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Monday, 23 May 2016

revelation tv - dr richard kent: how to get out of debt the "christian" way! not!!!

How Dr Richard Kent got "provision from the Lord" the "Christian" way by setting up a charity.
About 22:30 minutes in.

How very sad that the apostate church has come to this (Philippians 3:19). To his shame, Dr Richard Kent has repeated his "testimony" about how he found himself in debt to the tune of £260,000 after his illness at 50 years old in 1997. He claims that in today's money this sum is about £50M which is roughly correct using a historical inflation calculator. He was forced to retire as a GP due to ill heath and was facing the repossession of his house because his small pension had reduced his income by 80%. "The Lord" told Kent to set up a charity and to travel all over the world and voilà -- nine months later the debt was completely cleared and the Kents' income started going up again due to some large cheques: "All because we set up a charity and started putting God first. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness."

One might reasonably ask Dr Kent how he managed to get himself into so much debt in the first place! It appears that his home had been in his family for two generations, so one would have thought it would be mortgage free. It seems he was quite well enough to travel the world, but he tells RTV viewers that he was not well enough to continue working! I understand that an NHS pension would be very good for a GP retiring at fifty years old due to ill health. As usual the RTV "stories" simply do not add up!  I wonder if the contributors to Kent's charity would have given if they had realised that it was actually set up to get him out of debt! The scandal of charity CEO's greed is well reported, but apparently the questionable ethics of the world are easily transferable to the apostate church who twist the scriptures to suit their own agendas!

The fallacy that material wealth equals the blessing of God is widespread amongst the apostates who should perhaps read about the self delusion of Laodicea. The words wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked come to mind (Revelation 3:17-18)! What a shame that the persecuted church across the world does not receive such "provision" from the Lord!!!

Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? (2 Corinthians 11:25-29)

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice (without right).
(Proverbs 16:8)

The name of the Kents' charity is The Final Frontier Charitable Trust, UK Charity No 1106663.{1}

 {1} http://www.freechristianteaching.tv/about-dr-richard-kent-co-author-of-this-book

Sunday, 15 May 2016


When I began my research in 1970 into the exact beginnings of the pretribulation rapture belief still held by many evangelicals, I assumed that the rapture debate involved only "godly scholars with honest differences." The paper you are now reading reveals why I gave up that assumption many years ago. With this introduction-of-sorts in mind, let's take a long look at the pervasive dishonesty throughout the history of the 179-year-old pretrib rapture theory:

German scholar Max Weremchuk's work "John Nelson Darby" (1992) included what Benjamin Newton revealed about John Darby in the mid-1820's during his pre-Brethren days as an Anglican clergyman:
    "J. N. Darby was a very subtle man. He had been a lawyer, or at least educated for the law. Once he wanted his Archbishop to pursue a certain course, when he (J.N.D.) was a curate in his diocese. He wrote a letter, therefore, saying he had been educated for the law, knew what the legal course would properly be; and then having written that clearly, he mystified the remainder of the letter both in word and in handwriting, and ended up by saying: You see, my Lord, such being the legal aspect of the case it would unquestionably be the best course for you to pursue, etc. And the Archbishop couldn't make out the legal part, but rested on Darby's word and did as he advised. Darby afterwards laughed over it, and indeed he showed a copy of the letter to Tregelles. This is not mentioned in the Archbishop's biography, but in it is the fact that he spoke of Darby as 'the most subtle man in my diocese.'"
    This reminds me of an 1834 letter by Darby which spoke of the "Lord's coming." Darby added, concerning this coming, that "the thoughts are new" and that during any teaching of it "it would not be well to have it so clear." Darby's deviousness here was his usage of a centuries-old term - "Lord's coming" - to cover up his desire to sneak the new pretrib idea into existing posttrib groups in very low-profile ways!

In the spring of 1830 a young Scottish lassie, Margaret Macdonald, came up with the novel notion of a catching up [rapture] of Spirit-filled "church" members before Antichrist's "trial" [tribulation] of non-Spirit-filled "church" members - the first instance I've found of clear "pretrib" teaching (which was part of a partial rapture scheme). In Sep. 1830 "The Morning Watch" (a journal produced by London preacher Edward Irving and his "Irvingite" followers, some of whom had visited Margaret a few weeks earlier) began repeating her original thoughts and even her wording but gave her no credit - the first plagiarism I've found in pretrib history. Darby was still defending posttrib in Dec. 1830.
    Pretrib promoters have long known the significance of her main point: a rapture of "church" members BEFORE the revealing of Antichrist. Which is why John Walvoord quoted nothing in her revelation, why Thomas Ice habitually skips over her main point but quotes lines BEFORE and AFTER it, and why Hal Lindsey muddies up her main point so he can (falsely) assert that she was NOT a pretribber! (Google "X-Raying Margaret" for info about her.)
    NOTE: The development of the 1800's is thoroughly documented in my book "The Rapture Plot." You'll learn that Darby wasn't original on any chief aspect of dispensationalism (but plagiarized the Irvingites); that pretrib was initially based on only OT and NT symbols and not clear Scripture; that the symbols included the Jewish feasts, the two witnesses, and the man child - symbols adopted by Darby during most of his career; that Darby's later reminiscences exaggerated his earliest pretrib development, and that today's defenders such as Thomas Ice have further overstated what Darby overstated; that Irvingism didn't need later reminiscences to "clarify" its own early pretrib development; that ancient hymns and even the writings of the Reformers were subtly revised to make it appear they had taught pretrib; and that after Darby's death a clever revisionist quietly made many changes in early Irvingite and Brethren documents in order to steal credit for pretrib away from the Irvingites (and their female inspiration!) and give it dishonestly to Darby! (Before continuing, Google the "Powered by Christ Ministries" site and read "America's Pretrib Rapture Traffickers" - a sample of the current exciting internetism!)

Charles Trumbull's book "The Life Story of C. I. Scofield" told only the dispensationally-correct side of his life. Two recent books, Joseph Canfield's "The Incredible Scofield and His Book" (1988) and David Lutzweiler's "DispenSinsationalism: C. I. Scofield's Life and Errors" (2006), reveal the other side including his being jailed as a forger, dishonestly giving himself a non-conferred "D.D." etc. etc.!

Brethren scholar Harold Rowdon's "The Origins of the Brethren" quoted Darby associate Lord Congleton who was "disgusted with...the falseness" of Darby's accounts of things. Rowdon also quoted historian William Neatby who said that others felt that "the time-honoured method of single combat" was as good as anything "to elicit the truth" from Darby. (In other words, knock it out of him!)
Tim LaHaye's "The Beginning of the End" (1972) plagiarized Hal Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth" (1970).
Charles Ryrie"s "The Living End" (1976) plagiarized Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth" (1970) and "There's A New World Coming" (1973).

After John Walvoord's "The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation" (1976) brutally twisted Robert Gundry's "The Church and the Tribulation" (1973), Gundry composed and circulated a 35-page open letter to Walvoord which repeatedly charged the Dallas Seminary president with "misrepresentation," "misrepresentations" (and variations)!

"The Fundamentalist Phenomenon" (1981) by Jerry Falwell, Ed Dobson, and Ed Hindson heavily plagiarized George Dollar's 1973 book "A History of Fundamentalism in America."

After a prof at Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Florida told me that the No. 2 man at the AG world headquarters in Missouri - Joseph Flower - had the label of posttrib, my wife and I had two hour-long chats with him. He verified what I had been told. But we were dumbstruck when he told us that although AG ministers are required to promote pretrib, privately they can believe any other rapture view! Flower said that his father, an AG co-founder, was also posttrib. We also learned while in Springfield that when the AG's were organized in 1914, the initial group was divided between posttribs and pretribs - but that the pretribs shouted louder which resulted in that denomination officially adopting pretrib! (For details on this and other pretrib double-mindedness, Google "Pretrib Hypocrisy.")
Since 1989 Thomas Ice has referred to the "Mac-theory" (his reference to my research), giving the impression there's no solid evidence that Macdonald was the real pretrib originator. But Ice carefully conceals the fact that no eminent church historian of the 1800's - whether Plymouth Brethren or Irvingite - credited Darby with pretrib. Instead, they uniformly credited leading Irvingite sources, all of which upheld the Scottish lassie's contribution! Moreover, I'm hardly the only modern scholar seeing significance in Irvingism's territory. Others in recent years who have noted it, but who haven't mined it as deeply as I have, include Fuller, Ladd, Bass, Rowdon, Sandeen, and Gundry.
Greg Bahnsen and Kenneth Gentry produced evidence in 1989 that Lindsey's book "The Road to Holocaust" (1989) plagiarized "Dominion Theology" (1988) by H. Wayne House and Thomas Ice.
David Jeremiah's and C. C. Carlson's "Escape the Coming Night" (1990) massively plagiarized Lindsey's 1973 book "There's A New World Coming." (For more info, type in "Thieves' Marketing" on MSN or Google.)
Paul Lee Tan's "A Pictorial Guide to Bible Prophecy" (1991) plagiarized large amounts of Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth" (1970).
Militant Darby defender R. A. Huebner claimed in 1991 to have found new evidence that Darby was pretrib as early as 1827 - three years before Macdonald. Halfway through his book Huebner suddenly admitted that his evidence could refer to something completely un-rapturesque. Even though Thomas Ice admitted to me that he knew that Huebner had "blown" his so-called evidence, prevaricator Ice continues to tell the world that Huebner has "positive evidence" that Darby was pretrib in 1827! Ice also conceals the fact that Darby, in his own 1827 paper, was looking for only "the restitution of all things" and "the times of refreshing" (Acts 3:19,21) - which Scofield doesn't see fulfilled until AFTER a future tribulation!
Tim LaHaye's "No Fear of the Storm" (1992) plagiarized Walvoord's "The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation" (1976).
This was when the Los Angeles Times revealed that "The Magog Factor" (1992) by Hal Lindsey and Chuck Missler was a monstrous plagiarism of Prof. Edwin Yamauchi's scholarly 1982 work "Foes from the Northern Frontier." Four months after this exposure, Lindsey and Missler stated they had stopped publishing and promoting their book. But in 1996 Dr. Yamauchi learned that the dishonest duo had issued a 1995 book called "The Magog Invasion" which still had a substantial amount of the same plagiarism! (If Lindsey and Missler ever need hernia operations, I predict that the doctors will tell them not to lift anything for a long time!)
In 1996 it was revealed that Lindsey's "Planet Earth - 2000 A.D." (1994) had an embarrassing amount of plagiarism of a Texe Marrs book titled "Mystery Mark of the New Age" (1988).
My book "The Rapture Plot" reveals the dishonesty in Darby's reprinted works. It's often hard to tell who wrote the footnotes and when. It's easy to believe that the notes, and also unsigned phrases inside brackets within the text, were a devious attempt by someone (Darby? his editor?) to portray a Darby far more developed in pretrib thinking than he actually had been at the time. I found that some of the "additives" had been taken from Darby's much later works, when he was more developed, and placed next to or inside his earliest works! One footnote by Darby's editor, attached to Darby's 1830 paper, actually stated that "it was not worth while either suppressing or changing" anything in this work! If his editor wasn't open to such dishonesty, how can we explain such a statement?
Post-1995 - Thomas Ice's article "Inventor of False Pre-Trib Rapture History" states that my book  "The Rapture Plot" is "only one of the latest in a series of revisions of his original discourse...." And David Reagan in his article "The Origin of the Concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture" repeats Ice's falsehood by claiming that I have republished my first book "over the years under several different titles."
    Although my book repeats a bit of the Macdonald origin of pretrib (for new readers), all of my books are packed with new material not found in my other works. For some clarification, "The Incredible Cover-Up" has photos of pertinent places in Ireland, Scotland, and England not found in my later books plus several chapters dealing with theological arguments; "The Great Rapture Hoax" quotes scholars throughout the Church Age, covers Scofield's hidden side, a section on Powerscourt, the 1980 election, the Jupiter Effect, Gundry's change, and more theological arguments; "The Rapture Plot" reveals for the first time the Great Evangelical Revisionism/Robbery and includes appendices on miscopying, plagiarism, etc.; and "The Three R's" shows hypocritical evangelicals employing occultic beliefs they say they have long opposed!
    So Thomas Ice etc. are twisting truth when they claim I am only a revisionist. Do they really think that my publishers DON'T know what I've previously written?
    Re arguments, Google "Pretrib Rapture - Hidden Facts" and also obtain "The End Times Passover" and "Why Christians Will Suffer 'Great Tribulation' " (AuthorHouse, 2006) by media personality Joe Ortiz.
For years Harvest House Publishers has owned and been republishing Lindsey's book "There's A New World Coming." During the same time Lindsey has  been  peddling his  reportedly "new" book    "Apocalyse Code" (1997), much of which is word-for-word the same as the Harvest House book - and there's no notice of "simultaneous publishing" in either book! Talk about pretrib greed!
This is the year I discovered that more than 50 pages of Dallas Seminary professor Merrill Unger's book "Beyond the Crystal Ball" (Moody Press, 1973) constituted a colossal plagiarism of Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth" (1970). After Lindsey's book came out, Unger had complained that Lindsey's book had plagiarized his classroom lecture notes. It was evident that Unger felt that he too should cash in on his own lectures! (The detailed account of this Dallas Seminary dishonesty is revealed in my 1998 book "The Three R's.")
Tim LaHaye's "Understanding the Last Days" (1998) plagiarized Lindsey's "There's A New World Coming" (1973).
More than 200 pages (out of 396 pages) in Lindsey's 1999 book "Vanished Into Thin Air" are virtually carbon copies of pages in his 1983 book "The Rapture" - with no "updated" or "revised" notice included! Lindsey has done the same nervy thing with several of his books, something that has allowed him to live in million-dollar-plus homes and drive cars  like  Ferraris! (See  my Google articles  "Deceiving and Being Deceived" and "Thieves' Marketing" for further evidence of this notably pretrib vice.)   
A Jack Van Impe article "The Moment After" (2000) plagiarized Grant Jeffrey's book "Final Warning" (1995).
Since 2001 my web article "Walvoord's Posttrib 'Varieties' - Plus" has been exposing his devious muddying up of posttrib waters. In some of his books he invented four "distinct" and "contradictory" posttrib divisions, claiming that they are either "classic" or "semiclassic" or "futurist" or "dispensational" - distinctions that disappear when analyzed! His "futurist" group holds to a literal future tribulation and a literal millennium but doesn't embrace "any day" imminency. But his "dispensational" group has the same non-imminency! Moreover, tribulational futurism is found in every group except the first one, and he somehow admitted that a literal millennium is in all four groups! On the other hand, it's the pretribs who consistently disagree with each other over their chief points and subpoints - but somehow end up agreeing that there will be a pretrib rapture! (See my chapter "A House Divided" in my book "The Incredible Cover-Up.")
Since my "Deceiving and Being Deceived" web item which exposed the claims for Pseudo-Ephraem" and "Morgan Edwards" as teachers of pretrib, there has been a piranha-like frenzy on the part of pretrib bodyguards and their duped groupies to "discover" almost anything before 1830 walking upright on two legs that seemed to have at least a remote hint of pretrib! (An exemplary poster boy for such pretrib practice is Grant Jeffrey. To get your money's worth, Google "Wily  Jeffrey.")
FINALLY: Don't take my word for any of the above. Read my 300-page book "The Rapture  Plot" which has a jillion more documented details on the long-hidden but now-revealed history of the dishonest, 179-year-old, fringe-British-invented, American-merchandised-until-the-real-bad-stuff-happens pretribulation rapture fad. If this book of mine doesn't "move" you, I will personally refund what you paid for it.

Dave MacPherson. What People are saying
What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT!                                                                           
Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...."
About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

the bishop, the whore and the spirit of antichrist: the appointment of martyn snow in leicester

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Martyn Snow, the new Bishop of Leicester, falls within the "evangelical" tradition of the Church of England. Technically speaking, "evangelical" refers to a person, church, or organization that is committed to the Christian gospel message that Jesus Christ is the saviour of humanity. "New Evangelicalism" is a very far cry from the original reformers, and in typical Church of England style, the term "evangelical" has become unrecognisable and bears no resemblance to its original meaning (Ezekiel 34:18). The Archbishop of Canterbury: "He (Martyn Snow) wants Leicester to be a beacon for interfaith relationships, he wants the rest of the country to follow our lead." {1} 

Syncretism is something that the Bible continually warns about in both the Old and New Testament. The clear differences between the gospel and other religions is unmissable. For instance the Koran states a number of times unequivocally that God has no son: Sura 9:29-30: .....and the Christians say: "The Messiah is the son of Allah." These are merely verbal assertions in imitation of the sayings of those unbelievers who preceded them. May Allah ruin them. How do they turn away from the Truth? {2} Buddhism does not believe in a deity and their temples are literally full of idols, yet Archbishop Welby has no objection if Prince George becomes a Buddhist. Similarly Hinduism has many gods and idols. The CofE are now developing "new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs." {3} and are blending elements of Christianity with pagan/neopagan beliefs in order to recruit new members.. I  could go on and on. Jesus Christ called this hypocrisy (Mark 7:6)! I do not write these things to insult the people who follow other religions or philosophies, but in order to point out that other beliefs are provably incompatible with biblical Christianity.

We are witnessing the slow death of the Church of England whose congregation is expected almost to halve over the next three decades. One wonders why Archbishop Welby, who has admitted that he even doubts God's existence, has chosen a career in the church at all. The latest news is that £72 million will be poured into a "renewal" programme, and astonishingly - ".....they expect their deity to guide and help them." {4} As they go further and further away from the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles the very opposite will be the case unless they repent! 


Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46) 

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
(Ephesians 5:6)

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;
(Revelation 18:4)

The Interfaith or "interreligious" agenda of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England is a very thinly disguised betrayal of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we dismiss the clear biblical warnings about what exactly constitutes faith then we miss the whole point of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. The Christian faith is exclusively in a particular person, Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son (1 John 4:9). Jesus' death is meaningless if we accept any other belief system or philosophy. Why did Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross if any other religious system would have sufficed? The CofE's initial description is deceptively reassuring, but a little further investigation reveals inclusivism that directly contradicts the scriptures: 

"The Church of England, in partnership with other Christian churches, seeks to build up good relations with people of other faith traditions, and where possible to co-operate with them in service to society." {5}

"All of us involved in producing this report hope it will assist the Church as a whole, not only
those in the Presence and Engagement parishes, to be open, generous, and welcoming to our sisters and brothers from Faith communities other than Christian.

"OneSpirit interfaith ministers offer and lead regular interfaith and inter-spiritual services in different parts of the country....." {7} 


"The so-called 'Church of England' becomes ever more a parody of itself, promoting paganism, holding “Harry Potter services” and even ordaining homosexuals. If you want a Christmas tree service or to get your pet rabbit blessed it’s a good place to go. Meanwhile, Great Britain is falling apart spiritually and morally, while the berobed bishops wring their hands and whimper – but in an all-inclusive way." {8} 


Though they come in the guise of goodness (2 Corinthians 11:14), the Church of England is not representative of the beliefs of true Christians and by biblical standards they are a spiritual whore seeking a false unity that will lead them all the way to Babylon the Great and their ultimate destruction. 


True Christians seek to live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18). Nevertheless compromise is unthinkable when we consider the exclusive claim that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), and that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God (John 5:24). The CofE has made a mockery of these core beliefs despite the great cost paid by people like William Tyndale, Martin Luther etc. The CofE have sold out to a new age political agenda and the spirit of Antichrist. Those who remain within it are risking their eternal salvation, the destiny that Jesus Christ bought for them at the cost of His own blood!

A Buddhist monk laying hands on a LCFC player


Martyn Snow: "My Football Team: Sheffield United, but I have to say what a time it is to come to Leicester. I hope you don't mind me jumping on that bandwagon." {1} It appears that the new bishop will be jumping on more than one bandwagon!


We are moving inexorably towards what the Bible prophesies - the coming together of a one world religion under the power of the Antichrist - no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17). 


The outcome for the prostitute: 


Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgement of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness,
and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
When I saw her, I marvelled greatly. But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:1-18) 

My readers should understand that biblical prophecy is 100% correct up until this point in time, a fact which verifies that the Bible really is true:

"Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2,500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2,000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors." {9} 

.....if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

1} http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Martyn-Snow-new-Bishop-Leicester-Dire-Straits/story-29260503-detail/story.ht
{2} http://www.islamicstudies.info/tafheem.php?sura=9&verse=36&to=37 
{3} http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10133906/Church-of-England-creating-pagan-church-to-recruit-members.html
{4} http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/church-of-england-slowly-dying-as-congregation-set-to-halve-over-30-years-a6881641.html
{5} https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/interfaith.aspx 
{7} http://interfaithfoundation.org/worship-services/ 
{8} http://www.thefreepressonline.co.uk/news/1/2539.htm
{9} http://www.reasons.org/articles/articles/fulfilled-prophecy-evidence-for-the-reliability-of-the-bible 

Further reading: 

Monday, 9 May 2016

beware of heidi baker: all nations church leicester visit 8th May 2016

Heidi Baker's visit to All Nations Church in Leicester last Sunday morning was kept very quiet!!! Had I known sooner I would have written a full exposé about her demonic "impartations"!

This woman is, in my view, one of the most dangerous false teachers on the "Christian" circuit who is linked with Bill Johnson (Bethel Church Redding). I would urge anyone attending All Nations Church to make it a priority to seek Jesus Christ for yourselves and to test the spirits.

I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.  (Acts 20:29-30)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)



Saturday, 7 May 2016

the buddhist monks and leicester city football club's astonishing season

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:25)

The astonishing success of LCFC is widely thought to be the result of the "good karma" of the club's billionaire Thai owner, Mr Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha due to his community work and his support for the team. Mr Vichai built his fortune on a string of duty free shops and bought the then struggling second tier outfit in 2010. LCFC have the "benefit" of spiritual support of the monks from the Wat Traimit Withayaram Woraviharn (Golden Buddha) Temple, in Bangkok, Thailand. It is normal for Thais in all walks of life to seek the blessing of monks for new endeavours and acquisitions – from cars to homes to businesses.

LCFC players are "blessed" by a number monks before kick off. The monks then retire to a specially designated room at Leicester City’s King Power stadium where they spend the entirety of the match in deep in meditation at a special shrine surrounded by Buddhist statues and hangings installed by Mr Vichai. As well as praying during games, the monks have reportedly overseen the burial of religious images under the turf. Players and fans have also taken to wearing Buddhist amulets and talismanic cloths which have been blessed by the monks. Support continues during the team’s away games when the monks chant and pray for the team at their temple in Bangkok’s Chinatown district, where the Mr Vichai has been a devotee for several years.

Assistant Abbot Phra Prommangkalachan, who appears to be Mr Vichai's spokesperson: 

“Khun Vichai is a very strong and devoted Buddhist who has done many good works,”
“His good deeds help generate support which becomes power for Leicester City Football Club. The club is benefiting from that good karma.
 “His good deeds are rewarded with the good performances of Leicester City. He is also a very wise man and knows how to manage the club, bring together the team and coaches and make sure their approach is united. The result is their success.”
“This is not about magic..... We can only offer spiritual support. We believe that helps the players with their good health, with avoiding injuries, with their focus. But they must still perform well..... We know how Leicester are doing because the cheers and chanting rocks the room..... We feel the vibrations.”

Alex Hylton, Mr Vichai’s former personal matchday assistant at Leicester City, said that the owner also prays in the shrine room for up to 45 minutes before each match. “He’s clearly very devout,” he said. “It’s obviously unusual for a football club owner to bring along Buddhist monks to games, but now everyone at LCFC is used to it. It seems normal." {1}

I do not object to LCFC doing well and I hope they continue to do so. However, I do have concerns about beliefs and practices that are at odds with the Bible gaining an influence over the lives of many people who otherwise would not have been open to them. There is something much more pressing than football that those connected with LCFC should consider, namely: the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..... (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Buddhism has various definitions, but since it is essentially non-theistic i.e. Buddhists do not worship gods or deities, it cannot really be defined as a religion.

When the apostle Paul was in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols (Acts 17:16). Paul reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him (Acts 17:17-18). His message provoked varying reactions, but the Athenians were curious enough about Paul's message to bring him to the Areopagus in order to hear him (Acts 17:22-33). He rebuked them for their idolatry saying:  ".....we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:29-31)

Buddhism is based on reincarnation and karma and involves moral codes, practices, values, traditions and rituals, things which define it as a works based "philosophy". The Bible differentiates between two kinds of sowing and reaping: the flesh (human nature) and the Spirit (the Holy Spirit).

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

An interesting definition: "sarks (the flesh) is generally negative, referring to making decisions (actions) according to self – i.e. done apart from faith (independent from God's inworking). Thus what is 'of the flesh (carnal)' is by definition displeasing to the Lord – even things that seem 'respectable!' In short, flesh generally relates to unaided human effort, i.e. decisions (actions) that originate from self or are empowered by self. This is carnal ('of the flesh') and proceeds out of the untouched (unchanged) part of us – i.e. what is not transformed by God."{2}  

Nirvana is a term which implies extinction, freedom, emancipation, liberation, release, deliverance, etc. the ending of and liberation from samsara, the repeating cycle of birth, life and death. If we talk in terms of "salvation", then nirvana is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Buddha claimed to reach that state during his enlightenment and it is his teachings which are employed by Buddhists as a means to that end. There is a heavy emphasis on self-reliance, self discipline and individual striving to attain the liberation of self which is ones own responsibility and is achieved in ones own strength. The Bible teaches something entirely different to any other religion or philosophy, namely: salvation without works (deeds to earn it) so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:9). The gospel of Jesus Christ takes the emphasis off ourselves and onto His sacrifice on the Cross. Unlike Buddha, Jesus Christ came not only to show us the way, but He actually claimed be the way. The claim of Jesus Christ is that salvation is found exclusively in Him:

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6) 

.....there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

The above statements put true Christianity outside the scope of any other religion or philosophy. We can do nothing to merit God's mercy, and if we miss the starting point, namely salvation in Jesus Christ without works, then we miss everything - ultimately our "good deeds" will be despised by God and we shall be eternally lost. (Proverbs 14:12). 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6) 

Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! (Psalm 39:6 cf. 1 Peter 1:24; Psalm 103:15-19)

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

From a Christian perspective, it is simply not possible to increase one's spirituality without possessing the Holy Spirit and submitting to his transforming instruction and power.{3} 

{1} http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/30/leicester-citys-good-karma-the-buddhist-monks-behind-the-foxes-d/
{2} http://biblehub.com/greek/4561.htm
{3} http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/130416 

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