Thursday, December 29, 2011

More on The Troubles With Modern Life


America is radically changing, I am old enough to remember when things were far, far different, and most of the changes are not positive ones. The last 5 years, I have seen even an acceleration of these changes. I wonder if anyone else is noticing or even cares?

Sure we have lots of new shiny toys, Ipods and fancy IPads, and Droids [are these names right?], and basically what amounts to fancy cell phones that one can go on the internet with, but has anyone asked why the power still goes out like it's the 1930's everytime there is an ice storm, hurricane or a bit of a high wind? That is just one way, this seems to be the era of empty toys and style over substance on the material level. Even the woefully limited gas power generators, are only for the wealthy or the extreme well-off prepper who has a 100 gallon gas tank in his own yard. Tons of shiny toys for the populace, but no real changes to the infrastructure which seems to be collapsing around us in America and just more wasted frenzy.

Sometimes I feel like everything is whizzing by me and that includes people who are becoming even more out of touch, and busy and it's like personal "production" and work is everything. It can hurt to be shunted aside so often, that person asks, "why try anymore"? Thankfully I find people who think like I do out there, who are not entranced by it all. To be frank, sometimes I just want to say, "Look, they want you to be a hamster on a spinning wheel because it keeps you from thinking too much!" 

Has anyone sat down and wondered about where all the "we need to brag about being busy" stuff came from where everyone is busy spinning on the hamster wheel? No one ever slows down anymore. Where is the "dancing as fast as we can" ethos coming from? Where everyone feels they need to be on the move every second. Some of us can't keep up and watch it all, rather dumbfounded. I understand people having long work hours to contend with, but does anyone ever stop up look around and think, "Hey what I am doing?"

I believe this stuff has affected relationships, I talked about this issue before in this blog article: "Social Disconnection Vs. Loving One Another". What are all the broken connections doing to people? Lately I have thought of this, it is leading to a growing callousness. Even the Christian world, seems to be just as career and success driven. What happens to people when they only see the back end of others, or they realize in the busy competitive parade, that they can easily be 'replaced' and are seen as disposable people? Ever been a disposable person yourself? Once that happens, it can alter a person's view of the world quite a bit. Some of us come to God where He is our everything for a reason.

That too, I will warn people while I have had close friendships over the internet, some friendships lasting for over 10 years, formed long distance, I have found myself pondering the reality that you really cannot know someone the same way, you do online as you do in person. One thing write a blog like this one, and there are folks who do come out of the woodwork, and they do not all have your best interests at heart even while they may pretend to in the beginning. Sometimes it can even be scary, how so many will approach you seeming to be "friendly" in the email box,  but you realize something is not right. Hey I am one to be blunt, I am tired of liars. A few on there are not, but too many are.

Even thinking about those modern evangelical books, Platt's and Chan's telling Christians to "go save the world", I think about this stuff. Friend goes to another megachurch friend, "Can you help me move next weekend, no sorry I have to go to Haiti, Yemen, [name other distant third world nation here] next week!". It looks like everyone is busy filling their resume's even in Christian world. Everything is about running all over the place. I saw this in the Catholic and mainline church world, where good women, who were well meaning, somehow seemed to think they had to work their fingers to the bone, and be busy every second, to please God. Even think about Mary and Martha here, Martha is the one running around getting upset because Mary isn't staying as busy:

 Luke 10:38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 

39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

I'd rather be Mary.

One other thing in modern life, and one way they have kept everyone busy, distracted and overwhelmed is imposing impossible standards. Many people relay to me, how they feel like nothing is ever good enough, and live their lives under endless rules, and imposing bosses at the workplace. I have seen this change too, where instead of just showing up for an honest day of labor, people are buried in rules. The tyranny of the bean counters is growing. We see this even at the governmental level too as they impose so many news laws and rules, everyone can barely keep up. Everyone wants to be perfect by standards by other people, forgetting God's standards and seeing life as nothing but a long list of rules, and expecting everyone to be "perfect". False religions all impose impossible rules that wear people down but so does the modern "religion" of success and being of this world.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

The "perfection" pressures ranges from the cosmetic and plastic surgery world, where "perfect bodies" are demanded especially as a huge pressure on women. Then there are the huge pressures to have "professional" level standards imposed everywhere. Here others determine what is acceptable and not acceptable. Even with this blog, there are those who seem to think unless it is written to the same level as someone with a hired staff, it has no place. I just say, "Hey give it a rest with the impossible standards!" Normal people, cast to the fringes of society while only the most 'successful' [or read here most conformist] need apply!

Some people barely feel free to live their lives, as the societal straitjackets grow tighter and tighter. There are many people out there, who even under these pressures do not feel they can do "good" enough and so do not even try. It is simply another way to pound the round pegs into the square holes and it works effectively to suppress people. Many barely feel like they can step out of the house, nowadays, leaving everything to the supposed EXPERTS. Well, I know I don't have 3 Phds behind my name, and admit to my failings. This isn't anything that is new to me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

What if I told you, that these changes in society are horrifying me, like they have thrown everything that is important in life, into a giant pit, and threw a match on it and burned it all up and most do not even care. I see a land of  people, who insist on everyone being the same, and who beat others down, even with a smile on their face. They are enticed with their toys, delusional dreams and buying into all the new standards without questioning any of it.

Perhaps all of those who age grieve over what is being lost, but when you see everything you value, being destroyed and the suffering this causes to so many, it does give you a different view of things. Add to that the people who are running themselves ragged to fit impossible standards, this has included an older lady I know who exercises 6 hours a day at the Y, to prove some kind of odd discipline to the world to people who do not even have any friends, yes they are out there, because success comes before anything else.

Americans are not free, well we enjoyed more freedom then many for years but this is becoming one of the most conformist societies ever in world history. If you don't measure up, and we see the disenfranchised and poor out there too, you are cast adrift as an "outcast"! Hey embrace your "outcast" status. If you are the REAL DEAL, that is what you will be. I'd rather keep company with those who have hearts for God, rather then those who want to be perfect by the world's standards and impress others.

We are becoming an oppressive society,[note about link, I do not agree with author on every matter ] you think the oppression is to just to be applied to your body, and physical controls via the police state, cameras, surveillance, airport searches? No it's being applied to your MIND as well and people far smarter then you, are working heavily to influence you and your loved ones.  Are you allowing yourself to be changed by this world, or are you allowing the Holy Spirit to change you?

Rom 12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Is anyone else here thinking about the changes in modern life, and how it's all about control and imposing impossible standards to oppress people? God help me in dealing with and watching this whole farce.

Some Comments About This Blog

I am an ordinary person, ie: there is no money for proofreaders and unlike the known bible teachers, I do not have a staff to go over each and every article.  I am not here to please man, and if I made every article English teacher perfect, I probably would have the output reduced to maybe one article every two months. I try my best, that is all I will say.

This society is too focused on everything being "perfect" to the point of obsession. Research is my stronger suit, writing does not come easy, but if you are going to play Mrs. or Mr. Nit Picker, there are plenty of blogs with perfect grammar and spelling out there and ones written by professional journalists to please you. People know their limitations, perhaps I will never publish a best selling book, they wouldn't allow anything I write about through the door anyhow. In fact when feeling led to start this blog, there were worries about my abilities and limitations expressed in prayer to God.

That said if you find a mistake, and it is glaring and it doesn't regard comma placement, but switched words or a broken link or something, I do not mind being told. 

To others, do not write me if you are going to just play games, I can tell if you are a sincere person or not. Sincere people operate in a different fashion. They do not try to manipulate, or ask me strange questions or send weird links they insist I click on. I probably should screen the emails to this blog more and refuse to answer more of them. 

Lately I want to ask my readers, what do you think of this blog? This is the time for feedback. If you appreciate it, want it to continue, have found it's information informative or biblically educational or enlightening,  I am considering it's future at this present time. Of course God's answer regarding that matter will be the one that comes first. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Should A Pastor Rule Over You"?

The other day while browsing, I find this website, he has many interesting articles, but wanted to share this one with you.

'Should a Pastor Rule Over You?"

The popular yet monumental misunderstanding of authority in the church is probably the biggest problem driving the false church system. The main problem is with the people that the Bible calls "Nicolaitans", those who Christians allow to conquer and suppress them. (From the Greek, the word "nico" means "suppression or conquering of" and "laos" is where we get the word laity which means people). In Revelation 2:6 and 2:15, Jesus said that He hates the practices and teachings of the Nicolaitans.

Not surprisingly, most Nicolaitans refuse to acknowledge and admit that they are Nicolaitans. They make the false claim that no one can really know what a Nicolaitan is or is not. Most just quote a popular fairytale that the word means a follower of the mythical heretic Niclaus. Not so. The truth is we know quite clearly exactly what the word means and exactly who these people are. Plus, it doesn't make any sense that Jesus would mention something that He hates and then never let us know what exactly that He was talking about.

Today there is no shortage of those who want a counterfeit Saul to be king over them and there is no shortage of Nicolaitans who want to be that king in the place of Christ. (By the way, the definition of antichrist is one who opposes Christ and/or stands in His place). At least God told Samuel to appoint Saul as king. Even though God was displeased with the fact that Israel wanted a man as king instead of Him, he still authorized Saul’s appointment. Today’s multitude of counterfeit “Sauls” have no such authorization from God. They are self-appointed and people powered. Here’s why we know that they are counterfeit leaders (they may be real Christians but they are false pastors):
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus (Matt 28:18).
Jesus alone is the Head of the church (John 5:26-27, Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:18).
God does not permit Christians to have controlling authority over other Christians in the church (see Matt 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Luke 22:24-27, 1Pet 5:3, Matt 23:8-12, etc.).
We do not have multiple special high priests over us. There is only One High Priest, Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 3:1, 4:14).
We have One Master Christ and we are all brothers (see Matt 23: 8-12).
You cannot obey two masters; you will love the one and hate the other (Matt 6:24, Luke 6:13). You simply cannot obey Jesus as master and a pastor as master at the same time.

There is a big difference between genuine behind-the-scenes loving elders who stand firmly for sound doctrine and admonish the Body of Christ to obey the Bible compared to a Nicolaitan one-man show who teaches his own agenda and draws men away to himself through manmade teachings and traditions. While the Bible makes it clear that we are supposed to submit to governmental authorities such as to the police and obey the laws of our land (pay taxes, obey traffic laws, live peacealby, etc.), we are also commanded to not set up authoritarian systems or regimes within Christian churches.

This is where one has to read the Bible in full context and not listen to authoritarian pastors abuse verses like this one.

Hbr 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.

Ponder this one, why is "they" in that verse automatically translated by the hirelings to mean themselves???

Giving account could even be on the day you die, where those doing it with JOY, know you are going to HEAVEN under the blood of Jesus Christ. Do mere men watch our souls? Most in the mega-churches do not even barely know the names of their congregants beyond their souls. Ask yourself who really has RULE over you?

I named this blog after a chapter in the Bible, Galatians 4, this is one chapter, I read while in the Catholic church, that basically helped to break the chains. I still remember the day I read it.

Gal 4:1 ¶ Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Does that sound like you are supposed to bow before a tyrant in the pulpit and do everything he says? We are children of God, and with God we are to obey Him but that is a loving relationship of Father to His children. There are endless verses as this other author points out, that tell us we are not to live in bondage. He is correct. I always found the irony of ex-Catholics now new evangelicals holding to things like the blind authority shepherd movement and following so many "bible pastors" so blindly--such as the Moses Model in Calvary Chapel to the extreme. What does it mean if you simply have replaced one Pope with another, and many of these churches HAVE DONE THAT. Even all the talk of "leadership" should make you cringe, as we watch these hirelings openly compete for the most obedient to them and compliant congregations.

He sums up his website thusly:

Many professing Christian churches today are unbiblical slave camps that exist to serve the agendas of men. These "churches" can be likened to a modern day Egypt and the alleged “men of God" in the pulpits can be likened to Pharaohs.

I agree, look how the churches now are being used for total socio-political control.

The time for many Christians comes where you are faced with the decision to follow God or man, we must make the right one.

The Definition of Hypocrisy

"Pope Condemns Superficial Glitter"

The man is surrounded by glitter...even Las Vegas shows barely keep up.

Mat 23:5    But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bob: The Preacher

This cartoonist has other views I do not agree with but this cartoon says it all:

Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

I often have thought, the true Christian church was never supposed to be a one man show where the crowd sits around in a circle to watch them "perform" and have spoken of this subject before. While the Bible outlines roles for teachers and elders and for preaching, something went awry when church became a "stage show". Jesus warned against the lies of the Nicolaitans and we are seeing the outcome of the modern Nicolatian church. It isn't just the Catholics who brought out the Pope and priests to "rule" over everyone contrary to the book of Galatians but the Protestants and evangelicals on down, have entered into that error as well.

Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them [to him], and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

That's not supposed to be a one man show. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and Whom the attention should be focused on.

Hbr 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Who Loves The Truth?

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psalms 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Today's society is a sea of lies, where truth is coming at more precious price everyday. Propaganda on the news, endless lies from the pulpit and it enters even into personal relationships where "appearances" count for the most among many especially in dominantly narcissistic American culture where substance and flash counts for everything while the inside is empty. Today to be a speaker of truth, often does not give one an easy life. The rejection can be harsh. Many hate the truth and do not want to hear it.

I know there are many sincere good people out there, who try to live decent lives, who love their families and friends, who are lost or swimming adrift in false churches, just not knowing any better. I sometimes do think of these people and many I love and care about fit into this category, and think how do they not know? Do they ever question or inside wonder about things? Hopefully those who are born again will listen to the warnings of the Holy Spirit as things progress out there in the world.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

I try to warn and teach who I can, but I know people are in different places and we all can take  time to learn something. In today's world, even looking at the whole network of lies meant to dissuade people from all varieties of media, it is even a miracle of God, that some of us can step outside it all and see what is truly going on. God will reward those who seek his truth in all sincerity. Those who love God also desire His truth and His Word. It sometimes is alarming though as someone who has not been in a church for some years, to look from the "outside" into "church culture" and notice how much of the same lies, in so many places have enticed so many, and for those who are not fooled, but sit there anyway, fearing lost of position and a social place. Even in the Catholic church, I knew those who at times allowed their thoughts to question the place, but the social pressures to stay and "not rock the boat" kept them sitting the pew. Where is the love of truth there, when some even know they are being lied to but just accept it?

That said, I do not try to be a "I know more then you" Pharisee, I had time to study many did not share, and had years in the UU studying comparative religions, and my time in the UU, basically was a immersion in the practice micro-cosm of the one world church to come. Add to that the Catholic upbringing and knowledge, and then bring in salvation in Jesus Christ and why wouldn't I with the Holy Spirit leading the way, figure out some of their tricks? When UU, I was told, "no one ever leaves the UU to become a Christian". In fact I was told I was an extreme rarity and perhaps that is true. There is still a lot I do not know.

God knows each individual and what they have been told, and what they know and who they are and where they are at. Salvation of course and being born born again is what counts, but the Bible tells us this:

Luke 12:48 For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

There too we must preach the truth in love to those God sends us to.

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

I sometimes ask why some of us have been shown some things. It is not an easy task, and at the worse times feel like a burden. There are times lately I want to shut down this blog, and walk away and leave all this behind but always ask God first what He wants me to do. If He tells me to keep at it, I will obey. I have grief watching this stuff, grief for the lost, grief for those being deceived, grief for my years being lost in false churches, grief for all the confessing "Christian" world in general seeing the abyss it is being marched off to. Realizing the endless phonies out there, who play games and ripping the veil off all the evil, to try and warn people, it is not easy and is often painful.

You wonder about all those we have found out working for Lucifer, in their endless networks. Why do so few actually 'escape'? Why do we even cheer to see one possibly escape only to find out he is a phony too? Do they not fear what will come in eternity? There is no fear of God there, they "sell-out' for fame, a name, money or another variety of motivations. They must be so seared they hate the truth. Those in rebellion against God have no love of truth.

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

In my book only someone with a totally seared conscience and a certain psychopathic evil would stand there, preaching "bible truths" all over the world and then be hobnobbing with people helping to build up the new world order or being involved themselves and it's infrastructure. How many preachers out there does that now apply to? Seemingly hordes of them. One can even ask how can such types sleep at night, the conscience has to be burnt to a crisp.

I believe that there are secret societies, masonic and luciferian orders under the Pope's authority, all involved out there to deceive millions. But there are those on many lower levels who have become part of the lies and shut down all conscience to serve the father of lies and obey men rather then God and listen to the world in telling them what to do and be.

It comes down to this, Does someone love God and His Truth or not? I do thank God for the opportunity to be able to warn people and to even know the things I found out. If not for the Holy Spirit, I could be snoozing in a Calvary Chapel pew now. We should all have a thankful spirit for God rescuing us out of the endless pits of deception Satan has set up in this world. We need to be bold for Jesus Christ, even when it is not easy, and even feels scary at times.

1Sa 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great [things] he hath done for you.

"Roger Oakland Exposes Not Chuck Missler"

I post this with the caveat that this is not an endorsement of this blog which I had expressed concerns about it's earlier version. So I am posting for the information, use discernment, and check everything you see for yourself online that includes everything posted anywhere.

"Roger Oakland Exposes Not Chuck Missler"


"A Time To Speak"

I had asked that question myself why expose the Emergent movement and other deceptions but then still work with the likes of Chuck Missler? Now remember what I discussed on the controlled opposition thread? Where some truths are taught and lies brought in?

On the comments of my article "Will Any Calvary Chapel Pastors or Leaders Ever Truly Repent" I said this:
Had someone tell me about this conference...[this is in 2012, in upcoming months]

To me it is disturbing that Roger Oakland is STILL working with those who still are involved with Calvary Chapel- and top of that list is Chuck Missler. Chuck Missler has taught false doctrine and still admits his strong connections to CC right on his website...

The "networks" are in place and far more close-knit then I ever dreamed even when I started this blog acouple years ago and by the way, it's not just Calvary Chapel, that is just one church that among the many. However then I knew everything traced back to Rome and the "mother of all abominations".

That Father Justo Lacunzo-Balda name does appear on the Swansat list along with others pointed out at the other blog link.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Children of the Father of Lies: Controlled Opposition

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Lenin was one of the most evil men in history, but definitely what he says here is being carried out.

Controlled Opposition

What is it?

Well I'll be frank it is being used in the "Christian" world, to deceive quite a bit and in other areas as well.

How do they do it? Well the way I have seen it done, is they will bring much true information, and warn of real things but then introduce lies. Sometimes the poison to fresh water rate can be 95% vs 5%, but it's the 5% that will get you. Of course in different places the percentages vary. Biblically remember those warnings about the leaven in the bread? What is that but a very small percentage of any loaf of bread?

Galatians 5:9

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

What is Controlled Opposition? It is just one of the many ways of lying, with someone pretending to be something they are not. Mixing truth and lies, that is how the deed is done. The insincere or worker for Satan pretends to take the OPPOSITE SIDE contrary to what they really support behind the scenes.

That is one basic,  a mature Christian must get, that while there are those who will warn about things, they also will use that opportunity to send you astray. Throwing out bread crumbs of real and true information but infusing false information or seeking to discredit or deceive along the way. Sometimes the games get so intense, the only best decision is to refuse to play. Do your own research and pray to God for the truth on matters.

Remember here the Hegelian Dialectic is used, where they take over both sides of an issue. They got people polarized between a divide between both sides, but are really taking them ALL to the same place. They create false divisions, while leading the people closer and closer to where they want them. Ever hear of the phrase Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis? It is used all the time, to manipulate people and outcomes. How it is done is to first put down the goal they want to achieve and then in opposition they create outrage for a specific problem leading people to move closer to where they want them. Another way that is more simple to put it, and a phrase I use often here, is TWO SIDES AGAINST THE MIDDLE.  Here is a pictured example:

This website also illustrates many examples of the Hegelian Dialectic being utilized. Here are some pictured examples, to help you understand this method.

Learning about that, will help you understand how and why things are being done.

As people know who have read my blog enough, I have warned about the Right and Left Deception, both the Democrat and Republican party being a whole false facade show, as America is taking into globalism and into the plans of the luciferians who run the whole show for a long time. I see even the "right and left" divide in the churches, but they are all going to the same place too. The "conservative" Rick Warrens and Francis Chan's, and Calvary Chapel pastors embrace the whole globalist plan as well as the "leftists" here too like Jim Wallis, Wild Goose Festival attenders, and Joan Chittister's of the world. Sit down and think what really is the core difference, they all support globalism, the UN, world "unity", and the aims of the elites. As you sit down and ponder what group is NOT signed on to the program? Go down the list of denominations in your mind. Even many of the fundamentalist churches via Dominionism are being roped in.

There is a lot of lies out there, being mixed with truths and its all meant to take you to the same place, where Satan wants you. The same techniques are being used all over the place.

I have seen websites that warn about the idolatry and intrigue of Catholicism and then lead you on the rabbit trail to the New Age while claiming to be Christian, I have seen a website that warn about endless false leaders but which allows no talk regarding false bible versions and dissent regarding the Pre-Trib Rapture whatosever. I have seen websites that warn of the world-wide New Age movement and its deceptions but then lead people to unity with Rome as the answer. Some places even have full blown lists of all new world order movers and shakers, and their Lausanne connections and detailed luciferian networks but then blow your mind claiming there is nothing wrong with taking an RFID chip, or allowing someone named 'sheepwrecked' [obvious name that] to ravage posters on the in-house forum and preach everything anti-Christian they can come up with. I have discovered even a "Christian fundamentalist" forum that is full of anti-fundamentalists and occultists. Then we have the Calvary Chapel exposers who behind the scenes in one case that teacher still does Bible conferences with an already exposed NWO "insider" and other strangeness has been apparent. Normal sincere people can have errors but when you see such huge discrepancies all over the place it really makes you think. One thing too, as I learned watching all the deceit, is some of the "controlled opposition" types will fight each other, you know kind of like the Republican/Democratic party stage show, as they lead you down the same satanic primrose path. Just more part of the game.

Sincere real ordinary people are out there, even if sometimes you start feeling like you are in the minority. They ARE out there. But don't forget we are in major spiritual warfare, and there are many who do not want the truth told or want it so confused and/or used for their own agendas. I still think of the days where I saw so many "phonies" on Christian message boards, where things just didn't add up, and knew that in many cases, I was not dealing with sincere ordinary people who may be wrong or just didn't agree with me, but something else all together. When I learned about a technique known as "astroturfing". I knew that one guy could run a website and play 30 different personalities, this told me a lot of what could go on. That actually is my lead theory about the phony fundamentalist message board.

Yesterday I even ran across a website that warns against false holidays, and deceptions for Christians but then tells people to blindly obey all governments, and extreme patriarchal teachings. I could discern this site as even a would be false website, maybe even put up by an unbeliever to mock. Like a more subtle form of Landover Baptist.

I talk a little bit about what I discovered on these blog entries, the games, the lies, the deceit....

"The Problems with Christian Message Boards"

"There is Deception At Every Layer"

Now there are the SINCERE people who get things wrong, and who need time to be shown things via the Holy Spirit. Many of us make mistakes. There are things even I am studying now, like the would be millenial kingdom so I can write properly on it, and it's taken a bit longer then I have wanted. Ordinary people are not perfect, but having been to the rodeo called the Internet long enough and seen the scripts and games carried out, you learn to discern between those sincere people who you simply may disagree with whether those matters be major or minor, or who need more time to be shown things via the Holy Spirit and those who well are playing games and trying to fool you PURPOSEFULLY.

Trust me there are tons of them out there who want to fool you ON PURPOSE, and this goes beyond a lot of people who simply are deceived themselves by Catholicism, The New Age, and neo-evangelical movement but goes even deeper.

And trust me they got a net, and a lie, for everyone who wiggles out. I find websites interesting where they will even talk about controlled opposition and deep research but then you will "note" something "wrong", as they tell you the Protocols of Zion are running the show [I believe actually written by the Jesuits], downplay the Vatican's role or leave it out altogether, or send you on a new rabbit trail of deceit of some sort. Even if one looks at the warnings of Calvary Chapel constantly about the Emergent movement while behind the scenes hobnobbing with Knights of Malta and Billy Graham, that is an example of how that game is played. Think to yourself about how many ex-Catholics left Rome, and then started going to a Calvary Chapel thinking it was a true church but they are basically being led back to where they started from. Controlled opposition, that is how it works. In other words, Calvary Chapel was presented as an "opposition" to Rome [you know Bible believing church supposedly opposed to what Rome has to offer] but leading people to the same place, back to Rome, world religious unity via the likes of Billy Graham and we heard from the founder's own mouth that he considers Catholics Christians too now last week.

This is happening all over the Christian world, just not on "truther" websites, or websites that discuss political "intrigue" or "conspiracy theory" or anything that is more on the fringes. It's happening in day to day life. It is happening in the books, the literature, the magazines. This blog I only have time to cover the tip of the iceberg, this is where Christians need to sharpen up, and look to God first and test everything. This is also where your relationship with God will play a role. We all come under temptations, who always wants to be on the edges looking in or for those without a church going years without local Christian fellowship it is tough but Jesus must be first in our lives.

You see the deceit, and understand how very subtle it all is. People will tell you and there is a lot of pressure out there, "do not be negative" and will tell you that you are making "mountains" out of "molehills", but think about what the Bible says here. Why does it warn of deception so much? Why so much deception especially in the last days? Luciferian deception is a reality. I know for Christians who mature in the faith and are shown things by the Lord, it can hit you in the face like a wet blanket, finding out just how deep the deceptions go and how the LARGE the numerous numbers of false preachers is. How does one cope with the finding this out? Well this is where you look to God's Word, realize we were warned and look to it, to give you your knowledge. One Bible book, I think is a good one to read to apply to these times is the book of Jude.

Jude 1:17

17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22And of some have compassion, making a difference:

23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

It is a shorter book in the Bible, but there is a lot in there, describing I think many aspects of this time.

Almost the entire society has been set up as a "control grid" to steer you wrong, and it only has grown stronger. I am old enough to remember when independent thought was far more numerous. Don't be disheartened thinking, why are so many of them fakes? Because time after time we were TOLD this would happen in the Bible.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

One of my commenters recently asked Who CAN I trust? Well my advice is, while we may want to trust loved friends, spouses and family members the only person anyone should trust in this world 100% is God. Do not based your faith on anything but God, and do not make the mistake of trusting in a religious leader or in man. That is a surest way to be separated from God if your trust is first in any mere man. I have some religious sermons and writings {really no one "famous" at all anymore except perhaps a few distant in the past} that are good reading, but I have faced disappointment enough times, to know not everything is what it seems, but holding to God first is the most important. That is where my faith rests not in those people. Sadly they will lead many to fall away.

We are in the days of proliferated hirelings. Even some who 'warn" of deception, are using it to introduce other deceptions or to discredit the sincere. At times I think there are even those who let things be known for other devices or to do so to drown out those truly trying to warn. It is odd to me when a "researcher" seems to know more in a month, then it took some others a year or two years to find out with even more added in.

One thing many of the lukewarm won't admit, is we are in the days of luciferian deception.This may be blunt, but what are the devil's children the best at? Lying!  Never forget that. If you feel like you are being lied to, and are discerning something troubling even among what "appears" as good information, then you probably are.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Ponder why the Bible has all those warnings about wolves in sheep's clothing over and over again. This isn't a game but the truth. They will appear nice, and as your allies and be anything but. This is harsh reality that many do not want to face but I believe as people grow in faith and realize how many religious leaders out there are deceivers and not just the obvious ones, they start to understand just how much Satan is using people and to what ends.

Why does the Bible warn so much about deceptions and betrayals?

Jer 9:3 And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Jer 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

Jer 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, [and] weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Jer 9:6 Thine habitation [is] in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

There is a reason for that. It is what happens.

Keep loving truth and following God no matter what.

Psalm 25:5
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rick Warren Opens PEACE CENTER

 Rick Warren is bringing his P.E.A.C.E plan to America too:

"Rick Warren to open PEACE Center at Saddleback Church"
That gift, according to Warren, is called the PEACE Center, a building at the church's main Lake Forest campus that will be open to anyone in need.
The facility will provide services such as a walk-in food pantry complete with fresh produce grown at Saddleback's Rancho Capistrano campus, legal and financial counseling, HIV/AIDS testing, English-as-a-second-language tutoring and information and assistance with adoption and foster care.

Here is it's website.

Almost sounds like social services agency. It is strange how much more churches are getting into the social services business, yes Christians should help each other, but one thing I wonder, as the faith based government and religious partnerships grow bigger and bigger how many will be drawn into these false churches just to even get any help for food and more. The social workers will be saying "Go there!" for their clients to get additional help. I don't blame those in need but it really has me pondering where this is all going.

Remember Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E plan and United Nations Millennium goals go hand in hand. So these programs will be bringing those home to the USA now and it won't just be for the third world.

James Robison Leading Protestants To Rome

I knew Life Today was a false show long ago. James Robison name pops up with the other wolves often enough. This is one I had no doubt was a phony years ago. Notice what James Robison says to this priest, saying he is speaking for God, ignoring the false gospel and idolatry of Roman Catholicism. This is about leading Protestants to the Catholic church. Notice when the priest says "I have accepted the "lord jesus christ" as my personal lord and savior". The Catholics know the evangelical lingo, they will use it for their own purposes but it is meaningless. There is no biblical salvation there. Notice when Robison speaks of Billy Graham, the pied piper of the ecumenical movement, so much of the Protestant paths to Rome were set up by him to deceive. James Robison states
"If Catholics, evangelicals, Protestants, if only we would come together on common ground, talk about a city set on a hill that cannot be hid"
Well Robison is a Dominionist. Isn't that their goal at the start? Always remember the Catholic church are the original Dominionists seeking power and control over governments and kingdoms with their "church militant".

Notice the title of the priests book? "God Wants You to Be Happy!" It looks like your average "feel-good" topic though the book is supposedly against the New Age.

Remember Father Jonathan Morris is the young priest that often shows up on Fox news.

"As a news analyst for the Fox News and Fox Business Channels, Father Jonathan Morris offers coverage of the ethical, social, and religious news stories of the day. As a Roman Catholic priest with pastoral experience developed from serving around the world, he brings not only a journalist's eye to issues, but also a pastor's heart in relating how that issue will affect the audience."

He has an interesting history, ordained through the Legion of Christ, [he mentions the leader that was a "fraud" in this group], advisor to Mel Gibson's movie the Passion and multiple TV appearances.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"While Americans Shopped, the Constitution Was Shredded"

This video was done by a supporter of Ron Paul, so have to post with caveat I am not a Ron Paul supporter though I agree with what he states in this video, what I want people to see is the other things in the video especially the quote by Adolf Hitler in displaying where all this is going.

Some days ago, I posted this regarding this new NDAA bill:

"Dying American Freedom"

Remember this is the bill that names America as part of the "battlefield" and now allows imprisonment of US citizens without a trial?

I had some people of the leftist and overly optimistic ilk,  tell me  "Oh no, Obama will veto it!" I told them, "No, they will let this one through, it is part of the plan." And now he will be signing it.

Very few know about SOPA, which is a new backdoor way for them to censor the web, if that is passed, no free sharing of anything will be allowed. I actually perceive even many blogs as being in danger. I save my articles from this blog, knowing one day it could be removed, because many out there do not like what it has to say. Years ago, I used to tell fellow Christians, our years of freedom on the web, will be limited.

By the way, the freedom destruction of SOPA and NDAA are intertwined:

"NDAA Bill Aims to Suppress Internet Freedom"

The lack of due process for American citizens will be applied to websites as well.

Back to the NDAA bill, has anyone noticed there is so little outcry? Even posting these videos, the numbers of viewers are small. I believe America was on it's way to tyranny right after 9-11 and that things would only be made worse as the years passed by and it has happened. The majority remain blind to what is happening. Even trying to warn and talk to others about this, most do not care or dismiss it, only those who are already new world order aware or discerning are paying attention.

Obama even in 2009 announced some of his plans: The wicked powers that be often know they can announce their plans even out in open, and most will remain deceived.

This Congressman, Levin, is one of the traitors to American freedom who helped advance this bill, but notice what he says here about the "administration"? He let it be known, that it was Obama himself who demanded they remove the part about exempting American citizens from indefinite detainment.

I haven't talked much about this, but many people deemed "conspiracy theorists" have warned of prison camps in America. I believe there is truth to many of those warnings even from years ago. Already I am encountering people who have told me that speaking out against these things is "foolish" given what could be coming down the road. I am of the mind, that the Christian's duty is to speak out against evil.

"American Concentration Camps"

History repeats itself, all the methods of totalitarian countries before are being used in America. Having read memoirs of Nazi Germany including hearing the stories of now deceased in-laws who lived through it, and Stalin Russia, the techniques remain the same across the board, except this time, the reach is global and the technology is at a level never seen before. I knew things were bad, but they truly have accelerated.

We know that Satan is running this show but God will have the last word.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

Friday, December 16, 2011

Francis Chan's Crazy Love: The Same Messages As David Platt

Francis Chan is a newer preacher out on the scene and growing in popularity, I have seen this book being sold in a Christian bookstore and all over. One thing Francis Chan endorses David Platt:

Remember I posted on David Platt here: "David Platt's Book: "Radical": Programming the Evangelical Churches for Globalism"

Well the other day, I read this book from the library and figure I would post on it here. Some aspects of the book, seem to ring true, who doesn't want to be close to God or seek after His Love or help others? He writes about loving his family and good positive things about God.  I found myself even drawn in a bit, as he focused on those who "wanted more Jesus" and spoke of "surrendering yourself to God's purposes", but then I realized the book was going the same exact direction of David Platt's book except perhaps in a more subtle manner.

Chan speaks  says in his preface..
"It's exhilarating to be part of a group of believers who are willing to think biblically rather then conventionally, to be part of a body where radical living is the norm."
As I have stated when I see the word "radical" it worries me a bit. What is radical living? They never really define the term.

I read this paragraph then:

"God put me in Simi Valley California to lead a church of comfortable people into lives of risk and adventure. I believe he wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them. I believe He wants us to be known for giving-of our time, our money and our abilities- and to start a movement of "giving" churches. In so doing, we can alleviate the suffering in the world and change the reputation of his bride in America."
I find myself thinking aren't there enough churches pandering to the more wealthy who want to to carry out the globalist visions instead of helping their neighbors right around them?. Why is his church only for comfortable people? Why aren't there some poor people right in his church or "uncomfortable" folks? Then we have what is basically a summation of the social justice gospel. When one gives, they are not to advertise it to the world seeking to better their own reputation, where does it say in the Bible to do that? I believe the Lord does call us to give to people, money, time, and help to people but it is not supposed to be done being known so the line "I believe He wants us to be known" is wrong..

actually NO, He does not want you to be known......

Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

I see churches here in my community who make a huge show of doing charitable works, a couple even go out way out there and even get the newspaper to report on it with pictures included. To me it is the oddest thing, why the publicity considering what the Bible says? One thing too remember we are having through all the faith based stuff, churches and government grow even more intertwined. It actually in some places will be hard to even get charity, without it being connected to a false church. Many poor will have no other places to go.

Read the faith based link in the paragraph above, and do you notice something?
 "Groups are reminded they must keep their religious activities entirely separate in time and location, from the services provided with federal funds"
I would take that to mean they plan on making it though you cannot witness to those you help. Yes that is happening.

The social justice stuff, is leading churches to some really weird places. Chan advances the "change the world" social justice stuff the same as Platt. There is still the same condemnation towards Americans and the pressure to go give to the third world not for true missions, or help that way, but to service the wealth distribution mantra of the United Nations and carry out the agenda of the Lausanne influenced World Christian Movement.

It is always ironic to me watching out of touch wealthy pastors, who do not even admit that America is in it's own depression. He writes:

"I think most American churchgoers are the the soil that chokes the seed because of all the thorns"[p.67]
"Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts and rarely consider trying to give as much to the poor. [snip] Untold number of lukewarm pepople feel "called" to minister to the rich, very few feel "called" to minister to the poor." [p.75]
He goes down the list of what he considers to be lukewarm people. It seems to match a lot of Platt's, one line even seems to make one think that being healthy and having a full refrigerator is a sin.

Now do not get me wrong, I believe Christians are NOT to be materialistic, and should help the poor.But understand why people are feeding these lines, they want to guilt the mostly middle-class and beyond classes in America into giving all their wealth away overseas, to not even know about what is happening in their own country and even advance poverty as "being more holy". 

The social justice gospel, and false teachings like this have helped the American church sell it's own people down the road and while our economy collapses, we got guys writing stuff like this.  Reading this stuff is always weird to me, as I know plenty now having a hard time keeping groceries on the table. God always will provide needs of the believer, how come they never talk about that? How come the stress is always on the DOING and NOT THE BELIEVING? 

To be frank, take your average corrupt third world nation, with it's people following the law of the jungle mentality, and I've seen this apply in dangerous inner city areas in America before, their belief in the gospel and being regenerated VIA the Holy Spirit is the only thing that is going to change anything, and the "get yours or else mentality". They will then be transformed into being Christians who help and share with one another, helping to END the CORRUPTION of daily life, poverty and greed. This isn't going to happen via government programs or even if giant bags of money right now were flown over every poor country and emptied out.

Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Act 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

Act 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Act 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need.

That said, Jesus also told us the poor would always be with us.

So this is more guilt at the behest of the "end poverty now" UN campaigns rather then preaching the gospel and realizing how people would be changed in helping not only themselves but fellow Christians around them.

Chan writes;

"They don't depend on God on a daily basis--their refrigerators are full, and for the most part they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God"

Well I hate to tell Chan, but not everyone in America's refrigerator is full. I have posted many times on this blog, articles and links that speak of the economic collapse in America and the now one in every 7 person's on food stamps in our own country. Even the food banks have reported severe shortages.

Shocking Charts And Statistics That Prove That America Is No Longer A Wealthy Nation

Tens Of Millions Of American Families Are Living On The Edge Of Desperation - And The Economy Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse

Right now I am praying for two friends on the cusp of homelessness. One homeless friend her family got her an apartment and another couple are house-sitting to stay off the streets. God has provided for those people I have prayed for in other ways. Chan does not represent my world.

We get the whole United Nations spiel, out of touch, 'Americans are too rich' spiel just like David Platt from Francis Chan, on page 89

"If one hundred people represented the world's population, fifty three of those would live on less then $2 dollars a day. Do you realize that if you make $4,000 a month, you automatically make one hundred times more then the average person on this planet? Simply by purchasing this book you spent what a majority of people in the world will make in a week's time. 
What is more messed up--that we have so much compared to everyone else, or that we don't think we're rich; that on any given day we might flippantly call ourselves "broke" or "poor"? We are neither of those things. We are rich. Filthy Rich."
Do you feel guilty yet about this matter? Sorry I do not.  You wonder if any poor people may get a copy of this book, who are unemployed or down or out and will say, "hey my husband can't afford a needed surgery and they just denied me unemployment but thanks Francis Chan for saying I am "filthy rich"?. What universe is this guy living in?

One thing a lot of the rest of the world is not based on a consumerist economy where they have to spend money to acquire everything. Many still grow their own food, and know, how to hunt, fish and forage, but we will not hear those facts. We will be told that Americans because of their well now "past" wealth are the reason for all the world's problems and the reason why everyone else is poor. Why don't they go write one of these books for China, who has 4 times the number of people and now a larger economy then our own? Anyhow, even there everything is judged by the cash that is involved.

This reminds me of what the UUs [Unitarian-Universalists] told me, the EXACT same spiel. During my UU years is when I faced some of my worse poverty as an adult. I remember those people collecting monies to help revolution in Bali or to keep recycling going and actually quoting UN millennium goals though Francis Chan does not go that far, but ignoring the poverty right within the community that surrounded them.

Is it too far out for me to write that one of my theories is that these false preachers have signed up to help the new world order with the global money clean out of America and to keep the wealthy churches from helping the poor here in our country? The New World Order wants America out of the way, and it's being implemented on many different levels.

The drumbeat goes on through this book, that people are not helping the poor enough [see page 95] and while Francis Chan keeps repeating he supports the gospel of grace, to try ameliorate this, it fails. He assures his reader:

"Perhaps it sounds as though I believe you have to work your way to Jesus. I don't. I fully believe that we are saved by grace through faith..."

He quotes mysticist Heenri Nouwen on page 95 [that is an issue of concern in itself] and then continues:
"Let's begin this book by gazing at God in silence. What I want you to do right now is go online and look at the "Awe Factor" video at to get a taste of the awe factor of our God. Seriously-go do it".

Ok I'll be honest here, I haven't gone to see this video yet, and am going to go watch it as I write here. But here is my first question before I go do that, how does one GAZE at God in silence? Can someone explain that to me? If memory serves me correctly, the Bible speaks of people being unable to even look at God. Looks like I was right.

Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

well I went to the video...

How does exploring how big the universe is or God's creation the same as "gazing" at God? I felt like I was along on the ride with Carl Sagan who would use the bigness of the universe in his case to deny God and to speak of our "interconnectedness" and to advance the idea of the possibility of  lien civilizations. Maybe as a kid I saw too many episodes of his show.

Now I can understand point to the creation to speak of God's greatness and majesty, but I felt Chan was leading me down a weird road.

He writes on page 26

"When I first saw those images, I had to worship. I didn't want to share to or share it with anyone. I just wanted to sit quietly and admire the Creator."

Ok maybe I am a nit-picker, but want to say to Francis Chan, God's Creation is NOT HIM.

God is even more then some rocks, blazing stars and galaxies which ironically seem aligned almost as smaller forms like the human nervous system denoting His design.

He goes on to write to ask "Why did God create so many galaxies?" And that is something interesting to think about but why all the writing about "gazing at God"?  When I was UU, they told us essentially that "universe" was "God", I heard that one more times then I want to count, one pastor even had us recite a poem where it said "we were stardust".

He does go on to discuss more of God's creation into the next chapter and celebrating it. Yes, God's handiwork does speak of Him but this ending paragraph bothered me too.

"Go read and reread the last two paragraphs. Go to the Website and watch the "Just Stop and Think" fifteen minute video. Close this book if you need to and meditate on the almighty One who dwells in unapproachable light, the glorious One"
"Glorious One"? I went to go look up if that is a title for God in the Bible, do not think so. Correct me if I am wrong. God is owed all glory, but I remember this too. Narnia uses it which doesn't make me feel better  about it. It's been used in false religions like Buddhism.  Hey God is glorious and the unapproachable light thing is scriptural [1 Tim 6:16] but sometimes you have to wonder. When I read these type of books, I do not only ask how come they never put the two words Jesus Christ together but why I see 'new terms' for God, that were not traditionally used before.

In the book he goes on to talk about things about God and about lukewarm people. His definition of lukewarm people seems to center on people not "doing enough", advancing more of the social gospel stuff. This kind of message actually can lead people away from the Lord in despair, even if he claims grace, how many people out there are just trying to survive themselves and feeling guilt over not being able to do enough for others? I left the whole "earn" your way into heaven stuff in the Catholic church, while we are to obey God as Christians and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, works based stuff leads many away from God.

He writes on page 95,

'The lives of many people who call themselves "Christians" in America lack manifestations of a vital and active faith."

Why do Americans get specially pointed out? American's are not more evil the other people in the world. There are other wealthy countries on the globe and wickedness is something that applies to all humans until they are born again. One thing church apostasy is not just an American phenomenon, it is spreading globe-wide along with the one world church.

"How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our connections, our familiar surroundings and our homes if Jesus asked us too?"

I find myself thinking Yes, God may ask many things of people but where is he going with this? More of the demands to go service the third world while America collapses? The Bible also states those who do not support their families [if they have children and a wife] are worse then an infidel. What if someone is needed at home to take care of a mother with Alzheimer's or a disabled spouse?

He goes on to write: [p.97]
"But we need to realize that how we spend our time, what our money goes toward and where we will invest our energy is equivalent to choosing God or rejecting Him."
The book is a song and dance show of this, where he advances the gospel of grace but then tells his reader what a "bad" Christian they are, and how "lukewarm" they are.  He almost seems obsessed with money too, there are other ways to serve the Lord, besides writing a check and mailing it off somewhere. What about praying for others, or serving them, or BEING with them?

The lukewarmness has nothing to do with what the Bible warns about but usually is pertaining to be a failed ambassador for the millennium  goals of the United Nations in the third world.  Like Platt, this guy decries people for being "comfortable".  Hate to tell you, but why these types glamorize poverty it is not fun and games, people sicken and die from lack of medical care even in America, lack of "comfort" destroys many lives, including people's emotional and physical well-beings. Lowering one people will not raise another. Something I wish these proto-world socialists would get.

Why all the focus on leaving home otherwise? I found it actually kind of depressing as he fills page after page with the basica message of "you are not doing enough". Fear and guilt permeate through the pages but then he does odd turn arounds to assure all is not lost.

I found the writing kind of duplicitous, back and forth like a see-saw, it took me a couple weeks to even write this blog entry on and off. I felt called to warn about this book but it was a very difficult read. It is not a heavy tome, and the writing is simple but the back and forth quality stood out.  It was like the faux Christian literary equivalent of nails going across a chalkboard that set your teeth on edge. I'll continue with more examples:

On page 101:
"My fears in writing the previous chapter is that it only evokes in you fear and guilt. Personal experiences has taught me that actions driven by fear and guilt are not an antidote to lukewarm, selfish, comfortable living." 
On page 116
"Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe "even if there is no God." But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way. We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth but will be more then worth it in eternity"

He goes on to tell us about how God wants us to help the poor and to love your neighbor as yourself and these things are TRUE, but the manipulation is so intense. This line offended me bringing Jesus up as starving. This borders on blasphemous as Jesus Christ fed a crowd of 5 thousand with an individual's simple lunch:

"Ask yourself this: If you actually saw Jesus starving, what would you do for Him? [p119]

"The gap is so extreme in our world that we have to lightly passages such as Luke 12:33: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor." How else can I walk out of a mud shack and back into my two-thousand square foot house without doing anything? The concept of downsizing so that others might upgrade is biblical, beautiful...and nearly unheard of. We either close the gap or don't take the words of the Bible literally."
You see what I am talking about via the manipulation?

He goes on to write about this guy:

"After hearing this truth preached, a guy at my church donated his house to the church and moved in with his parents. He told me he will have a better house in heaven and that it doesn't really matter where he lives during this lifetime. He is living like he believes."
This one kind of made me laugh, I guess the man living in his parent's basement for free, can show any reluctant parents, this book too. If that man has a family he is not providing for them in the proper way. Also a grown man unless he is ill himself, living with parents should be taking care of them or equally contributing to the household.

Chan then on page 122 promotes a group called "Aspiring to the Median" where people commit to living below the median income [he quotes it as $46,000 in America] and give the rest away. Sorry for my reaction to this, in that many people I personally know make way UNDER $46,000 a year and would consider themselves well-off at that amount especially in this economy. As I write this blog entry, notice the focus on money and WHAT is done with it. One thing ironic about the Aspiring To the Median website, is it quotes Mother Teresa and Augustine in helping the cause.

I am not sure how to convey how patronizing I find these messages or manipulative. Yes I do agree that Christians are to help the poor. Help people in your community, give food away, don't just write a check to some charity who will give it to the mega-bucks administrator, but help those God leads you to! God will tell you when you are to help someone and there will be times you will have to sacrifice or let go of things but this guy is manipulating people for another cause.   Remember I am not saying it is wrong for Christians to help the poor, God may lead you all sorts of ways maybe even to another part of the world, but preachers like Platt and Chan, well they are doing what I wrote about on this blog entry:

Liberation Theology: Exploiting the Poor For Power and The Globalist UN Driven "Church"

The book, is full of a lot of condemnation for those who do not "do" enough. Reading this book will make anyone who doesn't have tens of thousands of dollars to pass out to their choice of a third world nation, guilty and like they are failed "Christian". Chan's advancing a works based gospel while assuring the reader he supports the gospel of grace, really falls flat.  Chan goes on to put down people he labels as those "not obsessed with Jesus" but "obsessed" in general. Chan seems to advance the Catholic thing here too, where one is to live in a dirt hut and pass out every penny to pass the Christian "litmus" test.

On p133, we see the Dominionist, UN: kingdom of this earth, forwarded:

"People who are obsessed with Jesus aren't consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God's kingdom coming to this earth more then than their own lives being shielded from pain and distress."
Did you read that part "Care more about God's kingdom coming to this earth"?

Remember it's the Dominionists and others believing human beings are supposed to do that, building their own Tower of Babel.

On p. 135 He writes:
"People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another. Obsessed people believe that Jesus talked about money and the poor so often because it was really important to Him [1 John 2;4-6; Matt 16:24-26]"
Actually I am going to go out on a limb here, I believe the poor were important to Jesus, but MONEY? Nope. Money was a tool to be used not abused, not the be all and end all. God's Word warns about money and the love of it and the abuses. We are told in God's Word not to even worry about the clothes we will wear or food we will eat.  I had my times where I've had to trust in God, where nothing seemed to be forthcoming but if you are a believer God will provide your needs.

Now thinking about Platt and Chan's messages here, ponder this verse.

Mat 17:24 ¶ And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute [money] came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

Mat 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

Mat 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

Mat 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Who are these preachers serving? Why do they want strangers to give all their money away to other strangers? Do they want money used to help bring people to the Lord, for true missions or are they helping with the UN money-clean out, tugging on heart strings in a spirit of manipulation? I understand the verse above Jesus has the disciples pay the tax to avoid offense, but it is interesting the line about kings desiring wealth and tribute from strangers.

Why is the "giving" impersonal now, always to "those" tens of thousands of miles away instead of right in the community or among people that others know? Think about that now. Understand what I am saying here. Where does all the money REALLY go? Have any of you wondered why all these guys have to travel 10s of thousands of miles to find someone to help? I can walk out my door, and find a few right there. Ever wonder about that?

I think it's better if you got something to give to be personally INVOLVED with the people you are helping, then you can witness to them as well. You do it because you care and love them for real not for any other "agendas", or to advance certain political ideals or wannabe Tower of Babel United Nations Utopias. It is pride that gets human beings thinking that they are going to solve every one of the world's problems.

Now if the Lord sends you overseas and there will be people He does send, those who are following God will not be  patronizing the poor folks. They will realize often corruption rules in these parts of the world. This corruption impacts everything including the infrastructure, how funds are handed out and resources that are available. Unless you are going to help someone DIRECTLY, a war lord or village chieftain is probably going to get the cash, or the bag of rice. Does that sound cynical? I have talked with a couple missionaries, and well things are very rough out there.

You know I think thinking about the poor and being led to help them is important too. The whole thing is weird where these jet setting preachers who have thousands of dollars to travel to Africa [he mentions his trips too] and then lament over poverty as they go and advance themselves worldwide and the global money transfer and turn around and tell their congregants to sell their house to donate more money.

Page after page follows demanding more action and DOING:, "people who are obsessed with Jesus do not not consider service a burden.." and giving MONEY away to the poor, "many of them are sick and dying in households we would not consider good enough for our household pets", "He is asking you to love as you would want to be loved if it were your child was blind from contaminated water, or love the way you would want to be loved if you were the homeless women sitting outside the cafe', to love as though it were your family living in the shack slapped together from cardboard and scrap metal.", "how much of your money is spent on yourself and how much is directed towards God's kingdom?"

There are truths mixed in this book, which makes the message so tricky, think of eternity, love God and neighbor, be concerned more with character more then comfort, be faithful to God, and this is one reason, the implicit social justice gospel stuff and other deceptions are easier to pass off as legitimate!

In Chapter 9, Chan then provides examples of who actually lives the way, he is promoting in this book. Many of these folks are well-meaning people, they help poor people all through out the world. One guy he mentions is Nathan Barlow who helped people who got the disease of mossy foot, in Ethiopia, his group Mossy Foot Project is a United Nations NGO, by the way. This is a bad disease, and I am glad people are getting help, but what is Chan's message, that to be decent Christians, we all have to form a NGO?

He lists other people along this same line, who left to third world nations and formed Christian charities and NGOs to help with various causes, with the exception of one who helped Navajos in the US, a family that gives away money and food during the holidays, and a homeless man who helps buy food for other homeless people in his Southern California neighborhood. Another opens her door to prostitutes. One lady adopts an African baby who was born to a HIV mother, but thankfully ended up HIV negative and one travels to Uganda to do women conferences. One translates a Bible into a foreign tongue, another example is a 19th century figure who opened orphanages in England.

Now many of these things are fine and good in themselves. Surely even Christians reading my blog here, have helped and shared things with others.  But what we need to pay attention to do is analyze what is Chan's message and then ask what does it have to do with the gospel?

Chan asks "Should you put your house on the market today and downsize? Should you quit your job?" [That is an odd question considering many without a needed job] "Maybe. Or perhaps God wants you to work harder at your job and be His witness there. Does He want you to move to another city or another country? Perhaps He wants you to stay put and open your eyes to the needs of your neighbors..."

"The point is there is another path, an alternative to the individualism, selfishness and materialism of the American Dream [even the so called Christian version.]"

One of the last points he makes is..

"What will people say about your life in heaven? Will people speak of God's work and glory through you? And even more important how will you answer the King when He says, "What did you do with what I gave you?"
I saw this book as more of the same, this one being more subtle presentation of what David Platt wanted to advance. Lot's of works based demands, manipulation for the global agenda, using the compassion of well meaning Christians to divert them. This including even a rather sickening story, of a missionary who allowed all his teeth to be pulled so he would not be taken from the mission field. To me this smacked of the 'save your self by suffering' Catholic ethos. That was actually self abuse in my book and set the man up for worse health in helping the mission. This book was disturbing to me, in the way it used gospel truths, and the things of God, to divert people into a morass of GUILT and false paths. It was no different then the message of Catholicism, work, work, work to prove yourself a worthy "Christian" while selling the same nauseating globalism and patronizing and naive attitude towards the poor or what it means to be poor. 

Trying to complement Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E plan and Bono's End Poverty Now Campaigns using guilt, and fear on Christians not "doing" enough for God, to me is pretty low. The obsession with money and what is done with it, also spoke for itself. I worry for the Christians, average people who may read this book and just be ordinary people themselves, who may just have enough to feed their own children and go to work and pay the rent and no extra disposable income for third world poverty safaris who will read this book and feel condemned for "not doing enough" and being called "lukewarm" [a term Chan uses over and over]. The constant cheerleading of "go be radical" are empty words.

The focus needs to be on BELIEVING not DOING, and what Jesus Christ did for us. Anything else is filthy rags.

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

If your preacher is guilting you to go on a 'save the world' campaign, stop and step back and pray....

Like David Platt's, Francis Chan's church, Cornerstone has the "global" focus with the usual global "Christianity" partnerships many connected to Lausanne and other groups. [examples YWAM, The US Center for World Mission] The church website includes a link to a global petition that encompasses many of the organizations and global endeavors. Wake up and realize how so many are being manipulated.