These Last Days: Preach Christ

The One World Religion of global spiritual unity is here. Many leaders in the professing Church have fallen away from Jesus to join this “one spirituality” with all Humanity. Professing Christians who have joined this global movement are very much against confessing the exclusivity of Christ and the preaching of the Gospel. Those who are not joining with global unity are beginning to be marginalized and labeled as “haters”.

How should we respond? Preach the Gospel! Proclaim Jesus Christ with love, humility, gentleness and respect. Burn your light bright in this darkness! The more evil manifests, the more we must proclaim Christ. Proclaim the Truth! There is only one true God! Proclaim the holiness of God, His righteous character, His justice and His Law. Preach the Gospel with boldness! Declare the deity of Christ! Proclaim His coming in the flesh, His death and resurrection! Preach repentance and faith. Tell that He is coming to judge the earth in righteousness! Keep sowing the Word. He will guide you as to when, who and how. He will give you what to say. He will give you power from His Holy Spirit. He will give you courage. He will use you to testify of Him.

“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts20:24.

His Mouth was Stopped

thelawphotoAfter our museum visit we headed to a large playground at Golden Gate Park. While the kids climbed and explored, I planted myself on a picnic table to rest and people watch. A young man walked across the grass and came up to where I was. We started talking. He was 24, a recent college graduate and had just moved here from SoCal. He talked about his plans for an exciting, fulfilling and successful life. I brought up the issue of what comes after that, referring to the day of judgment. We had a long, in depth conversation that involved apologetics, testimony, the Law and the Gospel.

“I have my own moral standards”, he began as he defended himself. He thought he was a good person. Then he excused himself by saying that he has his own belief system, recently acquired through the reading of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Newly enlightened in the New Spirituality, he tried to make me doubt my faith. You could feel the unseen spiritual conflict as he tried to destroy my faith in Jesus. I turned the main issue to his future appointment before God, the character attributes of God, the breaking of God’s Law, our accountability to God, and God’s righteous justice against sin. Using scripture.

It was amazing. As he listened concerning the Law and God’s perfect character, his mouth shut, and he became silent, looking down. Minutes before he was proud and defending himself. Now he was humbled and quiet while he listened about the gift and grace of God in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Rom.3:19-20.

With Jesus

Here is the latest One World Religion/Beast system news from the UN Interfaith Conference. Threat of terrorism and the quest for world peace are the main reasons given for bringing all religions into interfaith coexistence. I remember back when the “war on terror” was declared and president Bush said, “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” I remember thinking, “Well, I’m not with you, so where does that leave me?”

No longer a political concept only, “terrorism” is now the impetus for religious unity among the nations.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said this; “Terrorism and criminality are the enemies of every religion and every civilization. They would not have emerged except for the absence of the principle of tolerance.”

Here’s a quote from Ban; “Concerned about serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, hatred expressions, and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths, participating states underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs.”

Dear saints, this has everything to do with you. This will eventually be about any testifying, witnessing, preaching, or proclaiming of Jesus Christ that you do. That would not be “conducive to world peace”. It simply will not be allowed by the kings of the earth.

These have one purpose and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful. Rev.17:13-14.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Matt.12:30.

Deceiving the Church

This issue is not going away; we will all eventually have to deal with it. One reason this is important is that deception in the church changes and eliminates the gospel.

There are many new gospel messages emerging; among them, the New Spirituality/One World gospel (we are god, we are all one), and the “Save the Earth” gospel (the planet is god/we must all unite/we can create Utopia on Earth). It is the popular thing in many churches now to be transformed (changed), to agree with these new ways of thinking and believing.

I agree with this statement that contending for truth and defending the faith will cost you something. There is a price to pay. Unity with, and acceptance by the world will not be yours. Unity with, and acceptance by people in the visible church who are emerging into the New Paradigms (ultimately joining the world), will not be yours. But you are not alone.

Here are excerpts from an article by Jan Markell:

Biblical truth will continue to be scorned by those who consider themselves to be intellectual (I Cor. 1:20), and it will likely be rejected by those who seek the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:42,43). But the Spirit of God is always at work in the hearts of men, giving life to human spirits by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19).

Will you contend for the faith today as we are asked to do in Jude 3? It will cost you something. You will lose loved ones. You will be tempted to cave in and keep quiet. You will feel very alone. I know these things because endless e-mails from the four corners of the earth come into our office stating this is the case.

Read the article here at Understanding the Times

Related post: Change Agents in Your Church?

Thoughts on the Opening Ceremony

It was not as bizarre as I thought it was going to be. I thought it was a technological and artistic marvel; very beautiful and impressive visually. It was spectacular and amazing. My daughter and I enjoyed discussing historical and cultural references, since we studied China a bit this last year. We loved the costumes, the choreography, the colors and the children.

Of course we could not help but notice the obligatory education in the “we are one world” paradigm which the Olympics heavily promotes. After celebrating China, the opening show ends with the “world” coming up out of the stage floor with a duet on top singing about how we are all one world. Screens and hand held posters show hundreds of children’s faces from all around the globe: “all the nations coming together as one world.” Cosmic Humanism is celebrated. Even as they project pictures of God’s creation: the earth, the planets, the sun, moon and stars, sea creatures and humans, God is completely ignored. Man, his diversity and accomplishments, is exalted and celebrated. Nothing has changed with the man-exalting “world system” since the ancient times of the Greek Empire, the tower of Babel and the Flood. And this continues, until the Day of the Lord.

But I was actually encouraged. I loved watching the parade of nations and seeing the faces and national costumes of many different people groups that God has created. It is pretty exciting to look at the parade, with the celebrating and excitement; it reminds us of how God will have His own version of this someday, when His redeemed from every ethnos worships and rejoices before the throne and exalts our Redeeming, Creator God, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t want to miss that for the world.

Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood…to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him… Rev. 1:5-7

All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord; and they shall glorify Thy name. Ps.86:9

Worthy art Thou….for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Rev.5:9

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped……Rev.5:13-14.

The Two Christianities

The two Christianities are completely different things, and the visible church is falling on one side of the line, or the other.

The true church, which I’ll call “Biblical Christianity”, is about the objective truth of God’s Word, Jesus, walking the narrow path, repentance, faith, humility, obedience, redemption, the gospel, and evangelism. It has the Holy Spirit. It often involves suffering.

The other church, which I’ll call “Fake Christianity”, is about subjective personal revelation that is not really from God, entertainment, feelings, experiences, popularity, prosperity, success, pride, fake spiritual manifestations, false signs and wonders, spirits and ‘angels’, fake dreams and visions, New Age beliefs and practices, bringing the glory of God down, bringing the Kingdom now etc. It “fakes” the Holy Spirit. It is often about money.

I’m mainly referring here to the Kingdom Now/N.A.R. movement but I also believe included in “Fake Christianity” would be the Emergent movement and in my opinion, the Church Growth movement as well. Eventually everything that denies the truth of God’s Word joins Cultural Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church, the New Agers (New Spirituality), the world religions and the Globalists/Humanists for the “one world religion”. In Rev. 13:11, the false prophet looks like a lamb (like a Christian) but speaks as a dragon (like satan).

Oddly, this group thinks that Biblical Christianity is the “establishment church”: the Pharisees which must be opposed. But in fact, it is this huge group which is forming, which will be the world’s accepted church, established by the world. These will be the ones who will persecute the true church, just like the Pharisees persecuted Jesus. In Matt. 24:10 I believe that the “many” are people in the visible church. Persecution of the true church will come from the “one world religion”.

Meanwhile, we watch the dividing between the “Two Christianities”.

Blog: Bentley Revival-goers are angry when they hear Tony Miano preaching the gospel- they don’t want to hear it.

New Spirituality is Hot

New Spirituality is hot right now with Oprah featuring A Course in Miracles lessons on her satellite radio show as well as teaching Ekhart Tolle’s A New Earth on her web class. Then there’s Pope Benedict XVl in the country hosting yet another interfaith conference where he will continue the work of joining Roman Catholicism together with Islam and the rest of the world’s religions, based on “common ground”. We also have the Dalai Lama here with thousands going to him for spiritual enlightenment. Public schools are busing children in to hear him promote the “compassion movement”.

And then we have “from within Christianity”, Rob Bell at the Interspiritual Seeds of Compassion conference referring to the Dalai Lama as “His Holiness”, and redefining death and resurrection for a universalist-friendly crowd. He could have used this incredible opportunity to speak of the true God, sin, righteousness, judgment, the Deity and Lordship of Christ, the cross, the love and grace of God, repentance and faith, but he did not. He blended. Why? New Spirituality is hot! It is “New Paradigm” (even though it has really been around since Genesis). Faith in Jesus as the only way is “Old Paradigm”. The world seeks to evolve to the next level of consciousness: the idea that we are all “one”. The Shift; the global transformation, is rapidly coming to completion. This is the idea that we are all one because we are all god. This is the “Christ consciousness.”

So, are you ready to be different? (Are you different already?) Are you ready to not sign up with the one world religion? Are you ready to endure when you see people who call themselves “Christians” join also? Are you ready to be left out? Are you ready for the pressure to conform? Are you ready for what’s next? The world will bow to the enemy’s New Spirituality; the worship of self as god.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph.6:13.

Audio: Here’s Jan Markell and Warren Smith discussing New Age & Christian leaders promoting the New Spirituality.

Convictions Out, Global Faith In

Of all the signs of the times we are seeing, and there are many, the one that most interests me is the development of a global new spirituality, or “one faith for all”.

In Tony Blair’s first major speech on religion as the head of his new Blair Faith Foundation, Blair states that religion must be rescued from religious extremism. He suggests that faith should not be reduced to a set of ‘strange convictions’, but must address the necessities of ordinary life. He desires to ‘awaken the world’s conscience’ to the world’s social/physical problems and has set the Millennium Development Goals as a priority. He also says his foundation will bring together different faith organizations to foster understanding, and harness “people of faith” as a force for good in the world. Paul Woolley who welcomed Blair’s speech made this comment:

“The theory of secularization has been widely discredited,” he said. “The reality is that religious faith will play an increasingly significant role in society and not simply due to radical Islam.

“The return of civil society, the emerging political interest in well-being and the growth of identity politics all point towards a greater role for God in the public square.

“Mr Blair recognizes this and is to be congratulated on establishing his new Faith Foundation.”

Atheism is not the enemy’s plan for the world, but religious “faith”: a re-ordered, diapraxed, redefined, synthesized, antichrist global spirituality which serves the world system and the god of this world. But the truth of Jesus Christ and the gospel will not be involved, nor tolerated.

Article link: Religion must be saved from extremism, says Blair, at www.Christiantoday.com

Related posts:

One Faith for All, pt.3

Change Agents in Your Church?

Right Before Our Very Eyes

Right Before our Very Eyes

I remember, back when I was a young believer, when it seemed every Christian was passionate for God’s Word, when evangelism was a normal activity, and when false teaching was something that happened out there, hidden in the shadowy world of the New Agers and cults.

Now things are different. The New Agers have gone mainstream; popularizing their occult religion in every venue of our culture, from education to entertainment and the marketplace. What used to be found only in a crystal and incense filled Berkeley bookstore is now openly promoted throughout society. Even the main textbook for the foundation of my college major existed to mainstream the New Age. The world religions, the New Agers, secular humanists and the occult have come out from the underground and have normalized their worldview.

Now things are really different. Now we have many from within Christianity, joining in with what is now called the “New Spirituality”. I remember ten years ago when I walked into a bookstore, and saw a prominent display of John Shelby Spong’s book, Why Christianity Must Change or Die. Yes this was a liberal mainline skeptic’s manifesto. But something was up. Then a few years later he gave us A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying and How a New Faith is Being Born. At that point, I realized that Protestant Christianity had joined with the New Age.

Today, ever increasing numbers of Evangelicals are now joining in with the skepticism, doubt and denial of the Word of God. They are speaking the same words as those in the New Spirituality. They have joined the New Faith. They have joined the One World Religion.

Just like God said would happen, thousands of years ago. We are seeing it unfold now, right before our very eyes.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostacy comes first, and the man of lawlesness is revealed, the son of destruction…2Thes.2:3.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. 2Tim.2:3-4.

But false prophets also arose among the people; just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them… 2Pe.2:1.

“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ!’ and will mislead many.” Mark13:6.

And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…Rev.13:11-12.

Listen: Christian Worldview radio. The merger of modern-day “Christianity” and Evangelicalism with the New Age Movement and Universalism. Laying the groundwork for a world religion and a world leader as predicted in the Bible. This is happening fast and you are seeing what the Bible foretold thousands of years ago.

Chart: Biblical Truth (thesis: the Bible), the transition phase(antithesis: the New Age movement), and the New Spirituality (synthesis: Global Spirituality) compared.

Article: New Spirituality Emerging into One Church for the world.

Article: Bringing Christianity into the One World Religion.

Video: The whole world coming together as One spiritually.

ONE Faith For All, Pt.2

My own introduction to the New Age concept of spiritual oneness came as a child when I heard “Imagine” on the radio. Even as a child growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, I understood that the song was about all the people of the world coming together as one spiritually. I understood the song’s purpose was to destroy the truth of Christianity.

In my youthful college days, I was extremely naive. I was already well versed in Humanism, the prevailing secular wisdom. This was to be expected from public institutions. Foolishly thinking I could continue my education in Liberal Studies at San Francisco State, I knew there was more Humanism to come. I would take it, as always with a grain of salt. But I was hoping the curriculum would consist of content such as “Invitation To the Classics”. It turned out to be more like, “Invitation to the Occult”.

The main textbook for the core class was Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy, which was basically a primer for the outing and mainstreaming of the New Age occultic religion into modern society. The total required reading list of luciferian primers was more than I could stomach as a young Christian. A watershed moment in my college career was the day the class listened as the instructor taught us the concept of ‘paradigm shift’ and declared, “The goal is to destroy the old paradigm and replace it with the new paradigm” (as described in Furgeson’s book). As we look around us now, we see they are very successful in achieving their plan.

But that is the world, and we know the god of this world is working hard to institute the global religion of antichrist, which is essentially the global worship of himself, the enemy of God. The thing that is happening now, is that we have professing Christians, supposed Christian organizations, and church leaders who are promoting this one world religion. The enemy is working overtime to get professing Christianity into the mix.

I got a copy of the Spring 2005 SoulMag in the mail. It was a new magazine for Christians, and it was about “entertainment, lifestyle and faith”. Every single article was blasphemous diaprax to transform an undiscerning Christian to accept new age beliefs, for the goal of joining Christians to the global religion via “common ground”. Who was producing this magazine? Professing Christians. The content of the articles was undeniably luciferian (new age or anti-biblical).

Then, around the same time, I got a postcard in the mail, inviting me to sign the ONE declaration, and join a good social cause, along with other “people of faith”. It had a picture of several Christian and political leaders, and of course Bono. The card promoted this as a public-private partnership to do social work. What jumped out at me, was this bible verse printed on the card: “There is one body and one spirit (small s), just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.” Eph. 4:4. That is exactly how it was phrased on the postcard. They were using a bible verse to appeal to Christians, but what they were really saying was that the ‘one body’ is the whole world (misusing this text). This is so because they made it clear that this was a joint effort of secular organizations and an interfaith cooperation of all ‘people of faith’.

Another interesting experience was when I looked at the church bulletin and I noticed that they were inviting the people in the church to participate in building a house with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat claims to be a Christian organization. For a long time church groups would sign up to work on a house together. It would be a time of fellowship and serving alongside one another in an act of Christian love and service. But this project was different. This was no ordinary Habitat project. This was the new “All Faiths” house build project. This interfaith project would bring Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus together to build common ground and interfaith unity. These interfaith projects would include a worship service where all faiths participate, and all are recognized.

So I gave a call to my local chapter of Habitat, and asked about this interfaith project, and how it would help bring people from all religions together in unity. The man on the phone happily affirmed this, and with excitement in his voice, said, “Yes, it’s already happening!”