1. Browsing

    I am sending you out as lambs among wolves…

    There will come a time that when they kill you, they will think they are doing God a favor…

    God reminded me today that Jesus said that. I often morbidly joke with God that I feel like “dead man walking” as I go through my days, and not due to daily denying of self so much as due to the effects of isolation from massive spiritual abuse. It seems surreal that those who call themselves by God’s name are increasingly taking a stand against his word, and actively persecuting those in the church who speak up for him. I’ve been reeling so much from the savagery and lack of love that my shock and trauma about the injustice have blinded me to the fact that He might actually let one of them kill me. They’ve already done everything they can to legally destroy my life.

    I’ve had to tell him I’m willing to die for him, even at the hands of U.S. church-goers. It’s not a thought most Americans have, I think. We’re used to murderous persecution happening elsewhere in the world, and here we are quick to engage in litigation for our “constitutional rights” when threatened. There’s nothing wrong with “appealing to Rome” when it is allowed, but we must remember that Paul was eventually martyred.

    “When the son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Jesus knew what things would be like in the last days before his return. Fill your lamps and trim your wicks and hold fast to his word as you wait for him, even though they turn you out of the church and would destroy your very life. Hide yourself in him, and feast on his goodness.

    “Everyone who desires to live a godly life in Jesus Christ will be persecuted.”

  2. T. I. Miller

    FYI : I have been gently exposing the many faces of the new age apostasy to an elder lacking discernment.
    I was taken aback to discover that in his mind it is all only a minor matter of personal preferences. I replied, ” that is what Nadab and Abihu thought too”, when they did not worship God in Spirit and in truth.

    To another I quoted around 20 of Bonhoeffer’s errant “social justice” beliefs on doctrinal essentials that could not be taken out of context. Yet that is how he dismissed all of the evidence.

    copied from another defender of the faith who like you is often falsely accused of being unfairly judgmental.

    “Now let’s render a verdict, shall we? The Pharisees taught the following:

    They denied that they were sinners by birth (We believe that we are sinners by birth)
    They placed man-made traditions, extra-biblical writings, and oral traditions above the written word of God (an idea we do not believe or teach)
    They believed that health, wealth and prosperity indicated God’s blessing on a person, and that the rich were more likely to go to Heaven. They also taught that illness and poverty were signs that the person was under God’s curse. (ideas we do not believe or teach)
    They denied the Deity of Christ (we, in fact, affirm the Deity of Christ)
    They taught that one earned salvation by works (an idea we do not believe or teach)
    They needed “signs and wonders” in order to believe that Christ was the Son of God (an idea we do not believe or teach)”.

  3. Praise God, M, you have spiritual discernment in all these trials and tribulations and you found the Lighthouse Trails webpage. We know our trials and tribulations can make us strong as James chapter 1 teaches believers. And 2 Peter chapter 3 commands us to separate from the false teachers and this chapter covers Calvinism. This is easily seen through the words “Where is the promise of His coming?” All of Scripture actually refutes Calvinism. Men love to craft their own doctrines when they do not agree with what the Bible states. False teachers always use much Scripture, but they know how to add their poison here and there to deceive.

    I had a Calvinist man tell me I was not to read the Bible only reformed writings. He and others, including church elders, persecuted me for standing on the Scriptures alone. I was even trapped in a home, held down, where all this was thrust upon me. I was finally let go when they realized I would only stand on the Bible.

    And within the last year or so, a couple people have come after me regarding Calvinism. One lady had me in her home. She has been a friend for years and she had never mentioned her Calvinistic beliefs previously. And she tried to set controls over me. I was deeply hurt and concerned for her.

    Praise the LORD the Holy Spirit enabled you to recognize what you were being taught is false.

    We are to be ones who simply believe in the Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21; no additions or subtractions.

    And at this website of Lighthouse Trails, you will learn through the comment areas, you are far from being alone.

    I have learned, you may only locate one true Bible believer in an entire church. This has happened to me in a couple of fellowships. One is certainly better than none.

    It is difficult to find any Bible teacher of truth as most pastors and teachers are apostate. However, if you desire to hear an excellent Bible teacher, I recommend Dr. John G. Mitchell. He was one of the original founders of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. There was a time when Multnomah was rightly referred to as a Bible college under Dr. John G. Mitchell. He had the entire New Testament memorized and much of the old because he loved the inerrant Word. He was one of my teachers.

    You can listen to Dr. John G. Mitchell every week day on the internet network, ACN Radio and there is an app on Google Play for ACN Radio. I cannot put links on this posting due to receiving a “spam” classification.

    Though Dr. Mitchell was a gifted teacher, we must test all with the Word of God, being Bereans, never simply grasping anyone’s word alone.

    Much love to you in Christ, Val Lee of val lee weblog (Google search)

  4. Please, connect with us, my wife and I …
    email: luvjcnow[at]yahoo[dot]com
    We live on Johns Island, South Carolina (Charleston area) …
    We are “churchless” right now … pray for us …
    We attempted to plant a Sola Scriptura – Simply Biblical church here – but it fizzled out after 3.5 years of attempting, etc. – for more, please, go to NLFJI[dot]org … and NLFJI[dot]org/PastorAndy … please, pray for us …
    Note: replace the [dot] with a “period” or “dot” …

  5. Allyson

    Dear M,
    It’s so comforting to hear from someone else who is standing for Biblical truth! There ARE still some of us out there! Your story has been an encouragement to me today. I too, love this website, and am so thankful for LTR!!

  6. LauriL

    We have lived all over the country and seen this insidious doctrine grow exponentially. Does anyone have the ability to connect those of us without a church family in different areas of the US so that we can find each other and start home groups? We had to leave our solid church in south KC due to a recent relocation to NE. We don’t do FB either because pastors and congregants have lambasted each other via social media.

    • Carole Springer

      Hello LauriL,
      My husband and I are also in NE and we home churched for approx 5 years and then took our home group to a Nursing Home for the past 5 years. That group is still meeting, but my husband and I moved 3 yrs ago so we too are searching for a place of worship or other like-minded believers. I would certainly love to visit with you and we can at least encourage one another. May you know His leading! Please feel free to email me!

  7. John J

    Dear M,
    What a lovely yet sad and encouraging letter. Years ago, my son and I were physically (if that’s possible) “pushed” out of a calvinist/reformed “church” by the Holy Spirit; we both, at the same time, had this sudden, gentle urge to flee because of what had been going on. Previously, I’d openly asked them if they’d been taken over by Calvinists, as it all pointed that way (it was the case). They turned red in the face and denied (lied) while peddling Washer DVDs and MacArthur and Piper books and poison in the parking lot like bootleggers (away from the rest of the congregation). I simply mailed them and said they will be seeing us no more. The “pastor” exploded, called me and wait for it . . . I was cursed by the “pastor” and a spell was put on me. For months after this, my son and I managed successfully to get the innocent, lied-to people out of the church.

    Believe me, it’s better to find like-minded born-again people to home fellowship with and to live out the Christian faith. There are two different gospels within this context, and they are in conflict. One is true and one is not. It’s not difficult to spot the fake one.

    M, continue to fellowship, continue doing what you’re doing. The true body of Christ is not a controlling bunch of evil men/women and their ways; it’s just the opposite. God will bless you.

  8. David

    Well said and I whole-heartedly agree. I, too, have been blessed by and am thankful for the strong stand LHT takes contending for the faith.

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