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Pluralism – God will not tolerate it much longer!
Originally posted: May 14, 2012 by mrskbw

History teaches – but we do not listen!

The IGRC United Methodist lay leader said to me – “it was standard acceptable practice for the UMC to hire secular consulting and marketing agents to lead and teach the church how to become more effective and vital in ministry.”

As I questioned her and expressed my strong disagreement!

The answer given to me was – and I quote her verbatim “We are plundering Egypt!!!”

I was in total amazement of the lack of basic Scriptural knowledge and understanding in the leadership.

The Israelite’s did not plunder Egypt!

The Egyptians were so terrified of the power of All Mighty God in defense of His people.

In the middle of the night – Pharaoh said; “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” Exodus 12:31-33

The Scriptures provide the history of Israel’s deliverance and rebellion……deliverance and rebellion……

In 2 Kings chapter 17 we see:

The Israelites faced exile because of their determination to step over God’s explicit moral boundaries. Their choice for worship and life-style values demonstrated very poor judgment.

Our values and choices are shaped by whom and what we worship!

Our life message is far too important to waste it on idolatrous ways. We will be held accountable for the message we live, the things we teach, the things we tolerate, and the work we support.

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced.

The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns.

They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.

At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that provoked the Lord to anger.

They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”

The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God.

They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.

They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal.

They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger.

So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left, and even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God. They followed the practices Israel had introduced.

Therefore the Lord rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers, until he thrust them from his presence.

When he tore Israel away from the house of David, they made Jeroboam son of Nebat their king. Jeroboam enticed Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit a great sin.

The Israelites persisted in all the sins of Jeroboam and did not turn away from them until the Lord removed them from his presence, as he had warned through all his servants the prophets.

2 Kings 17: 7-23

God in His great mercy has always sent warning after warning and allowed time for His people to repent and abandon the worship of other gods (pluralism) before exercising His righteous judgment.

They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.

At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that provoked the Lord to anger. ( verses 10-11)

…Keep this in mind 2012 GC delegates as you carry your sacred stones back to your Annual Conferences!

Robin

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My son is now 18 and headed off to college in the fall. I’m so thankful that he has a relationship with Christ….However, I am not one of those mom’s with my head in the sand who will not see. Or one who chooses to see my children – as little angels..halo and all. Lets be real! College life is full of hard-core temptation…shoot high school is too! The awesome thing is – as parents who bring up their children under the Truth of God’s Word we can trust His Word… For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day.  2 Timothy 1:12 Amen!

I ran across this old post the other day. 

Thoughts from a sixteen year old.

Originally posted: February 2, 2012

Greetings and salutations forum! Hello, my name is Denton I am a sixteen-year-old sophomore in high school. I was asked to “guest blog” so here I am. A few days ago I took my first semester Western Civilization final exam. At the school I attend the Western Civ. exam lives in infamy, because it is very long and very difficult. One essay I had to write was concerned with the millennium. I was asked to expand on England’s feelings of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ during the approach to the millennium.

In the years prior to the millennium, year 1000, there was a rather notable amount of unease about whether the Christ would return in that year. The essay specified that my professor wanted to know England’s feelings and thoughts, but during this time in history there was a significant shift of power to England’s hands; so England’s thoughts at this time was the majority of the worlds thoughts. Life was good for the for the English they had experienced the Northumbrian Renaissance due to Bede’s works in c. 700 AD and they were just coming out of the Anglo-Saxon Renaissance with King Alfred the Great of Wessex in the late 800’s. Again, life was going good, so when the Church spoke of the end it brought some unease. Like nails scraping down a chalkboard, the people just did not want to hear of the end. I think I know of the majority of the people in England felt.

When I was about ten or twelve years of age I dreaded the coming of Christ, I can remember hearing my mother talking about how evil the world was, and how Jesus would be coming back soon and chills would go up my spine. I would become so anxious that at peak times I could not sleep. Life was going good for me. I was twelve without a care in the world. But now, I am sixteen going on seventeen, I have grown older and wiser. Thinking back on the occasion I am taken to Mark 8:35-36, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

I have enough discernment myself to see that we, as the majority, just like England in the 890’s never grew up. We still fear His Second Coming. Life is going good for many. We are just coming out of a recession, we have Bin Laden taken care of, life is good right?

Take heed of Mark eight. Let us, I am included in this as well, not to fall in love with our lives. Now am I encouraging you to lead a monastic life where one deprives one’s self of modern resources? No, far from it. Live life, be happy. Look at the life of Christ, He led a happy life. He healed the sick and brought joy to multitudes, He taught of the grace and love of His father, and he made friends who he trusted to spread His news. Christ never intended for life to bring us down; however, He does not want you and me to put the joys  life brings- kids, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, technology, sports- to replace Him.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

There is only ONE place that our soul can rest.

In Christ!

Denton

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Antinomianism

Originally Posted on: December 15, 2011 by mrskbw

Antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, from the Greek [ Against + Law ] is defined as holding that under the gospel dispensation of grace, moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation.

Calvin, Luther, and Wesley called it heresy.

In Paul of Tarsus day the Biblical Greek terms anomia or anomos which are generally translated ” lawlessness” and ” lawless”.

This dangerous heresy is still alive and operating  in the church today. We give this demon new names such as religious toleration, post modernism, political correctness, sensitivity,and compromise.

Our children are inundated with antinomianism all day every day by the media,  the music, television, magazines, clothing, at school, and at church.

I remember when my youngest child was in the first grade and he wanted to wear shirts with “funny”  phrases on them – from the children clothing brand – No Rules. The so-called  ”funny” phrases boldly and unashamed undermine the authority of parents, teachers, pastors, government officials, policemen,and every authority to which God has placed over children to teach them and keep them safe. They actually belittled and poked fun at all authority, which we know belongs to God.

I was ridiculed  with eye rolls and told by other mom’s that it was no big deal! It was a big deal then and it’s even a bigger deal now!

Sadly, I know several of those mother’s that are now seeing the fruit of planting the seed of  NO RULES in their children. It is truly heartbreaking to see the harmful effects of  lawlessness.

As the church we are called to intercede for this generation. It is our responsibility to speak life and truth – to teach the children that a life with No Rules will lead them down a dangerous path ending  in death.

The marvelous news is Our Heavenly Father loves every person past, present and future so much He offered up His only begotten son that we may know forgiveness, true lasting peace and joy that glorifies and honors Him.

 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I

have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 

 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 15:8-11

Our Heavenly Father loves us so very much that He offered up His Son on the cross. Jesus paid a very high price that we may be forgiven.

We must not forget foundational principles in God’s Word.  Genesis 4

Please follow future post.

Robin

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Originally Posted: January 4, 2012 by mrskbw

In Matthew 25:1-13 Christ tells this parable:

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Our attitude toward weddings can hardly compare with those of the first – century world. Modern day weddings have to compete with all other celebrations not to mention all the entertainment we flood our lives with. In the ancient world all was put aside for a wedding. The bride, groom, and guest were excused from their duties, and even the Rabbi would leave his study of the law to be apart of the celebration.
Imagine, how the crowd sat up and took note when Jesus said ” Let me tell you about a wedding.”  He would have had their full attention.
There were ten that went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. The listeners of the parable would have been very familiar with symbols of  faith. All the young women had a proper invitation to the event. Five were wise and five were foolish.

What was the distinguishing marks? All ten had lights but, only the five wise took oil jars alone with their lamps. Not knowing the exact time of the grooms coming.
Weddings in the ancient Middle Eastern world and for that matter the current practices in many Middle Eastern Villages is customary that the bridegroom arrive at a time of his choosing and can conceivably stretch over days of expectation. However he is obligated to send out a messenger running ahead, shouting to the people, ” The bridegroom is coming! The bridegroom is coming!”

We do not know how long the ten waited, but we know it was long enough they were falling asleep when the cry rang out. When they heard the cry the five foolish discovered their error and their lamps were going out and they had no extra supply of oil. They appealed to their more conservative friends, who answered, “No… there may not be enough for both us and you, Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourself.

And you know the rest of the parable.

Seem harsh to you? Ask the author of the parable what He means.
Having an adequate supply of oil – that is, the Spirit of God in our lives- it is not a game and it’s not something we take lightly.
This is a tragic story Christ told and we don’t like tragedies. And keep in mind how Jesus described the five  foolish. He did not say they were bad or unwelcome, because the truth was they were invited. He said they were foolish, they did not take to heart the warnings and opportunity that were surely theirs.
We must store the oil while there is still time! Read His Word and allow His Spirit to fill us to over flowing.
Robin

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 The post below entitled “More Time” is a great post by: Kevin Griggs 

I share it because I hear so many people today in a “What’s the big deal” frame of mind. The prophets have been crying out repent and turn back to God in this nation. The watchmen have warned the city gatekeepers to guard the gates. Yet we continue to allow evil to infiltrate every level of society.

We refuse to hear for lazy – selfish motives and lack of real authentic concern for God’s Word.

Time is up for sitting down! Get up saints of the Most High God and make a difference in the world around you. This can only be done in Christ with His Power and authority.

A true relationship with Christ will change the way you live and will powerfully influence the others around you  …. in radical ways! Stop thinking that you have more time!

Robin

New post on The Daily Bible Plan

More Time

by Kevin Griggs

Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 12:21-28

 

I am not a morning person.  Each morning, I typically have to set two alarms – one for the time I actually want to get up, and one for fifteen to thirty minutes beforehand to give myself a warning that it is almost time to get up.  No matter what time I set my alarms for at night, when they go off in the morning I always have the same thought as I say to myself, “I thought I had more time.”

The Israelites in today’s key passage also thought they had more time.  The listened to all of the prophets telling them about God’s judgment, and they wrongly assumed that the prophets were talking about events that would happen in the distant future. (Vs. 27)  They even had their own proverb that was popular at the time – “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing.” (Vs. 22)  What they did not realize was that God’s judgment was closer than they thought.  In fact, in less than six years, Jerusalem would be completely destroyed.  They failed to listen to the warnings because they all thought they had more time.

Many people today still react to God’s warnings in the same way as the Israelites.  They know the message of the Bible.  They know that they need to repent of their sins and follow God.  They know they need to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.  The problem is that they believe they have more time.  They think God’s final judgment will happen sometime in the distant future.  In fact, they may be right.  They may live a long life and they may still have plenty of time to turn to Him.  On the other hand, they might be wrong.  We will never know when our time on this earth will be done.  Jesus may come back or He may call us home tomorrow, or we may be here for another 100 years.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking you have more time.  If you have unconfessed sin in your life, repent today.  If you have been waiting to start a personal relationship with Christ, turn to Him today.  If you have been waiting for the right time to reach out to that unbelieving friend in love, do it today.  When the alarm clock of life finally goes off, we do not want to be caught off guard thinking we had more time.

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On June 15, 2012 I warned that the Southern Illinois University Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry was headed toward becoming an interfaith community. It was very obvious! When the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference voted to change its constitution and line through the entire mission statement – it was very plain to see what is next………………. Read this from the IRD.

Robin

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From: The Institute On Religion & Democracy Blog

By: Mark Tooley Posted August 22, 2013

Former National Council of Churches chief Joan Brown Campbell, in her sermon at Chautauqua today, urged that Christians reject the “exclusivity” of their own faith. And in today’s published interview with the Chautauqua, NY newspaper, Campbell reiterated Christians should not aspire to win other people to Christianity.

Campbell is retiring after 14 years as director of religious life at the famed, originally Christian retreat center, which she celebrated has become more interfaith under her direction. Chautauqua originally began as a Sunday school training camp for Methodists.

“Most compassionate congregations in the world are Muslim,” Campbell said, touting the interfaith “Charter of Compassion” organized by British religion historian and syncretist Karen Armstrong. Campbell urged: “We are called to a compassionate Christianity,” that embodies “Jesus’ dangerous dream” that “we all might be one.”

Campbell was citing the Gospel of John 17:21, which says: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

In Campbell’s reinterpretation, this scripture is not Christ’s call for the church’s unity under His Lordship but for global unity because it “relates to all of humankind.” She urged a “Jesus not owned by Christians but Who cares for all. An embracing  Jesus.”

According to Campbell, “Jesus says there will be one flock… No one is in or out in the world of Jesus.” She heralded this “challenge to Christian exclusivity” and insisted of humanity, “We are one. We hold all people as precious.”

Campbell insisted this “call to inclusive Christianity” is not a “call to discard the faith of our ancestors.” Instead, “You will reach out and embrace all of God’s own.” Quoting Desmond Tutu, she rhetorically asked, “Who will be excluded?” She explained: “Because we are Christian…we embrace the one.”

“God cannot be contained in our own religion,” Campbell said. “It’s not easy. We as Chautauquans have said we want to be a compassionate interfaith community.” She approvingly noted that Karen Armstrong is “calling us to a radical new understanding of who we are as Christians, to give up our exclusivity.”

But Campbell insisted: “We don’t have to give up the strength of Christianity.” Instead, “We will need to be the best Christians we’ve ever been. The world belongs to one God of history.”

In her Chautauqua Campbell explained that her 14 years at Chautauqua “have changed me.” She said:

To say that the 2 p.m. lecture is now interfaith and to understand what that means has had the most influence on my faith journey. I think it is the responsibility of a Christian not to take his or her faith and say, “This is for everyone,” but to honor the faith of others, to believe that their faith means as much to them as mine does to me.

This is hard for Christians, because we remember the call to go into all the world and make Christians of everyone. We can no more do that today than we can fly to the moon. We have come to believe that we are not responsible for converting the world, but to be fully and completely Christian.

Campbell celebrated:

I am very proud of Chautauqua. It is in the board minutes that we will spend the next 10, 15, 20 years learning to be interfaith; not just Christians, Jews and Muslims, but open to all faiths.

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S.I.U. Wesley Foundation – Woe to you IGRC!

Originally Posted on June 15, 2012 by: mrskbw

The IGRC Annual Conference went for the proposed changes to the constitution and mission statement at the Wesley Foundation on Southern Illinois University campus and will push a liberal agenda on the JALC campus as well.

Legislative Item 110 — Changes to SIU WF Constitution — Paulson Amendment failed 391-430; original legislation Approved 748-58

The action that was taken at annual confer will change the purpose of the Wesley Foundation at SIU.
See (Article ll) below : (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) will be removed from the statement.
 Article II  
PURPOSE
This Corporation is designed to serve the Southern Illinois University  Community , especially those persons who are related to the United Methodist Church.  Its purposes are:

(a) to exalt Jesus Christ and to awaken and win university students to Him (b) to give moral and spiritual guidance (c) to aid in the development of a vital and intelligent faith (d) to give opportunity for expression of a constructive Christian witness and training in [the church] during their academic career (e) to provide for Christian fellowship and worship, and for wholesome social opportunities under the direction of the student self-governing body known as the Wesley Student Council, (f) to provide opportunities in a Christian setting for interaction between students, faculty, and staff.  and John A. Logan College community, especially those persons who are related to the United Methodist Church.

 Its purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The work of the Wesley Foundation shall be conducted in accordance with the Book of 
Discipline, and in harmony with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Initiatives of IGRC. 
(end of Article ll)
The way the Wesley Foundation will do ministry has officially changed  – ALL the rules will change.

This is paramount!

The big liberal snowball is rolling faster down the hill and is gaining much ground.

The liberal  leadership within the UMC  is jumping for joy – they see this as a big win.

Sadly, they continue to provoke the heavy hand of God upon the church.

But even worse – they now have the permission from the majorities  to lead young people in the wrong direction.

Not the way of repentance and freedom through Jesus Christ and Him alone.

The Wesley Foundation will now become an interfaith organization and teach pluralism. Which accepts the idea that there are many paths to God.

I  encourage you to test the spirits as instructed in (1 John 4 ). This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehoods.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

1 John 4:1-3

Can you hear me now?

Robin

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Originally posted: September 9, 2012 by mrskbw

Ever had tough questions and made it your quest to seek out the answers?

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 

Although Habakkuk questioned God, he never walked away. He waited to hear what God had to say. He was not disappointed because God spoke! And Habakkuk learned some wonderful lessons, received a commission, and wrote it all down for us in a book!

God is ready to speak to us! Do we take time to get alone with Him , and remain silent so that we can hear His voice.

I think that many of our problems overwhelm us simply because we do not set aside time to be alone with the Master. How do we expect to live life as more than conquerors, apart from a quiet time alone with God.

There are so many voices clamoring for our attention. So many philosophies and ideologies thrown at us and especially the children through the public education system, numerous books. Every form of media invading the homes day and night throughout our nation.

If we would just turn it all off and get alone with our creator. we could hear the small still voice of God.

(1Kings 19:12…. and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

God is no respecter of persons! “God is not one to show partiality” (Acts 10:34)

He will meet with us as He met with Habakkuk, If we will get alone and wait to hear what He will say!

After Habakkuk spilled out the questions of his heart, he did a very wise thing. He stood on his guard post, stationing himself on the rampart, and waited to see what God would say to him. (see verse 2:1)

It was then, in the silence, in the expectant waiting, that God spoke!

To Habakkuk, God gave the key, the key of all life, the key to the whole Word of God: The righteous, the just, will live by faith.

Habakkuk 2:4 is a key verse to the entire Bible:

““Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.

What does the Word of God mean when it speaks of faith?

Faith is simply taking God at His Word. It is believing God. It is believing all that He says whether we understand it or not, whether we can explain it or not.

It is taking God at His Word, no matter how we feel, no matter how we read the circumstances, no matter what anyone else says about the truthfulness of  what God says.

God is truthful!

The Bible is God’s Word to man. It is God breathed and God has preserved it from throughout all of time.. From Moses, writing under God’s Spirit to the time when the apostle John wrote down the revelation of the things which were, are, and are yet to come.

Get alone with Jesus today! Seek His written Word, seek His wisdom and revelation.

And yes ask Him hard questions!

He will speak to you and show you everything you need to know!

Peace be with you.

Robin

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