Our calling, as followers of Jesus, is to proclaim the Truth to whoever will listen and leave the results in God's hands. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an invitation, not a debate. If we love people we will warn them about that which draws them away from a pure devotion to Jesus Christ.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rescuing Friends from Hebrew Roots - Messianic Communities
Paul says to Peter, “If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?” Galatians 2:14b
"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Galatians 3:24-25 24
"Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." Galatians 4:10-11
The Berean Call 7/29/10 this post updated 7/30/10
The article above describes the increasingly corrupt nature of the message of the magazine. It includes reference to an article by Mark Galli, called, "Divine Drama Queen: But I'd secretly rather have a God who is a non-anxious presence."
The following is a comment posted on the CT site following the article, "Divine Drama Queen"
"no stars Posted: July 17, 2010 5:33 PM I work for a Christian book publisher and have started seeing more and more authors who want to push the limits like this on what they publish. Sometimes I think they are trying to show off by being "edgy" or pretend they have some deep point that nobody gets. I'm seriously concerned about where Christian publishing is headed. But I'm encouraged by most of the responses to this article, they prove that this "shock jock" approach to writing isn't working. Where are the leaders who can stand up to authors that go too far? I hope the next generation produces some."
From Lighthouse Trails 7/29/10
"LTRP Note: What this article DOESN’T tell you is that PRIOR to the last presidential election, Rick Warren, still the most influential pastor in America today, was part of an organization that exists to bring about mandatory national service. Rick Warren was, and still is, on the leadership council of this organization called Service Nation. And yet, Christian leaders and Christian media continue to refuse to warn again the teachings and goals of the “new (ecumenical/emerging) reformation” of the Purpose Driven movement."
Berean Call Daily Update 7/22/10
On the Berean Call site
Hebrew Roots, Feasts, Holy Days, & Christmas
There are people who rightly warn against the Hebrew Roots movement and their keeping of Feasts and Holy Days but then turn around and preach the Holy Day of Christmas as if it was a requirement for sincere New Testament Christianity!
They call Hebrew Roots people legalistic for insisting the Old Testament feasts are required for obedient Christian living today. But then these same people promote Christmas with such a zeal, even though it is not found in either Old or New Testament, that they call legalistic anyone who raises questions about Christmas from a Biblical point of view.
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Hinduism & Yoga
By T.A. McMahon
Posted on this site 6/16/10
"Hinduism is a system of works--things that one must do to reach moksha, the Hindu heaven. It involves the practice of yoga, which, contrary to what many have heard, has never been for improvement of one's health but is rather a means of dying to one's body in the hope of delivering oneself from the physical realm. This is supposed to yoke one to Brahman, the Supreme Deity of Hinduism."
From "The Works-Salvation Delusion" in the June 2010 Berean Call NewsletterOther topics in this article: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Roman CatholicismAlso see their article on "Can Yoga be Christianized?"Consider their book: Yoga and the Body of Christ - bookMoksha - Yoga - Brahman [Wikipedia]
Testimony of a Former Catholic
By T.A. McMahon
Posted on this site 6/16/10
"Here is an example from the first 30 years of my own life as a Roman Catholic. I lived by a religious system of laws, many of which a Catholic is obligated to keep. It began with baptism. If one is not baptized, the Church says he can't enter heaven. It also says that although baptism is required, it is no guarantee. There are many other such rules that a Catholic must keep.
"I have a book in my office called the Code of Canon Law. It contains 1,752 laws, many of which affect one's eternal destiny. Sins recognized by the Roman Catholic Church are classified as either mortal or venial. A mortal sin is one that damns a person to hell, should he or she die without having had it absolved by a priest. A venial sin doesn't need to be confessed to a priest, but whether confessed or not, all sin adds to one's temporal punishment, which must be expiated either here on earth through suffering or good works or else be purged in the flames of purgatory after one's death.
"There are obligations that a Catholic must fulfill regarding both beliefs and deeds. For example, one is required to believe that Mary was conceived without sin (an event called the Immaculate Conception). If a Catholic doesn't believe that, he commits a mortal sin, which carries the penalty of eternal damnation. The feast day of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation, a day on which all Catholics are required to attend Mass. Failure to do so could result in commission of a mortal sin."
From "The Works-Salvation Delusion" in the June 2010 Berean Call Newsletter
Other topics in this article: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism
"Hello Dr. Glenn Beck—Thanks to Liberty University"
From Ed Decker of Saints Alive in Jesus 5/22/10
"Saturday morning in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University conveyed an honorary doctorate in humanities and scientists on Mormon conservative media heavyweight Glenn Beck. Breaking into his trademark tears, Beck told the stadium of 8,000 Liberty University grads and 20,000 friends and family members, "as a man who was never able to go to college—I went for one semester but I couldn’t afford any more than that---I am humbled and honored." Beck immediately offered an apology of sorts for his Mormonism, saying that it was an act of “courage” for the fundamentalist Baptist Liberty University to invite him to speak and that he understood it was “not meant as an endorsement of my faith,” offering instead his own “endorsement of your faith,” emphasizing his personal belief in Jesus Christ, and exhorting the audience to “look to God and live,” a reference to the story of Moses and the brazen serpent (Numbers 21: 7 -9)." Ed Decker quoting Joanna Brooks
"Ed Comments: You have to wonder what some of our most prestigious Christians think about the gospel of Christ when they allow a cultist to stand in front of a graduating class of Christian students. They can now look at Mormons as being our brothers and sisters in Christ. After all, Glenn Beck is a solid Conservative, who talks about his Christian faith. Here he is speaking at commencement in a Christian University! He even teared up. Wow. No one told them that the Mormon Jesus doesn’t save anyone and God of Mormonism is an exalted man from another planet and that Beck himself strives to become a god, himself. The Mormons, like all cults, play word games and twist scripture for their own purposes and foolish men and women are beguiled by the sweet aroma of feigned holiness and humility. God help the Christian body when things like this become the norm. Because if this, I am republishing the following article by James Squire, regarding the twisting of Holy Scripture. Please take the time to read it through." http://www.saintsalive.com/
Also see "Liberty University and Glenn Beck" at the Berean Call
Catholic Monk Keating
Lighthouse Trails 5/16/10
"In the article, Keating conveyed what contemplative mystics have been saying for centuries: mysticism is the common ground among all the world’s religions."
Young women who profess to be Christians who wear low cut tops that expose the tops of their breasts are dressing like prostitutes who entice young men to immorality. Jesus does not want us to be prostitutes OR Pharisees.
"Behold Your God - Isaiah 40"
The late Jim Kilcup at Buena Park Christian Fellowship
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From the Buena Park Christian Fellowship site
Posted on this site 5/12/10
Lighthouse Trails May 10th, 2010
"The final outcome of contemplative prayer is interspirituality. . . Just what exactly is interspirituality? The premise behind interspirituality is that divinity (God) is in all things, and the presence of God is in all religions; there is a connecting together of all things, and through mysticism (i.e., meditation) this state of divinity can be recognized. Consequently, this is a premise that is based on and upheld by an experience that occurs during a self-hypnotic trance linking one to an unseen world rather than to the sound doctrine of the Bible."
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