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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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Originally Posted on December 17 ,2012

 

The gatekeepers are very important. In 1 Chronicles 9:17-27, the gatekeepers are mentioned with the singers and musicians. They were appointed and chosen by the King and they had daily responsibilities in the temple. They had to be loyal and trustworthy. They were responsible for the safety of the temple. There were keepers of the temple gates and keepers of the city gates. Nothing has changed! God still appoints gatekeepers and watchmen today!!

They are able to refuse or admit entrance to anyone. They are in place for the protection of the temple or the city.The Bible mentions gates quite often. Matthew 7:13-14 says “…wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction… straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life…” In Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. Psalm 100:4 says “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,and into His courts with praise…” So we see that heaven has gates and hell has gates.

Gates and wall are built for protection. When one was said to possess the gate of his enemy, it meant that the person had gained a position of authority or power over the enemy. When the gates and the walls are torn down or broken down, it gave access for the enemy to come in.

The watchmen have been blowing the horn until their heads are spinning. The problem lays with the gate keepers, they are either asleep, bind or dead. The doors have been left unattended.

This nation is paying a very high price for our lack of concern for what we allow in the gates of our schools, churches, homes and minds.

False teachers and false teachings! We have become focused on pleasing the people for the sake of “peace”, money, recognition, and a whole list of other things!

So is it any wonder WHY we suffer loss?!!!!

Wake up gatekeepers!!!!!

Robin

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I received an email today from Truth In Action Ministries entitled :Same-Sex Weddings and Witchcraft on the Grammys. While I did not watch the Grammys – I know the scene. I remember posting from Tampa Florida during the United Methodist General Conference in 2012. The worship services filled with false worship, witch doctors, seducing spirits, and songs about reversing the roles. The legislative hall and prayer room riddled with alters built to men, labyrinth mazes, candles, and spirit guides…So bold to hang a dream catcher from the cross! That was on center stage where the Bishops were seated. This is not just taking place on the stage at the Grammy’s or in Hollywood – it is taking place in the church! Please wake up people seated in the pew – get your head out of the sand – ask God to show you the Truth.  Below is a copy of the letter from Truth In Action. ~Robin

Dear Robin,

As you may have seen, this past Sunday night’s Grammy Awards program, televised nationally on CBS, featured a mass wedding ceremony that included numerous same-sex couples, officiated by actress/singer Queen Latifah, and solemnized by the singing of Madonna.

In fact, much of what we saw Sunday night was a counterfeit worship service, though it was clearly not the true God who was being worshipped. Since the entertainment industry has devoted much of its efforts in recent decades to increasingly inane (and in this case exploitative, as the entertainers used the wedding couples as pawns for their own publicity stunt) attempts to be “transgressive,” we shouldn’t really be surprised.

And, of course, this is yet another demonstration of what the Apostle Paul himself described in Romans 1: “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!” (Romans 1:24-25, ESV). Counterfeit worship is a direct result of rejecting God, and Sunday night’s “service” featured everything from a choir to mock-stained-glass windows.

One of the interesting aspects of this year’s Grammy telecast (which also included former Christian contemporary musician Katy Perry, who performed as a literal witch emerging from a crystal ball and casting spells) is that such a thing can be televised nationwide and raise little more than a collective yawn.

The late Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder of Truth in Action Ministries, once said of Hollywood, “It continually desensitizes us until we come to accept things that at one time we would never accept at all.”

In our desensitized culture where idolatry is commonplace (and Paul makes it clear that among other things, homosexuality is a form of idolatry) it’s never been more important for Christians to pursue holiness. And in the face of such a “worship service,” it is harder and harder to justify our appetite for popular culture.

Culture is a reflection of our own particular choices. Sunday evening’s telecast once again broadcast to the world every sign of a culture under the judgment of God. Let us pray for repentance and for the furtherance of the life-giving gospel that frees us from sin and idolatry and enables us to worship the True God!

Sincerely,

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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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Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12

People do not know what they are getting when they are in a great place of temptation. Temptation endured brings the “crown of life.”

There is nothing outside of purity except what is sin. All unbelief is sin. God wants you to have a pure, active faith so that you will be living in an advanced place of believing God all the time, and so that you will be on the mountaintop and singing when others are crying.

I want to speak now about lust. I am not speaking about the base things, the carnal desires. I am not speaking so much about adultery or fornication, and such things, but I am speaking about what has turned you aside to some other thing instead of God.

God has been offering you better things all the time, and you have missed them.

There are three things in life, and I noticed that many people are satisfied with just one of them. There is blessing in  justification, there is blessing in sanctification, and there is blessing in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a wonderful thing, and we know it. Sanctification is a process that takes us on to higher levels with God. Salvation, sanctification, and the fullness of the Spirit are processes.

Many people are satisfied with “good” – that is, with salvation. Other people are satisfied with “better” – a sanctified life, purified by God. Still other people are satisfied with “best” – the fullness of God with revelation from on high. I am not satisfied with any of the three. I am only satisfied with “best with improvement”.

So I come to you not with good, but better; not with better, but best; not with best, but best with improvement – going on with God.

Why?

Because “when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully-grown, brings forth death”(James 1:15)

When anything has taken me from God, it means death in some way.

When Jesus said to the disciples, “The Son of Man will be put into the hands of sinners and crucified,” Peter rebuked Him ( see Mt. 16:21-22), but Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”(verse 23)

Anything that hinders me from denying myself and taking up my cross(v.24) is of the Devil; anything that hinders me from being separated unto God is of the Devil, anything that hinders me from being purified every day is carnal, and it is death.

So I implore you today to make certain that there is no lustful thing in you that would rob you of the glory. Then God will take you to the very summit of the blessing where you can be increased day by day into all His fullness.

Thought for today: Do not neglect the Word of God. Take time to think about the Word of God; it is the only place of safety.

Scripture Reading : Psalm 139

Taken from page 452 of Smith Wigglesworth Devotional.

“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.” – Smith Wigglesworth

Have a blessed day!

Robin

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“Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of the age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish?”  Paul The Apostle

Just take a walk through a news stand or turn on the evening news.

Beheadings, a murdered judge, child porn, homemade meth, teen pregnancy, 40 years of killing our young in the womb, school shootings, gay marriage, depression, husbands killing their wives, wives killing husbands, children killing parents, divorce, sodomy, rape, child molestation, bestiality, a “no rules” restaurant, bloodiest of all centuries………….and on and on….

Where is wisdom?

The real war raging in the world is a culture war!  Government schools and (many private) from Pre-K rooms to Senior Care and every institution in between – the war is raging for the minds of  the children and adults alike.

The school classrooms and in the Sunday School rooms of many churches ramming  garbage down the throats of children and adults daily.

We see the fruit of this world’s wisdom all around us.

Secular Humanism, Marxism-Leninism, Cosmic Humanism ( New Age), Post-Modernism,….. just to name a few.

Let’s take a closer look  in just  three areas.

Ethics,  Sociology, and History.

Secular Humanism: Ethics : (Moral Relativism) The belief that no absolute moral code exist and therefore man determines what is right in each situation according to his private judgement.  Sociology:  Non- traditional family, Church, State. History:  Historical Evolution.

Marxism-Leninism: Ethics: ( Proletariat Morality) the Marxist ethical belief that whatever advances the Proletariat and the cause of Communism is morally good and whatever hinders Proletariat or Communism is morally evil. Sociology: Classless Society. History: Historical Materialism.

Cosmic Humanism ( New Age)  Ethics: (Moral Relativism) ie Karma. Sociology: Non-traditional family, Church, State. History: Evolutionary Godhood (Intelligent Design).

Post-Modernism: Ethics: (Cultural Relativism) The belief that truth and morals are relative to (or defined by) one’s culture. Sociology: Sexual Egalitarianism – The belief that all sexual practices — which are based on preference and sexual identity (or polymorphous   History: Historicism – The belief that past beliefs, morals, and truths should only be understood in relation to the cultural/historical periods in which they arose, not according to any eternal standard of morality and truth.

Is it any wonder why many young people today have NO HOPE?

C.S. Lewis said:  That Christians “are tempted to make unnecessary concessions to those outside the Faith.” We give in too much, he says. “We must show our Christian colours, if we are to be true to Jesus Christ. We can’t remain silent and concede everything away.” ( C.S. Lewis , God in the Dock)

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:5-8 

 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,  being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed.

Our hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ and His blood shed on the cross for our sins. We are a fallen creation and Jesus is the Redemption and the only answer to our fallen world. His Word is absolute TRUTH!

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  1 Cor. 1:20-25

*Note to parents: It is way past time to find out what your children are being taught in school, at youth group and in Sunday School. It is not just the State teaching them falsely –  it is the Church in some cases!

In Awe Of Him,

Robin

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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

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Robin

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