Getting away with God…

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

Jesus often went away to be with God.  In my reading this morning, I read about how Jesus withdrew Himself from the crowds (often with His disciples).  People were always coming to Him to be healed and to see His miracles.

Can you imagine if you made a reservation to get away alone and when you got to your destination, there were crowds waiting for you?  LOL!  Funny.  To some, this might not be so funny.

Regardless, Jesus still had compassion on all the people that were waiting for Him.  He said they were like sheep without a shepherd.  How compassionate is our God?  He is truly good to all.

Sometimes we need to get away with God, from all the hustle and bustle of this world.

Mark 6:30-34

New King James Version (NKJV)

Feeding the Five Thousand

30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.

33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

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‘Security in wisdom’ or ‘insecurity in wisdom’?

The above was a great post by Bethel Sozo Research.

Christianity is an intelligent religion.  Although some don’t call Christianity a “religion” (definitely, the Bible speaks of “pure religion” in James 1:27), but a relationship, nevertheless – Christianity is intelligent, and God wants us to use our minds in our pursuit of Him.

God does not ask us to check our brains at the door.  He does not ask us to put aside all discernment.  God is brilliant and intelligent.

God is not intimidated by our questions.  It is not wrong to have questions.  The only tragedy would be to never ask the questions and to live a whole life full of unanswered questions.  If we do not seek God or ask Him questions, how will we ever get the answers?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Discouraging an intellectual approach to the Scriptures is dangerous in these times of modern apostasy.  A sound, Biblical teacher who is building on a solid foundation would not do this.

Encouraging those who attend International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV) or Encounter Community Church (which both have been affiliated with Bill Johnson) to check out the link to the Bethel Sozo Research article which discusses Johnson’s teaching on an intellectual approach to the Scriptures and “following leaders off the map”.

God bless your day!

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Did the pharisees get rebuked because they obeyed Christ’s teaching or because they disregarded it? Obedience vs. legalism in churches today

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)

Mark 7 is just one of those chapters in the Bible that is simply fascinating.  Jesus was (and is) so witty how He knew just what to say and how to say it.  When He answers questions with questions, it is totally mind-boggling (Matthew 21:24).  Jesus, being one with God, is truly and infinitely intelligent and knows just what to say to every single person given the situation.  He speaks with mercy and compassion to His sheep (and potential sheep) but to the wolves He is firm and authoritative.  These are the ones who endanger the sheep with lies, false doctrines, etc.  Here is an interaction He had with the pharisees.  In this passage, the pharisees found fault with the Lord’s disciples.  A disciple from the Greek translated word mathetas means a learner of Christ’s doctrines with life application.  Basically, a “learner and doer”.  Often today, if you find a Christian who is “learning and doing” Christ’s teaching, you can bet that they’ve been called a “goodie two shoes” or a “Jesus freak”, or even a “Holier than thou”, etc.  Why did these leaders, the pharisees, find fault with the Lord’s followers?  Because the disciples were not doing the pharisees’ church traditions (also called “traditions of man”).  These were traditions that the pharisees were doing in an effort to “hold to the traditions of the elders”.  These traditions were not even part of “sound doctrine” or Christ’s teaching.  They were men-pleasers not God-pleasers.

Sometimes the Lord’s disciples are judged in the same way today by church leaders.  When we are judged/condemned by church leaders, we must ask ourselves: Are they finding fault on the basis of their own man-made rules?  Some churches have a “hush hush” policy, a conspiracy of silence that if anyone should question leaders they are outcasted.  This is simply opposite of what the Bible says to do (1 John 4:1; Ephesians 4:32; James 1:19; etc).  When church leaders abuse, I wonder what the King of Kings would say to them.  Would He call them “hypocrites” for holding others to their man-made standard?  Jesus did call the pharisees hypocrites for holding His sheep to their man standard.

It is very true today that many religious establishments “teach as doctrines the commandments of men”, just like our Lord accused the pharisees of doing.  When picking a church, we must be careful that there are not extra or hidden legalistic rules, spoken or unspoken.

What many places do is “lay aside the commandment of God”, and hold to the tradition of men instead.

Then Jesus goes on to say that defilement comes from within.  The words that false teachers say defile them and hurt God’s people.  “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 7:15,16).

The pharisees had a heart issue.  Of course, they said that the disciples had an issue (which was untrue).  Contrary to what many say today, the pharisees were not in trouble by Jesus because they loved/obeyed sound doctrine.  No!  Quite the contrary…Jesus rebuked them because they “nullified the Word of God by their own tradition” (see Mark 7).

Sound Doctrine = Good.

Church Tradition (if it violates the Word) = Evil.

There is so much confusion today about this in evangelical circles.  The pharisees had an issue with Christ’s teaching.  It was a threat to them because it opposed their man-made rules that they were holding everyone else accountable to.  Their real problem was obedience to Christ.  If they were truly obeying Christ, they would do what He taught.  This is called legalism and happens very often in churches today.  Legalism is not obedience to Christ, but putting man-made doctrines above God’s doctrines.  How often today are the Lord’s disciples (who love and obey “sound doctrine” as Christ commands; Hebrews 5:9; 2 Timothy 4:3) labeled as pharisees?  This comes from a lack of study of the scriptures, and is truly a horrible accusation to receive if indeed it is false.

Have you been judged by church leaders?  Was their fault finding rooted in their own church tradition or the teachings of Christ?  May God bless you today with His love, truth and peace.

Mark 7

New King James Version (NKJV)

Defilement Comes from Within

7 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

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“Indeed the hou…

“Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jesus; John 16:32,33)

Jesus knows we will not have an easy path in this world.  But, He says, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”.  The Father was with Jesus just as He is with His children when they are experiencing difficulties.  Encouragement for today: you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). 

Suffering for Christ (1 Corinthians 11:22-33)

Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.”

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Is it Christ-like to put pastors and teachers to the test? How does Jesus feel about discernment? A look at a letter to the Church of Ephesus…

Jesus commends Christians who are discerning.  Here is what He says:

Letter to the Church of Ephesus (Revelation 2) 

1Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands;

2I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them who are evil: and you have tried them who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

3And have endured, and have patience, and for my name’s sake have labored, and have not fainted.

4Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

5Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your lampstand out of its place, except you repent.

6But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

7He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

These are pretty strong words coming from Jesus.  He applauds those who “hate” the deeds of the Nicolatians, which He “also hate(s)”.  Hate is a strong word.  Many today (even in the Christian world) will not tolerate hatred for evil.  Many simply claim we must accept and tolerate evil in order to have unity.  Did the Jesus of the Bible do this?  Of course, God is full of compassion and mercy to the repentant (John 8:11).  However, Jesus never applauds evil.

There are also so many sincere people today who say that any Christian who puts modern teachers to the test are suffering from a “religious spirit” (this is a term Bill Johnson has taught his followers).  If Jesus commends those Christians who “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) and find them out to be “liars”, shouldn’t Christians do the same thing and follow the example of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1)?  Rather, today the opposite is occurring.  Psalm 119:104 says, “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way”.  Certainly, Christians are called to love God and love man.  Those are the two greatest commandments!  However, how has hating a false way become so detested in today’s evangelical culture?  If we truly love God with “all our hearts” as the first command states, won’t we love what He loves and hate what He hates?  Just some thoughts.  Feel free to share yours! 
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Since when is it slander to reveal or speak out against slander?

Imagine this scenario:

You see sin in the church from leaders.  You make a loving confrontation in obedience to God (Galatians 6:1; James 5:19).  Suddenly, your pastor who you love and have known for years calls you into a meeting and proceeds to tell you horrendous and degrading insults about yourself even to the point that you are weeping.  The abusive and cruel treatment leaves you feeling confused, condemned and unloved.

After attempts at the Matthew 18 process clearly do not work, you tell others the truth of the slander that you have experienced from the pastor so that they themselves will not suffer the same way as you.  You tell them the direct quotes of what was told to you by the pastor.  You only speak the truth.  Suddenly, you become the bad guy and are yourself labeled a “slanderer”, “divisive” and are told to “never judge”.  You are blacklisted and “de-friended” (as if that was a word) by the people at the church.

What is going on here?  Who is the abuser?  The pastor or the one exposing the abuse?  Is slander telling the truth or telling a falsehood?

It is concerning that today many pastors twist scriptures and abuse the sheep.  It is very sad.

Do you have any feedback?  Was it slander when the Apostle John exposed Diotrophes in 3 John 1?  What is slander? Why is there so much confusion and uncertainty about this today in our culture?  Do you think that this could be a tactic of control and abuse from false teachers in order to silence people?

Is it hating our enemies to expose abuse or cruelty?  Are we to turn a blind eye to all sin and falsehood in the church in an effort to “love our enemies”?

Is it possible to love our enemies and pray for them while exposing their tactics at the same time?

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Diotrephes and Demetrius

9I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

10Therefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he does, speaking against us with malicious words: and not content with that, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and forbids them that would, and casts them out of the church.

11Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

12Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear witness; and you know that our witness is true.

“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)

Related: 

Pastor Chris Lawson on confronting abusive leaders:

http://vimeo.com/54498513

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The Holy Spirit wants us to be sober-minded not drunk: What I saw at the ‘Holy Spirit Conference’ at the International Church of Las Vegas

http://bethelsozo.blogspot.com/2013/04/new-bethel-sozo-research-post-holy.html

Here is a great post about drunkenness/loss of control vs. the fruit of the Spirit/self-control.  When I attended the Holy Spirit Conference at International Church of Las Vegas many years ago, I saw a speaker named Stacey Campbell shake uncontrollably – worse than a seizure! I did not know what to make of it.  Also, I do not recall repentance of sin being preached.  What I do recall is a lot of talk about the gift of tongues.

Have you recalled violent shaking in the Bible, and if so, when did this happen?

When comparing to the Word of God, I don’t see the holy apostles or the earlier Christians acting in this way.  What do you think?

Have a blessed day!

LVA

Related:

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/holy-spirit-conference-2013-at-international-church-of-las-vegas-paul-goulet-please-read-before-you-go/

 

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‘San Francisco City Impact’ conference outreach at Warfield Theatre

LVAE was saddened to see that Francis Chan (a favorite author) has joined hands with those out of Bethel Church in Redding, California for an upcoming conference on August 17th, 2013.  See above link provided.  Brian and Jenn Johnson from Bethel Live will be at the event doing the worship.  Yes, Bethel Church is the same church whose pastor (Bill Johnson) takes away from Christ’s divinity before He was age thirty (see source below for direct quotes from Johnson’s books and sermons)!

“For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Cor. 11:4

This is a surprise especially since just a few weeks ago LVA listened to a very sound and Biblical sermon Francis Chan spoke (believing this to be at his visit to Times Square Church.  This was the church Dave Wilkerson led before he passed away).  Ironically, it was actually Dave Wilkerson who warned of strange manifestations in Christian churches (like those animal noises and manifestations that Bill Johnson’s friends, the Arnott’s, support; see photo)!  Hear Wilkerson’s warning here.

Direct Quotes from a ministry that Bill Johnson publicly supports (just see his friend list online!)

Direct quotes from a ministry that Bill Johnson publicly supports (just see his friend list online!) Do you want this “anointing”?  Doesn’t the real Holy Spirit bring the fruit of “self-control”? (Galatians 5)

Wondering if Francis Chan has done his research.

Check out the following links: 

Dave Wilkerson on strange manifestations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrpW6Xctg8Q

Christian Post blog article on strange manifestations:

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

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Holy Spirit Conference 2013 at International Church of Las Vegas (Paul Goulet): Please read!

Friends,

The following is simply the truth and some photos found on public display on the internet.  If you know anyone planning on attending the Holy Spirit Conference (International Church of Las Vegas; Pastor Paul Goulet) in April of 2013, could you please send them this post if you love them?  It is important to research churches and teachers before opening ourselves and our minds/spirits up to them and especially, before letting them lay hands on us.  We must get to the truth of what these teachers teach in their sermons and books.  Here is proof through a photo of the “transferable anointing” from John and Carol Arnott (friends of Bill Johnson!  Proof here).  Question: is this from the real Holy Spirit?  Keep in mind, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control; see Galatians 5.

Direct Quotes from a ministry that Bill Johnson publicly supports (just see his friend list online!)

Direct quotes from a ministry that Bill Johnson publicly supports (just see his friend list online!) see http://www.catchthefire.com – Do you want this anointing?

Remember, Bill Johnson is the same teacher that teaches Jesus was non-divine before His age thirty water baptism (see recommended articles below for direct quotes from Johnson).  Does Paul Goulet teach that Jesus lost His divinity?  If not, then why is he inviting Johnson to his church if the Bible says to “mark and avoid” such teachers (Romans 16:17; 2 John 1:10; 1 Timothy 6:3)?

Here is Paul Goulet of ICLV publicly promoting Bill Johnson and Banning Leibscher via the event online to the public (LVA found this via a simple Google search):

A Personal Photo of a Computer Screen of Paul Goulet's Public Twitter

A Personal Photo of a Computer Screen of Paul Goulet’s Public Twitter

Recommended Articles:

This article contains direct quotes from Bill Johnson: http://blogs.christianpost.com/grace-under-fire/birds-of-a-feather-flock-together-10395/

http://bethelsozo.blogspot.com/2013/04/is-leaving-church-when-there-is-false.html

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International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV) welcomes John Bevere April 2013: They were warned, but were you?

ICLV2013

The above photo was taken as evidence to the fact that ICLV was questioned about John Bevere’s teachings and affiliation with the book The Secret (particularly, The Source of the Secret) by a group called Bethel Sozo Research Group.

Fast forward a few days, and here is what the same screen looks like:

Why did ICLV delete comments and questions?

Why did ICLV delete comments and questions?  After all, the Bible says to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1)

Truth never needs to hide and does not mind being examined.  To be spiritually safe, we must “test the spirits”.  It was a command from our Lord.  ICLV is also welcoming those from the Bethel Church crowd in an upcoming conference.  Please beloved friends, research these ministers and their beliefs.

Please share with your loved ones.

Have a nice day,

LVA

“Be sober, be vigilant…” (1 Peter 5:8)

 

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Last days and prophecy news: Joe Biden calls for a ‘new world order’…what!?!?

Here is what Joe Biden proclaimed at the Export-Import Bank Conference on Friday, April 5th 2013:

“The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order.”

Have you read Revelation 13? What are your thoughts?

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Spiritual Abuse: Jamie’s Story

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An online discussion pertaining to Calvary Chapel Spring Valley in Las Vegas: Here is what happens at many Calvary Chapels due to lack of accountability and the Moses Model (CC Distinctives) – More testimonies can be seen online at www.calvarychapelabuse.com

Here is what happens at many Calvary Chapels due to lack of accountability and the Moses Model - more testimonies can be seen online at www.calvarychapelabuse.com

Photo credit: A personal photo (of a computer screen displaying a public website) by LVA admin

The above is a photo of a public testimony from a former Calvary Chapel Spring Valley member from early 2013.  There was a public, online forum where this testimony appeared.  Many people contributed their comments, questions and concerns to this online discussion.

What has been your experience with Calvary Chapels (in Las Vegas and/or elsewhere)?  LVA has personally witnessed eerily similar occurrences in Calvary Chapels.  Feel free to speak the truth with love.  And please, do your research on the Calvary Chapel movement.  Do you know what the Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith says? Feel free to browse this site for helpful, truthful information.

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104).

God bless your day…

LVAE

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International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV) promotes and welcomes John Bevere in spring 2013: Concerns and questions amid controversy over self-help book ‘The Secret’

Is John Bevere a true or false teacher of the Christian faith?  What do you say?

Is John Bevere a true or false teacher of the Christian faith? Does Bevere promote apostate books?  What do you say?*

ICLV’s acceptance and promotion of John Bevere has raised a red flag for Las Vegas Apologetics.  There is an ongoing, public debate regarding Bevere’s teachings from his books.

Keep in mind! This is the same John Bevere who is seen online being involved with the heretical, self-help book/DVD The Secret which teaches there is a “law of attraction” within us.  This teaching is not found in the Word of God and is a doctrine of demons the Bible warns about (1 Timothy 4:1).  The dogmas this book/DVD teaches are not Biblical.

Just how is Bevere affiliated with this book?  John Bevere is listed as an actor in the Amazon advertisement for The Source of the Secret:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Source-Secret-Oral-Roberts/dp/B0014L5536

What do you say?  Is the God of the Bible really “the source of the Secret”?  Would the Christian God have anything to do with a false teaching?  “Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what partnership has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

What has been your experience with John Bevere’s teachings/doctrines and followers?  I look forward to sharing my experience in the next post.

Where is the Gospel message in this video, friends?  Notice how many times “self” is promoted.  “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, ‘if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me'” (Matthew 16:24).  Check it out…

Questions? Comments?

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:3-7)

Related Link:

http://evangelists.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/doctrines-of-demons/

*Photo: This is a personally owned photograph of a personal computer screen.

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Google search keywords: What are other Christians in Las Vegas and Henderson searching for on Google about Calvary Chapels, apologetics, church abuse and cults?

What are other people searching for on Google?

What are other people searching for on Google?

The above is simply a photo of this site’s Google search keywords.  This means that some people who visited this site typed these keywords into the Google search engine:

“Is Calvary Chapel a cult?”

“Problems with Calvary Chapel Green Valley”

“Central Christian Church Abuse”

“International Church of Las Vegas Cult”

Technology is very fascinating!  LVAE is not saying that any of these churches are (or aren’t) cults, but simply showing the truth of what others are searching for online, and encouraging others to do their research and be a “Berean” as noted in Acts 17:11 (the Spirit of Truth has already revealed the truth on some of the above organizations to many individuals including this ministry).  Could you pray for organizations and Christians in Las Vegas?

Would you mind prayerfully considering sharing your story?  Feel free to comment.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Related:

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/what-has-been-your-experience-with-calvary-chapels/

http://www.rickross.com/warningsigns.html

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Peres confirms all faiths ready for fresh Pope

News that matters

“The new pope will be welcomed in the Holy Land with love and appreciation by Jews, Muslims and Christians as one.”

This is the statement given by Israeli President Simon Peres on Thursday. Perses welcomed the announcement of the new pontiff, saying Pope Francis I brings with him “a spirit of hope and peace.”

Peres made his remarks to a delegation of 14 Polish bishops who are rounding up a week-long spiritual renewal in Israel.

“The new pope will be welcomed in the Holy Land with love and appreciation by Jews, Muslims and Christians as one,” Peres said.

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, leader of the delegation and a member of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, told Peres that there was no more suitable place than the holy city of Jerusalem in which to hear the good news about the election of Pope Francis.

Source: The Jerusalem

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A New Pope and a Pop For Ecumenism

m'kayla's korner

I guess news reporting is not what it used to be. We get only a glimpse of the happening, hardly a mention of serious matters, with lots of time spent on things that do not matter, and lots of opinions. The fact that everyone has got one has gone a bit too real. But oh, well, it brings in ratings, pays the bills and someone up there gets rich. So, who cares if its the truth, right? Opinions also build blogs, don’t they?

If I wouldn’t have watched it with my own eyes I probably wouldn’t have believed it. You may not believe it either because I am not going to put up a bunch of links to prove what I am saying is true. I’m not going to go into long explanations of why this is all so strange, scary and wonderful at the same time. I am going…

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

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 the “corrupt priests”…

The Lord was speaking to the "corrupt priests" not the New Testament believers

The Lord was speaking to the “corrupt priests” not the New Testament believers                            (Source: http://www.biblecc.com)

The Lord was speaking to “Israel”…

The Lord was speaking to Israel

The Lord was speaking to “Israel” not the New Testament believers                                                       (Source: http://www.biblecc.com)

It should be said that the Lord does want us to be generous with our money.  Who are we supposed to give to?  Christians are not commanded to give to the rich.  In fact, Proverbs 22:16 warns that if we give to the rich, we will surely come to poverty.  We must understand that churches are businesses.  Do not be deceived.  They are wealthy (and tax exempt).  They are organizations with the Secretary of State, and often, the senior pastor owns the business.  Financial records are not given, usually.

Who should Christians give to?  Here is a simple Bible search of “heavenly treasure”…

http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=give+to+the+poor&qs_version=NKJV

Interestingly, you may not hear from your church that Jesus actually spoke about giving to the poor for heavenly treasure.  Furthermore, centuries ago, there were no “church” buildings.  The New Testament believers were the church, and they met in houses and outdoors.

Also, enter the word “tithe” into a Bible search, and you will see the following: oil, corn, fruit, grain, new wine, herds, flocks and harvest.  When is the last time you heard your pastor ask you to bring these items to church for the “tithe law”?  That would be the Biblical interpretation.  Furthermore, giving out of necessity or coercion is against God’s command for New Testament believers…

Community Church at Anthem has also taught publicly the “tithe” message on Facebook and public sermons in October 2014 and May 17, 2015.  In my opinion, these teachings are twisted and put pressure on the congregation.  The Bible says people should not give out of pressure (2 Corinthians 9:7).  Telling someone that not tithing every paycheck to the church is comparable to worshipping the devil is pressure.  So many preachers these days place pressure on their followers to tithe to the church, and that takes away the joy of giving.  God loves a “cheerful giver”, in fact.  The lead pastor compared not tithing to not paying a bill at the grocery store or a restaurant – at least twice – once in October 2014 and once in May 2015!  He compared not tithing 10% of every paycheck to the church to stealing – something you would never do at a grocery store or restaurant!  He explained that “tithe unless” is found nowhere in the Bible.  He says the word “unless” is found nowhere in the Bible.  (Ironically, the truth is that the words “tithe 10% to your church” is found nowhere in the New Testament – at all).  Look it up in the Bible search and you will see “tithe” is not even a command in the New Testament!  There are only a few references to the word tithe in the NT, and all are pointing to the OT or the pharisees and levites.  To say that God taught this percentage to New Testament believers is simply false.  He explained that the tithe is 10% of your income to the church; every single paycheck.  In the May 2015 sermon, he says that Jesus went to church and so did the devil.  Then he asks the congregation who they are worshipping!  He says that they can’t open their wallet until they open their hearts.  He says that peoples’ bank accounts are what they fear the most.  He says that not tithing (what he defines as giving 10% of every single paycheck every time) is “blatant disobedience” to God.  I wonder how this pressure makes God feel.  Non-tithers are not comparable to devil worshippers!  This is quite silly and unbiblical.  Many people tithe in other ways, give to Compassion International or give straight to the poor.  Furthermore, this pastor used words about “testing” the tithe that reference the Malachi verse – taken and twisted out of its proper context from the Old Testament (see video at the top of this post).

Direct quotations from Pastor Marty:

“I’m not sure if you are pursuing God.  I think you’re pursuing security…I think you’re pursuing guilt relief.  I’m not sure you’re pursuing God.  How else do you explain our blatant disobedience to the basic fundamentals of Christianity?  Stay sexually pure, TITHE…love your neighbor.  These are the basic tenets of Christianity, and we don’t DO them.  Somehow or other we think we are the exception.  God is going to turn us back on my disobedience and bless me every time I do something right.  What are you pursuing?  Are you pursuing God?  Because in order to pursue God, you have to open up your heart…listen, this is what you can’t do, you can’t pursue God and not do these things…  You are going to take care of your home, you’re going to take care of your church, and be obedient to God especially in the places where you have the most fear.  The bank account is the thing you fear the most.”  (approximate the 47-49 minute mark)

“And your bank account is the thing you fear the most.  That’s why God says, ‘trust me with that, TEST me with that, and I’ll prove to you’, the only thing he says that about in all of the Bible.  Jesus went to church.  So did the DEVIL.  Who are YOU  worshipping?”  (approximate 50 minute mark)

If your church says you need to give and if you don't, you are under a curse, run!

If your church says you need to give, “test the tithe”, and/or you are cursed if you don’t, run!  Run fast!                              (Source: http://www.biblecc.com)

Hoping this is enlightening to you.  Seek the truth!  Then you will know the truth, and the truth WILL set you free.  This ministry will not collect a dime.  I do not accept donations, but encourage giving directly to the poor.  There are many Christians today who are duped into thinking that God has cursed them if they do not give 10% of their income to the church.  This simply is not the truth found in the scriptures.  If you can’t tithe 10% every time – you are not a devil worshipper.  I wonder how this makes God feel.

Be generous to the right parties as the Holy Spirit (not man) leads you.  Do it cheerfully.

Peace and Blessings,

LVAE

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Only One Jesus Can Save: 100% Divine and 100% Human

Check out this article by Bethel Sozo Research Group (BSRG):

http://www.bethelsozo.blogspot.com/2013/03/only-one-jesus-can-save-100-divine-and.html

Sadly, there are so many teachers and pastors today who are attempting to change either the divinity or the humanity of Christ our savior.  This would be trying to change Christ Himself!  Didn’t the apostles warn that false teachers would arise from the churches?  See Acts 20:30.   Even here in Las Vegas, pastors are involving themselves (and their flock that they are supposed to be watching over) with teachers (like Bill Johnson of Bethel Church) who teach that Christ laid aside His divinity prior to age thirty!  International Church of Las Vegas (Paul Goulet) is on Bill Johnson’s friend list.  This is public information.  Encounter Community Church has also publicly promoted Bethel’s sozo inner healing practice.  I once attended a Jesus Culture event at ICLV where I saw teacher Stacey Campbell shaking uncontrollably like she was having a seizure.  This was not the fruit of the Spirit, self-control, but a loss/lack of self-control.

The Lord’s hypostatic union cannot be changed by man.  Man must not attempt to bring Christ lower than He is nor exalt man to Christ’s level of divinity.

BSRG explains:

This was just another great comment that BSRG has come across from a faithful Berean!  This comment emphasizes the importance of exposing the false teachers and testing the spirits.  When Bill Johnson denies the full divinity of Jesus when Jesus was under the age of thirty, doesn’t Johnson fail the test of a Biblical teacher?  Please research Johnson’s public books, sermons and articles.  As Christians, we must be discerning and only follow the right Jesus.  After all, there is only one Jesus who can save!  If we follow a different Jesus or a different spirit, isn’t that worshipping a false God?  “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3) … “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

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We must have discernment in these last days.  God’s Holy Spirit warned us of this time in 2 Timothy 4:3 and throughout the Old and New Testaments.

In His Love,

LVA

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“Web Based Comments Concern a Matter of Public Interest”

Who Would Jesus Sue?

The preliminary ruling for Grenier & Grenier v. Taylor & Grenier is now public, and it is so far a triumph for the rights of bloggers and abuse survivors everywhere. While there is still a hearing tomorrow, where both sides make oral arguments before the judge, about 90% of the time the preliminary ruling is what will prevail after the hearing. If you aren’t familiar with SLAPP procedures, this is a good summary.

the_simpsons.10x02.the_wizard_of_evergreen_terraceThe tentative ruling of the Honorable Paul Vortmann is as follows:

” The court finds that Defendants’ Web activities are protected under CCP 425.16(e)(3) and finds that Plaintiff Bob Grenier is a Limited Purpose Public Figure.  The hearing on this motion is continued to April 9, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 7 on the issue of malice pursuant to the stipulation of the parties submitted on January 15, 2013.”

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Calvary Chapel, Chuck Smith, The Moses Model: Let the Little Dogs Bark!

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Spiritual Abuse: Your Leader/Church is not Representative of God

Las Vegas Apologetics keeps hearing of more stories of spiritual abuse in the Las Vegas area and elsewhere.

God seems to be yanking people out of churches.  These churches are often apostate and growing worse (God sees the future).  Often people are tempted to be mad at God for all the pain and hardship they went through at the hands of a pastor who was supposed to care for them.  Sometimes there was extreme cruelty, abuse and blacklisting.  Betrayals.  Pain!

This sort of heartbreak does not go away overnight.  It is very painful.  God perhaps is having mercy on people by taking them out of certain establishments.  This will ultimately draw the person closer to God and to be set apart for Him and a special purpose.  Romans 8:28 explains how God works even the evil things for good.  It does seem as though God is pulling people out of churches and making them watchmen.

Sometimes the hardest trials are actually God’s grace and mercy.

Leonard Ravenhill once said,

“All you have to do is get in a closer walk with God and you’ll find your enemies are in your own church.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3 seems to be happening in the church today.  Also, 2 Timothy 3:12,13 warns us of persecution for the Godly in Christ Jesus and that evil men and “impostors” will grow from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

The Greek word for “impostors” is “goetes”.  The GWT translates this term into “phony preacher”.  It means a shameless cheat pretending to use supernatural power; an actor (cheap imposter), looking for self-gain, i.e., posing to be someone he isn’t.

You see, there are many leaders today who are posing to be pastors, apostles, prophets, etc., who simply are not representing God nor sent by Him.  This happened quite a bit in the past as seen in the Old Testament as well.

“‘I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name.'” (Jeremiah 27:15)

With the pain that comes from spiritual abuse, often it is God’s mercy in disguise getting us away from an evil institution!  Thank God He does us a favor by getting us away from evil at times.

We must remember in recovering from spiritual abuse that our leaders and their opinions of us are not the same as nor representative of God and His opinions. It only matters what God thinks!  If God is for us, who can be against us?  We must separate this in our minds. Remember Job’s friends?

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Freedom of Speech: Tactics Spiritual Abusers Use to Silence Bloggers and Help for Bloggers

Freedom of Speech!
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)

“Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.” (Ephesians 4:25)

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Proof: Three Pieces of Evidence that Bill Johnson Teaches a Non-Divine Jesus Walked this Earth

A few churches in the Las Vegas area openly support and are publicly affiliated with Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California.  One of these churches is International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV).  ICLV’s pastor (or some say apostle) Paul Goulet can even be found in Johnson’s public favorite friend list which lists many questionable ministries, even some who have promoted strange manifestations in Christian circles such as acting totally drunk and acting like a (quote from their own ministry website): “cross between a jungle and a farmyard” animal.  Neither of these manifestations are Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22,23; 1 Cor. 14:23; 1 Peter 5:8).  Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is self-control not a loss or lack of self-control.  Here is a direct quote about a “transferable anointing” from one of Johnson’s ministries that he promotes:

“…transferable anointing. In its most visible form it overcomes worshippers with outbreaks of laughter, weeping, groaning, shaking, falling, ‘drunkenness,’ and even behaviours that have been described as a ‘cross between a jungle and a farmyard.’ Of greater significance, however, are the changed lives.” (John and Carol Arnott, Catch the Fire, History of the Toronto Blessing)

Teachers involved in the Jesus Culture band and affiliated with Bethel Church (like Banning Liebscher) have spoken at ICLV in the past at the “Holy Spirit Conference”.

Please be very careful with letting anyone lay hands on you who has this “transferable anointing”.  You could do strange things afterward.

Another upcoming tour scheduled in March 2013 to stop here in Las Vegas at ICLV is the Jesus Culture Still Believe Tour with Kim Walker-Smith.

Remember that Jesus Culture has come directly out of Bethel Church (Bill Johnson).  Another church that gives their support of Bill Johnson is Encounter Community Church in Henderson, Nevada.  This church even participates in Bethel’s “sozo” inner healing ministry (which originated at Bethel Church) and has promoted their sozo conference right here in Nevada.  The inner healing ministry was started by two ladies just a few years ago.  One of these ladies is also a “Liebscher” (Teresa Liebscher).  So, why does this matter?  Please read the article link at the top of this post.  May God bless you and give you wisdom and discernment.

“For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 1:11)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

Related:

What is Sozo Prayer by GotQuestions.org

A Note: RE: Sozo by M’Kayla’s Korner

Sozo by ClosingStages

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Do You Really Know What Your Calvary Chapel Believes? It’s not Just the Bible, it’s the “Distinctives”…

Happy New Year 2015!  This is LVAE’s third most viewed article in 2014. Thousands of people are curious about Calvary Chapels’ falsehood.

You walk into the room on a Sunday morning.  Everyone is worshipping God with hands raised.  You greet smiling faces.  The message is delivered from the Bible (word for word) in a powerful, authoritative manner by the senior pastor.  Greetings are made.  You drop some money in the “tithe” box.  Great day at church.  And you do this year after year after year.  The pastor says his church only goes by “the Word”.  And, that’s how it appears on the outside.  You sense there is something wrong at the church, but you cannot pinpoint it and doubt yourself.  Afterall, the Bible is taught word for word from the pulpit!

One church movement that claims to “simply teach the Word, simply” also follows a set of teachings they say are “foundational”, written by a man named Chuck Smith.  Oddly, these doctrines are not brought up normally.  Why?  This set of “foundational” teachings that most Calvary Chapel church goers are not told about is:

The Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith (PDF)

So, what is this “Distinctives” document, exactly?  You thought that you were attending a place whose allegiance, leadership models, practices and doctrines were solely based upon the Word of God and sound doctrine rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15)?

Not so fast.

Calvary Chapels appear to be a very solid, Biblical church.  In fact, the messages are usually word-for-word out of the Bible.  Almost anyone would gather that from attending on Sundays.  This is where it gets tricky.  Discernment is needed.  Get a little closer, stay a little longer, dig a little deeper – and you will see something quite different at play.  A friend of Las Vegas Apologetics once said that discovering the issues at Calvary Chapel is like peeling back the layers of an onion.  Keep peeling, dig deeper, and don’t settle for the outside.

Have you ever had a funny feeling in your gut when attending a Calvary Chapel but you just didn’t know why?  Listen to it.  It could be the Spirit of Truth speaking to you.

Know your church.  Most importantly, know the Bible.  You could protect yourself and your loved ones from spiritual abuse and/or practices and teachings contrary to orthodox Christianity.

In section two of the Distinctives, Smith discusses the Moses/Aaron form of leadership.  He also twists the meaning of a “hireling” to mean someone who is not accountable to a Board of Directors:

“Becoming a hireling is a real danger when the church is run by a Presbyterian kind of a government, and the Board is ruling over the church. The pastor is hired by the Board and can be fired by the Board in the same fashion. With that kind of rule the pastor becomes a hireling.”

Smith here is putting the pastor above the Board of Directors (the “Board” is a worldly, business term and really is found nowhere in the Bible).  Sort of like a pyramid.  If the pastor cannot be hired or fired by the Board, doesn’t that make the pastor a church boss with no accountability whatsoever (as opposed to a “hireling”)?  Jesus said a hireling is someone who does not care for the sheep, not someone who is accountable to a board or fellow brethren (John 10:13).  In fact, every true pastor/shepherd will be accountable to others.  A true, humble servant of God wants to be accountable to Godly people and will listen to correction (Proverbs 12:1; 2 Tim. 4:2).  A pastor who cannot get fired is a pastor who can get away with anything in the name of God or being “the Lord’s anointed one”!  Do you see any similarities with the Roman Catholic Church?  This is a set up for abuse and false teaching unchecked in the church.  Smith simply (and unbelievably) puts the pastor at the top of the pyramid in his Moses/Aaron form of leadership – on an island unto himself separate from any possibility of being fired by the Board.

On another note, in section eight, Smith speaks of a pre-tribulation, secret rapture.

The problem is that the pre-tribulation quiet, secret rapture is simply not Biblical because the Bible says it is a loud event (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

There are many friends of this ministry who have attended Calvary Chapel Green Valley in Henderson.  At least one prior member of CCGV has heard the senior pastor speak of the missionary Corrie Ten Boom (on at least one occasion) and LVAE has known a few people who have witnessed the pastor speak on the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church (on multiple occasions).  Please note that this ministry does lovingly pray for and care for the souls at Calvary Chapels, hoping for Godly repentance and hoping God’s best for each and every soul including all leadership who we pray for, of course!

Even though many Calvary Chapel senior pastors will speak about Corrie Ten Boom, this same woman has stated in a letter from 1974 that pastors who teach a pre-tribulation rapture are the “false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days”!

“There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days.  Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

You see, these teachings are foundational to the Calvary Chapel church you attend.  What are you being taught?

May the Holy Spirit speak to you.  God bless you.

Related: 

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/category/secret-pre-trib-rapture-lie/

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/category/calvary-chapel-movement/

Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web by David Sessions

(Las Vegas Apologetics does not necessarily agree with all content from the above ministry)

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Spiritual Abuse: A Personal Story

Great Article by Spiritual Sounding Board!

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Apostasy: Direct Quotes from Professed Teacher Julie Ferwerda author of ‘Raising Hell’

Direct Quotes from Julie Ferwerda

Direct Quotes from professed teacher Julie Ferwerda, July 25, 2011 @ 12:32 am

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but hell is a ‘hot topic’ in Christian circles these days!

In light of that, I am so excited to share with you what I’ve been learning over the past couple years. After spending most of my life with the unquestioning belief in hell (a.k.a. eternal conscious torment and separation from God), how amazing and wonderful to discover that hell is nothing more than a man-made, pagan tradition of men, inserted into the early Roman Church (several centuries AFTER Christ) as a means to control people with fear. In fact, hell (or the concept) isn’t even found in our Hebrew or Greek Scriptures, only in mistranslations!

What’s the alternative? After many hundreds of hours (over the course of a whole year) of in-depth study of Scriptures in their original languages, as well as careful analysis of Church history and Hebrew perspectives, I now believe that the Gospel is truly Good News for ALL people (Luke 2:10), not ultimately bad news for most people. And I’m far from alone in this belief. Many millions of devoted, studious, faithful Christ-followers worldwide, from every denomination and creed, are questioning the validity of hell, and they are coming back to the predominant Christian teaching of the first five centuries after Christ. This Scriptural belief upholds that God is really that sovereign and that loving to save ALL people in a purposeful, corrective, reconciliatory plan that reaches long past this short lifetime, much like you would expect from any Loving Parent.

If you’ve ever had doubts or questions about the teaching of hell, or if you’ve had concerns about the seeming contradictions of God’s character, as interpreted through the lenses of traditional orthodox Christianity, then I believe that my newest book, Raising Hell: Christianity’s Most Controversial Doctrine Put Under Fire could likely open your eyes to a new view of the Bible and a radical new look at God’s UNFAILING love for all mankind.

Perhaps most importantly, if you’re curious to know why we’ve embraced a perspective on Scriptures that most ‘mainstream’ evangelical leaders have called ‘heretical,’ then we hope you’ll read Raising Hell and let us know what you think! Also, be sure to visit our website (http://www.RaisingHellBook.com), as well as check out some of the reader reviews on Amazon.com to see what kind of feedback folks from all walks of life have given. If you’d rather read the book on your Kindle, Nook, or iBooks device, Raising Hell is available for just 99 cents as an e-book on all three services. OR, if you’d like to do a blog review, let me know and I’ll send you a FREE paperback copy!

I’m sure you have 101 questions forming already. That’s great! You’ll most likely find a thoughtful answer in the book, as I had all the same questions initially. So don’t put it off; find out why I believe, along with my husband, that it’s time for all hell to break loose!

I hope you will take the time to visit our website to learn more about the book. You can also peruse the entire book using Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature. In the mean time, here’s what people are saying about Raising Hell:

‘I FRIGGIN LOVE YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bravo, Julie!! This ex-Pastor gives you a hundred thumbs up for your scholarship, research, passion and immovable and probing heart. I am a HUGE advocate of this book—it is probably on my top ten books of all time. Don’t hesitate buying a copy today with my HIGHEST recommendation.’–Terre Woodhead, Washington State

‘Truly amazing book—long needed as hell and a punishing God has been a major stumbling block to my grown children. Your message, so clearly written and easy to read, resonates powerfully, inasmuch as your scripture examples are among my favorite. I am a trustee of The Center of Theological Inquiry connected to the Princeton Theological Seminary. While I am not a theologian, your argument is persuasive.’–Conrad Plimpton, Arizona

‘I can heartily recommend Raising Hell as one of the best books I have read on the subject. Julie leaves no stone unturned in her search to find the truth! It is well-researched, convincing, and gracefully communicated. There are many books out there, and no doubt you will want to do additional study, but I can think of no better place to start than here. Be prepared to have your faith challenged, your paradigms shattered, and your heart filled with joy and wonderment at the vastness of God’s great love!’–Ken Eckerty, Florida

‘Ten years ago, I would have called anyone who agreed with what Ferwerda believes a ‘heretic.’ Now I am beginning to wonder if maybe what we thought was an orthodox view of hell is actually the real heresy. To believe in the doctrine of eternal torment in light of the character of God revealed in the Person of His Son Jesus is difficult. To believe in it in light of what the Scriptures actually say is impossible. My hope is that this historical work will receive the widest readership possible. It’s time for people to discover that the Good News may actually be better than we thought.’ –Dave L., Minnesota

Julie Ferwerda

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Joel Osteen: Origins; Errors of His Teaching (a Film by Keith Thompson)

“Are Joel Osteen’s teachings Biblical? Are they in line with ancient church belief? What does he teach and where do his views come from? This documentary is the most comprehensive video refutation and expose of Joel Osteen that exists. Feel free to upload this video to your channel and share it with anyone deceived into prosperity teachings.” (Keith Thompson, April 26, 2011)

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Listen to online sermon here by Francis Chan:

EXPECT 2012 – Increasingly Radical

“As is the American way, we tend to become less adventurous as we get older. We have it backwards. Each day, the life of God in us should become more and more of a reality. As we grow in our intimacy and maturity with Him, our lives should become increasingly radical. If we settle for comfort and safety, we won’t grow in our dependence on Christ. He promises to be with us as we go out and make disciples—facing the rejection, fear and self-doubt that come with reaching out beyond our capabilities.” (Francis Chan)

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Psalm 119:105

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 199:105)

It is always intriguing to hear people say, “I can’t read the Bible because there are too many contradictions”. How true it is that the people who say this have not read the Bible. There are people who have read the Bible daily for ten, twenty, thirty or more years and have found absolutely no contradictions. Psalm 119 explains how the Bible is “like a light to our path” in this world. God’s Word is our source of Truth. Suddenly, as the Bible is illuminated to us, things happening in the world begin to make sense like they never did before. The Christian develops a peace knowing that the Bible is true and can be trusted. Events prophesied in the Bible centuries ago are coming true today. Not only that, but correct doctrine can lead you and your family to salvation/eternal life.  The Bible really is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. This year in 2013, would you make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to read the Bible?  You will never regret it. “Take heed unto yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you” (1 Timothy 4:16).  “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45).

 

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SPIRITUAL ABUSE: VERSES PASTORS TWIST AND MISUSE TO CONTROL

Apprising Ministries believes this is a very important issue that’s still largely under the radar even within the mainstream of Christendom; and keep in mind that I’m say this as a pastor myself.

If you don’t think this is a problem then I’m afraid you haven’t been paying attention to the growing glut of self-proclaimed “leaders” constantly congratulating each other for their unbiblical membership covenants…” (Ken Silva, Pastor-Teacher)

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Green Valley Baptist Church (Henderson, Nevada): True or false? Is doctrinal purity important to God?

Though there are so many nice people at this church, please be aware that if you have a passion for doctrinal purity, you might be frowned upon (and possibly hatefully shunned) at this church by one or more people.

Before reading these direct quotes, look at this Warning Signs List by world renowned Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist, Rick Ross.  Warning sign #2 says, “No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry”.  Sign #1 in the third section says, “A safe group leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental or punitive”.  Also, please watch this video by Pastor Chris Lawson.

The Bible calls us to be patient with each others’ questions and “tender-hearted” (Ephesians 4:32) with each other, and after all, we are commanded to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1).  The Bible says we must teach what is sound doctrine in Titus 2:1.  It is very important in the Christian religion and to God that we have doctrinal purity.  Also, the Bible says, “As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine…” (1 Timothy 1:3).    Also, “Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9).  Purity in doctrine is part of being a Christian, and especially one who claims to be a Christian teacher.  Jesus and the Holy Spirit put a very high emphasis on doctrinal purity; in fact, the Spirit of Truth wrote the Bible (2 Peter 1:21).  Churches are free to do what they want; however, if they claim to be Christian, Bible-teaching churches, they must follow through with that claim and be patient with those who are inquiring about their beliefs.

If you are interested in sound doctrine, you may want to inquire what this church teaches in regard to Pentecost (the pouring out of God’s Spirit; an event that happened in the past; Read Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17) and the “secret rapture”.  Also, if you have the gift of tongues (I don’t), the leadership will not allow you to use your gift at church.  Here are direct quotes from the lead pastor (Boyd):

“As for Acts 2:17…People much smarter than I (John MacArthur is one) believe this refers to after the tribulation.”

“Acts 2:17; Most scholars believe ‘last days’ refers to after the rapture and during the tribulation period.”

Remember, in Acts 2:17, the Apostle Peter was quoting a prophecy given by Joel (in Joel 2:28).  That is because Pentecost was happening that very day (read Acts 2 which says Pentecost occurred on that day).  This is why Peter brought up Joel’s prophecy in the first place.  That day was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophetic prediction.  Pentecost already happened as a historical event recorded in the very pages of scripture in Acts 2.  Since Pentecost, God has poured out His Spirit.  Pentecost is not an event that is yet to happen in a distant time in the future, or “after the rapture”.  According to orthodox Christianity, Pentecost already occurred.

Related:

https://lasvegasapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/tithing-manipulation/

http://www.rickross.com/warningsigns.html

A helpful article on the tithe as a false doctrine: Tithing: The Great False Doctrine by Battered Sheep Ministries

A helpful video on the Malachi verse twist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgSYwMBGM4

A helpful article on the tithe vs. New Testament giving: http://www.newtestamentpattern.net/christianarticles/shouldachristiantithe/originsanddevelopment.htm

Green Valley Baptist promotes Beth Moore’s studies. Here is a helpful article on Beth Moore: http://www.examiner.com/article/beth-moore-promotes-new-age-teaching-apologetics-article-part-i

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Study the Bible, The Very Word of God…

As Christians, we must be careful what we read. The Bible should be first and foremost. There are many books out there. Nobody should be bored enough to turn to other books. If we abandon the Bible, and turn aside to other books and articles, it might mean we don’t like the Truth of what we are reading. It might mean that we don’t want to hear what we really need to hear and what God would speak to us about.

The Bible is indeed a “lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). When people turn away from the Bible, it might mean that the light of the Bible is illuminating some things for them that they would prefer not to be illuminated. Light reveals darkness. This is what happened to me when I first started reading the Bible. I had so much darkness in my life, and the Bible revealed it! I’m so glad. There were lots of tears! This is a continual thing. Nobody is “done” learning from the Bible! Deep joy came after the Truth penetrated my heart and soul…

Nobody has mastered the Bible to exhaustion, because Jesus said that the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). You and I are never finished with it. How can a Christian be “finished” with hearing from God?

Some books might be very biblical and scriptural, but make sure you test everything with the Bible, study the Truth first and foremost!

As Solomon said in the Book of Ecclesiastes “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”

Our Pastor was speaking this morning about the “great apostosy” in the Last Days (hot newsflash: we are in the last days). The Bible says that there will be a great falling away and turning from sound doctrine in the last days, even by people who call themselves Christians. This is happening more and more.

2 Timothy Chapter 4 says, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

Are we focusing on what we want to hear, what sooths our fleshliness and worldliness, from a great many teachers and authors? Or, are we focusing on what we need to hear? We need to hear the Truth from God, not lies. I don’t want to be deceived, do you?

If you are relying on books other than the Bible for your main source of Truth, or articles, watch out! Not all books and authors are biblical and scriptural. Not every self proclaimed “Christian Author” is really a Christian.

God loves you! Stand firm in the Truth. Have a glorious, Truth-filled day!

Hebrews 4:11-13
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

James 1:22-25
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 13
The Parable of the Sower
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”
10The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.'[a] 16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18″Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

From Matthew 7:
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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An Invitation to Church of South Las Vegas…Quandary – False?

I am disturbed.  I was sitting at a cafe in Henderson, Nevada weeks ago and God happened to place me right next to two people chatting – a man and a woman.  According to my research, one of these people (a teacher who teaches the public online through his blog that he was telling me about) might have been a leader at the Church of South Las Vegas at some point (or perhaps still is a leader at the church).  At the cafe, he did invite me to attend Church of South Las Vegas.  The woman said she was an author, and she writes about God’s love.
He was meeting with this woman (they were chatting), and I was trying not to hear, but couldn’t help it!  The woman told the man (his name might have been Conrad?) that if Jesus were to come back today, he would “smoke pot and have a posse”.  She was completely serious and not joking around!  The man nodded.  And I was thinking, “are these people serious?”.  I of course gasped at this and tried to hold my tongue but, the Holy Spirit was not having me remain silent!I explained to them the scriptures, and that it is blasphemy to say Jesus would sin.The man told me, well we do drugs everyday – when we drink coffee or soda!Instead of correcting the woman who told him this lie, he seemed to defend it by not speaking up and challenging it!  He did not correct her at all!  Rather, he continued to listen to her instruction.  It appeared that she was instructing him.The woman also said that just as there are millions of stars in the sky, there are millions of ways to God!  I, of course, explained to her that Jesus said narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there will be that find it (Matthew 7)!

When I told them it was blasphemy to say Jesus would smoke pot, they laughed at me and walked out the door!

I am highly concerned.  Please be alert and careful.  This has been a truthful account shared with love for all. 

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What does the Bible say about being simple vs. getting knowledge?

Proverbs 23:23
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Proverbs 1
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Malachi 2:7
For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Proverbs 18:15 
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Proverbs 15:14
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Proverbs 23:12
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 Corinthians 12:8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit…
Ephesians 4
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, TOSSED TO and FRO, and carried about with EVERY WIND of DOCTRINE, by the sleight of men, and CUNNING craftiness, whereby they LIE in wait to deceive.  (Emphasis mine).
Matthew 25:9
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
I have noticed on more than one occasion, teachers and Christians saying knowledge does not matter, so just excel in other things, but don’t take the Bible that seriously, etc, etc. They know Jesus is Lord, and that’s all they will ever want to know or that is all they think is important to know.  They twist 1 Corinthians 8:1 and say to others that knowledge has passed away and is no longer needed today.  Of course, this is a horrible twisting of the verse. We should encourage each other to search the scriptures and acquire knowledge.  We should grow in our knowledge. What would Jesus say to people who discourage Christians from asking God for wisdom and knowledge?  
Of course, it is God who gives wisdom and knowledge.  We need not be ‘puffed up’ with our knowledge.  We should of course excel in love and humility.  But, that does not mean we are to check our brains at the door, be lazy or simple and forsake knowledge of the scriptures.  We are to grow and to read the Bible.  That is how we grow and are sanctified. God gets the glory for knowledge and wisdom, for every good thing comes from Him. Seek wisdom and knowledge in God’s Word, the Bible.  
John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
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