Newly Elected Southern Baptist Convention Mission Board President, David Platt, Says “Sinner’s Prayer” Unscriptural and Superstitious

Editors at Lighthouse Trails

On August 27th, the Southern Baptist Convention elected  Reformed author and pastor David Platt as the organization’s new president of the SBC International Mission Board. Platt is the author of several books including Radical (a New York Times bestseller) and in his books and sermons puts an emphasis on “community,” relationship, and  “discipleship” over having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, Platt takes his “theology” so far as to say that the sinner’s prayer (based on Romans 10:9-10*) and “inviting Jesus into your heart” is superstitious and unbiblical (see video clip below).

Platt’s de-emphasis on having a personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ and his emphasis on community, relationships, groups, disciples, leadership, etc. is a mixture of the “new” Christianity, emerging spirituality, and a works-based belief system. Southern Baptist Convention has been making some big slips into apostasy for a long time through its embracing of the Purpose Driven Life, contemplative spirituality (i.e., spiritual formation), and so forth, but electing Platt may be one of the more blatant things they have done to date. Platt says that the traditional way of presenting the Gospel is “damning.” And yet a brief look at the “sinner’s prayer” shows a very clear Gospel message. The sinner’s prayer is a way to take an unsaved person through Scripture to show that he or she is a sinner in need of salvation, which can happen only through repenting (changing direction and turning toward God), believing on Jesus Christ, and accepting Him as Lord and Savior. However, the multitude of leaders that have risen to the top of the evangelical church through big marketing plans of their publishers and a Christian media world that advertises and exalts them to a high stature are convincing millions that the pure simple Gospel is not enough—they need better and more complex ways to find the Lord and eternal life. With Rick Warren, it has to be purpose-driven; with Beth Moore and Richard Foster, it has to be through contemplative stillness; and now with David Platt, it has to be through “discipleship” (as well as spending time in global missions because anything less, such as local missions, is insignificant). Too bad if you are only six years old, want to receive the Lord into your heart because you realize you are a sinner in need of a Savior but you can’t even read yet. According to Platt’s plan of “salvation,” you’ll have to wait until you are old enough to get some “proper” discipleship that is presented by manipulating leaders who teach that coming to Christ is anything but simple.

We appreciate Canadian songwriter and singer Trevor Baker, who challenges teachers like Platt who suggest that the Gospel is much more complicated than acknowledging you are a wretched sinner and need to ask Jesus Christ to live inside your heart, surrendering your life to him. And with this complication comes the need for all these teachers because the Bible and the work of the Holy Spirit is not enough to get somebody saved and to disciple him or her. So folks, according to the SBC, all of you and all of your children and grandchildren who asked the Lord into your hearts (whether you were sincere or not) are superstitious and unbiblical. But there’s hope—David Platt, Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, John Piper, and a slew of other “teachers” will teach you to be disciples—but not of Christ, mind you; rather of them. In other words, even though the Bible says that Christ IN you is the mystery of God (Colossians 1:27), they are suggesting that never mind having Christ in you—you can become Christlike through their “discipleship” methods and good works. Contrary to what they teach, discipleship comes AFTER one has become born again— it’s not a means to salvation.

How interesting that David Platt throws out the simple Gospel message through producing a blanket statement that a sinner’s prayer of repentance is bad; yet he is part of a conference called Verge  (to suggest we are on the “verge” of some great happening) sharing a platform with emerging church leaders such as Alan Hirsch and Francis Chan and focusing on social justice and “missional” (i.e, the “new” emerging missiology); and in March 2014, Platt shared a platform with New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet at the North Carolina Baptist Mission Conference. While Platt throws out the sinner’s prayer and the simplicity of the Gospel, one can only wonder if  his “discipleship” methods will include exposing his disciples to people like Hirsch and Sweet.

When are Christians going to wake up and understand that the multitude of neo-Gospel leaders they are following are leading them through manipulation, brainwashing, and guilt-driven techniques and methods that will not bring their followers to Jesus Christ but rather to “another Jesus” and “another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4), offering them carnal devilish substitutes for the real thing—Jesus Christ! We, as believers, need to wake up to the magnitude of the apostasy that has crept into the church at large!

There is a common phrase within the “new” Christianity—Christ follower. When you study what new Christianity teachers mean by this, you see they are differentiating between “Christ in you” (a relationship with Him) and “following” Jesus (and performing certain disciplines or works to make one more “Christlike”). In actuality, they have made Jesus into a mere model or example who should be followed rather than entering into a personal relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A person who is truly born-again has Jesus Christ indwelling him. Jesus lives inside that person. And it is His life in him or her that gives the power to become progressively more like Him (sanctification), as Paul said in his address to Corinthian Christians: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The believer draws his strength and power from Jesus Christ (who indwells him), and he realizes his salvation and any good thing in him is from Christ; as the Scripture says: “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9). In Christianity, the Spirit of Christ indwells us through faith. So Jesus becomes more than a model or example or someone to follow; He is a living presence in us.

The Bible is clear that once someone is saved (born again), he is to be discipled by trustworthy God-honoring, Bible-believing teachers and pastors. But the “Gospel” that Platt, Warren, and so many others are presenting is not the “whosoever” Gospel that invites anyone to come in and sup  and commune with Jesus Christ and become one of His; rather it is a works-driven belief system that draws unaware victims in, then harnesses them to a yoke too great to bear. Jesus said,  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Man Sitting Desperately Under The CrossThe Southern Baptist Convention has done a great disservice to their Baptist members, and no doubt the effect will be felt throughout Christianity in these days when the world desperately needs the simple beautiful life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:9-11)

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

If after reading this article, you are not sure what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, consider watching the movie Sheffey about the itinerant preacher in the 1800s, Robert Sheffey. Here was a man who communed with the Lord, who supped with Him, and who knew Him personally.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.(Revelation 22:17)


*Romans 10:9-10: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

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Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren, the Road to Rome, and More Trouble at Biola University

To Lighthouse Trails:

I just got the latest Biola Magazine in the mail today. Did you hear about Rick Warren and his wife being given honorary doctorates at the same time at Biola’s last graduation ceremony?

I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts about that topic. Maybe you could post an article on this. I graduated from Biola, and I remember when Rick Warren spoke at a friends graduation, a semester before I graduated. I am the guy who told you about the mystical stuff Biola does and how Biola’s media department claimed they were going to sue you back around 2008-09. 

There was also recently some big discussion at Biola about the death of Protestantism between one guy who says Protestantism should be done away with and mixed with Catholicism. The other guy was an evangelical low church guy, and the third was a protestant guy. It was a discussion about whether or not we need to be separated from the Church of Rome or not basically. In my opinion this is not a discussion any Christian needs to have, as it is obvious Catholicism is false. Now if this was a debate I could understand having this, but it seemed more like a discussion to be positive about it. I feel such discussion allow liberalism/ecumenicism to seep through cracks when there is not a major stance taken on the biblical issue.

Related information on Biola:

Biola Conference Welcomes Ruth Haley Barton as it Continues Heartily Down Contemplative Path

Biola’s New Gay and Lesbian Student Group – A “Fruit” of Their Contemplative Propensities?

Biola Magazine Managing Editor Admits Biola Promotes Contemplative Spirituality

 

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The New Age “Doctrine” of Separation versus the Biblical View of Separation

LTRP Note: As you read this article by Warren B. Smith, note how similar the New Age “doctrine” and terminology is to that of the “new” Christianity that has been presented to the church today through contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and the emerging church.

By Warren B. Smith

In the New Age scheme of things, “love” means seeing yourself and your fellow man as a part of God and “one” with God. “Love” and “oneness” are equated with all of those who confess themselves to be a part of God. “Love” and “oneness” are said to be true perceptions based on right thinking. “Love” and “oneness” produce peace, health, and spiritual growth in the “one body” of mankind. They are the ticket to the next spiritual level. “Love” and “oneness” people are those who follow New Age/New Gospel teachings and the New Age God and Christ.

In the New Age Gospel scheme of things, “fear” means seeing yourself and your fellow man as “separate” and not as a part of God. “Fear” and “separation” are equated with all of those who refuse to see themselves as being a part of God. “Fear” and “separation” are said to be erroneous perceptions based on wrong thinking. “Fear” and “separation” prevent the attainment of peace, produce illness in the body of mankind, and prevent spiritual growth. They are the ticket to the “selection process” because they prevent the “one body” of humanity from advancing to the next spiritual level. “Fear” and “separation” people are those who oppose New Age/New Gospel teachings and the New Age God and Christ. Traditional Christian believers, by New Age definition, are “fear” and “separation” people.

The “God” and “Christ” of the New Age Spirituality use these cleverly contrived words and concepts to divide the world into two camps: those who follow them and those who oppose them. Through the ingenious use of language they make their case and push their position. Always taking the high road of “love” and “oneness” they isolate those who oppose them by branding them as “fearful” and “separate.”

The “God” and “Christ” of the New Age/New Gospel are very adept at never saying “traditional Christian believers,” but instead say “those who are under the illusion of separation.” They do not say “traditional Christianity is evil” or “traditional Christianity is of the devil.” They say “separation is evil” and “separation is of the devil.” Instead of saying, “traditional Christianity is a crime that must be driven from this world,” they state: “The crime of separation must be driven from this world.”1 Instead of saying, “traditional Christian believers will one day be submitted to the selection process,” they state: “All that hinders the manifestation of man’s divinity must be driven from our planet.”2

How do the New Age “God” and “Christ” suggest that Christians, and others under “the illusion of separation,” rid themselves of the “fear” that is causing them to feel separate from God? By “atoning” through the “at-one-ment” process. That is, by affirming that “all is love” and “all is God” and never forgetting that they are a part of God. By their definition, the only way you can be “loving” and “at-one” with your fellow man is by ultimately pledging allegiance to the doctrine of “oneness.” From this perspective you are either a “love” and “oneness” person or you are a “fear” and “separation” person. Your “love” of God is expressed by seeing yourself and others as a part of God, as “one” with God. Your “fear” of God is expressed by seeing yourself and others as not being a part of God, as “separate” from God. In their New Age future, you will live or die based on whether or not you see yourself as a part of God. It is the doctrine of “oneness” versus the doctrine of “separation.” It is as simple and straightforward and brutal as that.

If it all sounds kind of backward, that is because it is. It is the language and methodology of the “God” and “Christ” of the New Age/New Gospel. And it is the same terminology and methodology being used by their New Age followers. “Oneness” is presented as the inevitable by-product of “love” and as such is like “mom and apple pie.” Who could possibly be against “mom and apple pie”? “Separateness” is regarded as the inevitable by-product of “fear” and as such is like “the Grinch who stole Christmas.” Who in their right mind supports “the Grinch who stole Christmas”? The upshot of this clever conditioning process is to impress people everywhere with the seemingly indisputable contention that if you are against “oneness” you are also against God, Christ, and your fellow man.

Only an ingenious and creatively deceptive spirit world could have thought up such a diabolical way of separating and disparaging Christian believers and others who do not believe they are a part of God. Who could possibly be against “oneness”? And the answer is, of course, only those who have been “deceived” into believing in “the crime of separation.” Only those who are under the “self-centered” illusion that they are “separate” and not a part of God. Only those who have been “deluded” into believing that the “sin of separation” is real.

The Meaning of Separation in the New Age Gospel—Direct quotes from “God” or “Christ”

Separation is an illusion
This is your assignment. This is your work. You are to destroy the illusion of separation. (Walsch’s “God,” FWG, p. 21)

Separation is not believing you are a part of God
The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself. There is no separation of God and His creation. (“Jesus,” A Course in Miracles, Text, p. 147)

Nothing separates you from Me, and soon many will realise this. I am with you and in you. I seek to express That which I am through you; for this I come. (Maitreya, Messages, p. 22)

Separation is self-centeredness
[T]he fundamental regression is self-centeredness, or the illusion that you are separate from God. I “make war” on self-centeredness. It shall surely be overcome. The child must become the adult. Human must become Divine. That is the law. (Hubbard’s “Christ,” Revelation, p. 233)

Separation is not love
Love is the only way. You cannot gain the next stage of evolution in a self-centered state. (Hubbard’s “Christ,” Revelation, p. 236)

Separation is fear
It is essential at the moment of infusion of empathy that you overcome all fear of separation from God. This overcoming of fear in a whole planetary experience is an irresistible force. No being can resist it. (Hubbard’s “Christ,” Revelation,
p. 244–245)

Separation is hatred
Let us together show the world: that the need for war is past; that the instinct of man is to live and to love; that hatred is begotten of separation. . . . (Maitreya, Messages, p. 108)

Separation is evil
Just before the final wave of tribulations—the seven last plagues—those who resist evil, those who are victorious in their struggle against the temptation of separation, stand upon a burning sea of glass. (Hubbard’s “Christ,” Revelation, p. 201)

Separation is Satan
When at last you see that there is no separation in God’s World—that is, nothing which is not God—then, at last, will you let go of this invention of man which you have called Satan. (Walsch’s “God,” Conversations With God, Book 3, p. 56)

The mind can make the belief in separation very real and very fearful, and this belief is the “devil.” (“Jesus,” ACIM Text, p. 50)

Your triumph over Satan, that is, over the illusion of separation, will be a victory for the universal community. (Hubbard’s “Christ,”Revelation, p. 193)

Separation is sin
I shall drive from this Earth forever the curse of hatred, the sin of separation. (Maitreya, Messages, p. 104)

Separation is sickness
A sick person perceives himself as separate from God. Would you see him as separate from you? It is your task to heal the sense of separation that has made him sick. (“Jesus,” ACIM Manual, p. 56)

Separation is lawlessness The crime of separation, of division, of lawlessness must go from the world. All that hinders the manifestation of man’s divinity must be driven from our planet. My Law will take the place of separation. (Maitreya, Messages, p. 248)

Separation is crime
The crime of separation must be driven from this world. I affirm that as My Purpose. (Maitreya, Messages, p. 189)

Separation is a “lack” that must be corrected
A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct. (“Jesus,” ACIM Text , p. 14)

[These quotes excerpted from: A Course in Miracles; Conversations with God, Book 3 and Friendship with God, N.D. Walsch; Messages from Maitreya the Christ; and The Revelation, B. M. Hubbard.]


The Bible’s Meaning of Separation from God

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Man, by his selfish choice to disobey God in the Garden of Eden, willingly chose the path that would separate him from fellowship with God. At that moment sin, death, shame, fear, guilt—all the things that plague the human race—were introduced to the human soul that had, to that point known Divine fellowship and love. The response of the Lord was to seek the lost. Then, as now, God is at work, redeeming our separation by atoning sacrifice, which is a gift of His love to His creation. Jesus Christ came to seek and redeem the lost (the separated). Those who acknowledge their need are brought back into fellowship with God through Jesus’ atonement. At Christ’s death, the veil of “separation” in the temple was torn in two (Matthew 27:50–51), ending sin’s separating curse once and for all. The root of the sin that separates man and God has always been born first in the concept “I will” (self). The mistake of deifying the creature/creation as opposed to worshipping the Creator has always provoked judgment/separation from God.

Separation is a result of worshipping creation:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:21–25)

Separation is ended by atonement of Jesus Christ:
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Romans 5:10-11)

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. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us . . . For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:12–14, 18-19)

Believers cannot be separated from Jesus Christ:
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)

Believers are hated and  separated by the world:
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (Luke 6:22)

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:19)

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. (John 17:14–15)

Believers separate themselves from the world
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13–14)

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

To read more about the New Age “Christ,” read Warren B. Smith’s book, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?

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A Pastor in a Soviet Prison—The Most Dangerous of All!

1963-georgi-after-releaseBy Georgi Vins
(Author of The Gospel in Bonds – a pastor who spent 8 years in the Soviet prisons for his faith in Christ)

Anvar and I were the only prisoners in the “raven,” a black police van used to transport prisoners. He sat alone in a compartment meant to hold fifteen prisoners while I was handcuffed and locked behind the metal door of a tiny cell reserved for the most dangerous criminals. Two soldiers armed with machine guns guarded us. A heavy metal grille separated them from us.

The harsh Siberian climate had left its mark on the narrow asphalt road. The lurching, swaying raven slowed to a crawl as the driver tried to maneuver around massive potholes. Though it was mid-May, snow still covered much of the ground in this vast territory known as Yakutia, thousands of miles northeast of Moscow. Our destination: Bolshaya Markha, a strict regime labor camp in a remote region in the far north of Siberia.

Anvar shook his head in amazement. “Georgi, why do they treat you like this?” he shouted over the thunderous roar of the engine. A heavy accent thickened his Russian.

I’d met Anvar two weeks earlier in the prison at Irkutsk where we shared a cell. Then we spent ten days at a camp near the city of Yakutsk. Anvar was a stocky man of medium height. The gray stubble on his huge, shaved head seemed premature for a man in his mid-forties. A sharp eagle-like nose protruded over a coal-black mustache. Muslim by background, Anvar was fascinated that I was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. We had spent many hours discussing the Bible and Jesus Christ.

Anvar openly admitted that he had killed the district attorney in the city of Baku, for which he was sentenced to fifteen years. He quickly earned a reputation among camp authorities for being a dangerous criminal. He had already stabbed one prisoner with a knife and struck another on the head with an iron bar. Anvar was usually handcuffed during transport and was surprised at being denied that “privilege.” He turned to me again.

“Ha! It looks as though you are even more dangerous than I!” He shouted something else, but the words were lost under the engine’s clamor. The isolation of my tiny cage made it useless for me to reply. Through the window in the door of my cell, I could see Anvar talking with the two soldiers. He kept pointing in my direction. The soldiers were very young. I knew they made no decisions about where or how to move me. Those orders came from the KGB. And to the KGB, I really was more dangerous than Anvar.

One prison camp director had told me, “You’d be better off if you were a thief or a murderer rather than a Christian!”

What will the next camp be like?, I wondered as I thought about the past week.

I had just spent ten days at camp Mokhsogollokh, near Yakutsk. Although the camp was as secure as a fortress, guards often fired random warning shots at night to discourage dreams of escape.

About a mile from the camp was a factory, which manufactured panels, flooring, and other components for the pre-fabricated buildings of the North. Like the camp, the factory was surrounded by massive wood fences topped with rolls of barbed wire. Armed soldiers from the Ministry of the Interior, MVD, patrolled the area with specially trained German shepherd guard dogs.

About 2000 prisoners and 500 civilians worked in two shifts at the factory, which operated day and night. Each prisoner worked at least a ten-hour shift. Twice a day, morning and evening, the soldiers led out columns of 1000 prisoners, marching slowly the mile from the living zone of the camp to the factory.

When I got my assignment at the factory, the supervisor was glad to see me. He was a civilian, about twenty-five years old, with no technical training to qualify him as supervisor of the electrical division. He already knew I was an electrical engineer. “You can help us draw up blueprints for the factory and develop technical documentation. How we worked without blueprints and instructions—I have no idea!”

Prisoners have no choice about where they work or what they do. During my first sentence in the northern Ural Mountains (1966-1969), I had worked in the forest in a lumber camp. In the snowy winters, the temperature often dropped to -79 degrees F. The column of prisoners sank into the snow as we stomped a path to our work place. In the summer, the forest was a kingdom of mosquitoes and midges. There was no way to protect ourselves from the hordes of insects—not in the forest, not in the barracks. Our faces, necks, and arms were swollen from their merciless bites. In the spring and fall, our clothes and boots were always soaked, and our bodies were covered with painful boils from general weakness and colds brought on by the miserable conditions and frequent downpours. Day after day we worked under the open sky, guarded by armed soldiers.

But Mokhsogollokh was much different. I was assigned to a bright, spacious room with a desk, drawing table, and a cabinet. How I rejoiced to have a few hours alone in this room! In the barracks the shouts, curses, quarrels, and fights of the other prisoners were a constant distraction, but at work I could set aside my blueprints for a while and pray in solitude.

I was also able to move freely about the plant to become familiar with the electrical equipment and the workers. Besides asking technical questions, I looked for other believers. Each time a man asked why I’d been arrested, I had another opportunity to share my faith in Jesus Christ.

A few days after I arrived at Mokhsogollokh, a KGB official summoned me to his office. He was thin, almost fragile in appearance, with a squeaky voice. His narrow eyes glittered with hostility.

“We know,” he said testily, “that you want to build a secret printing press here at the camp to print religious brochures! We will not allow this! We’ll rot you! We’ll put you in the punishment block. You’ll get solitary confinement!”
I was surprised. “I don’t understand. What kind of print shop? What brochures?”

“Cut the act!” the officer barked, slamming the desk with his bony fist. “We know you’re dangerous. Hundreds of eyes will scrutinize your every move no matter where you are in the camp, the barracks, or the factory. Don’t you dare pray or talk to anyone about God!”

He struggled to sound ominous and produce a deep bass voice. The result was comical.

“It never occurred to me to set up a print shop here,” I answered quietly. “Besides, it’s impossible. But I do have the right to pray. I am a believer and will continue praying to God. I’ll pray for the whole camp, and I’ll pray for you, that the Lord would grant you repentance and the salvation of your soul.”

“Don’t you ever pray for my soul!” the officer shrieked. “You’ll regret this conversation! Now get out of here!”

That’s how I found myself in handcuffs and on my way to another camp. But I knew that my banishment from Mokhsogollokh was actually a victory for Christ. The KGB fears open prayers and open testimony about Jesus Christ more than the vilest crimes! As we rumbled along in the raven, I knew my future was secure in the Lord’s trustworthy hands.

(This is an excerpt of the new release, The Gospel in Bonds by former soviet pastor Georgi Vins.)

 

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THE LYELL DARWIN CONNECTION

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times

The human brain is an amazing organ that functions like a computer. Information that is gathered from our senses is fed to billions of neurons that record and analyze the data. Conclusions are drawn and ultimately decisions and choices are made.

The same process occurs when a scientist formulates a theory. As the result of careful observation, a scientist develops a hypothesis and then a theory. Years of data collection must be analyzed and experiments repeated with a reasonable degree of accuracy.

However, when it comes to the subject of formulating theories that attempt to explain events that have happened here on earth in the past, scientists often bypass the scientific method. For example, the basic ideas of geology and biological evolution are built upon previous theories that are accepted without evaluating the assumptions that were used to formulate the theories in the first place.

Such is the case with the Charles Darwin – Charles Lyell connection. Lyell, in his Principles of Geology, had argued that the geological past could best be understood in terms of what we observe happening in the world today. Although the “present is the key to the past” assumption was the key to his theory, it was not provable. If it was wrong, his whole theory that proposed the layers of the earth had been laid down over millions and millions of years would be faulty. In fact, it can be documented that the reason he proposed it in the first place was to cause people to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Bible and a global world-wide flood. Click here to continue reading.

 

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Lighthouse Trails 2014 Fall Sale

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Robin Williams: The Sad Truth The Media Won’t Tell You

By Joe Schimmel
Good Fight MinistriesRobin Williams

Everybody is currently talking about Robin Williams and his tragic suicide. Many are puzzled as to how a man, who made so many people laugh, could be so depressed that he would violently end his life. What people are not learning is the deeper truth about the insidious forces that tormented Robin Williams and drove him to suicide.

Robin Williams acknowledged that he had opened himself up to transformative demonic powers that aided him on stage. Without the aid of such demonic powers, it is likely that you would have never have heard of Robin Williams and many other famous celebrities. Williams also recognized that these powers had manifested a very evil influence on stage and that there could be a hefty price to pay for their assistance. Williams told James Kaplan of US Weekly:

Yeah! Literally, it’s like possession ‑ all of a sudden you’re in, and because it’s in front of a live audience, you just get this energy that just starts going…But there’s also that thing ‑ it is possession. In the old days you’d be burned for it…But there is something empowering about it. I mean, it is a place where you are totally ‑ it is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where you really can become this other force. Maybe that’s why I don’t need to play evil characters [in movies], ’cause sometimes onstage you can cross that line and come back. Clubs are a weird kind of petri dish environment. I mean, that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy ‑ in the name of comedy, be talking about outrageous stuff and somehow come out the other side. I mean, that’s one place where you really want to push it.  (Robin Williams, “Robin Williams,” by James Kaplan, US Weekly, January, 1999, p. 53).

Williams’ last statement quoted above answers the question as to why the demonic powers use entertainers. Their goal is to promote evil and darkness and increase mankind’s rebellion against God. Click here to continue reading this article.

 

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