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Heaven and Hell Are Real!

April 20, 2014

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 Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

This morning I think not only of Jesus’ resurrection but that He is coming back from Heaven for me! I am happy, joy filled, and my only problem is finding words to express it! Can you honestly say that this morning?

Psalms 27:1 The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 60:1 – 3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Yes, Jesus is coming again! The scriptures are true but remember Hell is a real place too!

Hollywood’s versions of Jesus won’t save you or their ridiculous movies such as The Son of God, Noah or Heaven is for Real. You do not go to the trash pile of the world to find God! So my questions for you this morning, will you find yourself one day in Heaven or Hell? Do you have the faith that comes from the word of God or from Hollywood? Here’s an excerpt from a sermon to help you consider,

And let me remind you yet once again, that there will be in you an undoubted personality—you will be known in Hell. The drunkard shall have the drunkard’s punishment; the swearer shall have the swearer’s corner to himself. “Bind them up in bundles to burn and cast them into the fire.” Thus says the voice of inflexible Justice! You shall not suffer in another man’s body, but in your own, and you shall be known to be the very man who sinned against God. You shall be looked at by one who sees you today, if you die impenitent, who will say to you, “We went up to that hall together; we heard a sermon on the resurrection which had a frightful ending; we laughed at it, but we have found out that it is true.”

And one will say to the other, “I should have known you, though we have not met these many years till we met in Hell. I should have known you, there is something about your new body which lets me know that it is the same body that you had on earth.” And then you will mutually say to one another, “These pangs that we are now enduring, this horror of great darkness, these chains of fire that are reserved for us—are they not well deserved?” And you will curse God together again and suffer together and will be made to feel that you have only received the due reward of your deeds.

“Did not the man warn us,” you will say, “did he not warn us; did he not bid us fly to Christ for refuge? Did we not despise it and make a jeer of what he said? We are rightly punished. We damned ourselves, we cut our own throats—we kindled Hell for ourselves and found the fuel of our own burning forever and ever.”

Oh, my dear Hearers, I cannot bear to stay on this subject! Let me finish with just this word. “Whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.” That means you, poor man, though perhaps you were drunk last night and scarcely got up in time enough to come here this morning. If you believe, William, you shall be saved! This means you, poor woman, harlot though you are—if you cast yourself on Christ you are saved! This means you, respectable man, you who

trust in yours own works—if you rely on Christ, you shall be saved—but not if you trust in yourself. Oh, be wise, be wise! May God give us Divine Grace now to learn that highest wisdom, and may we now look to the Cross and to the quivering Lamb that bleeds upon it and see Him as He rises from the dead and ascends up on high—and believing in Him—may we receive the hope and the assurance of a blissful resurrection in Him. (From sermon by, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Resurrection! No. 306, April 1, 1860 source: www.spurgeongems.org)

My word to you this resurrection day, open the Bible! Read what God ACTUALLY says to us – don’t listen to the drug induced vision/dream of a four year old boy! Do not let Hollywood reshape your God with their special effects and acting – our God is REAL! Hollywood’s non-condemning mush god will lead you to a Hell that is a REAL PLACE! When it comes to anything coming out of Hollywood, don’t believe it! Don’t listen to it! They lie to take your money and the one behind them desires to destroy you! Run from this world and look to God, the true and very real God who made it all and gave His only Son for you!

This resurrection morning, think on the many verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus Christ’s return – it will be no secret when He arrives! He is coming back as He left and if you have not given your life to Him there is still time! If you are reading this then there is still hope for your soul!

“…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11b

Will you mourn when you see Him coming or will YOUR resurrection be unto an eternal life with Him in Heaven!!?

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

2 Thessalonians 1:7 – 10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 6:16 – 17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 7:1 – 4 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number!

Revelation 7:9 -14 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Has your robe been made white?

Rick Warren to the Defense of Noah Movie Writer-Director Darren Aronofsky!?

April 6, 2014

Recently I posted then edited our article on Brian Houston where the writer-director Darren Aronofsky was said to have openly stated the Noah movie is,

“…the least biblical biblical film ever made.”

And regarding some test screening scores used by Paramount studios Aronofsky said,

“I don’t give a [profanity removed] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.”

My quotes were in the context from Time magazine and match several other major media outlets. Here is exactly how this was portrayed in Time with the entire quote minus the profanity only,

“While a key concern with The Bible was making sure churchgoers would find the miniseries to be an accurate representation of what Christians believe to be the word of God, Noah is a bit different. For the past few months, Aronofsky and Paramount have been at odds over the direction of the film. Paramount execs have been screen-testing versions that give more obvious nods to Scripture, while Aronofsky stood by his original vision for a movie he has called “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” And: “I don’t give a [profanity] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.” It’s typical for a film to be screen-tested in a few different versions, but Noah went through about half a dozen, shown to predominantly Christian audiences, including one that featured religious imagery at the beginning and a Christian rock song called “Spirit Break Out” by Kim Walker-Smith played over the credits.”

Their source appears to have been the New Yorker magazine with a press release dated March 10th, 2014 where Aronofsky is quoted directly as saying,

“The unanticipated success of Aronofsky’s last film, “Black Swan,” has given him “access to new and dangerous toys,” Friend writes. Paramount Pictures produced “Noah,” a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark, featuring an expanded narrative that includes family strife, an epic battle, sci-fi—including pipe guns, explosions, and six-armed fallen angels—and Darwinian evolution, at a final cost of a hundred and thirty million dollars. The visual-effects budget alone is three times the cost of “Black Swan.” Aronofsky tells Friend that “Noah” is “the least Biblical Biblical film ever made.””

Then later in the press release separately from Noah that represents Aronfsky’s feelings about movie studio screen test scores in general not about people of faith,

“In August, at a test screening in suburban Phoenix, the audience responded equivocally. Paramount, which had the right of final cut, asked for some radical changes before the remaining test screenings. “The idea was to see if the studio could placate the audience that had flocked to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’—the twenty-nine per cent of Americans who, the studio’s research said, consider themselves evangelical or ‘Bible-minded’—even if that meant making the film less faithful to Genesis and more faithful to people’s sentimental recollections of Genesis. Regarding studio testing, Aronofsky tells Friend, “I don’t give a [profanity] about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the Rocky Road guy.” In December, Paramount tested its fifth, and “least Aronofskian,” version of “Noah”: an eighty-six-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery, ended with a Christian rock song…”

Time magazine I believe misrepresented Aronofsky or it at least made it come across as an attack on people of faith. My point is not diminished however, Aronofsky no doubt referred to Noah as being his least Biblical film and he is a profane man by Biblical definition when cursing about movie studio test scores. He did not appear to be attacking people of faith directly when cursing but rather the Paramount movie studio screen test or any studio test scores for that matter.

So why does Rick Warren apparently now defend Aronofsky? I will let my readers answer that one…

“The quote arose after an interview with The New Yorker in which Aronofsky referred to “Noah” as “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” In using the word biblical twice in the quote, the director meant that “Noah” is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.” (Christian Post)

So according to the Christian Post, Rick Warren is saying Aronofsky didn’t mean it was the least biblical but rather that “…Noah is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.”

Baloney, I believe Aronofsky as quoted said it right! It is BOTH the least biblical and unlike any previously made religious film produced!

 

 

Christian Leaders Endorsing / Promoting / Praising Noah Movie – Should Be Led to Exit Door

April 6, 2014

 

Noah2014PosterThe Gospel of Salvation Lost at Sea NOAH THE MOVIE: A Review – From Herescope

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

Any could any Christian call this atrocity of a movie Noah Biblically accurate, endorses it, praise it, encourage people to go see it – have forgotten or not read the Bible. The movie Noah is an environmentalist extremist movie changing (perverting) God’s word, removing the God of the Bible (only refers to a creator), promotes the Nephilim (Angel mating with women myth) along with a ‘boatload’ of fantasy. If that is not enough, its writer-director turns the great man of faith Noah (as seen in the Bible) into some sort of weird environmental wacko.

Any Christian leader like the one I previously pointed out – Brian Houston – should be booted out the door – they are unqualified to be leaders of a Bible believing Gospel preaching church that is!

I believe some of these ‘leaders’ like their political counterparts RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are CINOs (Christians in Name Only) akin to wolves in sheep’s clothing! I use the political comparison because this is what I see these wolves doing, they are working with, partnering with, yoking together with Hollywood – working with those who are the most notorious in maligning and slandering our holy God! How can we get into bed with them reviewing their movies knowing that they are all about the bottom line – unless you make yourselves complicit in their abominations to God!?

Herescope review lays it out well:

“The staggering implications to this fraudulent retelling are legion and not within the scope of this brief review.

THE TRUTH:
There you have it. This Hollywood fiasco has not only besmirched the real Noah, maligned the Word of truth, and upturned the foundation of the Gospel, but it has also blasphemed the true Creator and His Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Save yourself the $22 (which includes the soda and popcorn) to see this outrageous film and read the Book instead. The rewards will be life changing and eternal.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

In Time Magazine – Senior Pastor Brian Houston Gives “Stamp of Approval” to Noah – Why!?

March 31, 2014

noah-film-still-noahs-ark-darren-aronofsky1What is worse? Hollywood making their millions off of those proclaiming to be Christians or those considered ‘Christian’ leaders helping Hollywood to make millions off of Christians?

One of those Hollywood helping Christian leaders who recently caught my attention is Brian Houston of Hillsong. Why Houston? Well we stumbled onto a Time Magazine article, Films Are His Flock Jonathan Bock explains Christians to Hollywood and discovered there are Christian leaders assisting Hollywood market their movies. Near the end of the article is what caught my attention,

“Even though Aronofsky didn’t have the final cut, Moore says Noah is consistent with the director’s initial version, and it has received a stamp of approval from Christian leaders like Geof Morin, executive vice president of the American Bible society, and Brian Houston, senior pastor of Hillsong Church, which includes thousands of congregants at a dozen churches around the world. Bock believes Christian audiences in general will embrace it as well. “What Darren has done is make this guy righteous and flawed, which is what is going to resonate with the Christian community.”

While I have not heard of Geof Morin, I have been reading news about Brian Houston in recent days with the Christian Post and the discernment ministry of Hillsong Church Watch. The Hillsong Church Watch site rightfully warns about the false teachings coming out from showing how Houston taught that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. Yes, I read where Houston is trying to un-paint the corner he painted himself into but Houston did indeed say what he said then muddles things further by not admitting the error. For more on that news click here to read what Apprising Ministries has up.

brian-c-houston-appSo what’s the big deal with Houston now? Rephrasing the quote above Senior Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong, who represents thousands of church goers has helped to promote Noah, the latest of Hollywood’s Bible hacks further muddying the waters of what the Bible teaches.

Houston and those like him I suppose can filter around all of the garbage to where there is a reference to the Bible in Noah to find something biblical but then again Houston’s gospel message appears to have as much gospel as the movie Noah!

Any “…stamp of approval…” from a Christian leader should mean the movie does not twist, distort and pervert God’s word.

Considering the job Bible hacking that Darren Aronofsky does with Noah how can it get a stamp of approval from any Bible believing Christian much less from a ‘Christian’ leader such as Senior Pastor Brian Houston?

 

World(ly) Vision – Ecumenical But Not Pro-Homosexual?

March 27, 2014

a02Our older site Biblical Discernment Ministries contains an archive of information about one of World Vision’s previous leaders Ted Engstrom showing a pattern in their leadership going back decades with ecumenism and compromise. So why were many shocked or surprised that World Vision should suddenly announce an inclusive policy for homosexual marriage? I believe this decision was years perhaps decades in the making and their reversal is laughable.

Why I am saying the decision by World Vision and reversal a day later is laughable? Look at their history, their willingness to join with 50+ denominations and social gospel makes them more a hindrance to God’s truth. My friend and brother in Christ Pastor Ken Silva, of Apprising Ministries recently said regarding the World Vision announcement (source),

 “If one affirms that same-sex sexual relations, even within a so-called marriage, is not a sin of sexual immorality then you aren’t going to offer the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to those practicing homosexual relations. You will deny them their only way to be saved out of that deviant life.”

Perhaps someone at World Vision got Pastor Silva’s message or one like it leading to the reversal to equate same-sex marriage with Biblical marriage? Well that may be a reach but there was certainly a firestorm against World Vision and that I found that refreshing! Now that the decision is reversed will we see some changes in World Vision leadership, with resignations or some sign they have repented?

According to their leader Richard Stearns who said in Christianity Today on 3/24/14 regarding the initial decision to equate same-sex marriage with traditional,

“World Vision’s board was not unanimous, acknowledged Stearns, but was “overwhelmingly in favor” of the change.”

World Vision’s board had a majority in favor! I for one will be amazed if we see any changes in leadership as they continue to march to the beat of their ecumenical and homosexual friendly leadership. Stearns went on to say in the decision for same-sex marriage,

“Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues,” he said. “It also allows us to treat all of our employees the same way: abstinence outside of marriage, and fidelity within marriage.”

Stearns took pains to emphasize what World Vision is not communicating by the policy change. “It’s easy to read a lot more into this decision than is really there,” he said. “This is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support.”

“We’re not caving to some kind of pressure. We’re not on some slippery slope. There is no lawsuit threatening us. There is no employee group lobbying us,” said Stearns. “This is not us compromising. It is us deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological issues. We’re an operational arm of the global church, we’re not a theological arm of the church.

“This is simply a decision about whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S. based on this single issue, and nothing more.”

So my readers know the above quote is direct with the March 24, 2014 Christianity Today article. What Stearns and others like him miss is ANY acceptance of same-sex marriage is a rejection of traditional marriage.

My opinion is Stearns’ spin on this “single issue” is very much theological, political and is indeed a slippery slope that World(ly) Vision has been on since its start.

My prayer is this fiasco reveals enough of how that financial support ends for World(ly) Vision and goes to Bible believing, Gospel preaching Christian charities – starting with their local churches.

 

Sowers of the Word – Our Site for the Sunday School Teachers Edition Bible

March 23, 2014

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Beware of New Series Cosmos! Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Reboot NOT WHAT IT IS SOLD TO BE! Nat Geo/Fox with Neil deGrasse Tyson

March 14, 2014

Beware of new series Cosmos! Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series reboot NOT WHAT IT IS SOLD TO BE! Nat Geo/Fox with Neil deGrasse Tyson – More than SSSTTRREETTCCHHIINNGG The Truth of History!!!

Straight Personally from me about new Series Cosmos!!!

My opinion, Cosmos is intellectually dishonest, anti-Christian (perhaps outright anti-any religion), downright deceitful it smells of a personal agenda and I found it even more disconcerting that our President did the intro! Giordano Bruno is presented as a HERO of science BUT that is NOT factual!

I will be watching it now for other reasons then to learn some great truths because we cannot trust it, Cosmos is propaganda but for who!?

One article while I do not agree on a number of other things (pro-Roman Catholic) it reveals some of the warped history used in Cosmos http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godandthemachine/2014/03/dishonestcosmos/

“If you want to depict [Giordano] Bruno as a martyr for pantheistic cabalistic hermetic occultism, be my guest. But he was not a martyr for science.”

Cosmos shows Bruno as a hero of science and dishonestly rewrites history for reasons only the creators of this so-called Carl Sagan reboot know, please be very wary and warn friends/family to take it with a proverbial grain of salt.

Cosmos is sure to “wow” us with some facts but watch out for the arsenic mixed in!

Here is one more link not even a Christian site warning of how ridiculous this propaganda is: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/03/cosmos_revives_083061.html

Hope this helps!

John

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

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