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SERIES INTRODUCTION (This post was updated 6:08 P.M. 2-12-17).

There are two very important reasons why I felt compelled to write this series of posts, and I’d like to briefly share these reasons with you now before I go any further:

1) Since I am a former Catholic who is very aware of the teachings of the Catholic Church because I attended twelve years of Catholic school, attended Catechism classes, made my First Holy Communion, was Confirmed, and faithfully attended Mass not only every Sunday for many years, but also before school began for three years (as required by the school that I attended at the time),  and who came to the knowledge of who Jesus Christ truly is and what He actually accomplished for us by reading a Catholic New Testament Bible exactly like the one pictured above, I decided to write this series with the hope of reaching Catholics so that they can not only come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is as His Word, the Bible, declares Him to be, but also so they can see by reading God’s Word that they can have complete forgiveness, lasting joy, true peace, and the assurance of salvation if they choose to believe God’s Word and place their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Also, since many Catholics do not realize everything that the Catholic church actually teaches (as I once did not realize until after doing research and reading the CCC), I thought that it was extremely important to share this information to make Catholics aware of many things that are quite disturbing, as you will all soon become aware of as this series continues.

2) This series of posts is also being written with the intention of helping those of you who are born-again, Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ who have no idea of what the teachings of Catholicism are so that you can become aware of their teachings and be prepared to offer hope and assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ to Catholics based solely upon the truth that is recorded in God’s Word.

As we continue on in this series together comparing Scriptures in the Catholic New Testament to teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we must keep these important thoughts in mind:

When it comes to our eternal destination — heaven or hell — we must be certain that we place our trust in solid truth and not in speculation or in the traditions of men. The Catholic church claims to be the “one true Church.” Therefore, it stands to reason that their teachings must line up with God’s Word and not contradict it since God does not change (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8), and His Word stands firm forever. (Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:24,25) If a contradiction is found it must be rejected because God’s Word is our plumb line by which we must measure (or test) the teachings of every religion to see if it lines up or not. If it is off in one point we can be certain that it will lead us further and further away from Biblical truth and lead us into spiritual deception.

This series will cover many different subjects ranging from what does the Catholic Church teach about the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, priests, the pope, sin, forgiveness of sins, salvation, prayer, and what must a Catholic believe in order to receive eternal life. Some of these teachings will shock even many Catholics when they learn what their church actually teaches!

Lord willing, I hope to share at least one post every month with you in this new series until I have covered all the most important teachings that need to be brought to your attention. The main goal that I have in writing this series is to present the Word of God to Catholics — and to every person — in order to point everyone to Jesus Christ, who is our only hope and ‘the only name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)

Dear Catholic, please take a minute now to pray, asking God to open your mind to the Scriptures and to reveal the truth to you –whatever that may be.

Because only God can reveal the truth to you, I will refrain from making any comments unless I find it completely necessary. Since God’s Word is truth I trust that He will not only give you eyes to see the truth, but also I trust that He will give you the courage to respond to His leading. However, each one of you will find yourself having to answer this question when you come to many points that I present to you in these posts after realizing that there are oftentimes extreme differences between what the Word of God says and what Catholicism teaches, and the question that you will have to answer is:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

Please keep in mind, as you are carefully reading all of the statements made from the following Catholic sources, that every time you see the word “church” spelled with a capital c they are referring to the Catholic church, since they believe that the “Catholic Church” alone is the “one true Church.”All of the information that I will be sharing with you I have obtained from the following sources:

1) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (pictured above) – Imprimi Potest – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) – Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2) THE WORD OF GOD – THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR  IN TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION – SACRED HEART LEAGUE EDITION – IMPRIMATUR JOHN FRANCIS WHEALON, ARCHBISHOP OF HARTFORD, APRIL 15, 1971 SIGNED AND SEALED BY BISHOP JOSEPH B. BRUNINI, DIOCESE OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

3) Occasionally when I share a Scripture with you from the Sacred Heart League (SHL) Catholic New Testament and notice that it lacks depth and clarity, I will then follow it with the same verse but in the King James Version in order to give you a better understanding of what is being said, and so that you can see what is missing from the SHL translation.

4) Very briefly in this series, I will also be quoting from THE CATHOLIC DOUAY RHEIMS VERSION OF THE BIBLE – in which you will find the following statements:

“EXCERPT FROM ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE POPE LEO XIII ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE:

“The God of all Providence, Who in the adorable designs of His love at first elevated the human race to the participation of the Divine nature, and afterwards delivered it from the universal guilt and ruin, restoring it to its primitive dignity, has in consequence bestowed upon man a splendid gift and safeguard–making known to him, by supernatural means, the hidden Mysteries of His divinity, His wisdom, and His mercy. For although in Divine revelations there are contained some things which are not beyond the reach of unassisted reason, and which are made the objects of such revelation in order “that all may come to know them with facility, certainty, and safety from error, yet not on this account can supernatural Revelation be said to be absolutely necessary; it is only necessary because God has ordained man to a supernatural end.” This supernatural revelation according to the belief of the universal Church, is contained both in unwritten Tradition, and in written Books, which are therefore called sacred and canonical because, “being written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they have God for their author, and as such have been delivered to the Church.” (Page ix)

“Wherefore it must be recognised that the sacred writings are wrapt in a certain religious obscurity, and that no one can enter into their interior without a guide; God so disposing, as the Holy Fathers commonly teach, in order that men may investigate them with greater ardour and earnestness, and that what is attained with difficulty may sink more deeply into the mind and heart; and, most of all that they may understand that God has delivered the Holy Scriptures to the Church, and that in reading and making use of His Word, they must follow the Church as their guide and their teacher.  St. Irenaeus long since laid down, that where the charismata of God were, there the truth was to be learnt, and that Holy Scripture was safely interpreted by those who had the Apostolic succession.  His teaching, and that of other Holy Fathers, is taken up by the Council of the Vatican, which, in the renewing of the decree of Trent, declares its “mind” to be this–that “in things of faith and morals, belonging to the building up of Christian doctrine, that is to be considered the true sense of Holy Scripture which has been held and is held by our Holy Mother the Church whose place it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures; and therefore that it is permitted to no one to interpret Holy Scripture against such sense or also against the unanimous agreement  of the Fathers.” (Page xvii)

“Wherefore the first and dearest object of the Catholic commentator  should be to interpret those passages which have received an authentic interpretation either by the sacred writers themselves, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (as in many places of the New Testament), or from the Church, under the assistance of the same Holy Spirit, whether by her solemn judgment or her ordinary and universal magisterium –to interpret those passages in that identical sense, and to prove, by all the resources of science that sound hermeneutical laws admit of no other interpretation. In the other passages, the analogy of faith should be followed, and Catholic doctrine, as authoritatively proposed by the Church, should be held as the supreme law; for seeing that the same God is the author both of the Sacred Books and of the doctrine committed to the Church, it is clearly impossible that any teaching can by legitimate means be extracted from the former, which shall in any respect be at variance with the latter. Hence it follows that all interpretation is foolish and false which either makes the sacred writers disagree one with another, or is opposed to the doctrine of the Church.” (Page xviii)

“For although the studies of non-Catholics, used with prudence, may sometimes be of use to the Catholic student, he should nevertheless, bear well in mind–as the Fathers also teach in numerous passages –that the sense of Holy Scripture can nowhere be found incorrupt outside of the Church, and cannot be expected to be found in writers who, being without the true faith, only gnaw the bark of the Sacred Scripture and never attain its pith.” (Page xix)

(To read PART 1 click HERE).

(For PART 2 click HERE).

(For PART 3 click HERE).

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(For PART 5 click HERE).

INTRODUCTION TO PART 6

In the previous post in this Catholicism series, you saw how some of the teachings that can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church completely line up with Scripture. Many of you also came to the realization while reading that post that a few of their teachings also raise some serious concerns! As we continue going through the teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), many of you will find your concern begin to grow even stronger when the subject of salvation according to the Catholic Church is presented, and when many other theological issues are compared to Biblical truth, as well.

In this particular post we will take a very brief look (for now) at one of the alleged Apparitions of Mary because of something that is said about the Virgin Mary amidst this next thirty-five page section of the CCC that we are about to go through.

At this point I would like to stop and take just a moment in order to bring to your attention the fact that on May 13th of this year (2017) will be the 100th Year Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Therefore, Lord willing, in the near future I will be presenting you with what will most likely end up being quite a lengthy post (that I have actually already started) which will focus not only on these alleged appearances of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, but also this upcoming post will include detailed information concerning what is being planned for this 100th Year Anniversary celebration. Most importantly, we will be testing the messages that were given by this apparition at Fatima against the truth of God’s Word to see if what was said in these messages that were given to three young  children line up with Scripture. After all, if it truly was the Virgin Mary who appeared at Fatima in 1917 then we should expect everything that she said to completely line up with Scripture because the Mary of the Bible would never contradict the very Words of God.

One of the main sources that I will be quoting from in this upcoming post will be a little book on the Apparitions of Fatima that was given to me back in the early 1980s by my Aunt Lee who was a Catholic nun for many years before she sadly died. I decided to keep it for research purposes, and now I’m very glad that I did.

Before I finish researching and writing that particular post, however, I will, Lord willing, be writing another post in the very near future which will focus on many of these alleged apparitions of Mary that have taken place around the world. In this upcoming post we will take a look at many of these messages that were given by the woman in these apparitions who claims to be the Virgin Mary, and, once again, we will test these messages against Scripture to see if what has been said lines up with the truth of God’s Word.

Now back to some more information about this post that you are presently reading:

Since the subject of communion comes up in this next section of the CCC, we will also be taking a few minutes in this post to look at the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on the Sacrifice of the Mass, and test what they teach against Scripture to see if what they say is true according to the Word of God. We will be taking a very in depth look at the Sacrifice of the Mass in an upcoming post in this series when they present the teaching on the Sacrifice of the Mass in greater detail further on in this CCC book.

In this particular post I will be presenting you with most of the additional information that I have added to this post in the very beginning of this post rather than how I normally do it, which is by adding the information below the section that it applies to. I prayerfully decided to do it this way in order to not only prepare you for what you are about to read in the CCC, but also I thought by doing it this way it would help you to grow in your ability to learn to discern by being aware of some important information and the truth of God’s Word before you begin reading more of the teachings that can be found in  the CCC.

Before we finally begin, may I ask those of you who are Catholic to just take a moment to pray and ask God to show you the truth according to His Word? For those of you who are born-again Christians and are not aware of what the teachings of the Catholic Church are, please also take a moment to pray for discernment, and be sure to test everything in light of Scripture not only regarding what’s in this post, but also regarding what’s in everything that you read and listen to. None of us want to be deceived!

NOTE: This post is not quite finished. However, since my computer has been acting up today I decided to publish it anyhow so as to avoid losing all of the information that I have so far. (Over 12,000 words). My computer has crashed a few times in the past and I lost most of the information that I had added to those posts, and it just crashed a few minutes ago, but thankfully I don’t think I lost anything this time. I will continue working on this post over the next few days until it is finally completed, and will then remove this note. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATED THIS POST SUNDAY 2-12-17 – 6:00 and 6:09 P.M. ALMOST FINISHED!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU READ THIS POST

Concerning Apparitions of the Virgin Mary

The Catholic Church has not approved all of the many alleged apparitions of Mary that have taken place all around the world. They have however, approved of these particular apparitions that took place in Quito Ecuador from 1589 to 1634 which if they are to be believed as being from God, then one must believe that these statues were miraculously completed by the angels; they were “transformed and finished at the hands of St. Francis, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Gabriel the Archangel, and *St. Raphael the Archangel, *who is not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures, but is mentioned in the book of  Tobias ( a non-canonical book). One must also believe that “the Virgin Mary approached the statue and entered into it.” It has been said that, “At that moment the holy statue took on life.” ( You can hear the above portion beginning at the 2:10-2:43 minute mark).

Before the Catholic Church gives their final approval of an apparition, a lot of time is put into not only evaluating the life of the person who makes the claim of seeing these apparitions, but also a lot of time is put into examining the messages given during these apparitions. Their basis for determining if these messages are valid or not is not solely  based upon if these messages line up with Scripture, but rather they mainly examine the messages to see if they agree with or contradict Catholic doctrine. 

In the following video you will hear him share some rather disturbing examples of apparitions and visions that have taken place over the years, as well as how they discern “whether an apparition is from God or the devil.” He also explains two major types of revelation; official/public revelation and private revelation:

Official/public revelation: ” Official revelation is the body of infallible truth that makes up our Catholic faith.”

“It’s all those beliefs that we must accept to be Catholic.” Now…official revelation has only two sources: One of them is the Bible; the Scriptures, because the Scriptures are infallible. The other one is the Apostolic traditions of the church…they’re the practices, the truths that are not contained in the Bible that have existed within the faith since the time of the apostles.”

“Official revelation ended with the death of the last apostle, and nothing can be added to it…that’s very important. The church reveals and further explains official revelation throughout history, but nothing can be added to it.” Because God’s revelation to us was whole; it was complete, it doesn’t need anything else. So that’s official revelation… A perfect example of that is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. That’s a truth that’s not contained in the Bible, but goes back to the time of the apostles; the people who actually witnessed it take place. It goes all the way back to that source, so…that is official revelation. Because Christ Himself is the only one who brought official revelation to the world. And where that was recorded was in the minds of the apostles and in the Scriptures themselves.”

Private revelation: Those revelations made by God to saints and to pious people after the church was founded. And even when the church approves of these revelations, it doesn’t oblige the faithful to believe in them. It doesn’t have the binding force of official revelation. Catholics need to look at private revelations and use their prudence, their wisdom to try to discern if they’re true or not. To help us in this process the church does approve of some private revelations, but once again, it doesn’t demand that the faithful believe in those apparitions even the ones that it has approved of.”

 

In regards to the Catholic church and their teachings concerning the end times and the return of Jesus Christ:

1. They do not believe in any form of rapture; the catching away of all those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection before God’s judgment comes upon this earth.

2. They do not believe that Jesus Christ will reign for a literal one thousand years upon this earth (Revelation 20:1-6); they believe Jesus presently reigns through the Church –the Catholic Church.

In order to prepare for writing this particular post I listened to many videos to get an accurate understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches concerning the end times and the return of Jesus Christ. In an upcoming post I will be sharing some videos with you on this subject, but for now here is some rather chilling and disturbing information concerning the end times revealed through messages given during Marian apparitions:

Below is a quick captured portion of an article that was written in 1996 by Catholic priest, Stefano Gobbi who states the following:

“Brother priests, we are priests chosen for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why Our Lady made the Marian Movement of Priests arise within the Church. She has chosen us priests to be part of this Movement, so that we may be instruments of the triumph of her Immaculate Heart in the world. But in order for us to become instruments for the triumph of her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady must triumph in our lives. To be able to triumph, she asks us to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart so that she can enter into our priestly lives as our Mother and work to transform us and to make of us, ever more, priests according to the Heart of Jesus. When she sees us similar to her Son Jesus, then her Immaculate Heart triumphs in us.”

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In the following portion from the same article you will read what many in the Catholic Church teach concerning the end times, which is that the Eucharistic Christ will reign upon this earth, as revealed in one of the messages given to Catholic priest, Stefano Gobbi, supposedly by the Virgin Mary.

If many of you are unfamiliar with the term the “Eucharistic Christ,” here is some information for you that will help you to understand what the Catholic Church 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. (Para 1374 CCC)

Worship of the Eucharist In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine, by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of  adoration of our Lord. “The Catholic Church always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful of the faithful and carrying them in procession.” (Para 1378)

“It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us “to the end,” even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love:

“The Church and the world have great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.”

Dear Catholic, please contrast the above statements from the CCC to what Jesus said in John Chapter 14:16, 16:7-13, and Matthew 28:20:

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, to stay with you forever.”

“But I tell you the truth: it is better for you that I go away, because if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin, and about what is right, and about God’s judgment. They are wrong about sin, because they do not believe in me; about what is right, because I am going to the Father and you will not see me any more; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has already been judged. I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all the truth.”

“And remember! I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”


In the fourth paragraph in the quick capture below you will also read about the “unity” that the Virgin Mary allegedly spoke about to Catholic priest, Stefano Gobbi…a unity that causes many of us who are Bible believing Christians to grieve and to shudder as we presently watch many give in to compromise because they are led by their emotions and end up sacrificing Biblical truth for the sake of unity. For your convenience I typed an important portion of it out below so that it would be easier for you to read:

“In a message Our Lady says that through her Immaculate Heart, universal peace will take place and the unity of the Church will be achieved. Finally, after so many years of division, and after so many (almost useless) efforts of ecumenism, the unity of the Church will be achieved and we will truly have the Eucharistic Reign of Christ within us.”

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With all of that being said, let’s start by reading Scriptures that focus on the main points in this next section of the CCC, and please keep them in mind as you finally begin reading the teachings of the Catholic Church that you will find further below.

Be prepared, dear Catholic, because frequently you will once again find yourself having to answer this question:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

Statements pertaining to what you will soon read, followed by Scriptures that will present you with God’s truth on the subject:

1. The Bible is God’s Living Word, therefore that is all we need to determine what is true or not spiritually:

“But as for you, continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe. You know who your teachers were, and you remember that ever since you were a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the man who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good work. I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge all men, living and dead: because of his coming and of his Kingdom, I command you to preach the message, to insist upon telling it, whether the time is right or not; to convince, reproach, and encourage, teaching with all patience. The time will come when men will not listen to the true teaching, but will follow their own desires, and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. They will turn away from listening to the truth and give their attention to legends. But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances; endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the Good News, and perform your whole duty as a servant of God.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 4:1-5)(SHL)

“The Word of God is alive and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meets, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of men’s hearts. There is nothing that can be hid from God. Everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes; and it is to him that we must all give account of ourselves.” (Hebrews 4:12) (SHL)

2. Concerning needing personal or further revelations, we need  nothing else since God has given us not only His Holy Word, but also His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who is the living Word of God:

“Before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and he was the same as God. From the very beginning, the Word was with God.  Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to  men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put  it out.” (John 1:1-5) (SHL)

“He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the firstborn Son, superior to all created things.

For by him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. He existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life; he is the firstborn Son who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God.

Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s death on the cross, and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven. At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought. But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends in order to bring you holy, pure, and faultless into his presence. You must, of course, continue faithful on a firm and sure foundation and not allow yourselves to  be shaken from the hope you gained when you heard the gospel. It is of this gospel that I, Paul, became a servant–this gospel which has been preached to everybody in the world.”              (Colossians 1:13-23) (SHL)

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He shines with the brightness of God’s glory; he is the exact likeness of God’s own being, and sustains the universe with his powerful word. After he had made men clean from their sins, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.

The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. For God never said to any of his angels, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” Nor did God say to any angel, “I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son.” When God was about to send his firstborn Son into the world, he also said, “All of God’s angels must worship him.”

This is what God says about the angels, “God makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.” About the Son, however, God said: “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever! You rule over your kingdom with  justice. You love the right and hate the wrong; that is why God, your God, chose you and gave you joy of an honor far greater than he gave to your companions.”

He also said, “You, Lord, in the beginning created the earth, and with your own hands you made the heavens. They will all disappear, but you will remain; they will all grow old like clothes. You will fold them up like a coat, and they will be changed like clothes. But you are always the same, and you will never grow old.” God never did say to any of his angels: “Sit here at my right side, until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.” What are the angels, then? They are all spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation.” (Hebrews 1:1-14) (SHL)

3. Beware of “another Jesus” and “another gospel” being preached to you:

“I am jealous for you just as God is; you are like a pure virgin whom I have promised in marriage to one man only, who is Christ. I am afraid that your minds will be corrupted and that you will abandon your full and pure devotion to Christ–in the same way that Eve was deceived by the snake’s clever lies. For you gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus, not the one we preached; and you accept a spirit and a gospel completely different from the spirit and the gospel you received from us!” (2 Corinthians 11:2-4) (SHL)

“I am surprised at you! In no time at all you are deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ, and are going to another gospel. Actually, there is no “other gospel,” but I say it because there are some people who are upsetting you and are trying to change the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel that is different from the one we preached to you, may he be condemned to hell! We have said it before, and now I say it again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel that is different from the one you accepted, may he be condemned to hell! (Galatians 1:6-9)(SHL)

4. Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father, the only Mediator between God and man, and the only name by which we can be saved. The Virgin Mary, a humble and courageous woman who loved and obeyed God, was indeed blessed among women to have been chosen by God to give birth to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who wrapped Himself in human flesh and came into this world to be our Savior. However, she must never be presented in such a way that what is taught about her goes beyond what God’s Word says and ends up even contradicting God’s Word and elevating her to the point of almost being equal to Jesus Christ, or even at times having more power and authority than Jesus Christ, as you will soon see by some of the information that I have added further below. Please keep these Scriptures in mind:

“Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6) (SHL)

“For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and men together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem all men.” (1 Timothy 2:5) (SHL)

“Peter,  full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was made well, then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well by the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth–whom you crucified and God raised from death. Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says, ‘ The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important stone.’ Salvation is to be found through him alone; for there is no one else in all the world, whose name God has given to men, by whom we can be saved.” (Acts 4:8-12) (SHL)

5. The Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Godhead, was sent by Jesus Christ to guide us into all truth and to be with us forever. Never in Scripture do we read that the Virgin Mary would be sent to us to be with us, as some of the messages in many apparitions declare, as you will soon see in an upcoming post –Lord willing:

“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, to stay with you forever. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him.” (John 14:15-17a) (SHL)

6. All of us are sinners –including the Virgin Mary who humbly admitted her need for a Savior:

“Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior, because he has remembered me, his lowly servant.” (Luke 1:46-48)

7. The only sinless person who ever walked this earth was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. God clearly shows us this truth in His Word, as well as His amazing love and mercy –if you will only take the time to read these Scriptures, dear Catholic, and anyone else who has not yet place your trust in Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection as your only hope for forgiveness and acceptance by a thrice Holy God:

“As the Scriptures say: “There is no one who is righteous, no one who understands, or who seeks for God. All men have turned away from God; they have all gone wrong; no one does what is good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12) (SHL)

“God puts men right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all: all men have sinned and are far away from God’s saving presence. But by the free gift of God’s grace they are all put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered him so that by his death he should become the means by which men’s sins are forgiven, through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In the past he was patient and overlooked men’s sins; but now in the present time he deals with men’s sins, to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus. ” (Romans 3:23) (SHL)

“Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great high priest who has gone into the very presence of God–Jesus the Son of God. Our high priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy with our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a high priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us be brave, then, and come forward to God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:14,15)(SHL)

8. Nowhere in Scripture do we see the Virgin Mary proclaimed to be the New Eve. We do, however, see Jesus Christ being declared as the last/second (New) Adam:

“For the scripture says, “The first man, Adam, was created a living being.”; but the last Adam is the life-giving Spirit. It is not the spiritual that comes first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first Adam was made from the dust of the earth; the second Adam came from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:45-47) SHL

9. Dear Catholic, please listen to me carefully…nowhere in Scripture is the Virgin Mary ever exalted in such a way as you will hear her being exalted in the following video by a  Catholic priest. God makes it very clear in His Word when He says the following:

“I the Lord, this is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to graven things.” (Isaiah 42:8) (Douay Rheims Catholic Bible)

“For my own sake, for my own sake will I do it, that I may not be blasphemed: and I will not give my glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:11) (DRCB)

In the video further below you will not only hear the Catholic priest who gives this message say how the “restrainer” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 is said to possibly be “the Pope” or “the Sacrifice of the Mass” instead of the Holy Spirit, but you will also hear how he adds to the truth of God’s Word by saying unbelievable things concerning the Virgin Mary that cannot be found anywhere in Scripture! These teachings end up elevating her to a position of power that would completely repulse the true, humble Virgin Mary of the Bible, and have the potential to cause many precious Catholics to believe complete lies about the Virgin Mary which will then lead them further from coming to know the truth concerning the full glory and majesty of Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished for us!

Here are just a few of the many disturbing and unbiblical things that you will hear being said, which begins by focusing on the apparitions at Fatima in 1917:

“This formula for peace and the triumph of Jesus, Mary, and Holy Church began with the recitation of the most holy Rosary. The Queen instructed her three little subjects, “Say the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world and an end to the war.” Furthermore she encouraged them to do penances, to make sacrifices for sinners that they might be saved from the fires of hell. And Our Lady also spoke about her special roll in crushing Satan’s unjust tyranny. The key to true peace and human salvation was devotion to Our Lady. A consecration, in fact, of Russia and every single human person to her Immaculate Heart. Through Mary’s Queenship over all hearts and all nations, her triumphant reign, Christ’s Kingship would be present both in the interior life of men and in the public life of nations. Because where Mary is truly queen, Jesus is King.” (6:10 – 7:19 min. mark)

“In other words, the continued rejection of Christ’s Kingship and Mary’s reign as Queen, would mean their further absence and withdrawal, leaving men to suffer the horrible consequences.” (8:57-9:10)

“And to prove that Our Lady had truly visited  her  loyal subjects and that her message was real and was to be followed, a miracle from heaven was provided for all to see that would rival, and, yes, truly surpass the parting of the Red Sea by Moses.” (9:30-9:47 min. mark)

“As King Solomon of old reverenced his own mother, Queen Bathsheba, and seated her on a throne to his right and granted her every request, so the ultimate King of Wisdom and Prince of Peace, Christ the King, has placed his own mother upon a heavenly throne, and her intercession is omnipotent. Wherever Christ is King by right and by conquest, Mary is Queen by grace and by participation in that conquest. As the Mother of God, and the Mother of our King, Mary shares in the universal Kingship of Jesus Himself. For the Almighty has done great things for her, and holy is her name.” (12:10 -12:55 min. mark)

“And Pope Pius the XII only confirmed this statement of St. Thomas when he wrote, “It cannot be doubted that Mary Most Holy is far above all creatures in dignity, and after her Son possesses primacy over all creation. Her reign extends even to the demons themselves who are obliged to recognize her power. For  she can command that their temptations cease. She can save souls from their snares. And, yes, she can repulse their attacks, and they must kneel before her.” (13:10-13:45 min. mark)


Now I come to my last, but most important point. I consider it to be the most important point because it concerns and affects the truly good news of the gospel, our salvation, and therefore our eternal destiny:

10. Although the “Holy Mass” is centered entirely on Jesus Christ, Catholicism is based upon the Sacramental System and focuses mainly on the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Yes, dear Catholic, I know that Catholicism teaches that “the Mass is one and the same sacrifice as the one on Calvary,” (Para 1367 CCC) and how they also teach that during the Mass Jesus Christ is just being “represented to the Father,” and that they teach He is being offered in an “unbloody manner.” (Para 1382 CCC) However, as you will soon learn as we continue going through the teachings of the CCC, the Catholic Church also teaches that “the work of our redemption is carried out through the Sacrifice of the Mass.” (Para 1364 CCC)  If you carefully read what God’s Word has to say, and if you will pray and ask God to show you what the truth is, you will see that God makes it extremely clear in His Word that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness,” (Hebrews 9:22) and that Jesus Christ’s “once for all” sacrifice on the cross (see Scriptures below) completely satisfied God’s wrath that He has towards us because of our sins, and therefore, when He willingly sacrificed  His life for us by dying in our place on the cross, His death was sufficient to pay the debt for all of our sins –in full! Because of God’s great love and mercy, and because His demand for justice has been met, there is no longer any need for any more sacrifices!

Please take a moment to ask God to open your eyes to the truth and then read the following Scriptures with all of the above thoughts in mind:

“But Christ did not go in to offer himself many times; for then he would have had to suffer many times; for then he would have had to suffer many times ever since the creation of the world. Instead, he has now appeared once and for all, when all ages of time are nearing the end, to remove sin through the sacrifice of himself. Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God, In the same manner, Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him.”(Hebrews 10:25-28) (SHL)

“Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all made clean from sin by the offering that he made of his own body, once and for all. Every Jewish priest stands and performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times. But these sacrifices can never take away sins. Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is good forever, and then sat down at the right side of God. There he now waits until God puts his enemies as a footstool under his feet. With one sacrifice, then, he has made perfect forever those who are clean from sin. And the Holy Spirit also gives us his witness. First he says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them  in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts , and write them on their minds.” And then he says, “I will not remember their sins and wicked deeds any longer.” So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed.” (Hebrews 10:10-18) (SHL)

Now, finally, I present to you the next section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

 

ARTICLE 6

“HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER”

“So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” (Para 659)

Jesus’ final apparition ends with the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud and by heaven, where he is seated from that time forward at God’s right hand.” (Para 659)

“This final stage stays closely linked to the first, that is, to his descent from heaven in the Incarnation. Only the one who “came from the Father” can return to the Father: Christ Jesus. “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man.” (Para 661)

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it. Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and eternal Covenant, “entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands…but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood, “for he always lives to make intercession” for “those who draw near to God through him.” As “high priest of the good things to come” he is the center and the principal actor of the liturgy that honors the Father in heaven.” (Para 662)

“Henceforth Christ is seated at the  right hand of the Father: “By ‘the Father’s right hand’ we understand the glory and honor of divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, indeed as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily after he became incarnate and his flesh was glorified.” (Para 663)

“Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” (Para 667)

At this point I find it necessary to take a brief moment to remind you, once again, that whenever you see the word “church” capitalized, it is specifically referring to the “Catholic Church.” This will become clearer to you as we continue on in this series.

Let’s continue by taking just a glimpse, at this point, at what Catholicism teaches concerning the end times:

1. HE WILL COME AGAIN IN GLORY

Christ already reigns through the Church…”Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Christ’s Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven and on earth. He is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,” for the Father “has put all things under his feet.” Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him human history and indeed all creation are “set forth” and transcendently fulfilled.” (Para 668)

“As Lord, Christ is also head of the Church, which is his Body. Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his Church. The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue of the Holy Spirit , exercises over the Church. “The kingdom of Christ [is] already present in mystery,” “on earth, the seed and the beginning of the kingdom.” (Para 669)

“Since the Ascension God’s plan has entered into its fulfillment. We are already “at the last hour.” “Already the final age of the world is with us, and the renewal  of the world is irrevocably under way; it is even now anticipated in a certain real way, for the Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real but imperfect.” Christ’s kingdom already manifests its presence through the miraculous signs that attend its proclamation by the Church.” (Para 670)

…until all things are subjected to him

“Though already present in his Church, Christ’s reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled “with power and great glory” by the king’s return to earth. This reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ’s Passover. Until everything is subject to him, “until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God.” That is why Christians pray, above all in the Eucharist, to hasten Christ’s return by saying to him: *”Marana tha! “Our Lord, come!” (Para 671)

The glorious advent of Christ, the hope of Israel

“Since the Ascension Christ’s coming in glory has been imminent, even though “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.” This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment, even if both it and the fiery trial that will precede it are “delayed.”

The Church’s ultimate trial

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a fiery trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.” (Para 675)

“The  Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of secular messianism.” (Para 676)

“The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.” (Para 677)

 

CHAPTER THREE

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

“The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:

–in the Scriptures he inspired;

–in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;

–in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;

–in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;

–in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us; –in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;

–in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;

–in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.” (Para 688)

 

Titles of the Holy Spirit

“When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus. “Paraclete” is commonly translated by “consoler” and Jesus is the first “consoler. The Lord also called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of  truth.” (Para 692)

 

“Rejoice, you who are full of grace”

“Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the Masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found a dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church’s Tradition  has often read the the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as  the “Seat of Wisdom.” In her, the “wonders of God” that the Spirit was to fulfill in Christ and the Church began to be manifested: (Para 721)

“The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by his grace. It was fitting that the mother of him  in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” should herself be “full of grace.” She was, by sheer grace, conceived without sin as the most humble of creatures, the most capable of welcoming the inexpressible gift of the Almighty. It was quite correct for the angel Gabriel to greet her as the “Daughter of Zion.” : “Rejoice.” “In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father , now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the gentiles that she makes him known.” (Para 724)

“Finally through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring men, the objects of God’s merciful love, into communion with Christ. And the humble are always the first to accept him: shepherds, magi, Simeon and Anna, the bride and groom at Cana, and the first disciples. (Para 725)

“At the end of this mission of the Spirit, Mary became the Woman, the new Eve (“mother of the living”), the mother of the “whole Christ.” As such, she was present with the Twelve, who “with one accord devoted themselves to prayer,” at the dawn of the “end time” which the Spirit was to inaugurate on the morning of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church.” (Para 726)

Christ Jesus

Jesus does not reveal the Holy Spirit fully, until he himself has been glorified through his Death and Resurrection. Nevertheless, little by little he alludes to him even in his teaching of the multitudes, as when he reveals that his own flesh will be food for the life of the world.” (Para 728)

“Only when the hour has arrived for his glorification does Jesus promise the coming of the Holy Spirit, since his Death and Resurrection will fulfill the promise made to the fathers. The Spirit of truth, the other Paraclete, will be given by the Father in answer to Jesus’ prayer; he will be sent by the Father in Jesus’ name; and Jesus will send him from the Father’s side, since he comes from the Father. The Holy Spirit will come and we shall know him; he will be with us forever; he will remain with us. The Spirit will teach us everything, remind us all that Christ said to us and bear witness to him. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will glorify Christ. He will prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment.” (Para 729)

A thought for you to ponder:

As you have seen from reading the paragraph above, the CCC speaks the truth about the Holy Spirit by quoting Scripture that declares the Holy Spirit was sent and He will be with us forever. Then why do they promote Marian Apparitions in which Mary declares that she will be with us always, giving her the attributes of deity?

Below are two more examples of message given by Marian apparitions. (Lord willing, I will share more messages with you in an upcoming post).

Would the Virgin Mary, who is revealed to us in Scripture as a humble woman who loved and trusted God, give unbiblical messages such as these if it truly was her who appeared at these places?

“I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.” (Message from Our Lady  of Akita Japan – Message received full approval by the Catholic Church).

“My daughter, in this time I am the ark for all your brethren. I am the Ark of peace. I am the Ark of Salvation. The Ark where my children must enter if they wish to live in the kingdom of God.” (Message from Our Lady of San Nicolas – Message approved by Catholic Bishops).

 

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Let’s continue:

“The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with his grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of his Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may “bear much fruit.” (Para 737)

“Thus the Church’s mission is not an addition to that of Christ and the Holy Spirit, but is its sacrament: in her whole being and in all her members, the Church is sent to announce, bear witness, make present, and spread the mystery of the communion of the Holy Trinity (the topic of the next article):”

“All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father’s and his own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are  many, still the Spirit is one and undivided. He binds together the spirits of each and every one of us,…and makes all appear as one in him. For just as the power of Christ’s sacred flesh unites those in whom it dwells into one body, I think that in the same way the one and undivided Spirit of God who dwells in all, leads all into spiritual unity.” (Para 738)

“Through the Church’s sacraments, Christ communicates his Holy and sanctifying Spirit to the members of his Body. (This will be the topic of Part Two of the Catechism.)” (Para 739)

ARTICLE 9

“I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH”

“In Christian usage, the word “church” designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable. “The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharistic, assembly. She draws her life from the word and the Body of Christ and so herself becomes Christ’s Body.”

II. THE CHURCH’S ORIGIN, FOUNDATION, AND MISSION

“We begin our investigation of the Church’s mystery by meditating on her origin in the Holy Trinity’s plan and her progressive realization in history.”

The Church –foreshadowed from the world’s beginning

“The Church is  the goal of all things, and God permitted such painful upheavals as the angels’ fall and man’s sin only as occasions and means for displaying all the power of his arm and the whole measure of the love he wanted to give the world: Just as God’s will is creation and it is called “the world,” so his intention is the salvation of men, and it is called “the Church.” (Para 760)

The Church–prepared for in the Old Covenant

“The gathering together of the People of God began at the moment when sin  destroyed the communion of men with God, and that of men among themselves. The gathering together of the Church is, as it were, God’s reaction to the chaos provoked by sin. (Para 761)

The Church–instituted by Christ Jesus

“It was the Son’s task to accomplish the Father’s plan of salvation in the fullness of time. Its accomplishment was the reason for his being sent. “The Lord Jesus inaugurated his Church by preaching the Good News, that is, the coming of the Reign of God, promised over the ages in the scriptures.” To fulfill the Father’s will Christ ushered in the Kingdom of heaven on earth. The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery.” (Para 763)

“The Church is born primarily of Christ’s total self-giving for our salvation, anticipated in the instruction of the Eucharist and fulfilled on the cross. “The origin and growth of the Church are symbolized by the blood and water which flowed from the open side of the crucified Jesus.” “For it was from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death upon the cross that there came forth the ‘wondrous sacrament of the whole Church.” As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam’s side, so the Church was born from the pierced heart of Christ hanging dead on the cross.” (Para 766)

III. THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH

“The Church is in history, but at the same time she transcends it. It is only “with the eyes of faith” that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life.” (Para 770)

The Church–both visible and spiritual

“The one mediator, Christ, established and ever sustains here on earth his holy Church, the community of faith, hope, and charity, as a visible organization through which he communicates truth and grace to all men.” (Para 771)

The Church–mystery of men’s union with God

“It is in the Church that Christ fulfills and reveals his own mystery as the purpose of God’s plan: “to unite all things in him.” St. Paul calls the nuptial union of Christ and the Church “a great mystery.” Because she is united to Christ as to her bridegroom, she becomes a mystery in her turn. Contemplating this mystery in her, Paul exclaims: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:20) (Para 772)

“In the Church this communion of men with God, in the “love [that] never ends,” is the purpose which governs everything in her that is a sacramental  means, tied to this passing world. “[The Church’s] structure is totally ordered to the holiness of Christ’s members. And holiness is measured according  to the ‘great mystery’ in which the Bride responds with the gift of love to the gift of the Bridegroom.” Mary goes before us all in the holiness that is the Church’s mystery as the “bride without spot or wrinkle.” This is why the “Marian” dimension of the Church precedes the Petrine.” (Para 773)

The universal Sacrament of Salvation “The Greek word mysterion was translated in Latin by two terms mysterium and sacramentum. In later  usage the term sacramentum emphasizes the visible sign of the hidden reality of salvation which was indicated by the term mysterium. In this sense Christ himself is the mystery of salvation: “For there is no other mystery of God, except Christ.” The saving work of his holy and sanctifying humanity is the sacrament of salvation, which is revealed and active in the Church’s sacraments (which the Eastern Churches also call “the holy mysteries”). The seven sacraments are the signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body. The Church, then, both contains and communicates the invisible grace she signifies. It is in this analogical sense, that the Church is called a “sacrament.” (Para 774)

“The Church, in Christ, is like a sacrament–a sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of unity among all men.” The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God. Because men’s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God, the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race. In her, this unity is already begun, since she gathers men “from every nation, from all tribes and people and tongues”; at the same time, the Church is the “sign and instrument” of the full realization of the unity yet to come.” (Para 775)

“As sacrament, the Church is Christ’s instrument. “She is taken up by him also as the instrument for the salvation of all,” “the universal sacrament of salvation,” by which Christ is “at once manifesting and actualizing the mystery of God’s love for men.” The Church “is the visible plan of God’s love for humanity,” because God desires “that the whole human race may become one People of God, form one Body of Christ, and be built up into one temple of the Holy Spirit.”  (Para 776)

“The Church is both the means and the goal of God’s plan: prefigured in salvation, prepared for in the Old Covenant, founded by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, fulfilled by his redeeming cross and his Resurrection, the Church has been manifested as the mystery of salvation by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. She will be perfected in the glory of heaven as the assembly of all the redeemed of the earth. (cf. Rev.4:4).”(Para 778)

“She is one, yet formed of two components, human and divine. That is her mystery, which only faith can accept.”(Para 779)

“The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men.” (Para 780)

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“For the Scripture says, “You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.” The old rule, then, is set aside, because it was weak and useless. For the law of Moses could not make anything perfect. And now a better hope has been brought in, through which we come near to God. In addition, there is also God’s vow. There was no such vow when the others were made priests. But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow, when God said to him, “The Lord has made a vow, and will not change his mind: ‘You will be a priest forever.’ ”  This difference, then, makes Jesus the guarantee also of a better covenant. 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.” (Hebrews 7:17-25) Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament

“First he said, “You neither want nor are you pleased with sacrifices and offerings, or with animals burned on the altar and the sacrifices to take away sins.” He said this even though all these sacrifices are offered according to the Law. Then he said, “Here I am, God, to do your what you want me to do.” So God does away with all the old sacrifices and puts the sacrifice of Christ in their place. Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all made clean from sin by the offering that he made of his own body, once and for all. Every Jewish priest stands and performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times. But these sacrifices can never take away sins. Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is good forever, and then sat down at the right side of God. There he now waits until God puts his enemies as a footstool under his feet. With one sacrifice, then, he has made perfect forever those who are clean from sin. And the Holy Spirit also gives us his witness. First he says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my law in their hearts, and write them on their minds .” And then he says, “I will not remember their sins and wicked deeds any longer.” So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed.” (Hebrews 10:8-18) SHLCNT

“You call him Father, when you pray to God, who judges all men , by the same standard, according to what each one has done; so then, spend the rest of your lives here on earth in reverence for him. For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life you received from your ancestors. It was not something that loses its value, such as silver or gold; you were set free by the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or spot. He had been chosen by God before the creation of the world, and was revealed in these last days for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from death and gave him glory; and so your faith and hope are fixed on God.” (1 Peter 1:17-21) (SHLCNT)

“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) (SHLCNT)

“As soon as night came, the brothers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived, they to the Jewish synagogue. The people there were more open-minded than the people in Thessalonica. They listened to the message with great eagerness, and every day they studied the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was really true.” (Acts 17:10,11) (SHLCNT)

“I am jealous for you just as God is; you are like a pure virgin whom I have promised in marriage to one man only, who is Christ. I am afraid that your minds will be corrupted and that you will abandon your full and pure devotion to Christ–in the same way that Eve was deceived by the snake’s clever lies. For you gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you and preaches a different Jesus, not the one we preached; and you accept a spirit and a gospel completely different from the Spirit and the gospel you received from us!” “I will go on doing what I am doing now, in order to keep those other “apostles” from having any reason for boasting and saying that they work in the same way that we do. Those men are not true apostles–they are false apostles, who lie about their work and change themselves to look like real apostles of Christ. Well, no wonder! Even Satan can change himself to look like an angel of light! So it is no great thing if his servants change themselves to look like servants of right. In the end they will get exactly what they deserve for the things they do.” (2 Corinthians 11:12-15) (SHLCNT)

“I write you this, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have Jesus Christ, the righteous, who pleads for us with the Father. And Christ himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only, but also the sins of all men.” (1 John 2:1,2) (SHLCNT)

“False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and deny the Master who redeemed them, and so bring upon themselves sudden destruction. Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and, because of what they do, people will speak evil of the Way of truth. In their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up stories. For a long time now their Judge has been ready, and their Destroyer has been wide awake!” (2 Peter 2:1-3) (SHLCNT)

“We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we know the true God. Our lives are in the true God–in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and this is eternal life. My children, keep yourselves safe from false gods!” (1 John 5:19-21) (SHLCNT)

 

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Welcome to the finale in the series of Warning You With Tears Wednesday posts –at least for this year so that I can focus on writing some other things that are weighing heavily upon my heart. It is my hope and prayer that through these series of posts you have come to realize the importance of testing everything that you read and hear in light of Scripture, and that you have especially come to realize the importance of examining the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said by your pastor, or your favorite preachers and teachers, is true. (Acts 17:11)

One of the signs that points to Jesus Christ’s soon return as recorded in God’s Word, the Bible, is spiritual deception, and that was the very first thing that Jesus Christ Himself mentioned when His disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His coming, and when would it take place. So with that in mind, I want you to see just a few of the many things that are leading many Christians astray these days, and it may possibly be even –you!

A few of the following things I have shared with you before, but I thought they were important enough to bring to your attention again, as well as to take this opportunity to warn those who may come across this blog for the very first time.

And now for the very lengthy over 10,000 word finale of Warning You With Tears Wednesday:

UPDATED AND COMPLETED SATURDAY 5/14/16 5:10 P.M.

1) Earth Day was April 22nd. Are you still under the impression that Earth Day is simply about cleaning up our environment and planting a tree? Read this article and you’ll discover the hidden agenda behind Earth Day:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – NEW BOOKLET TRACT – EARTH DAY AND A TOTAL TRANSFORMATION FOR A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD – CARL TEICHRIB

2) Our world is rapidly changing. The return of Jesus Christ could be sooner than anyone could ever possibly imagine! Would you be ready if He returned today? The signs are all around us: increase in earthquakes, ungodliness, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, false teachers, spiritual deception, the love of many growing cold…the list could go on and on! Here are just a few shocking items in the news that points to the soon return of Jesus Christ:

— Parents, are you aware of Target’s new bathroom and changing room policy? Did you ever think that the day would come in your lifetime when men would be allowed in women’s bathroom’s and dressing rooms simply because they identify as a woman? What about the safety of women and children from rapists and kidnappers who may take advantage of such a policy? If you stand for Biblical values and want to make sure that your children are not  put in harms way, it’s time to let your voices be heard by finding another place to shop like over one million people have already done –including me!

CHRISTIAN POST – TARGET STOCK PRICES PLUMMET AFTER 1 MILLION-STRONG BOYCOTT OVER TRANSGENDER BATHROOM POLICY TARGET STOCK PRICES PLUMMET AFTER ONE MILLION STRONG BOYCOTT OVER TRANSGENDER BATHROOM POLICY

 Here’s just one example of what can happen:

LIFESITE NEWS – SEXUAL PREDATOR JAILED AFTER CLAIMING TO BE TRANSGENDER IN ORDER TO ASSAULT WOMEN IN SHELTER

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/sexual-predator-jailed-after-claiming-to-be-transgender-in-order-to-assault

 

— The moral and spiritual decline that is taking place in our country and our world today is causing many children to become even more confused about who they are and what life is all about! Movies and television programs are making everything that God’s Word declares as being wrong and sinful seem normal and acceptable, and in the name of tolerance everyone’s views on life are being embraced –except those held by Bible believing Christians.

As Christians we are to have love and compassion for transgender people and share God’s love and truth with them as we are to do with all people. The truth is we were all created by God. He created some of us male and some female. For those who choose to reject what God’s Word has to say concerning how He uniquely created each one of us, maybe they will listen to what the American College of Pediatricians has to say:

GENDER IDEOLOGY HARMS CHILDREN

 

3) Christian parents, are you carefully screening the programs that your children are viewing? There are many out there promoting religious beliefs even in educational programs. These programs can subliminally plant seeds of a completely different and unbiblical belief system of life and the afterlife into our children’s minds, such as what is presented in this video beginning at the 4:47  minute mark until approximately the 5:45 minute mark:

4) Some children’s programs can even lead your children into participating in eastern religious practices, such as yoga, which, in these programs is referred to as yogo –a gentle form of yoga:

And if you find yourself thinking that yogo was just a one time happening in these Waybuloo programs that feature adorable, wide-eyed characters who teach your children some good lessons about sharing, etc., when time allows watch this three hour extravaganza featuring many of their shows and you will see that it is a reoccurring part of their programs:

 

 

5) If you are still one of the many who believe that yoga is just another form of stretching exercises, please take the time to watch this video and share it with others, as well:

6) Parents – Christian and otherwise – I know that many of you out there have good intentions by enrolling your children in Karate class, or something similar. Maybe you’re thinking that it would be good to get them involved in something that will teach them self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-defense. However, you truly need to become aware of the occult roots of these practices, and realize the importance of you personally teaching your children how to live a disciplined life and how they should rely upon God for their confidence. When time allows, please consider reading the following testimony of  Linda Nathan:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – NEW BOOKLET TRACT: DANGERS AND DECEPTIONS OF THE MARTIAL ARTS AND WHY ONE WOMAN WALKED AWAY FROM A CHAMPIONSHIP CAREER

7) I also decided to share the following personal account of a former black  belt champion, Eric Wilson, who was involved in the Martial Arts for 25 years, but please do not consider it as being an endorsement of his ministry in any way! This video comes with a very strong warning for you if you choose to listen to it: You need to be aware of the fact that this man, Eric Wilson, is part of the 7th Day Adventist church which is a cult. (See the video further below for a detailed look into the teachings and prophecies of  Ellen G White). A Christian friend shared this video with me last year, and the reason that I am sharing it with you is because he truly gets to the roots of the occult nature of all of these Martial Arts practices. Now we just need to pray that he becomes aware of the false teachings of Ellen G White and the 7th Day Adventist Church!

 

8) With that being said, after you find the time to read the testimony above and watch the above video, as well, I hope that you will find yourself asking the same question that I did when I found the following video while searching for videos from a Biblical perspective in order to expose the occult roots of the Martial Arts. The question that I asked myself was: “Why is Pastor Raul Ries (of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, CA) promoting the Martial Arts?”

Here he is at the United Martial Arts For Christ. Uniting Martial Arts with Jesus Christ is an oxymoron; like Christian yoga, they simply cannot be mixed together.

 

This is what you will find on his Calvary Chapel Golden Springs church website:

Capture Raul Ries - Calvary Chapel Golden Springs - Kung Fu(SOURCE)

 9) Former Martial Arts expert, Vito Rallo, briefly shares the Dangers Behind Martial Arts and Yoga:

 

Okay. Prepare yourself now as I take you down a verrry long and winding road that will lead you from one serious concern to another, and you will see how many of them are interconnected. A great number of these concerns involve the Calvary Chapel movement and their departure from Biblical truth because of their promotion of people and practices that do not reflect Biblical Christianity. In the end I hope that you will see how extremely important it is to test everything in light of Scripture and not to simply accept a person because of their testimony or embrace a teaching — regardless of how trusted the teacher may seem to be — without making sure that everything lines up with Scripture.

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10) The next concern that I need to bring to your attention is the fact that Raul Ries’ son, Ryan Ries, promotes the singer Brian Head Welch from Korn who professes to be a born-again Christian. Korn management made an announcement back on February 22, 2005 that Brian had left Korn stating that he had “…chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior.”  (SOURCE)

In this video Ryan Ries shares his personal testimony. Although I will not judge his heart, it is truly sad that his focus was more on his life before he came to Christ, instead of on Jesus Christ Himself and the good news of the gospel:

 

11) Here is an interview that Brian did after becoming a Christian in which he shared a short version of his testimony, and how in spite of the fact that he grew up with the main members of Korn, he was very determined never to return to Korn.

 

12) In the following interview which was recorded back in December of 2009, Brian was asked to join up with Korn again, but he was still determined to continue in the new direction he had been going in since he was now part of the Whosoevers which not only included Brian, but also Sonny Sandoval, the lead singer of P.O.D. and co-founder of the Whosoevers, Lacey Sturm from Flyleaf, and Ryan Ries, who is also the co-founder of the Whosoevers movement.

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13) In February of 2012 Brian started a new band called Love And Death. Below is one of his songs entitled, Washed By Blood. Though there is still an intensely heavy metal sound to the music, the lyrics do present some Biblical truth:

 

14) Many Christians were very excited when they heard about Brian becoming a Christian, just as I was. However, some failed to take a closer look at his life to see if he was truly reflecting the character of Jesus Christ and exhibiting the fruit that gives evidence of a changed life. (Matthew 3:8)

Sadly, on May 2, 2013, Brian officially rejoined Korn. In the following video you will hear an interview with the members of Korn which was recorded shortly after Brian returned. You will hear him explain his reason for leaving Korn, and it is void of any reference to Jesus Christ.

When asked, “What was your process of getting your life back together?” He said the following:

“It was this church in Bakersfield I ended up going to…when I went into that place it was like love entered my heart  and I came back to life and I wanted to live again. All of a sudden I was like cursed with all these positive thoughts in my head…I was like, “You’re going to be happy, you’re going to be okay,” and so ever since then I just did that.”

He gets another chance to share about Jesus Christ when asked the following question:

“A lot of people don’t make it. What do you think it was inside you that managed to pull you out of that?”

In part, here is Brian’s reply:

“…I felt that love enter my heart and hope entered me and I was like, “I can do this.  And that was it. I was instantly addicted to that. I wanted that love, I wanted to feel that, and I wanted to raise my daughter, and I wanted to sit at home and get away from the rock star life, man.”

Warning! There are swear words at these minute marks (2:03,04, 4:34,35, 11:45-47, 54,55, 13:05,06, 14:05,19-27, 16:26,27, 19:49-20:02, 21:10,11, 24:55,56, 28:28-47, 31:14-18) in case you’d like to hit the mute button.

15) In the process of doing research on Brian, I came across the following video in which you will hear him share his testimony in great detail. He truly sounds genuine with much of what he says, but you will hear him focus way too much on his life before he made his profession of faith, and you will hear how he chose to dismiss the valid concerns that Christians expressed to him regarding his decision to return to Korn.

Ryan Ries does present the gospel at the end, but in light of all that I will be sharing with you in this post one has to wonder if Brian truly embraced Jesus Christ, or if he received “another Jesus” and “another gospel.”                 (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:6-9)

 

16) When I first began watching videos on Brian in order to do research for this post, my first thoughts were that he was just simply led astray and deceived, because I didn’t see any clear evidence in what he was saying to show otherwise. However, the evidence to show otherwise became very clear after watching the videos further below. When time allows, consider watching them, but I need to give you this strong warning first:

CAUTION! This first video (uploaded by YouTube user, Psalm86 and originally created by Proverbs1:7Truth) is filled with some disturbing images from Korn’s concerts, music videos, etc., which were necessary to add in order to present you with an accurate portrayal of the life of Brian (Head) Welch after he made his profession of faith. It may only be necessary for you to simply watch the first few minutes of it in order to clearly see the truth about Brian. Please take some time to pray for him, as well:

 Capture Brian Head Welch - The WhosoeversPicture was quick captured from the video above)

17) As previously mentioned, Brian is part of a movement called the Whosoevers:

“The Whosoevers is a movement fueled by what the founders see as an overwhelming need to encourage individuals and speak purpose into the lives of millions around the world. The non-profit organization was founded in 2009 as a collaboration between Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries and Brian “Head” Welch with the intent to positively impact today’s music, skateboarding and art culture.[14][15] Ambassadors include [Lacey] Sturm, Annie Lobert, freestyle motocross athlete Ronnie Faisst, and lead singer of the band Islander Mikey Carvajal.”  (SOURCE – Wikipedia)

In this short interview Ryan Ries explains the purpose for this movement:

When time allows, please watch the following video that was published in Feb. 2014 by YouTube Channel Proverbs1:7Truth. It is actually a portion of the Brian Head Welch Exposed video without the content that I cautioned you about:

Brian and the Whosoevers are strongly promoted at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, where Raul Ries, the father of Ryan Ries is the pastor. Here is a current  example:

https://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/calvary-chapel-golden-springs-invites-a-wolf-to-teach-the-sheep/

 

This quick capture, however, is from The Whosoevers website:

Capture The Whosoevers - Who We Are - Whosoevers webebsite(SOURCE)

If you watched the very disturbing Brian Head Welch Exposed video, as well as the previous one, then you will find yourself among the many who are asking themselves, “How can Calvary Chapel continue to promote Brian Head Welch?”  But it gets worse, as you will soon see as we continue on down this long and spiritually dark and dangerous winding road.

 

18) The following pictures were quick captured from the video that I strongly cautioned you about earlier. If you choose to watch that video and examine all of the art work that is used on their album covers and added to the t-shirts that they sell, you will see how dark and disturbing much of it is:

Capture Melissa Leslie - Artist and photographer for the Whosoevers

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Capture Melissa Leslie - Artwork

 

Some may argue and say the skulls symbolize death in relation to our sinful nature, but if you take the time to examine more of the details of Brian’s life since he made his profession of faith, I think it will become more obvious to you that Brian should not be lifted up as a Christian role model for our youth at any church!

Let’s continue:

19) Brian attends Bethel Church where Bill Johnson is the pastor. This fact alone should cause many Christians to hesitate from promoting him at their church! Lord willing, I will focus on Bill Johnson in greater detail in an upcoming False Teacher Friday post later on this year. For now, here is just a sample of his teaching so that you will hopefully realize the unbiblical type of teaching that Brian is receiving!

Here are some more examples:

20) This article, written by John Lanagan of MY WORD LIKE FIRE, will not only show you that Bill Johnson has a low view of Scripture, but also he gives clear examples of how his teachings are based on New Age thought which makes them heretical and downright dangerous!

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – NEW BOOKLET TRACT – THE NEW AGE PROPENSITIES OF BETHEL CHURCH’S BILL JOHNSON

21) Here’s another article written by John Lanagan in which he shares how Bill and his wife Beni each contributed a chapter in the book The Physics of Heaven:

https://mywordlikefire.com/2014/09/13/mark-chironnas-new-agequantum-mysticism-at-bethel-redding-conference/

Here’s a short excerpt from his article:

“As disturbing as The Physics of Heaven is, at least the book serves as a warning that Bill Johnson and Bethel (and others) are heading toward a New Age/quantum mysticism understanding of God.”

 

22) Pastor Larry DeBruyn of GUARDING HIS FLOCK MINISTRIES wrote a book review on The Physics of Heaven.  Here’s Part 1:

HERESCOPE: THE PHYSICS OF HEAVEN – A SERIAL BOOK REVIEW AND THEOLOGICAL INTERACTION – PASTOR LARRY DEBRUYN

 23) There is a movie that is still in production in which Andrew Strom will focus on Bill Johnson and his promotion of New Age mystical experiences:

 

24) Andrew Strom also produced this shocking documentary which shows how the mystical practices that can be found in the world of the occult and the New Age Movement are making their way into many churches, and have been for quite some time now. Presently, this particular video has received over 127,000 views!

 

25) Now this spiritually dangerous road that I am taking you down veers back to Brian Head Welch:

Bethel Church produced a movie called The Holy Ghost Movie in  which Brian also took part in. Here is a short one minute clip of Brian from the movie, and it’s all one really needs to hear to realize that what Brian said does not line up with Scripture:

 

26) Below is a clip from the sequel of the Holy Ghost movie which is entitled, Holy Ghost Reborn. If you choose to watch it you will see how a movie like this can play on your emotions. If you’re not careful and continuously on guard, you can easily be pulled in by the moving personal stories and forget to pray for discernment and fail to test everything in light of Scripture to see if what is being said and done is true or not, and possibly become deceived. (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22) (Acts 17:11)

 

In the very beginning of the short clip above, a man in Mecca had this to say:

“In the night I had this dream. And in the dream Jesus came. First he touched my forehead with his hand and said, “You have been saved…you have been saved. Then he opened his hand and placed it on my chest, and he said, “You belong to me.”

27) The Jesus who appeared to him in his dream was clearly not the Jesus of the Bible, but rather “another Jesus” who presented “another gospel” to him. It was more in line with Hinduism when a guru places his hand on a person’s forehead (shaktipat) in order to awaken the Kundalini serpent that is said to be coiled at the base of the spine. (You can hear a short explanation of this starting at the 4:48 minute mark in this video:

 

28) Here is a very thorough review of the Holy Ghost Movie by Tim Wirth and Sandy Simpson:

 

29) Since professing to be a Christian, Brian has become involved with many other very dangerous false teachers who are part of the New Apostolic Reformation: Todd Bentley, Patricia King, and John Crowder. As a reminder, Bill Johnson is Brian’s pastor, and he is also a part of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.

First, please watch these videos if you are not aware of who these people are:

Todd Bentley

 

 

Here is Bill Johnson praying his blessing on Todd Bentley. Not long after this prayer Todd Bentley’s healing revival came to a disastrous end when it was made known that he committed adultery.

 

Patricia King

 

 

 

 

John Crowder

 

 

 

30) If you are not aware of the beliefs of those who are part of the New Apostolic Reformation are, please watch the videos below. Just briefly, those involved with this movement believe that the Church must take dominion over  government and certain aspects of society before Jesus Christ can even return. Pastor Chris Quintana of Calvary Chapel Cypress gives an excellent teaching on this in the following video, and more very good information is also provided by Sandy Simpson of Apologetics Coordination Team in the videos that follow:

 

 

 

Another thing you will see that is a common focus in the New Apostolic Reformation movement is their focus on manifestations and angels instead of focusing on preaching the Word of God. When time allows please  consider watching these videos and please be sure to test everything in light of Scripture. (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

Bill Johnson of Bethel Church:

Keep this in mind as you watch the following video: If this is truly the glory of God manifesting at Bethel Church, do you think that you would respond the way some of these people did? Or would you fall on your face in reverent fear knowing that you were in the presence of a thrice Holy God?

 

Patricia King:

 

 

31) Here are a few recent items concerning Brian just so that you can see what he is involved in presently:

Capture Brian Head Welch - Tweet concerning being on James Robison's show promoting his new book

James and Betty Robison are some of the many who have given in to compromise:

Capture Pope Francis with James Robison Kenneth Copeland Tony Palmer John Arnott

This “incredible author” whom Brian is promoting in the following tweet is a teacher at Bill Johnson’s church –Bethel Redding CA

Capture Brian Head Welch - Tweet 3-27-16 - promotes book Hunger Driven by Brian Nickens - Bill Johnson wrote the forward - Tweet 2

As you can see in the tweet below Brian is promoting the music at Bethel Church:

Capture Brian Head Welch - Tweet promoting Bethel Music -Twet 3

In the following tweet, Brian is promoting Shawn Bolz’s new book about “hearing God’s voice.”

Capture Brian Welch - Tweet promoting Shawn Bolz Oct 24 2015

Shawn Bolz is the pastor of Expression58 Church. Note at the very bottom of this quick capture below that they promote Sozo/Inner Healing:

Capture Shawn Bolz Expression58 Church - Sozo-Inner Healing(SOURCE)

32) In case you are not aware of what Sozo is, a few years ago M’Kayla Kelly of M’KAYLA’S KORNER shared some articles on her blog on the subject, and you can read them at the link below. In the past M’Kayla was trained as a SOZO minister and she was once deeply involved at Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church, as well! (See video below under Related Videos).

INNER HEALING – CHRISTIAN OR OCCULT?

Brian and John Crowder:

Capture Brian Welch and John Crowder

The picture above was quick captured from the YouTube video entitled, “Brian Head Welch of Korn False Teacher of Christianity Part 2”

 

Now that you have a clear picture of Brian Head Welch, as well as some of the teachings of the company that he keeps and how he is clearly being influenced by people such as John Crowder and the many others involved in the New Apostolic Reformation, how is it even possible that Calvary Chapel can continue to promote him?

I never intended to focus so much on Brian Head Welch in this post. However, after doing research on him and watching videos not only put together by a dear Sister-In-Christ (YouTube user Psalm86), but also videos created by others who also expressed their serious concerns about Brian, one thing just kept continuing to lead to another. And after I found out from Psalm86 that Calvary Chapel promotes him, and because I came to realize the many spiritually dangerous people that he is involved with and how he could very well mislead many Christians who lack discernment, I decided to gather as much information as possible in order to emphasize the importance of the  following:

We as Christians are to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and lift up Him alone; we are not to exalt any person who claims to have become a Christian. Just think of the possible devastation that can take place if young Christians follow those people that Brian is endorsing and is involved with!

If you are under the impression that Brian is a strong Christian role model and that he has not been affected in a negative way spiritually by his involvement with John Crowder (just to name one person), please watch this video and ask yourself if what he says reflects true Biblical Christianity, or if he sounds like he is echoing the very language of John Crowder and others and is blasphemous, as well! We are to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) and to “examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true” or not. (Acts 17:11) This is making a righteous judgment. (John 7:24)

 

Let’s look at a few Scriptures to get a Biblical perspective on how we are to think concerning Brian, or any person who claims to be a Christian, for that matter:

“I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-13)

“The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desired of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:19-22)

“In fact everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted., while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 3:12-16)

“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. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:13-20)

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here with reverent fear. 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 forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:13-19)

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28,29)

 

Before I bring this post to a close, there are a few more serious concerns that you need to be aware of related to Calvary Chapel churches, and you will then see how some of these dangerous roads that I have been leading you down are merging together:

Capture Three roads merging into one

 

Concerns About Greg Laurie:

33) Many Christians are very sad and deeply concerned about Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside CA and wonder what ever happened that caused him to give in to compromise and drift so far from Biblical truth! Not only has he become closely associated with Purpose Driven Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in CA over the years, but also it seems that he has now aligned himself with Lou Engel who is part of the NAR — the New Apostolic Reformation — and he promoted the Azusa Now event that just took place on April 9th:

PIRATE CHRISTIAN/BEREAN EXAMINER – AZUSA REDUX: LOU ENGLE, GREG LAURIE UNITING DENOMINATIONS?

(As a side note, Shawn Bolz and Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, along  with others such as Heidi Baker, also took part in this event, which raises the concern level for many Christians to extremely serious). (See videos below under Related Videos).

 

Below you will see a video of one of the most disturbing things that happened at this event that involves Lou Engle:

The following video reveals many more serious concerns one should have about Greg Laurie. It grieves me to have to share this video with you because when I first became a Christian I would get up early in the morning just so that I could hear him preach. He always presented a solid Biblical message! But sadly, because of the obvious choices that he has made over the years to give in to compromise, he is no longer considered trustworthy by  many Christians. (Pause the video often so that you can read all the details in the quick captures that Phil Berean on YouTube made on the important information that he added to his video):

34) Another thing that is necessary to add to the list of serious concerns about Greg Laurie is that, according to a person who once attended his church, this person began to see “signs of Spiritual Formation in Jr. High and up,” which is why that person left Greg Laurie’s church.

Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that all Calvary Chapel pastors  and those associated with Calvary Chapels have given in to compromise. That simply is not true! In the midst of the spiritual darkness that we see forming all around us, there is still hope. There are many who either once were, or still are a part of the Calvary Chapel movement who have not given in to compromise, such as Pastor Chris Quintana of Calvary Chapel Cypress. Lord willing, Pastor Chris is determined to present more Conferences similar to the recent ones that he had (such as the Defending the Faith Conference that took place in March 2016, as well as the Emerging Church Round Table Meeting that took place in February 2016)  in order to gather like-minded Christian pastors together to speak out and to warn the body of Christ concerning not only the many forms of spiritual deception that are leading many Christians astray, but also to warn Christians about the massive attempt to unite all Christians together for the sake of love and peace, and declare falsely that this is the unity that Jesus Christ prayed to His Father for in John Chapter 17. There can be no unity unless it is built upon solid Biblical truth as its foundation, not on the traditions, teachings, and philosophies of men.

35) Chris Lawson of SPIRITUAL RESEARCH NETWORK is another one who has not given in to compromise. He was once a pastor at a Calvary Chapel Church, but resigned after all his attempts to bring his valid concerns to the attention of many pastors and leaders of Calvary Chapels were ignored. He recently posted a video explaining his concerns and all that he did to try and bring… You can read his article and watch the video at the link below:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – THE RISING STORM AND A CLARION CALL FOR HUMILITY, TRUTH, AND REPENTANCE: OBSERVATIONS FOR CALVARY CHAPEL LEADERS TO CONSIDER

Here are some more very serious concerns involving many Calvary Chapel Churches that I need to bring to your attention:

36) Many Calvary Chapels are beginning to present AWANA programs which now includes Spiritual Formation:

 

37) Roger Oakland was involved with the Calvary Chapel movement for many years and he was actually invited to be on staff by Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa CA in 1988 and he remained on staff for three years. He has been among the few who have been courageous enough to speak out to try and warn many Calvary Chapel pastors concerning the downward spiral many are taking spiritually, and has paid the price in many ways for doing so! Here are some of the serious concerns that he has recently brought to our attention:

–1 WILLOW CREEK, CALVARY CHAPEL, AND THE BIBLE

–2 CALVARY CHAPEL, BILL HYBELS, AND JSUIT MYSTICISM

–3 THE OWNERSHIP OF THE NAME “CALVARY CHAPEL” THE DOVE AND THE APPEARANCE OF A NEW SYMBOL

-4 CALVARY CHAPEL COSTA MESA AND ALPHA

When time allows please watch this video presentation by Cecil Andrews of  TAKE HEED MINISTRIES if you are not already aware of the serious concerns that many Christians have with the Alpha Course:

 

 

38) Calvary Chapel in Budapest, Hungary holds Leadership Conference where Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church trained leaders:

ROGER OAKLAND OF ‘UNDERSTAND THE TIMES’ – CALVARY CHAPEL, BILL HYBELS, AND JESUIT MYSTICISM

39) Many who are part of the Calvary Chapel Movement are extremely concerned about the spiritual direction in which things may go in the years to come due to the fact that the new pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is Brian Brodersen, the husband of Chuck Smith’s daughter, who is known for his strong stand for ecumenism. Here’s an article from Galatians 4 website which will give you more information, followed by the article that I previously shared with you earlier written by Roger Oakland. I am sharing it with you again because it’s related and it’s extremely important for you to be aware of this information in case you didn’t read it previously:

GALATIANS 4: BRIAN BRODERSEN: JUST ANOTHER ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC-FRIENDLY LEADER

UNDERSTAND THE TIMES – THE OWNERSHIP OF THE NAME “CALVARY CHAPEL,” THE DOVE AND THE APPEARANCE OF A NEW SYMBOL

 

40) Here is another event that took place at the end of last year that I’d like to bring your attention to in order to show you the unbiblical unity that has already been forming in the name of ecumenism:


Mike Bickle – International House of Prayer – IHOP

41) John Lanagan has written many articles concerning the unity that has recently been taking place between Catholics and International House of Prayer and you can read his many articles at the link below:

Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer

Please forgive me if I have offended any of you who are Catholic who may now be reading this, but if you take the time to read the Bible and test the teachings of your church against what God has to say in His Word, you will come to the realization that Catholicism teaches “another Jesus” and “another gospel,” both having no power to save you. Plus anyone who gets involved with the International House of Prayer — no matter what religion they may be — will head down an extremely dangerous spiritual path where the focus is on mystical experiences and the teachings are based on Scriptures that are taken out of context and twisted to teach something entirely different than what the verses actually say.

If any of you are not aware of who Mike Bickle is, or if you have never heard of the International House of Prayer and the serious concerns that many Christians have about this movement, when time allows please watch these videos:

Misty Edwards:

Below is the information that I shared with you on a previous post concerning some of the unbiblical things that Misty Edwards had to say in the following videos. This is an example of the type of teaching that is presented at International House of Prayer that is leading the youth of today into unbiblical, mystical practices because they are encouraged to have experiences with God instead of being encouraged to seek God in His Word, the Bible:

In Part 1 you will hear her share a dream she has (@ 5:06) about God coming to her in a dream ‘in the form of a man and running like a lion…’  Then she speaks about “a Buddhist monk of sorts, and there’s this aura of peace…”  But before she does, she says the following disturbing things,  starting @ 1:20…

“I believe the new thing He’s doing is He’s about to split the sky, come back to the planet as a man…I mean I really believe this-this sounds outrageous, doesn’t it?   I believe that Jesus is gonna come back to the planet as a Jewish man… (can’t understand next few words) …”brown eyes, brown hair, not that tall- Jewish man, who was born to be a king, is coming back to the planet, and He is gonna come back to the planet in response to the bride who’s gonna be singing… unified, globally.   This is intense where this thing is going.  I’m looking at your faces, and I’m going, “God, these-this is  who you’ve chosen, this is a- at least a stream of people that You’ve chosen for such a time as this, to raise up a new sound, a new song in the earth, for such a time as this to-to usher in the second coming.  I mean, do you have any idea who you are?”

MISTY EDWARDS ON PROPHETIC WORSHIP AT BREAKOUT SESSION ONE THING 2007

Here is a related article:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – FIRST EVER CATHOLIC SPEAKER AT IHOP-KC ONETHING CONFERENCE WAS ASKED TO SPEAK ON WISDOM OF TERESA OF AVILA, CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER- JOHN  LANAGAN

 

42) Another event that I’d like to warn you about was brought to my attention via another Facebook Suggested Post.  The next stop on the Outcry Tour takes place this month and every one of their events has the potential to draw many of our youth into embracing the dangerous unbiblical teachings of Brian Houston, Bill Johnson, Steven Furtick, etc., if they are pulled in any further than simply listening to the music!

Capture Facebook Suggested Post - OUTCRY - Hillsong, Brian Houston, Elevation Worship 4-17-16

43) In some of my previous posts I shared information with you concerning Hillsong, Jesus Culture, and Elevation Church/Steven Furtick, but now  I need to warn you of the dangers that lurk beyond the pretty face and voice of Kari Jobe. In the following video you will hear Kari talk about her song, Forever that she wrote with Bill Johnson’s son, Brian Johnson and you will hear her say the following:

“We talk about the death on the cross, and we talk about the resurrection, but that time in between is when Jesus was in hell, rendering hell, and ransacking hell, and defeating the enemy, taking those keys to death, hell, and the grave to be victorious over that when He rose from the dead.”

Please do not consider me posting the above video as being an endorsement of the site Pulpit&Pen.

Others such as Joyce Meyer teaches this heresy, as well:

Herein lies one of the dangers of attending these concerts: Even though many go because they like the music, the theology ingrained into some of the lyrics of songs written by those who hold to an unbiblical view of Christianity can have a very damaging effect on one’s beliefs –especially if the listeners choose to get involved with these pastor’s teachings at some point in the future.

 

44)For those of you who read MYSTICISM MONDAY – THE FINALE, you may remember that I mentioned they were erecting the arch from the Temple of Baal in New York and in London. Well, I am happy to share what seems to be a victorious update with you:

VICTORY! THE ARCH FROM THE TEMPLE OF BAAL PLANNED FOR NEW YORK CITY HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

However…

45) A few days after posting the link above, I came across the following  information. In part, the article says:

“The Monumental Arch [also called the Arch of Triumph] was built sometime during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus, which lasted from 193 to 211 AD; it linked the main street  of the Colonnade and the Temple of Bel.” (I  discovered this information by watching the following  video which I decided not to post  on my blog because I did not agree with some of its content, but I posted the link so as not to take credit for finding the following information on my own): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8hEyZvI2aw

Capture Monumental Arch Of Triumph - linked the main street of the colonnade and the Temple of Baal(SOURCE)

 

46) Just as I was about to bring this post to a close, some information was brought to my attention concerning my former church of over 14 1/2 years — Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows:

Women of Harvest Bible Chapel this warning is specifically for all of you! You need to be aware of an upcoming Summer Study that could possibly present you with some unbiblical advice that could cause many  of you to be led astray. Please read on:

According to the information on HBC’s website, the Rolling Meadows location  will be offering you a SUMMER STUDY that will focus on “Having Intimacy With God.”

Capture Harvest Women Summer Study 2016 - Having Intimacy With God(SOURCE)

The term “having intimacy with God” is one that should raise a huge red flag for any discerning Christian! But it’s possible that some of you may still be under the impression that all those in Christian leadership at every church can be trusted. That simply is not true! Some in leadership just present to the people in their congregation what sells well, and some promote popular Christian authors without looking into what these authors actually teach, and they also fail to take the time to see if everything they say lines up with Scripture or not. So I’d just like to warn you that if the book that will be the focus for this SUMMER STUDY is written by Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore, or Priscilla Shirer, please do not sign up! Here is a very good article and two previous posts that will give you many good reasons why you shouldn’t sign up:

 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – QUESTION TO THE EDITOR: WHAT ABOUT ONE THOUSAND GIFTS BY ANN VOSKAMP?

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9593

BETH MOORE LIVE SIMULCAST  – WILL YOUR CHURCH BE BRINGING BETH MOORE TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL LEADERSHIP, CHRISTIAN LEADERS, AND THE LACK OF BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT

 

Since this will be the last Warning You With Tears Wednesday post — at least for now —  I’d like to end with some articles and a few videos with information that I see as being some of the most important things for you to be aware of in light of the popularity of Beth Moore and what is taking place in the name of Christianity today. Some of these videos and articles I have shared before, but I see the need to share them with you again because they are filled with very important information that helps to truly open your eyes and fill in the blanks for all the unanswered questions you may have because of what you may see happening at your church. Be sure to pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment, and as you read the articles and watch the videos things will then begin to make sense, and you will finally realize what is actually taking place:

47) LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – NEW BOOKLET TRACT: BETH MOORE AND PRISCILLA SHIRER – THEIR HISTORY OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND WHY ‘WAR ROOM’ SHOULD NOT HAVE USED THEM – BY JOHN LANAGAN

48) If your church already has Cell Groups or is in the process of forming them, here’s some very important information by Sarah Leslie of Herescope that’s a definite must listen to:

HERESCOPE: THE CELL CHURCH – THE NEW STRUCTURE FOR THE NEW CHURCH FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

 

49) WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH? BY DR. ROBERT KLENCK

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3 

 

 

 

 

 In my previous Warning You With Tears Wednesday posts I always tried to find something to end with that would give God the praise and glory that He is so deserving of, and in this finale I will do the same but end with two items:

50) Some of you who read this blog from time to time may have seen the video I shared last year concerning the large Hadron Collider that is located in Cern Switzerland and how scientists are trying to “recreate the big bang.” Stephen Hawking, who is an extremely brilliant scientist and is also an atheist, issued this strong warning: 

“The God particle found by Cern could destroy the universe.”

Some people were quite disturbed and filled with fear after watching the above video because of the strange, paranormal things that were occurring there. (I must admit that I had a difficult time getting to sleep after watching this video for the first time late one evening last year).  However, we as Christians are not to fear. The following article will clearly show you how God is in total control –no matter what evil plans these scientists or anyone may be devising:

POP! GOES THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER –AND THE WEASEL

 

51) This article (which also has an amazing video) tells how scientists capture ‘fireworks’ during moment of conception:

 WND- STUNNING VIDEO: BRIGHT FLASH OF LIGHT WHEN LIFE BEGINS

 

IN CLOSING:

The bottom line is, as Christians we are all personally responsible for our own spiritual growth. If we are truly followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of any man (or woman) and their ministry, we will read and study God’s Word, examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11), and we will test all things against Scripture and hold fast to what is true. (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

If watching the following video doesn’t bring you to tears and to your knees in prayer, and make you realize that we are living in the last days, then I don’t know what will!

Caution! Some very disturbing images! However, what you will see will give you an idea of the demonic chaos that will take place during the seven year tribulation period as described in the book of Revelation. Please repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ before it’s too late!


We must also take a stand for Biblical truth and pray and ask God for the courage to speak out while there is still time. We need to earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3) and speak the truth in love in order to warn other Christians of the many spiritual deceptions taking place in the name of unity, love, and tolerance.

We also need to share the truth of God’s Word with those who have not yet heard the good news of the gospel so that they will hopefully choose to place their trust in Jesus Christ instead of relying upon their false religion, their good works, and their sincerity to be enough to get them into heaven.

There is a false unity forming before our eyes. Can you see it? The roads are all beginning to merge together so that we will all walk down the same path. There is the path of oneness that is achieved through mystical practices and meditation, which is presented to Christians in Spiritual Formation classes as Contemplative Prayer or silent prayer. Have you fallen prey for this simply because you trust those in leadership who presented these practices to you at your church?

There is a call for unity out of love for one another which calls for everyone to set aside those things that divide us; a call to tear down barriers based on doctrinal differences. But there can be no unity unless it is based on truth –Biblical truth.

Capture John 14 6 Bible verses pictures

Christianity is exclusive. Not all paths lead to God. There is only one way, and Jesus Christ is the way. God’s Word is truth, and the words of men cannot be trusted.

 

Capture Images of winding roads - this one is - Shooting Film - The Long and Winding Road

They would have you believe that at the end of this road of unity and oneness will be a rainbow, and the world will experience true peace, love, and happiness.

But the truth is there will be no peace until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, returns and sets up His kingdom –without the help of man! Do not be deceived! Please read and study your Bible and pray for discernment and check into these things! God’s Word is clear:

Capture Enter by the narrow gate

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14)

Capture Narrow is the path that leads to life - cross over fire

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

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”                               (1 Corinthians 15:33)

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:15-23)

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

“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. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:13-20)

“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)

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

“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)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

“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)

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:1-24)

“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)


 

Some Scriptures are from the King James Bible and other Scriptures are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®.  Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.



 

UPDATE:

As a reminder, I’ll be taking some time off so that I can focus on writing some very in depth posts in which I will be addressing some very important topics that have been weighing very heavily upon my heart over the past couple of years or so.

At the same time that I was seriously considering writing about these things, God brought some women across my path who requested that I write about the very thing that I am most deeply concerned about! This confirmed to me that I am to write about these things (which I will not be revealing to you at this time).

However, before I begin writing on that particular topic, the next post that I will be writing and sharing with you will be one in which I will be comparing the teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church with God’s Word –the Bible. Because of the deep desire that I have to reach Catholics with the truth that is clearly presented in God’s Word, I will be quoting from an exact copy of the little Catholic New Testament Bible that I read back in 1980 (I gave my original copy to someone to give to her dying mother-in-law who was a Catholic). I was a Catholic for many years until God revealed the truth to me as I read that little Catholic New Testament Bible, so I am praying and believing that God will reveal the truth of His Word to many others who are presently Catholic who will read His Word, and to those Catholics who happen to come across my blog and read this upcoming post and others I have written in the past where the teachings of Catholicism are compared to the truth of God’s Word.  God’s Word will fill a Catholic with joy because it reveals what Jesus actually accomplished through His sinless life, His propitiatory sacrifice on the cross in our place for our sins, and His glorious resurrection from the dead on the third day! Sadly, Catholicism offers no assurance of salvation to Catholics. Instead they are given a  false hope by being told that they will go to a (non-existent) place called purgatory after they die where they will burn in fire for an unknown amount of time to pay for the temporal punishment due for sin.

If you are a Catholic, please consider checking back here from time to time to read this post when it’s finished (Lord willing, hopefully in June or possibly in July) so that you can see what your church actually teaches, and what God’s Word clearly says about these things. You will be faced with a difficult decision to make because you will have to choose between believing what God’s Word has to say, or believing the words of men. But it is a choice that will determine your eternal destination, that you can be sure of. So, dear Catholic, please be praying for God to reveal the truth to you, and pray also for the courage to respond to the truth shown to you through His Word. In the mean time I challenge you to read the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans and pray and ask God to open your eyes to see the truth, because reading God’s Word is truly all that you need in order to know the truth.

 

 

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As Roger Oakland documents in his presentation in the video below, the “spirit” which is manifesting in many churches today is not the Holy Spirit at all, but rather an unholy spirit:

 

 

 

 

 

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Leonard  Sweet, the importance of testing the teachings of Christian leaders in light of Scripture, mysticism in the church, as well as the lack of spiritual discernment among many Christians today will all be focused on in this post. However, please allow me to begin this post by laying out the trail that led to Leonard Sweet, and made me clearly see the need to write this post:

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God’s Word declares that Satan comes as an angel of light, so is it any wonder that so many are being deceived by popular mystical teachings that are being presented to Christians these days claiming to draw them closer to God and to experience Him on this side of heaven? After all, those of us who are Christians long for the day when we will see Him face to face, so why not experience being in His presence and hearing Him speak to us now? If you have been led to believe that by listening to someone’s teaching, it is unbiblical and dangerous! When we begin to seek after having experiences with God and lose sight of the fact that God gave us His Word so that we might come to know Him, and how His Word warns us time and time again about false teachers and doctrines of demons, then we allow ourselves to become easily deceived by the many so-called Christian leaders who are promoting mysticism these days. Things such as Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, and silent prayer, are strongly being promoted by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Tim Keller, Mindy Caliguire, and many others. They may attempt to cloak these practices with somewhat Christian terminology, but don’t be fooled; they are still unbiblical eastern practices that have their roots in Buddhism and Hinduism and will lead you away from Biblical Christianity and into spiritual deception and the occult.

Praying for spiritual discernment, knowing God’s Word well, testing things in light of Scripture, and searching for information on things that are presented to you that cause you to have uneasy feelings, are key to protecting yourself from being deceived spiritually. I highly recommend Lighthouse Trails, Herescope, Deception In The Church, as well as Apprising Ministries, but I still urge you to continue to test everything you read and listen to against the truth of God’s Word since, sadly, so many Christians are drifting from Biblical truth these days!

Let’s start out with a few examples so you can see how deceptive the language can be at times: To make a long story short, last month (June 2015) I decided to search Rick Warren’s Saddle Back Church’s website to see if he had anything to say concerning the legalization of same sex marriage that was voted into law on Friday, June 26, 2015, but when I found nothing on that topic I decided to check out the classes that they are offering. Below you will see a few examples of what I found:

Even though I cannot say with certainty that the term strengthening postures that they use in the following description of this ‘Stretch and Strengthen’ class is actually yoga, that term certainly sent up a big red flag and set off alarm bells in my spirit!

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I realize that some Christians enroll their children in Karate classes, and I may be stepping on some toes by using this Karate class as an example, but there is much more to Karate than just learning how to defend yourself and learning how to become more disciplined. When my brother enrolled in a Karate class they told everyone in his class to bring in a candle so that they could focus their attention on the flame, which is a New Age meditation technique.

If you’d like to read the detailed testimony of what caused a woman to walk away from a championship career in the Martial Arts, please click HERE.  

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The description for the following Stretch and Strengthen class gives the clearest indication that New Age/New Spirituality practices are most certainly being incorporated in many of Saddleback’s fitness classes. Terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided relaxation” are used in the descriptions of these classes, which are the same techniques used in  New Age/New Spirituality classes that use similar terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided imagery” to lead people into altered states of consciousness. And, once again, notice that the term “stretching and strengthening postures, is used:

Capture Daniel Plan Fitness - Stretch and Strengthen - strengthening postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation - Sarah KeatingUPDATE: Because of a suggestion that was expressed in a comment from a helpful and thoughtful reader of this blog encouraging me on in my continued search for answers, I decided to set aside my main focus of searching for more information on Leonard Sweet. Instead, I decided to first search Facebook and Twitter to see if Lisa Odette, (the instructor of one of the Stretch and Strengthen classes) was on there. One thing led to another, and here is the information that I found on her that definitely gives enough evidence to clearly indicate and to now say with certainty that the classes offered by Saddleback with Lisa Odette as the instructor,  are indeed Yoga classes, no matter how they may try to disguise the language!

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Capture Lisa Odette - Saddleback instructor for Stretch and Strengthen classes - Twitter with link to her website

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 Now I’d like to share some examples with you of how people are failing to test things in light of Scripture and therefore end up getting involved with those who are heavily into spiritual mysticism and unbiblical teachings. This is not meant to be an attack on the character of the people whom I will be speaking about, and I am not judging anyone in regards to their salvation. I am simply sharing this information with you just to, once again, point out the extreme importance for us to always test things that others say and do in light of Scripture, and how we should never promote anyone or anything without first deeply looking into their beliefs.  Also, I wanted to use this as an example to show why we are never to take anyone’s word on a matter or an endorsement of someone; we must always think for ourselves and do our own research to see if a person’s teaching lines up with God’s Word.

On with my examples:

In April of 2015 while I was on Facebook looking at what my friends had posted and ‘liked,’ I happened to see that a friend from my former church  (Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows) had clicked like on this post by Meredith Andrews. I decided not to quick capture the portion that included a picture of her two adorable boys:

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Being the detective at heart that I am, I decided to check out her page to see what conference she took part in and discovered that it was ‘Fresh Grounded Faith.’ While I was on her page I saw the link to her website, and here is what else I discovered that will begin to make my point:

As you can see, Meredith took part in this women’s event along with Ann Voscamp:

Capture Meredith Andrews and Ann Voskamp - Fresh Grounded Faith Conference

If you have never heard of Ann Voscamp before, she is the author of the best selling Christian book, ‘One Thousand Gifts.’ In case you are not aware of the concerns that many Christians have with her book, I encourage you to continue reading the article below that I quick captured in part for you from Lighthouse Trails Research. If you decide to continue reading it, you will soon come to realize that she promotes unbiblical mysticism, as well as intimacy with God that is far from being Biblical. (For those of you who have requested that I post book reviews, you can consider this the first one).

Capture Ann Voscamp - One Thousand Gifts promotes mysticism and an unbiblical view of intimacy with GodTo continue reading, please click HERE
Capture Meredith Andrews - Picture with Ann VoscampMeredith Andrews (on the left) Ann Voscamp (on the right)

Capture Meredith Andrews retweeting Ann Voscamp's tweetA bond seems to be developing between Meredith and Ann V. because of the conferences they have been involved in together, so, in her enthusiasm and support of Ann V., Meredith retweets many of her tweets, thus endorsing Ann Voscamp in the eyes of the many who follow Meredith and love her beautiful, powerful voice that sings out praises to our God. But sometimes friendship has a way of blinding us to error, and can be deadly to us and to the many we influence in our lives. I would rather believe that Meredith is not aware of the unbiblical nature of Ann V.’s book, than to believe that she has read it and is in complete agreement with everything that’s in her book.

I also became very concerned when I happened to see that Meredith sent out these tweets dated Aug. 6th and Sept. 5th of 2014 promoting the ‘Holy Ghost‘ movie :

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Capture Meredith Andrews promotes Holy Ghost movieNot only did she promote this movie with her tweets, but also she was considered to be one of this movie’s Thunderous Supporters:

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If you have not heard about the Holy Ghost Movie that came out in the Fall of 2014, it was totally unscripted. Those involved in producing this documentary film claim that it was “directed and led by the Holy Spirit.” (They prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them to whomever they were supposed to talk to).  They talked and prayed with many people during this documentary. However, as you will hear from the information that is shared in the following set of videos reviewing this movie, after they tested what was  said and done in this documentary against Scripture, it was clear that the Biblical gospel was not preached, the Holy Spirit that was presented to these people was not the Holy Spirit, and the Jesus that they spoke of when talking with these people was not the true Jesus Christ as revealed in God’s Word. But first, here’s the trailer for the movie:

What these people unknowingly were presented with, was a mystical, new age form of prayer, as well as new age Reiki energy healing. The focus was on experiencing the “Holy Spirit,” but what they actually experienced were unbiblical occultic manifestations, as you will soon see and hear in these reviews. This is why it’s so very important for all of us as Christians to do our own research and never take anyone’s recommendation on what to see or read, etc. First we must always test the teachings of everyone in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11) so that we will not be deceived.

 

 

The release date for Holy Ghost Part  2 will be October 20th 2015, and is called Holy Ghost Reborn:

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The following video trailer for this movie was just published on YouTube on July 14th 2015:

 

Here’s a Dove Family Friendly Movie Review of Holy Ghost Reborn:

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The cast of this documentary should raise your level of concern. I haven’t had time to research all of them yet, but I highlighted the ones who I am already aware of and concerned about:

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If you aren’t aware of who the people are that I highlighted in the ‘quick capture’ above, here’s some information on them which I pray will open your eyes as to why you should be concerned. Please pray for discernment before you watch, and test what is said in light of Scripture:

Kim Walker Smith of Jesus CultureBethel Church, Redding CA:

 

Bill Johnson, Pastor of Bethel Church:

 

 

Banning Liebscher Director of Jesus Culture:

 

Now I will finally share with you how this trail ultimately led me to Leonard Sweet who I have been aware of since 2008:

Once again, simply using Meredith as an example to show you how all of us as Christians must deeply delve into the beliefs and teachings of everyone we choose to get involved with for our own sake, as well as for those we may have an influence on concerning who we associate with and endorse, I’d like to bring this to your attention:

Besides being a singer and song writer, Meredith Andrews is also a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, and takes part in many Worship Leader Conferences. I came across this information on the National Worship Leader Conference:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference - picture of some of the speakers As you can see from the picture above, Leonard Sweet, who is a Christian author, ordained Methodist minister, and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University, is also one of speakers at this conference. If you’re  wondering why I’m drawing attention to the fact that Meredith Andrews is taking part in this Conference with Leonard Sweet, please read the following quotes from his book, entitled, ‘Quantum Spirituality.’ I think you will then begin to realize why:

“A surprisingly central feature of all the world’s religions is the language of light in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammed’s light-filled cave, Moses’ burning bush, Paul’s blinding light, Fox’s “inner light,” Krishna’s Lord of Light, Bohme’s light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus’ fire experiences, Bodhisattvis with the flow of Kundalini’s fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on. Light is the common thread that ties together near-death experiences as they occur in various cultures.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality page 146)

“So far the church has refused to dip its toe into post-modern culture. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present…Then, and only then, will the church not appear to be in a time capsule, sealed against new developments. Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of ‘world-making’ faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning of these words, some of the last words poet/activist/contemplative/ bridge between East and West Thomas Merton uttered: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality page 10)

“Fourth, New Light embodiment means to be ‘in connection’ and ‘information’ with other faiths. To be in-formation means to know each others songs almost as well as one knows them oneself, and to enlarge the community to include those whose conceptions of God differ from ours in form. To be in connection means to be able to sing, not only selected stanzas, but all the verses” … “One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna. A globalization of evangelism ‘in connection’ with others, and a globally ‘in-formed’ gospel, is capable of talking across the fence with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim –people from other so-called ‘new’ religious traditions (‘new’ only to us)–without assumption of superiority and power.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality pages 129-130) (SOURCE) DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES – SANDY SIMPSON

Once again, I am hoping that Meredith just doesn’t have any idea what Leonard Sweet’s beliefs are, which is why it is so very important for us as Christians to do research on those we are considering getting involved with or getting our teachings from so that we will not be led astray, and so that we will not cause anyone else to be led astray by who we choose to get involved with, and what or who we promote.

Hopefully after you are aware of the rest of the information that I will now be sharing with you concerning Leonard Sweet, you will then find the thought of her taking part in this conference with him very troubling, like I do:

Leonard Sweet has been a guest speaker at many churches and Christian Conferences, which gives him credibility in the eyes of many Christians. But it leaves many other Christians wondering as to why there is such a lack of discernment among Christians today that they could be totally unaware of the fact that Leonard Sweet not only endorses many New Age teachers, but also many of his teachings are rooted in New Age/New Spirituality teachings. Consider THIS article that I recently found in the Lighthouse Trails Research Newsletter dated April 7, 2008:

Concerning ‘small groups,’ Leonard Sweet had this to say in his book ‘Quantum Spirituality.’

“The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people “in-phase” with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.” SOURCE

While I was doing more research on Leonard Sweet, I came across an 8 min. 29 second podcast of one of his messages on his website, entitled Vultures:

Reflecting on a book that he read entitled, ‘The Vultures of Africa‘ by Peter Mundy, he said:

“It’s sort of how everything is so interconnected. At least when I read it this is the thing that just came through.”

Concerning the Pope’s Encyclical, “Our Common Home,” he said:

“I like that so much…because the, the planet. This planet is our common home. Not just care for creation. It’s our common home. And we exist together on this. And we all have to learn to live together, not just humans got to live together. We got to learn to live together with all of…all of creation.”

“And we also have to understand that Jesus died…the redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation. Remember that, that covenant that God made with Noah?It was made with all creation. And that, that continues the redemption of that covenant, and the fulfillment of that covenant that takes place at Calvary is a redemption for all creation.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

From the 2 min 44second mark – 2:49 second mark, he says the following:

“Jesus didn’t just die to save souls; He died to save seals, as well as souls.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

Yes, Romans 8:21 and Colossians 1:20-22 does say:

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

And how:

God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

However, if you come to understand all the teachings of Leonard Sweet, (as well as Brian McLaren, as you will see by the information below) you will realize he means much more than that.

At the very end of his message that focuses on “how connected everything is,” beginning at the 7:49 minute mark, he says: 

“It is our common home. We have to learn to live together. We have to learn to to give thanks and be good stewards…good trustees…of all that God has given us.”

“Praise be to God, for God’s unspeakable gifts. And the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save. Len Sweet, here.” (SOURCE) (Emphasis in red is mine).

In the New Age/New Spirituality view of things, the focus begins on how everything is connected. The focus is on oneness and “oneness with everyone and everything.” The emphasis on oneness continues to grow until the final stages which leads a person to not only believe they can be one with God,” and that God is in each and every one of us,” but also these teachings attempt to lead a person to “believe in their own divinity.”

When time allows, please watch the videos that I posted for you below by Christian author and speaker, Warren B Smith who was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement, but now he speaks and writes on the subject to warn Christians of the many ways that these New Age teachings are now permeating many churches today. He also shares information on these new age concepts, as well as information on Leonard Sweet, Rick Warren, and many others in his presentation.

How is it that Christians are unaware of the New Age teachings of  Leonard Sweet and some other prominent Christian leaders and writers of today? Is it possible that since some Christians today lack spiritual discernment because they fail to test the teachings of popular Christian teachers in light of Scripture and that they are also unaware of what the teachings of the New Age Movement are, that they have simply blended these New Age teachings into Christianity without realizing it and have embraced unity in a way that Jesus never intended for us as Christians to do?

Wayne Shepherd, the announcer for James MacDonald’s ‘Walk In The Word’ program, did an interview with Leonard Sweet about his book, Nudge:

 

Here are some Leonard Sweet quotes ‘quick captured‘ from an excerpt taken from Tamara Hartzell’s excellent online book: “Reimagining” God: Turning the Light Off to Look for “Truth” in the Corner of a Dark Round Room”  

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Here’s some important information concerning Leonard Sweet and his book NUDGE that I found on Lighthouse Trails Research and ‘quick captured’ for you:

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On Tuesday, July 22, 2015, I happened to see the following tweet by Pulpit And Pen concerning what he had seen on Leonard Sweet’s website. I saw it as  perfect timing to be on Twitter at just the right moment, because the information that I found at the link he shared became quite helpful to continue on with my research for this post, as you will soon see:

 

Seeing his tweet made me realize that I should have taken more time investigating Leonard Sweet’s website the day that I found his podcast. So I clicked on the link and this is what I discovered:

Capture Leonard Sweet - SpiritVenture Ministries - 'sacred spaces'(SOURCE)

The term “sacred spaces” leaped out at me, because I learned  many years ago that the word sacred is used quite frequently when ‘Contemplative Prayer‘ is involved. But in my determination to try and finish this post I simply ‘quick captured‘ the above information and ended up completely missing what I would have seen if I had only taken one more minute to scroll down just a little further! When I saw some of the replies to Pulpit and Pen’s tweet, I went back to that page, and this is what I realized what they were all wondering about –and rightly so!!

Capture Leonard Sweet SpiritVentures - Advance Conversation Partners - Mark Driscoll, Brian MacLaren, Erwin McManus and moreSeeing the name Brian McLaren on that list was a huge red flag! (In a minute I’ll explain why, for those of you who aren’t aware of who he is). So was seeing Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, and…Mark Driscoll! The only other person on that list that I was aware of is Margaret Feinberg. She is often a guest on Moody Radio’s ‘Midday Connection.’ (More on Moody Radio and Midday Connection in an upcoming post later on this year –Lord willing). And, by seeing Margaret Feinberg as well as the previously mentioned names, it led me to one highly probable conclusion on what they all seem to have in common which links them all together –Spiritual Formation, mysticism, Contemplative Prayer, Emerging/Emergent Church; these are all unbiblical forms of prayer and spirituality that are leading many Christians astray!

Here’s some information from seven years ago that I ‘quick captured’ for you from Lighthouse Trails which ties many of the ‘Advance Conversation Partners’ together, and gives evidence to their Contemplative Spirituality connections. As you can see, Mark Batterson, Erwin McManus, Margaret Feinberg, Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, and Sally Morgenthaler — some of the very same people who are involved in Leonard Sweet’s ADVANCE —  are all considered to be ‘Contemplative.’

Capture Contemplative Christians and Contemplative Conferences - Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE) CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANS AND CONTEMPLATIVE CONFERENCES

In the following video you will hear Margaret Feinberg say:

“God often uses the repetitive nature of  events and themes in daily life to get our attention. I call these moments, ‘Sacred Echoes.” 

Notice how she also uses the word sacred:

 

In the video below, Margaret F. expounds on what she means by “Sacred Echo” by saying the following:

“What is a sacred echo? It is the persistent voice of God in your life.”

“And in my own life, while I want to hear the whispers of God, what I am discovering is that when I listen for the sacred echoes — when I listen for the repetitive nature of God’s voice in my life — then I walk more fully, and more confidently into all that He has for me.”

 

When you hear Christian leaders and speakers say things like that it should truly concern you, because it’s leading people away from the belief in the sufficiency of Scripture. Yes, Margaret F. does say in many of her videos that ‘what we hear must line up with what God’s Word says,‘ but the emphasis is no longer completely on hearing God speak to us through His written Word. Instead, people are now  encouraged to learn how to hear God speak by not only Margaret F., but also by Christian teachers such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and many others. It then makes God’s Word appear to be outdated, and some will end up opening themselves up to doctrines of demons and demonic spirits through participating in these occultic practices and will end up being deceived spiritually. Never lose sight of the fact that we have the very words of God Himself recorded in sixty-six books of the Bible written by many different authors, but completely inspired by the Holy Spirit:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

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

 

Lord willing, if time allows I’ll do research on the people that I am not familiar with to see if they are also involved with promoting Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, etc., and I will update this post so that I can share my findings with you.

As promised, here’s some information on Brian McLaren:

This concerns his ‘EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE’ conference, as well as his book of the same title, which will show you just how far from Biblical truth his beliefs really are!

Seven years ago I heard Eric Barger share the shocking things that he witnessed take place during Brian McLaren’s ‘Everthing Must Change’ Conference. Eric Barger goes into greater detail concerning what happened at this conference in the video below than you will read in the information I quick captured for you further down. When time allows, please listen. Keep in mind that Brian McLaren is a frequent speaker at Willowcreek Church in Barrington, Illinois, as well as a speaker at many other Christian churches, universities, and conferences. After you hear some of the things that took place at this conference, you will come to realize just how great the need is for discernment, and how important it is to study and truly know God’s Word so that we will not be deceived by teachers such as Brian McLaren! Please pray for him, as well as the many who are  involved in this Emergent Church movement, that they would come to the knowledge of the truth and stop compromising and twisting what God declares to be right and wrong in His Word.

As you can see from the  quick capture below, Brian McLaren clearly said that:

“…salvation is actually us saving the planet, and when Jesus used the phrase “the world,” He was referring to the earth and not the lost souls living on it.” 

“…he recommended that while we were there (my note: at the front of the conference area) we also stick our hands into the tub of dirt that had been provided to fully sense “what needed to be saved.” 

That ties in with what Leonard Sweet says — concerning his quotes that I shared with you earlier — in which he declared:

“The redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation.”

Jesus didn’t just die to save souls. He died to save seals as well as souls.”

“…and the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save.”

Capture Eric Barger attended Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change conference - B M said salvation is us saving the planet(SOURCE)

More of the teachings of Brian McLaren:

 

In the following Playlist you will hear a three part message in which Brian McLaren will  use Deconstructionism in an attempt to justify changing Christianity into something entirely different. Notice how Brian McLaren begins by saying how everything changes over time and uses maps as an example. He sets people up to accept his idea about how the landscape is changing and maps need to change and be updated because “they don’t reflect reality any more.” He then uses that concept to try and lead people to accept how Christianity must also change to adapt to a changing culture. Listen very  carefully to all that he says, pray for discernment, and test what He says in light of Scripture. (In this Playlist I also added ‘A Critique of Brian McLaren’s ‘A New Kind of Christianity,’ as well as the  video that I posted earlier concerning what occurred at Brian McLaren’s  ‘Everything Must Change’ Conference).

 

Here’s a good article I found on the subject:

THE SECOND GREAT EVANGELICAL MELTDOWN – THE FALSE PICTURE – UNMASKING “POSTMODERNISM” – BY RICHARD NATHAN, M.A.

Now I’ll continue on with other things that I found during my times of research for this post:

The same day that I was looking at the conferences that Meredith Andrews was involved with, I also discovered that she will be singing at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church on Aug 13, 2015:

Capture Meredith Andrews Saddleback Church Aug, 13th 2015

If you read the description of the following video on YouTube, you will soon realize that August 13th won’t be Meredith’s first appearance at Saddleback. This video clearly shows that she started singing at Rick Warren’s church way back as early as June 28th, 2009 during their services:

If you are among the few who are still unaware of the concerns that many Christians have with Rick Warren, these videos will fill you in on most of what you need to know:

 

 

 

In my research I also found out that one of Meredith’s songs (The Gospel Changes Everything) was featured in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s the ‘Son of God‘ movie. She also took part in ‘The Bible: Son of God Tour‘ which started out at Saddleback Church and traveled to 17 cities from March 20th-April  13th of 2014:

“The two-hour live event, a joint partnership between Word Entertainment and Lightworkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey), brings the feature film, “Son of God” and epic mini-series The Bible” to life in sight and sound with award-winning artists…” (SOURCE)

If you happen to be wondering what the problem is with Meredith becoming involved with the “Son of God” tour, please consider reading one of my previous posts, entitled:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOUR PASTOR IS ONE OF THE MANY WHO IS PROMOTING A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES

7/31/15 IMPORTANT UPDATE: This morning while I was on Facebook I happened to see the following post that reveals the Premier Sponsors for the National Worship Leader Conference which featured Leonard Sweet was Greg Laurie and Harvest America. As you can see in the yellow highlighted area that I added to Mark Jeffries’ post, James Macdonald/Harvest Bible Chapel’s Vertical Church Band also appeared at this conference that took place at the Cathedral Of Faith in San Jose, CA on July 28-30, 2015:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference with Leonard Sweet, Vertical Church Band, sponsored by Greg Laurie and Harvest America

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

I hope that you are now beginning to see how very important it is to test the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture, as well as the need to pray for discernment and to be aware of the spiritually deceptive practices that are leading so many Christians astray.

Sadly, as many of us now realize, we live at a time where not all of us can trust our pastors or other Christian leaders because of the direction that many of them seem to be going in. Some pastors no longer believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, many are compromising with Biblical truth, some are embracing heretics, some are promoting Contemplative, mystical experiences, and there have even been some Christians very recently who have brought complete shame to the name of Jesus Christ by their lives or by denying their faith completely.

While there is still hope and forgiveness if they repent and turn to Jesus Christ with all of their hearts, as Christians we must learn that the only one who we must truly place our trust in is Jesus Christ Himself; we cannot rely on any man or ministry to learn truth. God’s Holy Spirit will be faithful to reveal the truth to us as we dig deeply into His Word to study it so that we can rightly divide the Word of truth for ourselves.

When time allows, please consider visiting  LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH WEBSITE , as well as HERESCOPE, as well as the other websites that I posted the links to below, so that you can  become aware of the many false teachings and false teachers that are popular today so that you will not be led astray by them. And, as always, make sure that you test everything against the truth of God’s Word. (Acts 17:11)

NOTE: A special thank you to those of you who take the time to make a comment. Whether it’s to encourage or to share helpful information, or even if it’s a comment that expresses your disagreement with what I write, or possibly even a comment that is negative or harsh in some way. All of you motivate me to dig deeper, and I end up finding even more information that I would never have found if it wasn’t for those of you who cause me to search deeper for one reason or another.

For this post, I want to personally thank Cindy Lopez for offering advice on what I could do to find more information on the instructor of the Stretch and Strengthen classes being offered at Saddleback in order to possibly verify if the classes offered at Saddleback are Yoga classes as they appear to be. I was trying to finish up this post by just focusing on finding and adding more information on Leonard Sweet, and wasn’t even intending to search for any further information concerning the classes. However, because of Cindy, I decided to continue on with my search on  the instructors of these classes which led me to find, and already post, enough information that I believe will clearly put an end to any doubts that anyone might have –the information that I found concerning the instructor of some of these classes gives enough evidence to demonstrate that the Stretch and Strengthen classes are indeed Yoga classes!

Lord willing, I will be addressing the dangers of Yoga in an upcoming post, since it seems that there are many Christians and other people who are not aware of the dangers of it, but I have other posts that I need to write first. Until then, if you are not aware of the dangers of Yoga, when time allows, please watch the video below in which Ray Yungen shares a lot of information on the dangers of Yoga.

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

FURTHER READING:

SANDY SIMPSON – DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES

LINK TO ARTICLE FOUND ON ‘DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH’ WEBSITE – ARTICLE POSTED ON ‘HERESCOPE’ – ‘THE “ENERGYMATTER JESUS” AN EXCERPT FROM TAMARA HARTZELL’S ONLINE BOOK, ENTITLED – “REIMAGINING” GOD: TURNING THE LIGHT OFF TO LOOK FOR “TRUTH” IN THE CORNER OF A DARK ROUND ROOM – THE NEW GOSPEL TAUGHT BY LEONARD SWEET

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH NEWSLETTER – RICK WARREN’S SMALL GROUP CONFERENCE SPEAKER SAYS SMALL GROUPS LEAD TO “CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS”

KEN SILVA – APPRISING MINISTRIES – GIVING LEONARD SWEET A NUDGE

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – RICK WARREN AND LEONARD SWEET RIDING THE “TIDES OF CHANGE”

BY GRACE ALONE – PASTOR BOB DEWAAY – BOOK REVIEW ON ANN VOSCAMP’S ‘ONE THOUSAND GIFTS’

POINTING TO CHRIST – THE DANGEROUS TEACHINGS OF JESUS CULTURE

 

RELATED VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Jen Johnson are the Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church in Redding California. Brian is the son of Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church. Jen is also the song writer for Bethel music:

 

Here are some videos to help you become aware of the many ways that these New Age forms of mysticism are entering many churches today. Please watch when time allows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT THESE WEBSITES WHERE YOU CAN READ MANY ARTICLES TO KEEP YOU INFORMED ON WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF (These are my favorite websites).

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

HERESCOPE

ROGER OAKLAND – UNDERSTAND THE TIMES

WARREN B SMITH – FROM THE NEW AGE TO AMAZING GRACE

DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH

Lord willing, here are some of the books that I will be doing reviews on, and I also highly recommend them to you as books to read in order to become  informed concerning how New Age mysticism is coming into many churches these  days. Please send me your requests on what other books you would like to see reviews on.

 

Capture A Wonderful Deception - Warren B Smith - picture of book

 

Capture Deceived on Purpose - Warren B Smith - picture of book

Capture Faith Undone

capture Another Jesus Calling - Warren B Smith - picture of book

 

UPDATED 7/25/15 8:50 p.m. Added more information on Brian McLaren.

UPDATED 7/24/15 5:55 p.m. Added information that gives enough evidence to say with certainty that the Stretch and Strengthen classes offered at Saddleback Church is indeed Yoga.

UPDATED 7/24/15 9:56 a.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet and his ‘Everything Must Change’ conference and what Eric Barger personally heard him say.

UPDATED: 7/23/15 10:53 p.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet’s ‘ADVANCE,’  as well as information on some of the speakers participating with it, such as Brian McLaren and Margaret Feinberg.

UPDATED MONDAY 7/20/15 9:43 a.m. Added videos concerning Leonard Sweet and his unbiblical teachings.

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Starting this Tuesday, Lord willing, I will be presenting a new series of posts to you at least once a month on Tuesdays, entitled, ‘TESTIMONY TUESDAY;‘ whenever I come across a video or an article that either presents a Biblical testimony of someone coming to the understanding of the true Biblical gospel, or a testimony of someone being set free from some form of spiritual deception, etc., I will post it for your encouragement, and, above all, in order to give glory and honor to God for setting these people free. It is also my hope and prayer that God will use the Biblical truth presented in these testimonies to set many others free from the same bondage and spiritual deception that the people in these videos and articles have been set free from.

Also, Lord willing, every month or so, on Thursdays, I will be starting a new series of posts entitled, ‘TEACHING THURSDAY.’  In these posts I will be sharing either a video or an article in which a  *Biblically sound teacher *(Biblically sound because what they say and teach lines up with the truth of God’s Word,  Acts 17:11) will either expose an unbiblical movement or teaching, or a practice that is leading many Christians astray. It is my hope and prayer, that by doing so, many more Christians will come to realize the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the truth of the Word of God –the Bible, so they will not be deceived.

Since there are so many Christians — as well as people who sincerely believe themselves to be Christians — who have been deceived by many teachings that are popular these days, I wanted to find a way to share these things with you in very brief posts. My time has become even more limited lately not only due to some circumstances involving a member of my family, but also because of  a good possibility that, Lord willing, I will be starting a new job soon, since it doesn’t seem likely (at least at this point in time), that I will be getting a job writing from a Christian perspective, as I was hoping and praying for.

And, finally, Lord willing, once a month on Fridays, I will be presenting another series of posts entitled, ‘FALSE TEACHER FRIDAY.’ This is in response to the one and only person who was kind enough to take the time to respond to my ‘SURVEY SATURDAY’ post that I wrote at the end of February asking readers of this blog what they would like to see me share on this blog in the weeks and months ahead. So thank you very much for responding, whoever you are. 🙂

It’s not to late for you, dear reader; next Saturday I will be posting another ‘SURVEY SATURDAY.’ So please consider checking back here next Saturday, March 28th, and reply to the survey that I’ll be posting. Don’t worry…I am unable to see the name of the person who votes, (although sometimes I wish I could). 🙂 Please consider sharing more details on what you would like me to write about, rather than just simply voting; the more details you provide, the better I can address your concerns or write a poem on the topic of your choice, etc.

Lord willing, I also wanted to let you know that I’ll still be continuing to share more ‘WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY’ posts with you in the future, but I wrote this particular post in order to inform those of you who read this blog from time to time what you can expect in the weeks and months ahead.

UPDATE:

For those of you who may be checking back here to see if I completed my post comparing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to God’s Word, the Bible, which I have appropriately entitled, ‘ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD? OR THE WORD OF MAN? — COMPARING GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE, WITH THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH — LEARN TO DISCERN,’ I wanted to let you know that I’ve started writing it, but unless a miracle takes place and I am able to settle some other serious matters that I am working on, it will take me at least a few more months of working on it before that post is completed properly. I want to do as thorough of a job as possible so that people can clearly see why many Christians have serious concerns about the teachings of Catholicism. I don’t want to quickly write that post just in order to meet a deadline; my desire is to present Biblical truth clearly so that I might glorify God, and so that those who are deceived — as I once was — by the teachings of Catholicism, might see the teachings they have placed their complete trust in all their lives become shattered into pieces when exposed by the light and truth of God’s Word, so that they might come to know the truth, and so that the truth will set them free.

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory