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revelationThe bible is one-third prophecy and has a lot to say to us about the conflict in the Middle East, the global geopolitical landscape, the world economy, and the New Spirituality changing the visible church.  Today we are broadcasting live from this year’s Great Lakes Prophecy Conference at Calvary Chapel of Appleton. (The event is full, but you can stream it live this weekend HERE.

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Eric Barger is now widely recognized in the area of Christian Apologetics, after spending two decades immersed in the world as a record producer, musician, drug addict, and New Ager. Eric’s Take A Stand! Ministries confronts both the culture and the Church, focusing on the troubling unbiblical trends and doctrinal issues facing Christians.

 

 

David Hocking has been preaching and teaching the Bible for over 50 years and has taught courses in Bible, Theology, Biblical Languages and Expository Preaching in colleges as well as in graduate schools. David has served as pastor in Columbus, Ohio, Long Beach, California, and Santa Ana, California. He has written over 35 books.

 

 

Chris Quintana took a staff position at Calvary Chapel Cypress in the 90′s. In 2010 his Senior Pastor Jack Stevens went to be with The Lord and Chris, a long time Assistant Pastor was called by The Lord to be the new Senior Pastor. Chris has a love for Bible Prophecy and sees the modern church’s move away from historic Christianity as a indicator of the the last days. Chris also leads Rapture Ready Radio, a two-hour program heard around the world every night of the week.

 

Warren Smith has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, television, and at numerous seminars and conferences. As a result of his experiences with the occult and his subsequent salvation he has a buren of alerting the church about New Age teachings. Warren resides in Northern California with his wife Joy.

 

 

Don Stewart co-hosts “Pastors’ Perspective” along with Pastor Chuck Smith. Don is a graduate of Biola University, Talbot Theological Seminary, and the International Institute of Theology and Law. He is a award-winning author. Don has traveled around the world defending the Christian faith and is Associate Professor at Veritas Evangelical Seminary.

 

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Elijah Abraham was born in Iraq and grew up as a Muslim. He fled to the United States in 1987 and began to attend a church wherein he eventually became a convert to Christianity. He has been educating his audiences in churches and civic groups on Islam and the Islamic threat.  He is also the founder and director for “Center for National Security”. www.cfns.org

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  1. Mr Davis #

    Have we made a Pastor into something he was never intended to be?

    Do we set up our churches for failure by gathering people to ourselves who will back us rather than looking for men who love God and tremble at His word who will not show us partiality but tell us the truth in love.

    Does the New Testiment or Old Testiment teach a singular dominant figure in the church or is that something we have kept as a hold over from Roman Catholicism?

    Do we imply that many of the folks mentioned in the bible such as Timothy and Titus are operating as a pastor when in fact they are not?

    Never once was Timothy or Titus directed by Paul to gather men unto themselves who are like minded. This is the leadership model for the Church growth model not the model given to select men who are qualified to be elders and overseerers over the flock. I do not understand how we think our conduct is any different than they.

    Here is what Titus was told by Paul by Epistle (scripture)

    To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. Titus 1:5-9

    Here is what Paul said unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1 Timothy 1:2-7

    And again Paul told Timothy
    And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier . 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2 Timothy 2:2-5 (to stive lawfully is to observe what has been commanded not make our own way according to our own preferences) (Faithful men: are men the believe God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently pursue him. Hebrews 11:6 It is faith that produces fruit!

    What exactly was committed to be practiced and taught that we have in 1 Corinthians. For here is what it says in Chapter 4:14-17 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

    Who was Paul, why should we listen to him on these issues? Why Because Christ Jesus who will judge the living and the dead sent him. 2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

    And what did He say. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13

    1 Corinthians 11-14 really lay out how we are supposed to operate when we come together as the body of Christ. It is the fullest most detailed body of text on the subject of the assembly. We can choose to observe it or lay it aside. Guess which one we have done. In 11 it starts with when we come together it is so that we may meet the needs of one another. Today this is flipped Here we say I have come for my own belly to get fed and it goes down hill from there. We do not even understand what our food really is! Our food is to do the will of Him who sent us. To lay down our lives for the sake of one another. This in fact is how you demonstrate your Love for Christ. But we do not practice this in our fellowships.

    When we deny the scriptures and make for ourselves our own way instead, doesn't this scripture then apply to us.

    Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

    Are not the overseers (Pastors) supposed to live in obedience to it. We say the Scriptures are the inspired word of God. We profess a sufficiency of Scripture yet when the Scriptures go against what we want to practice we lay those scriptures aside for our own preferences or those we have been taught through human tradition as if these really trump scriptures.

    Is this not true of those who do such things: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. Titus 1:10-11

    Vain talkers are those who say one thing and do another.

    It is no wonder even in Bible preaching churches you are seeing the same things showing up that you see in Growth Model Churches who have almost entirely laid aside scripture. For like them we also twist the scriptures and pick and chose that which we will observe from them.

    To repent is to agree with God in word and deed: the deeds being the fruits meet with repentance demonstrating an accord with God.

    This is serious, will we fall into the same error as the Pharisees and Sadducees who did not. I tell you the truth we will suffer the same fate as they. How can we think we will not are we better than they?

    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3:7-10

    For those who claim for themselves the mantle of the pastor be terrified.

    September 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM Reply
  2. Marie #

    Yes, Mr. Davis, you are correct in your assessment. The office of the pastorate in our church system is actually set up to "lord over people." It often has been used to abuse the congregations through manipulation and control twisting the Holy Scriptures to accomplish their agendas rather than allowing God, the Holy Spirit to do the ministering.

    The protestant system is actuallly the daughter of the roman catholic system in which the clergy system stands above the laity in preminance, in a performance based environment. I liken it to "going to the theater to watch the show." I have learned that the word "Nicolatian" in our Bible means "conquerors of the people," and our church system is no different than those mentioned in Revelation. We lift up our pastorate/priests up above the commoners, hire bishops, develop synods, etc., all of which collect vasts amounts of wealth for themselves instead of taking care of the needs of God's people. Did Jesus, who is the cornerstone/head of the congregation, do and act as our pastorate/church systems of today, or was He radically different?

    Did not Jesus come to seve and denied His life in doing so? How many in the office of pastor come to serve…or would they rather receive the accolades of man, sit in the best seats, be greeted in the pulbic square, and not work with their hands as Apostle Paul did in Acts so as to not be a burden to man?

    The church has divided the people into clergy and laity with the leadership ruling over the common people. It is a well developed man insitiution instead of a living organism that Christ intended it to be.

    If Jesus, our Messiah, were with us today, visiting the churches here in America, would he be impressed with what man has done with His teachings? If we allowed Him to teach us and interact with us, would we embrace His ways, repent, and turn and follow Him, or would we become so angry and bitter inside, that we would plot to kill him with the help of a corrupt government system to do the bidding of what really lies in the depths of religiou man's hearts?

    Do we really follow Jesus or a religious system designed by man with Jesus embellishments? I believe the latter.

    There is only one Rabbi, and His name is Jesus.

    September 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM Reply
  3. Mr Davis #

    One Shepherd also and He bore our sins in His own flesh making an end to them on His cross in His death. Him also God vindicated in raising Him from the Dead making Him Lord over All and the judge of the Living and the Dead to whom all will give an account of themselves before the LORD of Hosts.

    I would hate to be a seminary trained pastor on that day, who was taught that being a respecter of a mans person is how you help yourself and how you will succeed in this world as if that was our real goal.

    I fear for them. I don't care what brand they carry or who they say they were taught by; God will not care.

    You who had my word in your own tongue have set it aside and harkened to the voice and the words of men which were contrary to my law. Why?

    Did they die for you?

    Christian we must examine ourselves, where do we stand before the Lord. Have we really placed our hope and trust in Him or are we just drifting along being blown about by every wind and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Do we really have an anchor in the storm. Is the Rock of Christ Jesus the Rock on which we hope or have we trusted in another. Is there another word more preferable that which we have received of the LORD in His Holy Scriptures.

    Oh christian do we really love His word? Do we really believe it is His word?

    And if He did indeed write it by The Holy Spirit by whom the christian is sealed why is it not our first move to ask God to help us understand what it means and then wait for Him to reveal it in His time. Why is it not our second move to ask those in whom the evidence of a selfless life what the thing means? Why do we turn to the ones God said he would confound instead.

    I have found it is not what I do not know that bothers me it is what I do know and fail to do THAT is what bothers me. For I am liable for I know to do.

    This is what our Precious LORD said.
    This is my command Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. Greater love have no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

    IF we do not the opposite statement is also true we do not do because we hate Him.

    Here the voice of Wisdom Cry
    Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Proverbs 8:32-36

    There is only one Good. There was only ever one!

    May God bless you and keep you and may the light of His countenance shine upon you and fill you with all hope and joy.

    Time is short, His Word is life.

    September 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM Reply

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