Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Scientists eye swarm of Yellowstone quakes

Were the more than 250 tremors a sign of something bigger to come? From MSNBC

Yellowstone is an active volcanic and tectonic area, and small earthquakes happen frequently. But scientists say the spate of small quakes that shook up the area on Monday were unusual.

By Mead Gruver updated 9:25 p.m. ET, Mon., Dec. 29, 2008

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

IRAN: Gaza crisis will lead to Israel's annihilation

Iranian president says Gaza crisis to lead to Israel's annihilation www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-30 19:56:06

TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that the ongoing Gaza crisis will lead to Israel's annihilation, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza which will lead to definite annihilation of the regime," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Egypt refuses full opening of Gaza crossing unless PA in control from Jerusalem Post

Egypt will not fully open its crossing into the Gaza Strip unless Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority is in control of the border post, said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Tuesday, resisting demands Egypt do so amid Israel's operation against Hamas.

Egypt has come under heavy criticism in the Arab world over its refusal over the past year to open the Rafah crossing, which has helped complete an Israeli blockade of the territory. Since Israel's offensive in Gaza began Saturday, Egypt has allowed some wounded to cross from Gaza for treatment and some humanitarian supplies to enter the territory.

Israel to widen offensive as Hamas fires more rockets The UK Telegraph

Israel warned it was poised to widen the offensive on the Gaza Strip as its troops staged at the border for a possible ground invasion and its Islamist enemy Hamas vowed to keep up rocket attacks on Israeli cities.

See Israel: The Battle Has Just Begun , this video What Really Happened In The Middle East and Isralestine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East .

See related articles Defiant Hamas Hits Israel With Rockets , Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas , The World Protests Against Israel

Defiant Hamas Hits Israel With Rockets


(CBS/AP) Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip sent a deadly barrage of missiles flying deep into Israel on Monday, demonstrating that Hamas still has firepower three days into Israel's punishing offensive against Gaza. Three Israelis were killed and two seriously wounded. Israel, meanwhile, turned the force of its air assault toward Hamas field operatives in Gaza, sending warplanes to bomb their houses in a sweep meant to tear at the roots of the militant organization.

...A tough-talking Israeli defense minister promised them a "war to the bitter end," as the three-day death toll in Israel's shock-and-awe offensive rose to 364, according to Gaza health officials.

See also Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas , The World Protests Against Israel

Can Contemplative Prayer Be Found In The Bible?

Is Contemplative or Centering Prayer Biblical? Where are these practices rooted? Apprising Ministries highlights the origins...

...One day, about 1700 years ago, two young Christian monks living in the Egyptian desert visited an abba, an elder. They asked him what prayer really means. Abba Isaac then gave them one of the clearest and most powerful explanations of prayer in the whole Christian tradition. He said there are many forms of prayer but that all of them point to the same source and goal: the “Prayer of Fire”. He meant the living prayer of Jesus present in the human heart through the Holy Spirit.

Editor's note: Is this how Jesus taught his disciples how to pray?

See "What is Christian meditation?" for the Biblical definition of what it means to "meditate".

Visit Christian Research Network and review over 200 articles regarding the infiltration of mysticism in today's church.

Then go to your church and test what is being taught not just from the pulpit but in the youth groups.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Global Crises Creating Global Unity Toward Human Divinity

Standing Fast In The Last Days by former New Ager Warren Smith

Warren shares his deep concerns regarding the spiritual deception taking place in the church today. Covering topics such as the Emerging Church, Purpose-Driven, the New Age, and what is being called the New Spirituality,Warren exposes what may be the signs of a great falling away that the Bible has predicted will happen in the days before Christ’s return. Some of the topics Warren addresses are: the influence of OprahWinfrey and Robert Schuller, a growing hostility toward biblical Christians, a plan for a false world peace, how mysticism is becoming an integral part of today’s society, and the interspiritual, ecumenical movement that is gaining momentum and deceiving many.

Watch Part II of Warren Smith's Standing Fast In The Last Days.

Recent global crises highlighted in The Rise of The Fourth Kingdom.

Watch this short video, Season of Signs: Passover Through Pentecost 2008

Man Made Global Warming Hoax

Climate Catastrophe Cancelled

The idea for this video was initiated by the Friends of Science Society, a registered not-for-profit group of geologists, environmental scientists and concerned citizens, "in an effort to make the science of climate change available and understandable to the general public", stated Dr. Doug Leahey, President of Friends of Science Society.

Watch Part II here.

Watch Part III here.

See related articles UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims , Global Warming Tied To Global Government?

See more climate change and global warming articles here.

Messages From Mary in Maryland

From Baltimore City Paper: Something About Mary An Emmitsburg Woman Receives Messages From Above. Not Everyone Is Happy About It.

Mary Blanchard reads an excerpt from a letter--officially, a "pastoral advisory"--that was sent by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien to all churches in the Baltimore Archdiocese in October. The letter regards an Emmitsburg woman ( Dr. Gianna Talone Sullivan ) who says that she has been receiving visions of the Virgin Mary almost daily for the past 21 years. These visions have been the centerpiece of the monthly meetings, and have drawn between 500 and 1,000 people to the Lynnefield Event complex to witness them.

From The Foundation of The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart:
You are invited by Our Lady of Emmitsburg, the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, to join her on a mystical journey through the Center of her Immaculate Heart...

... Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of Jesus, is the perfect pinnacle of the Beatitudes, the salt that could never lose its taste, the light that no bushel basket could cover, the last of the New Testament Prophets, the most obedient teacher of the commandments, and the greatest of all God's creations on earth and in Heaven.

This website catalogs the apocalyptic visions of the apparition of the Blessed Mother to Dr. Gianna Talone Sullivan.

Editor's note: The foreboding messages from the Mary of Maryland resemble the end of days described in the Bible. However, the solution for global peace offered by the apparitions are not Biblical.

Find out how the apparitions of The Mary of Rome and Her Messages From Heaven are deceiving hundred's of thousands of sincere people across the globe.

See also Miracles of Mary in Southern Arizona.

Visit What Every Catholic Should Know and see the video of former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett discuss the Mary of Rome.

Israel in 'all-out war' with Hamas

Zechariah 9:5
Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel is now in "all-out war" with Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel's parliament Monday.

...Israel says the goal of the bombardment is to stop an ongoing stream of rockets fired from Gaza into the southern part of its country. More than 40 rockets were fired into southern Israel on Monday despite the raids, according to Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld.

One of the strikes killed an Israeli at a construction site in the city of Ashkelon and wounded eight others, three seriously, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN.

The Israeli fatality is the second since the airstrikes began Saturday. Ashkelon, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Gaza, has been a frequent target of the rocket attacks.

See Isralestine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East .

The World Protests Against Israel

Israel Air Strikes Spark Protests Worldwide AFP

LONDON (AFP) — Demonstrators in cities around the world are gathering to protest against the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 300 people in the Palestinian territory.

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called for an "urgent ceasefire and immediate halt to all violence" in Gaza.

A call to "urgently halt" the military action also came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who spoke to his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni.

The top diplomats in Italy and Spain, Franco Frattini and Miguel Angel Moratinos, also spoke by telephone with Livni who said Israel would try "to limit the suffering of the people of Gaza," the Italian foreign ministry said.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency, told Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas by telephone of his grave concerns about the escalating violence in the region and the need for both sides to stop their aggressions.

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday denounced the violence between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza, and urged everyone involved in the "tragic situation in the Middle East" to strive for humanity and wisdom.

The UN chief added his voice to the UN Security Council's call for an immediate end to hostilities and urged Israel to allow humanitarian aid into the poverty-stricken territory.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "deplores that violence is continuing today, and he strongly urges once again an immediate stop to all acts of violence," his spokeswoman Michele Montas said in a statement.

See Isralestine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East .

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Miracles of Mary in Southern Arizona

Our Lady of the Sierras: Pilgrims come to Southern Arizona to hear Virgin Mary 'speak'

By Tom Beal ARIZONA DAILY STAR Tucson, Arizona Published: 12.21.2008

Horacio Soria Salazar didn't expect a miracle. Soria is a rational man, a mathematician, a former university president and secretary of education in the Mexican border state of Sonora.
He was a Sunday Catholic when prostate cancer moved him to ramp up his prayer regimen.

He had sought medical help, had the prostate removed. The cancer came back.
He and his wife and some friends journeyed to Our Lady of the Sierras shrine in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains. They had heard about a woman named Pat who spoke regularly to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Soria thought that connection to a higher power might be helpful.
Soria prayed with Pat and she relayed what she called a message from the Virgin Mary that his body was being healed. His cancer vanished and hasn't returned in two years.

Learn how miraculous signs and wonders can come from an angel of light and still not be of God.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Holy, Holy, Holy Is The LORD of Hosts

Isaiah 6
1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!"

Isaiah 9
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined...4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian...
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold itwith justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 55
1 "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.3Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed meto bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Luke 2
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"

John 1
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:3
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

Revelation 4
5From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

Luke 21:26-28
26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Revelation 14:7
And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water."

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Rick Warren: Not Opposed to Gay Partnerships...Yes, I am...No, I am Not !

Rick Warren: Not Anti-gay To Oppose Gay Marriage (AP Newswire)

"I have in no way ever taught that homosexuality is the same thing as a forced relationship between an adult and a child, or between siblings," Warren said. "I was trying to point out I'm not opposed to gays having their partnership. I'm opposed to gays using the term marriage for their relationship."

Editor's note: Good for Southern Baptist Pastor Rick Warren, spoken like a true politician! Congratulations on neglecting your call as a pastor... to tell people under all types of bondage that Christ came to set the captives free.

Christian Research Network reports that Rick Warren's Saddleback church has changed the language about homosexuality on it's website....

What is the cost of Rick Warren’s blatant attempt to navigate a middle course between conservatism and liberalism ? Answer: A compromise of Biblical truth?

Case in point: The Saddleback church website used to contain language that clearly stated that unrepentant homosexuals could not be members of Saddleback Church. But, now that Rick Warren will be giving the invocation at Obama’s inauguration that language has disappeared from the Saddleback website and has some of his critics both liberal and conservative wondering if Saddleback will now be welcoming unrepentant homosexuals into membership.

What is the cost of Rick Warren’s blatant attempt to navigate a middle course between conservatism and liberalism ? Answer: A compromise of Biblical truth?

Case in point: The Saddleback church website used to contain language that clearly stated that unrepentant homosexuals could not be members of Saddleback Church. But, now that Rick Warren will be giving the invocation at Obama’s inauguration that language has disappeared from the Saddleback website and has some of his critics both liberal and conservative wondering if Saddleback will now be welcoming unrepentant homosexuals into membership.

See also Rick Warren: Playing Both Sides of the Gay Agenda , Christian Leader Pays For Speaking Out Against Rick Warren , Saddleback & SoulForce: Rick Warren's Half Lie?

Rick Warren Washes His Hands of SoulForce But Saddleback Sets The Table , Saddleback Set To Entertain Gay Activists , Rick Warren: Playing Both Sides of the Gay Agenda , Protestant Pope's Self Promotion & Presidential Politics

Monday, December 22, 2008

World faces "total" financial meltdown: Bank of Spain chief

BREIBART.com: The governor of the Bank of Spain on Sunday issued a bleak assessment of the economic crisis, warning that the world faced a "total" financial meltdown unseen since the Great Depression.

"The lack of confidence is total," Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez said in an interview with Spain's El Pais daily.

"The inter-bank (lending) market is not functioning and this is generating vicious cycles: consumers are not consuming, businessmen are not taking on workers, investors are not investing and the banks are not lending.

"There is an almost total paralysis from which no-one is escaping," he said, adding that any recovery -- pencilled in by optimists for the end of 2009 and the start of 2010 -- could be delayed if confidence is not restored.

"This is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression" of 1929, he added.

James 5
1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

See related video: Season of Signs: Passover Through Pentecost 2008. Watch global crises reach critical mass to birth The Rise of the Fourth Kingdom.

World Net Daily To Rick Warren: Don't Bless the Slaughter of The Unborn

An Open Letter to Rick Warren from Joseph Farah at World Net Daily:

Editor's note: The following is a column adapted from a letter Joseph Farah wrote to Rick Warren last week about his agreement to offer the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama on Jan. 20.

I'm writing to share my profound and abject revulsion at your agreement to offer the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as president Jan. 20.

I understand you want this to be a time of "healing" for our nation. I understand you consider Obama to be your "friend." I understand your desire to bring "civility" to our society.
However, when we read the Bible, we see there are times for men of God to stand up to leaders, like Nathan did to King David, and confront them with the absolute truth of God's word and His laws. That's what all Christians should do when confronted with leaders embracing evil.

Let's focus on just one of Obama's evil policies, though there are dozens more we should consider. Barack Obama is opposed to any and all restrictions on the killing of unborn children and has pledged to work against the few that remain. In fact, as a state legislator in Illinois, he pushed a law that would require the killing of babies born alive after unsuccessful abortions.

I would hope you, a pastor of the gospel of Jesus Christ, would also call that evil.

I'm trying to imagine Jesus giving an invocation at the inauguration of such a man. I think you will agree, it's unimaginable.

So why are you ready, willing and eager to do this thing?

I ask you, as a brother in the Lord, to examine your heart, your mind and your soul as to your motivations for offering this prayer.

Yes, we are commanded to pray for our leaders. But there is no suggestion in the Bible that we are ever to be used as political pawns by praying at their events – especially when they are promoting the wholesale slaughter of innocent human beings.

Read the rest here at World Net Daily.

Editor's note: Ironic that The Atlantic.com magazine featured this August interview of Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren titled: The Rick Warren Interview: No Compromise With Evil.

See related articles: Popes, Presidents and Prophets , Operation Rescue Decries Rick Warren’s Role at Inaugural

Isaiah 5
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! 24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them And stricken them, And the hills trembled. Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. 22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, 23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Operation Rescue Decries Rick Warren’s Role at Inaugural

From Slice of Laodicea:

Hats off to Troy Newman of Operation Rescue. Where in the world is the rest of the church? This just came through on Christian Newswire. (For very little, anyone can send out a press release on Christian Newswire. Is your pastor taking a stand on this? If not, you can! Let your voice be heard.)

Washington, DC - Operation Rescue issues the following statement, attributable to Troy Newman, regarding Rick Warren’s role in the upcoming Obama inaugural ceremonies:

Yesterday, Pastor Rick Warren issued a statement attempting to excuse his act of support for Mr. Obama, an ardent supporter of abortion, by saying, “The Bible admonishes us to pray for our leaders.” However, Pastor Warren’s participation in Obama’s Inauguration is tantamount to placing his stamp of approval on Obama and his policies that stand in direct opposition to Biblical truths.

The Bible clearly states in Ephesians 5:11 that as Christians we should have “nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Barack Obama not only supports the grievous sin of abortion, but has vowed to promote, subsidize, and protect it. The hands that shed innocent blood are among the things God particularly detests. As a minister of the Gospel, it is a betrayal of innocent children and, more importantly, betrayal of the God in whose image they are created to turn a blind eye to the shedding of innocent blood and join hands with those that are responsible for shedding it.

Instead of lending support to a man who clearly stands in opposition to God’s Law on the critical matter of child-killing, we fervently urge Pastor Warren to instead follow the examples of godly men who, throughout the Scriptures, boldly proclaimed God’s truth and exposed the sin of leaders in order to protect the people from that sin.

Editor's note: Could it be Rick Warren is more interested in White House support for his PEACE plan agenda than abortion?

See related video: Pulpits, Prostitutes and Politics

See related articles revealing Rick Warren's "Civility-Driven Theology":
Warren Sells Out to the Pro-Abortion & Anti-Israel Crowd This Weekend , ‘Evangelicals’ Ripped for Plugging Dems’ Abortion Platform , National Pro-Life Youth Organizations Send Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren

Warren: Blogosphere Uncivilized, Faith is Simply a Worldview , Christian Leader Pays For Speaking Out Against Rick Warren , Saddleback & SoulForce: Rick Warren's Half Lie? , Rick Warren Washes His Hands of SoulForce But Saddleback Sets The Table

Saddleback Set To Entertain Gay Activists , Rick Warren: Playing Both Sides of the Gay Agenda , Protestant Pope's Self Promotion & Presidential Politics

Kissinger Sees New World Order Opportunity in Global Crisis

When conspiracy becomes reality, the time to act becomes history...

"I think that when the new administration assess the position in which it finds itself it will see a huge crisis and terrible problems, but I can see that it could see a glimmer in which it could construct an international system out of it..." -Henry Kissinger

See more on the rise of The Fourth Kingdom here.

Isralestine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East

From author & radio host Bill Salus:

On the near horizon is the dawn of the next new era. The tiny Middle East nation of Israel that presently struggles to maintain sovereignty over a meager 9000 square miles is about to victoriously face off with two world changing prophetic events. In the aftermath of these enormous episodes described in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38, Israel will undoubtedly be catapulted into Superpower Status!

First on the calendar comes Psalm 83, which informs us that the Palestinians, Syrians, Saudis, Jordanians, Egyptians, Lebanese and affiliated terrorist entities like the Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda, will confederate together to destroy Modern Day Israel. As specified in my recently released book Isralestine, The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East, in fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:10 the Israeli Defense Forces will soundly defeat this advance and achieve the title of being an “exceedingly great army”.

Read the rest of the prophetic implications of Psalm 83 as detailed by Bill Salus here. See World Net Daily's Get ready for a 'Greater Israel' dominating Mideast.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Coming Corporatized Communitarian System

Using Poverty to Build the Global 3-Legged Stool

President-Elect Barack Obama's Global Poverty Act of 2007 is a study in how the 3-legged stool is the structure upon which global governance will be built. This emerging government is being erected upon the backs of those who are poor, particularly in Africa. Using the AIDS and malaria crises and the worldwide economic downturn as levers, this paradigm shift piece of legislation will ensure that entire nations" conduct themselves responsibly in the international system" -- however that comes to be defined.

Not surprisingly, all 3 legs of the stool are being mobilized, including especially section 6 which more precisely includes the businesses (corporations). This means the pharmaceutical and computer industries, big oil, agribusiness, and other multinational corporations. This isn't about local control; don't be fooled by the nod to "sustainable development"

Read the rest at Herescope.

See related article, Popes, Presidents and Prophets and all Purpose Driven PEACE plan related articles here. Watch it come together in The Rising of The Fourth Kingdom.

PEW FORUM: American Christians Believe Many Paths To God

Most Christians Say Non-Christian Faiths Can Lead to Salvation

A majority of all American Christians (52%) think that at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life. Indeed, among Christians who believe many religions can lead to eternal life, 80% name at least one non-Christian faith that can do so. These are among the key findings of a national survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

HT: Christian Research Network

Popes, Presidents and Prophets

Paul Proctor of News With Views reveals a remarkable intersection of Protestant Pope Rick Warren, President-elect Obama and a very disturbing prophetic press release found at, of all places, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL’S MARKET WATCH.

The press release from Share International announces the soon to be revealed Lord Maitreya and his group, the Masters of Wisdom.

“Look now for the biggest miracle of all. In the very near future a large, bright star will appear in the sky visible to all throughout the world — night and day…Awaited by all faiths under different names, Maitreya is the Christ to Christians, the Imam Mahdi to Muslims, Krishna to Hindus, the Messiah to Jews, and Maitreya Buddha to Buddhists. He is the World Teacher for all, religious or not, an educator in the broadest sense…Maitreya’s message can be summarized as “share and save the world. “

Paul Proctor hits the nail on the head: “What I find fascinating is that this Maitreya fellow seems to have a strangely similar “share and save the world” agenda to that of Purpose Driven Pastor Rick Warren with his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan and also President-elect Barack Obama with his Global Poverty Act”

As a bonus, Paul Proctor also shares Rick Warren’s comment that the social gospel is “Marxism in Christian clothing”.

Read this provocative piece, MAITREYA RISING? at News With Views.com

Monday, December 15, 2008

Emergents Cry Out: Down With Sola Scriptura!

Apprising Ministries & Christian Research Network continue to expose the Emergent church movement's "punching off" the authority of the Bible ....


These people have long ago abandoned fidelity to the Word of God in the Bible; simply, and willfully, refusing to acknowledge its final authority. The tragic fact is that when evangelical leaders embraced such as Doug Pagitt and his postliberal pal Rob Bell they had no idea of the terrbile consequences to come.

Nola Scriptura: This post needs no introduction. It is a textbook example of the rebellion against the scriptures which has been referred to in recent posts.

Rob Bell: We Need to See the Feminine Side of God: Over at Slice of Laodicea Ingrid Schlueter posts a clip of the Nooma DVD “She” by the Elvis of the Emerging Church rebellion against Sola Scriptura Rob Bell.

Christian Universalism Affirms Salvation By Jesus: The Emergent rebellion against Sola Scriptura continues gaining strength and because evangelicalism only pays it lip service anyway subjective “experiences” with “God” will very quickly become the norm. You will continue to see leaders in the Emerging Church come out of the closet in their support of practicing homosexuals being accepted as Christians as Tony Jones already has.

Proposed Alternatives to Sola Scriptura: The Emergents no longer want to live under “tyranny of a paper pope”. They want the freedom to find God using ANY method or source that men can concoct. Therefore, the right thing to do is to help them in their quest to hear from God outside of His Word. So, here are my suggestions...

Phyllis Tickle: Sola Scriptura Hopelessly Insufficient: "The new Christianity of the Great Emergence must discover some authority base or delivery system and/or governing agency of its own. It must formulate—and soon—something other than Luther’s sola scriptura which, although used so well by the Great Reformation originally, is now seen as hopelessly outmoded or insufficient,…" (The Great Emergence, 149, 150, 151) - Phyllis Tickle

Editor's Note: The Virginia Baptist Mission Board and The Baptist General Assembly of Virginia ( BGAV) promote Emergent church movement leaders...how long before the BGAV punches off Sola Scriptura? Could it be they already have punched the Bible off?

Exodus 32: 1When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, "Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." 2So Aaron said to them, "Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." 3So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it.

See related article: Emergents Trading Sola Scriptura For Homosexuality

Rick Warren To Headline at Muslim Event

From Slice of Laodicea:

Rick Warren is headlining at the 8th Annual Muslim Public Affairs Counsel convention coming up on December 20th in Long Beach, California. Think about that one for a moment. “New Era, New Role” is the name of the gathering. As a friend put it, “The puzzle pieces keep coming together.” Rick will not be there to proclaim Christ crucified, the only hope for the world. He will not be there to warn the Muslims that they worship a false god who will lead them to hell. He will give them instructions on how they can link arms with Christians to make the world a jollier, nicer place. How “God” (we apparently all worship the same one) has a purpose for every one of our lives.

See more of Southern Baptist Rick Warren's embrace of Islam here.

Blair Calls For Globalized Interfaith Respect & Effort

Globalisation 'needs values' to succeed, says Blair at Yale by Chris Herlinger Ecumenical News International

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has completed his first semester as a visiting lecturer at Yale University, an experience he says has strengthened his belief that religious faith and economic and social globalisation are partners.

...Arguing that the process of "pushing people together" has made multicultural and multi-religious societies, Blair argued that "spiritual capital" and "human capital" now need to link. That, combined with an increased need for multi-faith dialogue, he told reporters after he spoke, "will in time be seen as a defining question, and perhaps the leading question of the 21st century".

Editor's note: Earlier this month, Tony Blair participated in a roundtable with some 30 representatives of faith and belief communities to form a steering committee that will explore the launch of a new interfaith forum dedicated to advancement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). David Liepert, who represented the Islamic Canadian Council of Imams had this to say:

"Believers all know our Creator made us diverse peoples, following different paths in search of God's Grace throughout the world. Serving each other together transforms us into a community of Faith, despite our differences..."

A quick visit to the Tony Blair Foundation reveals some prominent religious figures who endorse Tony Blair's Global Interfaith Vision in support of the UN Millenium Goals. Men such as:

Looks like the Global Faith Sector is ramping up as well as the rising One World Government. Where does this global interfaith ramp up lead? Click here to find out.

"It's coming, folks, a one-world religion. We seem to be very irreligious in our country. That's changing rather rapidly. There are efforts, of course, in the ecumenical movement to sweep away all dogma, to sweep away all distinctions that divide and move the world toward one great tolerance toward religion, to pave the way for this gathering of one-world religion." -Dr John MacArthur

Saturday, December 13, 2008

From Conspiracy to Danger: One World Government

Editor's note: When conspiracy becomes reality, the time to act becomes history...

World government a danger by columnist Cal Thomas for Tribune Media Services

"...I have been giving more serious consideration to another “conspiracy” that seems to be growing legs. It is the conspiracy of one-world government.

The European Union might be Barack Obama’s model, as could the United Nations. In nominating his top campaign aide, Susan Rice, to be America’s United Nations ambassador, Obama also announced his intention to raise the post to cabinet rank. In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama wrote, “When the world’s sole superpower willingly restrains its power and abides by internationally agreed-upon standards of conduct, it sends a message that these rules are worth following.”

...Maybe, but if we get too many “global” crises happening at once, the clamor for a one-world government to bring order, even at the expense of liberty, may be too strong for some politicians to resist.

So, yes, I’m starting to believe in the possibility of one-world government and it should be vigorously opposed if America, as we know it, is to be preserved."

Financial Times: Formation of Global Government Now Achievable

And Now for a World Government -Financial Times

"So could the European model go global? There are three reasons for thinking that it might. First, it is increasingly clear that the most difficult issues facing national governments are international in nature: there is global warming, a global financial crisis and a "global war on terror". Second, it could be done. The transport and communications revolutions have shrunk the world so that, as Geoffrey Blainey, an eminent Australian historian, has written: "For the first time in human history, world government of some sort is now possible."

...The financial crisis and climate change are pushing national governments towards global solutions, even in countries such as China and the US that are traditionally fierce guardians of national sovereignty." -

Read Chris Pervers prophetic commentary on FT's article at Prophecy in the News.

See more news articles on the rise of The Fourth Kingdom here.

Evangelicals Lose Ecumenical Friend in Catholic Theologian's Death

The passing of Roman Catholic theologian Cardinal Dulles calls attention to the ecumenical efforts of Evangelical Chuck Colson and Evangelicals and Catholics Together

From Christianity Today

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., best known among evangelicals for his ecumenical work with Evangelicals and Catholics Together, died at 6:30 this morning at a Jesuit infirmary in Bronx, New York, first reported by In All Things, the blog of national Catholic weekly America. His health had been failing from the effects of childhood polio. He was 90 years old.

"This is a very serious blow to the whole Christian movement," said Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and co-founder of ECT. "I am deeply grieved by Cardinal Dulles' passing."

Dulles had been highly active in ECT, an ecumenical group of 10 evangelical and 10 Catholic theologians first convened by Colson and Richard Neuhaus in 1994, since its inception and never missed a meeting until last year.

See related articles: SBC: Silence Breeds Confusion , Colson's Surprise Guest For SBC's Annual Meeting , No Response From SBC , Calling The SBC , Can The SBC Avoid the Samson Effect ?

California Adopts Nation’s Most Comprehensive Global Warming Plan

California drinks the global warming koolaid...

Nation’s Most Comprehensive Global Warming Plan By The New York Times

The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to adopt the nation’s most comprehensive global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change.

Calif. Adopts Tough Greenhouse Gas Restrictions AP NEWSWIRE

Republicans, small businesses and major industries that will be forced to transform operations beginning in 2012 say jobs will be lost, companies might leave the state and energy prices will skyrocket. Many demanded the board perform more economic analysis before committing to policies they warned could worsen the economy.

"The deepening recession has affected businesses throughout the state," Amisha Patel, a policy advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce, told the board. "The reality of climate regulation is there will be costs."

See related articles UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims , Global Warming Tied To Global Government?

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Friday, December 12, 2008

UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

From Senator James Inhofe's -Republican portion of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee website.

Study: Half of warming due to Sun! –Sea Levels Fail to Rise? - Warming Fears in 'Dustbin of History'
POZNAN, Poland - The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

Rick Warren: Fundamentalists Don’t Listen

Rick Warren continues to publicly malign fellow Christians in this USA TODAY report: Saddleback founder Warren driven to expand his reach

“What I am not is a fundamentalist. You become a fundamentalist when you stop listening. There are all kinds of fundamentalists,” he says, listing Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, even secular forms. “I don’t happen to agree with any of them.”

The article surprisingly featured a quote from Dr. Michael Hortin:

Michael Horton, author of a new book, Christless Christianity, scoffs that Warren promotes “deeds, not creeds,” which makes the professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., wonder,

“What’s the point of the Gospel? “God didn’t become flesh and die on a cross for me to know I need to care about the environment or I need to look after my neighbor,” Horton says.

HT: Christian Research Network

Emergents Trading Sola Scriptura For Homosexuality

2 Timothy 3: 1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.


San Francisco Sentinel

Emergent church leaders are slowly coming out of the closet on two significant Biblical issues. The first issue is the acceptance of homosexuality. Tony Campolo has been paving the way for corporate and congregational acceptance of homosexuality for some time.

In a series on the Emerging acceptance of homosexuality, Apprising Ministries revealed:

One does not have to engage in deductive reasoning to determine where the Emergents stand regarding Sola Scripture. Emergent author Phyllis Tickle plainly paints the following picture:

"...many of the most die-hard Protestants among us have grown suspicious of “Scripture and Scripture only.” We question what the words mean - literally? Metaphorically? Actually? We even question which words do and do not belong in Scripture and the purity of the editorial line of decent of those that do. We begin to refer to Luther’s principle of “sola scriptura, scriptura sola” as having been little more than the creation of a paper pope in place of a flesh and blood one. And even as we speak, the authority that has been in place for five hundred years withers away in our hands."

During the Great Emergence Conference, one blogger had this to say about Phyllis Tickle's presentation regarding her new book:

"...One of the things that caught my attention was Tickle’s comment that there are forty-four specific events that underline the move away from Sola Scriptura. I would love to see what those 44 are but that would be like icing on the cake. The final subject in the turn away will be how we address homosexuality in the church. She reiterated that it’s not if Sola Scriptura ends but when…" (emphasis mine)

It is becoming increasingly clear that love of self and political correctness, not Biblical Correctness is driving the Emergents' rebellion against The God of the Bible.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

First-Ever Catholic-Emergent Conference

From The Emergent Village

The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be hosting the first-ever Catholic-Emergent conference, March 20-22, 2009.

According to the CAC, “The conversation about the emerging church has been attracting a broad array of Christians — progressive Evangelicals and mainline Protestants along with some Roman Catholics — but this will be the first gathering to be planned and hosted by a team of Catholic and Protestant leaders working together for the good of the church at large.

Speakers include Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, Alexie Torres-Fleming, Shane Claiborne, and Phyllis Tickle

Editor’s note: Looks like the Future is NOW for the Ancient-Future Faith in America.

See how proud the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board are of the Interfaith Emergent church movement leaders.

HT: Christian Research Network

Quakes, Eruptions Continue To Rock World

The yellow and gold squares on this USGS map display earthquakes over the last seven days spanning from Europe to the Americas as of 8:34 AM EST. Russia, Asia and the South Pacific experienced a high concentration of 5+ magnitude quakes over the last seven days.

John Seach's Volcano News reports on the locations of recent volcanic activity:
  • Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
  • Karangetang Volcano, Indonesia
  • Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat
  • Chaitén Volcano, Chile
  • Nevado del Huila Volcano, Colombia

Interesting to note that this activity followed the November 24th Kamchatka Earthquake (Mag 7.3). Oxford University has announced that large earthquakes trigger a surge in volcanic eruptions. The month of December was also ushered in with Montserrat Volcano Violent Explosions

Visit the USGS Volcano status map for daily updates on volcanic hazards. See also the earthquake preparedness resources at the USGS.

See related video Season of Signs: Passover Through Pentecost 2008

The Emergent Church of England: A Sign of Things To Come

Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams is no stranger to controversy. Here's just a few recent examples:

In Ekklesia's news piece, Archbishop Moves to a Fresh Catholic Beat, the Archbishop led an all day Advent event with prayer and drum beats. Prior to the celebration of the Eucharist, the Archbishop pointed to the sacred community trademarks of "how a community embodies, practically and visibly, some of the things we’ve been thinking about".

Workshops in the afternoon included "Body Prayer in the Christian tradition", "Looking with Mary to God's possibilities" and "Monasticism, New Monasticism and the Contemplative tradition".

This event was touted as "cementing links between Fresh Expressions and the Catholic tradition of the Church of England."

Who or what is Fresh Expressions? Author and Anglican cleric Ian Mosby describes this movement within Anglicanism:

It is clear that fresh expressions are a mixture of inherited and emerging churches – where emerging are attempting to relate to the postmodern whilst the more inherited seek to relate to the more modern... The emerging churches seemed to be attempting to relate to pomo culture where people had some focus on new forms of mysticism. I was really excited to discover that some emerging churches consciously or unconsciously were based on Trinitarian ecclesiology. What God models as the sacred community is what church is called to reflect. These values of inclusivity, justice, incarnation, unity in diversity and focus on fluidity as community are key to being emerging church. It is deeply mystical and hugely exciting....

According to Mosby "Anglicanism came about in response to such fundamentalism – its place of unity in diversity is a key voice. If Anglicanism is about this unity in diversity and an outworking of Trinitarian ecclesiology."

The Archbishop seems to be blessing the mystical path of the Emergent church movement as the Church of England restores the bridge to Rome.

Can Evangelicals see the Anglican family resemblance in the Future Face of the American Ancient-Future Faith?

See related videos:

Virginia Baptist Mission Board's FAITH UNDONE

CROSSTALK AMERICA: Ken Silva & Warnings About The Emergent Church

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pope Prays To Mary: Give Christians Courage

Benedict XVI calls on Mary to assist Christians in becoming the ‘soul of the world’

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2008 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Yesterday, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father traveled to Rome’s Piazza di Spagna to pray at the statue of Mary Immaculate. Gathered in the square packed with thousands, the Pope prayed that Christians be given the courage to become “the soul of the world at this difficult moment of history.”

Upon arriving at the square, the Holy Father blessed a basket of roses and placed them at the foot of a column bearing Mary’s statue, according to tradition.

See related articles: Feast of the Immaculate Conception , Our Lady of Guadalupe

Learn more about the Mary of Rome here.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

CROSSTALK AMERICA: Ken Silva & Warnings About The Emergent Church

See also Virginia Baptist Mission Board Promotes Emergent Leaders

Who Is Your Creator?

Julie Haberle of Who Is Your Creator uses the media, display advertising, and website to raise awareness of the serious misrepresentations and lack of scientific proof for the Theory of Evolution and Darwinism.

The website offers scientific evidence for creation, an online forum and offers resources that expose the errors of evolution.

Haberle is attempting to sound the alarm so Christians can be prepared for Darwin Day. On February 12, 2009, Darwin Day will be celebrated in institutions across the globe.

The evolutionists are now attempting to use DNA to support Darwin's theory. From the Darwin Day website:

Current research in the field of genetics, including that on the human genome, has conclusively shown that all humans are essentially identical and that we are genetically related to all other living things on this planet. Thus an enlightened view of genetics is one of unity and equality among all humans and also one that fosters a deeper sense of respect and appreciation for all life. Today the validity of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection rests in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of genetics. Therefore, we conclude that Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol on which to focus, in order to build a Global Celebration of Science and Humanity that is intended to promote a common bond among all people of the earth.

Listen to Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries' discussion with Julie Haberle of Who is Your Creator:

A grassroots organization now international is in the forefront fighting both evolution and "Darwin Day" coming up in February. "Who is Your Creator?" is trying to get their vital message to churches, schools, and more. Learn how you can sign on to this and silence the shrill noise of the God-haters around the world.

Listen to the program here (last half of program).

Rick Warren's Puzzling Presentation of The Gospel

Why would a Southern Baptist pastor ( or any pastor for that matter ) leave out key pieces of the Gospel presentation while on national television? Could it be that such an altered message would allow for "pieces" from other religions to fit along side in the emerging global faith picture?

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Pastor John Chisham's observation on Rick Warren's recent appearance on Hannity and Colmes highlights America's pastor's puzzling presentation of the Gospel...

Alan Colmes( a Jew) basically begged Rick Warren to proclaim the Gospel. He went at Rick at least three times, giving him the perfect opportunity to say that Jesus Christ is the only way. Rick kind of partially quoted John 14:6 and said that Jesus is the way; but then Alan Colmes came back at him and asked if that means that you must take Jesus Christ as your Lord to be saved, and Rick dodged that question, as well as the follow up, asking if Jews, Muslims, etc. will be in heaven if they do not believe in Christ...

Read the rest at Apprising Ministries.

Watch the Hannity and Colmes video clip at Steve Camp's blog. Read Steve's take on Warren's "puzzling" of the Gospel.

See related video: John MacArthur On Rick Warren's Swiss Cheese Gospel

See related articles:
The Smell of Purpose Driven Ecumenism Is In The Air , Spreading The Global Religion , The Global Peace Plan for a Global People , The CFR, The Social Gospel, & The Peace Plan , Purpose Driven Peace Plan & The Vatican sending the same message ?

Begging forgiveness of Islam? , Common Ground: Conciliation with a Lie , Rick Warren, Evangelicals, Invite Muslims to Love God Together** , UN & Vatican: Peacebuilding - A Role for Religion

See more of Rick Warren's global interfaith efforts here.

See related video: Rick Warren at World Economic Forum - Religious Pluralism

Apparitions of Mary - "Messages from Heaven"

Visit Eternal Productions for more articles, interviews and no-cost E-books on the Marian apparitions.

Please see former 22-year Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett's video, The ABC's of Catholicism.

Visit Richard Bennett's What Every Catholic Should Know.

Click here and see why the Mary of Rome is not the Mary of the Bible.

Messages From Heaven

Reports of paranormal and supernatural activity are on the rise worldwide. For instance, tens of millions visit apparition sites hoping to encounter the Virgin Mary. Many believe that these increasing manifestations signal the advent of a new era on earth.

Thousands of messages from the apparition of Mary indicate that we are entering a critical moment in world history - cataclysmic changes may soon occur. Those who follow the apparitions believe Mary has come to turn us back to God, while others insist that these events are either fabrications or the working of Satan.

Does the Bible anticipate apparitions, signs and wonders in the last days? Does the Word of God reveal the origin of these phenomena? How might the apparition of Mary and other paranormal events transform the world in the third millennium?

Watch eight shorts clips from Eternal Productions "Messages from Heaven" DVD to learn more of the Marian apparitions.

Visit Eternal Productions for more articles, interviews and no-cost E-books on the Marian apparitions.
Learn more about the Mary of Rome here.


A man-centered gospel is the belief that the determining factor in whether or not a man is eternally saved, in the end, relies (at some level) upon an act of his own will i.e. human decision. This is often called synergism because it is thought to be a cooperative effort between God and man. While a God-centered Gospel means that man has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with causing his salvation by “choosing God,” “deciding to follow Christ,” “asking Jesus into your heart,” and/or any other like phrases so common today.

Sola fide and sola gratia as used in the Protestant Reformation mean that while the sinner is dead in his trespasses and sins God Himself sovereignly regenerates those whom He will. As His gift God gives them the faith to believe in Christ, and they repent of their sins. This is actually diametrically opposed to any of the seeker-friendly postevangelical movements e.g. the Purpose Driven Life as taught by Rick Warren.

Read the rest at Apprising Ministries.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

From Saint of The Day, December 8

In 1854 Pius IX gave the infallible statement: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.”

The infallible Church teaching proclaimed in 1854 that Mary was sinless at her conception and throughout her life. Other members of the human race are cleansed from original sin after birth ( Roman Catholic baptism ). In Mary, Jesus' work was so powerful as to prevent original sin from the outset.

...Two Franciscan scholars helped developed the theology. They pointed out that Mary's ( not Christ's) immaculate conception enhances Jesus' redemption work...

Editor's note: Sola Christos ... Christ alone knew no sin

Please see former 22-year Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett's video, The ABC's of Catholicism.

Visit Richard Bennett's Catholics Welcomed Here.Click here and see why the Mary of Rome is not the Mary of the Bible.

See related article: The World, The Eucharist and the Co-Redeemer , The Bodily Ascension of Sinless Mary Into Heaven? , Rome Marks Apparition Of "Sinless" Mary & The Miraculous Medal

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ancient Spiritual Tool Popular in Modern U.S. Military

By Lisa B. Hamilton, December 05, 2008 Episcopal News Service

It's messages like this one from a soldier that energized Didi and Bob Smith of McLean, Virginia, and their cadre of volunteers, who have sent 3,500 prayer beads free of charge to U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since September, 2006.

Prayer beads are ancient spiritual tools to help worshippers keep track of contemplative prayer, and are used in several religious traditions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. In recent years, Anglican prayer beads have increased in popularity. Suggested prayers for use with Anglican prayer beads range from those from the Roman Catholic rosary or the Book of Common Prayer to those based on hymns or the writings of Julian of Norwich.

A current chaplain who witnesses the appeal of prayer beads among his troops emailed the Smiths: "Please know that those beads are a hit! I believe it's a 'sacred mystery.' Call it tactile, call it the need to hold on to something, call it what you will: my soldiers, sailors and marines are using the beads. The only thing more popular than the camouflaged Bibles and Purpose Driven Life books is the Anglican prayer beads!"

Editor's note: It has been said, "There are no atheists in foxholes". The very real fear of death is only answered by the Giver of Life...pray that the Truth of the Jesus of the Bible will reach our troops that are in harm's way.

The counting of prayers is a pagan practice and is expressly condemned by Christ.

Matthew 6:5-13
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[a] 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 2 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Montserrat Volcano Continues Violent Explosions

International Herald Tribune-New York Times (AP)

OLVESTON, Montserrat: Montserrat's volcano fired glowing red rocks and towers of gray ash into the sky early Friday for the fourth time this week, but no injuries or damage were reported, scientists said.

The pre-dawn blast followed three explosions earlier in the week, which released blistering gases and steam from inside a hardened lava dome topping the Soufriere Hills volcano, according to Roderick Stewart, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.