Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
NOTE: SINNERS ARE NOT MADE INTO SAINTS BY READING NOUWEN, WILLARD, OR RICHARD FOSTER. THIS MINISTRY MAINTAINS THAT THESE MEN ARE WOLVES LEADING THE SHEEP ASTRAY.
Over the past 35 years or so, evangelical interest in the classical spiritual disciplines has grown exponentially, thanks to the groundbreaking work of writers like Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, and Henri Nouwen. We increasingly understand, as Nouwen expressed it, that the spiritual life "involves human effort," a disciplined embrace of such concrete means of grace as prayer, silence, worship, simplicity, and service to others.
NOTE: THIS MINISTRY DISAGREES WITH THIS ANALYSIS. WE HAVE DONE RADIO ON THIS FILM AND ANALYZED IT THOROUGHLY. THERE IS NOTHING REDEEMING ABOUT IT. -- OTM
Too often, Christians are in knee-jerk reaction mode when it comes to popular culture. If the world made it, we are against it, and can provide the list to tell you why. This is especially true with Hollywood. While there may be much to critique about Tinsel Town, it is more fair (and more Christian) to put the movie in context and to acknowledge its positive characteristics—before we launch a broadside attack. Here are five commendable facts about Noah:
Isolation – When the leader begins to avoid others, something is wrong. Leadership involves people. Not all leaders are overly communicative, but when the leader tries to avoid people who need the leader’s attention, something is wrong. Some leaders begin to question people around them. They struggle with mistrust or fear that others are talking about them, questioning them, or out to get them.
A recent meeting of ministers associated with the prosperity-preaching Word of Faith branch of charismatic Christianity received a surprise announcement: Pope Francis had sent a message to the conference. It was something of a historic moment.
God Calling is a book of messages reputedly delivered by Jesus Christ to two women in England in the 1930s.(1) The women referred to themselves as "The Two Listeners," and the messages they received from "Jesus" were conveyed through an occult process known as spiritual dictation. This is when a spiritual entity conveys information from the spirit world to willing people who act as "channels."
Are the Jews saved under one covenant and the Gentiles saved under another or is Jesus the only way to be saved? Are the Jews saved under the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham or do they have to believe in Jesus (Genesis 17:7-8)? The answer seems clear to me, but some Christians have heard someone they respect say today's Jews are saved even though they haven't accepted Jesus as their Messiah. That confuses many people and the controversy just won't go away.
1. Did you know that Sarah Young says she had been inspired by the "Jesus" of a book called God Calling?2. Did you know that Christian publisher Harvest House's book The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs says that God Calling is an example of a channeled New Age book "replete with denials of biblical teaching"?1
Using the guise of "discernment," some individuals have been using their platform in the apologetics community as a means to promulgate a brand of sad, critical Christianity. While predicated upon little more than an attempt to elevate their own narrow views concerning peripheral doctrines, these so-called "super discerners" operate with a grating, holier-than-thou brashness. Painting those who dare disagree on virtually any point as ignorant or foolish, these few "brothers" spare little in an effort to bully others into conformity. This "scorched earth" methodology is an evil, divisive plan that only Satan could concoct. And who has fallen into it? Apologists that should know better! And why? Perhaps pride and greed have blinded some to break fellowship.
By Ray Yungen
Why are the mainstream denominations so open to meditative and holistic practices? A professor of theology at a United Methodist college gave this explanation:
A spiritual vacuum exists in organized religion that might be filled by theologies that draw—for better or worse—from what is called parapsychology, paranormal studies, psychic phenomena and, somewhat pejoratively, the "New Age" movement.1
Hundreds of atheists have been drawn to Sunday Assembly gatherings as a way to meet likeminded people in a landscape dominated by faith.
LOS ANGELES — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.