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The “fallen man” wants to believe that Jesus contradicts himself, because if Jesus contradicts himself it means that Jesus is not God! and the “fallen man” can then justify his own sin!

from Lighthouse Trails Research:

In Jesus Calling, “Jesus” openly contradicts the true Jesus Christ of Scripture.

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21; emphasis added)

The true Jesus Christ said:

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

Because Jesus Christ is the truth, He cannot contradict the truth. But in Jesus Calling, this “Jesus” (who claims to be the true Jesus) does contradict the truth of the true Jesus Christ. This “Jesus” states:

I am with you always. These were the last words I spoke before ascending into heaven.1

At the end of this day’s devotion at the bottom of the page, the reference Matthew 28:20 is given. In Scripture, this verse (which Sarah Young’s “Jesus” quotes), records the true Jesus Christ’s statement, “lo, I am with you alway,” which He spoke after His resurrection. But these were not the last words Jesus Christ spoke before ascending into heaven. As author and pastor Larry DeBruyn points out, this “promise of His continued presence” “was to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16, 20),” and His last words “were uttered later on a different mount near Jerusalem” which is the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12).2 Immediately prior to ascending into heaven, His actual last words were the following—which, as Pastor DeBruyn also points out, “were not that He would be with them but rather that they would be His witnesses”:

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:7-9) (emphasis added)

Let’s take a look at the very next verses in this passage:

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11; emphasis added)

Is the “Jesus” of Jesus Calling this same Jesus? No. He cannot possibly be the same, as that “Jesus” openly contradicts what Scripture tells us were Jesus Christ’s actual last words before He was taken up, according to Acts 1:7-9. More than ever, we need to heed Jesus’ warnings of false Christs and false prophets:

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (Matthew 24:23-26; emphasis added)

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There is so much wrong with what this “Pastor” is saying. He lumps perceptions about political party allegiance (As if Christians are supposed to declare a public political allegiance to either of the fallen humanistic led American political parties)  in with a multitude of other errors.

What he displays is the classic Assembly of  God second generation “priestly class” humanist mentality. One that says “I was born into the AOG priesthood to an AOG Pastor and therefore it is my right and destiny to be in that class so I can lead people wherever I choose”.  This type of thinking is a cancer in the Assembly of God Ministry!

Everyone who reads this needs to look at your own church. Even if you have a pastor that preaches and teaches what is right and good NOW. If it is a situation where “the pastor is master” then 99% of those pastors will go down the road to error in order to maintain their “high place” instead of being scorned, shunned, and pushed aside for standing up for Biblical truth. Our churches heap praise on pastors and feed their humanistic egos which overtakes their love for the truth!

“God never intended for a Pastor to be a “King”. Sadly, this is what most congregations want just as Israel wanted a king. They want someone to tell them what to do instead of taking responsibility to do it themselves. They are satisfied to live their spirituality vicariously through the Pastor, their king. This Pastor has obviously taken on that role and is now leading an entire congregation into the depths of deception. It is absolutely heartbreaking!”


from The Sacramento Bee:

A Pentecostal pastor, a rabbi and an imam walk into a restaurant. Then they go to a synagogue. For Ramadan, Pastor Rick J. Cole of Capital Christian Center – one of the region’s oldest and largest fundamentalist churches – gave a sermon to about 500 Muslims and their friends at the Sunrise Event Center in Rancho Cordovaon Friday.

Cole, 56, was a featured guest on Imam M.A. Azeez’s weekly talk show, “Heart of the Matter.” The show has explored women’s rights, justice, self-expression and democracy in the Muslim world.

Cole, whose 98-year-old Assemblies of God church was long considered the most conservative in the region, has been reaching out to gays, Jews and now Muslims to break down barriers and biases. Cole joined Azeez and Rabbi Mona Alfi at Congregation B’nai Israel on June 18 to mark the 15th anniversary of the one of the most heinous – and ultimately unifying – events in Sacramento history, the pre-dawn firebombing of three Sacramento synagogues. Those blazes were followed by the firebombing of a building housing an abortion clinic and the murder of a gay couple – Gary Matson and and Winfield Mowder – while they slept in their Happy Valley home in rural Shasta County.

Cole, who replaced his father, the late Pastor Glen D. Cole, at the helm of Capital Christian Center in 1995, told the audience at B’nai Israel he’d been to Israel seven times and asked forgiveness of those he may have had been intolerant toward. “I’m now intolerant of people who are intolerant. I’ve got to figure out how to tolerate intolerant people,” Cole said. “We make things about issues instead of people,” he said, adding that he now has a growing number of gay congregants. As for those who don’t accept believers of different faiths or sexual orientation, “if they’ve got a problem, I’m not going to let it become my problem. They really need to talk to more people!”

Cole – whose church’s motto is “Truth, Growth, Love” – has 7,000 congregants, about 4,000 of whom attend one of his three Sunday sermons. Some of them speak in tongues. He oversees the 1,000 students at his church’s Christian school; serves on the board of Sacramento Steps Forward, a partnership addressing the needs of the region’s homeless; and provides help to inner-city schoolchildren through Equal Start. He also works with Champions, which assists special-needs families, and he supports the Center for AIDS Research.

What’s inspired you to step outside the box and reach across the aisle?

Rabbi Alfi, Imam Azeez and I started meeting for lunch at Plates (a restaurant that trains homeless moms) three years ago. Rather than assuming things about each other, we’ve developed a good friendship through direct communication. Too often we stereotype groups and determine this is the way everyone is within that group. There are many people of the Muslim faith who are not interested in violence. Often, they become characterized that way by 9/11 and other incidents that have occurred. There are far fewer Muslim people of faith who embrace extremism than those who are pushing it away. Imam Azeez has become a friend, I see him as a man of hopes and dreams for building a better world and not for tearing it down. The more common ground we can all find, and the more we learn about each other’s belief systems, the more we grow. Friday, I said, “I know the Quran is a great source of wisdom in understanding who God is. We share four of the five pillars of Islam: there is only one God; daily prayers; give to the poor and help the hurting; and fasting, self-control and self discipline.”

Your church has long been considered a bastion of conservatism. What’s changed?

We still lean toward a Republican ideology, but today we have strong representation across the aisle. We have a real passion for ethnic diversity, and people of other ethnicities often tend to adopt a more Democratic ideology. When we blend together different points of view, that’s quite important in challenging how we come together. … There are so many things that divide us ethnically, socioeconomically, spiritually. Part of my role and goal is to unify and honor people, bless people and affirm people.

In the 1980s, Capital Christian Center threatened to quit the Interfaith Service Bureau for admitting a gay-oriented church, and in the 1990s gay and bisexual protesters accused you of “a long history of anti-gay political activity and bigotry.” What’s happened since?

It’s something I’ve grown into the last five or six years. Life is a journey, and we should always be learning and growing along the way. It’s OK to have strong beliefs and convictions, but when we make that the only message, it becomes a dividing line that doesn’t help us build community with others who don’t see things quite the way we do. I had a revelation that God wants us to find ways to love people and not separate them. God’s heart of love for each of us is equal. Homosexuality’s still a complex subject and can cause some to be judgmental. I can maintain convictions but don’t have to impose those convictions on people who don’t share them.

If we take homosexuality as an issue, we dehumanize the person, and I don’t believe God ever does that. God loves each of us right where we are. In the past we have chosen to communicate a certain belief from scripture that homosexuality is not acceptable to God and push that way, instead of leading with, “God loves you and we do too.” I’ve adopted a love for gay people from my own heart, and we have a really great dialogue about faith and how we can encourage one another along the way. Our church has gone from where we wouldn’t know if we had any gay congregants to where we know we have at least several dozen, and instead of being afraid to come here, God wants us to make this a safe place for people to grow.

In 2009, you apologized to Christina Silvas, a former stripper who’d been asked to remove her children from your school in 2001, and to Ben Sharpe, an African American star student who was banned from eighth-grade graduation because his buzz cut violated school policy in 1995. Who are the intolerant you’ve got to learn to tolerate?

There’s a lot of intolerance when it comes to ideas – the political atmosphere in our country is so polarized. It would do us all good if we could have more conversations instead of accusations. Immigration is obviously a great concern – we have to have a heart of compassion for these children coming every day. The more grace we have for others, the more grace we receive. I’m concerned about those who want to make this issue non-human – these are precious people and we need to try and put ourselves in their shoes and practice empathy and see the world through their lens – ‘What if it were me?’ There are those who want to build a utopian world for ourselves. That’s not what we’re here for; we’re here to help each other.

It’s an evolving understanding of our role and how we pursue our place in the community. We aim to heal people who have walked through broken dreams, broken relationships, broken health, and give them a place to find hope and purpose. If we reach out to the hurting, the disadvantaged, the underserved, the overlooked, that’s more in the sweet spot on God’s heart. We have a really passionate outreach to the homeless, and we’re partnering with four inner-city schools, providing mentoring, tutoring, after-school care and encouragement. In the summer, we take kids … to places they’ve never been, ending up at various universities for a sit-down with administrators. My goal is to honor God, his truth and his creation. I’m not trying to push any buttons and create controversy. I really want to bring harmony.






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from Answers In Genesis:

I wanted to share a news report about World Vision and the mess they created for themselves. You may recall they made headlines earlier this year for publicly deciding that “married” homosexuals would be allowed employment with the organization–a decision that they later reversed.

I personally believe that World Vision thought it was politically correct (rather than biblically correct) to come out publicly in support of the homosexual life style.  But I believe they found out something about the actual make-up of most of its donors—that their support comes from Bible-believing evangelical Christians, the majority of whom do not support this anti-biblical worldview.

I praise the Lord there is still a significant remnant in this nation who are prepared to stand on God’s very clear word on marriage—one man for one woman (Matthew 19:4–7).

Also, please consider supporting the Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF), a ministry that we work closely with, putting our worldview into action by delivering help and hope to the nations. You can easily donate online to CHF.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

Ken Ham

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from Media Spotlight

It started with Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow-creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, Hybels brought Egyptian Muslim imam, Fisal Mammauda onto his church’s stage as an opportunity for his congregation to exercise “discernment” in understanding Islam. Islam, of course, was the real victim of 9-11, at least from Hybel’s perspective. Prior to giving ear to Mammauda, Hybels preached a sermon entitled, “Religion Gone Awry.” The message was that Christianity is the religion that has gone awry because of backlashes against the Muslim community in America. He stressed that Islam is not a violent religion, and that Christians should get their facts straight before airing their views on the subject.

The performance was a defense of Islam, with Hybels lobbing softballs to Hammauda, asking him to explain what Islam really teaches. The answer, in short, was that true Muslims are peaceful and were against what took place on 9-11. In the process, Hybels allowed Hammauda without protest to preach his gospel of salvation by good deeds in the name of Allah. Hybels appealed to Christians that they should respect and understand Islam. (See “Hybels appeals for tolerance toward Muslims,” Media Spotlight, Vol. 24 – No. 3)

Next came Rick Warren, a disciple of Hybels, and internationally recognized as the pastors’ pastor. Warren has called for cooperation between Muslims and Christians to implement his P.E.A.C.E. plan.

Little-by-little, church-by-church, Muslims are purposefully gaining access to Christians in order to propagate their faith and to disarm Christians to the reality of Islam’s violent nature—a nature that was spawned with the emergence of their “prophet” Mohammed in the early seventh century. Mohammed and his later disciples have spread Islam across the world through the power of the sword. But that is not allowed to be mentioned. Instead Christians are treated to the earlier, more benign suras of the Koran that spoke well of Christians and Jews while Mohammed was trying to convert them to Islam; his later call for Christians and Jews to be killed for rejecting Islam are never mentioned.

Nor are the countless wars in the name of Allah occurring all over the world today ever spoken of. The Islamizing of the churches has been a relatively silent process. But with each inroad into a church the Muslims have become more bold in proclaiming their false teachings that denigrate Jesus and blaspheme the true God, YHWH.

The putsch from Islam is largely being carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Sunni Muslim movement founded in Egypt in 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood is the motivation behind most of the terrorist movements in the world including al-Qaeda and Hamas. Its goal is world domination by Islam. Working closely with the Muslim Brotherhood is the Center for Christian and Muslim Understanding at Georgetown University, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is the non-profit fund-raising organization that has been documented financing Islamic terrorism. Former Muslim, Brigitte Gabriel, states in her book, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America:

Of all the Islamic organizations in America, CAIR has risen to the top as the most visible, most outspoken defender of Muslims in the United States. Masquerading as a civil rights organization, CAIR has had a hidden agenda to Islamize America from the start.

Its co-founder and chairman, Omar Ahmad, a Palestinian American, told a Muslim audience in Fremont, California, in 1998:

Islam is not in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.…

Despite its links to terrorism or providing support to terrorists, CAIR grew to become a major player in Islamic American politics. The organization is lobbying in Washington, D.C., and working hard in fighting the United States government under the name of civil rights and civil liberty while complaining against every security measure our government is trying to take to fight terrorism at home.

CAIR has refused to come out and condemn terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al Qaeda, al Gamaat al Islamiya, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah by name. (pp. 137-138)

Read the full article here.

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This is not the only time that Pat Robertson has shown that he is a humanist, not a man of God! He has consistently shown over the years that his ideology is not based on God’s Word but on the humanistic goals of his own organization!

One of his most glaring anti-Biblical positions was when he came out and publicly endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President, this when Rudy Giuliani was a vocal supporter of Abortion. When asked why he was endorsing Giuliani knowing that Giuliani was a supporter of abortion, Robertson’s answer was of the consummate pragmatic humanist, “because he had the best chance of winning”

from Worldview Weekend:

Pat Robertson has voiced his opposition to the Bible’s history in Genesis once again, by personally attacking young-earth creationists with name calling. In a recent episode of CBN’s 700 Club, Robertson claims, “The truth is, you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think that this earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence.” You can view the clip from Tuesday of this week below or on the CBN website, beginning at 37:50 to 40:56.

But surely his colleagues at Regent University—even if they believe in evolution, millions of years, or both—have to groan loudly at the statements Robertson made (I would hope so!). For instance, note the following issues

1.Robertson thinks that oil comes from the Jurassic period (from dinosaurs), and he thinks that the Jurassic period was 65 million years ago. But, secularists actually state that oil was formed primarily from algae and plant materials (not animals like dinosaurs) throughout the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras from 542 million years ago to essentially the present. Secular dating of the Jurassic period is 201–145 million years ago. After that is the Cretaceous period, conventionally ending 65 million years ago. The point is, Robertson doesn’t understand what the secularists teach—and yet is so quick to mock Christians who believe God’s Word.

2.Robertson stated that the solar day is how long it takes the sun to orbit the galaxy! But the solar day is actually the rotation period of the earth with respect to the sun.

3.What Robertson stated concerning the “galactic day” was nonsense. There is no such day recognized as a galactic day.
4.Robertson clearly doesn’t understand dating methods, as he equates radiocarbon dating with millions of years. You see, radiocarbon dating has nothing to do with millions of years—he’s using the wrong dating method to even discuss millions of years.

Now Robertson called anyone who believes God’s Word as written in Genesis as “deaf, dumb, and blind.” What’s more, Robertson seems to believe that there were humans before Adam:

There was a point of time after the earth was created, after these things were done, after the universe was formed, after the asteroid hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs, and after all that there was a point of time that, there was a particular human being that God touched. And that was the human that started the race that we are now part of. I think prior to that who knows what was here.

He appears to be saying there were other human beings before Adam, but only one that “God touched” who started the human race. But in 1 Corinthians 15:45 we are told Adam was the “first man.” There were no other men before him. To believe otherwise is to believe that the Apostle Paul (and therefore God) made a mistake or lied in 1 Corinthians.

Robertson also claims, “There’s no way that all you have here took place in 6,000 years. It just couldn’t have been done. It couldn’t possibly have been done.” So, there is no way God, the infinite Creator, could not have created the universe in six days just 6,000 years ago? God could have created everything in six seconds if He wanted to. It’s not a matter of what man thinks—it’s a matter of what God clearly says in His infallible Word.

Pat Robertson’s remarks illustrate one of the biggest problems we have today in the church—people who compromise the Word of God with the pagan ideas of fallible men. That’s why a big part of the AiG ministry is to call the church and culture back to the authority of the Word. In response to Robertson’s unbiblical claims, for the next three days, we are giving away a free download of my recent video Stop Trusting Man’s Word. And frankly, I don’t think the title could be more appropriate.

You can download this video free until Sunday night (normally $12.99 on DVD). Share this with your friends and encourage them to download and view Stop Trusting Man’s Word too! I think you’ll find a whole new level of confidence in the truth of the Bible!

The code “TRUSTING” for a free video download of Stop Trusting Man’s Word is active through Sunday, May 18. Here is a link to the video download product page, and you can have it automatically added to your cart with the code already applied at this link.

Just in case you’re having trouble downloading the video after the checkout process, here are the instructions from the AiG store:
1.Go to your account page.
2.Choose the Downloads option from the menu.
3.Click the Download button next to the item you wish to download. (Depending on your browser configuration, you may need to, do an “Alt + click”—or “Control + click” for Mac users—on the button instead.)
4.The file should immediately start downloading and show its status in a download dialog box.

I believe Robertson’s remarks (and he has made similar remarks in the past) also illustrate a problem humans have had since Genesis 3. As a result of the fall, humans have a sin nature. This means we are more likely to accept that which is wrong than that which is right. Our nature is that we would rather trust man’s fallible word than God’s infallible Word. Robertson illustrates this by the fact he doesn’t even have his information correct concerning what secularists believe, and he uses this incorrect information to blast those who take God at His Word. This shows that he doesn’t know why he rejects a literal Genesis—he rejects it and then uses all sorts of mixed up wrong ideas to justify his rejection! What a mess! What a travesty!

Also, Robertson is really saying that our qualified scientists at AiG (and at many other Christian and secular institutions) are “deaf, dumb, and blind.”

If we say we believe in the Bible’s inerrancy and authority, we must place our faith in Jesus and respect His written Word, beginning in Genesis! Of course, scientific evidence over and over again confirms that the Bible is true, and our PhD scientists at AiG have written hundreds and hundreds of articles and books that affirm this, but on those matters that sound impossible to fallible man—whether it be God creating in six actual days or a virgin maiden giving birth—we must place our faith in what the infinite Creator God says, not finite man!

I wonder if Pat Robertson would be prepared to discuss these issues with me or one of our AiG scientists on the 700 Club? Or maybe in some sort of debate format at Regent University? We are certainly willing to do that—maybe all of you reading this could challenge CBN/Regent University to allow such a discussion, debate, or forum to occur publicly. I wonder if Pat Robertson, who is allowed to state these things so publicly through CBN will agree to have his statements publicly challenged and tested!

Again, I urge you to take advantage of the free video download of Stop Trusting Man’s Word.

And please consider bringing your friends and family to the Creation Museum so they can learn the truth about God’s Word. And this year, kids 12 and under are free (with one paying adult). Help overcome the false teaching by Pat Robertson on Genesis and come to a facility that honors God’s Word and teaches the gospel daily.

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The final piece of the puzzle for a global Socialist Order has just been put into place with this pronouncement from the Pope of the false church in Rome.

from the Huffington Post:

Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who are meeting in Rome this week.

Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity.

On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a “worldwide ethical mobilization” of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.

He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”

Francis had a similar message to the World Economic Forum in January and in h is apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” That document, which denounced trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive, provoked criticism in the U.S. that he was Marxist.

Francis has denied he’s Marxist, and spent years in Argentina battling Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But he has said from the outset that he wants a church that “is poor and for the poor” and ministers to the most marginal of society.

On Friday, he urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure “dignified” labor for all.

“Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustices and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted,” he said.

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