2030: The year Britain will cease to be a Christian nation with the
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page
No. EDS016: April – May 2012
2030: The year Britain will
cease to be a Christian
nation with the march of
www.dailymail.co.uk March 4th 2012
By Daniel Martin, Whitehall Correspondent
THE march of secularism means Britain may
no longer be a Christian country in just 20 years.
Christianity is losing more than half a million
believers every year , while numbers of atheists
and agnostics are rising by almost 750,000 annually. Research by the House of Commons
Library found while Christianity had declined,
other religions had seen sharp increases.
In the past six years, the number of Muslims
had surged 37 per cent to 2.6 million; Hindus 43
per cent and Buddhists 74 per cent. But the
number of Sihks and Jews fell slightly.
Researchers said the number of Christians had
only held up to the extent it had because of
high levels of migration in the past decade.
A group of Christian MPs and peers in parliament claimed public policy was promoting
discrimination against Christians.
Pope and Archbishop of
Canterbury to pray together
March 06, 2012 www.cathnews.com
Britain will cease to be Christian!
Editorial: Understanding Parables
TD Jakes heresy; US Military/Air Force; Aus. Flag
Purpose driven Church – Rick Warren
Rick Warren – Muslim; Coptic Pope
Destroying our Protestant Heritage
Miiracles; Mardi Gras; Grief, Dawkins-morals
The Emergent Church; burning Bibles & Koran
After birth-abortion; Extermination of disabled
RCC -Crystal Palace; Wheaton - RCC Unity; FEBC
USA, Iran, Israel; N Korea dirty bomb; Putin-Russia
Iranian Pastor; Seminars; Starbucks; Todd Bentley
Female vocations overtake malesin UKAnglican
Published: February 13, 2012
Screenshot from the Vatican Insider
For the first time ever in the United Kingdom,
female priests' vocations exceed those of their
male colleagues in the Church of England,
said a report in the Vatican Insider.
It bodes well for a final "yes" vote in next July's
Synod that would allow women into the Episcopate, the report adds.
The late pope John Paul II held ecumenical
prayers with the Anglican archbishop's predecessors Robert Runcie in 1989 and George
Carey in 1996.
Despite tensions following Pope Benedict's
move to set up special structures to allow
disgruntled conservative Anglicans to join the
Catholic Church, Vatican spokesman Federico
Lombardi said the prayers were "a sign of
moving together along the same path".
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
will pray together with Pope Benedict in a
rare gesture of unity on Saturday, reports
AFP on Google News.
The Anglican leader and the pontiff will celebrate vespers together in the monastery of
San Gregorio al Celio near the Colosseum in
Rome. A stone Celtic cross brought from
Canterbury will be put up in the church.
"Official figures show that 290 women were
ordained in 2010, the most recent year for
which figures are available," says British newspaper The Telegraph. "By contrast, just 273
men entered the priesthood."
The number is higher for the first time in twenty
years that the Church of England has allowed
women to become priests.
“My people are destroyed for
lack of knowledge,”(Hosea 4:6a)
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 2
Throughout God’s Word there are many parables
which were a means by which Jesus Christ did
teach, that some may understand the message He
was conveying and some may not. There are parables of the Kingdom, parables of the Great Supper,
the Lost parables, parables of Salvation, parables of Stewardship
and Service, Prophetic parables, parables of Prayer, parables of the
Church and Christian Relationships.
Although the rich man and Lazarus appears in many commentaries
as a parable, it is not a parable, neither is it just a story, but it is a
true story. It speaks of sin and the doom of selfishness and worldliness, poverty at the gate of wealth and a dangerous delusion. This
certainly does not mean all wealthy people are going to hell, neither
does it mean that all poor people are going to heaven, but for those
who are going to heaven, there is a heavenly reward.
The Pharisees were not comfortable with the following and popularity that Jesus Christ was receiving. Let us be reminded that there is
a judgment coming whereby rewards are received for obedience
and faithfulness to God in this life, whilst punishment is received for
disobedience and unfaithfulness. The Word of God says, “And as it
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” (Heb. 9:27).
Parables: A parable can be described as “A story told to illustrate a
truth” (Num. 23:7; Ezek. 17:2). Parable means to lay something
alongside another, "referring to a comparison or a similitude, in
which one thing is compared with another, especially spiritual things
with natural, by which means those spiritual things are better understood, and make a deeper impression on an honest and attentive
mind. In a parable, a resemblance in the principal incidents is all
that is required; smaller matters being considered as a sort of drapery. ... `Fix it as a principle to attach yourself to the grand object of
the parable, without attempting to make a particular application of all
the circumstances and terms which it comprehends'" (Treasury).
Jesus taught in parables to hide truth from those who would not
believe Him (Matt. 13:10-11). The Bible parable has been called
"an earthly story with a heavenly meaning."
THE PARABLES OF JESUS CHRIST: Many of the parables of
Jesus Christ are recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Luke was the author of both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. He
was a “fellow laborer” of the apostle Paul (Philem. 24) and a physician by profession (Col. 4:14). Luke’s faithfulness was recorded by
the Apostle Paul when he declared, “Only Luke is with me,” (2 Tim.
4:11), whilst Paul was imprisoned. Luke was a Gentile (Col. 4:10–
17) and is the only non-Jewish author of a New Testament book.
Luke revealed his concern for the poor, sick, and outcast in the
Gospel of Luke and is recorded by the Apostle Paul, as “the beloved physician,” (Col. 4:14).
A Concealed Message: Jesus Christ sometimes used the form of
parables for teaching to reveal the truth to those who followed Him
and to conceal the truth from those who did not (Matt. 13:10-17;
Mark 4:10-12; Luke 8:9-10). D.A. Carson, said, “It is naïve to say
Jesus spoke them [parables] so that everyone might more easily
grasp the truth, and it is simplistic to say that the sole function of
parables to outsiders was to condemn them. If Jesus wished to hide
the truth from outsiders, he need never have spoken to them.”
God’s Word in Matt. 13:10-17, clearly shows that the truth was concealed from the unrighteous including the religious leaders (Matt.
13:12b-13). Those who rejected Jesus Christ would be confirmed in
their unbelief, as Isaiah predicted (Isa. 13:14,15; cf. Isa. 6:9, 10).
God’s Word likewise conceals the truth from the foolish in Mark 4:1012. When Jesus Christ told the parable about the four kinds of
soil (Mark 4:1-9), representing four kinds of hearts that receive
God’s Word (Mark 4:13-20), only one kind of heart received it to
produce genuine fruit (cf. Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23; Luke 8:4-15).
THE RICHMAN AND LAZARUS: The rich man and Lazarus is a true
story it is not a parable (Luke 16:19-31).
This is not a hypothetical illustration, but a true story of specific Old Testament individuals, where Lazarus is identified, as is Abraham and
Moses. Luke did not call this a parable as he did the others, but narrated it as real history. Hades is not a figure of speech, it is a reality.
Jesus Christ is describing what took place after death in the cases of
two men for the moral benefit of His hearers.
The Lazarus mentioned is not the brother of Martha and Mary of Bethany (John 11:1), who was a very good friend of Jesus Christ and
whom He raised from the dead. The Messiah wept (John 11:33) for
Lazarus the brother of Martha and Mary of Bethany, who was later
sitting with Jesus Christ in the family home after the resurrection miracle
(John 12:1-2) and the chief priest plotted to kill Lazarus (John 12:9-11),
because of the publicity surrounding his resurrection.
The Lazarus in the true story of “The Rich Man and Lazarus,” (Luke
16:19–31), is a beggar. The rich man went past the beggar each day at
the entrance to his property and despised him, paying no attention to
The Pride of Wealth: Not all who are wealthy are proud, having contempt for the poor, as many Christians use their wealth for the Lord, but
the “Rich Man,” in this story spoken by Jesus Christ, is clothed in his
splendour and living in his luxury. To the contrary there was a “poor
man,” being a beggar at the “Rich Man’s” gate. Lazarus did not have
the ability to buy food and begged for the crumbs that fell from the table.
Neither did he have the ability to purchase medicine, so the dogs licked
Eventually both died and Lazarus was carried to be with Abraham in
Heaven, whilst the “Rich Man’s” soul/spirit went to Hell. The “Rich Man,”
saw Lazarus afar off with Abraham and, being tormented, cried out for
water to cool his tongue from the heat of Hell fire. After death it is too
late to change anything, as there is no second chance, no further opportunity to repent and no further opportunity for conversion. Once a
person enters, he will remain there forever.
The pain that the “Rich Man,” was suffering was great and he wanted
Lazarus to be sent to warn his brothers not to go to this horrific place.
Abraham replied that the Scriptures had warned them time after time,
but they did not listen to Moses and the prophets and they still had the
opportunity to read of them. The “Rich Man,” believed that if someone
went from the dead to his brothers they would believe.
Eternal Torment: Many people are of the dangerous delusion that they
will not suffer the consequences of selfishness and living a worldly life.
God’s Word speaks of those who have turned from Him and forgotten
Him saying, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations
that forget God,” (Psalm 9:17). Hell is an everlasting punishment, of
“...shame and everlasting contempt,” (Daniel 12:2). Many are
doomed for the Lake of Fire, “...which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death,” (Rev. 21:8). In Hell there is no rest, but
eternal torment, day and night (Rev. 14:11). Satan himself will also be
consumed in these fires (Rev. 20:10).
Conclusion: The hope for those leading an erring and sinful life without God is to repent of their sin before God, confessing Jesus Christ as
their personal Lord and Saviour and forsaking their sin. Today there are
many who are leaders of Churches who do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and neither would they believe if someone else
returned from the grave to warn them. They are as the “Rich Man,”
blind to this true story and blind to the truths of the parables which are
kept from them. The “Rich Man,” went to Hell for his denial of God and
living a life of luxury having no regard for the needs of the poor. May we
understand this true story and the difference between this true story and
the truth in the parables unto everlasting life (EDS).
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 3
TD Jakes Breaks Down the Trinity, Addresses Being Called a 'Heretic'
By Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter. Jan. 26, 2012
Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas,
Texas, was put on the spot during a theological roundtable Wednesday
in regards to his beliefs about the Godhead and why, in some Christian
circles, he is considered a "heretic."
Jakes and a handful of other male
Christian leaders were invited to participate in this year's "The Elephant
Room" roundtable, hosted and moderated by Pastors James MacDonald and
Mark Driscoll. The Dallas pastor was
hit with several questions about how
his theological beliefs have developed,
specifically in regard to the Holy Trinity – a controversial issue which The
Christian Post reported on in October.
The Potter's House senior pastor denied that he clings to a modalist position,
although he confessed that he did at one time in his walk with God.
Modalism, a 3rd-century teaching accredited to theologian Sabellius, purports
that the members of the Trinity are not three distinct, eternally co-existing persons, but that instead God, a singular spirit, discloses Himself at different times in
three modes – a doctrine espoused by Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal and United
Pentecostal Church International denominations.
During Wednesday's "Elephant Room" conversation on the "majors" of Christian doctrine, Jakes explained where he falls on the issue.
"My father was a Methodist and my mother was a Baptist," he explained. "I was
raised in the Baptist church ... but I didn't really have a real committed experience
with Christ until my father died. When my father died, I had a real experience with
Christ, a real conversion with Christ and I had it in a Oneness church."
The minister emphasized to Driscoll that the Pentecostal congregation he was
referencing, which he pointed out was not a UPCI church, was home to
"Christians who believe in Jesus Christ, believe he died, rose from the dead, is
coming back again — all the same things you do."
"How they describe and explain the Godhead in a traditional Oneness sense is
very different than how traditional Trinitarians describe the Gospel. I was in that
church for a number of years and raised in that church for a number of years,"
"My struggle as I was ordained in the Oneness church was in several passages –
sometimes the doctrine fit, sometimes it doesn't. When the doctrine becomes the
primary thing, you force it into fitting in places where it doesn't fit. I really at this
point in my life don't want to force my theology to fit in my denomination."
Referencing Gen. 1:26, Luke 3:21-22, John 14:11 and other passages that he
believes point to Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit as having unique
distinctions, Jakes revealed: "That began to make me re-think some of my ideas
and some of the things I was taught."
"I got kind of quiet about it for a while. When you're a leader and you're in a
position of authority sometimes you have to back up ... for a minute and really
think those things through."…"For you, the issue between Trinitarianism and
modalism at its essence is one God manifesting Himself successively in three
ways, or one God, three persons, simultaneously existing eternally. Your best
understanding now ... would you say it's 'one God manifesting Himself in three
ways' or 'one God in three persons?'" Driscoll asked.
"I believe that neither one of them totally get it for me," Jakes revealed...Jakes acknowledged that he is considered a "heretic" in many communities, including Oneness and Trinitarian circles, yet it does not bother him, as he is more focused on the
Body of Christ working as one unit in love, despite disagreements…
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over
the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the
church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves
enter in among you, not sparing the flock,”
Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes
Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military
By Pete Winn December 1, 2011 cnsnews.com
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)
(CNSNews.com) – (Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only
repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the
military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On
Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S.
1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal
Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans
and sex with animals.
“Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put
US Air Force draws criticism for
removing 'God' from logo
by: FOX News Radio from: NewsCore, February 08, 2012
A US lawmaker in Virginia is calling
on the US Air Force to reverse a decision to remove a Latin reference to
God from a logo after an atheist
(photo: U.S. Air Force graphic)
Republican Randy Forbes said the US Air Force removed the logo from the Rapid
Capabilities Office several weeks ago.
The patch included a line written in Latin that read, "Doing God's Work with Other
But after the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers complained, Forbes
said the line was rewritten in Latin to read, "Doing Miracles with Other People's
Forbes said the removal of "God" is a "bridge too far in terms of the rights of men
and women who serve in our services and their ability to express their faith," adding
that "the significance of this is what the air force is saying with this move - that the
word 'God', whether it has any reference to faith or not, can't be used in the air
He said the incident is one of several in recent months that caused him to wonder if
the military is cleansing itself of religious references. "It's a very dangerous course
to take," he added.
DOES AUSTRALIA KNOW OR CARE
ABOUT ITS “FATHERS”?
Pastor Trevor Sullivan (Qld.) 31/01/2012
I pray earnestly, in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that this year, and this Anzac Day, as never
before, Australians will be reminded of the
sacred meaning of our flag, under which our
heroes have fought and died since Australia was founded, (and our forefathers for centuries
before that under the Union Jack or one of its component Standards), a flag that is a Christian
Standard whose symbols hark back to the very days of the apostles of Christ, a Standard
unique among the nations of the world (alongside New Zealand’s) for giving glory to the
risen and reigning Christ, as a visible confession that Christ rules the nations; that we will
jealously guard its honour, and zealously oppose all those enemies without and traitors within,
who would dare to desecrate, either by brazen assault, by willful ignorance, or by slovenly selfinterested negligence, by multicultural heathen arrogance or by republican stealth and duplicity,
this most sacred national Standard on earth! – that we would be such a people who qualify for the
promised blessings of the Word of God on us and our children, for it is a sad fact that many
among us are unworthy to be called Australian, and are even actively involved in undermining the
blessing of God that should belong to such a nation with such a bold Christian Standard!...
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 4
Is Your Church Going Purpose
Driven? How Can You tell?
In the past ten years a large percentage of churches in America, and in
other countries have changed from a traditional New Testament church
model to a contemporary Purpose
Driven model, many with sorrowful
Contrary to Purpose Driven Church
propaganda, millions have been leaving their churches after the change
occurred. It is important that every
church member know if their church is
targeted for a Purpose Driven Church
takeover. Initially, a small clique of
church staff, possibly including the
pastor or a new pastor, plans the change without telling the rest of the
Church Transitions, an associate of Saddleback Church in California,
trains the clique initiating the change in eight published steps. The
church membership is not to be informed of the transition until the fourth
step. After the sixth step in the process of change, if there are some in
the church who voice concerns, the following is suggested:
1. Identify those who are resisting the changes;
2. Assess the effectiveness of their opposition;
3. Befriend those who are undecided about the changes;
4. Marginalize more persistent resisters;
5. Vilify those who stay and fight; and
6. Establish new rules that will silence all resistance.
This means the church membership is not told until it is too late to make
a difference. In other words, the church is stolen. Then the members
either accept the changes, or leave the church, which they may have
served and given to build.
Dr. Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Church" and "The Purpose Driven Life" has boasted: "When you reveal the vision to the
church, the old pillars are going to leave. But let them leave... they only
hold things up."
Dr. Warren is right in one way. It is the senior members of the church
who do indeed hold a church up and keep it from falling into apostasy.
While some PDC initiators may not implement the full PDC format, generally, these are the signs that your church is targeted for a Purpose
Driven Church format:
1. Change in music to a contemporary rock style.
2. Removal of hymn books; eliminating the choir.
3. Replacement of organ and piano with heavy metal instruments.
4. Repetitive singing of praise lyrics.
5. Dressing down to casual and informal attire.
6. Eliminating of business meetings, church committees, council of elders, board of deacons, etc.
7. The pastor, or a new leader with a few assistants, usually four, takes
charge of all church business.
8. A repetitive 40-day Purpose Driven Church study program stressing
psychological relationships with each other, the community, or the
9. Funded budgeted programs are abandoned, or ignored, with ambiguous financial reports made.
10. Sunday morning, evening, and/or Wednesday prayer meetings are
changed to other times; some may even be eliminated.
11. Sunday School teachers are moved to different classes, or replaced
by new teachers more sympathetic with the changes being implemented.
12. The name "Sunday School" is dropped and classes are given new
13. Crosses and other traditional Christian symbols may be moved
from both the inside and outside of the church buildings. The pulpit may
also be removed.
14. In accordance with Dr. Warren’s instructions, new version Bibles are
used; or only verses flashed on a screen are referenced during regular
15. Purpose Driven Church films, purchased from Saddleback, precede
or are used during regular services.
16. The decor, including the carpets, may be changed to eliminate any
resemblance to the former church.
17. The word "church" is often taken from the name of the church, and
the church may be called a "campus". Denominational namesmay also
18. An emphasis on more fun and party sessions for the youth.
19. Elimination of altar calls or salvation invitations at the close of the
20. The elimination of such words as "unsaved", "lost", "sin", "Hell",
"Heaven" and other Gospel verities from the pastor’s messages.
21. The reclassification of the saved and lost to the "churched" and the
22. The marginalizing, or ostracizing, of all who are not avid promoters
of the new Purpose Driven Program.
23. Closed meetings between the pastor or chosen staff members without any reports made to the general membership.
24. Open hostility to members who do not openly embrace the new
program, or who may have left for another church.
What You Can Do
If your church is in the initial stages of change (music or the first 40-day
program), your church could be saved by talking with other church
members, and with activist intervention by 10-20 percent of the membership. If nothing is done at this early stage, then by the time the program advances to step four, there is little that can be done except look
for another church. Your church has been stolen and become a Purpose Driven entity in association with Saddleback Church of Orange
County or Willow Creek of Chicago.
You must educate yourself, and others, so that you can mobilize the
membership to effectively resist. "For God hath not given us the spirit of
fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" 2 Timothy 1:7.
The Purpose Driven Church books and most of the programs are published by Rupert Murdoch, who owns 175 newspapers worldwide, and
a large percentage of the television and communications industry. He
also owns several magazines, some of which have been classified as
Billions of dollars pour into the Purpose Driven Church movement. Dr.
Warren has stated he intends to send one billion Christians into the
world to bring in the "Kingdom of Heaven". The entire movement appears cultish.
Don’t be fooled by the Saddleback Website. You don’t catch many fish
unless you have a look-alike bait!
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Speaking Against “Altar Calls”
by G. I. Williamson www.mountainretreatorg.net
It has been said that Charles Finney (whom many consider the father of the
altar-call method) originally defended the invitation system as the moral
equivalent of baptism….
"Years ago," as Spurgeon put it, "when people were converted, there used to be
such a thing as conviction of sin. The great subsoil plough of soul-anguish was
used to tear deep into the soul. Fire also burned in the mind with exceeding
heat: as men saw sin, and felt its dreadful results...but now we are dinned with
bragging about rapid salvations."
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 5
Rick Warren builds bridge to
Co-Founders: Jihad Turk & The Reverand Dr. Gywnne Guibord
The Christian-Muslim Consultative
Group successfully launched the Standing
Together Project. A seven series study
program to help bridge the gap between
Christians and Muslims. The project
includes an Educational Workbook and
DVD. Our goal is to:
By JIM HINCH / FOR THE REGISTER
Published: Feb. 23, 2012 Updated: Feb. 29, 2012
Saddleback Church pastor Rick
Warren, left, shakes hands with
Yusuf Islam, best known by his
former stage name Cat Stevens,
after speaking at the Islamic
Society of North America's 46th
annual convention on July 4,
2009, in Washington, D.C.
Saddleback Church pastor Rick
Warren speaks at the Islamic Society of North America 46th annual
convention on July 4, 2009, in
The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and
one of America's most influential
Christian leaders, has embarked on an
effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California
mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes
acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
The effort, informally dubbed King's Way, caps years of outreach
between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a
Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed
8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C….
The effort by a prominent Christian leader to bridge what polls show is
a deep rift between Muslims and evangelical Christians culminated in
December at a dinner at Saddleback attended by 300 Muslims and
members of Saddleback's congregation.
At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of
interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a
mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King's Way as "a path to end the
1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians."
The men presented a document they co-authored outlining points of
agreement between Islam and Christianity. The document affirms that
Christians and Muslims believe in "one God" and share two central
commandments: "love of God" and "love of neighbor." The document
also commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects.
The document quotes side-by-side verses from the Bible and the Koran to illustrate its claims.
"We agreed we wouldn't try to evangelize each other," said Turk.
"We'd witness to each other but it would be out of 'Love Thy
Neighbor,' not focused on conversion."…
Warren has faced criticism from some evangelicals for his outreach to
Muslims. Late last year, he issued a statement flatly denying rumors
that he promulgates what critics term "Chrislam," a merging of Islam
Salvation from idolatry is the preaching of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16; 1 Thess. 1:9-10)
bring Christians and Muslims together
break down dehumanizing stereotypes
build loving and compassionate relationships
engage with one another about our beliefs and practice
It is also important to clarify what Standing Together is not. It is not an opportunity to try to convert one another. As you talk about your own faith
tradition, speak from your experience and knowledge, and in a way that honors the experience and knowledge of all the members of your group. Come
to the dialogue assuming that you will disagree on some matters, but open to
hearing the perspective of the other side. Listen for the unexpected ways in
which you may be more alike than different. Be renewed in your understanding of what makes you who you are and in the faithfulness of our Creator. Stand Together.
Australian Christian Democrat
Leader Fred Nile; “Pope Shenouda III
Passes to "Glory”
Apostasy Alert [Australia] 19 March 2012
“Pope Shenouda III "Passed to Glory"?
This is where Ecumenism is finally leading those who portray themselves as pillars of the Australian Christian Community. Today the
Reverend Fred Nile, parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic
Party issued the following media release declaring that the Coptic
Pope Shenouda III who died yesterday has – “passed into Glory”
Fred needs to do some serious study of the doctrines of the Coptic
church before declaring it a religion that offers salvation?
Here are their doctrines regarding salvation and the Eucharist; Salvation; "Baptism is a Holy Sacrament by which we are born again by
being immersed in water three times in the name of the Holy Trinity;
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit". Eucharist; "Communion
gives a person immunity against sin. Material food gives him health
and immunity against bacteria and viruses that attack him. Likewise,
partaking of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ gives the spirit
immunity and inaccessibility against the viruses of sins, Satanic
warfare and bodily lusts, so the person lives in victory in his spiritual
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 6
EU: (4) Destroying our Protestant Heritage
and enslaving us again to Rome
European Institute of Protestant Studies http://www.ianpaisley.org
The European Union Professor Arthur Noble
British History – a constant struggle against the Papacy
From the Magna Carta through the Gunpowder Plot to Hitler's Concordat with the Vatican, British history has been a constant struggle for the freedom of our Nation from the domination and jurisdictional claims of the Papacy, pursued through numerous plots
and in various guises. The Reformation finally won for us liberty of
faith and conscience, freedom of discussion and freedom of the
press; and when the principles of the Bible regulated all our actions and legislation, unparalleled social blessings and political
greatness followed. The ensuing Williamite Revolution Settlement
enshrined the Constitutional principle of the Monarch as Defender
of the Protestant Faith.
Rome is attacking us again
Today an apostate England, the "Mary's Dowry" freed from the Vatican in the sixteenth century, is being reclaimed by a resurgent
Church of Rome with a new face but unchanged dogmas. She lurks
behind the so-called Ecumenical Movement which is inextricably
linked with the present attempt to set up a United States of
Europe. Developments in Europe were not planned to end with
merely economic and political union. Their ultimate goal was revealed in the Papal encyclicals of Pius XII and John XXIII: Europe
would become "the greatest [Roman] Catholic superstate the world
has ever known", "the greatest single human force ever seen by
man", united within the ancient boundaries of the Holy Roman
Empire by the common spiritual bond of religion. The Papal Nuncio
in Brussels describes the EU as "a [Roman] Catholic confederation
The coming Euro-Theocracy: The Vatican plans to give its ecclesiastical guarantee to this new Europe, which will be the dynamic
opposite of Churchill's post-War vision of a democratic association
of nation-states. The stage is set for the greatest politico-religious
revolution ever witnessed in history. In his 1951 Christmas message
Pius XII envisaged a Europe dependent on "an order guaranteed by
the Church according to her office and in her own field of action".
This traditional claim by Rome to the right to exercise her mandate over civil governments is to be enforced through the demand
of Leo XIII that it be made "a public crime" to resist the power
wielded by the Church in the name of God. These arrogant claims
still bear the hallmark of implied infallibility together with the
consequently claimed right to suppress dissent – a crime punishable
in the Middle Ages by death.
Ecumenical collaborators: This Vatican task is aided and abetted
by the apostate leaders of those so-called Protestant Churches
which have jettisoned the principles of their Reformation-based
articles of faith. They associate, compromise with and condone the
beliefs and practices of the very Church whose Head their Articles
of Faith proclaim to be the Man of Sin. Their treason was profoundly symbolised at the 1997 Church of Ireland Synod in Dublin
when Archbishop Robin Eames, under the watchful eye of a portrait of King William of Orange, advocated the separation of the
Church of Ireland from the fundamentals on which it was founded.
These spineless ecumenists have never uttered a word of condemnation against the blatant sectarianism, false doctrine and historical massacres perpetrated by the Church of Rome because they are
actively working for unity with Popery.
Ulster the Object of Rome's Attack: Nowhere is the Romanist attack on Britain so conspicuous and intense as in Northern Ireland,
where the entrenched mediaeval Gaelic mind-set of a Romedominated minority is violently hostile to a way of life rooted in
the ethos of the Protestant Reformation.
Behind the new guise of 'parity of esteem' – the latest phrase for
pretended discrimination – Rome and her Republican terrorist
allies are dedicated to expunge by falsehood, murder and ethnic
cleansing the civil and religious liberties constitutionally enjoyed
by the Protestant and Unionist majority. Inter-Church dialogue –
especially the activities of the World Council of Churches and the
Ecumenical Movement – has been the major method of deceit
employed by Rome to shepherd her victims into her fold.
Biblical Prophecy being fulfilled
Roman Catholic imagery is endemic in Europe and has been enthusiastically embraced by the European Parliament. It has startling similarities to the prophecies of Daniel chapter 2 and Revelation chapter 17 which theologians from Wycliffe to Spurgeon
have consistently identified as representing Papal Rome. They
depict a latter-day political union which, in its final form, will
consist of ten nations or groups of nations dominated by a power
which sits upon seven hills. The vision is of a "great whore" riding
a beast with "seven heads and ten horns" and bearing the name
"MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH". Today this prophecy is being
fulfilled before our very eyes. Europe is Vatican-inspired and
The Woman riding the Beast
The European Parliament sits in Strasbourg, a city which symbolises the dream of Franco-German integration and was the heart
of the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne. Its flag was inspired
by the halo of twelve stars around pictures of the Madonna that
appears prominently on Strasbourg Cathedral's Council of Europe
stained-glass window, unveiled to the world on 11th December
1955 coinciding with the Roman Catholic feast of the Immaculate
Conception. Pope John Paul II dedicated the EU to the Virgin
Mary. On the dome of the new £8-million Parliament Building in
Strasbourg there is a colossal painting of the Woman riding the
Beast. In the Parliamentary Offices building PE1 there is a huge
painting of a practically naked Woman riding the Beast. Outside
the new Council of Europe building there is a bronze statue of
the Woman riding the Beast which is riding the waves. On the
wall of the Diners' Club lounge in the EU's administrative capital
Brussels is a picture of the Woman and the Beast together! This
image has appeared on EU postage stamps, including the British
one issued in 1984 to commemorate the second election to the
European Parliament. It is the sign and symbol of Europe and
points the way to what is planned.
Our Protestant Constitution under attack
The Catholic Herald recently stated: "The days of the Anglican
Church are numbered, and most of its worshippers will return to
the true faith [!] of their distant mediaeval forebears." It is almost a symbolic fulfilment of that claim that the 20-pence coin
of the British colony of Gibraltar, issued by Parliament and approved by the Queen, bears an engraving of Mary crowned 'Queen
of Heaven' and titled 'Our Lady of Europa'. The head of the British
Queen on the other side is simply titled 'Elizabeth II - Gibraltar',
without her usual titles of D.G. REG., F.D. – Queen by the Grace
of God, Defender of the Faith. These are the fruits of association
with modern European Papal superstate. While preaching ecumenical love to her "separated brethren", Rome, the greatest
mass-murderer in history, has the slanderous audacity to vilify
Ulster Protestants as espousing "the religion of murderers" [The
Catholic Herald, October 13, 1998].
By visiting the Pope, Mr Trimble has demonstrated both his
gullibility and his concurrence in the planned destruction of
Ulster by the Vatican-led EU. The Bible warns of perilous consequences of such associations.
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,” (Rev. 18:4.).
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 7
Church teaches 'miracle' cures
SPECIAL REPORTS Rebecca Trigger, The West Australian Updated
March 17, 2012.
A Perth church is charging students $880 to
learn about "supernatural ministry" and its
followers claim to have used prayer to heal
Down syndrome and cancer, help recovery
from a brain operation and cure allergies.
The Churchlands School of Supernatural
Ministry, which holds classes at the Churchlands Christian Fellowship Church in Balcatta, has drawn strong criticism from doctors and health groups for offering false hope to people suffering serious and terminal
One student of the Perth school, who asked to remain anonymous, described "treasure
hunts", where followers listen to God for descriptions of sick people they must find and
attempt to heal. God tells them the physical characteristics, medical conditions and
locations of the sick people.
For example, students could be told they were looking for a woman with blonde hair
and a heart condition at a supermarket and they would approach her and offer to pray
The teachings are drawn from the US-based Bethel Church, which runs a School of
Supernatural Ministry and sells DVD teaching packs for US$6995 ($6645) a set.
Australian Medical Association WA president Dave Mountain condemned the teachings as a "health disaster waiting to happen"….
The director of the company that owns the church's land, John William McElroy, said
the course fee was just to cover costs, and the church did not charge for healings but
raised money through collections.
Miracle mongers sought after Jesus Christ but He said,
“Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there
also: for therefore came I forth,”
Grief is not an illness
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 MSN NZ health.msn.co.nz
Grief is not an illness (Image:
Should grief be classified as a
mental illness? Editors from
The Lancet, a highly regarded
medical journal, argue no.
The recently published editorial warned against prescribing antidepressants to treat grief, arguing that "medicalising" a normal
human emotion is "not only dangerously simplistic, but also flawed".
The warning has been prompted by the release of the draft version of
the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-5). In this upcoming edition of the 'psychiatrist's
bible' there is no exclusion for bereavement in the diagnosis of a major
This means that "feelings of deep sadness, loss, sleeplessness, crying,
inability to concentrate, tiredness, and no appetite, which continue for
more than 2 weeks after the death of a loved one, could be diagnosed
as depression, rather than as a normal grief reaction."
Dr Astrid James, deputy editor of The Lancet, said it seemed "far too
early" to classify someone as mentally ill two weeks after the death of
a loved one. "We need to be careful not to overmedicalise experiences
that are part of normal living, and to make sure we allow people to
grieve rather than try and suppress it or treat it," she added….
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no hope,” (1 Thess. 4:13).
Mardi Gras float's another hit
record for Kylie
Richard Dawkins: Morals Come From Enlightened Secular Values, Not Religion
www.smh.com.au Christine Sams, Jonathan Swan March 4, 2012
(Photo: REUTERS/Altaf ussain)
KYLIE MINOGUE, who has received an Order of the British Empire for
services to music, was awarded
another high honour last night
when she became part of history at Mardi Gras.
The Kylie tribute float became
the festival's biggest float ever.
Artistic director Gary Leeson
said it had 127 participants
surrounding four floats.
Morals aren't begotten from religion, but secular moral philosophy, jurisprudence
and dinner table conversation, renowned atheist Richard Dawkins recently argued at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India.
Criticizing ethical systems based on religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam,
The God Delusion author continued to
uphold the view that ethics came from
secular values and not godly ones.
"We are the 21st century moralists and
atheists," Dawkins told listeners Tuesday,
according to Indo-Asian News Service.
"We don't need to get morals from our religions ... We don't want to find
morals from the holy books. We can have our own enlightened secular values," he emphasized, referring to the Humanist Manifesto III, a document
outlining the conceptual boundaries of humanism, published by the American
Humanist Association, of which Dawkins was a signatory.
The manifesto maintained that ethical values were derived from human need
and interest as tested by experience and that working to benefit society maximized individual happiness among other beliefs.
Craig J. Hazen, founder and director of the MA program in Christian apologetics at Biola University, told The Christian Post that Dawkins' comments
on morality and ethics showed his "desperate need for a broader education."
Defying the rain … participants
before the parade. Photo: Janie
[Second from the right is a
Holy Bible as a tennis racquet]
Minogue watched as the Kylie
dancers put on a special performance in Taylor Square and then
mingled with her fans and was
presented with floral tributes.
Loud cheers went to a group of
men and women in wheelchairs
who were being pushed along by
sex workers. They belonged to a
group called Touching Base, where
sex workers pleasure disabled
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 8
Postmodernism and the Emergent Church
by: Rev. Dr Jeffrey Khoo (Principal-Far Eastern Bible College)
The Bible tells us, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and
then shall the end come" (Matt 24 :14). The signs of the
times tell us that we are living in the last days, and that Jesus
Christ is coming back very soon. Satan knows his time is
about up, and so he spares no effort to destroy the good news
of salvation in Jesus Christ. The gospel today is attacked like never before. As
believers, we should not be surprised at this. The Lord had already warned us… (2
Tim 3:1-13). The more Satan attacks the gospel, the more we must defend it. One way
of defending the gospel is to expose error. One such error that must be exposed today is
Poison of Postmodernism: Postmodernism is a philosophy or worldview that is
difficult to define. Postmodernism grew out of modernism or rationalism (human
intelligence and science is God). But modernism did not work; it did not make the
world a morally better place. …
The Emergent Church: Postmodernism has crept into Christianity through the
Emergent Church. The methodology of the Emergent Church feeds on the philosophy of Postmodernism. They feed on each other. The Emergent Church methodology is perhaps best expressed in Brian McLaren's book called A Generous
Orthodoxy: Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/
Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Green, Incarnational,
Depressed-yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished CHRISTIAN. Clearly, McLaren's
"Generous Orthodoxy" is a mixed-up and messed up orthodoxy which is no orthodoxy at all. It sidelines God and His Truth, and uplifts the man and his feelings. It
is "the more we get together, the merrier we'll be" kind of a thinking and practice.
Jason Carlson, Vice President of Christian Ministries International, in his testimony-"My Journey In and Out of the Emergent Church"-reveals that the Emergent Church is (1) ambiguous in doctrinal definitions, (2) inclusive and ecumenical, (3) tolerant of sin and error, (4) open to pagan forms of religious worship, (5)
critical of biblical or conservative fundamentalism, and (6) low on evangelism but
high on social action or interaction. Postmodernism is thus a part of the New Age,
ecumenical, pluralistic worldview of contemporary society which has infiltrated
the Church and caused her to lose her biblical and Christlike identity and remade
her into something that will fit the One-World system of the Antichrist.
Biblical Theological Seminary (Hatfield, PA) is now an Emergent seminary seeking to produce Emergent pastors who will plant Emergent churches. In 2003,
Biblical Seminary decided to embark on a new course to become an emergent
seminary for the emergent church with a new statement of vision, "To be the ongoing choice for training missional leaders for the emerging church of the 21st
century and to be a catalyst for engaging evangelical Christians in dialogue with
postmodern culture" (A New Reality).
Ecumenism: The up and coming Emergent Church is actually the old Ecumenical
Movement and the Neo-evangelical spirit but in a different guise or name. The
Emergent Church, Neo-evangelicalism and Ecumenism despise these two things:
(1) the Perfect Word of God, its present infallibility and inerrancy, and hence the
sole, supreme, and final authority on all faith and life, and (2) the biblical doctrine
and practice of separation which rejects the world and its ungodliness, and exposes
all forms of apostasy and compromise in the church today. To the emergent
churchman, the biblical doctrine of separation is a "sour doctrine." The mission of
the church according to the Emergent Church is thus not the original mission of
Christ which is to get sinners to be reconciled to the thrice holy God through the
Gospel, but to help people to get along with one another and enjoy one another's
company in the context of a "generous orthodoxy"-truth is subjective, uncertain,
broad, and varied.
Antidote: In light of this new danger, what must we do? We must go back to the
basics-return to the fundamentals of the Christian Faith! The Apostle Paul commands, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine (ie, the fundamentals of
the Christian Faith); continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save
thyself, and them that hear thee" (1 Tim. 4:16). That is why the Far Eastern
Bible College (FEBC) spares no effort to teach "the doctrine" not only to its students training for full-time ministry, but also the lay people taking its "Basic Theology for Everyone" (BTFE) night classes.
Once again, the Islamic
Republic of Iran burned
Monday, 14 March 2011
The office of Contraband Search
and Seizure along with the revolutionary guards, in a routine border
inspection of a bus, discovered 2
boxes, each containing 300 New
Testaments, and after removing
those from the bus burned them.
According to the report prepared by the Iranian Christian News
Agency " Mohabat News" reporters, ...Derishk is a small village bordering Turkey and is about 15 km from the town of Salmas….
In a previous report published by "Mohabat News", on October 28,
2010, a similar search and seizure of about 300 New Testaments had
been taken by the security and border inspectors in a bus headed for
Tehran at the border crossing of Salmas, 90 km from the capital of the
western province of Western Azerbaijan….
This shameful act of burning the Christian New Testaments was a repetition of a similar action taken by the security forces of the Islamic Republic, on June 8, 2010, in one of the western towns of Sardasht, which
was reported on the media outlets loyal and in service of the Islamic
Republic of Iran.
In connection with this incident, the official website of the Revolutionary Guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran accused the United States,
who is currently occupying the neighboring territory of Iraq, of playing
a major role in this matter and is conspiring to illegally import the
Christian New Testaments inside Iran.
US Commander apologises over
reports troops burned Koran
From: AFP February 22, 2012
UPDATE: PROTESTERS hurling petrol bombs and firing slingshots
besieged the largest US-run military base in Afghanistan, furious over
reports that NATO troops burned copies of the Koran.
An Afghan protester gestures towards a US soldier
in front of the US base of
Bagram, north of Kabul.
Picture: Source: AP
The enraged crowd
shouted "Death to
Americans" and "Death
to infidels" as guards at
Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul, responded by firing rubber bullets from a
watchtower, said an AFP photographer, who was hit in the neck.
Hundreds of other people protested in the Afghan capital as security forces
dispatched reinforcements in a bid to stop the demonstrations from spiralling
out of control in the fiercely conservative Islamic country.
The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has apologised and
ordered an investigation into a report that troops "improperly disposed of a
large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans".
"I offer my sincere apologies for any offence this may have caused, to the president of Afghanistan, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,
and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan," he said.
The White House has also apologised, calling it "a deeply unfortunate incident"
while US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta promised a swift investigation.
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 9
After-birth abortion: why should
the baby live?
Journal of Medical Ethics jme.bmj.com
Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva
Law, ethics and medicine
Contributors AG and FM contributed equally to the manuscript.
Received 25 November 2011; Revised 26 January 2012; Accepted 27 January
2012 ; Published Online First 23 February 2012
Abstract: Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not
have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both
fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant
and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the
authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including
cases where the newborn is not disabled.
The first breath of a person
They can’t articulate it, but newborns bristle with the urge for life.
www.telegraph.co.uk By Jenny McCartney 03 Mar 2012
I suppose one cannot
Minerva and Alberto
Giubilini of a lack of
nerve. As the coauthors of a paper in
the Journal of Medical Ethics declaring
that newborn babies
do not “have a moral right to life”, they do not appear to have been
concerned by the fact that justifying infanticide does not generally lead
one to the top, unless one is Herod or Hitler, neither of whom have
been particularly well regarded by history. Indeed, the idea of harming
a newborn child is widely seen as one of the most disgusting of all acts,
whether carried out in war, genocide or domestic fury.
Like many others, I at first assumed that the authors’ upholding of the
principle of “post-birth abortion” was some kind of acutely pitched
satire, designed to make readers re-examine the ethics of abortion
itself. It appears not.
The gist of the argument is that newborns, like foetuses, must be
classed as “potential persons” rather than “actual persons”, because
the authors “take 'person’ as someone who is capable of attributing to
her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived
of this existence represents a loss to you”. In other words, “the moral
right to life” depends on your being intellectually conscious enough to
know that you wouldn’t like to lose that life.
Ethicists give thumbs-up to infanticide
by Michael Cook | 25 Feb 2012 | www.bioedge.org
If abortion, why not infanticide? This leading question is often treated as a
canard by supporters of abortion. However, it is seriously argued by two Italian utilitarians and published online in the prestigious Journal of Medical
Ethics this week.
Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva are associated respectively with
Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, and with the Centre for Applied
Philosophy and Public Ethics, at the University of Melbourne.
“Thou shalt not kill,”
(Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17)
Mother murdered her "inconvenient" baby
uk.reuters.com Mon Nov 3, 2008
LONDON (Reuters) - A mother who
smothered to death her three-yearold son because she saw him as
an "inconvenience" to her social
life, was jailed for life on Monday.
Just hours after Tara Haigh, 24,
killed her young son Billy at her
home in November 2005 she went
on the Internet looking for a boyfriend, the Old Bailey heard.
Nazi extermination of thousands of
disabled children featured in new
Berlin museum exhibit
www.lifesitenews.com by Matthew Cullinan
Hoffman Fri Jan 27, 2012
BERLIN, January 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com)
Berlin’s “Topography of Terror,” museum,
which features exhibits on the murderous
crimes of German police forces during the
Nazi era, has begun a temporary display on
the thousands of children euthanized during
the same period as “life unworthy of life.”
The exhibition, entitled “In memory of the
children. Pediatricians and crimes against children in the Nazi period,”
displays photos and documents related to various Nazi projects concerning the murder and torture of children, such as Action T4 and Lebensborn.
While Action T4 focused on exterminating children who were physically or
mentally handicapped, Lebensborn was a eugenic breeding program
using unwed mothers, in which children with features not regarded as
sufficiently “Aryan” were disposed of like so much waste.
“Through 1945, over 10,000 [children] fell victim to the various programs
which were designed to exterminate ‘life unworthy of living,’” the museum
states. “More than 5,000 children and teenagers were tortured and murdered in the Nazi ‘children’s departments’ alone, institutions which were
specially created for the purpose of extermination.”
Although many children were simply gassed or starved to death, some
were spared an immediate exit from life - to serve as subjects of medical
experiments, which included the removal of their organs.
“Children also fell victim to the ‘T4’ gas chamber program and to the
‘starvation diet’ which they received in the homes and institutions; they
were abused for the purpose of experimentation and their organs where
used after their death for research purposes,” according to the museum.
Australian Government Moves To Quickly Pass
Laws To Sterilize, Electroshock, And Restrain Children Without Parental Consent
March 5, 2012 preventdisease.com
Another draft mental health bill, this
time in Australia is mirroring global
efforts in what is now an international
and deliberate surge by government
officials to remove parental consent.
If passed, the shocking new law will
allow children who are considered
sufficiently mature, to be subjected to
horrifying procedures including sterilization and electroshock...
PreventDisease.com recently reported that vaccinating without parental
knowledge will soon become the norm across the world .
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 10
Crystal Cathedral Finally Sold to
(Photo: REUTERS/Alex Gallardo)
A silhouette of a statue of
Moses carrying the tablets
on the grounds of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden
Grove, California is pictured
August 10, 2011.
By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor . February 4, 2012
California megachurch the Crystal Cathedral now belongs to the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County after escrow closed
Friday on the $57.5 million sale on a court's order.
The congregation of the Crystal Cathedral, which filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy in October 2010, can continue to worship in the
landmark campus in Garden Grove for three years at $100,000 a
month during the first year and $150,000 for the following two
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away"
(2 Tim. 3:5)
Crystal Cathedral's founder, Robert H. Schuller,
Schuller responded positively. "It is time for all believers not to focus on differences, but on
respect and appreciation for our common goals," he said in a
statement Friday. "Today is not an ending; rather, it is a divine continuance of a beautiful, sacred campus that was dedicated to the
greater glory of God."
Schuller's daughter, Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, had
asked God for a miracle to stop the sale and gather the money to
pay the church's debts. However, she had apparently realized in
recent weeks that the sale would go through. A recent video
posted on the church's website suggested that the church had not
been able to raise the money to save the campus. Pastor Coleman
said in the video that the Crystal Cathedral was not about the
building, and if it was God's will the church might move to another
However, Coleman and other church leaders tried to block the sale
last week by claiming that the congregation had a 99-year lease. A
federal bankruptcy judge ruled that the sale should continue.
The Crystal Cathedral called the sale "the beginning of a new chapter for us." "We are exploring several options from which we will
continue the many aspects of our respected, positive approach to
ministry – our church worship services, the 'Hour of Power' international weekly televised broadcast, Crystal Cathedral Academy, and
our various outreaches both to the local community and beyond."
Schuller founded the church with a $500 loan over 55 years ago.
The construction of the Crystal Cathedral, which includes the main
sanctuary designed by architect Phillip Johnson, was completed in
1980 and cost $18 million.
After the founder handed over the leadership of the Crystal Cathedral to his family in 2008, the megachurch faced numerous challenges, including a growing debt and a leadership struggle…
Schuller, Wife Resign From Crystal
Photo: Rev. Robert Schuller (NBC)
By Anugrah Kumar, www.christianpost.com
March 11, 2012
Crystal Cathedral founder Dr. Robert H.
Schuller and his wife, Arvella, announced
they stepped down from the board of the
California megachurch after they lost hope to settle disputes with directors over copyright infringement and payment for services constructively.
UNITY CONVERSATION AT
(Friday Church News Notes, February 10, 2012, www.wayoflife.org,
Wheaton College will host an ecumenical discussion on March 26
featuring “evangelical” John Armstrong and Roman Catholic Cardinal
Francis George of Chicago. Called
“A Conversation on Unity in Christ’s
Mission,” the dialogue will “explore
the common ground and current
challenges that face Catholics and
evangelical Protestants in Christian
faith and mission.”
In January of this year Armstrong
said that he became more aware of
the need for unity on a visit to the
Center for Unity in Rome in March 2011. He even visited the grave of the priest (Paul
Wattson) who founded the global Week of Prayer for Christian unity. The spiritual
blindness that has permeated evangelicalism today is the product of the “repudiation of
separatism” and the ensuing corruption that is the result of “evil communications” (1
In the 1990s, Armstrong was the editor of Roman Catholicism: Evangelical Protestants
Analyze What Divides and Unites Us (Moody Press, 1994). The book completely
ignored the Bible’s command to mark and avoid doctrinal error and apostasy (e.g.,
Romans 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:5), which is the only sure protection against the leaven of
heresy. Michael Horton concluded his chapter, “What Still Keeps Us Apart?” with
these words: “I do not suggest that we should give up trying to seek visible unity, nor
that we refuse to dialogue with Roman Catholic laypeople and theologians, many of
whom may be our brothers and sisters” (Roman Catholicism, p. 264).
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which
cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine
which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Rom. 16:17)
50 Years of Faithfulness 19621962-2012
FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 11
Obama to AIPAC: Diplomatic pressure
will bring Tehran to the right decision
DEBKAfile Special Report March 4, 2012,
Barack Obama addresses AIPAC convention
US President Barack Obama followed Israeli
President Shimon Peres in addressing the opening of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC convention in
Washington, Sunday, March 4. Both condemned
a nuclear Iran as a threat to the US, Israel and
the world. President Obama urged the efficacy of
diplomacy backed by pressure since “Iran does
not yet have a nuclear weapon.”
He also stressed that his policy is not one of
containment but preventing Iran obtaining nuclear weapons by every element of US
power including a military effort. Obama added: “There is no doubt about the resolve of the US or about Israel’s right to make its own decisions about its security
He said no one should doubt his commitment to Israel’s security: “When the chips
are down I have Israel’s back,” he said to applause.
President Obama then made a point of listing the great effort he had invested in
engagement with Iran and sanctions during his three years in office. He did not
explain why the only result so far was the unprecedented acceleration of Iran’s
nuclear program in defiance of pressure, sanctions and diplomatic isolation….
“No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear bomb in the hands of a regime that
denies the holocaust, threatens to wipe if off the map and supports terrorists committed to its destruction. So I understand the responsibility on the shoulders of
Binyamin Netanyahu,” said Obama.
“A nuclear Iran is a threat to American national security,” he stressed. The job is not
over and there is more to be done. “Both Israel and US have an interest in solving
the problem diplomatically,” he went on to say, without going into the core of his
dispute with the Israeli prime minister whom he meets at the White House Monday,
which is at what point will America decide to use all the “elements of American
power” to stop a nuclear Iran. “There is still time for Iran’s leaders to make the right
decision,” said Obama, “I hope President Ahmadinejad makes it.”
Salehi: If Israel strikes Iran, it will meet its end
By JPOST.COM STAFF 03/15/2012 20:42 www.jpost.com
Iran's foreign minister stresses that an Israeli military strike on nuclear sites in
Iran would elicit a "full force" response.
If Israel decides to conduct a military
strike on nuclear sites in Iran, it will
be the end of the Jewish state, said
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbhar
Salehi on Thursday.
“If Israel ever, ever makes this mistake, that will set the time for the end of Israel. The Israelis are well aware of
this,” said Salehi, during an interview with Danish television TV2 ….
IRANIAN COMMANDER SAYS WE MUST
Obama warns Tehran to cut deal or “face the consequences”
Joel C. Rosenberg 15/03/2012
A senior Iranian commander this week is
calling for the destruction not just of Israel
but of the United States of America, as well.
“As long as America exists, we will not
rest,” said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of the Basij paramilitary
force. “In revealing the truth about America and the Zionists, we must raise
public hate against the despotic powers and create the environment for the destruction of America.”
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see
that ye be not troubled: for all these things must
come to pass, but the end is not yet”
North Korea tested Iranian
warhead or “dirty bomb” in
2010 for $55m
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2012.
German and Japanese intelligence sources Monday, March 5,
confirmed – and qualified - to
debkafile reports in the German
Der Spiegel and Welt am
Sonntag that Western intelligence had known for 11 months
that at least one of North Korea’s
covert nuclear tests in 2010 was carried out on an Iranian radioactive
bomb or nuclear warhead. Those sources report five facts are known
Tearful Putin wins back
www.reuters.com By Timothy Heritage and Guy Faulconbridge
MOSCOW | Sun Mar 4, 2012.
(Reuters) - Vladimir
Putin triumphed in Russia's presidential election
on Sunday and, tears
rolling down his cheeks,
called his victory a turning point that had prevented the country falling into the hands of enemies.
Putin's opponents complained of widespread fraud, refused to recognize the results and said they would press ahead on Monday with
the biggest protests since he rose to power 12 years ago.
“Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land
of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and
Tubal, and prophesy against him,” (Ezek. 38:2)
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Articles represent church history and biblical prophecy being fulfilled
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FAITH AND FREEDOM April-May 2012 Page 12
Special Report on "Pastor"
www.parsaweb.org by Pooyan Mehrshahi
Persian Evangelical and Reformed Publication
Not an Evangelical: Youcef Nadarkhani has been reported in both
the secular and Christian media and
periodicals to be under a death sentence for his conversion from Islam
to evangelical Christianity.
He was arrested on 12th October
2009, in the city of Rasht in the
northern part of Iran, where he had
been the pastor of the underground church there. He is reported to be
the evangelical pastor of “the Church of Iran”. However, what might
come as a shock to many evangelical believers is that "Pastor" Nadarkhani is actually one of the leaders in a growing cult in Iran, which is
linked with the Oneness Pentecostalism (Jesus Only) cult, which is
non-Trinitarian, believes in baptismal regeneration, and is very closely
linked and supported by the United Pentecostal Churches outside of Iran.
They greatly admire and follow the teachings of an American
preacher, William M. Branham, who claimed to be the last of God's
prophets on earth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is from the devil, and
only those who are baptised in Jesus' name are saved.
Evangelical underground churches are being destroyed by nonTrinitarian cults, as the gospel is turned into 'works salvation'.
For the past number of years, these anti-Trinitarian cult teachers, including Youcef Nadarkhani have been militant in their proselytising
and recruiting of individuals, especially in Rasht and Shiraz…and his
colleagues reject all other protestant churches as not being true
churches. Moreover they teach, other classic errors of the Jesus Only
cult, including speaking in tongues as the main sign of true salvation...
We trust this article helps to guide our prayers, not only to pray for his
release, but mainly for his salvation. Please remember, this cult has
caused untold damage to the cause of the gospel in Iran...
Many house churches have been devastated, and a false man-centred
gospel has replaced the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ…
New evangelicalism and Pentecostal theology is the major factor of the
problems, as these groups tend to be Pentecostal in their theology and
use similar language and practice the Pentecostal gifts.
“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,”
(1 Tim. 1:3)
Starbucks coffee co. officially backs gay
www.lifesitenews.com by John-Henry Westen Mon. Jan. 30th 2012
SEATTLE: In news that will come as
a heavy blow to many coffee lovers,
Starbucks has officially backed homosexual ‘marriage.’
In a January 24 letter to U.S. partners,
Kalen Holmes, Starbucks executive
vice president, expresses support for the homosexual “marriage” legislation in Washington State. The “important legislation,” says Holmes
“is core to who we are and what we value as a company.”
Australian Tour - On Hold
January 25 - February 12, 2012
Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra – National (Charismatic) Tour
The Australian Tour is currently on hold until further Notice. Australian Immigration has denied Todd entry into the
country at this time….
The Tragic Legacy of Charismania
It is now only about 40 years since the onslaught of Charismania struck the Protestant churches in the world and replaced the Gospel message with the preaching of another
Jesus, another spirit and another gospel as 2 Cor. 11:4
warns would happen. Yet the planned result has been
achieved so completely that most have lost sight of the true
Gospel. The barrier of sin is generally neglected while their
ministers are transformed into ministers of righteousness
by the unseen enemy – Satan
Pastor Stephen Thompson (Qld.)