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“3rd-graders Told to Rank Themselves on ‘Power and Privilege'”

LTRJ Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. If you have not read our articles/booklets on Critical Race Theory and on Social Justice terms, we encourage you to do so.

By Michael F. Haverluck

A . . . California elementary school is “basically teaching racism” to . . . third graders through “critical race theory” by instructing them to rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.”

The lesson was reportedly given by a third-grade teacher at R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in Cupertino, California, during a math lesson.

“First, the teacher told the eight- and nine-year-old students that they live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian[s]’ who ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power,” City Journal’s Christopher F. Rufo recently tweeted. Click here to continue reading.

Related Information:

Public School or Homeschool?—How Public Schools Are Corrupting Children’s Values by Maria Kneas and Berit Kjos


Letter to the Editor: Former Hindu, Now Believer Walks Lonely Path
Dear Lighthouse Trails:

My name is ____________. I’m a former Hindu, metal head, New Age believer who denied my Savior back in my days until about five to six years ago when on a night of watching Youtube videos on all kinds of darkness, He showed me where my soul could end up. I’ve been a changed man ever since longing to know Him better each passing day until my physical time will expire here on Earth.

My wife belongs to a small group of people who still participate in their Catholic traditions though not full-blown as that in the Catholic Church. On this particular morning, I overheard one of the participants talking about how God comes to us disguised as light. This was learned from reading some book from [Catholic mystic] Richard Rohr. When I tried to confront my wife on the book, chapter and verse that speaks of an entity that comes disguised as light, she told me she does not take the Bible word for word or literally. Am I wrong for confronting her on that matter? I went to open my Bible to 2 Corinthians 11:14 to show her who actually comes disguised as an angel of light. She did not want to even look at the Bible where I was going to show her the literal words.

It is my understanding that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and Almighty GOD is a consuming fire. To me, it makes absolutely no sense why Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father would have to disguise themselves as light for us to see them. I see them in the words of the Bible, and I need no other way to know who they are.

Sadly, my wife is being led astray by the group she belongs to and practicing Yoga. I still can’t get her to stop doing Yoga even though I have books and booklets on the subject. She refuses to read anything that contradicts her belief.

I now know that I am walking the lonely path that leads to our Lord and Savior. I will keep believing the Bible literally because the words written within that precious book are the inspired words of GOD and His Son, Lord Jesus Christ.

Please pray for my wife so she may have time to escape the broad road that she and her friends are on.


William (not real name)

Related Articles:

The Tragic Influence of Catholic Priest Richard Rohr’s Mysticism on Millennial Evangelicals – Lighthouse Trails Research Project

Christians Doing Yoga – A Betrayal of the Cross . . . And What a Hindu Yogi Says

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“Two Pastors Join Albert Mohler in the Southern Baptist Convention Presidential Race”
LTRJ Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes and not necessarily as an endorsement of either the content or the source.

By Milton Quintanilla
Christian Headlines

In the past week, two pastors with opposing approaches to racial issues have entered the race to become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Christianity Today reports.

Mike Stone, the former chairman of the Executive Committee of the SBC and the leader of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Georgia received his nomination last week. Following the nomination, Stone immediately was endorsed by Pastor Tom Ascol, the president of Founder’s Ministries. Gerald Harris, a retired editor of the Christian Index, also endorsed Stone as they both belong to the steering council of the Conservative Baptist Network.

Both Founders and the Conservative Baptist Network have been amongst the most vocal critics to the SBC’s embrace of critical race theory and social justice, despite being “within the mainstream of conservative theology” at face value. Click here to continue reading.

Related Information:

“Continuing Saga: SBC’s Leaders, Seminary Heads at Odds on CRT”

Emergent Calvinist SBC President, J.D. Greear, Will Remain 1 More Year Due to Coronavirus

Southern Baptist Leaders Call for a “Great Awakening” in US—But SBC Continues Promoting the Anti-Gospel New Spirituality


“3rd-graders Told to Rank Themselves on ‘Power and Privilege'”
Letter to the Editor: Former Hindu, Now Believer Walks Lonely Path

InterVarsity’s “2030 Calling” – Raising Up Young Evangelicals to Be the Mystics of Tomorrow

Silver Linings (?) On a Dark and Cloudy Day . . .
“Covid, Vaccines, Global Reset,” and Israel”
“All of President Biden’s Key Executive Orders — in One Chart"
Letter to Our Readers From A Wise Elderly Woman in Canada: In the Midst of These Troubles, It Is Well With My Soul
Are We Becoming a Drug Culture? (Interview with McMahon and Teichrib)
Ironside: What Does It Mean to Be Justified Before God?
God’s Word Declares the Importance of Being Watchful and Discerning
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InterVarsity’s “2030 Calling” – Raising Up Young Evangelicals to Be the Mystics of Tomorrow
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For many years, Lighthouse Trails has tried to warn the church about evangelical publishing houses that are releasing countless materials which promote and teach contemplative spirituality. One of the publishing companies that is at the forefront of this effort to bring the New Age/new spirituality practice of contemplative prayer into the church is InterVarsity Press which has a particular focus on young evangelicals. In light of this, our concerns have only heightened upon learning of InterVarsity’s “2030 Calling,” especially when we consider how contemplative spirituality is one of the most robust vehicles that lead young evangelicals into an anti-biblical, anti-moral, “progressive,” pro-emergent outlook.

What is Contemplative Prayer?

For those unfamiliar with the term “contemplative prayer,” it is a mystical prayer practice which uses repetition of a word or phrase to enter the “silence,” “stillness,” or so-called “sacred space” in order to, supposedly, hear the voice of God. In fact, contemplative proponents like Beth Moore say you cannot even be close to God without this inner stillness. However, as author and researcher Ray Yungen points out, it is a great deception for Christians to believe this is a safe and legitimate method of communing with God, and no where in Scripture are we admonished to do this. In actuality, though one’s intent may be to seek the Lord, practicing something that is virtually identical in method to eastern meditation practices such as Transcendental Meditation is dangerous and will get the same result as TM practitioners—and that is to reach a spiritually demonic realm. And as Yungen explains, the “fruit” of practicing contemplative prayer is interspirituality (all paths lead to God), panentheism (God is in all), and universalism (all are saved).

InterVarsity Press—A History of Promoting CP

Lighthouse Trails began tracking the contemplative propensities of InterVarsity Press (IVP) about 15 years ago.

In 2006, we examined the connection IVP had developed with the now defunct Conversations Journal (a “Forum for Authentic Transformation”). The Journal, founded by three contemplative advocates (Larry Crabb, Gary Moon, and David Benner) and promoted by many contemplative emergents such as Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, Richard Foster and Catholic mystic Basil Pennington, hoped to “transform” Christian believers into Christian mystics through contemplative prayer.

Also in 2006, we wrote an article that listed some of the books contemplative publishers had recently (at that time) published. InterVarsity’s list contained The Garden of the Soul by Keri Wyatt Kent, Sacred Companions by David Benner, Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton, Meditative Prayer by Richard Foster, and Solitude and Silence by Jan Johnson. These authors are some of the major heavyweights in the contemplative prayer (aka Spiritual Formation) movement, and IVP was right in the middle of this all-out effort to transform the church.

Over the next 14 years, Lighthouse Trails often included InterVarsity Press in articles and reports on contemplative spirituality in the church as IVP consistently continued publishing these materials. Today, Meditative Prayer by Foster and Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Barton are still on IVP’s book list. The following is from our booklet Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? just to give a small snapshot of what contemplative figures in the church today teach:

[In his book] Meditative Prayer, Foster says that the purpose of meditative prayer is to create a “spiritual space” or “inner sanctuary” through “specific meditation exercises” (p.9). Foster references several mystics in the book who can point the way to these exercises: Madame Guyon, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, and Thomas Merton. Foster breaks the contemplative process down into three steps. He says:

“The first step [into meditative prayer] is sometimes called “centering down.” Others have used the term re-collection; that is, a re-collecting of ourselves until we are unified or whole. The idea is to let go of all competing distractions until we are truly centered, until we are truly present where we are.”(p.9)

Foster suggests that practicing visualization methods helps us center down. In the second step of meditation, Foster suggests that mystic Richard Rolle experienced “physical sensations” (p.17) (kundalini) during meditation which perhaps we may or may not experience as well. (p.18) Step three of meditation, Foster says, is that of “listening” to God. Once the meditative exercises have been implemented and the “spiritual ecstasy” is reached, this entered realm is where the voice of God can be heard. (p.23) However, as any New Age meditator knows, this ecstatic state is an altered state of consciousness where everything is supposed to be unified and one with God. Foster acknowledges the interspiritual attribute linked to contemplative prayer when he states: “[Jesus] showed us God’s yearning for the gathering of an all-inclusive community of loving persons.” (p.5) Foster defines more of what he means by “all-inclusive” in his book Streams of Living Water when he says this “all-inclusive community” includes everything from a “Catholic monk” to a “Baptist evangelist.” (p.12)

InterVarsity Press Today

Today, you will find that InterVarsity Press has not just continued on the contemplative publishing path, it has embraced it wholeheartedly to the nth degree. IVP books feature everything from Enneagrams to labyrinths to many forms of meditation practices, and as is the “natural” course for those practicing contemplative prayer, IVP also includes a growing number of books and authors that promote social justice and all that goes with it including Critical Race Theory.

Thus, when we read about IVP’s goal for the year 2030 (“2030 Calling”), knowing that the main target is young evangelicals, we shudder. Here is the description of “2030 Calling”:

Longing for revival, we catalyze movements that call every corner of every campus to follow Jesus [the mystical contemplative “Jesus”] For over 75 years, InterVarsity has worked to establish witnessing communities on almost 700 campuses. But did you know that of the 2,500 US college campuses (with 1,000+ students), more than half have no known campus ministry presence? God has given InterVarsity the 2030 Calling, to reach all 2,500 campuses by the year 2030. To do this, we will start ministries on new campuses, mobilize millions to pray, and partner with other ministries and churches. (source, emphasis added)

The Mystics of Tomorrow

Catholic mystic and panentheist Richard Rohr (who is praised on the IVP website) said once that one of his publishers told him his biggest audience is young evangelical men. That would suggest that the future pastors, fathers, and leaders of the “Christian church” are going to be mystical meditators! So mystic Karl Rahner was right (as Ray Yungen often pointed out) when Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will be nothing.” Did we mention that one of IVP’s authors, Ron Highfield wrote a book titled Great is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of GodBarth and [Karl] Rahner: Toward an Ecumenical Understanding of Sin and EvilGod, Freedom & Human Dignity?

In the last chapter of Ray Yungen’s book, A Time of Departing titled “The Christian of the Future,” Yungen states:

Within the evangelical world, contemplative prayer is increasingly being promoted and accepted. As a result, it is losing its esoteric aspect and is now seen by many as the wave of the future. . . .

Contemplative advocates propose that there has been something vital and important missing from the church for centuries. The insinuation is that Christians have been lacking something necessary for their spiritual vitality; but that would mean the Holy Spirit has not been fully effective for hundreds of years and only now the secret key has been found that unlocks God’s full power to know Him. These proponents believe that Christianity has been seriously crippled without this extra ingredient. This kind of thinking leads one to believe that traditional, biblical Christianity is merely a philosophy without the contemplative prayer element. Contemplatives are making a distinction between studying and meditating on the Word of God versus experiencing Him, suggesting that we cannot hear Him or really know Him simply by studying His Word or even through normal prayer—we must be contemplative to accomplish this. But the Bible makes it clear that the Word of God is living and active, and has always been that way, and it is in filling our minds with it that we come to love Him, not through a mystical practice of stopping the flow of thought (the stillness) that is never once mentioned in the Bible, except in warnings against vain repetitions. . . .

Mysticism neutralizes doctrinal differences by sacrificing the truth of Scripture for a mystical experience. Mysticism offers a common ground, and supposedly that commonality is divinity in all. But we know from Scripture “there is one God; and there is none other but he” (Mark 12:32).

In one book that is sold on IVP’s website (of which they are distributors, not the publishers) titled The Teenage Prayer Experiment Notebook by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, it states, “Each chapter of the book introduces a prayer practice, eg using labyrinths, Lego Bible modelling, prayer beads, prayer walking.” The book also includes a chapter titled “Breathing Meditations” and one on the meditative prayer exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits).

As InterVarsity Press races to reach millions and millions of young people by 2030 with its mystical message, please do what you can to educate and equip your children and grandchildren before they pick up an IVP book or attend an IVP meeting in college and have their lives and their spirituality turned upside down.

Silver Linings (?) On a Dark and Cloudy Day . . .
Editor’s Note: Written on inauguration day 2021.

By Bill Randles

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ( Romans 8:28)

Could there be some silver linings on this dark and cloudy day? As a Christian, I do believe there are, as long as we have the courage to see them and rejoice for them.

For instance, now that Biden has taken office, we can now let go of our faith in “civic religion,” once and for all, and return to our true religion (Christianity). I don’t blame anyone for being happy when Trump was elected. I was because I so dreaded the corrupt and ultra-leftist Clinton presidency, I felt like we had been given a reprieve by God. But I knew it was only a temporary reprieve.

Furthermore, I was one of the 75 million who voted for another four years for Trump. Like a large number of other Christians, I was happy for the direction Trump was taking the country. I have no regrets whatsoever voting for Him.

But politics can often take on a religious dimension, especially in America which has two souls (that of a Puritan or Pilgrim i.e. Plymouth and that of a self-seeking prospector i.e. Jamestown). Even the leftists made a great show of religion at Biden’s inauguration, singing “Amazing Grace” and praying to the “Collective” Faiths.

I could see this plainly in the recent events in American public life. Trump has been publicly and unfairly reviled, indeed; and the hatred for him by the “powers that be” has exposed the vicious nature of our ruling elite. I think one of Trump’s callings, if you will, was as an exposer of hearts.

The persecution of Trump and his followers is to the extent where in some people’s mind, Trump almost takes on a messianic status—despised and rejected as in Isaiah 53. Furthermore, since the election, there have been false prophecies about his eventual triumph, invoking martial law, and so forth. These predictions will continue into Biden’s reign, a kind of “Trump Redivivus” myth, like Nero’s.

Now a good many false prophets have been exposed, and I suppose that is another silver lining. But remember that Jeremiah also warned that “my people love to have it so,” meaning that false prophets only cater to the false lusts in backslidden people.

A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

As we watched the pseudo religious ceremony at the inauguration by the promoters of abortion, gay marriage, and even transgenderism, we see that they had to salt their ceremony with the trappings of faith because there is still a great residue of Christianity, even on the left, in this country. It has been hollowed out, and there remain only the fumes for the most part, but America is a largely religious nation.

Let us face it, We on the right have been defeated—deeply and profoundly in the earthly realm.

How could there ever be another “fair” election when nothing was done and there was no recourse about the flagrant theft of this last one? Every institution of recourse has utterly failed to show up, and the “Capitol Assault” will be used as Hitler once employed the Reichstag Fire to annihilate any resistance to his domestic “enemies.” If the election was already “close,” what will happen when the Dems baptize eleven million illegals who know they will receive handouts from them?

We were defeated in a worldly arena. So we can now see what John told us by revelation, that “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).

What we wanted was good, indeed: lower taxes, relief from oppressive government, freedom of speech, and support for the sanctity of life. We should always want and stand for good, as Christians.

But I have no faith in our system; it is worldly, corrupt, and rigged against righteousness. Perhaps, another silver lining is that we have been brought to this point of defeat so that we will instead put all of our faith in a “system” that will never fail us—the Kingdom of God!

The verse comes to mind:

But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. (Hebrews 10: 32-35)

We are now moving into company with most of the saints throughout the ages. We, in the West, have been living an anomaly, having lived under a system and government which hasn’t been overtly hostile to Christianity. Slowly and steadily that has been changing, as leftists have gained power to implement anti-Christian policies. One silver lining of this new coldness could be that some will become aware of the reality of the Gospel as they see Christians keep faith even under various pressures.

Another one that could possibly occur will be that Christians who are compromised and worldly will become more serious about their faith. Apathy has been the constant bane of those of us who plead for souls to wake up to their need for God and for their souls to be saved.

I pray that backsliders, compromisers, and even pseudo converts will wake up and realize how greatly we all need the Lord and to put our trust wholly in Him. I have to admit, that is more likely to happen when things in society don’t go our way, and when the darkness encroaches on our daily lives to a greater degree than before. Being a conservative is not the same as being a Christian. I pray that this becomes more obvious to more people.

It hurts, on so many levels. But sometimes pain is really helpful, and even heals. Let’s face reality and seek the Lord as never before. The respite was only a respite; I don’t believe that “better days” are ahead. We are, instead, heading into a labor of birth situation, and as the Bible says, the end of the world is as a woman who goes into labor and brings forth a trial after labor and transition. Let us take comfort in these words of Jesus:

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. ( John 16:21-22)

Jesus is coming; we will see Him, and our hearts will rejoice, and the world cannot take that joy from us. That is the greatest silver lining of all!

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“Covid, Vaccines, Global Reset,” and Israel”
By Tony Pearce
Author of The Messiah Factor and Director of Light for the Last Days (UK)

We live in strange times, with changes that took place to our way of life in 2020 which we would not have thought possible at the beginning of the year. Now we are wondering what 2021 will bring. We are being told that the arrival of the new COVID-19 vaccine signals the light at the end of a dark tunnel. In November Boris Johnson said, ‘Together we can get through this winter, suppress the virus until vaccines come to our aid, and then reclaim our lives and all the things that we love.’ He implied that this would happen by Spring 2021. 

Generally we find there are two main opinions about what happened so far: 

1. The majority opinion: The lockdowns are a necessary way of the government defending the health and safety of the people from a dangerous  virus which threatens us  all. The vaccines are the only way out. 

2. The sceptical opinion: The lockdowns and the vaccines are an intrusion on personal freedom, a burden on society put in place to protect us from a disease which  99.7% people recover from. 

Whichever view you hold, almost  everyone agrees that 2020 turned out to be a most horrible year. Apart  from the fear of catching the virus and  being ill or dying, people suffered  from the lockdowns. Businesses  shut down, meetings of friends and  family restricted, people stuck at  home, isolated, bored and lonely. In  many countries people faced extreme  poverty and starvation. In developed  countries most of life, work, school,  shopping, meeting people and so on,  was done from home by computer and  the Internet. We become dependent  on machines and lose human contact,  causing many to be depressed, suicidal  or alcoholic.  

Getting back to normal by early in  2021 does not look so hopeful now. . . . Many people are skeptical or resistant to the vaccine, and we are told that it won’t be available to everyone  before the end of 2021. We face what seems like a never-ending cycle of closing down, opening up for a while,  then closing down again as the virus continues to spread. Newspaper headlines read ‘Will this nightmare ever  end?’ 

The lockdowns have not eradicated  the virus. They reduce infections and  associated deaths while they are in force, but only to shift them down the  road for a later period. We are told we must follow the science, and science  has become the great god we must all  bow down to. But not all scientists  and doctors agree with the strategy.  44,000 scientists and doctors signed  the Great Barrington Declaration . . . Click here to continue reading.



“All of President Biden’s Key Executive Orders — in One Chart"

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.—Jesus (John 17:15-16)

LTRP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes as we strive to live in the world, but “not of the world” in these days.

Source: Biden administration, Biden transition team

Subject Type of action Date
Re-engage with World Health Organization End withdrawal process Jan. 20
Create position of COVID-19 response coordinator Executive order Jan. 20
Rejoin Paris climate agreement Sign an “instrument” Jan. 20
Revoke permit for Keystone XL pipeline, pause energy leasing in ANWR Executive order Jan. 20
Ask agencies to extend eviction/foreclosure moratoriums Request Jan. 20
Ask Education Dept. to extend student-loan pause Request Jan. 20
Launch an initiative to advance racial equity, end “1776 Commission” Executive order Jan. 20
Revoke order that aims to exclude undocumented immigrants from census Executive order Jan. 20
Preserve/fortify DACA, which helps “Dreamers” Memorandum Jan. 20
Require masks/distancing on all federal property and by federal workers Executive order Jan. 20
Reverse travel ban targeting primarily Muslim countries Executive order Jan. 20
Stop construction of border wall Proclamation Jan. 20
Combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity Executive order Jan. 20
Require ethics pledge for executive-branch personnel Executive order Jan. 20
Modernize and improve regulatory review Memorandum Jan. 20
End “harsh and extreme immigration enforcement” Executive order Jan. 20
Extend protection from deportation for Liberians in U.S. Memorandum Jan. 20
Revoke certain executive orders concerning federal regulation Executive order Jan. 20
Freeze any new or pending regulations Memorandum Jan. 20
Fill supply shortfalls in fight vs. COVID-19 with Defense Production Act, other measures Executive order Jan. 21
Increase FEMA reimbursement to states for National Guard, PPE Memorandum Jan. 21
Establish “COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board,” expand testing Executive order Jan. 21
Bolster access to COVID-19 treatments and clinical care Executive order Jan. 21
Improve collection/analysis of COVID-related data Executive order Jan. 21
Mount vaccination campaign amid goals such as 100 million shots in 100 days Directives Jan. 21
Provide guidance on safely reopening schools Executive order Jan. 21
OSHA guidance for keeping workers safe from COVID-19 Executive order Jan. 21
Require face masks at airports, other modes of transportation Executive order Jan. 21
Establish a “COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force” Executive order Jan. 21
Support international response to COVID-19, “restore U.S. global leadership” Directive Jan. 21
Ask agencies to boost food aid, improve delivery of stimulus checks Executive order Expected Jan. 22
Restore collective bargaining power for federal workers Executive order Expected Jan. 22

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Letter to Our Readers From A Wise Elderly Woman in Canada: In the Midst of These Troubles, It Is Well With My Soul
Painting by author of this letter

Dearly beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord:

Needless to say, we don’t like what is happening in governments and societies today, but as we keep reading the Scriptures, we will understand why things are as they are in the world in our days.  God in His mercy is calling all to repent, to turn from our evil ways, and honor Him Who is the righteous Judge and merciful Father.  He cares and continues to knock at the heart’s door of every person, including those in authority and positions of power, those for whom we are to pray as it is written.

Repeatedly in Scripture the prophets record that the response to God’s call is, “We will not obey You, we will do whatever we want, we will be our own gods, deciding what is good and what is evil.”  That has severe consequences!

God continues to plead with mankind because He is love and He is full of mercy, nor is He willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9) but that all should come to repentance and faith in His Beloved Son and have everlasting life.  We all have unsaved persons for whom we pray.  That includes national leaders in this world. God uses them to accomplish His purposes.  Someday, we will understand.  We don’t have rights—we have responsibilities, and we have privileges.

Most people do not change even after tragedy but go right back to their “normal” way of life.  Jesus wept.  So do I. 

Is God trying to get our attention?  I ask myself and others this question often. I keep handing out the Word, tracts, e-mails, and letters.  It is possible to have total peace in the midst of great trials and troubles.  It is well with my soul . . . and may that be our song daily.    

We look forward to His appearing in the clouds.  Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus, come quickly.  Yet, I thank You, precious Lord, for being longsuffering toward the unsaved for whom I pray.


Lyrics of “It Is Well With My Soul”

By Horatio G. Spafford

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Are We Becoming a Drug Culture? (Interview with McMahon and Teichrib)
LTRP Note: The following interview between T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call and Carl Teichrib (author of Game of Gods) highlights the increase of drug use in our present culture. Tied in with the spiritual atmosphere of today where esoteric experiences are sought after by both secular and religious people and recreational marijuana is becoming legalized in more and more states of the U.S. (and fully in Canada), this is a recipe for a disastrous outcome.

The very people who have been advocating for [marijuana’s] legalization, those are the same people who are [saying] that what the legalization of marijuana does is it opens up a gateway—[to] the legalization . . . psychedelics. . . They recognize that human evolution can only take place through a spiritual reawakening via the psychedelic substance.—T.A. McMahon

By T.A. McMahon and Carl Teichrib

Tom: Welcome to Apostasy Update. I’m T. A. McMahon, and in this program we’re addressing biblical eschatology—what the Bible has to say prophetically about the last days prior to the return of Jesus Christ. 

My partner in this discussion is Carl Teichrib. He’s the author of Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-enchantment.

Carl Teichrib

Carl, welcome back, and thanks for joining me in our ongoing discussion of where the world and Christendom are headed according to the Scriptures as history draws to a close.

Carl: Good to be back, Tom. Looking forward to this discussion.

T.A. McMahon

Tom: Yeah. Carl, as you know, and hopefully many of our viewers recognize that we’re—what we’ve been presenting in this series is taken from four books: your book, Game of GodsAmerica, the Sorcerer’s New Apprentice; Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict; and most importantly the Bible, which is God’s direct communication to mankind.  Click here to read the rest of the interview or to listen to it.

Related Information:

Discernment Materials by Carl Teichrib

The Cross and the Marijuana Leaf by Linda Nathan

Where Are We Going? by David Dombrowski

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And let us pray and work, that the misunderstanding, the bitterness, the hate, and the frustration, and the tension that exists may disappear and that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Charity may prevail again amongst our people. —Manning Johnson, 1959, From his final address

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Ironside: What Does It Mean to Be Justified Before God?

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)

Justification! It is a big word, and very often people miss its true meaning. What is it to be justified? It is to be cleared of all blame, to be freed from every charge. It is the sentence of the court in favor of the prisoner. The prisoner stands there, charged with certain things; the evidence is all heard, and the jury brings in a verdict of “Not guilty.” The man is justified.

Notice a most remarkable thing in these two verses. We have two things here, which God does for the believing sinner that no man could do for anyone else. You could not both forgive a man and justify him at the same time. If you forgive him, he cannot be justified. He must be guilty, and therefore, there is something to forgive. On the other hand, if you justify him, then you do not need to forgive him. Suppose, for instance, one had been charged with a certain crime, and after everything had been heard, the jury says, “Not guilty,” and the judge pronounces him free. As that man comes out of the courtroom, a friend says to him, “It was kind of the judge to forgive you, wasn’t it?”

The man replies, “He did not forgive me; I did not require his forgiveness. I was justified; I was proven not guilty and did not need to be forgiven.”


Of course, human judges may sometimes make a mistake. You have heard the story of the man who was arrested, charged with stealing a gold watch and chain. After all the evidence of the complaining witness had been heard, the judge looked down at the prisoner and announced, “The sentence of this court is acquittal.”

The man leaned forward and said, “What was that you said, judge?”

“I said, the sentence of the court is acquittal.”

The man looked puzzled and said to the judge, “Judge, I just don’t understand what that means.”

“Well,” the judge explained, “I mean you are acquitted.”

“Well, judge, does that mean I gotta give the watch back?”

You see, the man was guilty, and the judge himself had been deceived.

But God will never be deceived. Nobody can ever put anything over on Him. He knows every sin that you and I have ever been guilty of—sins in thought, sins in word, and sins in deed; and then in addition to all of these, failure to do the things we know we ought to do can be just as truly sin as to commit overt acts of evil. And God knows all about it, and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

But God undertakes both to forgive the sin and to justify the sinner—to clear him of every charge when he puts his trust in His blessed Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. You could not do that for anyone, but God can, and He does it because the Lord Jesus Christ in infinite grace condescended to take our place, to bear the judgment that our sins deserved, so that when we come to God, confessing our sins, over against all that sin and over against all that wickedness stands the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. And on the basis of that, God says, “I forgive this man and accept him before My presence as though he had never sinned at all. I count him as righteous and justify him fully and completely.” That is the meaning of justification.


You who have just recently come to trust the Savior, I wonder if you have entered into that. I wonder if you realize that the moment you trusted the Savior, that instant God gave you a new standing before Him. You stand before Him now as if you had never sinned at all. You say, “Well, I can’t forget my sins. They come up before me when I lie down at night; they come before me when I kneel to pray; and they are before me even in the daytime. There are so many things that I wish had never happened, and I sometimes wonder, since they come crowding in upon my mind as they do, whether they are really forgiven.”

Let me assure you, if you have really trusted Christ, they are not only forgiven, but forgotten. God says, “Your sins and iniquities will I remember no more,” and if God has forgotten them, then you and I may well say, “I too will seek to forget, and say with Paul, ‘Forgetting those things which are behind . . . I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’” (Philippians 3:13-14).

God Himself is the author of our justification. We read in the Epistle to the Romans, chapter 8, and really in one sense I am beginning at the wrong end; I am beginning where God leaves off here in the Epistle to the Romans, but I am beginning where I think you and I as sinners need to begin. In Romans 8, we read that it is God Himself who justifies. Take verse 33:

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

We are justified by God, the source of it. It is He who has taken up this question, who has gone into it fully and completely, and He says, “Now I am satisfied to acknowledge as righteous the man who trusts My blessed Son.”

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God’s Word Declares the Importance of Being Watchful and Discerning

By Warren B. Smith

Christian seek not yet repose,
Cast thy dreams of ease away;
Thou art in the midst of foes: Watch and pray.
Watch as if that alone were the issue of the day;
Pray that help may be sent down: Watch and pray.
Charlotte Elliot & William H. Monk

Learn to discern, Watch and pray;
Night’s almost here, Far spent is the day.
Learn to discern, Watch and pray;
Armor on tight, Keeping the enemy at bay.
Learn to discern, Watch and pray;
Don’t be deceived, Narrow is the way.
If you learn to discern, To watch and pray;
Then close to Jesus You will always stay.

The following selected verses emphasize the importance of being watchful and discerning.


Be Watchful
Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:2-3)

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings. (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)

Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. (Isaiah 21:5-6)

Watch and Pray with Supplication and Perseverance
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

Watch and Pray with Thanksgiving
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Watch and be Sober
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-6)

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Watch and Pray Regarding Temptation
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

Watch and Stand Fast
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Watch For Grievous Wolves
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (Acts 20:29-31)

Watch in All Things
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:2-5)

Watch and Pray Always
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:35-36)

Watch for the Lord
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:35-37)

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. (Luke 12:37)

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 24:42-44)

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (Revelation 16:15)


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