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“House Approves Bill Barring States From Restricting Abortions”
LTRJ Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes. Additionally noted: while women who have had abortions can receive forgiveness through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, it should never be minimized that abortion is an act of murder against an unborn defenseless child.

“House Approves Bill Barring States From Restricting Abortions”

By Zachary Stieber
The Epoch Times

The House of Representatives approved a bill on Sept. 24 that, if the Senate follows suit and the measure is signed into law, would bar states from restricting abortions. . . .

The legislation states that abortion services are a constitutional right, as decided by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, although that access to abortion “has been obstructed across the United States in various ways,” including by state laws.

It also states that health care providers would be able to carry out abortions with virtually no limitations or requirements, a provision aimed at pre-empting new state laws, as well as superseding some current laws at the state level. Click here to continue reading.

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Letter to the Editor: Disappointed in Our Church Using The Message “Bible”
Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am so disappointed in our church’s using The Message in place of God’s Word; I am desiring to received your booklet warning about The Message by John Lanagan (The Message Bible: A Breach of Truth). I have read it and checked out The Message from our church library and found it to be a great difference from the Holy Bible.

I am 87 years old and have been a Christian for many years. I have been a Bible club teacher and taught many times verses from the Bible. There is no way one can learn truth from The Message – impossible . . . and we are to “hide God’s Word in our hearts.”

Please send me several of your booklets by Mr. Lanagan, and I will give them to church staff and others like my present class teachers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Joyce


Related Information:

Eugene Peterson’s Mixed Message: A Subversive Bible for a New Age by Warren B. Smith

“RNS Interview Reveals The Message Author Eugene Peterson Changes Mind About “Gay” Issues/Marriage

Message Bible for Little Kids Instructs on Contemplative Meditation

Tossed To and Fro

By Harry Ironside

I never knew until I became the father of children how much is involved in the words that occur in a well-known hymn, “No infant’s changing pleasure / Is like my wandering mind.” How children’s minds jump from one thing to another! How hard it is for them to concentrate! And many of God’s children are just the same. Often when one is trying to explain a truth to believers, he is embarrassed by the questions that are asked showing that his students have not been concentrating and therefore have not grasped the truth. As a result people are never truly established in the faith. It is in order to save us from this thing that God has set in His church those who are responsible to instruct and build up His saints, that they should not be like little children tossed back and forth, like leaves carried about by the wind or, using the figure the apostle had in mind, like little sailboats on the water, blown from their course and tossed by every changing wind.

Christians who are grounded in the truth of God are a blessing. But so many people always seem to be running after some new teaching, never seeming to have any discrimination. Let me give you an absurd case. Years ago as I sat in my office in Oakland, there came in through the bookroom a man. He was tall and gaunt, had long flowing hair coming down over his shoulders, and a long unkempt beard. He came up to where I sat writing. I did not want to be interrupted, for I felt that he was going to waste my time with some useless religious argument. He said, “I gather, sir, from the books I have seen in the window that you are a truth-seeker, and I thought I would come in and have a chat with you.”

“You are mistaken,” I said; “I am not a truth-seeker at all.”

“Oh, you aren’t? May I ask why you are not?”

“Why, because, sir, I have found Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and therefore my seeking is at an end. Once I was a truth-seeker, but now I am a truth-finder, for I know Christ.”

“Well, but are there not many things that you still need to know?”

“Oh, yes; there are a great many things that I need to know, but I have found the great Teacher, and I am not going around seeking truth any longer. He instructs me through His Word.”

“Well, as for me, I am always seeking; I go anywhere and everywhere that I think I can learn more.”

“Yes,” I said, “I was reading of you in my Bible the other day.”

“Of me?”

“Yes.”

“What did it say about me?”

“It said, ‘Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth’“ (2 Timothy 3:7).

“Why, that has no reference to me,” he said.

“Pardon me, but you said that you are always seeking and if a man is always seeking, he is never finding. But, you see, those of us who know Christ have found the Truth.”

Then he began to tell me some of his weird gospel.

What a lot of folks there are like him in some degree, just running from one thing to another and never getting anywhere. The apostle said, “Hold fast the form of sound words” (2 Timothy 1:13), and you get sound words in the Book of God and nowhere else.

In our text we read, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). This verse speaks of men who have selfish purposes to serve, and want to make disciples in order to profit from them. When men come to you with strange and new ideas, ask for a “Thus saith the Lord.” Ask them to give chapter and verse in the Bible for the strange doctrines they bring you. If Christians would only do this, they would not be running after these modern religious fads. God’s own Word has stood the test of nineteen hundred years, and you can depend on it. You can live on it; and as you feed on the precious truth revealed in its pages, you will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“House Approves Bill Barring States From Restricting Abortions”
Letter to the Editor: Disappointed in Our Church Using The Message “Bible”
Tossed To and Fro . . .
The Turning
Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren’s Past and Present Troubling Connections
Halloween! A Warning to Christian Parents/The Gospel to Children
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The Turning

By Mike Oppenheimer

Lying has always been with us but has now reached epidemic proportions having no limits. I’m shocked when I occasionally hear the truth from those who more often lie. The fact is, liars are accepted more quickly than those who tell the truth because they lie so well.

There are liars in the pulpits of the church, liars in politics, liars in medicine; everywhere you turn you can’t get a straight and honest answer. It becomes more than frustrating as we find ourselves yelling out loud at the TV or radio “you’re lying.”

The question is how can all this be turned around?

As believers, we are to see the way things are in reality and not how we hope them to be one day. The news is coming at us at 100 mph, 24/7, and it is rarely good. It seems every newsletter gets worse with the information to share.

Our constitution in America was based on Judeo-Christian principles. America’s politics were built upon the unique principle of “we the people” where government both represents and serves the people. There is a saying “power to the people,” but now we are finding the power is to the few who want to exploit the masses. So now “the people” means the few—really, the wrong people! To certain leaders in government, the idea is to rule over others forcibly, if necessary, but this is not what was meant by “We the People!” They were elected to serve us, not we to serve them.

Abraham Lincoln said during his own tumultuous times, “The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts, not to over-throw the Constitution, but to over-throw the men who pervert that Constitution” A taste of irony for our day—a long forgotten statement in our history.

Some people’s whole lives revolve around politics; this is not only unhealthy but leaves many disturbed and unhinged. They continue to call the violators of the constitution who loot, burn, and kill as peaceful protestors. People who work for a living are harmed and in some instances terrorized, and there is far less protection for them as the police are diminished and pushed out of the way by the forces of Marxist control through revolution.

The forward movement to control food production, education, healthcare, media, banking, religion, travel, energy, local law enforcement, and most importantly free speech are all on the table.

So many who have common sense do not see the big picture. They continue to argue as if the party in control has a live conscience. Their hope is to make reparations to the damage now underway, doing everything they can as we fast approach a mass reaction to the actions of the new administration. There is no guesswork; there is going to be a reaction, hopefully not an over-reaction.

The Palestinian peace plan is attempting to eliminate Israel from the face of the Earth. Their “final solution” is reminiscent of other historical figures who have attempted the extermination of God’s people. Likewise, our communistic left wants to eliminate our freedoms. Not much difference there! We live in perilous times, and it is evident that it’s not going to get better. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled as the nations of the world are jostling in position for the end times.

The enemy is not coming over the borders as much as it is within our borders. Radicals (Marxists, anarchists, communists and socialists) have risen together and want America gone. Make no mistake of their goal. This country and every country is their target. They claim they want justice through revolution. But true justice will come with Jesus at His return, and He will have perfect judgment in His justice, and believe me they won’t like it. They chant “No justice, no peace.” Actually it’s no Jesus, no peace, and history will prove this to be true.

Civil war is not a topic anyone likes to discuss. I have been saying for some time now that we are in a “cold” civil war in America. This has to do with light and darkness; it is spiritual. The social media platforms have escalated it by silencing valuable and important information. We are now entering a new stage that will harden their position.

A decade ago, Curtis Bowers created the documentary, “Agenda: Grinding America Down,” detailing a communist agenda to corrupt American institutions—from education to Hollywood to media—and subvert America and its values from within. The main strategy was to divide and conquer—to turn Americans against each other.

This plan to destroy American freedoms has simmered since communism came to our country but has now escalated with the new Marxist revolutionaries.

Communist promoter Karl Marx said that “The first battlefield is the rewriting of history.” Cultural Marxism is far more aggressive than its Marxist roots. That is what we are seeing with the tearing down of statues and implementing strategies to revise history across the nation. Communist Anarchists are using social engineering techniques wherever they can implement the subversion of American thought, especially among the young and ignorant.

Big tech companies are now working to de-platform dissenting voices. Do you wonder why the leaders are not upset that our society is falling apart? There is a plan.

The march of Communism is being achieved to overthrow capitalism, replacing it with technocrats who are using social media to create a system for their society of atheistic elite humanists (which is an oxymoron). When they turn a blind eye to human rights violations, you know who they really are.

Cuba

While the Biden regime committed itself to revamping our government, Cuba’s people shouted in anti-communist protests la libertad en Cuba.

Both Biden/Pelosi and party are committed to letting those on our southern border enter this country claiming “humanitarian” reasons. But Cubans, who flee a repressive Marxist state, are not welcome?? This is the 2+2 = 5 of Marxism.

The obfuscation gets more obvious when the State Department claims that the Cuban protests were about rising COVID cases and medicine shortages, not against communist oppression. We have let communist anarchists be the voice in our country via the media to provide their version of the truth; they even blamed the USA for Cuba’s revolt saying it was not communistic oppression but the American embargo that incited the revolution. Yet, the American embargo had nothing to do with health and medical needs. The embargo is there to put pressure on violations to the human rights of Cubans and make reforms while agricultural goods and medical supplies have always been permitted.

What’s next? Will they promote taking a boat or a raft from Florida to Cuba to flee America in favor of a communist paradise?

The Hegelian Dialectic

Understanding the Hegelian Dialectic can be very helpful in recognizing the transformation of our government and society that is taking place right now. The Hegelian Dialectic is nothing new but was first formulated by Georg Hegel (1770-1831), a German philosopher and pantheistic occultist who created a new method for attaining “truth” (and that has remained a method of resolving philosophical and political issues ever since). The method is actually simple, but the achievement has proven to be diabolical when applied to world affairs.

The idea is merely this: for every idea (view or opinion), there is a contrary or opposite idea. “Truth” is somewhere between the two; and if we allow their opposing views to collide, so to speak, the resulting reconciliation of the two views they present becomes the new truth evolving from lesser ideas to a higher level of truth. In the philosophical arena, this Hegelian formula is expressed as A (thesis) plus B (anti-thesis) equals C (synthesis).

This method of arriving at “truth” may seem innocent enough as many an argument has been resolved where opposing views have been reconciled by compromise. However, in the political spectrum, we have seen this philosophy work havoc on societies under leaders who incorporated this method. They define, then redefine, the problem and offer the solution, creating the conflict and then bringing about the resolution. This is Hegel’s dialectic in action. Once you understand how this is implemented, you can identify it everywhere it is used.

The young Hegelians initially used the dialectic process to criticize what they considered to be irrational, outmoded, and repressive beliefs and teachings. Their first assault, not surprisingly, was directed against the foundations of Christianity.

Later, the Hegelian formula was applied to the political sphere where class conflicts were spurred on to create revolution for the sake of “social justice.” The goal of this revolution was (and is today) to overturn capitalism and replace it with communism. Marxism further invents the struggle between the social classes, labeling the divisions as the bourgeoise (capitalists) and the proletariat (workers). Names like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin were followed by others whose hope was to fill the world with Marxism or communism. At the same time, these men shared a strong anti-Christian fervor whereby Hegelian philosophy gave them their key weapon in their war against Christianity.

There are two major problems with the Hegelian formula that make it a formula for disaster. First, we live in an imperfect world, and the more godless a governing body becomes, the more we will see that its dialectical decisions will agree with its goals and not the true good of the people. Secondly, the Hegelian formula presupposes that there are no absolute truths and therefore “truth” must be arrived at by argumentation and debate in the philosophical arena and by struggle, conflict, or war in the political realm. Countries being given over to this method of governance can be recognized by the fact that the people are increasingly being ruled by fear while freedoms are being diminished. We see this happening today in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and much of the world.

Since early 2020, this turning of society has grown exponentially with the discovery of the Covid virus serving as a catalyst to force this change. Then critical race theory entered the picture, which is really a derivative of the Hegelian Dialectic, presupposing that a critical look at race will resolve racial issues—in other words, conflict brings resolution. However, we have witnessed that critical race theory (CRT) has only bred more suspicion and the breakdown of society without resolution. Conflict breeds more conflict, as we have seen with the “fruit” of the Black Lives Matter movement (which is fully Marxist). Too few people understand that Marxism does not care about black people but only uses them as pawns to do the dirty work of revolution to create a communistic world (see Manning Johnson’s outstanding discussion of this in his book Color, Communism, and Common Sense).

Over the last two years, we have witnessed a multitude of events as the powers that be are positioning themselves into place, pushing aside obstacles to their causes. Worldwide, the wheels of government are in continual flux; a turning is taking place.

Society Being Dismantled

Major traditions, like morality, are being dismantled. In their place is lawlessness, masquerading as the better
way—a new standard of freedom. Here is an example of the dialectic: It was so peaceful, it was the police that caused the problem when they interfered. Is that what happened? No! But now with everything being ruined in their cities and people fleeing, they have an “aha moment” and want the police back. Duh!

How a society treats the young, the unborn, and the elderly shows where that society is. If there is no protection or care then you know your humanity has diminished. We see this on the streets with attacks on the elderly, and we saw this in care facilities during the height of Covid. Mayor Cumo who finally resigned for a lesser accusation of being inappropriate to women does not compare to the many thousands killed in nursing homes by his purposeful policy. They could not have this be the reason of dismissal when California Gov. Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and others did the same policy in nursing homes. The unborn and the old get murdered, and there is barely a sound heard . . .

One can see how quickly a country can be diminished or destroyed as violent crimes of all kinds continue to escalate across the country. Over Independence Day weekend, 400 were shot, 250 people killed (60% of those shot). On the celebration of the day that we became a nation, agreeing all men are created equal. Safety has become a main concern on many of our streets.

To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.” (Job 5:11-12)

Job knew a thing or two about safety as he was directly attacked with all the violence of the Devil and lost it all. In Psalm 4:8, David writes, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” If we want protection in the nation, we need to seek the Lord, not politicians, asking Him for continued protection, for the battle is the Lord’s.


It’s been said, as the church goes, so goes the nation. The state of the nation has caught up with the state of the church. Spiritual violence has been taught for a long time by false teachers. What did Jesus say about us being salt, which was the only preservative at the time “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13) With so many false teachers steering the church, we too have arrived at a new synthesis. Christianity without the Holy Word taught accurately (or even taught at all) gives us the synthesis of “new revelation.”

Riots and Protests

America’s churches have been continually ripped apart by false teachers, and now America is openly being ripped apart by false history to produce further political division.

Over thirty school districts across fifteen different states are teaching the radical ‘anti-whiteness’ book according to investigator Chris Rufo. Dozens of schools have been caught exposing students to the book, Not My Idea, that says “whiteness” is a “contract with the devil.”

All this is straight out of the teaching of Louis Farrakhan’s Black Muslim sect. It is being used to divide a country that will be led to a more dangerous condition than what brought the Civil War. All this is coming from our higher learning institutions like Harvard, and the elementary teachers (NEA) are insisting these that types of books and ideas be used in their curriculum.

Since we now learn 2+2 = 5, we can understand the (non) logic of the left. Their media troops say Jan 6th was worse than 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and the Holocaust, though no guns were used by the protestors. Hmmm. They never let facts get in the way of arriving at their shallow conclusions.

What really did happen on Jan. 6th is no longer a mystery. The host of “The Truth is Viral” podcast was invited on OAN and discussed his viral video that exposed two likely FBI informants who were filmed breaking windows, attacking the building, and even pushing people inside the US Capitol.

There are numerous stories of people explaining how the FBI (and others) tried to recruit them to be among the people and cause the commotion. Were there unaware and naïve people who got caught up in the moment? There certainly were. Yet, it is reported that the DC Mayor Bowser and Nancy Pelosi turned down protection from the National Guard on Jan. 6th and that the FBI did not tell the Trump Administration “There could be a situation.”

Some conclude this is why so many were allowed by the police to come into the capitol—that it was a set up. Not really a surprise, if we consider everything else that was done throughout Trump’s term to destroy his viability. To this day, the FBI overlooks these people and has incarcerated others. 562 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection including over 12% who are military and law enforcement. As yet, no one has been convicted of a crime. None of the Jan. 6 protesters have been charged with treason or sedition, which is constantly being thrown around in the media.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) office is pushing back on the accusation of hypocrisy by asserting he won’t use his anti-riot law on “peaceful demonstrations” in the state. The near 300 riots from Antifa and BLM participants were essentially allowed in the cities and called peaceful protests! It reminds me of what they began to say about Islam after 911—that
Islam is a peaceful religion; it means peace. They denied there were Muslim terrorists when it became apparent that there were terrorists that were in fact Islamic.

We are destroying our own people and cities by listening and obeying those who do not obey the laws and want to see it all burn!

It’s All Critical

Marxist Critical Theory is now critical race theory in America. CRT is not limited to college classes; in fact, they want it to begin with children in kindergarten.

Again, all this is coming from our higher learning institutions, and the elementary teachers are insisting these books and ideas be used in their curriculum for young children. According to the Bible, if Jesus died for all humanity, then all lives matter. People can choose toreject this truth, but as Christians we must believe this or we do not understand God’s love toward humanity, and we are not believing or practicing what Scripture says. Yet, so many schools and churches are adopting critical race theory which contradicts Scripture and is filled with inaccuracies that are intentional lies of history and our present condition.

A father stood before a public school board refuting the error of critical race theory, explaining that it actually influences students of different races to “hate each other.” The repercussions are any mixed marriages would now be unacceptable, friendships would dissolve, and they call this progress! And all the while, the Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal” with “unalienable rights.”

Other influences are severing the country from its constitution; the same is happening in the church being severed from the Word. There are those who are loyal to an ideology. When one lacks belief in God, he trusts government; thus government becomes his god. Leftism has become a competing force against biblical Christianity. Churches have abandoned the Bible on topics such as homosexuality and changing the gender identity we were born with. It was the Liberal churches that were among the first to embrace the postmodern thinking, forge religious partnerships, and bring unification with other religions. They diminish sin and doctrine in favor of their new ideas; therefore sin cannot be identified, and neither can evil.

We are now aware of the corruption that is pervasive everywhere. You can expect much more aggressive action as the current resistance to tyranny is low, as people are kept in the dark of what is actually taking place. The opposition to this is potentially to be censored. Except for a few, most are not touching the real underlying issues and what is to be the outcome. There are over 30 Soros-backed DAs in major cities in the United States. LA County District Attorney George Gascon ended cash bail and is no longer prosecuting the crimes of trespassing, resisting arrest, prostitution, or driving without a license. He has received over $2 million from Soros; there are many just like this all over the country. Like DA Mike Schmidt of Portland, who received $$ from Soros and declined to prosecute rioters who burned the city for months, besieging a federal building. The Black Lives Matter movement received millions of dollars in grants from Soros’ Open Society Foundation and grant-making from the Center for American Progress.

So we should understand that this revolution is being well funded by the super rich elites. It is not a bottom up grassroots revolt. All this is done in our faces, and they get away with it. Are we really understanding what is happening, are we ready for what is next? Gas Prices have risen forty percent in certain areas; more increases are expected throughout Summer. Grocery prices along with so many other items are rising as inflation is gaining strength (nearing eight percent). A potential supply chain interference can be expected when the price of energy skyrockets along with other factors affecting food distribution.


All is Politicized, Even Religion

For the most part, true critical thinking in the schools and universities has vanished, it is rarely taught. Only what they hear from the professors is considered truth (this is called indoctrination, not education). They agitate instead of educate. Many classes incorporate the teacher’s personal political views of the left.

Marx was the prophet of Marxism, a social religion. Nazism had its following under Hitler and explicitly called him a redeemer of the German nation. When politics are combined with religious fervor, it becomes the most dangerous. This is what totalitarian dictators operate by, stirring and agitating their listeners with their lips while bearing the whip of fear over “dissenters.”

There are two influences in the world, and they are clashing. One is truth, the other is falsehood; one is moral, the other is immoral. Is the information we receive being reshaped by the power of technological socialism? If you don’t think this can take place, it already has begun! Two coups are taking place simultaneously in America from the deep left: one in politics; the other in the church—to change its ways to the new apostolic reform with current prophets disseminating a continual flow of “new revelation.”

Over ten years ago, I saw this totalitarianism developing, and on “The Parable of Judges 9” DVD, I warned of dictators (totalitarians) coming; we are entering a time of dictators. As nations’ leaders exert their muscles, it will lead to the last dictator that Scripture has written about.

Covid Dilemma

The world is becoming increasingly unstable because of its restrictions. There are protests over vaccinations and tracking in the UK and France. Israel claims the Pfizer Covid vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant though it keeps people from being seriously ill. But the greatest difficulty is in getting (or even allowing) accurate honest reporting.

The teachers unions are hysterical and do not have the facts on their side on wanting children to be vaccinated and wear masks. Masks worn for long periods of time become a petri dish; we breathe in our own toxins, which can be devastating for our young children.

How did we get here, apart from Fauci being Americas no.1 medical informer and current scaremonger of a virus that is actually diminishing in its spread and effect. It was the WHO that painted the massive scare scenario in March, 2020 together with Dr. Neil Ferguson’s Imperial Report. Claims of record high coronavirus cases a week — a pace not seen since March. Yet when I go to Worldmeter, there is nothing reported like these numbers.

CDC stats: Have smoking & Covid killed the same number of people in 2020? More than 480,000 deaths annually (including 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke each year). That’s near Covid 19 statistics, but no one has insisted on restrictions for smoking like they do Covid.

As for the church, considering all the people with the so-called gift of healing, have you found anyone miraculously healed from Covid19? Did it make the news? No, not one that I can recall, and Covid19 certainly did not die in March like Mr. Copeland and others pronounced it. Nor did Rodney Browne have machines to diminish it. Therefore, they are All false prophets. And yet people still listen to them! This is why the church has such an insipid reputation. A church with no discernment on what is truth is not “The Church” Jesus is head over.


Nearly thirty years ago, I took a police course on “cult mentality and occult offenses.” I learned there are all kinds of cults in America—the three main ones are religious, social, and political cults. All these can bring people lies and deception in different ways. But we can add another category to the three—a fourth, big tech, which is now the top tier as they do the government’s work. Today politics are one sided, empowered by Marxism, the worst kind of ideology for a free nation to face, which is having us collapse as a country.

Conclusion

Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that we are in a battle, but it is not merely a physical one but moreso a spiritual battle. As Paul put it, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). In addition to this, let us remember that Jesus commissioned us to be lights to the world. He instructed us to be as a city on a hill and a candle on a candlestick (Matthew 5:14-16). Furthermore, as I have endeavored to share here, we are at a turning point in our history, and, more than ever, we need to turn our futures over to the Lord, to guide us with His Spirit and the ministry of His Word. Hold fast to the Gospel!

A Special Note From Let Us Reason Ministries

From the beginning, this ministry [Let us Reason] has faced opposition. We were threatened to be brought to the Hague because of our teachings on cults. Others complained about our name not being biblical, ironically not knowing it was taken from the Bible. Others tried to pit us against other ministries. We have been told not to name names and been called nearly every disgusting name possible (from professed Christians). We have been accused of false witness on the people we write on, claiming they never said any of this even though we have documentation next to the quotes from video, audio, and their websites. Some people don’t mind being deceived.

As far as I know, few, if any Jewish believers are involved in apologetics. That makes us unique. It also brings greater warfare. And we have been on the receiving end even from churches I attended as a member.

We want to thank the people and the few churches who have continued in support and who pray for us. It’s unfortunate that I have been rejected by the churches I was saved in, such as the Calvary Chapel one here in Hawaii.

It’s obvious there is a real problem taking place, and it has to do with facing reality, not reimagining it to what you want it to be but what it really is. The time of complacency is over. Time to be serious and put our faith into action. Let’s do what we can while there is still time.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)


LTRJ Note: If you would like to help support the ministry of Let Us Reason, please visit Mike Oppenheimer’s ministry website.

*The section titled The Hegelian Dialectic was written by the editors at Lighthouse Trails.

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Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren’s Past and Present Troubling Connections
(photo: a page from the 2008 Time Magazine article)

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace. (Ezekiel 13:10)

Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. (Ezekiel 7:25)

And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. (2 Chronicles 15:5)

LTRP Note: For many years, Lighthouse Trails and a number of its authors have issued strong concerns and warnings about Rick Warren’s ecumenical, New-Age infiltrated Purpose-Driven movement and his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan that have influenced over two hundred thousand churches and pastors throughout the world. His Purpose Driven Church and Purpose Driven Life books are riddled with unbiblical innuendos, promotions, quotes, ideologies, and misconstrued use of Scripture. Coupled with that are his associations and close interactions and dealings (which have been guilt by proxy, not merely guilt by association) that have brought confusion, misguidance, and so much twisting of truth to the church (which is so often prone to falling prey to deception as the apostle Paul warned would happen after his departure).

The following short letter to the editor and documentation is yet another example of the lack of discernment and biblical judgment by this man who has significantly altered the face of today’s Christianity. (Below the letter, please also refer to a number of Lighthouse Trails related links, and if you have never read A “Wonderful” Deception by Warren B. Smith, we recommend it.)

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I used to warn from the roof tops about Rick Warren being a Marxist infiltrator after he admitted to Time Magazine in August 2008 to having led a courtroom march for the radical Marxist SDS from the 60s. He also sat on the board of  Fabian socialist Tony Blair’s interfaith foundation and is still listed as a registered member of the CFR (Council for Foreign Relations.

Most recently, he’s been exposed for sitting on the board of the Covid Collaborative. If you go to the main page of the Covid Collaborative website, you can see the propaganda videos from the Pope as well as the former presidents. And then another disturbing video (see below) where Rick Warren admits to another troubling connection.

Also see: https://www.covidcollaborative.us/

Sincerely, R.A.


Related Information:

  1. Lighthouse Trails resources on exposing the Purpose Driven movement
  2. Eye-Witness Account: Global Peace Forum at Saddleback with Rick Warren and Tony Blair Raises Serious Questions About Global Peace Plan
  3. Radio interview with former New Age follower on the Purpose Driven movement (with Ingrid Schlueter)
  4. Rick Warren’s Dangerous Ecumenical Pathway to Rome And How One Interview Revealed So Much
  5. “A Life With Purpose” – A Glimpse at the Past to Better Understand the Present
  6. Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren to Co-Preach Keynote Address at Pope’s U.S.A. Visit in September
  7. Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan – The New Age/Eastern Meditation Doctors Behind the Saddleback Health
  8. Christian Leaders—A New Openness . . . to the Catholic Church

This is just a small portion of the material Lighthouse Trails provides on this issue.

Halloween! A Warning to Christian Parents/The Gospel to Children

LTRP Note: This warning by former New Ager Johanna Michaelsen is also available as a Lighthouse Trails booklet, suitable to give to others. We also offer a special Halloween Give-Away Pack. The pack is only $2.75 and includes the booklet below plus two Gospel tracts (Tricky Treat and Heaven Is No Trick) and a Bible-verse coloring book. The Halloween warning booklet can be given directly to parents while the tracts and coloring book can be given to children who are celebrating Halloween.

Halloween! A Warning to Christian Parents

By Johanna Michaelsen

It was the night of Halloween, and ironically, I was working on a chapter about Halloween for my book Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult when the doorbell rang. I was greeted by an adorable bunch of little kids doing their level best to look like gruesome Witches and vampires. I bent down as I distributed apples and oranges in response to lusty cries of “trick or treat!”

“You kids want to know something?” I asked very softly.

“Yeah!” came a unanimous chorus.

“With the Lord Jesus, there is no trick. He loves every one of you very much.”

Several little faces beamed up at me through their ghoulish makeup. “That’s neat!” exclaimed one little girl. “Yeah!” chimed in a few others.

“This is Jesus’ night,” I said. Why I said that, I’m not really sure. I was poignantly aware of the fact that it is a night the devil has made a point of claiming for himself.

“No it’s not!” snarled a hidden voice. “It’s Jason’s night!” A boy who was taller than the rest stepped out from the shadows. He was wearing the white hockey mask of “Jason,” the demented, ghoulish killer in the movie Friday the 13th and was brandishing a very realistic-looking hatchet. I have to admit that the boy gave me a start, but I stood my ground and dropped a banana into his bag.

“No, ‘Jason,’ this is still Jesus’ night!” I repeated. And indeed it is, even though it is most assuredly the night set aside for the glorification and worship of idols, false gods, Satan, and death. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”1

“Jason” evidently resented the competition, however, for he ripped our mailbox right out of the ground and left his banana squished on the stair.

PET GHOSTS?

Most of us in the United States have grown up observing Halloween in one form or another. From the time we are in preschool, we make drawings or cutouts of sinister black Witches—the haggier the better. We make paintings of gruesome black cats with gleaming, evil, orange eyes; we hang up smirking paper skeletons with dancing limbs; we glue together ghost and bat mobiles; and we design demoniacal faces for our pumpkins.

For several years, one thoughtful kindergarten teacher in Southern California even provided ghosts for her pupils to commune with at Halloween. I spoke with one of the mothers from that school who told me that her little boy was sent home with a note from the teacher informing the parents that their child would be bringing home a “special friend” the next day. The child was to nurture his “friend,” name it, feed it, and talk to it—all as a part of a special class project that was designed to “develop the child’s imagination.”

The next day, the little boy came home with a sealed envelope along with explicit instructions that his parents were not to touch it; only the child was allowed to open the envelope. Mom said, “You bet!” and promptly opened it up. Inside was six inches of thick orange wool string with a knot tied a quarter of the way up to make a loop resembling a head. The mimeographed “letter” that accompanied it read as follows:

Haunted House
001 Cemetery Lane
Spookville

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your order. Your ghost is exactly what you ordered. You will find that your ghost is attached to an orange string. Do not untie the special knot until you are ready to let your ghost go.

Your ghost will tell you when it is hungry and what it prefers to eat. It will sleep in the air beside you all day. It especially likes quiet places where there are cobwebs, creaky boards and corners.

If you follow the above directions, you will have a very happy ghost.

Yours truly,

Head Ghost

The mother, a Christian, didn’t approve of the idea of her son taking in a pet ghost, however housebroken. She was also a little suspicious of her six-year-old being addressed as “Dear Customer.” So she confiscated the thing and put it in the garage on a shelf until she could decide what to do with it. The next day, her sister was in the garage on an errand, unaware of the matter of the “ghost in the string.” Suddenly she was frightened by the sense of a threatening presence around her. She heard the sounds of a cat hissing in the corner and something like a “chatty doll” mumbling incoherently at her. Later that night they threw the “ghost string” into the garbage pail, prayed to the Lord to remove the entity, and were never bothered by the “presence” again. This family had no trouble whatever believing that a spirit had indeed been sent home with their little boy and that it didn’t much like having been assigned to a Christian household.2

The Halloween ghosts were given out again the following year by the same teacher. The Christian mother managed to get hold of the envelope, orange ghost-carrier and all, and sent it to me. It is possible, of course, that the teacher meant nothing sinister by it. Perhaps to her it was just a cute exercise in imagination for her kindergartners. Nevertheless, in light of the stated intent of many Transpersonal (i.e., a branch of psychology that focuses on mysticism and the occult in the search for transcendence) educators to introduce children to spirit guides, I can’t help but be a little curious about any teacher who sends the children home with “imaginary friends." Click here to continue reading or to print this entire article.

Global Warming or Cooling? Or End of Days Sign?
By Tony Pearce
Light for the Last Days Ministries

A number of weather related disasters have happened in recent months. Floods in Germany, China, India, Japan, heatwaves causing fires in USA and the Mediterranean region, drought in North America, Africa and Hurricane Ida which devastated parts of America. These have been blamed on climate change, the issue the world is coming together to address at the COP Climate Conference in Glasgow in November.

The UN’s IPCC (Inter Governmental on Climate Change) released a document calling for drastic action to save the world from catastrophic global warming. John Kerry, US special envoy for the Climate, said, “The world must get to grips with the climate crisis and rapidly slash emissions in the 2020s to have a chance of a safe future.” Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew issued a statement calling on people of all faiths to take action to halt the devastating impacts of climate change.

The Bible does teach us that humans have a responsibility for the natural world. In Genesis 1:28, God gave mankind the command: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over . . . every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Having “dominion” or subduing the creation under God’s authority implies that humans should look after God’s creation, not plunder and destroy it. Genesis 3 shows how humanity lost its position to rule over the Earth under God’s authority through the Fall. However, we should have a concern for ecology and the welfare of the planet. We should not be burning down forests, dumping plastic waste in the oceans, and wiping out animal species and habitats. We should be concerned about damage done to the Earth with our development of technology.

However, there are reasons to question the “climate change / global warming” agenda, as it is now being pushed by the UN, the government, and the media. This says that burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) has created a heat blanket that traps hot air on the Earth and causes the temperatures to rise, the so-called “greenhouse effect.” Computer models predict rises of up to 4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century at the present rate, endangering life on Earth.

The booklet Climate: what we know and what we don’t by Mike Haseler analyses the issue with a number of illustrations and references to reliable data. He concludes that it is not possible that increase in CO2 in the atmosphere, caused by human activity, changes global temperature. An article in the journal Natural Science debunks the greenhouse effect equation, which it says is “based on physically irrelevant assumptions and its results considerably disagree with observations.”

Past Changes in the Weather

The Earth’s climate is incredibly complex. The sun, ocean currents and wind direction have a much greater impact on the weather than human burning of fossil fuels. Changes in these show there have been warmer periods in the past and much colder periods. This happened at times when there was no electricity or transport systems dependent on burning coal, oil or gas.

The weather appears to have been warmer in the time of the Roman Empire and in the Medieval Warm Period. Then they were growing grapes for winemaking in the north of England (not possible today). When the Vikings sailed to Greenland in around 1000 AD, the climate there was mild enough to grow barley.

During the Little Ice Age from 1303 to 1860 there were times when the Thames at London Bridge froze so thick that ice fairs were held on it and the sea around Holland froze. One of the causes of the French Revolution in 1789 was the very cold summers that preceded it, causing poor harvests, with a result that the people were starving. None of these changes in the weather had anything to do with human burning of fossil fuels.

What’s Happening Now?

It is not true that there is universal warming taking place on Earth now. Cooling trends have been reported worldwide. A recent study suggests temperatures in the South China Sea are colder now than at any time in the past 6000 years as average temperatures in Japan and north east China have cooled modestly. Europe, North America and Asia had record cold weather last winter which continued into the spring, causing serious problems for farmers. Despite very hot weather in parts of the Mediterranean, much of Europe experienced wetter and cooler weather than average in the summer of 2021. In Africa, the Kenyan government has warned of an “acute maize shortage” in the coming year due to reduced rainfall and unusually cold temperatures. Winds whipping up from Antarctica have brought snow and very cold weather to South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand in their winter months this year and are now continuing into the southern spring. Record cold hit Brazil as heavy frosts have ravaged sugar cane, coffee and corn crops. Ice locked at the Earth’s poles is growing, confounding the predictions of global warming causing ice free passages through the Arctic Ocean. Large areas of Greenland gained record levels of snow and ice this year. The North Atlantic, Pacific, and southern oceans are cooling, and glaciers are thickening and gaining mass. Early falls of snow hit the mountains in India and the Alps in Europe, where ski areas opened earlier than usual after heavy deposits of snow. Despite the claims of the IPCC, average Earth temperatures have actually cooled by 0.7 degrees Celsius since 2016.

The main drivers of the weather are the sun, wind direction, and ocean currents. Changes in all of these are taking place and affecting our weather now, and humans are powerless to make any difference to these. One such change is the absence of sunspots leading to a “solar minimum” in the next decade. This causes colder weather and affects the direction of the jet stream. Instead of flowing in a generally straight line from west to east, the solar minimum causes the jet stream to flow in a wavy direction, bringing very hot weather from the tropics to some parts and very cold weather from the poles to others. For information on this, watch a short video The Changing Jet Streamon Electroverse website.

There are also changes in ocean currents affecting the weather especially the el Nino / la Nina phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean. Some climate scientists are speculating about the potential change in the direction of the Beaufort Gyre in the Arctic. This is a swirling mass of freezing fresh water deposited in the Arctic Ocean by the great rivers of Russia. If it changes direction it would send cold fresh water into the North Atlantic, affecting the flow of the warm Gulf Stream to Europe and bringing very much colder weather to northern Europe.

The Politics of Global Warming

This kind of information generally does not feature in what people are told by the government, at school, university or on the BBC or other forms of mainstream media. They send out a consistent message that humanity is threatened by “catastrophic global warming” and therefore, we need to change the way we live by cutting down (or cutting out) the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) to create electricity and transport systems. The way to do this is through some kind of global government overruling national governments.

The UN is actively promoting this idea. UN Secretary General Guterres gave his “Common Agenda” speech to the General Assembly on September 10th. He painted a picture of a world facing a perfect storm of simultaneous crises, including the pandemic and climate change, and called for “multilateralism with teeth.” This means globalist governance bodies would claim binding legal authority over what they call “global public goods,” by taking power and control from national governments to itself. He promoted a “Common Agenda” with centralized planning at a global level (Agenda 21 / 30).

It is interesting that almost all leaders of western nations (including Boris Johnson) have said they want to “build back better” after the Covid crisis. “Build back better” is a slogan used by the World Economic Forum in what they call the “Great Reset,” but the reality is that they want what they have called a “Global Reset.”

One of the leading lights in this program is Klaus Schwab. I have written about him previously, with information on the Great Reset proposed by World Economic Forum. This brings together leaders of government, industry, media, and education, to work for a global solution to global problems. Schwab says this will “only come about through some form of effective global governance.“1 He says this will create “a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.”2 In other words, his Great Reset is an “updated blueprint for the New World Order”3 and world government. He also made the connection between the Covid crisis and the “Green New Deal,” “At first glance, the pandemic and the environment might seem to be only distantly related cousins; but they are much closer and more intertwined than we think.”4

One of the connections is that both issues make people afraid of something that is going to destroy their lives (Covid or global warming), unless “global governance” steps in and saves us. This will result in a reduced population, which submits to the control of a powerful and very wealthy group of people who dictate a New World Order. Free speech, democracy and human rights will disappear in a tyrannical system which is a revamped version of Communism, backed by an all seeing technology taking control of our homes, our money, our thoughts, and our social lives. The following are a few quotations to show that this has been something wealthy globalists have been working on for some time.

In the 1993 Club of Rome Report, “The First Global Revolution,” we read:

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. . . . All these dangers are caused by human intervention . . . The real enemy, then, is humanity itself. Humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or . . . one invented for the purpose.

Ottmar Edenhoffer, 2008 to 2015 Co-Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stated:

We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. . . . Basically it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. . . . One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.

Dr. John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar, stated:

A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives—using an armed international police force. (see his book, Ecoscience, 1977)

Daniel Botkin, emeritus professor:

The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.5

Young people have been told that their future is at stake, and so many have joined environmental activist groups wanting governments to bring in the Green New Deal now in order to save the world. They are motivated by fear of the future and unaware that they are foot soldiers for very wealthy power brokers who want to impose a new form of tyranny upon the world. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest person ever to serve in the US Congress, has said, “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” The teenage activist Greta Thunberg told world leaders in 2019 “How dare you—you have stolen my dreams and my childhood.”

Many like Greta Thunberg are calling for an extreme response, moving to zero carbon burning now. The only way to get there is to shut down our society, ban cars and planes, and bring in a radical change in agriculture, industry, and transport which would soon lead to no food, no jobs, no money, and freezing to death in the winter. Even the partial measures being proposed will lead to a reduction in ability to travel and an increase in poverty and joblessness. Costly green measures will contribute to economic decline of western nations and an increase in the poverty of the developing world. Meanwhile, China will not cut back on carbon emissions. China’s “carbon footprint” is growing at the fastest rate for more than a decade as the country burns a record high of 12 billion tons of CO2. China is planning to build 43 new coal fired power stations and steel works in 2021, which is the equivalent to the annual carbon production of the Netherlands. It needs this to support its output of goods which it then exports to the rest of the world. So China puts up its “carbon footprint” while Europe and North America reduce theirs by shutting down factories. As a result, there is a transfer of wealth and power from the west to China. In the process, western nations are coming more and more under the kind of technocratic control system now existing in China. This is pushing the world towards the antichrist agenda.

Bible Prophecy and the Environment

The Bible does indicate there will be a crisis in the environment in the last days, with an increase in earthquakes, famines and natural disasters.

Isaiah 24:5-6 says,

The earth also is defiled [polluted] under the inhabitants . . . Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

In Romans 8 we read,

[T]he whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together . . . waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (referring to the 2nd coming of Jesus)

Jesus spoke of the time of the end, when “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21.25-26).

In Revelation 8, we read of trees burnt up, fish dying in sea, waters polluted and undrinkable, and the sun blotted out. In chapter 16, it says that “men were scorched with great heat” from the sun.

Many of the calamities described in Bible prophecy do not imply man-made disasters but rather cosmic shaking of the Earth, with judgements from God poured out. One of the things Jesus speaks of is signs in the sun, moon, and stars. There are some interesting things to note on this subject:

Solar flares (signs in the sun) may be linked to the prophecy in Revelation 8:7. “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” An article in Prophecy News Watch comments on this:

John’s wording is compact and precise and tells us exactly what he’s seeing. Based on the wording of the text, many theologians and astrophysicists claim that what is being described could be the occurrence of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun hitting the Earth!

The surface of the sun consists of dense, super-heated Plasma. Think of the sun as a ball of liquid fire – burning at around 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and not as having a surface that is on fire—but is literally fire through and through. CMEs are always being emitted from the sun, but should a large one on an unprecedented scale directly strike the Earth; this dense superheated plasma would push away part of the Earth’s atmosphere. This would expose the stratosphere to the minus 150 degrees www.lightforthelastdays.co.uk 7 Fahrenheit temperature of space which would instantly crystalize the moisture within the stratosphere. As the CME pressure wave continues to push through the atmosphere, it would compress the ice crystals into hail balls. This is exactly what is being described within the text of Revelation. John described that before one third of the Earth was burnt up, “there came hail and fire”; seemingly contradicting states of matter. As the CME continues into the stratosphere, it would then vaporize all planes, birds and flying insects which also complies with the next description from John that the coming of hail and fire was “mixed with blood.” The CME would then continue to the surface of the Earth where John clearly described that this hail, fire and blood is then, “cast upon the earth”—burning up one third of the trees and grass! As you can see, John’s description is specific and intended to be in chronological order; describing exactly what one would expect if an unprecedented CME did indeed strike the Earth.6

Signs in the moon. NASA (North American Space Agency) has noted a potential “wobble” or slight shift in the moon’s orbit which could happen soon. They say a moon “wobble” will cause higher tides than usual leading to an increase in flooding of coastal regions (including cities like London and New York) in the mid-2030s. As a result we would see ‘the sea and the waves roaring.”7

Signs in the stars (bodies in space). News has just come in of a very large comet entering solar system. It will come by Earth in the next few years, and hopefully, it will not hit Earth. However, governments are looking at the possibility of an asteroid strike, again something which lines up with the prophecy of Revelation 8: “as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”

Signs in the heavens, sun, moon and stars!

These things will happen during the great tribulation period, as a divine judgement on a world that is shaking its fist at God. We are beginning to see the forerunners of these events taking place as the Earth is shaken by disasters. Jesus said when you see these things begin to take place, “Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).

We are not going to stop these things from happening. Certainly, the measures proposed to save the world from “global warming” will have no effect on the catastrophes which the Bible says are coming on the Earth in the last days of this age. The only answer will be the intervention of our Creator, as the Lord Jesus returns to put right what is going wrong with our world and cause the Earth to be “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Let us then prepare our hearts to welcome the coming Messiah, Yeshua, our Creator and Redeemer and soon coming King.


Endnotes:

  1. Klaus Schwab, Thierry Malleret, Covid-19: The Great Reset (Geneva: WEF, 2020), e-book. Edition 1.0.
  2. https://worldstagenews.com/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2021-the-great-reset/.
  3. Michael Snyder, “What Is “The Great Reset?” (https://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/what-is-the-great-reset/).
  4. Schwab, Malleret, Covid-19: The Great Reset, op. cit.
  5. Daniel B. Botkin, “Global Warming Delusions” (Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2007).
  6. “Frightening Warning About Approaching Solar Flare Destruction Revealed Within Revelation” (https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/sponsored_article1.cfm).
  7. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-moon-wobble-orbit-record-flooding-earth-sea-level-rise-climate-change.

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Earth Day and a Total Transformation for a Post-Christian World” by Carl Teichrib

A Christian Perspective on the Environment” by Roger Oakland

 

 

 
A Reminder: Watching and Warning
Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I was very much encouraged by a Roger Oakland article originally posted 3/28/19 titled: “The Jeremiah Calling: Watching and Warning.”

As believers, we are called to watch and warn. The section in the article that really stood out (as having ongoing relevance today and exhorted me to keep steadfastly fighting the good fight of the faith, no matter what) was the following:


Warrior, Watchman, and Witness
The Jeremiah Calling is still in place today. In other words, God still raises up watchmen to warn of impending judgment when God’s people are willfully disobedient. God is speaking to his people to be warriors for the truth. This does not mean to attack unbelievers and apostate deceivers with a sword. No. What this means is that we should be the kind of warriors who use the Word as the sword. . . .

A warrior is one who is willing to lay down his or her life for the truth. This is what Jesus did. Few are willing to lay down their lives today and risk their lives to take a stand, whatever the cost. Few are willing to pick up their cross and follow Him. But Jesus told His disciples:

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mathew 16:24)” . . .

A watchman is someone always prepared to be on the wall looking toward the horizon to see if danger is coming. Sometimes those who are supposed to be watching have instead grown weary or aged and have fallen asleep. Others have been sidetracked by the cares of the world or the attraction of money, power, and possessions. They no longer see spiritual danger. This is very tragic indeed. Often when this happens, God will simply raise up other watchmen.

A witness is someone who will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jeremiah laid the foundation for the Gospel by pointing the people of his day to God’s Word, which is the truth. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is based on the truth, which is the Word of God; therefore, Jeremiah was a true witness for the Lord. . . .


May we all be exhorted and reminded this day that we are called to be a “warrior, watchman, and witness.” If we are weary in the fight, He will give us His strength. If we are downcast, He will lift our hearts and minds unto Him: He knows all things, and He can do all things, and He is in control of all things (ultimately). When we are weak, He is strong. When we are afraid, He will help us overcome our fears. When we doubt, He will remind us of who He is: the Almighty, All-Powerful, God of the Bible, who knows all things and can do all things.

May we be like Joshua and Caleb who refused to let the daunting/seemingly impossible task of conquering Canaan (which God promised them He would help them do) derail their obedience to God’s will. Joshua and Caleb chose to believe what God said and believe God’s perspective on the daunting situation (not man’s perspective, or a natural/worldly perspective). They refused to let unbelief and fear undermine their obedience to God’s will.




And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:25-33, emphasis added)


And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. 
(Numbers 14:1-9; emphasis mine)



In these times, the Lord will continue to fulfill HIs word. All the future prophecies in His word, will be fulfilled, exactly as He has said (just like the past prophecies were fulfilled, exactly as He said).  While we wait upon Him to fulfill His word, may we continue to watch and work, and continue to shine His light in the spiritual darkness. God will continue to strengthen, and feed His flock with His powerful, life-giving word (even in the midst of the backslidden and apostate church)..and His gospel will continue saving souls: one man, one woman, one boy, one girl at a time…until He comes again…

Standing in His grace and the power of His might,
L. Sharp


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