To Lighthouse Trails:
I am writing to inform you of a deeply worrying experience I had.
After having chiropractic treatment for years, I decided to give osteopathy a try, as it seemed to be more gentle on the body. But at the end of the treatment, something strange happened. The practitioner held my head for about seven minutes or so. Up until this point, I figured it was all part of the therapy. But then I became concerned. I couldn’t work out what he was doing, as he was not massaging my neck nor did he seem to be applying any pressure. Then I heard him taking several deep breaths.
I am a Christian who has deeply researched into how New Age philosophy and occult practices are entering theology and the churches. I know about the dangers of meditation, yoga, spiritual formation, contemplative prayer, etc. But this threw me. Yes, I could have spoken up, but I had been taken by surprise and was somewhat confused. I just wasn’t sure what was going on. Then I began to pray to God for protection if anything weird was happening. Soon after this, he stopped.
My treatment had ended. When I got up, I felt incredibly relaxed, as if I was somehow medicated and floating. It felt wonderful. But I knew something wasn’t right. I asked him what he had done, and he was very evasive. Then I told him that I have studied into the New Age and want nothing to do with it or its healing practices. He mumbled that he was not interested in the New Age but that he could help heal my insomnia by applying traditional relaxation techniques to balance my energy centres.
When I walked out of his office, I noticed a small picture on the wall of his reception. It was the drawing of a person in the yoga position showing the seven chakras.
I told him I wouldn’t be back. I knew he had performed some kind of psychic healing on me, but it wasn’t until the bus ride home that it hit me – it must have been Reiki!
Clearly, this osteopath conducts this occult healing practice on all his patients without asking them or telling them. And I wonder how many others in the medical profession (modern or traditional) are secretly doing the same thing. I was furious. However, it has made me much wiser and more prepared in the future should this ever happen again.
But my deep concern is this. I have been a Christian for 31 years, but it is only in the last five years that I have learned about New Age concepts and how Christians are, in many cases, being unwittingly seduced by them. Christians who have had no experience [or understanding] with the New Age (such as myself, until fairly recently) are the most vulnerable, as it is, for them unchartered territory and not recognised for what it is. Had I had this experience prior to learning about the dangers of New Age spirituality saturating the Western World, I am sure I would have kept returning to this osteopath, thinking he was indeed helping me.
I don’t think osteopathy is the problem, rather it is practitioners, such as the one I had, who want to add new methods to their “science”, quite possibly in their genuine search to provide “better” healing.
Sometime back, I had read on your website about how Reiki is being introduced to patients in hospitals. Nevertheless, when it happened to me it took me completely by surprise.
I thank God for your ministry of discernment. I am now writing a letter warning this osteopath about the source and dangers of his psychic healing techniques. Maybe God can use my experience as a witness to him. I may even send him your website link.
Zoe from Sydney, Australia (name used with permission)
From an Investigative Sergeant—Helping Sexually Abused Children: A Calling, A Ministry, and a Mission
By Patrick Crough
(Investigative Police Sergeant of crimes against children and author of Seducers Among Our Children)
Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
I can’t help but think that Jesus weeps for those little ones who fall into the hands of child predators. I also believe Jesus weeps over the despair and hopelessness we experience as communities because of the crimes committed against our children. We know from the Bible that God hates the sin of adultery because it destroys families and communities (Malachi 2:14-16, 1 Corinthians 12:26). If this is true, can you imagine how much more God hates sexual abuse, considering the destruction it causes in the life of a child? As parents, as communities, and as churches, we must do everything we possibly can to fight this evil and eradicate it.
In December 2005, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales addressed 1500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officials at a conference in Washington D.C., stating that crimes against children were second only to terrorism on his agency’s agenda. While I would not argue with this prioritization, it seems to me that Satan desires us to stay preoccupied with our borders and threats from outside while he continues to quietly devour our children and destroy us as a nation from within. Through our own sexual deviate behavior and liberalism, Satan has been able to deploy the Internet to increase child abuse and exploitation to a pandemic level. Child predators are one of the most important components of his sinister scheme against fallen man. If we seriously reduce, or even eradicate, that component, we significantly hinder the forces of evil. Granted, the Bible teaches us that evil will not be eliminated from the world until Jesus’ return. However, until that happens we must continue to be proactive with this effort on behalf of our children.
If there is any chance of eradicating the epidemic of child molestation, we will need to fight this battle on the spiritual front as well as the physical front. Christian parents should pray for their children daily. Churches and Bible-study groups should pray for each child they are connected to. Because the Bible tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Ephesians 6:12), the spiritual aspect of this battle is more important than any other aspect. Jesus taught us to seek the kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33). If we seek Him first, then we have His blessing and His power to do all things that He ordains for us to do. The Bible teaches that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10:3, 4). As believers, we have a weapon that is more powerful than any earthly program alone. It would be foolish not to use it against an evil that is clearly spiritual in nature.
Please take note that this request for prayer does not come from a pastor, minister, church elder, deacon, or Bible teacher, but a cynical and calloused police detective who has made a living operating in the destructive wake of the Evil One and his minions. While humanists will tell us that good exists in every person, I have learned otherwise throughout my law enforcement career: I have learned that every person has the potential to do an enormous amount of evil. Consider these verses:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it. (Jeremiah 17:9)
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.(Mark 7: 20-23)
While prayer is the best action any person can take against the crime of child sexual abuse, God has equipped and called some of us into the battle that exists in the physical realm. We in the church body need to recognize the issues of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect as a mission field that needs tending. Sexual abuse is a topic that most churches choose not to openly speak of or concern themselves with. It is the elephant in the room that no one wants to openly acknowledge and then address. Pastors, ministers, and other members within a church need to work together and appoint some leadership to minister to those families who are victimized by this crime. I understand that not every clergy member will be able to stomach this issue, just as all law enforcement officers cannot, but it is important for the clergy to appoint those who possess the spiritual fortitude to minister to those who fall victim.
Additionally, members of the clergy should recognize a profession dedicated to battling this evil as a worthwhile calling for the young adults in their flock to consider. God has blessed certain individuals with specific gifts that would make them very effective in dealing with one of the most difficult issues facing mankind. They should encourage those who appear to have these gifts to consider careers in law enforcement, social work, child protective work, counseling, forensic interviewing of reported child victims, forensic evidence investigation, and medical positions related to identifying and treating the injuries of abused children. All of these professions need competent, godly, and motivated people who are dedicated to seeking the truth in all reported cases of child abuse. This kind of work is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for those who become overly emotional when discussing the topic of child sexual abuse. One must be passionate about this work without being overcome and hindered by such passion. I cannot think of a better group of people to recruit from than those in the Body of Christ. Attempting to enter this overwhelming battle without the rock-solid spiritual foundation of Jesus Christ would be similar to the young shepherd and future king, David, attempting to fight the giant warrior Goliath with the useless armor of King Saul, the defunct King of Israel.
I was raised as a Catholic and attended an all-boys Catholic high school. In spite of my moral religious upbringing, I lived outside of God’s will and was always in search of the true meaning of life. Even though I wasn’t walking with the Lord at that time, He still blessed me with a wonderful family and a successful career. He used me to expose many horrific crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, in spite of my own wicked and selfish heart. It was my own exhaustive search for an answer to why people do such horrible things to each other that led me to read the Bible and begin to learn the answer to this haunting question. Under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, I gained both wisdom and comfort surrounding this difficult issue, which I once considered virtually unattainable.
Eventually I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, realizing I am saved only by His grace and not by my own works, efforts, or any man-made religion. I now attend a church that teaches directly from the Bible and relies on God’s Holy Spirit to teach us His Word.
I consider myself a member of the modern-day Roman guard (so to speak), working for a 21st century Rome and enforcing its laws. But since I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and asked Him to forgive me of my sins, I am now a converted soldier who openly works for God, according to His will. After I started walking with the Lord approximately twelve years ago, I immediately thought He would desire me to retire from my police job and begin a new life of service, away from the filth of society and the ranks of the Roman guard, where sin and temptation run rampant. But every time I started preparing myself to make the separation, something would tug on my heart to not follow through with it.
Finally, I came to the realization that I had to surrender the issue to the Lord to decide and stop telling myself what I thought He wanted me to do. This was not easy for a person such as me, but by His grace, I was able to let go of it. The Lord eventually spoke to my heart after I prayed and waited on Him for several weeks and just focused on Him rather than on my future. I felt the Lord tell me in His quiet voice that He had blessed me with the gifts that made me successful in my profession, even before I was walking with Him. So why would He want me to quit the job He had appointed me to do now that I had accepted Him into my heart and daily life? In essence, I believed God was telling me to continue working in the same capacity, but to do it under His influence and direction, and watch how much more He would bless my efforts. Without any reservation, I can honestly say that God blessed me beyond belief since I accepted and embraced Him in my life and performed my job for the sole purpose of glorifying Him. I felt so privileged those many years I worked as an investigative police officer.
As a temple of the Holy Spirit, I came to view my job as a ministry. I know that God placed me in that role for a reason, so I looked to Him daily for guidance and strength. Despite the heart-wrenching challenges, God allowed me plenty of rest, always restoring me to face the next wave of evil and its destructive wake. Having investigated many horrible crimes over the years, I can say that nothing is more emotionally challenging than investigating a reported crime against a young child. However, I never felt a better sense of purpose than when working on behalf of a reported child victim. They are the helpless ones. I have always felt close to God when working one of these cases, even when I anguished over my inability to bring the perpetrator to justice. God has always provided me with an inner peace beyond my understanding that enabled me to be patient and have confidence in Him to unfold the truth in His own time.
Like the young King David, there comes a time when we must act on our faith in Christ and have the courage to step out in front of the rest of God’s army and take on the enemy that no one else desires to. I challenge all church leaders to answer the call in both the spiritual and physical realms. If anyone in Christian leadership desires to explore this challenge, please contact me—www.protectingthechildren.com—and I will be happy to pray and brainstorm with you for direction in how you and your fellowship can enter this very important battle and mission field.
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Clearing Up Confusion: Warren B. Smith NOT Sharing Platform with Rick Warren at Restoring All Things Conference
Lighthouse Trails received a call this week by a concerned reader who said he heard on his local Christian radio station that Warren Smith was going to be speaking with Rick Warren at an upcoming conference called Restoring All Things. The reader was understandably worried about this. We assured him that OUR Warren Smith (aka: Warren B. Smith) was not going to be speaking at a conference called Restoring All Things with Saddleback pastor, Rick Warren. We explained that there are two Warren Smiths who are both Christian writers.
The “other” Warren Smith who is going to be speaking with Rick Warren at the Restoring All Things conference is Warren Cole Smith. A few years ago, when it came to both men’s attention that there was another Warren Smith out there and that people were becoming confused, each decided to begin identifying himself with a middle name or initial. But in the case of this conference, at the time of this writing, there is no middle name for Warren Cole Smith on the Restoring All Things conference (see here).
Warren Cole Smith is vice president of World News Group (the publisher for World Magazine). He wrote a book a few years ago titled A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church, a book critiquing mega churches including Saddleback Church.
Warren B. Smith, a former New Age follower, is the author of several books including Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church and “Another Jesus” Calling. He has been a strong and steady voice for many years now warning about the “new” spirituality that has entered the church.
Other speakers at the Restoring All Things conference include Jim Daly (president of now contemplative Focus on the Family), “new” spirituality leader Ed Stetzer, and John Stonestreet (works with Prison Fellowship and Chuck Colson Christian Center for Christian Worldview).
To read more about the Bryce Homes in Kenya or to donate, click here. This missions project is founded by Understand the Times and is supported solely by UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers. There are now 24 Bryce Homes in Kenya.
We have 7 Reports posted from our recent trip to Kenya. Please scroll down to read them all.
Report 7: Kenya March 2015 Community Church. Final Report
When we started the Bryce Homes Program in Kenya, our goal was to transform the lives of a few families. Without a planned strategy, the transformation of these lives through the Bryce Homes Program has developed into radical changes that has now impacted entire communities.
The area I am writing about in this report is a location where we have founded six Bryce Homes over the past four years. This remote country village was ravaged by poverty coupled with the terrible problem of AIDS. The majority of the families were widows who had no hope. Through the leadership of Pastor Achilla and his team, we were directed to invest in these families. New houses have been built along with latrines. Food and clothing has been supplied on a monthly basis. Water collection and water purification systems have given them clean water. As well, all of them have started their own small business programs so they are moving towards self-sufficiency.
However, there was one more step that became obvious. These families needed a place to gather and worship together. As with many villages in Kenya, Christian families gather together in the open for worship, hopefully under the shade of a tree. This is how it happened for the six families.
Pastor Achilla located an acquaintance of his by the name of Lucas who was willing to pastor in this community. He started commuting to this community to share the Word of God. As meetings were held, more and more of the community saw the benefits of his teaching and joined the meetings.
The church started to grow and has continued to grow ever since. Recognizing what God was doing, we announced that we would go ahead and construct an actual building so that the church could meet under a shelter. The funds for this church construction have been realized because of a generous donation, and the church is now in the process of being built. We held a dedication service while we were visiting the widows in this community. Several leaders and elders spoke, and the children of the community sang songs.
Pastor Lucas and his family will be moving there as soon as we can construct a home. He has a heart for youth and will also be working with Lukio, the principal of the girls school in this same community.
During the meeting, a number of community members, including the chief of the community, gave testimonies. A man who was a drunkard and was a wife beater stood up and gave his testimony of his conversion because of the gospel message he had heard. Immediately his wife stood up and gave her testimony and confirmed that what her husband had said was true.
This model that we see developing in this community provides a template of how true Christianity should work when widows and orphans are looked after by the body of Christ. Is it possible that God will use the Bryce Homes Program in other places and similar results will be produced?
Many of the widows are talking about how they are now planning on working together to help other widows in whatever way they can. Pure and unadulterated Christianity is operating the way that the Book of James states will happen when we switch our priorities from property to people. If you are a supporter of this program, you are making a great difference.
Report 6: Kenya March 2015 Water Collection and Water Purification
Life in the rural areas in Kenya is very difficult. If one were to define the area of greatest difficulty, it would be centered on the fact that water is difficult to obtain, especially water clean enough to drink. Many water-borne diseases are encountered by drinking dirty water obtained from rivers and ponds. As well, the climate is prone to producing long dry spells, and water sources become very difficult to find.
It was for this reason we began to research ways we could assist the Bryce Homes to find ways to collect water in tanks from the run off from roofs into large plastic tanks. To date, 13 new homes with metal roofs have been built for various families. We have added rain gutters for collecting water during the rainy season so they now have a source of water located right at their house. This has been a huge improvement. The only problem is that when the dry season comes the water has to be rationed. Right now, the area where our Bryce Homes are located is going through a long drought period.
Collecting rain water is only one step. Another crucial aspect is to treat the water for drinking purposes, especially if water has to be obtained from rivers and ponds for drinking. In order to do this, we have implemented a water treatment filtering program this past year that has worked well.
With the exception of two families who have had problems with the plugging of the water filter, all others were very pleased with the results. The water tastes very good, and it is also something that can be given to neighbors who are requesting a drink of clean water. Water is filtered from one pail to another by gravity and though a fine filter that eliminates pathogens.
Report 5: Kenya March 2015 Small Business Programs
Since establishing the Bryce Homes Program in Kenya, our goal has always been to assist widows and poor families and encourage them to work towards self-sufficiency. While we have provided food, clothing, and other essentials for life on a monthly basis through the support that has come from our generous donors, we feel we must do all we can to encourage the Bryce Homes we are supporting to become a blessing to others.
Last year while in Kenya, the vision for a Small Business Opportunity Program was born. We let our donors know that for a small sum of $75, we could provide seed funds for each family to start a small business where the family could use its own ingenuity to work toward self-sufficiency. Many of the families had already been hoping and praying for such an opportunity. When the funds were provided, they immediately went to work. The results have been very encouraging.
While visiting every home this year, I interviewed the widows and asked them to tell me about their small business program. Their comments were 100% unanimous that the program was changing their lives and giving them hope they never had before. Many of them had actually been able to save funds and expand their businesses by buying goats and chickens. One of the widows had bought a goat; the goat had two offspring, which she was planning to sell and then buy her own cow.
The SBO Program has many different trades that are being practiced. Some are making and selling donuts; others are making and selling clothes. Some are planting gardens and selling vegetables at the market. Others buy rice, maize, and dried fish and resell it to neighbors in the area.
Pastor Achilla’s 18-year-old son, Washington, has come up with a plan for raising broiler chickens and has constructed a shelter for them behind the family’s house. He has been studying how to raise chickens as he wants to be able to pass this knowledge on to other young people in the Bryce Homes Program. In this way, the Bryce Homes can help other poor families who are not even part of the program.
We spoke with several people on this trip who are not part of the program who told us that the Bryce Homes Program is making a major difference in Kenya. It is our prayer that the program will continue to expand as more and more catch the vision and invest in the lives of others. Through this program, lives can be transformed and encouraged to assist others who are in need by spreading the love of Christ.
Report 4: Kenya March 2015 Solar Lights
The majority of the Bryce Homes Kenya widows live in areas where they do not have access to power. This means that when the sun goes down in the early evening that the houses have no light. In order to provide time at night for children to do their homework, paraffin candles and torches have been used as a light source in the past. Candles are another cost that widows cannot afford and as well the smoke from the paraffin and torches is not healthy.
It was for this reason that our Bryce Homes Kenya leaders suggested a program to purchase solar lights for our widows in remote areas. We started out by purchasing four lights on a trial basis and found that they worked very well. Earlier this year, the Lighthouse Trails Winter Fund Program sent out a request in a newsletter so that solar lights could be purchased for all the widows. Just before traveling to Kenya, we were able to forward the funds for the purchase of these lights. The lights were distributed as we visited all the homes.
The widows were overwhelmed with joy when they saw the solar lights. Not only does the solar energy provide power for lighting their homes at night, but there is also the addition of a device so that cell phones can be charged as well. All of them told us how they would use this new technology to set up a small phone charging business by charging 10 shillings for neighbors to charge their phones.
Now the children will be able to work on their lessons after the sun goes down. We also purchased Bibles for all the Widows, and they were very excited they would now be able to have Bible studies with their children each evening. Not only would they have light but now they had the Word of God in their own homes that would light up their lives.
What a blessing it is to see what God is doing in Kenya. The lives of so many have been touched by those who have cared.
Report 3: Kenya March 2015
Yesterday was a very busy day. We visited eight Bryce Homes located in one of the cities as well as the surrounding area. Two of the homes are located several kilometers away and the journey there is over very difficult roads. As the weather is very hot and dry, the travel and getting in and out of a vehicle many times is very tiring.
All of the widows we met yesterday gave testimony of the tremendous changes that have occurred in their lives, and they glorified God. Each year when I am here, there is always one or two widows that leave an indelible impression on me as they share where they were and now the changes that have come to their lives. This year has been no exception.
In this report, I want to bring to your attention a 26-year-old widow we have added to the program by the name of Franciscar. She has only been with us for about three months, and this was the first time I had met her.
When her husband died, she was left with three children and no income. While I was there, I looked into her dwelling and could hardly believe my eyes. She, her sister, and four children live in a one room mud shack that has one small dirty mattress on a dirt floor. They have no furniture.
Franciscar said she was so desperate before she was invited to become part of the Bryce Home Program that she was contemplating her only hope for survival was to run away from the situation. She could not sleep because she was so worried. She and her family had nothing to eat. When she became part of the program, she said, “I saw the hand of God in my life.”
Now that she has been part of the program for three months, a miracle has changed her life. She is able to have food, clean water, and the family takes vitamins that we distribute monthly.
The video interview I did with Franciscar caused me to shed tears as she was speaking. There are so many professing Christians in the West who have never experienced the desperate situations that members of the body of Christ are facing worldwide. Why is it that we who have so much want more and those who have nothing are neglected and ignored?
While I do not usually make commitments while I am at a location, this time I did. In the past, we have constructed 13 new homes for widows in Kenya, but none that were needier than this woman. Certainly God will provide through his people for this incredible need. I told Franciscar that we will be constructing a home for her, and her family will be on our priority list.
Report 2: Kenya March 2015
We have been in Kenya now for three days in one of the areas where we have Bryce Homes. We are distributing the March monthly support of food and other materials. While this is not a new experience for me, I am grateful that Tom Worthington is along and able to witness the great things God is doing here in Kenya.
At each home, I have been interviewing the widows on camera so that I am able to gather footage and documentation to verify that all our programs are working as planned. While we have learned there will be a few adjustments in the future, for the most part, the Bryce Homes Kenya Program has been a tremendous success. When the video documentaries are produced and posted on YouTube, our supporters will be able to see and hear for themselves how their resources have impacted so many needy lives.
With the slow Internet connection we have here, sending photos is very difficult. Later reports I send will include more photos.
I am including one photo of a Bryce Home we will be adding. This is Pastor Lucas and his family who will become Bryce Home 25 and will be moving to the location where we are constructing a church. This is the area where there are six Bryce Homes already located and the potential to reach the entire community with the gospel.
Pastor Lucas is presently living in an area that is far away from the area where he is pastoring and the location of the new church. He commutes on a weekly basis to attend the church work. Now that we will be building his family a new house they will be able to remain together in one place.
In a few days we will be visiting the church location to see the progress as well as to visit the Bryce Homes in this region.
Report 1: Kenya March 2015
This report is coming from Kenya. Tom Worthington and I arrived here a few days ago. This is my fifth trip since 2011. Tom is a pastor from Crown Point Indiana who has a tremendous heart for missions. Together we have been on several missions trips to various places in the world. He also helps UTT with the Bryce Homes ministry in the country of Myanmar.
After arriving in Nairobi and spending the night there, the following day we met our team and began our travel within the country of Kenya. While my reports will be mentioning various names, we have made a decision in these reports not to describe the locations where we are working. As a point of clarification, the Kenya Bryce Homes Program is not located in one particular area but is spread out through various communities. While initially the program began with five homes we now have expanded the number to twenty four.
It is our goal while we are here to visit all the Bryce Homes in Kenya. We have introduced a number of new programs since my last trip so it is important that we assess the progress first hand. Over the next several reports I will be sending photos of the Bryce Homes we have visited as well as providing information about the various programs. These include the Vitamin Project, the Small Business Opportunity Project, the Solar Light Project, the Water Collection and Water Purification Project and the construction of many new homes and latrines.
We will be visiting a remote area in Kenya where we have six Bryce Homes. This area has been transformed by the program. We are now in the process of constructing a church there and will be moving a pastor and his family there to serve in this community.
For now, let me say what we have seen so far shows God is being glorified in Kenya through the Bryce Homes Program Many lives are being changed. The following reports will document the details.
To read more about the Bryce Homes in Kenya or to donate, click here. This missions project is founded by Understand the Times and is supported solely by UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers.
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By Sandy Simpson
Deception in the Church Ministries
I have some questions for those of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) adherents such as Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss (deceased), Terry LeBlanc, Danny Lehman, Aloha Ke Akua, YWAM as well as many in the Emergent Church (EC). The questions arise from their claim that the “supreme beings” of the nations are all the True God, YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can read more on this subject in our book “Idolatry In Their Hearts” or in the WCGIP section of my site.
My main question for them is this: When did ANY of the Patriarchs and Prophets in the Old Testament and the Apostles or Jesus Christ in the New Testament EVER claim that the “supreme beings” of the nations were Elohim/YHWH, the one True God? Let’s look at some examples in the form of questions, and you can check out the source links as well.
Did Abraham claim that the God who called him from Haran was the same as the god Baal of the Canaanites?
Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
The word for “LORD” in the above verse is YHWH, the name of God, the I Am. Baal was a false god of the Caananites, not YHWH. The “supreme beings” of Canaan were actually a polytheistic couple, Baal and Asherah (http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/canaanite-faq.html) as in all ancient cultures modeled after the false religion of Nimrod and Semiramis at Babel.
Did Joseph, upon being taken to Egypt, tell the Pharaoh that they had always been worshipping the true God by the name of Amen (Amon)?
Jeremiah 46:25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:
The God of Israel, thus the God of Joseph, said He would bring punishment on the false “supreme being” of the Egyptians and the leaders who worshipped it. The “supreme beings” of Egypt were Amen and Mut (http://socsci.colorado.edu/LAB/GODS/)
Did Moses, after going up to the mountain of God, come down and tell Israel that their worship of the Golden Calf was good because it was the same as the worship of YHWH?
Exodus 32:8 they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
The golden calf is contrasted against the true God of Israel by Moses. Interestingly, the golden calf was not only an idol meant to take the place of YHWH, but it was a symbol of the Pharaoh who was considered a “god” by the Egyptians.
I have established that the ONLY god specifically called a “GOLDEN CALF” by the ancient Egyptians in their writings is Pharaoh in the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts (these texts exist into later New Kingdom times in reworked formats). In these texts Pharaoh calls himself a “Golden Calf,” born of heaven, who wishes to be allowed to board the sacred solar bark or boat which carries the Sun god each day across the heavens. Pharaoh was called “Son of the Sun” and in New Kingdom times “the Sun,” in letters from Canaanite princes addressed to Pharaoh Akhenaten (reigned ca. 1350-1334 BCE). (http://www.bibleorigins.net/EgyptianOriginsGoldenCalf.html)
So Israel wanted to go back to Egypt and back under the rule of Pharaoh who was to be worshipped as a “god.”
Did Joshua, in conquering the nations in Canaan, claim that Baal was the True God?
Judges 2:8-13 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
During the time of Joshua the people of Israel worshipped the true God, by in large. But a generation after Joshua died they turned away from YHWH to the worship of Baal & Ashtoreth. The “supreme beings” of Canaan were the Baals and Asherahs (http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/canaanite-faq.html)
Did Elijah test the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel for a good laugh because Baal was really the True God?
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
The whole conflict was between the false god Baal and the true God, YHWH. The modern Inclusivists would have never had this showdown. It would have shown that Inclusivism is garbage. The “supreme beings” of Canaan were the Baals and Asherahs (http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/canaanite-faq.html)
Did Jonah tell the people of Nineveh to repent to their god el, who was not Elohim but the consort of Athirat?
Jonah 1:1-2 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Jonah 3:1-5 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Anytime you see the word “LORD” in capitals in English Bibles it is the word “YHWH.” YHWH sent Jonah to Nineveh and when they heard that God was going to judge them they repented. Jonah then got angry because they were Gentiles who worshipped false gods.
The origin of the name Nineveh is obscure. Possibly it meant originally the seat of Ishtar, since Nina was one of the Babylonian names of that goddess. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineveh)
El & Athirat were the “supreme beings” of Ninevah (http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa102197.htm). They were not worshipping the “El” Who is YHWH, but a generic singular El which means “god”. They were continuing in the polytheistic worship of Babel which was the worship of a male and female supreme beings.
Did David tell the Philistines to continue to worship the god Dagon because he was the same as YHWH?
1 Samuel 5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.
You will remember that the statue of Dagon fell twice in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and the men of Ashdod admitted that their god was different than the God of Israel. The “supreme beings” of the Philistines were Dagon and Derceto (http://voices.yahoo.com/biblical-overview-history-philistines-1952417.html). Inclusivists of today would say that since Dagon was a “supreme being” that he was the true God, and they would get Bible translation societies to include his name in the Ashdod Bible.
Did Daniel tell king Nebuchadnezzar to continue the worship of Marduk as the One True God?
Daniel 4:33-37 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Nebuchadnezzar had to be taught a lesson by the LORD (YHWH) so that he would be humbled and recognize who the True God was. He had built a 90 foot statue either of himself, Nimrod or Marduk since Marduk is a direct link to the worship of Nimrod. The “supreme beings” of Babylon were Marduk & Astarte (continued worship of Nimrod & Semiramis) (http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/assyrbabyl-faq.html)
Did Ezra and Nehemiah ask the Persians if they could rebuild the Temple as a tribute to the Persian god Ahura Mazda?
Ezra 7:19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.
The king Artaxerxes ordered that the temple implements be returned so that they could eventually rebuild the temple of the “God of Jerusalem”. This was not for the Persian gods but for the True God. The gods of the Persians were Ahura Mazda & Spenta Armaiti (Source)
Did Paul use a clever missiological technique by telling the Greeks that God is Zeus, or the Romans that He is Jupiter or the Ephesians that He is embodied in Artemis?
Acts 14: 11-18 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.
This situation is entirely consistent with Paul teaching over and over again that the Gentiles “do not know God”. Paul was there to bring them the Gospel, not to syncretise their own god with the God of the Bible. This is exactly what he did in Aereopogus also when he explained to them Who the “Unknown God” was, and most of them did not want to hear the truth.
Gal. 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
1 Cor. 1:21 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.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Rom. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
1 Thess. 4:5 not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
Ephesians 2:12-13 … that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
2 Thess. 1:8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
The “supreme beings” of the Greeks were Zeus & Hera, though Zeus had a number of other consorts spawning a pantheon of gods (http://www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/zeusgirl.html). Jupiter and Juno were the “supreme beings” of Rome, again spawning a pantheon of other gods (http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/roman/). Artemis was a virgin goddess, never married, but was the daughter of Zeus & Leto (http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/Artemis.html)
The obvious answer to the questions above, both from the Bible and historical records, is a resounding “No.”
Joshua 23:7 that ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
Psalm 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
Zephaniah 2:11 The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
There is only one Name (Jesus Christ) under heaven by which men may be saved.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
And yet these new false teachers claim a person can be saved by “general revelation” of “God” without the revelation of Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This is abundantly clear in their messages and videos on this subject and now in the book by Don Richardson called “Heaven Wins.” The WCGIP and EC heretics also cannot answer the many verses in the Bible that state that the Gentiles “did not know God.” This type of teaching is the final step in the Apostasy and constitutes a grand delusion and a new radical Replacement Theology where the one True God of the Bible is replaced with “supreme beings” from all cultures and Israel is replaced by all the nations. They have even helped the Bible translation societies to put the names of the false gods of the nations in the Bible.
You can read my article “Monotheism In Ancient Cultures Is Virtually Nonexistent” for more information on the false polytheistic gods of ancient times. It is important to note that in virtually every culture from Babel on, the “supreme beings” were not a monotheistic god but a male/female pairing patterned on the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis of Babel. Also note that every one of these “supreme beings” spawned a pantheon of other false gods to be worshipped.
Used with permission from: Deception in the Church Ministries
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Letter to the Editor: David Jeremiah Brings Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to Shadow Mountain Community Church
A Lighthouse Trails reader who is on David Jeremiah’s mailing list received the following e-mail notice from David Jeremiah. The appearance took place earlier this month. Please read our new Booklet Tract/article by Gregory Reid, “Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs.”
|You’re Invited: Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.|
|Dear ______,You’re invited to be part of a live studio audience as I interview the producers of The Bible and A.D., Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, on stage in the main sanctuary at Shadow Mountain Community Church this Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.
On Easter Sunday, Turning Point Television will begin airing our new series, A.D. The Revolution That Changed the World. This teaching series is the “Scripture behind the story” of the dramatic NBC television event, A.D. The Bible Continues.
We are privileged that producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey asked us to partner with them in telling the story of the early church through the characters found in the Book of Acts.
I pray you’ll join me for this live taping with Mark and Roma as we discuss the role of Christians in Hollywood and how God is using biblically based programming on primetime television to reach the world for Christ.
Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the taping is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. This interview will be aired on Turning Point Television and used online and in social media to promote the message of this groundbreaking series.
See you this Thursday!
Shadow Mountain Community Church
By Stand Up For the Truth with Amy Spreeman
March 19 – Today we’re bringing up some oldies but not-so-goodies. You may hear the names Oprah Winfrey, Rodney Howard Browne or Neil Donald Walsch and think, “Oh sure, SUFTT, we know they’re New Age. Nothing new to see here.”
But wait. What’s old news is new news again, especially when the fringes become mainstream. And when God “speaks” to these change agents, “he” tells them to forget the old; that a new Christ is coming. And our guest today says it’s coming into the mainstream visible Church.
Joining us is Warren Smith, a former New Ager, now born-again Christian, author and researcher who has just released his brand new booklet which you can read in it’s entirety on our site, titled, OPRAH WINFREY’S NEW AGE “CHRISTIANITY” (PART 2) Neale Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler. Click here to continue reading. Click here to listen to the interview.