Saturday, August 29, 2009

Lutherans Endorse Homosexuality God Sends Tornado!

While it is a dark and sad day for those who once considered the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America a place of worship, the holy living God has displayed his glorious power in a overtly miraculous manner which is not often seen in the New Testament era. The ELCA voted to separate itself from biblical Christianity by accommodating and endorsing unrepentant homosexual relations on Wednesday August 19, 2009. At precisely 2 PM - the deadline for the "Social Statement on Human Sexuality" - the Lord sent a tornado, defying conventional wisdom, directly to the Minneapolis convention center and Central Lutheran Church area. So intentional and directed was this action that it sheered the cross clean off of the historic steeple while leaving the roof and building intact. In his mercy no one was harmed. A true historic miracle in the old testament vein, God in His infinite mercy has sent a clear warning. Lutherans are your hearts so hard that you cannot see God reaching out? Repent and return to sound doctrine - uphold the word of God.

REPENT Lutherans - Repent! repent!

The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

LogosApologia is covering the story via video that he originally learned from Pastor John Piper :

Friday, August 14, 2009

When Evangelicals Dine with the Wicked

Few would disagree that Willow Creek Community Church has been one of the most influential churches in America over the last thirty years. The church and pastor have impacted every evangelical church in the country. A year ago Willow Creek's Pastor Bill Hybels admitted that the "seeker-sensitive" approach he had helped spread across the country had not been very effective at Willow Creek. In one interview here, he states that the church will now target people at all levels of faith. Well, that was an admission many of us were pleased about. The obvious question was, what would the new approach be? One thing was obvious: His leadership summits have not changed one whit. I have followed his annual leadership conferences.
Guest speakers have always been problematic -- such as Jimmy Carter, and this year is no exception. Would not a "leadership conference" be training people how to be Christian leaders in the ways of faith? Or to equip attendees to help other believers grow in their faith as a result of some the information presented at this event? Apparently not.

As this is written, the 2009 conference is assembling to hear from Tony Blair. What's wrong with this picture? Blair is one of the chief players on the globalistic, one-world religion agenda. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation screams "unity" with every sentence, and not biblical unity. Blair states, "God's Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. Be very wary of people who think theirs is the only way."

Members of his board include a Zen Buddhist, a Hindu from Minnesota, an Anglican, Rick Warren, a Rabbi, and others. A goal is to "heal the divisiveness in the world." This feeds into the end-time ecumenical effort predicted in the Bible.

Just as troubling is the appearance of rock star Bono. His U2 band was blatantly Satanic. Thanks to Good Fight Ministries, you can go to this link and type in the word Bono or U2. Bono is seen holding an upside down cross and singing praises to Charles Manson with the song Helter Skelter. Did Bono have a conversion experience? If he did, he has not changed the name of his music affiliation, which remains U2 from the days of blatant Satanism.

His efforts are directed at social change and he, too, is trying to build a bridge to all faiths. Bono says, "Look, on the God thing, I have to be really careful because I'm not a very good advertisement. I don't want you to sit there and say I'm a man of faith. I just read in one of St. Paul's letters, where it describes all the fruits of the spirit, I realized I had none of them."

He also states, "I stopped going to churches and got into a different religion. That's what being a rock- -and-roll band is: Showbiz, shamanism, and music is worship."

U2'S 2005 Vertigo tour promoted Bono's New Age, all-faith agenda. The word 'coexist' appeared on a giant screen -- the 'c' represented by the Islamic crescent, the 'x' by the Star of David, and the 't' by the Christian cross. Then the big screen displayed the favorite mantra/lie of the Emergent/New Age Church, "Everything you know is wrong." Bono led the audience in a chant, "Jesus, Jew, Mohammed -- all true!" How will attendees grow spiritually or grow in leadership skills from Bono?

Some other speakers at this supposed evangelical leadership conference going on this week include a gal who was the number one business thinker in 2008 according to the Wall Street Journal; Fortune Magazine's "most powerful woman in business"; and a businesswoman who is a regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey program. You can find most of the speakers here.

How does this further the Kingdom of God today? If this were being put on by the National Council of Churches, I would get it! But Hybels is an evangelical icon even if it is the "evangelical Left." And it would be proper to ask, why does evangelicalism even have a Left? It did not until 20 years ago. Will these speakers spur the attendees on to share their faith with greater zeal? And why is Hybels subjecting his people to some potential sheep-steeling from some of these characters? Probably because the ecumenical effort is big on his agenda as well. Yet tens of thousands of churches are connected to his network.

Pastor Bill Hybels should know better. Other evangelical leaders need to speak up and stop the potential slaughter of some sheep. The hour is too late to spend several days each summer listening to fools.

By Jan Markell

To better understand these issues, visit the category of "Spiritual Deception" at my Web site.

Monday, August 3, 2009

America's Tipping Point with God - Are We on the Brink of Divine Judgment?

Malcolm Gladwell's brilliant study of social trends defined the nature of cultural sea changes in his landmark 2002 book, The Tipping Point. According to Gladwell, "The Tipping Point is that dramatic moment when little causes drive the unexpected to become expected…"
While Gladwell's work focused on overarching social and market trends, I believe his concept applies to the perilous tipping point America faces with respect to God's judgment on us as a nation. Countless causes have accumulated to bring us to the brink of something few people expect: God's divine wrath. And I believe we are in the final stages of bringing on the Lord's anger for two reasons.

Forsaking Israel

The first is America's withering support for the nation of Israel. This began under the Bush Administration but has rapidly advanced under President Obama. In early June of 2009, the president traveled to Egypt to address the Muslim world. Numerous times in his speech, President Obama cited what he referred to as "the holy Koran"-the very book that calls for Muslims to murder Jews as well as Christians.

Days before his trip, Obama declared that Iran has the right to a nuclear facility for energy. But why do they need a nuclear facility when they have all that oil? We all know that what they really want is a nuclear bomb.

Obama has clearly thrown Israel under the bus by weakening Israel's national security and making them vulnerable to a nuclear strike by Iran. In addition he has increased Iran's threat to America's national security.

Since 1998, Iran has been practicing shooting missiles off of cargo ships. Think about the devious implications of that not-so-benign act. If even just one missile armed with a nuclear warhead, were launched from international waters near the United States and detonated a few dozen miles above the Kansas plains, an electro-magnetic pulse would, in nanoseconds, destroy the functioning of all but the barest remnant of America's technological resources-electric power grid, computers, airplanes in flight and on the ground, healthcare equipment, cars, and trucks, to name the most obvious-sending us back to a lifestyle of the mid-1800s with little or no hope of recovery in the next few years. Destruction of these vital electrical devices would bring about the deaths of millions in the ensuing and prolonged chaos.

Lest you think I exaggerate the threat: Military experts and scientists have testified before the U.S. Congress that the only way our enemies can bring us down militarily is through an EMP bomb-a realistic capability even for those whose nuclear launch technology includes only short range missles.

In Genesis 12:3 God says that He will curse those that curse Israel and bless those that bless Israel. I believe one of the main reasons God's wrath has been delayed is because of our support for Israel. Yet now America has almost completely withdrawn this backing, and it puts us at great risk for being cursed by God.

From Rejection to Plotting Evil

The reason for our second dangerous tipping point is found in the book of Nahum. Nahum showed up in Nineveh about 150 years after Jonah to prophesy that God would not give Nineveh the chance to repent and forestall God's wrath this time around. Why? Because in Nahum 1:11 we read that the people had begun to "plot evil against the Lord." Rejecting God is one thing; plotting evil against him is the tipping point for national judgment. In fact in Nahum 3:19 we see that their national "injury has no healing, your wound is severe." One translation says, "Your wound is incurable."
By Brannon Howse