Comfort for those in Las Vegas who are suffering from recent shooting

I know we are all shaken up from yesterday. Spent some quiet time in the Word with the Lord this morning, and really hoping for more peaceful, quiet times throughout the day. I hope you too can find at least some peaceful, restful time today. This is what He brought to mind. May this comfort and encourage you for today and the days ahead. Stay strong! #VegasStrong God cares!

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103:8

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” Psalm 34:15

“Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“The Lord is near unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” Psalm 27:3

 

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The Great Commission

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

Our verses today form what has come to be known as the Great Commission, the virtual marching orders for the church. There are three orders: make disciples, baptize them, and teach them.

The reason the disciples are to do these three things is that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Why is this relevant? Because Jesus has been given all authority, it follows that there is nothing that can prevent the church from fulfilling His orders. Jesus is in control “far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else” (Ephesians 1:21). Although the church may yet face opposition to its task, it will not be stopped from fulfilling the commission.

Given Christ’s authority, the disciples are to go forth and make new disciples from all nations. They do this by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In effect, they go forth and make new members of the church, new citizens of the Kingdom of God.

The disciples are also to baptize these new disciples. Baptism is significant because it is a symbol that represents the disciples dying and rising with Christ and having their sins washed away. Baptism signifies the disciple’s having passed from citizenship in the kingdom of darkness to citizenship in the Kingdom of God.

The disciples are also to teach the new disciples to obey all the commands Jesus gave them. In its broadest sense, teaching the commands of Jesus means teaching the whole Bible, because Jesus’ commands presuppose previous biblical revelation and form the foundation of the biblical revelation that was yet to come. It means to teach the new disciples everything they need to know to be effective citizens in the Kingdom of God.

As a member of the church, as a citizen of the Kingdom, you are participating in some way, shape, or form in fulfilling the Great Commission—and Jesus is with you.

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The persecution of Christians: A look at what the Bible says about work for the Kingdom and Christianity…

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
— I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

At the end of Chapter 15 of I Corinthians, the Apostle Paul proclaimed to the church at Corinth the glory of their final destiny. He proclaimed to them that the “corruptible must put on incorruption” and the “mortal must put on immortality.” He proclaimed to them that when this happens “Death is swallowed up in victory.” And all of this is because we have the ultimate “victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:53-57).

Given the glory of our ultimate victory through Christ, Paul exhorted the church in our verse for today to do three things:

First of all, they should remain steadfast and immovable. It was part of Paul’s practice in all the churches to warn them that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (II Timothy 3:12), and that “after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). Despite all of this, the church should stand fast in the faith.

Second, the church should always abound in the work of the Lord. The persecution and the savage wolves will be sent by Satan for the very purpose of stopping this work. Nevertheless, the church should stay steadfast and immovable and abound in every work. That is, they should not just do some work, they should do an overabundance of work. The church should do all they can to advance and enhance the Kingdom of God.

Finally, the church should know that their labor will not be in vain. Despite the persecution and the savage wolves, the work of the church will go forth and be successful. Jesus’ prophecy that the church will be His witness “to the ends of the earth” will come true (Acts 1:8). Further, if the church will remain steadfast and immovable and abound in the work of the Lord, they will reap Jesus’ promise of “a hundredfold now in this time” and His promise of “everlasting life” (Mark 10:30).

There may be persecutions and savage wolves that have pushed you to the point of giving up your work. Remain steadfast and immovable, for that work is not done in vain.

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The forgotten verse of 1 Corinthians 11:19 about heresies and the crucial gift of discernment

http://www.bibletruths.net/archives/BTARO96.htm

There are so many verses in the Bible that are over-preached and then many which are conveniently ignored by modern-day teachers who preach unity at any cost.  Yes, unity is a good thing, but to have true, Godly unity…it must be a unity based on Truth, not compromise.

“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” (1 Corinthians 11:19)

Paul said there “must be” heresies among believers.  The word heresies comes from the Greek word hairesisa (Strongs 139).  It means a self-chosen opinion, or a religious or philosophical sect. Basically, any teaching (man-made) that is against (contradicts) the Bible’s sound teaching and sound doctrine, rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15), is a heresy.

Often, God allows heresies or sects (divisions away from the truth of God’s Word) to arise.  The Christians with the spiritual gift of discernment (or prophetic gift of standing on the truth) who very plainly see this will not have it easy in these times where truth is not popular at all, even among churches.  This is a sacrificial gift as it is often ignored, misunderstood and even abused by leadership (spiritual abuse is very real and prevalent today more than ever).  It’s very important for people with this gift to learn more about their gift and to stand strong.  It is crucial to understand this gift (whether you have it or not) because it is the most abused gift.  The apostle Paul said to “not” be ignorant of spiritual gifts.

Back to the verse.  The apostle Paul was saying here in this commonly forgotten verse that heresies and false teachings are a test to see who will stay faithful to God’s Word and who will not.  Often, the people who will not stay faithful to God’s Word will accuse the faithful of being divisive or ungraceful, or worse, thus bringing the way of truth into disrepute.  This is a warped twist on the truth, and this is partly what the Bible means when it says, “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:2).  This is speaking of the “many” people who divide away from God’s Word while at the same time falsely claiming to be “tolerant” or “graceful”.  The Christians who stay true to God’s Word will be slandered or evil spoken of.  This is exactly what happens today.  The people who stay faithful to His Word are worthy of His Kingdom.  We must not cave into deceptive teachings, for they are a test for God to see who is genuinely loyal to Him and who is not.  So, stand strong today in the truth of God, and seek to understand God and how He mysteriously works!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” (2 TIm. 4:3)

Have a blessed day!

Christian Apologetics Research of Nevada

Related:

The Misunderstood Gift of Discernment

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Escape from Bethel

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Calling a Christian a Pharisee

“The people they call pharisees are those Christians who talk of repentance, consecration, holiness, righteousness, getting right, sanctification, hating sin, and loving God. The people they call pharisees are those Christians who love God so much, they seek the truth from God’s word, even if it goes against the grain of our culture.

The Pharisees hated Jesus. They told lies and did whatever else they could to make sure they would see Jesus die.

That’s why it’s wrong to call people who love Jesus pharisees.”

Related:

http://www.radicallychristian.com/why-you-probably-need-to-stop-calling-people-pharisees

*This ministry does not necessarily endorse all teachings on the referred websites.

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Calling a Christian Pharisee Emil Nolde – Pharisees (1900)

Calling a Christian a Pharisee

I heard a great bible study Wednesday night and I want to encourage you to listen to it. Just click on 2 Chronicles 17:1-19:3 11-06-13 W7101 by Jon Courson.

The reason I’m so interested in you checking out this study is because one of the issues addressed is the use of the word pharisee to describe Christians. And I am guilty of using that word, in that manner.

And I was wrong.

It happened the same day as the aforementioned evening bible study. That morning

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Calvary Chapel ‘anointed’ pastor pleads guilty to murdering mistress

http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/calvary-chapel-pastor-in-florida-pleads-guilty-to-murdering-his-mistress/

Calvary Chapel pastors should be very careful when they make the claim that they are “God’s anointed”.

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Cults: Is Calvary Chapel a cult? Is the Moses Model doctrine unbiblical?

One of the most shared articles from this website…

Christian Apologetics Research of Nevada

Is Calvary Chapel a cult?  I am not saying it is or isn’t, but let’s explore the signs and evidence.  Most people view Calvary Chapels as a place where they can go to listen to sound, Biblical teaching. But what really goes on at Calvary Chapels? There are many lawsuits currently addressing abuse and molestation in Calvary Chapel churches. There have been hundreds of stories and many, many witnesses have come forward to share their stories at www.calvarychapelabuse.com.Listen to these two amazing interviews: Radio Show, host RemnantRadio, interview of Alex Grenier concerning Calvary Chapel entitled, “dealing with devils”. Listen to another fantastic interview here.

THE DOVE

Did you know that there are pagan origins for the upside-down dove symbol? This is the symbol that Calvary Chapel uses, instead of the cross! The following is an excerpt from this article entitled “Christian” Occult Symbols:

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Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse?

Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse?

Don’t underestimate the danger of spiritual abuse. It devastates one’s pysche, causes depression and post traumatic stress disorder, and leaves victims spiritually barren.

When those in spiritual authority manipulate, intimidate, and control others out of lust for power or fear of sin or insignificance. One or more of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean abuse is present, but the more signs, the more likely it is taking place.

Spiritual abuse is a stain on the body of Christ (I experienced it and write about it in my book). Today, many American churches and denominations are susceptible to it, particularly “reformed” Calvinistic churches or those with a highly disciplined authority structure. I cite examples from my experience including Sovereign Grace Ministries and Calvary Chapel. But spiritual abuse is also subtle and not easily recognizable unless one knows the signs. Learn these top ten signs so you can detect, expose, and help prevent abuse in your Christian community.

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Possible Tithing Manipulation: It’s Bad in Sin City, is it Bad in Your Town?

Is your church coercing you to give? If so, read 2 Corinthians 9:7.

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A look at what the Book of Malachi really says (in context).

Green Valley Baptist Church http://www.mygvbc.com has taught believers to “test the tithe” while quoting Malachi 3 verses…

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/a-testimony/

Often, pastors will zoom in on these verses in Malachi 3 (an Old Testament book), and they will teach this to others and publicly on their online sermons/videos…

Malachi 3, NKJV Malachi 3, (NKJV) – notice how the tithe was the fruit of the field, not money (Source: http://www.biblecc.com)

What the same pastors will not tell you (either intentionally or unintentionally – only God knows) is who these scriptures were written to.  When reading the Bible, we must always get a grasp of the context.  The Old Testament speaks of sacrificing animals, but we don’t do that today, do we?

Who is the Lord speaking to through Malachi?  Flip a few pages back to chapters one and two.

The Lord was speaking to…

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NEW: ‘Beware of Bethel’ by Bill Randles: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson’s Unbiblical Teachings

This ministry and many others believe that Bill Johnson has led multitudes away from the sound doctrine of the Bible with his anti-Christian teachings and twisted scriptures which are not rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15).  In early Christianity, this was certainly a problem as there were many sects that arose, such as Gnosticism.  The early apostles warned about these sects and divisions.  It is best to stay away from divisive teachers, those who teach heresy (Titus 3:10).  Remember, the Greek word for divisive is hairetikon or hairetikos which is from the same Greek word as hairetizo (Strongs 141) which means factious or a factious person; a schismatic.  The King James Version defines this as a “heretic”.   A heretic is someone who divides away from sound doctrine and especially those who teach their own opinions or traditions.  These are the people who Jesus termed “divisive” – not those who warned about such people, for even the apostles warned of heretics by name.  The pharisees were divisive because they were a Jewish sect and taught their human traditions over the Word of God (Mark 7:13).  Jesus commanded us to stay away from the teachers and pastors of sects (Romans 16:17) because they create divisions in the body of Christ.

“Beware of Bethel” by Bill Randles

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Alert: New Video by Pastor Christopher Lawson on the Observations of Calvary Chapel

https://vimeo.com/158996319

CALVARY CHAPEL ALERT – THE RISING STORM and A CLARION CALL for HUMILITY, TRUTH and REPENTANCE: Observations for Calvary Chapel Leaders to Consider

Please watch this very loving and truthful video on the Calvary Chapel movement.  Please pray about this.  This is a problem in this town, Las Vegas, Henderson and not only here – it is everywhere.

“…Mark those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine you have received.  Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17

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The Holy Spirit can be very bold!

Check out these words from the Holy Spirit (Stephen, who was full of the Holy Spirit, wrote them).  This is the New Testament in Acts 7.  Sometimes, the Holy Spirit fills a person with boldness for the truth.  This also leads to persecution.  Just a thought today!

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The Misunderstood Gift of Discernment

The following was photographed from the Free Believers Network.  It is perhaps the best description of the spiritual gift of discernment I have seen so far.

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More Calvary Chapel Apostasy on the Horizon

http://www.piratechristian.com/berean-examiner/azusa-redux-lou-engle-greg-laurie-uniting-denominations

Please read above!  More Calvary Chapel apostasy.

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RIGHT JUDGEMENT

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As we well know, speaking truth is often met with offense by nay-sayers, people who don’t like to know or hear what the bible has to say in certain areas. Anymore, the phrases “Judge Not!” or “You shouldn’t judge!” have taken on somewhat of a mantra effect, as though the words when spoken would bring some kind of protective power, a sort of talisman, if you will.

Well, the bible teaches that judgement is right and necessary and is quite specific on how and when it should be done. The blogger at Following Jesus Christ provides us with clarification regarding  the topic of righteous, or as he puts it, “right judgment”. Read on and be better prepared for the next time a nay-sayer tosses the  pet phrase your way.

One of the most profound and destructive lies spouted by both Christians and non-Christians alike, is that believers in Jesus Christ…

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An interesting article about sociopathy at church – worth reading

http://www.remnantxradio.com/apps/blog/is-your-pastor-a-sociopath-by-jeremy

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How important is ‘doctrine’?

How important is doctrine to Jesus? Very! So important is right teaching to Jesus that He says anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in it does not have God. “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work” (2 John 1:9-11).

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Are you a ‘vessel of honor’? Cleanse yourself from the false teachers and become one!

Been looking at a few verses in the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:21 speaks of “vessels of honor”. Here is what it says…

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (emphasis mine).

If we as Christians want to be used by God, we must purge, or cleanse, ourselves from “these”. If we don’t, we will be a “vessel for dishonor”. What is “these” referring to?

Many people want to be used by God, set apart for Him, and useful to Him. Some people pay a lot of money to go to supernatural schools of ministry to learn how to be “used by God”. Ironically, many of these schools of ministry are run by false teachers who are teaching unbiblical ideas that may look good, and “these” are exactly what God wants us to purge or cleanse ourselves of in order to be useful to Him!!!

Let’s go back to what “these” means. God tells us in scripture that in order to be useful to Him, we must do something: we must “purge ourselves from these”.  That is not the only thing we must do, but this is one crucial thing.

In order to find out what it is we as Christians are to cleanse ourselves from, let’s look at the chapter in context. Earlier in the chapter, in verse 17, the Holy Spirit referred to Hymenaeus and Philetus. These guys were heretics. They were teaching false things. They were not “rightly dividing the word of truth”. That’s what many teachers do today. These two false teachers were ruining the Christians they were teaching their “babblings” to. The Apostle Paul called these “babblings” or false teachings cancerous. They spread like crazy and hurt many Christians. Their teaching was a twist on the resurrection. They were not teaching the right thing about it. The false teachings they taught tended to prevail at Corinth. Many teachers today teach the wrong thing about Jesus and who he is (his deity, etc). Paul called them out by name.

I got to wondering more about what it means to be a vessel of honor. I see that many people want to do great things or miracles for the Lord, seeking to be a useful vessel for Him. All the while, they are falling into a trap and are living with the pollution of false teachings instead of purging themselves from such teachings. We are commanded in scripture to “mark and avoid” false teachers (Romans 16:17), yet how often do we see Christians flocking to them or being casual about fellowship with them and reading their books?   I own a Bible commentary from 1935.  Here is what it says…

“In the visible Church there would be some hearts of gold incapable of being seduced, but there would also be some of less precious material liable to be led away by the heterodox teachers; if the latter purged themselves from their false teachers by rejecting their doctrine and ministry, they too would become vessels unto honor.”

What about you? Are you a vessel unto honor or dishonor? An approved or disapproved worker? God has always approved rejection of heresy and its teachers.

Are you a vessel of honor?

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Are you bold with the scriptures like Apollos? What is a religious spirit?

Ministry of Apollos

24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Some points to ponder:

  • A woman helped explain the truth to Apollos, who was a man.  Why do some churches and pastors today forbid women to speak the truth, ever?  Is this Biblical?
  • How can we get boldness and zeal about the truth of God if we don’t have it?
  • Is boldness, vigor and zeal with regard to the Scriptures (doctrine from the Bible) from the Holy Spirit or is it from a “religious spirit” as some false teachers today teach?  Did Apollos have the Holy Spirit or a religious spirit?  Did the Jews have the religious spirit?
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What has been your experience with Calvary Chapel in Henderson, Green Valley, Las Vegas or elsewhere? Why are so many Christians asking the question, ‘Is Calvary Chapel a cult?”

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/alert-new-video-by-pastor-christopher-lawson-on-the-observations-of-calvary-chapel/

Have you attended a Calvary Chapel and noticed any false teaching, practices or mentalities?  If so, would you please prayerfully consider posting your testimony on the end of this post in the comments section?  You can choose any name or comment anonymously.  The purpose of this is to shed light on what is truly going on at Calvary Chapels behind the curtain (see Ephesians 5:11, 3 John 1:10, and Revelation 2:15,16) with regard to false teachings and practices (like the “Moses Model”) and to comfort those who are also walking the same path and experiencing emotional/spiritual abuse and/or false teachings.

I have run into hurting people in the community who have their stories to tell.  I also have seen community reviews online (on Yelp, for example) for Calvary Chapels in Las Vegas that mysteriously disappear.  Of course, the only ones that disappear are the ones that have a low star rating.  I have photographed some of these reviews from Christians only to return later and find them deleted (what ever happened to freedom of speech?  Why must God’s people be silenced?)!  Also, on this website, I am able to see what other people in the world are “Googling” to get to this site.  Technology is fascinating.  Almost every single day, someone in the world is asking the question… “Is Calvary Chapel a cult?”.

If God leads you to share your story on here, I only ask that everything said be the absolute truth and that no filthy language be spoken.  Please also share how God has helped you through your journey and comforted/strengthened you in order to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4 speaks of comforting others when we have suffered through something).  If you know a loved one who has been shunned or suffered at the hands of Calvary Chapel leadership, please share this with them.  LVAE has written a lot of informative articles on Calvary Chapels for your information (see categories in drop down menu).  If you have any further questions about the unbiblical teachings and practices of Calvary Chapels in Las Vegas, please send an email.

Often, people think that Calvary Chapels are good because the pastor preaches the Bible on Sundays.  For many Christians, they see something else the closer they get to leadership or when they start asking questions.  Remember, counterfeit money looks real until you get really close and start analyzing and comparing it to the truth.

May the Lord bless you with strong Biblical discernment!

If you need detailed information on the teachings and practices of Calvary Chapel Green Valley, LVAE has that on file.  If you are interested, please feel free to email.

See photo below of a typical day’s website stats (what people are typing into search engines to land on this website):

 

Other people in the world are asking questions and seeking answers about their suffering with Calvary Chapel.

Other people in the world are asking questions and seeking answers about their suffering with Calvary Chapel.

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Chuck Smith teaches that pastors are not accountable to others which is a false teaching and allows abuse of power.  Do you really know what your Calvary Chapel teaches?  They say they only teach and believe the Bible, but do they add to or twist God’s words via the extra “foundational” document called the “Calvary Chapel Distinctives” written by a guy named Chuck? Please note that Chuck predicted the Lord would return in 1981, and that obviously did not happen. His direct quotes can be found in his writings (encouraging you to do your research). : https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/do-you-really-know-what-your-calvary-chapel-believes-its-not-just-the-bible-its-the-distinctives/

What are other Christians in Las Vegas searching for on the internet with regard to Calvary Chapels? https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/google-search-keywords-what-are-other-people-in-las-vegas-searching-for-about-apologetics-church-abuse-and-cults/

Spiritual Research Network (SRN) former Calvary Chapel Pastor Chris Lawson has conducted a lot of research on the errors/falsehoods of Calvary Chapels.  Here is Pastor Chris on Vimeo with helpful, Biblical advice on confronting abusive leaders and warnings about doing so.

Hundreds of online testimonies from the public concerning spiritual abuse at numerous Calvary Chapels (please note that LVAE does not endorse all views expressed on this website): http://calvarychapelabuse.com/wordpress/calvary-chapel-whats-been-your-experience-good-bad-or-ugly/

Hear audio teaching: Chuck Smith teaches his followers that good Mormons can go to heaven… https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/chuck-smith-believes-and-teaches-that-some-mormons-are-going-to-heaven-and-are-christian/

It is always important, whatever church you attend (whether a Calvary Chapel or not), to compare the church to Rick Ross’s (Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist) Cult Warning Signs: http://www.culteducation.com/warningsigns.html

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Alert! Planning on attending the upcoming ‘Built to Last Conference’ with Benny and Wendy Perez in Las Vegas? Read this first! Why does Beni Johnson hug the graves of dead people? Necromancy in the church?

According to a Christian Post article, Benny Perez, pastor of the Church at South Las Vegas, will be hosting a three-day pastors’ conference on November 5-7, 2013.

Encouraging you to research before you go.

Yesterday, I was investigating Beni Johnson (Bill Johnson’s wife; Bethel Church in Redding, California).  Oddly, she had posted a photo of herself hugging a grave in a cemetery on her Twitter account for many people to see (see photo at the end of this article).  The Bible explicitly warns on the matter of interacting with the dead, sitting “among graves” (see KJV of Isaiah 65:4); particularly, speaking of God’s warning of “necromancy” in Deuteronomy 18:11 and Leviticus 20:27…

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” (Deut. 18:10-12)

Is this just a simple visit to the grave site of a loved one or an inspiring historical figure?  Or, is this true necromancy and/or spiritism?  Well, Beni and Bill Johnson have been associated with John Crowder.  In the following video, Crowder visits John Alexander Dowie’s grave site.  At the grave, he attempts to gain some sort of actual mystical, spiritual power and anointing from the dead bones of Dowie and teaches others to do the same!  Remember, Biblically, the spirits of dead people are in heaven or hell, but not in their bodies.  Not a simple stroll past a loved one’s gravestone.

Anyway, while scrolling through Beni Johnson’s Twitter account (@prayfor5) in shock due to the photo that she posted, I suddenly landed upon a page where Benny Perez popped up next to a few comments near another Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, named Eric Johnson (see photo below).

If you are a pastor planning on attending this conference, I urge you to do your research on Bethel Church.  Be careful.  The Bible says we are to “mark and avoid” false teachers (Romans 16:17).  Here, Benny says that Christianity without the supernatural is nothing more than a philosophy.  Notice how Eric Johnson “retweeted” this statement.  This to me sounded a lot like Bill Johnson’s teachings.  We must remember that not all supernatural things are from God.  Some are, some are not (see Matthew 24:24).

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Benny Perez can also be found on Jesus Culture’s website along with Bill Johnson.  For those of you who do not know, Jesus Culture is part of Bethel Church.  Here is what Jesus Culture says about their history on their own website:

“In the summer of 1999, the youth group led by Banning Liebscher at Bethel Church in Redding, California, launched the first Jesus Culture conference.”

Jesus Culture, Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson…all related.  Why is Benny Perez now appearing on these pages?

A lot of research has been done on this site for you, so feel free to browse topics such as Jesus Culture, Bill Johnson, etc.

Here is a photo of Benny Perez’s sermon located on the Jesus Culture website.  Yes, that’s Bill Johnson there in the photo.  Johnson teaches a different form of hypostatic union (divinity of Christ) and says little white feathers fall on him many places he goes (see article link on bottom of page for direct quotations from Johnson’s books)…

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As you can see above, Benny Perez’s name is appearing with Jesus Culture which is part of Bethel Church.

Do your own research and be careful.  Test all things (1 John 4:1).  The Bible makes clear that the spirits of dead people are not in the graves.  We can get no “anointing” nor hidden knowledge from a dead carcass!  The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (for the born-again believer).  The spirit of the person is absent from the body – no longer there.  Hugging or rubbing or laying hands on a grave will not make us any better.  (But worse, in my opinion!).

Now, some of you may be thinking, is the photo of Beni hugging a grave really from her twitter account?  Valid question.  The answer is yes.  To prove this for yourself, visit the official Bethel Church website here.  Once you are on the page, scroll down to the bottom left and click ‘follow us on Twitter’.  You can clearly see that Bethel Church Twitter “retweets” Beni Johnson’s posts.  See following photo for proof.  The conclusion is that Beni Johnson @prayfor5 really is the wife of Bill Johnson.

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Notice on the bottom right: Bethel Church retweeted @prayfor5 on their official twitter page listed on their official church website. Source: https://twitter.com/bethelredding

This was just in time for Halloween.  Hope you have a blessed, not spooky, day.

Related: 

http://blogs.christianpost.com/grace-under-fire/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together-10395/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethel-Church-and-Christianity/148396958530669

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Source: https://twitter.com/prayfor5 This photo was brought to my attention by the ‘Bethel Church and Christianity’ site.

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Escape the Lie, An Interview

Update: For some reason, the link provided is not working as it once did.  Hopefully ‘Escape the Lie Radio’ can fix the problem soon.  

Update 2: Use this link instead to listen to interview – 

Here is a great interview of M’Kayla Kelly by Escape the Lie Ministries. God is using M’Kayla to lovingly inform and warn the Body of Christ of the dangers of a movement that is spreading like wildfire. M’Kayla was once involved in this movement and by God’s grace, she has escaped. This movement has already penetrated at least two churches in Las Vegas: The International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV; a very large congregation) and Encounter Community Church. Chances are, this movement is coming to a Christian church near you. East Valley House of Prayer and Evident Life Church in Gilbert, Arizona (Pastor is Eric Jones) have also embraced this movement by welcoming Bill Johnson’s teachings. Vista Assembly of God in Carlsbad, California (Pastor is Steve Myatt) and Carlsbad Assembly of God have also embraced this movement and promote Bethel Church’s new practices. Please, please listen and share with your loved ones. Please be careful of anyone laying hands on you who is involved with this movement. Souls depend on it! Please listen and test what you hear to the scriptures, and you will see that this movement does not line up with scripture. We are in the last days, and this was prophesied to happen (Matthew 24:5).

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Looky what just “escaped” from the internet:

Escape From Bethel

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The website containing my interview is no longer in operation. Just “poof” and it is no longer there, along with the contact e-mail. Not sure if it will be available. Just will wait and see. Sorry all.

Here is the audio of an interview I did this morning exposing the trap and darkness of “Bethel”.

Pass it on.

A former “Seer Prophet” tells her story and helps to expose the false teachings of Bill Johnson, Todd Bentley, John Paul Jackson and others. The Healing Rooms and Word of Faith ministries

It has been brought to my attention that his other site supports AA and 12 Stepping, Celebrate Recovery. I understand these practices to not be of God and I am not condoning or supporting them in any way. I believe Christ is enough. You will find links of…

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‘The Circle Maker’ promoted by Crossword Baptist Church in Henderson: Christian book or false book?

http://beginningandend.com/the-circle-maker-heresy-witchcraft-in-the-church/ The link above is provided solely for the purposes of examining the book, The Circle Maker.  LVAE does not necessarily agree with all teachings on the above website. The lead pastor at Crossword Baptist Church in Henderson, Nevada was freely handing out numerous copies of the New York Times best-selling book, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, a while back to the entire congregation on a Sunday.  Upon researching, it has become apparent that this book is very controversial in the Christian community.  Some discernment ministries have even labeled the book as promoting “heresy” or even “witchcraft”. This ministry does not have an opinion yet.  Have you read this book?  If so, what is your opinion?  Is this a good, Christian book containing sound doctrine, or an apostate book? Circle Maker Book

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‘Scriptural proof that Bethel Church is harmful’ by Kevin Kleint

Hi friends….

Chances are, one or more churches in your area have embraced this massive new movement out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.  Check out this link: 

http://www.false-prophets.org/bethel-church-harmful/

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‘Grace Like Rain’ by Todd Agnew

This is such a wonderful reminder.  Love this song!  Wanted to share as a reminder of God’s love and grace. 

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Are you sure you are following the right person? False spirits invade the church and doctrines of demons

Friends,

These days, we must be extra discerning who we are “following”.  Who are you learning from?

“That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive…” Ephesians 4:14

Are you a wise or foolish virgin (Matthew 25)?  The mark of a mature Christian is to not be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, to not be deceived by the sleight of men, by their cunning craftiness.

Deception most always comes in a package of light (2 Cor. 11:14).  Be careful!

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:5

Matthew 24:5 makes it clear that deceptive teachings would even come from those who look good, those who teach about Jesus (Acts 20:30 further illustrates this point).  There are even discernment ministries out there that are teaching very unbiblical things that sound good!

Who are you following on Facebook?  Twitter?  Is it any wonder that the Lord used the word “Follow” thousands of years ago?

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to deceitful spirits, and doctrines of demons…” 1 Tim. 4:1

Have a blessed day…

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Cult Expert Rick Ross on Southern Nevada Cults…

Las Vegas vulnerable

“‘Probably the one characteristic of Vegas that makes it vulnerable to this sort of activity is, like other cities in the Sun Belt, that there are many new residents coming to a new area where they may not have a good support system. These groups can be appealing because they provide a network of support and friends, but in reality their friendship is conditional,’ Ross said.

Ross recommends that anyone who in considering joining a religious group of any kind do Internet research about it to get an understanding of its history.”

Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2001/aug/24/arrival-of-cult-specialist-in-las-vegas-stirs-deba/#ixzz2ZALxOGC5

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Discernment Detractors: Calling Good Evil by Warren Smith

Which Jesus Do You Follow?

This is basically a list of accusations from those who want to cling to false teachings and vain worldly philosophies as a way to avoid the light of the truth and sear their conscience. I have witnessed these very same accusations as well and are pretty commonly used as has been my experience.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

Discernment Detractors: Calling Good Evil

By Warren B. Smith (May 15, 2012)

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
—Isaiah 5:20

In the first book of Kings, God comes to Solomon in a dream and tells him he can ask for anything that he wants:

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Psalm 121

This is just a great Psalm and a reminder of God’s faithfulness and love.

Psalm 121

New King James Version (NKJV)

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

A Song of Ascents.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

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Spiritual abuse by church leadership. Not uncommon, sadly.

Spiritual Abuse By Church Leadership. Not uncommon, sadly..

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Proof that there is a similarity between Gnostic teaching and Bethel Church doctrine

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David Wilkerson sermon on John 8: Counterfeit Christians and loving the Word of God and sound doctrine

Christian Apologetics Research of Nevada

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e] This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[

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Are you a ‘fine linen’ Christian? White and clean?

Yesterday, was at a friend’s house.  The linens in this house were so bright white and clean.  There were only white linens on all beds throughout the house.  It was refreshing and pure.  I thought that would be nice in our house but suddenly remembered we have a dog (one who thinks she is a human and prefers nice linen over a dog bed).  Then, the Lord led me to some passages in the Bible.

Today, the term Christian is tossed around so much. There are many people who say they are “Christian” who don’t even believe in Christ.  Even worse, there are many churches that claim to be “Christian” (and even, carry Bibles) but are not.  Sadly, today there is so much confusion.  Jesus spoke of the need to “be ready” (Matthew 24).  He warned His followers that mere profession will not help much in the end.  A true Christian is one who is a Christian inwardly and not in mere profession (also see Romans 2:29).  Just because someone has the title of “pastor” or “Christian” does not mean they are a Christian (Acts 20:30).  They could be secretly living an immoral or bad life.  They could be…”secretly introducing destructive heresies” (lies; 2 Peter 2:1).  Matthew 7 is a great chapter to read that  addresses this.  Jesus spoke of all the people who would call Him “Lord”.  Some of them really knew Christ; some didn’t.  He said, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:23).

So, what in the world is “fine linen” representative of in scripture?  What does this term mean?  Jesus told so many parables.  The parables represent deeper truths still applicable today.

Here are some verses to ponder:

“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:8)

Here is the NIV version of the same Scripture:

“Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.” (Rev. 19:8)

Here is yet another linen passage:

“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Rev. 19:14)

What is your take on “fine linen”?  Jesus sure did teach some things that seem perplexing on the surface.

”Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are counterfeits?” (2 Cor. 13:5).

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Gnostic heresy in churches today: a post from Bethel Sozo Research Group and a reminder of the upcoming ‘Holy Spirit Conference’ at International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV; Paul Goulet) in July 2013

http://www.bethelsozo.blogspot.com/2013/06/gnostic-heresy-interesting-find-in.html

The above is a new post from Bethel Sozo Research concerning Bethel Church (Redding, CA; Pastor Bill Johnson) and their public teaching about Christ’s lack of divinity.  This is the same church that International Church of Las Vegas (Pastor Paul Goulet) invites to their conferences to speak.

There is another upcoming “Holy Spirit” Conference this summer on July 28-31, 2013 featuring Bill Johnson from Bethel Church and Banning Liebscher from Jesus Culture (Banning is also from Bethel Church).

Please browse this site for further research conducted on these teachers and their modern teachings, and if you know anyone attending, please encourage them to be a “Berean” and research the roots/teachings of this movement if you care for them.

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)

Have a blessed day today!

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