foreign languages previously unlearned and unknown by the speaker Acts — God uses this gift when needed to present His end-time message to those of other languages.
Will the New Age movement play a major role in the final end-time conflict between good and evil? Without a doubt!
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It is strongly involved with the occult, psychic phenomena, and spiritism. Spiritism will be a major factor in the closing drama of earth. Combined with the supernatural power of the counterfeit gift of tongues and allied with the end-time worldwide coalition of churches, spiritism will sweep the globe. The New Age belief in spirit communication and reincarnation is simply ancient paganism in new garb. See Study Guide 10 for details on death.
Is the antichrist mentioned elsewhere in Scripture? The beast, or antichrist, power or its activities is referred to in at least nine prophecies of the Old and New Testaments: Daniel 7; Daniel 8, 9; Daniel 11; Revelation 12; Revelation 13; Revelation 16; Revelation 17; Revelation 18; and Revelation Surely, when God stresses the same power nine different times, He wants us to listen! She is obsessed with the royal family. Lots of mums are but, really, you have no idea how big the royals are with Bangladeshi women.
My friend Koruna will tell me, "You think your mum is obsessed, but I bet she doesn't have a showcase filled with royal-family china like my aunts. A survey of my Asian mates confirms this grim predicament - the royal cult, and in particular the icon that is Diana, is being propped up by Muslim women all over the world. May 26, update: The BBC has announced a forthcoming world premier performance.
Making his strongest reference yet to Islam, Tavener also calls upon Sufism, Hinduism and Buddhism in his choice of structure, instrumentation and tonality. Almost reflexively, this becomes translated into seemingly impenetrable divisions between people; people who — if they did but know it — are in fact linked by much and separated by rather little. How refreshing it is, then, to be reminded by this marvellous exhibition of the spirituality from which our Faiths draw their real strength, and of the heritage and traditions which we share,.
Prince disclosed yesterday that he had paid a private visit in to the shrine. Of course, there was Dodi Fayad, about whom great debate exists. But before him, she was involved for two years with Dr. Hasnat Khan, in what appears to have been a more substantial and serious relationship. Here is how Ronni L. Stillman characterized it in in  "Prince Charles of Arabia":. After making his way through the cheering crowds who gathered to see him, the Pope met Dr Runcie and Prince Charles at Canterbury Cathedral, with the three men posing for photographs on a sofa in the Deanery.
Charles and Camilla attend a memorial service for the pope, along with Tony and Cherie Blair. Parker Bowles have decided to postpone their wedding until Saturday," a spokesman for Charles said. The decision will ensure that the three pillars of established power in Britain — Church, Crown and Parliament — will all be properly represented when up to four million mourners gather to mark the Pope's passing.
A spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is now very glad he is able to go to both events. Druidism  Archbishop of Canterbury, "Hope is a really remarkable vision that has grown out of the success of a number of local urban projects. Christians have to learn how to give an absolutely clear answer to the question, 'why is this good news?
Now, Rev Rowan Williams with Hope , this vision is being extended, with great boldness to the whole country - and even more widely. It deserves the warmest welcome. I thank God for the inspiration that has driven it and wish every blessing to all involved. I was startled at the insight with which the world of the ancient Druid-as-shaman is depicted by an Anglican priest. Make no mistake: Rowan Williams is a very, very good poet, whose work is complex, compassionate and austere, with a luminous gift for word-music and metaphor.
Originally, the term meant country dweller. It evolved to mean those who did not practice the JudeoChristian Tradition. Originally, they worshipped the Goddess, also called the Lady and the God, her horned consort also referred to as the Lord and the Green Man. The Druids were influenced by GrecoRoman traditions and developed a pantheon of deities. Early Christian missionaries adopted some Pagan traditions and customs to facilitate the conversion. Some scholars believe Catholic saints were given sacred status to reflect the Pagan deities. There are Pagan beliefs in the Goddess, the stern Father God and the human friendly God-Son who is part god and part man.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. The term refers to the revival of the Pagan or Shamanic religions, either by attempts at reconstruction, those who may have practiced these in secret because of fear of being persecuted as witches, syncretism or an eclectic mix of various Pagan practices and beliefs.
The Pagans have beliefs in common, such as the four elements of nature, fire, earth, air and water. Some religions believe in nature spirits, those who lived within the elements and could be called on to help in working with the powers of the Universe for positive ends. The elements, nature spirits, are salamanders fire , gnomes earth , sylphs air and undines water.
There are subdivisions of some of these spirits. Totem animals are another belief that many Pagans share. Native Americans are the best known of the Pagan religions that believe in the medicines and powers of the animals referred to as totems. There is a revival of this, but, now, totems are referred to as Power Animals.
Most European Pagans shared the belief in totem animals, however, until relatively recently, this was not widely known. Some of the Oriental Shamanic people believe in animal totems as evidenced by Chinese astrology and other writings. The symbolism varied, according to the culture, but the belief in the powers of these animals was a common one.
While the main common belief is there is a Supreme Being and all in the Universe are inter-related and connected as one and are manifestations of the One, there are beliefs and practices that vary within the Shamanic, or Pagan, people. He is known for his support of homosexuality. The visit will mark the fortieth anniversary of the Archbishop. Dr Williams and Pope Benedict met briefly the following day. They acknowledged there were 'serious obstacles' on the path to closer ties between Catholics and Anglicans, reflecting tensions over Anglicans' blessings of same-sex unions and the ordination of women and decided to commit themselves to continuing dialog.
The visit is expected to take place in the autumn; further details from the programme will be announced later in the year. He strongly favors the approval of homosexuality, but equally strongly insists that the homosexualists must wait until the Church at large approves such a lifestyle.
Dr Williams goes on to set out a possible case for active same-sex relationships by arguing that revisionists. Dr Rowan Williams reignited the row that is causing divisions within the Anglican Church after agreeing to hold a Eucharist for homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clergy. Details of the service, attended by around people, emerged yesterday, with the Archbishop said to have spoken openly about the future for gay people in the church.
His critics expressed anger that as well as choosing to give communion at the meeting, he also failed to seek permission. They said Dr Williams risked being seen as discourteous, with suggestions from some quarters that he was close to breaching canon law. The service was held at the end of last year in All Hallows by the Tower, a 7th Century church in the City of London, after the original venue, the liberal St Peter's Church in Belgravia, was "outed" on a hostile website. A spokesman said the Archbishop was worried about the ritual element of Freemasonry, which has been seen as "satanically inspired".
Since my late father was a member of the Craft for many years, I have had every opportunity of observing the probity of individual members. He wrote: "Where anxieties exist, however, they are in relation not to Freemasonry but to Christian ministers subscribing to what could be and often is understood [or misunderstood] as a private system of profession and initiation, involving the taking of oaths of loyalty.
Jhn Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. By promoting those things which are contrary to the teachings of Christ The Archbishop is not keeping the words of Christ, hence he does not love Christ in the truest sense, Jhn If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Jhn Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. By not doing as Christ has commanded, and doing the exact opposite, the Archbishop has made himself one who is not a friend of Christ and placed himself outside of the Grace of God. Chapter 6 Churches Together? Hope can be a great opportunity to serve them and share your faith in a way that leads to meaningful friendships.
There is advice and suggestions of resources via the Youth Encounter section of the Scripture Union website and also an excellent resource produced by Churches Together in England. I consider HOPE to be a valued partner of Government and a true example of what can be accomplished when we all work together towards a shared goal.
The values and traditions which motivate those of a Christian faith to serve their fellow citizens are clearly evident in the themes of HOPE It is also a credit to the many volunteers who actively support this initiative that HOPE positively embraces the ideal of interfaith engagement in all of its projects. Communities and Local Government supports HOPE in its aim of encouraging people of all faith traditions and none to work together to make our communities stronger, inclusive and more cohesive.
But they have found, from running this website and working with couples, that this is often far from true. Some people belong to major world religions that are ancient and historic, while others follow smaller, newer faiths. Many show a passionate commitment to their religion, which plays a major part in their identity and sense of belonging. Others are more sporadic in their observance and may regard their faith as a private, spiritual affair. These differing spiritual approaches leave Christians with many questions to consider, such as how to relate to people of other faiths without compromising their own beliefs.
Hope is a great opportunity for Christians to make a difference to their communities. For many this means working amongst people of different faiths. What are the issues and questions that we might face as we work in this situation? Should we be about mission or dialogue or both? How do we share our faith whilst acknowledging that they are committed to theirs? Faiths, Hope and Diversity are training days to help Christians think through the issues that working amongst people of other faiths raises. The days are being led by Gill Marchant and Andrew Smith of Scripture Union who, between them, have  over 25 years experience of working with people of other faiths.
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Hope directs people to get help from the the Youth Encounter section of Hope 08's web site. Youth Encounter is a Scripture Union project which exists to help Christian young people in Britain live out their faith amongst Muslims. This is done in two distinct ways: 1. Providing training and resources to help churches equip Christian young people live out their faith confidently and humbly amongst their Muslim friends. Youth Encounter also provides training for churches and Christian organisations who are working with Muslim young people.
This states: The last hundred years have seen an unprecedented migration of peoples around the globe, leading to the multicultural, multiethnic and multi-faith societies found in our country and others today. Many Christians have felt called to look beyond their own circle and build up friendly relations with believers of other religions. Dialogue is first of all about people: meeting, building riendships, conversation, laughter, tears, sharing.
We realise too that no one is the perfect embodiment of faith. Yet they disobey God when the Bible, in John , says, "Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. People of other Faiths? James , says, "You spiritual adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?
Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Belief and Being in School  Youth Encounter stated Believing and Being in School which the people behind Hope '08 are clearly in support of, promoting Interfaith can only eventually lead to multi-faith. The event is designed to bring together educators of faith working in mainstream schools.
We are able to offer this event at a subsidized price due to funding from the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Yet the Bible also says Ephesians ,11 '7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them The Bible says we have NO common ground with the enemies of God. We are called to holiness. We must stand by the things of God and this means no compromise, no … matter … what!
Hope '08, its leaders and those who are involved walk in defeat. They are willing to compromise with, and partake in, the sins of the heathen such as idolatry, disobedience, disloyalty. Because of this Hope '08 is guilty of spiritual prostitution. Soul Survivor is considered to be a separate movement, although close links are still maintained New Wine activities now extend far beyond the borders of England and have spread not only to Scotland, Ireland and Wales, but to 20 countries in Scandinavia, Africa, North America, Western Europe, South East Asia and New Zealand.
It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name of Jesus. Paul's, Ealing. David Pytches has been long involved in Ecumenism. Further in the book he echoes some of the same kinds of ideas that Paul Yonggi Cho teaches concerning the Holy Spirit working miracles even through unbelievers. It is this kind of thinking that the false teachers of the Elijah List engage in. What God is doing is shaking people physically and shocking people mentally, drawing attention to himself, like a parent shaking a child which wants to run across a busy road.
However if we read this verse within the context of what God is saying this is as the direct result of God's people committing idolatry and it is God the one who is howling and moaning! Yet one more example of a false teacher taking scripture out of context in order to prop up some false notion of what is actually going on. Psalm Drummers believe that it is possible to lead a person to Christ through drumming just how this is possible is not easily explained in view of the clear teaching of scripture 1 Cor For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
This is yet another example of how the contemporary Christian scene has brought in new and innovative ways to replace that which was the message and practice of Christ and His Apostles. The final factor was the emergence of gifted lay people who shared the vision for ecumenical mission. Each month, we run a city-wide evangelistic youth event called the Edge. Combining live music from the most popular Christian bands including The Tribe, YFriday, Steve and Thebandwith noname with hard-hitting gospel presentations from speakers including Arthur White of Tough Talk and Andy Hawthorne of The Message Trust, gives us high attendance and a high number of responses to the gospel.
This hi-tech, hi-action evening is attended by over young people from all over the city and even surrounding towns. In fact, it's been growing so fast that we've moved it from our own building to a bigger venue in the centre of town with a capacity of On November 16th, we recorded our highest ever attendance: people! Kidz Klub visitors encourage young people they know to attend and each month loads of teenagers give their lives to Jesus.
After the celebration of the Mass, music was provided by leading Christian bands.
Albans Youth Service. Thebandwithnoname was one of the bands that provided the music after the celebration of the Mass. This was an ecumenical event and the Christian charity Soul Survivor was employed to co-ordenate it. Part of the events organised during "Soul in the City" was the celebration of a daily morning mass. This blatant promotion of the Roman Catholic Mass shows the obvious ecumenical stance of Soul Survivor in that they have no problems with the Catholic dogma of the Mass. This strikes this author as a bit of an oversight, if not downright devious.
Ambrose Griffiths. They understood this and the implications of the direction that they were taking however, as they stated at the time they are "too deeply involved. Being compromisers themselves with false teachers and the world, it is no wonder that so many young Christians are worldly and carnal. As Christ said "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Well, what does the evidence tell us? This clearly makes Andy Hawthorne an ecumenist. According to the Message Trust's own web site, they are much loved by the world having the status of  "an awardwinning youth charity, well established reputation for being a pioneering organisation with a real passion to improve the lives of young people in Greater Manchester.
Driven by Christian values. Whose teaching is it? As we see from the groups and individuals the Message Trust is associated with and promoting, it does not take much to realise that this is pure dominionism. We've got to be faithful to the cultural commission to have dominion, to work for Christian values to arrest our worldview slide. The vision was given in order to begin to awaken those who are destined to radically change the course, and even the very definition of Christianity. This glorified church must make the earth God's footstool before Jesus can come again.
When this happens the church is building a chair, a seat, a place for God to come. When is the church going to arise and build a mercy seat according to the pattern of heaven? And He will literally set up His throne, and you will have a throne zone in the midst of the church and some group somewhere is going to build a seat for the glory of God, and the water that flows from that place will eventually cover the earth.
The next wave of revival is not going to be like anything that you have ever seen. There will be nothing of man on it or God won't come to sit. He is tired of breaking chairs that we have built for Him. He is demanding now that we build a mercy seat. After God created Adam and Eve, He said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing Both the cultural mandate and the evangelistic mandate are essential parts of biblical mission, in my opinion.
Neither is optional. There is a growing consensus on this point in Evangelical circles. This was not true as early as twenty-two years ago when the Berlin World Congress on Evangelism was held in One of the first Evangelicals to stress the cultural mandate in a public forum was Horace Fenton of the Latin America Mission at the Wheaton Congress on the Church's Worldwide Mission, also held in Following that, the social consciousness.
Gate number one, letter A, the gate of social transformation, the gate of social transformation. It is my passion. The doctrines of Dominionism are rooted in the earth. Their basis is the false teaching that man must take dominion of this earth and change it for the better before Jesus can come. The emphasis, therefore, has shifted from 'looking up' to 'looking around' to see what can be done to patch up the environment and change society into a more godly one. This scheme is unscriptural and should be rejected as heresy. Anyone within the Dominionism system should think very carefully about the dangers to their spiritual walk.
Dominionism is heresy and the Bible is clear that we are to reject heresy and heretics Titus , mark and avoid false teachers Rom. Our mandate is the same as when Christ ascended until He returns: preach the gospel Mark and disciple believers from all the nations Matt. We are NOT to overthrow the governments of the world, take over businesses, or throw our collective Christian weight around in a bid to take over everything.
We are to be light and salt Matt. Christians need to get busy witnessing for Christ and drop this Dominionist, Kingdom building rhetoric and planning because if they do not they will be playing right into the hands of the coming antichrist. They say  "we help all sorts of young people from all sorts of backgrounds and with all sorts of beliefs. This clearly mixes the Message of Christ with a worldview that all roads lead to God and the message behind closed doors is that there is a common ground between faiths. How can we be one with the world and one with Christ when it is clear if there is any other way to heaven, Jesus would not have had to die Gal I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Hope 08 states of people from other faiths we  "would not Encourage them to make decisions that would put them in conflict with their family. Hope 08 even goes to the point where Christians are not to "Ask children or young people to say, sing or pray things that they do not believe or that compromises their own faith. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. In truth Andy promotes the idea that for the sake of peace we need to look away from our differences and seek for that which unites us.
Anyone who is outside of Christ is in conflict with God, and anyone who is outside of God's wisdom is a fool. If we are obedient to God this puts us at odds with others, because a Christ centered world view is not acceptable to a man centered world view.
The Message Trust gives the world a does of sugar coated arsenic. They believe that with a big agenda behind the scenes they  "demonstrate the values we believe in: hope, faith, love, compassion, encouragement, creativity and opportunity. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
These two people helped Andy Hawthorne in the publication of his autobiography. Andy makes reference to the Salvation Army, as being a commendable charity because of the hard work and through whose example it is claimed people are turning to Christ. This seems laudable on the surface but what happens below the surface? Lets find out. According to page 12 of his autobiography Andy speaks highly of the Salvation Army and states that the charity has shown that through their actions this is bringing people to Christ.
They may be doing good works and by doing so they think this will gain favour from the Lord, but then we find out beneath the surface the Salvation Army compromises the gospel in the name of humanitarian aid. Thus they become futile in their deeds and their Good works are not accounted for, because their compromise is in direct opposition to what God has said. The Salvation Army and the Freemasons.
It was conceived as a temperance organisation and remains so to this day. The Freemasons, themselves, announce their involvement with the Salvation Army. The compromise between the Salvation Army and the Freemasons goes on to this day. Lloyd, Chaplain; James E. Gustafson, W. Wiker, then-D. Bledsoe, P. Steven Sturdevant, S. Rear -Charles E. Landis, P. Mull, P. Rahe II, Treas. The scripture says 2 Corinthians - 16 KJV, Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? Deborah Green undermines God himself by putting her self above Christ. If the Head of a man is Christ so the Head of the woman is her husband, for a more in depth study please see my article the  "Role of Women in the Church". On page of the book Andy stated that he helped set up a Soul Survivor event, that was used to "recruit people. Soul Survivor organised the celebration of a daily morning mass as part of their agreement with CASE. YWAM leader, Laurance Singlehurst,  was asked to establish a disipleship scheme for inner-city kids.
We have been enormously enriched by our interaction with Catholics in many countries. Much of what Gerald Coates promotes is nothing more then the New-Age movement  with a "Christian" veneer.
Through words and deeds to build bridges of love because human beings are worth it, and in the hope that we might have the rich privilege of sharing our faith with them. In so doing, as people respond, the earth will fill up with reasonable people who have the ability to make peace rather than piano covers, to be faithful rather than promiscuous, to bring heaven rather than hell into the world. The false prophet's co-worker prophesied over Andy which encouraged him to go ahead with what he entitled Xcelerate with is now called  genetik, a 5 month training programme for young people.
Much of what is passed through the Message Trust is another road leading people to Rome. They run cell churches which follow after the  Alpha Course. Having small groups and small churches is not a problem in itself, the problem is where a system is devised introducing secret heresies deliberately watering down the message. Their teachings have more in common with New Age teachings where people are instructed to use breathing techniques and empty their minds so that they can enhance the spiritual experience they would like to have with God.
It will also facilitate the apostate church's determination to break down the denominations, by infiltration and by publicity. Doctrinal statements are not seen as relevant - and the cell group leaders [Shepherds] are not chosen for their biblical knowledge! Some have charged that it has been a chief vehicle for the cross-pollination of doctrinal ideas. They have even used the Bible Study Small Groups and have renamed them "Cell Groups" to further their materials which they print and sell to unsuspecting local churches and bookshops.
They sell, "anointing oil claiming magical powers", promote "slain in the spirit" which is unbiblical and cultish, and practice "false teachings and taking the Bible verses out-of-context". Even local pastors have fallen for the con and some have now picked up "slaying" as their normal service instead of sound preaching of God's Word. They have followed the paths of false prophets and false teachers. Amongst all the other concerns, we can identify in the cell-church literature a desire to recreate the early Roman Catholic system of "community" and the influence of monks and lay brothers over the local populace.
Is the cell-church system in fact modelled on the Roman Catholic and Celtic monastic lay-preachers' movement? Apostle Paul stated, 1 Corinthians "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! Evangelism is not about doing poeple's homes and gardens, being good social workers.
Liberal theologians sought to reduce the tension by explaining the miracles of the Bible totally in naturalistic terms. Conservative theologians affirmed the reality of miracles but often accepted a naturalistic view of the world. Many of them drew a line between "evangelism" and the "social gospel," thereby reinforcing the dualism that had led to the secularization of the West.
For them, evangelism had to do with the supernatural salvation of the soul. The social gospel involved ministry to human bodily needs, such as food, medicine and education. This they dismissed as of secondary importance. The result is a new and more subtle form of the social gospel. With a renewed emphasis on God's special work in our everyday lives, we must be on guard lest we lose sight of the greater importance of dealing with sin and divine judgment. According to these theories, we can deal with higher level problems only when we have solved those below them.
In the church, this can lead us to spend so much time on present human needs that we have little time to deal with sin and righteousness or to focus our attention on God. The amount of time we spend on something reflects its importance in our thinking, no matter what we say to the contrary.
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Healing and the Kingdom By Paul G. Universalism teaches that all mankind is saved and that we need to make the "world" a better place to live since we are all going to heaven anyway. Blissful eternity is "guaranteed to all", they say, so religions need to learn to get along and make the "world" a blissful place. Campolo has conformed to the world and the world hears him because he is of the world. The following shows Andys compromising ways and his rebelion to God, here we examine Luis Palau;.
He claims to have been born-again at age 12, and immigrated to the U. Palau models his ministry and organization after Graham, being influenced by Graham since , when he served as a translator at a Graham crusade in California. Palau raises money for his stadium crusades like Graham also -- the responsibility falls upon sponsoring local churches. He is commonly called "the Billy Graham of South America. His ministry has not been confined to South America, however. In addition, tens of millions more have been exposed to the Palau message through radio and TV broadcasts in nations.
His radio programs are broadcast each weekday on more than stations in North, South, and Central America in the U. Palau often purchases television time in cities where he plans stadium crusades, airing a live call-in program called Night Talk with Luis Palau carried by two national cable networks -- the National Empowerment Television Network and the Inspirational Network. Viewers call to discuss their spiritual, family, and other concerns.
Palau claims to explain the basic Gospel and prays with those who want to trust Jesus Christ. The national program also features taped segments of live TV programs from Palau's U. Luis Palau. See if you agree with this sentence taken from the article: "The bottom line is you can be any religion you want to be, as long as what you believe about God corresponds to reality. How can a person find Jesus Christ as a Buddhist, as Palau indicates?
How can a person find salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone in the Roman Catholic church? How does Luis Palau think God views worshipping Him while continuing to worship other gods? No other "religions" own God at all. No religion does. Other religions worship demons. You cannot exclude the body of Christ or the Scriptures from the process of coming to the full knowledge of God. It is impossible. These statements by Luis Palau indicate just how far he has slid into ecumencalism and interfaith compromise.
Again this shows that Andy has no discernment, and goes down the ecumenical route. Blue, Westlife and Boyzone. On page Andy makes reference to new age mystic and universalist Mother Teresa of Calcutta by recounting an anecdote attributed to her. This is yet another indication of Andy's total lack of discernment in things spiritual and his attraction for mysticism.
Andy uses this story to justify his projects. Such incidents indicate a leaning towards Spiritualism and Necromancy communication with the departed, which are both roundly condemned in both the  Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Son of false prophet and prosperity guru and apostate  the late Kenneth E Hagin. It is also seized upon as an opportunity for evangelism.
2. Who is the symbolic pure woman of Revelation chapter 12?
Hope 08 is no different in this matter. With this has also come an interest, by Protestant Evangelicals, in the writings of Catholic Mystics such as St. Theresa and Lady Julian of Norwich. Morton Kelsey Jungian apologist and New Age teacher amongst others. However it is disappointing that the script showed features that deviated from the Gospel records.
This subtly gives the impression that the Biblical record is not to be trusted, and that it is legitimate to speculate around the Gospel accounts. For example the Apostle Peter draws his sword during the scene when Christ is in the Temple overturning the tables, Christ is also seen dressing after sharing a room with a prostitute—this could infer Christ having had sexual relations with women-- and His mother is also seen rebuking Him in one scene.
These incidents are not recorded in the New Testament. It would not be wise to endorse any portrayal of the Gospels that is not Biblical in its content. Chapter 11 Hope and The Alpha Course. It is amazing to see so many people from across country involved. We hope to have around courses up and down Great Britain that any young person can go along to. Our desire is that we continue to develop authentic relationships and aid people's spiritual growth that is offered by God, through God us , Jesus and The Holy Spirit that our leaders and outreach projects work with.
According to Gallup, the Alpha Course has now been run in over  countries. Alpha materials have been translated into scores of languages, and a million people took the course last year alone. It is clearly something that every believer should be well-versed about. Jesus is obviously the very centre of the gospel and we have felt led to investigate these claims carefully from official sources.
This is naturally going to be harder if we have an inaccurate idea of His mind! The Church plainly needs to be fastidious in this regard. The question we need to ask is: what is their effect when taken together? If we really love and care about our wonderful Husband-to-be then we will want the world to be taught only the truth regarding Him.
We will often do this automatically and we thus do not consciously notice the flaws in the talk. However, many unbelievers today are almost completely ignorant about the Messiah and the Bible, and will not be able to do this. It is vital to read the following with this in mind. Observers feel that Alpha could be clearer over this. Jesus was offered temptations, He was offered. Sadly Nicky chooses not to mention this point. Some detractors point out the potential ambiguity here and that it would only have taken a moment for Nicky to confirm that Jesus had no sin.
He apparently decides against clearing up any doubt here. Logically, this leaves the door open again for Jesus to have sinned in thought or word. Additionally, there is more to being sinless than avoiding sinful behaviour. One also needs to be free of the sinful nature that Adam passed down to all his generations 1 Cor. Nicky does not mention the virgin birth in the talks and instead likens Jesus to a building that is. This allows for the Lord to have erred, which brings us to our next question.
But does Alpha leave participants believing for certain that Jesus was infallible? Creation fell through sin but this is not what Nicky says. Another concern for some folk is this. Did Jesus have infallible faith? A Christian may not pick up the wrong message from this, but what about someone who has never heard about Jesus before? Without proper clarification, this is sure to be misunderstood by some hearers simply because of the definitions they attach to the highlighted words above.
These two are not the same. But critics understandably ask why he must add the emboldened words. What indeed could be the problem with stating categorically and repeatedly that Jesus was totally sinless and totally infallible at all times? His meekness and lowliness was also prophesied before His Incarnation Zech. He destroyed evil wherever he found it [he exposed it, but that is not the same thing at all]. The exact words Nicky uses will determine exactly what is communicated to hearers, many of whom today know virtually nothing of the Lord… Some individual strands in this article are inevitably going to be minor on their own, but let us look for the resulting tapestry as a whole — is it a clear and accurate representation of the Saviour?
As a Cambridge-educated barrister, Nicky is a master with words and with public speaking so he should be well able to get his statements right, yet consider the following items. Throughout His ministry the Lord was mocked, accused, cursed and rejected — all without cause. Most of His followers left Him John ; even His closest friends deserted Him after Gethsemane ; and ultimately He was tortured and crucified without any justification. What fun it would have been! No, it was not a lot of fun to watch it if you loved Him. Again, unregenerate listeners will not understand that joy in the spirit does not equate to laughter.
The Lord wept over Jerusalem Matt. This is all very incongruous, coming as it does from a church called Holy Trinity Brompton. There is a fundamental difference. Every recorded prayer that Jesus uttered displayed godly fear towards the Father, and every time He spoke of His Father it was with deep reverence. Alpha does not say this at all. While Jesus opened the way for our relationship with the Father as adopted sons, we are to look upon our heavenly Father with reverence and fear. It clearly means that fear is a proper attitude in those who would please God with their lives.
Nicky Gumbel fails to give the same warning Jesus gave, which was meant to keep us in line. Unfortunately, this is not what is communicated on Alpha. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity. How much more are participants being muddled! The findings were fascinating in each case. We were aware of a few problems, but the question prompted us to look in detail at this matter.
Firstly, though, we should establish whether or not accuracy on this topic is a serious issue. Both groups were preaching the same things but for different reasons. Paul elsewhere warns very gravely against listening to anyone who preaches different things about the Lord than those he himself preached see 2 Cor. All scriptures need to be held in tension with all other scriptures, else we lose our balance — and will fall.
Getting the nature of Jesus Christ correct is foundational to the gospel and is indeed therefore something about which we have to be precise. The Bible tells us that Messiah Jesus has always existed. He has always existed, thus time is. In contrast, the New Age movement believes that the Messiah was a created being — albeit the very first thing to be created. Plainly this issue has a bearing on the trustworthiness of Scripture as well as on the true nature of our Lord. So how does Alpha fare over this important question? We have to go to the final chapter of his book Searching Issues to locate his best comments regarding the pre-existence of the Lord.
The only fly in the ointment is that Gumbel never explains that God the Son was there before the very beginning. Gumbel needs to teach that Jesus Christ was not created at all. It would surely not take long to do? Some of the more demanding observers might also insist that this statement does not necessarily mean Jesus existed as a separate person before His First Coming. We can find no hint in the talks that the Lord was pre-existent. In contrast, HTB wants everyone on Alpha to be told:.
It is similar to the way in which we say that Jesus is fully human … Let me use an analogy. Perhaps the greatest English architect of his time was Sir Christopher Wren. He built St. God the Father is likened here to an architect, and the Lord Jesus is likened to a building. But every piece of architecture has an originator and hence an origin. A building is a created entity. Since He cannot have created His own self He cannot logically be a created being. But is this what an Alpha attendee will pick up? We possess a copy of the video transcripts in electronic form, as released by HTB, which enables us to perform wordpattern checks with great accuracy.
These omissions can easily serve to make people question whether the Lord properly existed before His birth as a man. Indeed, on this pivotal issue we find clarification missing time and again in Alpha publications. This is extremely unfortunate. People would respect the written Word far more if they understood that it is as perfect as Jesus and represents Him in His entirety.
So where does Alpha stand? Many people will be sure that this is just an unfortunate oversight, but it recurs in the book Questions of Life [pp]. And the Alpha Manual exhibits the same problem. This last publication even adds Simeon to the list, but omits the Lord Jesus Himself. We feel the absence of any mention might lead certain participants to assume otherwise. It is important for participants to believe that Jesus was always filled with the Spirit rather than being filled at His baptism, otherwise they will demote Him. They will also be encouraged to promote the idea that people are indwelt by the Spirit i.
This episode publicly signified the beginning of His full ministry, but the passage nowhere says the Spirit was poured into Him at His baptism which would have meant He was not full of the Spirit beforehand. Consider the following text from Gumbel and see whether, taken as a whole, it suggests that Jesus Christ was filled by the Holy Spirit as a result of His baptism. The Spirit of God descended on him in bodily form at his baptism Luke But it was not that same day. The small matter of the forty days the Lord spent in the wilderness in between these two events has been swept under the carpet!
But is Alpha straight down the line on this issue? We will come to His Sonship in a moment. Strangely, this valuable phrase appears only eight times in all the Alpha talks — only about one fifth as often as it should do in order to be in balance with Scripture. The disciples of Jesus belong to Him, so we are His body the Body of Christ in the same sense that a husband owns the body of his wife, but we are not Him!
But is this the way Alpha sees it? Gumbel does indicate several times in the talks that Jesus is the Son of God, although detractors might complain that this is almost always done indirectly — e. There are more concerns we could mention, but this article is already long enough and the pattern is already obvious. On each of these questions Gumbel seems not just unwilling to state the whole truth in a categoric way, but repeatedly damages these truths about our wonderful Saviour who gave His life as a ransom for us.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to testify accurately of Jesus John and to glorify Him John , so what does this tell us about Alpha? The next article will seek to find out. Since Scripture warns believers to take serious care over everything we teach regarding Christianity 1 Tim.
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Clearly, each one of the teachings about the Lord Jesus that we examined in article 2 on His nature is intimately related to His Divinity. However, for completeness we need to see what Alpha is like regarding its more direct statements on the Divinity of the Lord Jesus. At first this idea appears alien, but man is triune too in a very real sense. We have already determined that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.
Many people assume, however, that this means He is not truly God but that He just enjoys a derived divinity. See also Rom. In that case He would have inherited a sinful nature and His crucifixion could not have paid the required price for our redemption. God is so totally holy that our sin means only God Himself could pay the price to save us.
Any attempt by us to pay any part of the price is an abomination to God and will result in our destruction see Galatians. The Godhood of the Lord has a huge knock-on regarding other doctrines so we cannot afford to be remotely complacent about this. As we saw in article 2, it is an attribute of Jesus Christ. Jesus is Jehovah God. But what does Alpha say on this important issue? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I Am … As soon then as He had said unto them, I Am …, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. It is wrong to complicate it and thus bring confusion. Some Course leaders will be deeply offended at any suggestion that Alpha has the slightest flaw in this regard. There are, however, many reasons why we would beg such folk to continue reading this article. For a start, there exist a further six chapters of Searching Issues, not to mention all the other Alpha publications, so there is huge scope for problems to occur elsewhere.
Likewise it should be remembered that there are twelve further talks in the video set beyond Talks 2 and 3 - which means there is plenty of room for errors to creep in and undermine any good statements in those two early talks … Indeed, we will shortly see that, when checked very carefully, even the best Alpha statements are not as clear-cut as they could be, and none of the.
If any readers are convinced that Alpha is beyond reproach over the issue of the Deity of Jesus, and are therefore not interested in perusing our material further, we would encourage them at least to use the section headings of our articles to create a questionnaire for their Alpha graduates. According to our research, they will be dismayed by the feedback they get. But let us begin by acknowledging some of the things Nicky Gumbel does say about the Deity of Jesus. Unfortunately, Gumbel immediately weakens this crucial verse by giving the.
We say Sir Christopher Wren built St. Note also that St. Since the evidence discounts the last two possibilities, Jesus must logically be the Son of God. Some readers will feel that this is a minor point. But does the Bible say so? Despite appearances, this is not a trivial issue at all — as we shall see in the next section.
Corroborating verses are far too numerous to list but include Rom. There is a final observation worth making on this. The Holy Spirit is another Person of the Trinity. This is a grave error regarding our King and future Husband. Jesus is God. There is only one God.
This seems to be true in every publication he has created. Here is a sample of what we mean. Why Christmas? Take the booklet Why Christmas? After a handful of statements mainly the Lewis ones on pages supporting the divinity of Jesus, everything changes on page 7 and Jesus seems to be separated from God there and on every one of the tiny pages from 9 through 22 inclusive the booklet is only 22 pages long. Does one get the overall impression from it that Jesus IS God?
He sets us free to love God, … Jesus says … Jesus is … revealed by God. The situation in the video talks is worse still. Once again it seems we are being told to view the divinity of Jesus Christ as no more than partial and derivative. Many Course leaders are adamant that, at least in two or three places, Alpha materials unequivocally state that Jesus is God.
However, given that the four books at the centre of Alpha contain a combined total of well over pages, this is really nothing to boast of. Here is a selection of the things we are referring to:. Every example in the remaining set of bullet points exhibits this indirectness - along with at least one other, much more serious, problem.
Gumbel is sometimes prepared to indicate that other people e. This introduction of superfluous words simply confuses and obscures the issue. The infinitesimal number of Alpha statements that avoid the above problems still fail to state categorically that Jesus is the one true God, instead introducing a degree of doubt e.
These few statements are also always weakened by surrounding comments which repeatedly separate Jesus and God. The following is another example of multiple ambiguities. The Biggest Ambiguity There is one last group of statements that needs to be covered. Other readers may believe they can safely run Alpha by simply correcting this particular teaching as the Course progresses.
But that is to avoid a more important question. If Alpha is so unsound on this - the most important topic imaginable - can it really be trusted on the other subjects it covers?
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