Category: Discernment


Time does not permit me to write a lengthy post because of circumstances in my life right now. However, I put aside doing some other things because I see a serious need to write this post in order to draw your attention to what has happened — and what is presently happening — that is not only bringing unbiblical unity between Bible believing Christians and  Catholics, but also I would like to show you how some mystical teachings present in the Catholic church (namely their teachings regarding the “real presence” of Jesus in their communion wafers) are being used to lure many Christians into the Catholic church because they are failing to test things against Scripture to see if what is being said is true or not. (Acts 17:11)

This is going to be a very delicate subject matter and my intent is not to offend any Catholics who may come across this post and read it. However, the truth must be told, and sometimes the truth offends people, but the truth regarding all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us sets us free, and this post will also be focusing on those important truths backed up by Scripture!

Let’s begin:

POINT 1 – UNITY

Many Christians have accepted the false premise that “the protest [between Christians and Catholics] is over,” and therefore we should work towards unity with them.

I clearly remember the sick feeling that came over me when I first watched a  video like the one that I posted for you below in which Kenneth Copeland introduced Episcopal Bishop, Tony Palmer, to the people in attendance at his church who then proceeded to present a message that left me (and many other Christians) speechless and in shock! Not only was I in shock as I heard Tony Palmer declare that “the protest is over,” but also I was in shock at the lack of discernment that showed by the response of the people at Kenneth Copeland’s church as they listened to Tony Palmer’s message about “unity.” First Tony Palmer stated:

“…most of your fear [of uniting with Catholics] is based on propaganda.”

Then many of the people clapped after he said the following, starting shortly after the 25:19 minute mark:

“Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?” “If there is no more protest, how can there be a Protestant church? Maybe we’re now we’re all Catholics again. But we are reformed. We’re catholic in the universal sense. We’re not protesting the doctrine of salvation by the Catholic church any more. We now preach the same gospel. We now preach you’re saved by grace through faith…alone! The word “alone” was the argument for 500 years…the protest is over.”

Regarding the above video, I would also like to point out that at the 31:44 minute mark, a video is played in which Pope Francis addresses the people at Kenneth Copeland’s church and speaks about “unity,” as well, which I won’t be addressing in this post.

As a former Catholic who not only attended twelve years of Catholic school, but also attended thousands of “Masses” at Catholic churches, I can say without any doubt in my mind, that the Catholic church does not “preach the same gospel” as Tony Palmer once declared. (I say “once” because Tony Palmer died on July 20th, 2014 shortly after a motorcycle accident which happened just months following his presentation regarding “unity”that took place at Kenneth Copeland’s church). That is one reason why I started writing the series comparing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to a Catholic New Testament Bible; to make it clear to those who read this blog from time to time, that the Catholic church teaches “another Jesus” and “another gospel,” (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:6-9) both with no power to save! Those are very strong accusations to make, and I am certainly not the only one who has made those claims, but what I will be sharing with you in this post will show you how the Catholic church deviates from the truth of God’s Word and adds to Scripture things that aren’t there, and takes away from Scripture truths that would open the eyes of many precious Catholics and fill them with joy if they only realized all that Jesus Christ truly accomplished for us! That happened to me (and to many other former Catholics) when I began to read a little Catholic New Testament, and I pray that it will happen to many other precious Catholics if they will choose to read their Bibles, as well.

Many Christians today are confused and rightfully alarmed as they continue to discover that some of their friends who profess to be Christians are now becoming Catholic. They are perplexed and disheartened and can’t understand the reason why. As a former Catholic, I would like to share some reasons with you as to why I believe this is happening, and I will do it all from a Biblical perspective as well as give you strong evidence to show you why, which leads us to:

POINT 2 – THE REAL PRESENCE – REKINDLE THE AMAZEMENT

There has been a plan underway for quite a few years now, in which Catholics have been trying to “rekindle the amazement” regarding their teachings on the “real presence” of Jesus Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity being in their communion wafers in the minds of Catholics, as well as non-Catholics. While doing research on this topic, I came across some videos in which Catholics say that when Jesus promised that He would never leave or forsake us, He fulfilled this promise by instituting the priesthood of the Catholic church so that they could continue offering up this sacrifice and in this way Jesus would be with us until the end of time. Here is a quick capture from a YouTube video to give you one example:

However, let’s look at what Jesus had to say, keeping in mind that we are not to add to what a verse or passage of Scripture says, or to take away from what it is saying:

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

Jesus also told His apostles of His promise to send His Holy Spirit, and that He would be with them forever:

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give another Counselor to be with you forever –the Spirit of truth. I will not leave you comfortless. [Many other versions translate this by saying, “I will not leave you as orphans.”] I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)

Therefore, we can see from God’s Word that not only did Jesus promise to be with believers forever, He also promised to send His Holy Spirit who would be with us forever. It is unbiblical to say that Jesus will be with us by having the bread and wine literally becoming His body, blood, soul, and divinity as Catholicism teaches:

“The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” (Catechism Of The Catholic Church Para 1374)

Regarding the bread and wine literally becoming Jesus Christ’s flesh and blood, the Catholic church bases their belief by literally interpreting John 6:51-56

Here are those verses in context:

Jesus the Bread of Life

26 Jesus answered them and said: Amen, amen, I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you. For him hath God, the Father, sealed.

28 They said therefore unto him: What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he hath sent.

30 They said therefore to him: What sign therefore dost thou shew that we may see and may be lieve thee? What dost thou work?

31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32 Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say to you; Moses gave you not bread from heaven, but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven and giveth life to the world.

34 They said therefore unto him: Lord, give us always this bread.

35 And Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life. He that cometh to me shall not hunger: and he that believeth in me shall never thirst.

36 But I said unto you that you also have seen me, and you believe not.

37 All that the Father giveth to me shall come to me: and him that cometh to me, I will not cast out.

38 Because I came down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him that sent me.

39 Now this is the will of the Father who sent me: that of all that he hath given me, I should lose nothing; but should raise it up again in the last day.

40 And this is the will of my Father that sent me: that every one who seeth the Son and believeth in him may have life everlasting. And I will raise him up in the last day.

41 The Jews therefore murmured at him, because he had said: I am the living bread which came down from heaven.

42 And they said: Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then saith he: I came down from heaven?

43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them: Murmur not among yourselves.

44 No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him. And I will raise him up in the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets: And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard of the Father and hath learned cometh forth me.

46 Not that any man hath seen the Father: but he who is of God, he hath seen the Father.

47 Amen, amen, I say unto you: He that believeth in me hath everlasting life.

48 I am the bread of life.

49 Your fathers did eat manna in the desert: and are dead.

50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven: that if any man eat of it, he may not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven.

[52] If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.

52{53} The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53{54} Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.

54{55} He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.

55{56} For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed.

56{57} He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me: and I in him.

57{58} As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.

58{59} This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.

59{60} These things he said, teaching in the synagogue in Capharnaum.

60{61} Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard; and who can hear it?

61{62} But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?

62{63} If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63{64} It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (SOURCE https://biblehub.com/drb/john/6.htm – Douay Rheims Catholic Version)

If one takes the time to read the above verses in context, it becomes clear in the last verse that Jesus was speaking figuratively, not literally. Even in some previous verses — verses 28-36 in that same Chapter — Jesus make it clear that by coming to him one will never go hungry (to eat), and by believing in Him one will never be thirsty (to drink):

“Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

To add something to Scripture that is clearly not there, shows that this Catholic teaching of transubstantiation (the bread and wine change in substance and literally become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, while the appearance of the bread and wine stay the same), is completely unbiblical! If we are to take the above passage of Scripture literally, then it stands to reason that the meaning of verse 58/59 regarding those who receive communion in the Catholic church should not die but live forever, and this is clearly not happening.

There are many Scriptures that relate drinking — and eating — with eating God’s Word in a spiritual sense. Here are just a few of them:

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food. Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)

“Like newborn babies crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2,3)

“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

“I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12)

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” (Psalm 119:103)

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was to me a joy and gladness of my heart: for thy name is called upon me, O Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

 


In the Catholic church they have a time of worship of the communion host which is called Eucharistic Adoration. During this time the host is placed in what is called a monstrance like the one pictured below, and Catholics truly believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity:


In this depiction of Jesus Christ, (an example of Catholic art that I came across during my time of research for another post), He is seemingly being held captive within the tabernacle and beckoning Catholics to come and visit Him. He is rendered to a state of being weak, helpless, and lonely:

Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are just a few Scriptures that show where He is and what He is doing today which shows His power and glory and rest from all that He accomplished for us:

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3)

“Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:23-25)

“The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” (Hebrews 8:1,2)

“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:17-21)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1,2)

God’s Word shows us that Jesus Christ came into our world willingly:

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:14,15)

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 1:1-18 KJV)

God used the above passage of Scripture to open my eyes to see just how false and heretical the Sacrifice of the Mass truly was — and is — and reading this powerful truth in God’s Word was the main reason why I left the Catholic church –for good!

In spite of the evidence in God’s Word that I just shared with you that clearly shows Jesus Christ willingly came into our world, and that He also laid His life down for us willingly, Catholicism presents Jesus Christ to precious Catholics as being a Victim and therefore they do not see Him as being completely victorious over sin and death:

“The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner…this sacrifice is truly propitiatory.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Para 1367)(Emphasis in red is mine).

God’s Word makes it clear in Hebrews 9:22:

“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

So for the Catholic church to teach that the sacrifice of Christ and sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice, yet now He is offered in an unbloody manner, according to Scripture there is no way that this “sacrifice” could ever be “truly propitiatory,” if it was even possible.

“The Eucharistic sacrifice is also offered for the faithful departed who “have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified,” so that they may be able to enter into the light and peace of Christ:

“Put this body anywhere! “Don’t trouble yourselves about it! I simply ask you to remember me at the Lord’s altar wherever you are.” (Quote said by St. Monica before her death, to her sons.)

Then, we pray [in the anaphora] for the holy fathers and bishops who have fallen asleep, and in general for all who have fallen asleep before us, in the belief that  it is a great benefit to the souls on whose behalf the supplication is offered, while the holy and tremendous Victim is present…”(Catechism of the Catholic Church Para 1371) (Emphasis in red is mine).


 

The above video is a presentation given by Tim Francis regarding a woman named, Catalina Rivas, who allegedly manifests the stigmata –the bleeding wounds of Jesus. Also in this video are reports of alleged hosts that bled after being soaked in water. The hosts were brought to specialists in order to be examined. Not knowing what they were examining, the specialists said that it “contained real flesh and blood and human DNA.” It was also stated by one specialist that it was “… part of the muscle of the heart found in the wall of the left ventricle; it’s the muscle that gives the heart its beat and the body its life.” -Dr. Fredrick Zugibe (See video below towards the end of this post).

Catalina Rivas also claims to receive messages from Jesus. (I quick captured many of these so-called messages from Jesus to Catalina from a similar video like the one above, and posted them for you below. The original video that I watched no longer seems to be available on YouTube, and in the video above Tim Francis only reads some of the messages; they are not shown).

In Hebrews 1:1, the truth of God’s Word proves the above message as being false:

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”

God’s Word is all we need. There are no new revelations or messages. Jesus already revealed to us all that we need to know. If Jesus was truly speaking to many people today, the messages would not contradict Scripture. Pray for discernment and then please read the following messages in light of God’s truth revealed in Scripture and test them to see if what is being said is true or not:

 

 

 

 


In the following video, Tim Francis explains his strategy in using his seven week series, one reason being to share these mystical experiences in order to reach non-Catholics. At the end of the video he says the following:

“I think this is premium fertile ground to reach the evangelical community…” I had some evangelicals on the front row Thursday night and he came up to me afterwards and he said…”I’m speechless…we gotta talk.” “So we’re definitely going to get their attention.”

 

IN CLOSING

So much more could be said, and I may update this post with more information and comments, if time allows, but I think I have shared enough information with you for now. Therefore, I will close by saying the following:

No, dear Christian. We can never, ever unite with Catholics. Instead we must stand on the foundation of our faith which is the Word of God, and Jesus Christ our Cornerstone, and lovingly share Biblical truth with them! Loving precious Catholics is a must, but Protestants and Catholics are divided for many good reasons, and we can never unite with them because of these doctrinal differences that do not line up with Scripture:

  • Their “Tradition” which the Catholic church proclaims is equal to Scripture (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Para 80,81,82), but it oftentimes nullifies the Word of God

  • Their teaching on purgatory; a place of fiery punishment where Catholics are told they go after death in order to be purged from sin and to suffer for an undetermined amount of time for the temporal punishment due for sin, (CCC Para 1030)which leads dear Catholics to wrongly believe they have a second chance after death to attain heaven, and it also causes them to wrongly believe that Jesus Christ did not pay the full debt for all of our sins

  • Their teachings on the sacramental system and how the sacraments are necessary for salvation (CCC Para 1129) that causes many precious Catholics to depend on the sacraments as a means of grace; a grace which is earned by what they do, and is not freely given like the Bible declares

  • Their teaching on the Sacrifice of the Mass which the Catholic church declares is an “unbloody sacrifice,” and that they are simply “rē prē sen´ ting” the once for all sacrifice before the Father, when in fact the Catechism of the Catholic Church also says that it is a continual sacrifice (CCC Para 1367, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent – Chapter IX Canon III)

  • Their teaching that declares when the priest says the words of consecration over the host and the wine during the Sacrifice of the Mass, the bread and the wine literally becomes the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ (CCC Para 1367, 1374)

  • Their teaching that says a person becomes born again through the sacrament of baptism (CCC Para 1213,1215)

  • Their teachings regarding the Virgin Mary that say she was assumed into heaven (CCC Para 966, 974) that she was conceived without sin and remained sinless (CCC Para 491, 493), remained a virgin after Jesus was born (CCC Para 499,500)

  • Their teaching that says, “Outside of the Catholic church there is no salvation.” (CCC Para 846)

Doctrine divides, and only Biblical truth unites! They may use many of the same words as we do, such as born again, grace, and salvation, , but what they mean when they use these terms is something entirely different than what is taught in Scripture.

If you study church history you will discover that many Christians gave their lives rather than to embrace the teachings regarding “transubstantiation” and “the real presence.” Instead of uniting with Catholics out of an emotional response that can occur at these ecumenical gatherings, we must remain separate, stand on the truth that is made clear in Scripture, and reach out with genuine love and show precious Catholics the truth that can be found in God’s Word so that they see all that Jesus Christ accomplished through His once for all sacrifice! We must point them to Jesus Christ and show them in His Word who He really is and all that He accomplished for us! We must show them that they cannot come to God through Mary or the saints by showing them that Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5) and that He is the only way to the Father! (John 14:6) We must encourage them to read God’s Word and to think for themselves and to test what they have been taught by the Catholic church against God’s Word to see if it is true or not! (Acts 17:11)

If precious Catholics will read the Bible, God will be the one who will show them what an abomination the Sacrifice of the Mass is when they see how it is a complete denial of the sufficiency of His “once for all” sacrifice that was sufficient to pay the debt of all of our sins in full!!

Dear Catholic, I pray that you will also consider reading the Bible and take time to think carefully about all that God’s Word says in light of all that you have been taught. You must choose to believe the Word of God over the word of man, as we all must do, for what we choose to believe about Jesus Christ determines where we will spend eternity. Jesus Christ truly paid the debt for your sins in full — past and present. When He willingly hung on the cross in your place and mine, He took the full wrath of God upon Himself that was intended for all of us because of our sins. Before He died He cried out, “It is finished!”  Tetelestai; the debt was paid in full. This is the good news of the Biblical gospel, and there is nothing that you can do to add to it or to earn God’s love and forgiveness; Jesus Christ did it all! Believe and receive this good news and rejoice in all that He did for you!

Dear Christian, I pray that you will now realize the extreme importance of reading and studying God’s Word! Value the fact that we have the actual words of God after they were recorded by man as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to write all that is contained within the 66 Canonical Books of the Bible. Do not seek to have spiritual experiences and end up being deceived by Catholic mystical teachings that are now coming into many churches via Contemplative Prayer, Taize, Lectio Divina, through messages allegedly given to visionaries from Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, etc., and do not be deceived by Catholicism’s teachings regarding the real presence. 

Never forget the warnings in Scripture about signs and wonders, spiritual deception in the last days, and false teachers. Here are a few of them:

“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. ” (Matthew 12:38-40)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:25-31)

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

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

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”(2 Peter 1:20,21)

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

“There is another difference: those other priests were many because they died and could not continue their work. But Jesus lives on forever, and his work as priest does not pass on to someone else. And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them. Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinful men and raised above the heavens.” Hebrews 7:23-26)

“The death he died was death to sin, once and for all; and the life he now lives is life to God.” (Romans 6:10)

“For Christ himself died for you; once and for all he died for sins, a good man for bad men, in order to lead you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18 – Sacred Heart League Catholic Version)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18 – NIV 1973, 1978, 1984)

[NOTE: I added the NIV translation to show you how the Catholic translation above presents Jesus simply as a “good man,” which causes the extreme contrast between the righteousness of Jesus Christ and our utter unrighteousness before a completely holy God to become lost. The Catholic translation above also says Christ died for you in order to lead you to God, whereas the NIV (as well as the KJV) says to bring you to God, not simply just lead you.]

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

“…then know this, you and all the people of Israel. It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.” Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” (Acts 17:24)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men — the testimony given in its proper time.” (2 Timothy 2:5,6)

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:11-14)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)

“For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:21-24)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.” (Titus 3:4,5)

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will never count against him.” (Romans 4:7,8)


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In the following video you will see an alleged communion wafer at a Catholic church that had fallen on the floor. Since Catholics believe it to be the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, instead of it being thrown away it was immersed into water to dissolve. Instead of dissolving it began to move and pulsate within the container type monstrance. A comment made under this video on YouTube suggested it was a living fetus; an aborted baby. How horrific if this is true!

As convincing as what this doctor says in the above video may sound to us, we must remember what God’s Word says:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)


FORMER DOMINICAN PRIEST OF 22 YEARS, RICHARD BENNETT, GIVES PRESENTATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS:


NOTE: The above video is for informational purposes only; as much as I appreciate many of their thorough series’ regarding Catholicism, I do not endorse the ministry of Christian Answers because of their adherence to Reformed Theology and Calvinism.

 

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

I am taking some time off now in order to enjoy the rest of the summer with my family and friends, and I also need some time off in order to start looking for another childcare job or some other type of job. Then, Lord willing, I will go back to writing the series in which we will be continuing to compare the teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a Catholic New Testament Bible with the hope of not only showing precious Catholics how some of their teachings do not line up with what God says in His Word, but also with the hope of showing Christians the errors in Catholicism so they can be equipped to share the good news of the Biblical gospel with their precious Catholic friends and relatives. We must choose to believe God’s Word over man’s word if it contradicts it in any way.

When that series is completed, Lord willing, I will then finish up the series regarding the alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in light of Scripture to clearly show that these apparitions are not the Mary of the Bible, but rather they are truly demons in disguise because many of the messages that are reportedly given during apparitions to the visionaries magnify Mary and reduce Jesus Christ’s power and glory by what is said.

 

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LEARN TO DISCERN – JUST HOW REALLY SACRED IS CATHOLICISM’S SACRED HEART OF JESUS?

Are you aware of the dangers of Contemplative Spirituality? Would you know error as soon as you heard or saw something? Do you take the time to do some research on authors of books that are mentioned or suggested for you to read by those in leadership at your church before reading them? I pray that this post will help you learn to discern and show you just how very important it is to not only read and study God’s Word and to pray for discernment, but also how very important it is to always be alert for spiritual deception! I also pray that you will see just how subtle spiritual deception begins and how it can dangerously progress and lead you away from Biblical truth!

Before we begin, here’s some background information:

I used to be on Twitter quite frequently a few years ago. However, going on Twitter, as well as on Facebook, can turn the intended amount of time of being on there for just fifteen or twenty minutes, to at least an hour or two if you get drawn into commenting on a tweet or a post that you see the need to express your appreciation for or concerns about. It made me realize just how time consuming social media can be! All that to say this: I decided to go back on Twitter recently because I saw a huge spike in my blog stats on May 3rd, and the views were all coming from Twitter. Everyone was reading one of my most popular posts regarding why I left my church, Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, back in 2012 after attending there for 14 1/2 years: https://living4hisglory.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/warning-you-with-tears/  Jessica Hockett, also a former member of Harvest Bible Chapel, had discovered my post and after realizing that she had been — and continues to be — an important person in the ongoing investigation regarding the misappropriation of funds by former Pastor, James MacDonald, and the wrongdoings and coverups that have been taking place at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, I began to read up on the very latest of what had been happening.

Now, to get to the important point of this post:

After a few weeks of being on Twitter and connecting with many people who also have serious concerns about those who once were in leadership there, and concerns regarding some who are still in leadership, as well as love and concern for the people who are still attending there, I saw that some people had posted a recording of a recent HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL ROLLING MEADOWS FAMILY MEETING – (MAY 29, 2019)  and decided to listen to see what people were being told by those in leadership and to also see if any emotional manipulation was taking place. There definitely was some emotional manipulation taking place by what was being said to those in attendance, but this post is going to focus on something else that is equally or even more serious. I will continue now by telling you what I heard in that audio that urged me to write this post in order to send out a serious warning not only to those who are still attending Harvest Bible Chapel, but also to everyone because these types of unbiblical teachings are coming full force into many churches these days through so-called Spiritual Formation classes and similar classes!

NOTE: To those of you who may now be read this post and are still choosing to continue attending Harvest Bible Chapel, (the Rolling Meadows location especially), I want to clearly state beforehand that my intention in writing this post is not to bring you any more pain as you are all trying to heal, but rather to help you — and every one else — realize the importance of thinking for yourselves, to help you realize the necessity of examining the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11), to alert you to what some — or all — of your leaders are involved in, and to give you information about some troubling things that they have already presented to some of you, and information about what they may very well present to you in the near future.

Although this information mainly has to do with HBC, this information is as relevant to every other Christian because what I am about to share with all of you is coming into many churches through numerous pastors, teachers, and authors of books that are being promoted at many churches these days.

Now back to the main thing that I heard as I listened to the audio of the family meeting at HBCRM and what I discovered after doing a lot of research:

As I continued listening, I heard Greg Bradshaw encourage everyone to “read” this summer and to “get a good book.” He mention a book entitled, Emotionally Healthy Church beginning at the 24:18 minute mark by saying:

“We’re reading as a church — we provided for our staff —  ‘Emotionally Healthy Church.’ We’re reading ‘Emotionally Healthy Church’ book this summer as a staff…”

I had never heard of that book before, so I decided to do some research on it, as well as taking some time to do some research on the author, Peter Scazzero. Here are some of the alarming things that I discovered:

Here is what you will see the Our Vision page on the website of the church that Pete pastors, New Life Fellowship Church that is located in Queens, New York. Red flag words: Spiritual formation practices, Monastic values, contemplative and monastic traditions, Desert Fathers and Mothers, and monks.

(SOURCE) http://newlife.nyc/vision/


The following 1 hour and 16  minute video is the first of many videos that I watched and listened to in order to find out as much as possible about Pete Scazzero and what he teaches. Below the video you will see a list of notes that I took as I listened. I did that for you for the first 30 minutes of the video.

  • Pete says people are not experiencing deep transformation.
  • Mentions self awareness, managing one’s triggers under stress
  • Pete claims to have had 4 conversions
  • Notices and says, “People are not changing deeply in our church.”
  • 1994 Pete starts an inward journey for 2 years
  • Started Christian counseling
  • His wife confronted him on how he’s not a strong leader – left his church, attended another one
  • Pete shows diagram created by now deceased professor of Fuller Theological Seminary , Robert Guelich and claims Emotional Health and Spiritual Maturity are Inseparable
  • Emotional component
  • He claims he and his wife were “born-again” again
  • 1996-2003 Claims “a little revolution took place in our church just by bringing in the emotional component”
  • He still felt “something more was needed.” He “began to read quite a bit about Monasticism.”
  • 2003, 2004 – For a 4 month period he and his wife “visited a variety of monasteries and lived rhythms of silence and solitude.”
  • A revolution. Third conversion.
  • Pete says about Christians in general, “We’re so busy we have to live off other people’s spirituality.”
  • Got people connected personally with God directly
  • Made drastic move to slow down their lives
  • “…people’s lives began to be radically transformed…finally wrote it down into a couple of books.”

The description that can be found under the following video on YouTube, says:

“Pete Scazzero interviews Rosy Kandathil about her experiences at the Monastery. Rosy is a former staff and pastor at New Life Fellowship and began a journey to become a Benedictine Sister.” 

Being a former Catholic, I find it very troubling that he presented this woman, Rosy Kandathil, who was once a “pastor” at his church and who is now in the process of becoming a Benedictine nun to speak to the people at his church, but it further shows that he is clearly promoting Catholicism and Contemplative  New Age spirituality.


Just in case the following video entitled, ‘Pete Scazzero Interviewing a Trappist Monk on Prayer‘ disappears for some reason, I did a quick capture of it for you to document the fact that Pete Scazzero is promoting eastern mysticism and Catholicism by featuring William Meninger, a Catholic trappist monk, at his church. Once again I must ask a question: Why would a professing Christian pastor choose to have a monk speak at his church if he wasn’t?

Here is the video:

 

Below are some quick captures from the above video that will show you how Pete Scazzero has embraced the teachings of Catholicism regarding communion, that being that Jesus Christ is truly present in the elements of bread and wine and that Jesus comes into us when we take communion:

Here is a reminder for you of what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding their communion which they call, the Eucharist:

“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” (Para 1374 CCC)

Here is one of the anathemas (curses) regarding the Eucharist that you will find in the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent:

Canon 3 “If anyone saith that the Sacrifice of the Mass is only a sacrifice of praise and of thanksgiving; or that it is a bare commemoration of the sacrifices consummated on the cross, but not a propitiatory sacrifice; or that it profits him only who receives; and that it ought not to be offered for the living and the dead for sins, pains, satisfactions, and other necessities; let him be anathema.”

[NOTE: Lord willing, I will be going in depth on the teaching  of the Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass in light of Scripture when we get to that part in the CCC book.]


One look at William Meninger in the following picture that was chosen as the main image for this video should leave no doubt in one’s mind that what he presents is not Biblical Christianity, but rather a form of mystical, New Age spirituality that is rooted in Buddhism, which is the same type of spirituality that Pete Scazzero is presenting at the church he pastors, New Life Fellowship Church in New York.

For those of you who have never heard of The Cloud of Unknowing, here are some resources for you to help you learn to discern so that you will not be deceived by this:

Lighthouse Trails Research:

The Cloud of Unknowing – “Take a little word, and repeat it.”

DAVID CLOUD – WAY OF LIFE – EVANGELICALS TURNING TO CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY

 


The reason I am concerned that these mystical, New Age practices might very well be encouraged to be practiced by those attending HBCRM is not only because this book by Pete Scazzero was mentioned by Greg Bradshaw at the Family Meeting as a book that is being read by the staff, but also because of what Greg Bradshaw said beginning at 16:03-16:46 minute mark which was:

“How do you rebuild hope? I told our staff and I’m telling you, ‘The way you rebuild hope is intimacy with God.’ There’s no shortcut… but if your struggling a little bit with hope, ‘What is this going to look like at our church,’ the way to build hope is intimacy with God. And how do you build intimacy with God? There’s no shortcut, it’s disciplines. It’s finding time to get alone with God. It’s called solitude.”

In order to show you that I am not merely speculating, here is some documented evidence that I came across in my research that will prove to you that as far back as 2012 Pete Scazzero and his Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) teachings have been promoted in some ways at HBC:

 

I am also very concerned for all of you at HBCRM because of Greg Bradshaw’s emphasis on having “intimacy with God” and “getting healthy” as a church in light of his focus on Pete Scazzero’s book, ‘Emotionally Healthy Church’ which clearly presents New Age/New Spirituality/Catholic mystical practices as ways to have intimacy with God. After listening to the audio of HBC’s Family Meeting, I just strongly felt led to write this post as a warning of what might be presented to you this fall as the leadership at HBC seems to be raising a level of excitement about what they desire to see take place starting this fall season.

UPDATE 7/3/19 10:22 A.M. NOTE ADDED FOR CLARIFICATION:
I need to make it very clear that I am not saying that the leaders at Harvest Bible Chapel are intentionally and knowingly promoting these unbiblical, occultic teachings…they may be deceived into believing these are acceptable practices to do to bring one closer to God like so many other Christians have been (wrongly) led to believe. Harvest Bible Chapel leadership has been promoting Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer for many years now, and these women (wrongly) teach how to hear God speak to you. (Please consider reading the following post to see the documentation that I have on these women: HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL LEADERSHIP, CHRISTIAN LEADERS, AND THE LACK OF BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT).
However, there is no excuse for pastors and teachers who are held to an even higher lever of accountability (James 3:1) to fall for or to present such unbiblical practices to the people at their churches. Sadly, when many pastors see that a certain teacher is popular, they simply order their so-called “Bible studies” and fail to take the time to test what they actually teach against the truth of God’s Word to see if it is true or not. Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows leadership has fail to be Biblical shepherds and to guard their flock from false teachers; instead they just invite them in: Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, Levi Lusko, etc.

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

We are all called to: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)  As Christians, we think that we can trust those in leadership, but that simply is not true. The only one who we can completely trust is Jesus Christ alone and His Holy Word that will endure forever. (1 Peter 1:25)

Besides constantly praying for discernment, now, more than ever before, we as Christians must: study God’s Word ( 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV), examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done) is true (Acts 17:11) or not, and always be alert so that we are not deceived by the many ways in which our enemy, the devil, is attempting to devour us. (1 Peter 5:8)

Please also consider reading this post regarding Levi Lusko:  HOW DISCERNING ARE YOU? He was a guest speaker at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows in 2016 on January 2nd and 3rd. [NOTE: Just to let you know, this post also includes a Biblical analysis of a message that T D Jakes’ daughter (Sarah Jakes Roberts) preached, entitled, ‘The Displaced Crown,’ but she did not present this message at Harvest Bible Chapel. The video that she preached her message in was taken down shortly after I posted it.] END OF UPDATE


Dear Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows members and attendees — and every Christian — beware! Beware of what is being presented to you as ways to develop intimacy with God. We have God’s Word, the Bible. What more could we ever need in order to develop intimacy with God? Nothing more! Especially when the practices that are suggested for us to do in order to have intimacy with God is derived from unbiblical, New Age practices that can be found in Buddhism, Hinduism, and mystical practices derived from Catholicism –practices that open up doorways into the world of the occult!

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard. Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:25-31)

 

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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In the following video, Pete Scazzero, who is also the co-founder of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship (EHD), where they “help leaders around the world grow their people into mature disciples of Jesus,” tells us how EHD has helped thousands of people move from a shallow Christianity to a deep authentic relationship with God, themselves, and others. Although he may give some good suggestions in his courses, such as taking enough time to rest, to say that the Christianity of those who do not pursue the ways through which he suggests in his courses in order to be able to have a “deep authentic relationship with God” is “shallow Christianity,” is  very troubling!


In the following video, ‘Pete’s Take on Daily Office,’ that you will find further below this quick capture from the video, Pete Scazzero has this to say beginning at the 1:31 minute mark:

“…but the silence to me is the quality that probably I found most significant because again, I’m being with Jesus my lover, and I’m quieting myself down, I’m centering in Christ and abiding in this love relationship allowing Him to love me and I’m loving Him back.” (Emphasis is mine).

This is sometimes referred to as spiritual romanticism; it is a completely unbiblical form of thinking in which we view Jesus Christ as our “lover.” This is frighteningly becoming a more common belief among professing Christian teachers (such as Ann Voskamp), and it leads Christians down an unbiblical and dangerous path! 

Romantic Panentheism, a Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Here is the video: Pete’s Take on Daily Office


In the video that you will find further below, which is entitled, ‘What is the Daily Office & Why is it Needed,’ at the 2:43 minute mark you will find this chart that shows ‘the core of the EHS (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality) Course.’ These are very similar to the experienced based methods that you will find in transcendental meditation and in the New Age Movement.

At the 3:23 minute mark in the video below you will hear Pete Scazzero quote Brother Lawrence, and at the 4:43 minute mark in this same video you will also hear Pete Scazzero quote Dallas Willard. Both of these men promoted unbiblical, contemplative, mystical, spirituality. (See information on these men that I have added below for you at the end of this post).

Beginning at the 5:09 minute mark in the same video that you will find further below, you will also see this chart with Silence & Stillness Guidelines that clearly present the same type of steps that you will find in eastern meditation practices in Buddhism, but they have been repackaged using Christian terminology:

Finally, here is the actual video, entitled: ‘What is the Daily Office & Why is it Needed?’


At the 4:12 minute mark in the following video you will hear Pete Scazzero say:

“Remember, the purpose of the Daily Office is to commune with God.”

He ends this video by saying: “…and I trust that you will find, as I have, that you are remembering and thinking of God much more throughout your days, in ways that you never imagined or did before.”

When anyone tells you to practice spiritual disciplines that are the same types of spiritual disciplines practiced by Buddhist and Catholic monks only Christianized to make them appear acceptable, or if you are told  to read a certain book or that taking a specific course is going to change your spiritual life rather than telling you that all you need is to spend time with God in His spiritual life giving, life changing Word — the Bible — that should send up an immediate red flag within your spirit! We are sadly at a point in time when many professing Christian pastors and teachers are casting aside Biblical Christianity.  Instead they are now focusing on man’s emotions and promoting having experiences with God that come directly out of the world of the occult!

I am sure that Pete Scazzero and his wife are probably very sincere and wonderful people, but they have sadly been deceived by accepting these unbiblical practices as ways to develop a deeper relationship with God. When trying to search for ways to help their people grow in their relationship with God and to grow spiritually, they have wandered off the Biblical path and are now presenting to their people — and to the world — teachings that are telling everyone to look inward instead of looking to God and seeking Him in His Word.

God is the only one who transforms us by His Word and by His Holy Spirit when we choose to believe the good news of the Biblical gospel and come to Him through Jesus Christ; transformation does not come about by looking inward and dwelling on the past and on our emotional pain and struggles. (Isaiah 43:18) (Philippians 3:13)

Jesus Christ was and is God in the flesh. Jesus, being fully God, took upon Himself human flesh and entered our sin-filled world. He lived the perfect, sinless life that we could never live, and became the perfect sacrifice. Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, willingly went to the cross where He bore all of our sins as well as all of our grief and sorrows, and God poured out all of His wrath intended for us because of our sins upon His one and only Son. He died in our place, was buried, and was gloriously raised to life on the third day in bodily form to show that God accepted His death as full payment for every one of our sins — no matter what we may have done! God is love, but He is also just. Therefore sin must be paid for, and Jesus paid our debt to sin in full –tetelestai. That is the life changing good news of the Biblical gospel that transforms a person’s life!

May I share a personal illustration with you? During the twelve years of my marriage I became a broken and shattered woman emotionally because of the way that my ‘husband’ treated me. However, everything began to change when I began to read the Bible and came to see the truly good news of the Biblical gospel for the first time and chose to believe it and to place my full trust in all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us.  In the midst of my deep hurt I did not look inward. I cried out to God and read His Word often throughout each day as the tears fell and my heart broke in thousands of pieces. As I spent time in prayer and in His Word, God began to heal me and to renew my mind and troubled heart and I no longer based my worth as a person by how my ‘husband’ treated me, but rather by what God’s Word says. That is when my life began to change and God began to transform me into a new creation in Christ. Day by day I learned to trust God more, and day by day His strength became perfected in my weakness and His peace that surpasses all human understanding began to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus as I prayed and stopped worrying about everything. He proved Himself over and over to be faithful and able to meet all of my needs in ways that I never would have imagined!

I pray that Pete and his wife will begin simply seeking God in His Word and that one day he will cast these unbiblical practices out of his church, his books, and his presentations, as well, and that he will point his people — and all Christians — back to Jesus Christ — who was and is God in the flesh –so that they will find  true and lasting transformation! As true Biblical Christians that is what we are all to do.

I  hope you can now see that in many ways Christianity today is becoming more and more experiential based. Sadly, God’s Holy Word, the Bible, is now being used by many as a tool to bring one into an altered state of consciousness as it is twisted and repeated over and over.  God’s Word is no longer seen as having the greatest importance as it is read and studied in context. The only way to truly come to know God is through coming to Jesus Christ in simple faith and believing that His “once for all sacrifice” was truly enough to pay the debt for all of our sins in full!

Please do not be deceived by these unbiblical types of practices that may sound very appealing to you emotionally, but at their very core is New Age Catholic mysticism.

 

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More videos to show you how William Meninger, who was a guest at Pete Scazzero’s church, is heavily involved in New Age/ New Spirituality/Buddhism/Catholic mysticism.

Here is some information regarding Fuller Theological Seminary, the seminary that now deceased Professor of New Testament, Robert Guelich taught at. He was the one who made the chart that Pete Scazzero showed in his presentation at the 22:32 minute mark in the first video entitled, ‘Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – An Evening With Pete Scazzero.’

 

Brother Lawrence and Dallas Willard Information:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – BROTHER LAWRENCE

DAVID CLOUD – WAY OF LIFE LITERATURE – DALLAS WILLARD

UPDATE:

Lord willing, another new post coming later this month or in August on this same subject regarding how Catholic mysticism is infiltrating many churches these days and leading many Christians astray in order to show the extreme importance of reading and studying God’s Word and praying for discernment.

Also coming later in July, Lord willing, will be another new post in the series in which we will continue comparing the teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to a Catholic New Testament to show precious Catholics the truly good news of the Biblical gospel and that many of the things that they are being taught, which is based on the traditions of men, contradicts God’s Word, the Bible. It is equally important for all Christians to know this information so that they not only come to realize the need to share the truly good news of the Biblical gospel with their dear Catholic friends and family, but also so that they will not be deceived into thinking that Catholicism is Biblical and end up being lured into Catholicism by one of many ways that have been devised by our enemy, the devil.

Thank you for joining me for Part 2 in this series in which I will be sharing more  information with you to give you further evidence in order to show you that the entity that is appearing in these apparitions and claiming to be the Virgin Mary is not the Virgin Mary of the Bible, but rather a deceiving spirit that is bringing unity among all religions and leading many of them into the Catholic  church. If you have not yet read Part 1 in this series yet and would like to, you may do so by clicking HERE

 

APPARITION OF THE VIRGIN MARY – JERUSALEM – 1954

In the following video you will hear about an alleged apparition of the Virgin Mary that took place at St. Anthony Coptic school in Jerusalem where Coptic Christians, as well as Catholics and Muslims attended:

 

THE APPARITIONS OF MARY AT ZEITOUN

In the video below (which can only be viewed on YouTube since playback on websites has been disabled by the video owner) you will hear the following concerning these silent apparitions that allegedly took place in Zeitoun, Egypt mainly between the years 1968 and 1970:

“As the years have gone by, these apparitions began to attract more and more people, sometimes gathering large crowds of 250 thousand people from different countries and faiths: Christians, Jews, Muslims and even nonbelievers ”

“…all the people present at the time — Christians and Muslims – could also see it.” “The silent apparitions at Zeitoun are considered to be an appeal to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.”

The following video gives further details concerning these alleged apparitions regarding healings that were said to have taken place –by the hand of the Virgin Mary. In one instance it is said that a woman came to Zeitoun in search of a cure. Here is the summary of one account:

As a woman who was dying of cancer laid in her bed and before she drifted off into a deep sleep, she was visited by the Virgin Mary who appeared with a small boy who handed the Virgin Mary a small knife. The Virgin Mary told her that she was going to remove the cancer. “Xray analysis proved that she was free of cancer completely.” ‘There was no sign of any wound or any opening.’ 

It is implied to those who hear about this particular incident in which the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared and healed the woman of cancer, that this small boy who appeared with her was Jesus Christ, thus causing many to wrongly believe that Mary has more power that Jesus Christ, who was reduced from being Creator,  Savior of the world, and God, the second person of the Trinity, to a helpless young child who serves Mary.


At this point I would like to stop for a brief moment to share another account with you concerning the Virgin Mary so that you can see the following:

Precious Catholics are being presented with a works based salvation gospel and a gospel that causes them to wrongly place their trust in the traditions and doctrines of their church instead of only trusting in the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the truth that is presented in Scripture

The Virgin Mary is elevated in the eyes of Catholics by implying that she has more power and authority that Jesus Christ

Here is a portion of the account that I quick captured for you further below:

“One day the King [Alphonsus, King of Leon and Galicia] became very sick. He went unconscious, and everyone thought he was dead! When he was unconscious he had a vision, and found himself before the judgment seat of God. Many devils were there, telling all the sins he had committed, and Our Lord as the Judge, was just about to tell King Alphonsus that he was going to hell! Suddenly Our Lady appeared on the scene and asked for a pair of scales. She placed the King’s sins on one of the scales and on the other scale she put the rosary, which he had always worn, and the Rosaries that had been said because of his good example. The Rosaries weighed more than his sins!

“Looking at King Alphonsus with great kindness, Our Lady said: “As a reward for this little honor that you paid me in wearing my Rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you, from my Son, Jesus. Though you were supposed to go to Hell, you will be able to live for a few more years. See that you spend these years wisely, and do penance!”

When the King came to, he cried out: “Blessed be the Rosary of the Most High Virgin Mary. By her Rosary she has saved me from the terrible fires of Hell!”

(SOURCE) – Not an endorsement

Here are some Scriptures to refute the idea that we can be saved by our good works:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare I say at this time his righteousness, that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”(Titus 2:13,14)

“But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)


Now back to the main focus of this post, which is how these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary are drawing many people of other religions into the Catholic church. I will then follow this section with information to show you the New Age/New Spirituality connection:

Below is a quick capture from an article in which you will read how “Muslims converted” because of these alleged apparitions that took place in Zeitoun, Egypt. Sadly, they did not convert by hearing about Jesus Christ and the Biblical gospel being preached to them, but rather by seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary. This is not Biblical Christianity.

(SOURCE) – Not an endorsement

In the article below you will see how apparitions of the Virgin Mary are being credited for “the conversion of millions of people to Roman Catholicism.” It’s also interesting to note at what point in church history these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego took place:

“…just as a large number of people were leaving the Catholic Church in Europe as a result of the Reformation, Our Lady of Guadalupe was instrumental in adding almost 8 million to the ranks of Catholics in the Americas between 1532 and 1538.”

(SOURCE)

In the following article, dated Aug. 11, 2oo9, Catholic News Agency reports that “the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe was a ‘salvation event’ specifically directed to evangelize of all of the Americas.”

(SOURCE) – Not an endorsement

One day when I first began doing research for the Fatima posts that I shared with you last year, I did a search on Lucia Santos, the oldest of the three children who claimed to have seen the apparitions of the Virgin Mary back in 1917, and just happened to come across the following video of two visionaries that I had never heard of before:  Sister Lucia de Jesus and Friar Elias del Sagrado Corazon.

They claim that the Virgin Mary has been transmitting messages to them for the past six to seven years. As I listened to this video (and many more after it), it became very evident that these messages that were being transmitted were  completely New Age in their beliefs because of their  strong emphasis on unity and oneness, and did not resemble Biblical Christianity at all.

Sister Lucia and Friar Elias are part of an ecumenical movement that embraces all religions. In the quick capture below it says:

(SOURCE) – Not an endorsement

Here is some information that is posted on one of the YouTube channels that uploads some of the videos of these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the visionaries, Lucia De Jesus and Friar Elias:

Source – The above information is posted under YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4FfHvruVuM

 

Below is a brief history of the visionaries in which you will discover that allegedly Friar Elias began receiving messages from the Virgin Mary in 2011, and Sister Lucia began receiving them in 2012. According to this information there is another visionary, as well –Mother Maria:

(SOURCE) – Not an endorsement

 


Upon searching Facebook to see if I could find more information about these visionaries of the Grace and Mercy Order I found this page which will clearly show you the emphasis that this movement has on unity. Consider these words from the quick capture below and you decide if it reflects Biblical Christianity:

“As Mother of the World She is the Supreme Feminine Energy that is creator of all, and Her mantle encompasses all.”


This quick capture of their March 2017 Facebook page not only shows information about the latest messages allegedly transmitted to the visionaries through Mary, but also ones reportedly coming from Saint Joseph and Jesus Christ:

God’s Word is clear that the Canon of Scripture is closed.  However, would Jesus Christ really give a message like the one below if indeed He was still speaking today? Or is this rather a message that would come from a false Universal Christ? When you see the word “universe” capitalized, as you see it capitalized below, it denotes deity and life.

Many in the radical Environmental Movement believe that this planet [Universe] is a living being and oftentimes refer to it as Mother Earth or Gaia. If you’d like, you can read one of my former posts in which I shared some information on this: WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY – EARTH DAY


Although the Grace and Mercy Order claims they are not linked to any religion, it is clear by what can be seen in these videos, as well as on their Facebook page, that Roman Catholicism is strongly being promoted:

Source – YouTube video entitled, ‘Apparition of the Virgin Mary Rose of Peace – Marian Center Menino Rei Brazil – Sept. 25, 2017

 

 


 Starting at the 24:55 minute mark in the video below you will hear “the words that Mary transmitted for the apparition…” What you’re about to read is a very disturbing message that was allegedly transmitted to Sister Lucia from the Virgin Mary. As you read the following message, keep these questions in mind:

“Would the Mary of the Bible say these things? Or does this present a message akin to the New Age/New Spirituality movement that embraces all religions?

“When the white buffalo would appear on the horizon, suddenly, walking with serenity before the eyes of the pure, it was a sign of prosperity and of hope. Its mouth did not speak. Its language was not known by humankind. Its silence would transmit the will of God to them. Its language was understood with the heart by those who knew how to become silent. When sadness flooded the hearts of humankind they cried out for the grace of seeing and of feeling the white buffalo. Its serenity calmed them and they felt the hope that the earth would remain fertile, alive, and sacred.

When the heart of the children of  the earth was not reached in love and in joy, they cried out for the white buffalo. Its joy and its love did not come from this world, but it nourished and healed it. It appeared on the horizon and represented the arrival of the new cycles where life would have a greater meaning because the land would be fertile and so would the heart.

The white buffalo was the holy spirit of the earth which walked silent among humankind. It came to dissolve fear, anguish, sadness. It came to unite the hearts of the children of the earth with he who created the earth and all the other planets. He created the sun, the moon, and all life. The white buffalo was the bearer of purity and reunited the purity in the hearts of the children of the earth so that they would not lose the hope of a world in peace and in communion with life. The white buffalo was meek but invincible. Nothing could touch it and only the eyes of the heart could see it. Its mystery came from infinity, even though its appearance was of the earth. It made itself lesser than humankind with the living symbol of a simple animal, but it wanted to represent the all. Within it were both the small and the great, from the animals to the Supreme God. From nature to the all. The white buffalo thus made it possible to understand that God is in everything. I am the white buffalo, the spirit of the earth. The spirit of life.

I am the representation of  the fertile cycles of the cycles of peace.  In my presence despair and fear are dissolved, and hearts again find the faith and the love of God. I am, my children, the Mother of the earth, and also of heaven. The children of the earth were born on it, but they do not come from it. Their spirits come from me. They were born of the universal source of life, protected by the brightness of the stars that sparkle in infinity, embraced by the motherhood of God, Adoni. I come to this world so that you may regain purity and hope, so that you have fear and pain healed, and so that the certainty of  being able to experience the sacred and unity on this earth with creation may again shine in your essences. I am here, beloved children, now resembling humankind with a body like yours and with a divine heart so that you may find again within yourselves what unites you with the creator, what makes you a mirror of his most sacred heart.

I came to mirror in your spirits the sacred and the divine. I appear on the horizon in silence, again bringing peace. I appear on this day of a new cycle representing a fruitful cycle in the life of this spirit. I want to strengthen your hearts and to build within you the new gardens of life. I want to cause the new human being to be born, recovering the purity and the divinity of the indigenous consciousness.  I come to bring the grace of union with the origin for those called originating peoples and in this way all human hearts may rekindle within themselves the purity of the beginning, the original unity with the heart of God. May your  lives be fruitful in love before the white buffalo…”(25:32 – 31:11 minute mark)

“I am the white buffalo, your mother and mother of all creation.”(31:39 minute mark)


If one takes the time to examine all of these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary, you will see how this being who claims to be Mary presents a message that appeals to each people group she appears to. In the above alleged apparitions in which these messages are given to Friar and Sister Lucia, she speaks to the Indigenous people who have embraced a pagan philosophy that is also very New Age in their belief system, which is why the message refers to her as the White Buffalo.

The Native Heart Healing Oracle – Blue Angel Publishing

Upon doing research to see what I could find concerning the White Buffalo and native spirituality, I  came across the following video in which Chief Arvol speaks of a prophecy that said a white buffalo calf would stand upon the earth, and when this would happen many changes would take place upon the earth. Chief Arvol also speaks of “the Creator Wakan Tanka” and a woman who allegedly appeared carrying a buffalo robe. When this woman allegedly appeared before the people the next day she came with the buffalo robe. As she began to walk away she rolled over, and as she stood up she changed into a young black buffalo, then a red one, and then proceeded to turn into a yellow buffalo. Then, as she  went over the hill she became a white buffalo calf.

I am not trying to say that the appearance of this particular woman was an alleged apparition of the Virgin Mary, and she never claimed to be the Virgin Mary. I am, however, trying to give you evidence of how these apparitions that claim to be the Virgin Mary (such as the entity that transmits messages to Sister Lucia de Jesus and Friar Elias) give messages that appeal to the spirituality that represents the people she is appearing to.

In this video you will also hear Chief Arvol use many terms that are also used by those in the New Age/New Spirituality Movement, as well as by those involved in the Environmental Movement:  global warming, Mother Earth, spiritual unity, peace, harmony, etc.

Are you now beginning to see how many religions and all of these movements — especially the New Age/New Spirituality movement and the Environmental Movement — are all merging together?


 Many involved in this movement speak of unity, oneness, and peace, but if one looks closely they will see this oneness is not the same as the oneness that Jesus Christ prayed for in John Chapter 17. For quite some time now we have been seeing many professing Christian pastors and teachers — including Rick Warren — promoting this type of unbiblical unity:

Christian author and speaker, Warren B Smith, was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement. Now he warns Christians just how dangerous this movement really is through the books that he writes and through the presentations that he gives at many Christian Conferences! When time allows, please consider listening to this insightful and very important presentation that he gave at the Last Days Bible Conference a few years ago.


The entity who claims to be the Virgin Mary in these alleged apparitions also refers to herself as the Lady of All Nations and says that she embraces everyone as her children — no matter what religion they are a part of. In some of the messages that were given during these apparitions by the one who calls herself The Lady of All Nations, to the visionary, Ida Peerdeman, “unity” among all Christians was emphasized, and many unbiblical and mystical words of instruction were also given. Here are some examples that you can hear in the video below. Be sure to test them in light of Scripture. These messages were given on September 20, 1951:

“Christians all over the world should unite.” 

“Christians shall and must enter into themselves. Let them consider what part they are to play in this world.”

“It [the prayer] has been given so that the coming of the Spirit of Truth may be implored for the world. The lady says, “Child, why is this prayer not being spread abroad? What are they waiting for? I have taught it to you so that it might be circulated among the people. Let everyone say this short and simple prayer every day. This prayer is purposely kept short and simple so that every person may manage to say it even in this modern and speed crazy world. It  has been given so that the coming of the Spirit of Truth may be implored for the world.”


No matter what anyone may say, there will be no peace in this world until Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, returns. To say that The Lady of All Nations is the “Key to World Peace” is completely unbiblical!


 

The last dogma that this entity who claims to be the Virgin Mary is demanding to be proclaimed, is for her to be declared the Lady of All Nations, as well as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all Graces, and Advocate. She claims that shefreely cooperated with Jesus in redeeming the world.” The blasphemous implications can be clearly seen in the picture below:

In part, this is what the entity, (who claims to be Mary), requested to be said as a prayer:

“Let the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary, be our Advocate.”

According to God’s Word, who is our Advocate?

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1)

According to God’s Word, we have only one Mediator:

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

According to God’s Word there is only one name under heaven by which we must be saved:

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) 


APPARITIONS OF MARY AND THE NEW AGE CONNECTION

In the following video, Cecil Andrews of ‘Take Heed Ministries,’ presents us with some excellent and even shocking information that shows the parallel between Catholic and New Age Marian Messages. When time allows, I truly hope that you will consider listening to this message that was given  by Timothy Kauffman:

‘Catholic’ and ‘New Age’ Marian Messages in Agreement

For further information please consider reading the following by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries:

http://www.takeheed.info/pdf/2016/October/Marian-Apparition-Messages.pdf

(Note: Sources with very good information; not an endorsement. It has come to the point where I can no longer endorse any ministry.)

In the video below is another supposed message given by the Virgin Mary and channeled through a woman named Julie Miller. Channeling is a New Age practice in which a spirit  (and in this case it is said to be Mary, the mother of Jesus) speaks forth a message from beyond the grave. In this message you will hear terms such as: vibrations, energy, Mother earth, exhale in his light, pouring his love and light into every person of every creed and race, etc., demonstrating that this is not the Biblical Mary, but rather a spirit speaking forth a New Age message.

In many cases Mary is referred to as the Universal Mother or the Divine Mother, by those who promote the New Age agenda, once again, demonstrating that this entity is promoting unity among all people –Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The following message was channeled by a woman named Linda Dillon:

“…you are so much further ahead in this ascension process in this creation of nova Earth than you suspect “unity, connectedness, and balance and form in creation upon gaia in being a mother you are utilizing all of my blessings …..”

Below are examples to show you how many religions have a female goddess that they call their Divine Mother. Note also the use of New Age terminology in the posts below:

 


Giana Talone Sullivan is an example of a modern day visionary who claims to have received messages from the Virgin Mary mainly between the years of 1988 and 1995.

“The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore issued a statement saying they found no basis to support her messages as having an extraordinary source. The statement from the archdiocese condemns the alleged apparitions as not of a supernatural origin.” (1)

However, as you can see from the quick capture below, after French theologian, Fr. Rene’ Laurentin (“who was also an expert advisor for the Council during Vatican ll and an expert investigator of Marian apparitions and seers”) “brought a medical team of scientific specialists from France to America,” in part, the results of their investigation showed that she was found to be in the same state of ecstasies as other seers:

(SOURCE)

Scientific studies can be helpful to determine many things, but when it comes to the spiritual dimension everything — especially the messages — needs to be tested against God’s Word to see if it is true or not. (Acts 17:11)

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

God’s Word also instructs us to test the spirits to see if they are from God.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)


In the following video you will see how some people are literally crying out from the depths of their hearts for the trees that are being cut down. While none of these people profess to be Christians, this is simply a clear example to show you just how far many have drifted from what is Biblical, to now embracing a pagan world view, and how Environmentalism has become a form of spirituality and religion.

Why are these people not instead crying out for the lives of the unborn who are being torn apart limb by limb out of the safety of their mother’s womb, or who are having their brains sucked out during a partial birth abortion? We have become a barbaric society in which many place more emphasis on caring for this earth rather than caring for God’s greatest creation –mankind, who has been created in His own image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26,27)


CLOSING COMMENTS:

Yes, as Christians we are to take care of the world that God has entrusted to us, but to put more emphasis on creation rather than on the Creator is unbiblical, and can cause one to shift from what is truly important in the eyes of God –human life made in His image and preaching the Biblical Gospel of faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The eternal destination of billions of people is at stake!

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone one who believes:  first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a  righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:16-20)

Jesus Christ should be our focus, not the Virgin Mary. Many of the messages given to visionaries during all of these alleged apparitions clearly focus much more on Mary, rather than on Jesus Christ. In every form of deception there is always enough truth mixed in with lies so that the lies cannot easily be realized, which is why everything should always be tested against Scripture, and not against church teachings or the traditions of men, which is often the case when it comes to these apparitions and the Catholic church.

We can admire Mary for her willingness to submit to God and to become the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, since most likely she was falsely accused of adultery by many and endured much ridicule, as well. Mary indeed deeply suffered as she watched her Son — Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God clothed in human flesh — suffer the horrendous torture of crucifixion, which led to His death. However, Jesus Christ alone redeemed us. Mary did not in any way suffer to the point of sharing in our redemption process or adding to Jesus Christ’s sufferings to attain our redemption –no matter what any one may say! To say anything more is to add to Scripture, which is forbidden by God. (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:6)

Mary is rarely even mentioned in Scripture! (Lord willing, one day I will do a post on every verse in which Mary is mentioned so that you can see just how little she is mentioned). God’s Word clearly emphasizes that it was only the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ — the Lamb of God without spot or blemish —  whose sinless life, sufferings on the cross, shed blood, and death was sufficient to satisfy God’s just demands by paying the debt for all of our sins –in full.

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”(Romans 3:22,25)

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made is meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:12-14)

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:6)

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing og the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14)

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:12-15,22)

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18,19)

God will not allow any one else to share His glory.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

We must keep in mind what God clearly warns us about in His Word so that we will not be deceived:

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:3-5)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times men shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

We must be Bereans and constantly test everything against Scripture, including the messages and  teachings of every pastor and teacher –no matter how well respected they may be or how many years they may already have been in ministry. (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22, Acts 17:11)


In PART 3 we will be taking a close look at some end time scenarios that are being presented these days by a growing number of professing Christians that are causing many Christians to not only take their eyes off of the Lord, but also to tread on some spiritually dangerous territory! I will be tying all of that together with the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary, as well and sharing some rather controversial things with you in the process. The information that I will be sharing with you is extremely important for you to be aware of since it’s very possible that these things may very well become part of the strong delusion and spiritual deception that we are warned about quite frequently in Scripture concerning what will take place before the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.

I hope that you will join me for PART 3 in this series that I will try to have completed in the early part of May, possibly sooner –Lord willing. Because there is so much information that needs to be presented to you this may end up being a four part series instead of three, as I had originally planned.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read this very lengthy post.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory


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(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianna_Talone

Today I would like to introduce you to a dear Sister-in-Christ that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few months or so. Her name is Barbara Wilhelm and she writes for HOLDING HIS WORD HIGHER

She just completed her in depth report on the extremely popular devotional, JESUS CALLING, that was written by Sarah Young and has sadly captivated the hearts and minds of millions.  You may even be one of them. If not, then you may know of someone who has begun to set aside God’s Word, the Bible, and instead now yearns for a fresh new word from Sarah Young’s Jesus, which is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible, as you will soon see. If you know of someone who is deeply mesmerized by these devotionals, please consider sharing this very important report with them and pray that they come to realize just how unbiblical these messages really are, as well as the practice by which Sarah Young receives these messages.

And now, here is PART 1 of Barbara Wilhelm’s special report concerning Sarah Young’s devotional, Jesus Calling:

(SOURCE)

 

To read Part 2 and 3 of Barbara’s in depth report, entitled,ANOTHER GOD,’ and ‘ANOTHER JESUS,’ and to watch for her final post in this series, please go to HERESCOPE where you will also find many other excellent in depth articles written by Sarah Leslie, Gaylene Goodroad, the late Pastor Larry DeBruyn, who earnestly contended for the faith until the very end of his life, Martin Erdmann, and others. Or, if you’d prefer, you can simply click on the links below. I will add the link to PART 4 for you as soon as it is officially posted on HERESCOPE, which should be within the next few days, according to Barbara.

 PART 2 – ANOTHER GOD

PART 3 – ANOTHER JESUS

 

Herescope is an online journal revealing heresies and false teachings that are affecting the church today. You will be blessed and greatly informed by what you will read there, and you will also come to realize even more, the importance of reading God’s Word and ‘examining the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done by those who claim to speak for God) is true.’ (Acts 17:11)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time to read this well written and researched report on Jesus Calling that was done by my dear Sister-in-Christ, Barbara Wilhelm.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:14)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. ” (1 John 4:1)

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

 

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UPDATE:

Lord willing, I should be done with Part 2 in my series, ‘APPARITIONS OF THE VIRGIN MARY, OR DEMONS IN DISGUISE – EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE IN LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE’  by Sunday evening. 

 

“How can you tell if your church has adopted the Leadership Network paradigm?”

The above question that a listener sent in to Mike LeMay and Amy Spreeman on Stand Up For The Truth a few years ago is a question that writer and speaker, Sarah Leslie, of Discernment Research Group and Herescope addressed near the end of their time together for this show. The main topic discussed is the shift that is taking place in many churches these days, maybe even in yours. It is a shift from Jesus Christ and Biblical truth, which is the foundation for the church, to an experiential based system where the pastor runs the church like a corporation and  presents his own agenda to the people of the church. Sadly, for those who do not stand with the pastor and his new vision for the church, they will either be pressured to conform, or they will be shoved under the bus as Mark Driscoll has  said in the past to his congregation before the dismantling of his church finally took place due mainly because of  his abusive behavior towards those in leadership positions at Mars Hill Church and those who also attended Mars Hill Church. When time allows, consider watching the above video, and keep these Scriptures in mind as you watch the video below:

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” (1 Timothy 3:1-3)

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24,25)

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.  Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:7-9)

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE: Still working on a few posts when time allows me to do so, and, Lord willing, I  hope to  have at least one finished by tomorrow evening so that I can share it with you. Otherwise, it should be done within the next few days.

As I have mentioned to you in a few posts over this past year, Lord willing, as soon as I get the time to finish the different series that I am doing concerning Catholicism and the Alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, I am hoping to begin a series on Calvinism and Reformed Theology in light of Scripture. In light of that, I thought this debate that a dear sister-in-Christ let us know on Facebook was being live streamed would be a good video to share with all of you today for a Teaching Thursday post to make some of you who are not fully aware of some of the teachings of Calvinism and Reformed Theology come to understand some of the beliefs that they hold to. The speakers for this debate that will be presenting their position on man’s Free Will from the reformed view is not typical of most Calvinists; most Calvinists are known to be polite and respectful, though some can be harsh and unfair in their attitudes and statements at times, like James White. However, what you will hear from Dr. Sonny Hernandez, and especially from Dr.  Theodore Zachariades, is a lack of self-control and a lot of yelling, and a change in what they claimed to believe concerning man’s free will during the discussions and online interactions they  all had  before this debate took place. Leighton Flowers and Jonathan Pritchett who represented the Traditionalist point of view did an excellent job of staying in control under such shock and pressure and exhibited God’s grace towards Sonny and Theodore, and Leighton and Johnathan also kept them on point. This is one debate that you will not be  bored listening to! Above all, I pray that you will learn the importance of truly having a Biblical perspective on every theological issue, and not just accept a  teaching because it is being taught by someone who has been known to be a well respected teacher for many years. We must constantly compare Scripture with Scripture and look at it in its context and grammatical structure to determine the Biblical meaning of a verse, and not simply accept man’s interpretation of a verse!

Here is the video description:

Published on Nov 4, 2017

“Dr. Leighton Flowers and Dr. Johnathan Pritchett (Traditionalists) debate Dr. Sonny Hernandez and Dr. Theodore Zachariades (Calvinists) over the doctrine of Free Will. Things become a bit contentious in the CX when Theodore and Sonny disavow the London Baptist Confession’s statement on free will (Chapter 9) since prior to the debate Leighton and Johnathan were told they affirmed it. This cause much unnecessary confusion and contention. On July 18th, an email with all parties copied, Sonny said, “Hey Leighton, The best way to summarize our position would be to review the 1689 London Baptist Confession or the Westminster Confession of Faith (See Free will).” And even after Leighton literally copied and pasted chapter 9 (the one on Free Will) into the email and asking specifically what they affirmed, Sonny wrote back to all parties (including Theodore), “Leighton, what you see in the confession is what we affirm…” Leighton put up a live video on the Soteriology 101 facebook page showing all these emails for his followers to read for themselves. Things also became unnecessarily heated when Theodore called his opponents “brothers” and then retracted that statement saying they were merely “opponents” and that he wasn’t sure they were actual “brothers” due to their view of grace.”

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LordAnd if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

“And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16,17)

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6,7)

“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:37-40)

“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me,” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12,13)

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8,9)

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To those of you who may have been wondering why I have not posted anything recently, I deeply apologize! I have been trying to make time to work on writing the second post in the present series, APPARITIONS OF THE VIRGIN MARY, OR DEMONS IN DISGUISE? EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE IN LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE, however, a lot has been happening lately that has caused my free time to be extremely limited! Such as:

1) I am continuing to look for a new church since I am still churchless, (if you’d like, you can read why I left my former church after attending there for over five years by reading: CHURCHLESS ONCE AGAIN)

2) My engine light turned on in my car, and after discovering that it would cost $2,700.00 to repair my 2003 car, I realized it was time for me to start looking to purchase another used car

3) AND, since the childcare job that I am blessed to have again for the same precious child that I had before turned out to be for only one day each week instead of the four days that it was originally going to be for because the mom had a change of plans, and because I know how unlikely it is that I would be able to get some type of job writing from a Christian perspective, I knew that it was time for me to seriously start praying and looking for some other type of job that I would enjoy so that God could use it to provide for my immediate and future needs

Now that two of the three major concerns have been taken care of, I need to devote some of my present time to preparing for my new position as a local Freelance Floral Designer and teacher of Floral Design For Beginners at my neighborhood craft store. I am in the process of setting up a new blog for my new business that I dedicate to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, trusting that He will indeed supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory. However, I want all of you to know that I am as dedicated to standing for Biblical truth and exposing error as I ever was, and, Lord willing, I will continue to write and present you with posts that I pray God will use to make all of you realize the extreme importance of being a follower of Jesus Christ alone and not a follower of any man (or woman) and their ministry, as well as the extreme importance of reading and studying God’s Word so that you will never be led astray by the many spiritually deceptive teachings and doctrines of men that not only have become popular these days, but also have led so many precious Christians captive because they fail to test everything they read and hear against the truth of God’s Word –in context.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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It is with sadness that I am writing this post to share with you that I have now left the church that I had been attending for over five years.

I remember the first day that I attended that church and how deeply I appreciated the pastor’s expository preaching! So much so, that tears welled up within my eyes as I heard God’s Word finally being preached the way God intends His Word to be preached: in truth, verse by verse, in context, and without the text being manipulated to say something other than what God intends for it to say to us! I even went up to the pastor after the service and told him how much I appreciated his preaching, and eventually told him how I had recently left a church (HBCRM) after attending there for over 14 1/2 years because God’s Word was being twisted and taken out of context by the pastor in order to manipulate our thinking and to try to make it say something that the pastor was trying to get us to accept in some way, and I also told him that I left because of many compromises that my former pastor had made.

I met so many wonderful people at my now former church, and made some friends, as well. I will miss them all, especially M who I recently met at the women’s luncheon, and J who sat in front of me during the services.

Some of you may be wondering what happened that caused me to leave, so briefly, and respectfully, I will tell you:

Last year my pastor came up to me and asked me how I was doing, which is something he does with everyone quite frequently because of the kind and caring person that he is. He also asked me if I was still writing poems on my blog, and I proceeded to tell him how the direction had somewhat changed concerning what I am writing, and that presently I was writing a series out of my desire to reach Catholics with the Biblical gospel. I also told him that next year (Lord willing) I am going to be writing about Calvinism to warn those who read my blog of the importance of knowing God’s Word because of how the teachings of Reformed Theology/Calvinism distort the character and nature of God and even the gospel itself! I then asked him if he could recommend something for me to read to help me as I prepare to write about it. I was almost certain that he would agree with me regarding the valid concerns that I have about Calvinism/Reformed Theology, but I was stunned by his reply as he proceeded to tell me that “salvation is a mystery” and how “God’s ways are past finding out.” He then had me open my Bible to Romans 11:33, which he also did, and then he read it out loud as I followed along in my Bible:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”

I was speechless and devastated by what he had just said to me, and quickly became aware of the fact that my jaw began to drop out of shock and I had to make a conscious effort to pull it back up in order to close my mouth! There were simply no words that came to mind to say to him at that moment –I was stunned, and filled with concern, as well!

He also shared with me how the church that he had grown up in split because of Calvinism, and that many people were hateful in the way they treated one another. He told me near the end of our conversation that he would send me some information on Calvinism, (but I never received anything).

I came away from our conversation with the impression that he was afraid of a split taking place at ‘our’ church, and that it may possibly be the reason why he seems reluctant to speak out against it. It seemed to me like he was trying to push Calvinism to the very back of his mind so that he would never had to deal with it at all. At least that’s what I initially thought.

The next major thing that happened to raise the level of my concern was something that my friend discovered when she took part in the women’s Bible study last year:

My friend, who  attended my former church for the past two years (she left two months ago), told me that John MacArthur’s study guides were being used in the women’s Bible study classes that she was attending. Knowing that John MacArthur is one of the most prominent preachers/teachers of Reformed Theology, and to hear that his books were now in our church was a very troubling truth to discover! She expressed her concerns about that to ‘our pastor’ and was told basically the same thing that I was told, and he tried to assure her that Calvinism was not being taught and that no seeds were being planted as she had suggested to him out of her valid concerns.

Then, just a few weeks ago, I received a call from ‘my pastor’ in which he stated that he was calling to let me know that my friend was no longer going to be attending ‘our church.’ I could be wrong, but I had the feeling that this call was more about finding out what I already knew about my friend leaving, and if she had influenced me to also leave in any way, and maybe he also wanted to find out how much I really knew about Calvinism. The statements that he made to me during our conversation seemed to confirm that, and I proceeded to tell him that I was considering leaving too, but that as I listened carefully as he preached through the book of Romans I did not hear him say anything that would indicate that he was trying to present the teachings of Calvinism to us. He told me to trust him and that he was not trying to bring Calvinism into the church. He tried to assure me by telling me that he has never been to any of John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conferences, and that he is not part of the Gospel Coalition. However, the one thing that I have learned from all that I have already been through with pastors, my former husband, and with a few friends, is the fact that the only one we are to put our trust in is the Lord, and no one else! That thought remained unspoken, and I soon learned that I was right in not trusting him, as nice of a person as he may seem to be.

At one point in our conversation that lasted for more than an hour and twenty minutes, I posed this question to him:

“Since you are now preaching through the book of Colossians, may I humbly ask you to prayerfully consider addressing Calvinism when you get  to Colossians 2:8? Then I would feel more assured.”(Assured that he was not trying to bring Calvinism into the church).

I then proceeded to read the verse to him…

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ,”

…and then waited for his response. At first he seemed to consider it, but then quickly changed his mind saying that in all of the years that he has been a pastor at the church he has not had a problem with it. He also pointed out the fact that there were some Calvinists who were presently attending out church, which was something that I was already aware of.

At one point he mentioned that “there are no seeds being planted,” obviously referring to what my friend had previously said to him. At that point I cautiously and humbly  brought to his attention what I credit God for putting in my mind at that very moment, which was this:

“But if John MacArthur’s  books are being used as study guides, some people may think that you are  in agreement with all that John MacArthur teaches, and they may get involved in Calvinism as a result.”

He seemed to give pause at what I said at that point. He also said that he would try to keep a closer watch on the books that were being used, but that he tries to give freedom to the teachers in what they choose for the Bible studies. I gently tried to remind him of how Scripture warns about false teachings in the last days and how Satan comes to destroy.

At around this point I also brought up how after receiving an email about the upcoming women’s Bible studies I did a search on the authors of the books that were going to be used as the study guides and found information that indicated that both authors may very well be Calvinists, since one was a part of John MacArthur’s church at one point. Since I was sitting at my computer when he called I was able to access the quick captures that I had taken of the information and read some of it to him.

Here is what I discovered. Consider this information as a warning, dear reader, so that you can beware of these authors: Jen Wilkin and Elizabeth George.

From the beliefs of Jen Wilkin that you will find stated below, note how she emphasizes “His children” when she says the following:

“For His glory and because of His love for His children, God initiated a plan of redemption, which He fully accomplished on their behalf. God the Father sent Jesus the Son, fully God and fully man, to die on the cross as a substitutionary  sacrifice for the sins of His children. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, suffered death on the cross, was buried, and then rose again from the dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. Jesus fully paid for the redemption of God’s children, and by God’s grace, we respond with repentance and faith.”

Now, I may be wrong, but to me it was a clear indication that she was presenting the teaching of Limited Atonement which says that Jesus Christ did not die for the sins of the whole world, but only for those whom God chose to save before the foundations of the world, referred to as “the elect” by those who teach Calvinism. (More on that when, Lord willing, I do an extensive review of John Calvin’s teachings compared to Scripture, as soon as I finish the series that I am presently doing concerning the topic of Catholicism.).

Concerning Elizabeth George, as you can see from the information below…

“She was also a Logos Bible Institute instructor and a Bible study lecturer and curriculum development team member at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California.” 

That happens to be the church that John MacArthur is the pastor of. Enough said, IMHO.

 


At one point in our conversation I told him that I had some videos that I wanted to share with him concerning how Calvinism distorts the character and nature of God and the gospel itself, if he would be willing to listen to them, when time allowed. He told me that he would listen to the clips if I would send them to him, which I was thankful to hear him say.

Much more was said, but that is all that is necessary to allow you to see pretty much what was said during our conversation. Emails were exchanged in the days ahead, and I did send the video teachings to him by Pastor Tom Stegall. They were the same ones that I previously shared with all of you in my previous post, which is the series entitled, ‘Confronting Calvinism.’ 

The deciding factor that caused me to finally leave without hesitation came about as I did research on the association of churches that my former church belongs to. Upon coming across the information that I believe God led me to find, and some information that another friend had shared with me, I not only discovered the association’s clear involvement with Calvinism, but also I came across two articles that were written by the person who leads worship at what is now my former church. In the articles he spoke highly of John Piper and other prominent pastors and teachers of Reformed Theology. I then wrote what will probably be my last email to my former pastor to let him know that as much as I appreciated his expository preaching, and how kind and caring of a person that he is to all who attend there, and as much as I love all of the people that I met during the five years that I attended there, I would not be returning. I then proceeded to tell him about some of the information that I had discovered, and ended my email by saying the following:

“I have made my decision after much prayer and research, so there is really no need to discuss this any further. I am taking a stand for Biblical truth by leaving because I completely reject and oppose the teachings of Calvinism because they are unbiblical and damaging to the character of the God whom I serve and the very gospel itself. I just pray that one day you will come to realize the serious problems with Reformed Theology/Calvinism and see the need to warn those whom God has entrusted to your care, and trust God with the results. Since there are people who attend (name of church) who are Calvinists, as wonderful as they may be, it is only a matter of time before problems arise.”

You will continue to be in my prayers, (name of pastor). I am very sorry that it had to come to this.”

So, dear reader of this blog from time to time, now maybe you can understand that even though I started out with an urgency to write about Catholicism in order to reach Catholics with Biblical truth, why I found myself equally concerned about the teachings of Calvinism; its teachings are just as damaging to the gospel as Catholicism is, and it was God’s way of preparing me for this time in my life. I may have started out with the desire to warn you of the importance of testing its teachings against Scripture, but because of all of the videos that I have listened to on the subject, and because of testing its teachings against God’s Word myself, all of my studying  has served to help me stand firm on the Rock of my salvation, never realizing that one day Calvinism would affect me in such a deep and personal way!

In hindsight, I now can see why God kept bringing Calvinism to my attention in many small ways, even before I knew what it was! The first incident happened back in around the year 2010. A friend from my previously former church of 14 1/2 years came to me and tearfully said, “What if I’m not one of the elect?” I had no idea what she meant, but that pleading, tear-stained question stayed with me even after I tried to help assure her of her salvation by sharing Scriptures with her and asking her some questions.

The second thing that occurred  was finding the teachings of Reformed Theology that was presented on a website by using the acrostic, TULIP. It didn’t take long for me to  realize that these teachings did not line up with Scripture!  (Please consider watching the videos that I added below).

Then, after writing about leaving my previous church in January of 2012, someone contacted me through my blog and asked me if I was “reformed.” Once again, I was puzzled by another question, not knowing what she meant because I had never been asked that question before. I assumed that she was referring to the Reformation, so I answered her email by saying, “Yes, I believe we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.” Even though I had a strong feeling that I didn’t give her the answer she was expecting, I answered honestly and proceeded to hit the ‘send’ button as I slightly cringed.

Now I realize that God used those puzzling moments in my life in order to motivate me to begin researching Calvinism so that I would be prepared for this time in my life when I would need to know what Reformed Theology actually teaches, and how it distorts the character and nature of God, the Word of God, and the gospel itself!

I pray that God will somehow open the eyes of my former pastor so that he finally comes to see the damaging effects that Calvinism has on the gospel and the extreme importance of warning the people that he will one day stand before God and give an account for how he taught them according to God’s Word.

That makes four churches that I have now left because of errors (the Catholic church) or because of pastors drifting away from Biblical truth, or making compromises with Biblical truth in some way.

So maybe now you can understand one of the reasons why I have not been writing as much lately, and that is because I have been dealing with this issue and seeking God concerning what I should do about it, and hoping  and praying that God would somehow use me to warn my former pastor of the dangers of Reformed Theology/Calvinism. But who am I to tell a pastor what he should do, and what God’s Word clearly says? I am just someone who seeks to follow Jesus Christ, and earnestly contend for the faith, someone who does not follow any man’s teachings.

I am not a divisive person either. I am someone who simply refuses to compromise or to remain silent. Why? Because I have learned from others who have become very dear to me,  how destructive  the teachings of Calvinism can be to the beliefs and convictions of those Christians who once lovingly reached out to others with the good news of the Biblical gospel which clearly states that Jesus Christ died for ALL who will CHOOSE to place their trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ’s ‘once for all’ sacrifice.

Salvation is available to ALL who are willing to come to Him and to believe the true Biblical gospel that declares Jesus Christ, who was and is God in the flesh, willingly came to this earth to live the perfect sinless life that we are incapable of living, to die in our place as our substitute for all of our sins – no matter how horrendous they may be – and that He was buried and gloriously arose from the dead on the third day to show that His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father to satisfy the wrath that He has towards all mankind because of our sin and rebellion, and I will continue to earnestly contend for the faith by defending that truth in a respectful, but firm manner –no matter what!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, (and for this we labor and strive) that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teachings you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” (Romans 16:17,18)

“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)



Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Although I realize the title of these videos may offend some Calvinists who may see them, that is certainly not my intention. I am sharing them because the truth presented in these videos is powerful because it is based upon the truth of God’s Word. Please prayerfully consider listening to his teachings when time allows, and be sure to test everything that he says against Scripture as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11, as well as the teachings of everyone you listen to who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ and a preacher or teacher of God’s Word.

 

Here, finally, is the post that I had mentioned to you once before that I was going to put together for you. This post actually came about because of a very good idea that was given to me by Alec, who writes at alecsatin.com He requested that I consider putting together some resources that I found to be helpful and to share them with you, the reader of this blog. Thank you again, Alec, for such a good idea!

The suggestions that you will find below are things that I have found to be extremely helpful and indeed necessary to do in the time that we are now living in! A time when more and more pastors and teachers, sadly, are compromising with Biblical truth and are either self-deceived, or outright deceivers themselves! The important information that I have added will also aid you in discovering what may actually be happening at the church that you may be attending right now without you ever realizing it before! Frightening thought, I know!

The first and most important thing that you MUST do — and this is not simply a suggestion — is to read and study God’s Word, the Bible, like never before! Nothing else is more powerful to expose spiritual deception than the very living and active Words of God Himself!

Below you will find some very helpful suggestions that God has used in my life to see what was happening right before my eyes. I pray that He will also use them in your life, to guide you by His Holy Spirit so that you can not only discover any hidden truths of what may be happening at your church, but also confirm some of those disturbing thoughts that you may be having about your pastor or things that you are suspecting may be happening at your church. Be prepared, dear Christian, for what you may discover. You may become disappointed and even devastated by what you may read, but God will strengthen you and uphold you, and lead you every step of the way concerning what you are to do next.

HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS TO KEEP IN MIND

If you already have some serious concerns about what is happening in your church, or even if you don’t, here are some helpful suggestions for you to do. Some are quite obvious, others are not often thought of to even consider doing:

1. Always pray for discernment as you listen to your pastor preaching

2. Listen and follow along in your Bible as your pastor preaches to make sure that he is presenting Scriptures to you in context. You may discover that he is twisting Scripture in order to say what he really wants to say to all of you instead

3. If your pastor mentions a book or a person that you never heard of before, write it down and do some research on it later. You might find out some disturbing information that may reveal the unbiblical direction that he may be leading the church in

4. Never accept your pastor’s recommendation or suggestion for a “good book” and go out and buy it and read it without first doing some research on the author by checking out the content on their website and their statement of faith, and be sure to pray for discernment and test everything against Scripture as you do

5. If you recently left your church because of some valid concerns, may I suggest that instead of wasting your time and gas by driving to different churches, search online for a new church by listening to some of their previous sermons, reading their Statement of Faith, and by checking out their guest speakers or special events they may have had or are having in the future. You can find out a lot by doing all of that in the comfort of your own home

6. Above all, pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and stay in His Word and allow His Holy Spirit to teach you what you need to know about His Word

(Lord willing, I will be adding more suggestions for you as they come to mind).

As followers of Jesus Christ, and not followers of men, we must do what is pleasing to God and walk in truth. Having said that, what you may discover after doing some research could mean that you might have to leave your church in spite of the many dear friends that you may now have at your church. So be prepared. Pray for wisdom and attempt to express your concerns to your pastor, humbly, and in love, and have your words rooted in the truth of God’s Word. However, sadly, many of us have already found that bringing our concerns to the pastor or leadership of the church oftentimes accomplishes very little. We go to them humbly, expressing our concerns in love and standing for the truth of God’s Word, and yet our concerns are dismissed as being unfounded, when, in our hearts we know that what God has shown us is true. You may even be laughed at or belittled by the words that they say to you in response to what you may say to them. If that happens to you, dear Christian, leave with your head held high, knowing that you have been somewhat persecuted for His namesake and because you have earnestly contended for the faith and stood for Jesus Christ, and know that God is well pleased with what you have tried to do.

Place your trust in God and your shattered heart in His hands, and He will lead you forward to where you are to be next. You may find yourself among the many who have finally realized that we are not to place our trust in any man, but only in God who is always worthy of our trust even in situations when we don’t understand why, and even when things happen in our lives that fill our hearts with deep sorrow. These are things that I have found to be true over and over again! God is always faithful, and He will never abandon those who choose to place their trust in Him.

VIDEOS TO HELP YOU LEARN TO DISCERN

Some of these videos you may have to watch a few times (as I did) in order to grasp all of the information that is presented in them. They are quite lengthy, but they have very helpful, and somewhat shocking information to help you realize what is happening in many churches today, things that may be happening even in your church.

CELL GROUPS

Does your church offer Small Groups that are referred to as Cell Groups? If so, then these audio presentations by Sarah Leslie of Herescope are a must for you to listen to! You may find it beneficial if you sit down with a notebook in hand so that you can take notes as you listen. I found that to be very helpful because of the important and very detailed and in depth information that she shared in her presentations that you will find at the link below:

HERESCOPE – THE CELL CHURCH – SARAH LESLIE

 


Are you aware of what Hyper-Dispensationalism is? If not, please read the following article by David Cloud of  WAY OF LIFE MINISTRIES so that you will not be led astray by this teaching:

BEWARE OF HYPER DISPENSATIONALISM

Below is an example for you that will help you to identify if the pastor of a church teaches this false doctrine. I found this on a church website on their Statement of Faith page:

“The MYSTERY “Hid in God” was the divine purpose to make Jew and Gentile a whole new thing, that is, the Church, which is Christ’s Body. The revelation of this Mystery was committed to Paul, and it is in his writings alone that we find the doctrine, position, walk, and destiny of the Church.”

 

 


Does your pastor teach tithing by twisting Scripture –especially Malachi 3:8-10? You may want to listen to this teaching when time allows:

I must give credit where credit is due: The above two teachings were shared on Facebook by a dear sister-in-Christ, and friend, Lori, who “earnestly contends for the faith” in spite of much opposition.


CALVINISM – WHAT DOES REFORMED THEOLOGY TEACH, AND DOES IT LINE UP WITH SCRIPTURE?

Originally I thought that coming to learn Reformed Theology was the answer to my desire to know Biblical doctrine in a deeper sense back in 2012. But what I discovered gave me a rude awakening as I came to realize that Calvinism/Reformed Theology distorts the character and nature of God, the Word of God, and the very gospel itself! If you are not aware of what Calvinism/Reformed Theology teaches, I urge you to sit down with your Bible opened and listen to these videos with teachings by Pastor Tom Stegall, when time allows you to do so. Why do I urge you? Because I have heard from a former Calvinist that the statistics for the percentage of Christians who now profess to be Calvinists are as high as 80% which is truly shocking! We must have God’s Word as our lens through which we look through as we are presented with a teaching in order to determine if it is true or not, as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11, and not accept the teachings of any man – or woman – no matter how many years they may have been preaching or teaching, and no matter how respected they may be among thousands!

As a word of caution, I no longer endorse any pastor or teacher because of so many who are straying from Biblical truth. I only present this to you because it is a very Biblical teaching, and Pastor Myron A McIntyre makes the teachings of Calvinism clear to understand, speaks the truth in love, and uses many Scriptures, which is the most important thing.

 


ADDED AUGUST 24, 2018

Here is the link to an excellent site where a woman, Brenda Nickel, who was once “taken captive by the teachings of Calvinism,” presents a lot of good information from a Biblical perspective in order to make known the errors and deceptive teachings of Calvinism: CALVINISM NO MORE

The statement on Brenda’s website says that her goal is to “…equip Christians to be free from the overflowing tide of Calvinism that is flooding the church today.”

She shares her testimony in great detail in the following nineteen page PDF, which I hope and pray that you will consider reading when time allows you to do so, no matter what side of this issue you are on:

http://www.calvinismnomore.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/My_Journey_into_Calvinism.pdf

I deeply appreciate Brenda Nickel and her desire to warn the Body of Christ about these teachings that appear as deeper — even hidden knowledge — but instead they are divisive and destructive teachings; they divide Christians, and attempt to destroy the character and nature of God as He is revealed in Scripture.

The realization that Calvinism was beginning to take hold of my former church led me to leave last year after attending there for over five years. I l left mainly because after expressing my concerns to the pastor about Calvinism, he did not see the danger of not only allowing the teachings of Calvinism and Reformed Theology through certain books that were being used in “Bible study”classes there, but also having known Calvinists actually teaching Sunday school classes and Bible studies. He also failed to see the true danger of Calvinism and Reformed Theology and its effects on the gospel and the character and nature of God. When I came to realize that he did not see the need to warn those who attend the church about Calvinism and Reformed Theology after he basically said that to me, it made me realize that I could no longer sit under his teachings, so I left. Even though I still read my Bible on a daily basis and listen to sermons online, presently I am still churchless due to the fact that after doing a lot of research on churches in my area, I found out that they are either Calvinistic/Reformed, or involved in some other type of unbiblical teaching, such as, “hyperdispensationalism” or “mysticism.”

I pray that God will use Brenda to reach many people who have been deceived by the teachings of Calvinism and Reformed Theology, teachings that cause people to take their focus off of the truth revealed in Scripture and all that Jesus Christ has already done, and instead turns their focus on their own efforts and works as a way to (wrongly) measure their commitment to Christ in order to show them if they are truly saved (chosen/elect) or not. This leads to confusion, loss of the joy of the Lord, and ultimately to a downward spiral into depression.

 


ADDED 6/20/17

If you are ever asked to sign a Church Covenant, never, under any circumstances should you do it! Below are five reasons why. You will also hear more important information concerning Church Covenants at the 41:51 minute mark in the video above, entitled, ‘Bob Klenck The Purpose Driven Emerging Lie.’

DO NOT SIGN A CHURCH COVENANT – FIVE REASONS TO SAY NO TO A CHURCH MEMBERSHIP COVENANT – APOLOGETICS INDEX

ADDED 7/5/17

If you are among the many who are still under the impression that yoga is just another form of exercise, please take time to listen to this presentation in which you will learn the frightening truth of what the goal of yoga really is!


ADDED 11/5/19

Are you highly considering going to see the movie, ‘BEFORE THE WRATH’ that is being promoted by many well known professing Christian pastors and teachers? If so, then I strongly encourage you to read this post which documents the unbiblical nature of this movie as well as the book of the same title which the movie is based upon. The author of this post will continue to update it with more important information, so please consider checking back every now and then. Pray for discernment before you read this, which is something that we as Christians must always do before reading or listening to anything that is presented to us –especially what is presented to us by professing Christians:

https://theoneamongthelampstandsspoke.blogspot.com/2019/11/pre-movie-review-before-wrath-new.html?fbclid=IwAR2MOSzPKPnn5pxwt5attj4U9TOgkS0N0aHLR-Zil6ipx-VaGsvpP0VE54E#more

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”  declares the LORD.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields  seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:6-11)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. ” (2 Peter 2:1)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7: 13-15)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.  You are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?  For when one says,  “I follow Paul,” and another,  “I follow Apollos,”  are you not mere men?  What, after all, is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.  By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it.  But each one should be careful how he builds.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 3:1-11) 

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

Much more to come –Lord willing. I will continue to add to this post whenever I remember or find something that you need to be aware of.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Just a quick post to let you know about the Berean Call Conference that started today. The topics that will be discussed will be extremely important ones because they address  many popular teachings that distort Biblical truth, the nature of God, and the gospel itself!

The topics that will be discussed will show you just how relevant God’s Word is for our day because the “doctrines of demons” that God’s Word warns us about in 1 Timothy 4:1 have now come into many churches these days through things such as Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation classes, and through many other occultic practices. Because the titles of these occultic practices have been cloaked in somewhat Christian terminology when they are presented in many churches, and because some Christians fail to pray for discernment and fail to test things against Scripture and are just not aware of the fact that these practices are occultic in nature, many Christians are now being led away from Biblical truth and into the world of the occult!

Not only will these speakers share important information with you, but also these speakers will encourage you by sharing God’s Word with you. If you haven’t realized it yet, after listening to these speakers you will come to realize the extreme importance of testing the words of every pastor and teacher that you listen to against God’s Word so that you will not be among the many who have been deceived by some of these practices and teachings.

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Even though some of these sessions have already ended, if you click on them you will still be able to listen to the entire presentation for at least the next few days.

Here is the link to the Livestream: https://livestream.com/bereancallconference

As always, please be certain to test everything that you hear each speaker say against Scripture, as well as what each and every pastor and teacher that you listen to every day says. Spiritual deception in the church is growing faster than any of us as Christians ever imagined that it would, and as time goes on things will only be getting worse!

Also, if you decide to check out the websites of the speakers — or any Christian website — I urge you to test everything that you will find there against Scripture, as well, because sadly, many pastors and teachers these days who were once Biblically solid, are slowly beginning to stray from Biblical truth and are now embracing many of the teachings that you will become aware of and warned about in this Conference.

When time allows I hope that you will tune in and listen to these speakers and the very important messages that they will be sharing this weekend.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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