by Linda Harvey
If your school has launched a bullying prevention program, it will most likely be a big focus this winter. Many schools will observe “No Name-Calling Week” in late January.
But is respect for Christians part of these “no name-calling” lessons? Or does this effort in reality create more division by labeling and stereotyping objections to homosexuality? The labels are “homophobia,” or “hate,” or claiming that opposing cross-dressing is “heterosexism.” Thousands of us are highly offended because it’s not true. I know my own heart and there’s no hate there; there is in fact, grave concern for these kids, lots of prayers, etc. Yet I and others will never change our minds about homosexuality, because we know the truth. I used to approve of homosexuality but changed my mind when I got more information, not less.
The truth is, homosexuality itself is hateful.Click here to read this entire article by Linda Harvey of Mission America.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. –Rick Warren, from inauguration prayer
Commentary by Daniel Cordell
Love for the Truth
[I]n his Presidential Inauguration prayer, Rick Warren prayed in the name of “Yeshua,” “Isa” and “Jesus.”
It seems, the three names Warren used were to imply the three “Abrahamic Faiths” (as they are so-called), Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
What’s significant is the name “Isa” being prayed by the “evangelical” Warren. Isa is strictly Koranic and used by Arab Muslims. Even Arab Christians don’t refer to Isa, but to Yesua. I’ve lived and studied Arabic in one of the same Muslim countries that Warren has visited, and I think he probably knows that the Arab Christian communities only refer to Jesus as “Yesua” and not “Isa” as the Muslims.
Isa was not Jewish, but Palistinian. Isa did not die on the cross but instead had someone die in his place. Isa is a Muslim prophet. Isa is only found in the Koran. The name Isa doesn’t have any Biblical support or any meaning found in Biblical scholarship. Yet, Rick prayed in the name of Isa.Click here for source and links to Warren’s inauguration transcript.
One of my early memories of post-war Norway was a shadowy concern about Russia — our neighbor in the arctic north. Stalin coveted Norway’s frost-free ports (warmed by the Gulf Stream), and many feared the snarling bear on our border.
In contrast, the British press ignored Stalin’s atrocities. In his Introduction to Animal Farm, George Orwell decried the cowardly refusal of British publishers to criticize Communism — or to publish his book:
“…it was obvious that there would be great difficulty in getting it published …. One publisher actually started by accepting the book, but after making the preliminary arrangements he decided to consult the Ministry of Information [which apparently] warned him… against publishing it. Here is an extract from his letter:
“…it might be… highly ill-advised to publish at the present time. If the fable were addressed generally to dictators and dictatorships at large then publication would be all right, but the fable does follow… so completely the progress of the Russian Soviets and their two dictators, that it can apply only to Russia…. Another thing: …the choice of pigs as the ruling caste will no doubt give offence to many people….”
Indeed it would! By 1943, Marxism had gained much favor in England, Russia was an ally in the war against Hitler, and Fabian socialism had become a powerful political movement among British elites. Like Antonio Gramsci’s more subtle form of Communism, the Fabians encouraged gradualism, infiltration and deception rather than bloody revolutions.
This socialist movement fanned out across Europe and into America under the lofty banner of solidarity and common good. Since those two ideals are rarely defined or candidly explained, few understand what they actually imply. Ponder this brief summary of their new meanings.Click here to read this entire article.
“One must wonder, with all the discussion going on about sex nowadays in the New Age/New Spiritual culture, and among Christians who take their cue from that “spirituality,” whether such prurient interests don’t indicate something deeper is going on that is devastating true spirituality in the church.–Pastor Larry DeBruyn
For those who are wondering why Lighthouse Trails is covering issues regarding “sexual spirituality,” we believe what is occurring with Mark Driscoll, Rob Bell (author of Sex God), and many others (including Focus on the Family’s marriage speaker, Gary Thomas) is a disguised version, perhaps at an infant stage, of New Age tantra (please see our article on tantra below).
Pastor Larry DeBruyn, a devoted believer in Christ and His Word, spoke with Lighthouse Trails on Friday, January 16th. He told us he felt a tremendous amount of concern about the upcoming “Entrusted with the Gospel” 2009 National Conference with Mark Driscoll in April, which includes pastors and scholars such as John Piper, D.A. Carson, Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Good-Bye), and Erwin Lutzer. In light of the current controversy over Mark Driscoll’s public treatment of sex and the way in which “sexual spirituality” is beginning to assert itself in contemporary Christianity via the influence of contemplative spirituality and the emerging church movement, Pastor DeBruyn asked us to post Ephesians 5:3-16, stating that it contains Paul’s caution about how sexual matters ought to be treated amongst Bible believers in the context of our paganized culture. Additionally, Pastor DeBruyn’s Fall 2008, 3-part article, “Spirituality & Sex,” (see below) addresses aspects of the issue as well.
We hope you will read the following Scriptures and then see the links below for Pastor DeBruyn’s article as well as other related articles.
But fornication [Greek, porneia, from which we get our word pornography], and all uncleanness [Greek, akatharsia, frequently associated with immorality in the New Testament; See Romans 1:24], or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting [by context related to dirty jokes arising from porneia and akatharsia], which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger [Greek, pornos], nor unclean [Greek, akathartos] person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:3-16
Sexpert Pastor Mark Driscoll is Told, ‘Enough is Enough’ by Ingrid Schlueter
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For years, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has styled himself as hip and relevant and gritty. He’s made a name for himself with his irreverence, his ultra-cool personna and most of all, for his crass discussion of sexual matters. It is this discussion of sexual matters that is increasingly removing Mr. Driscoll from the company of Christians who believe he long ago crossed a line of acceptable conduct for an evangelical pastor.
Pastor Driscoll, in a recent blog post, promotes a website called ChristianNymphos.org which features articles on how a Christian wife can turn herself into a dominatrix. the glories of An–l and or-l sex, and the use of sex toys. Driscoll also sees himself as a sex advice counselor on his Mars Hill Blog, dispensing his recommendations for things like sex during menstruation and marital masturbation. In short, he makes Planned Parenthood instructional videos look tame.
The fact that this press release is unlikely to make it through Internet filters speaks for itself. Author and former head of Eagle Forum in Washington state, Cathy Mickels, issued a press release yesterday, decrying the foul material being passed off in the name of relevant ministry by Mr. Driscoll. I join Mrs. Mickels in her profound disgust that this pastor has been legitimized and endorsed by leading Bible teachers like John Piper and Erwin Lutzer. Driscoll is allowed the platform that he has because Christian leaders have not said, “enough is enough!” Women are now having to speak up about the degrading and filthy content of Mr. Driscoll’s “ministry.”
At a time when American young people are hit in the face with graphic sexuality in every facet of our culture, the church should be a safe haven where the sacredness and privacy of the act of marriage is respected by pastors. Those with sexual issues need to receive private counseling—not sex seminars in a church auditorium. For generations, Christian pastors have managed to convey the Scripture’s teachings on fornication, adultery and the beauty of sexuality within marriage without sullying and cheapening it, Driscoll-style.
Mark Driscoll is a sad product of our times. While waving his orthodox doctrinal credentials, he has simultaneously embraced the
spirit of the age when it comes to his treatment of sex. In the process, he is pornifying the church and only adding to the moral squalor of our culture.
Contact: Ingrid Schlueter, Co-Host
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Women and Children at Risk!
WARNING: The following news release should not be viewed by young minors because of its nature and wording. While it is a sensitive topic, we believe we must let the body of Christ know what is taking place. Those who have followed Lighthouse Trails for some time are aware that we cover issues like this because of their “signs of the times” implications.
LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails is very disappointed in the men who are participating at the 2009 “Entrusted with the Gospel” National Conference, knowing that Mark Driscoll will be one of the featured speakers. While Driscoll’s crass speech about sex may perhaps not bother these men, his manner is degrading to women and children–and godly men are required of the Lord to defend and protect women and children according to Scripture.
Contact: Cathy Mickels, 360-387-8150
SEATTLE, Jan. 14 /Christian Newswire/ — Concerns about Mark Driscoll, the controversial pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, are being circulated in an eleven page memo raising many questions regarding why Driscoll will be speaking on “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” at The Gospel Coalition’s Conference this coming April 21-23 in Chicago. (See http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/about)
“I am astonished that evangelical pastors would highlight a pastor not only known for his crudeness and careless handling of Scripture, but a pastor who also credits foul-mouthed comedian Chris Rock with teaching him how to preach,” stated Cathy Mickels, former Washington state president of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum and co-author of Spiritual Junk Food: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth.
In response to those who will claim Driscoll is doctrinally sound, Mickels states, “Since when is it doctrinally sound to refer to Jesus as some ‘dude’ who tells ‘knock-knock jokes’?” Since when does Biblical doctrine tolerate the description of the Old Testament as ‘a red-neck hillbilly comedy’ containing mocking comments about Noah and Jeremiah?”
Quoting from Driscoll’s book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev, Mickels states, “It also appears Mark Driscoll discovered early on that talking about sex could help him build his church. In fact, Driscoll wrote, ‘I assumed the students and singles were all pretty horney, so I went out on a limb… Each week I extolled the virtues of marriage, … oral sex, sacred stripping and sex outdoors…This helped us a lot because apparently a pastor using words like penis and oral sex is unusual, and before you could say aluminum pole in the bedroom, attendance began to climb steadily to more than two hundred people a week.’”
Likewise, Mickels said, “His recent sex advice to Christian married couples is sure to draw attention, but it sounds more like counseling from Dr. Ruth than an evangelical pastor.” (See http://blog.marshillchurch.org/2008/11/30/)
The memo details that in one of Mark Driscoll’s most recent projects, he undermines and corrupts gospel truth. For example, Christ said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again,” but according to Mickels, without shame this pastor recklessly undermines the words of Jesus for the title of his new book called, PORN-AGAIN Christian. Mickels asked, “Who would tamper with the words of Christ and then use them as an introduction to a discussion on the perverted world of pornography?”
“It is just as puzzling,” observes Mickels, “why a pastor, who warns young men about the dangers of pornography, admits to frequenting a barbershop Driscoll describes as ‘providing the finest selection of waiting area pornography in our city.’”
Mickels concludes, “Instead of a pastor spiritually lifting up the Body of Christ to a higher standard, Mark Driscoll is dragging the Church through the gutter. Is it any wonder we are losing spiritual ground in this country?”
For a copy of the memorandum, click here. Contact: Cathy Mickels at 360-387-8150 or e-mail at email@example.com.
from Watcher’s Lamp
The Baptist General Association of Virginia partner organization, Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia is sponsoring the Woman’s Silence Retreat 2009 with the theme of Celtic prayer.
According to the brochure, the goal of the retreat is for women to reconnect with God in a contemplative atmosphere.
Rev. Judy Bailey, faciliator of previous retreats says “there are times when we need to be alone so that we can connect in another way with the Spirit that both dwells within and transcends. In silence we may most effectively listen to God and to our innermost self. Without other voices to distract us we may focus our attention and understand more clearly what is there for us.â€
The 2008 retreat included group exercises in centering prayer and lectio divina led by Rev. Judy Bailey and Rev. Vallerie King. The WMU-VA quarterly newsletter page 3, describe Rev. Judy Bailey as “steeped in contemplative prayer and mediation, and participates in a centering prayer group at Richmond Hill Retreat Center.” Click here to read this entire article.