HERESY ALERT!!!  Bill Johnson blatantly lies to ChristianityToday


Bill Johnson blatantly lies to ChristianityToday

by churchwatcher
NAR Apostle Bill Johnson to NAR Apostle Lou Engle: “I’m so moved… I’ll throw the whole Bethel Movement into [Azusa Now]. We’ll do signs and wonders in the stadium for hours, sitting under the glory.”
It is important to know when a false teacher is speaking to you. They’ll treat you the same way they teach the bible: they will mislead you into believing false things.
This has been the case in a recent article put out by ChristianityToday, speaking with Bill Johnson of Bethel, Redding. You can read it here:
Cover Story: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
Our article will be exposing how Bill Johnson misleads (which is a form of lying) ChristianityToday in regards to himself and his ministry being a part of the dangerous New Apostolic Reformation cult.
The New Apostolic Reformation cult teaches that the church MUST be governed by modern day Apostles and Propehts.
ChristianityToday reported,
“McCurdy, Johnson, and other critics believe Bethel to be instrumental in leading some Christians to embrace tenets of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a movement known for dominion theology and a belief in the continuing ministries of apostles and prophets alongside those of evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Bill Johnson is regularly listed as an NAR leader. He believes in the apostolic and prophetic ministries, but says the church does not have any official ties to the NAR.” [Emphaiss ours]
It makes sense that a false teacher like Bill Johnson would publicly distance himself from a movement that has been identified as a dangerous cult – that being the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Bill Johnson goes further than that though:
“Farrelly later says that Johnson has the apostolic gift among Bethel leaders. Johnson himself says he’s far less interested in the title than the vision-casting function.”
Bill Johnson is a tactful evader of the truth just like his Apostolic buddy Brian Houston of Hillsong Church. In the year 2000, NAR “Apostle” and “Prophet” David Cartledge writes in Chapter 56 titled “No Need for Titles Down Under” in his book “The New Apostolic Reformation” about the New Apostolic Reformation in Australia:
“Almost all Australian apostolic ministries are quite emphatic that they will not use the title ‘apostle’.”
Source: David Cartledge, The Apostolic Revolution, Australia: McPherson’s Printing Group, Published 2000. pg. 393.
(There was a good reason for this. The deceased ex-AOG Pastor, Philip Powell, (deeply hated by Brian Houston), was exposing the corruption and cover-ups by NAR leaders in New Zealand and Australia and reporting on the NAR ruthlessly taking over and plundering the Pentecostal AOG churches of Australia. See Christian Witness Ministries.)
Cartledge continues,
“While they are usually recognised as others as apostles and are frequently referred to as such by the churches they visit, I do not know of one who personally uses ‘apostle’ as his or her personal title. In fact most are more comfortable with no titles at all, and prefer to be known by their first name. Brian Houston is the National President, and his attitude would be echoed by all of the current Assemblies of God leaders:
“Credibility and authority never come with a title. I am quite comfortable with being called Brian.”
Source: David Cartledge, The Apostolic Revolution, Australia: McPherson’s Printing Group, Published 2000. pg. 393.
(Yes. Brian Houston is an Apostle of the NAR. And yes, Hillsong is an NAR Apostolic ministry, founded by “Apostle” and “Apostle” Frank Houston. See our archives for more information.)
David Cartledge
Cartledge continues on the next page:
“Apostles and prophets not only exist in modern times, but are fairly common in a variety of levels of influence and authority. However, as in biblical times, the ultimate recognition of them should come from others, based on the evidence of their gifting.”
Source: David Cartledge, The Apostolic Revolution, Australia: McPherson’s Printing Group, Published 2000. pg. 394.
So of course neither Bill Johnson or Brian Houston will tell you they are Apostles in the NAR. But the NAR network will. For instance, Farrelly did let the cat out of the bad in the below ChristianityToday article:
“Farrelly later says that Johnson has the apostolic gift among Bethel leaders.”
Now let’s look at Bill Johnson’s claim that his “church does not have any official ties to the NAR”.
One person both Brian Houston and Bill Johnson have in common is C. Peter Wagner, the recognised head “Apostle” and “Prophet” of the New Apostolic Reformation.
What is interesting is that Peter Wagner endorsed the book written by David Cartledge, praising the New Apostolic Network that Houston, Cartledge and many others are apart of in Australia:
Wagner’s foreword to book exposing the NAR taking over Australian churches
Below, Peter Wagner is writing into NARismaToday back in 2008 after Todd Bentley of the Lakeland “Revival” was exposed for committing adultery and alcoholism. The reason why Wagner wrote this article was because he was operating out of damage control over his Apostolic Alignment and ordination of Todd Bentley. Not long after the ordination, Todd Bentley was publicly humiliated with Wagner and all of the gathered Apostles.
Wagner’s ICA (International Coalition of Apostles) and his other Apostolic buddies were exposed as false Apostles.
Wagner writes (emphasis ours):
“If Todd was not apostolically aligned, this alignment needed to be formalized before I was prepared to go any further. I am well aware that some friends thought I should have stopped right there and pulled out. Perhaps I should have, but I felt that I would be disobeying the word from the Holy Spirit if I did. Some of my friends have not yet forgiven me for not taking their advice, and, who knows? Someday they might be telling me, “I told you so!”
Regardless, I knew that alignment needed to come first. Chuck Pierce, with whom I am closely aligned prophetically, wholeheartedly agreed. I did my due diligence and discovered that Ché Ahn was the ICA member who had the closest contact with Todd, and that Todd was willing to accept this alignment. Ché felt that he should bring in Bill Johnson and John Arnott since all three of them were close to Todd and they lead the newly-formed Revival Alliance. Unbelievably, all four of us had one date in common open all summer, Monday, June 23, so we decided that we would propose it to Todd. He enthusiastically agreed and invited us to come.
By now the word was getting out and I was receiving a quantity of email correspondence from other apostles who were interested. I opened the door for those who desired to accompany us on the platform. I did not allow prophets, evangelists pastors, or teachers to join the group-apostles only. A total of 17 apostles participated representing three apostolic streams: ICA, Revival Alliance, and Morning Star (Rick Joyner).”
Source: Peter Wagner, A Report From Peter, CharismaMagazine,, Published 13/08/2008. (Accessed 09/05/2016.)
So do you still believe Bill Johnson claiming he is not a NARpostle?
Do you still believe that “Bethel church does not have any official ties to the NAR”?
According to Wagner, Johnson is part of the NAR Revival Alliance; has official relations with Wagner’s NAR ICA and was bringing Todd Bentley’s NAR ministry into alignment under NAR governance.
If that is not enough, you have Bethel’s worship ministry leading worship annually, and the Johnson family teaching, at Hillsong conferences. And much more recently, Bill Johnson managed to get his church committed to being a part of a very significant NAR “revival” known as ‘Azusa Now: The Call’. Engle claimed Bill Johnson said to him:
“I’m so moved. I’m cancelling South Africa. I’ll throw the whole Bethel Movement into this thing. We’ll do signs and wonders in the stadium for hours, sitting under the glory.’” [Source]
You can see Bethel advertising this NAR revival meeting on their own website:
“Bethel is partnering with Lou Engle’s The Call to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Outpouring. Azusa Now will be held on Saturday, April 9th at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. We want to invite you to join us as we believe for a fresh outpouring of signs, wonders, miracles and the proclamation of the gospel!”
Source: (Accessed 10/05/2016.)
If you are still not convinced Bethel is a New Apostolic Cult, just examine Johnson’s words, concepts and scripture usage. His words, concepts and scripture usage is the classical cult-talk of the NAR (as the ChristianityToday article pointed out).
Chris Rosebrough has also reviewed a sermon by Bill Johnson and called out Bill Johnson for peddling NAR theology.
Super Shemitah, Debunked
In this sermon review, Bill Johnson is alluding to the heretical “New Breed” doctrine when he says God is “looking for a generation he can entrust the world to” (1:10:11). Not only does he peddle this throughout the sermon, he uses the classic NAR “On earth as it is in heaven” mantra and preaches the false NAR gospel. Johnson even called it what the NAR call it: ‘Gospel of the Kingdom’.
That’s not all. Johnson also believes and teaches the NAR false commission: the Seven Mountain Mandate (aka the Cultural Mandate or Seven Pillars of Society) and has written about it with other prominent NAR Apostles and Prophets.
When Bill Johnson, the head of Bethel Church is recognised as an NARpostle by the head of the NAR and is called upon by NARpostolic ministries to align a fraud to their international cult network, who are you left to believe?
Not a NARpostle like Bill Johnson. We are dealing with a sophisticated liar and fraud who presents himself as a shepherd in sheep’s clothing when he is fact a wolf: a false teacher and false prophet (Matthew 7). He is simply parading his humility as a servant of righteousness. But Bill Johnson’s deception and craftiness only exposes that he is a servant of his father, the devil. Heed the words of Jesus Christ through the Apostle Paul, lest Bill Johnson and these “Lawless ones” deceive you by their false teachings and false good works:
“I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

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What’s the Difference Between Arminianism, Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism? – Founders

Very well stated!

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Post by Tom Ascol.

The late Martyn Lloyd-Jones was reported to have said that “the ignorant Arminian doesn’t know the difference between Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism.” Based on the frequency with which the two are often confused I would suggest that the ignorance is not limited to our Arminian friends. While much more could be said, the following summary reveals the basic differences between Arminianism, Calvinism, and hyper-Calvinism.

In one sense, hyper-Calvinism, like Arminianism, is a rationalistic perversion of true Calvinism. Whereas Arminianism undermines divine sovereignty, hyper-Calvinism undermines human responsibility. The irony is that both Arminianism and hyper-Calvinism start from the same, erroneous rationalistic presupposition, namely that human ability and responsibility are coextensive. That is, they must match up exactly or else it is irrational. If a man is to be held responsible for something, then he must have the ability to do it. On the other hand…

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Thieves and Robbers: Knowing the False Teachers


On Friday, I posted a new WWUTT video on John 10:10 which reads, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” The “thief” is often depicted as Satan. The context refers not to Satan but agents of Satan. Jesus was specifically talking about false teachers, whom he describes as thieves and robbers (see John 10:1-10).

In doing so, Jesus was referencing Ezekiel 34 where the prophet said the following:

“Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.”

When Jesus said to Zacchaeus in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost,” this was also a reference to being the Good Shepherd (also John 10:11) who came to seek and to save the sheep who had not been tended by the shepherds. False teachers do not unify the people of God. They scatter them to be devoured by more false teachings, falling into a snare of the devil (1 Timothy 3:7, 2 Timothy 2:26).
Pastor means shepherd. All pastors are called to tend God’s sheep, and the sheep are instructed to be subject to the authority of the shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-5). We are warned though that many will pose as shepherds but inside are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15). One of the job descriptions of a pastor is to teach sound doctrine and rebuke those who contradict it, warning the sheep against false teachers (Titus 1:9).
The Bible reserves its harshest criticisms for false teachers, and John 10:10 is one of those criticisms. False teachers do far worse than add a few words here or there or take a few verses out of context. What they preach is the teaching of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Irreverent babble and the mishandling of God’s word spreads like an infection that causes parts of the body to fall off and leads to ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:15-17).
The Scriptures say that unless they repent of their false teaching, they will be judged as liars, thieves, and murderers (Revelation 21:8). Jesus said not everyone who calls him “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who did the will of his Father (Matthew 7:21). The ignorant and unstable twist the Scriptures to their own destruction. Therefore we must be careful not to be carried away by the error of lawless people and thus lose our steadfastness in the faith (2 Peter 3:16-17).
Do you understand the seriousness? False teaching is a deadly thing. Those who teach falsely will be destroyed, as will those who believe and follow such false teaching. But the Lord knows who are his (2 Timothy 2:19). Those who are his sheep will hear his voice and follow the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-11).

Which brings me back to the video. Some of these thieves and robbers described in John 10 are seen in the thumbnail for the YouTube short (pictured above). From left to right, back to front: TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, Rob Bell, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyer, and Oprah Winfrey. On our Facebook page, a woman named Michelle left the following comment:

“They don’t all preach the same thing. And just because they don’t fit in your little box does not make them false teachers. Some of them I don’t watch, I’ll grant you, but I’m tired of people placing false teacher labels because of things they’ve heard that someone said they think they said and whatever! What are you doing to get people saved besides pointing fingers without checking facts!”

Well, Michelle, the gospel is preached in that video. Jesus is the only way to heaven, and those who are truly his sheep will follow him and receive eternal life. Regarding false teachers, it’s not about whether or not they fit in some kind of man-made box, but whether or not they are following and teaching the true words of Christ. Let’s examine just the teachers pictured:
Rob Bell

Bell teaches a lot of weird things, but let’s focus on his most infamous false doctrine: he denies there is a hell and teaches that everyone, in some way or another, is going to go to heaven, even hostile atheists who never repented of their sins. The Bible teaches there is a hell, and yes, all those who did not believe in Christ for the forgiveness of sins will be sent there for all eternity (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:10, 15). Jesus talked more on the subject of hell than did any other figure in the Bible combined. It’s a pretty important subject.
Malachi 2:17 says, “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, ‘How have we wearied him?’ By saying, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.’ Or by asking, ‘Where is the God of justice?'” God is indeed a loving and merciful God. But to twist the Scriptures as Bell does by denying that God is also a God of wrath and justice is to present a false god — a god of Bell’s own making, not the God of the Bible.
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah teaches that “there are many paths to what you call God.” In this video, she also denies that Jesus is the only way to heaven, saying it isn’t possible that he’s the only way. Lest you think this is just something she said a long time ago, in a miniseries that aired in October, 2015 on OWN, she said that there are “millions of ways to God.”
Do I really need to point out the problem with this? Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one gets to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Oprah embraces and endorses a great deal of new age spiritual mysticism. The Bible says those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer

Both of these false teachers preach the prosperity gospel, also known as “name it and claim it,” a hallmark of the Word of Faith Movement (or as Meyer has referred to it, Seed Faith teaching). Basically their message is to pursue riches by faith. For example, Meyer believes you can speak to your checkbook and be rich. The reason why you don’t have wealth is because you haven’t asked, twisting Scriptures like Mark 11:24. They might qualify their logic by saying things like, “You’re a child of the kingdom, right? Therefore you should be wearing royal robes!”
But 1 Timothy 6:6-10 reads, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
People are most often destroyed by riches, not blessed by them. Why else would Jesus say that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:25)? The prosperity teachers heap a burden on their hearers, and then make them feel like failures when they don’t accomplish wealth: “Well the reason you don’t have is because you did not declare! The reason you don’t have is because you don’t have enough faith!” These kinds of burdens are what Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for tying onto people (Matthew 23:4), calling them children of hell who produce more children of hell (Matthew 23:15).
To be very clear, the prosperity gospel is idol worship. Osteen and Meyer are two of the names at the top of that list of teachers.

Jesse Duplantis

Oh, where to start? Is there anything that comes out of this man’s mouth that’s biblical? Duplantis claims he went to heaven and had a personal audience with God. John 3:13 says that no one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, and that is Christ. Duplantis claims God asked him for advice and he told God he was wrong. Job 38:2 says, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?”
Duplantis claimed that God has the power to take life but he can’t, and that you choose when you live or die. “Death and life is in the power of your tongue, not God’s,” he said. Well, in 2 Samuel 6:7, God struck Uzzah dead when he touched the Ark of the Covenant. In Numbers 14:37, God killed the ten spies who brought a bad report back from the Promised Land and misled the people. He also killed millions in a global flood. God absolutely will take the life of the godless (Job 27:8). But he gives life to those who trust in Christ (John 5:21).
As Justin Peters has said, and I agree with him, Jesse Duplantis is not a Christian. A person indwelt by the Holy Spirit cannot say such things about God. He preaches about a different god than the God of the Bible. If they preach a different god, they preach a different gospel. It is not the gospel that saves.
T.D. Jakes

I’ve written previously about Thomas Dexter Jakes who denies the doctrine of the Trinity. God is one God, three persons; Father, Son, and Spirit. How important is it to believe this? It is the doctrine that distinguishes Christianity from every other world religion. Many religions claim to worship gods. Some religions claim to worship one god (like Judaism and Islam). Some claim to believe in Jesus (Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses). But only Christianity worships the one true God who is one being in three co-equal and eternal persons. The Bible explicitly says that he who denies the Father and the Son is a liar and an antichrist (1 John 2:22).
In addition to denying this fundamental doctrine, Jakes, like Osteen and Meyer, is a prosperity teacher. He has said of himself, “I am the power and the kingdom and the glory, and I think I kind of like it that way” (The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 1998), twisting the closing words of the Lord’s prayer: “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” Isaiah 42:8 says that God will not share his glory with another.
Woman Pastors

It should be noted that every teacher on this short list also believes women can and should be pastors. Joyce Meyer is herself a pastor. Osteen’s wife, Victoria, and Jakes’s wife also are pastors of their respective churches. This is contrary to what God’s word teaches.
While egalitarianism is not an essential doctrine (in other words, a person who believes a woman can be a pastor can still also be a born-again believer), this issue seems to be the one issue of our present time that can be used as a barometer to determine whether or not a church will influence the culture by the authority of God’s word, or let their understanding of God’s word be influenced by the culture. I am not alone in that determination.
In Conclusion

The Bible says to test the spirits, for not every spirit that claims to be from God is of God and there are many false prophets that have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). Jesus said each tree is known by its own fruit. A good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:43-45). By what they say, we will know if they speak the words of God or the words of the devil.
The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians to test everything. Hold fast to what is good and abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). The Bereans in Acts 17:11, more noble than even the Thessalonians, tested the words of the Apostle Paul against the Scriptures to know if what he was saying came from God. There are many who will claim to be apostles, but they are deceitful workmen, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-14).
Yes, my friends. These men and women are thieves and robbers. Unless they repent of their false teaching, their portion will be in the lake of fire (back to Revelation 21:8). We must do as Jude did and contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). Be wise and discerning, testing all things according to the word of God.


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HERESY ALERT!!  Popular Charismatic Worship Artist, Kari Jobe, Teaching Dangerous Theology

May 4, 2016 by Jeff Maples
It’s never-ending. The apostasy, the lack of discernment, the gullibility. How can anyone who proclaims the name of Jesus Christ not recognize the dismal state of the professing church? Words cannot even begin to describe the how far away the church is from Christ in these days. The attractions, the concerts, the conferences. People joining hands with those teaching for shameful gain things they ought not to teach. This is not revival, but the falling away in it’s most deceptive and extreme form–a form of godliness that denies its power.

Tickets go on sale in May for Outcry Tour 2016. The music festival will be held in several cities around the nation, and features some of the most lauded names in “worship.” The groups include Hillsong, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Housefires, Urban Rescue, Chad Veach, and none other than Elevation Worship.
Now, I’m not exactly sure who these people are worshiping, but it isn’t Jesus. Yet, thousands of Christians are blindly sending their children to partake in this evil.
In the Charismatic Evangelical church, there is a movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). It is a movement that elevates experience above doctrinal truth. Often times you will see many with contradictory beliefs about the basic tenets of Christianity come together in prayer and worship. This is the driving force behind this modern worship scene that’s creeping into once solid churches.
Hillsong United is among the most deceitful and subversive worship music movements. Hillsong music is popular, and is played throughout even some of the most theologically solid churches, deceptively luring people away from doctrinal truth and into an experiential form of idolatry that removes Jesus as the sole object of worship, and places the emphasis on ear-tickling lyrics and music that draws on people’s emotions.
But another of Outcry’s featured singers, Kari Jobe, is also a popular musician being promoted in churches, especially to our youth. Jobe, out of seeker-sensitive NAR Robert Morris’ Gateway church, is known for popular songs like I Am Not Alone, and Love Came Down. She is also under the leadership of Gateway’s NAR Apostle and elder, Jack Hayford, author of the song Majesty, which teaches the heretical “Kingdom Now” theology. However, she is one of those who are teaching for shameful gain things she ought not to teach (Titus 1:11).
One of her most popular songs, Forever, published by Bethel Music (the same outfit that produced Jesus Culture), contains some really aberrant theology. Besides the fact that she’s a female pastor in a church, her theology alone should be enough to disqualify her as a teacher. Below is a sample of her lyrics:
One final breath He gave

As heaven looked away

The Son of God was laid in darkness

A battle in the grave

The war on death was waged

The power of hell forever broken
Then, In an interview about her song, Forever, she said,
My favorite part of the whole thing is … we talk about the death on the cross and we talk about the resurrection,but that time in between was when Jesus was in hell rendering hell. And ransacking hell. And defeating the enemy – taking those keys to death and hell and the grave to be victorious over that when he rose from the dead.

Of course, we can pick apart almost any song, even some of the best traditional hymns. But the serious error here is that she is teaching a heresy that strikes at the heart of Christian theology, which is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. She gets a pass, though, you know, because “artistic license and stuff.”
This idea that Jesus died and went to Hell stems from an old heresy that is prominent in Word of Faith circles that teach that Jesus died spiritually, and was “born again” after defeating Satan in Hell. Popular teachers of this false teaching are Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, and Creflo Dollar. Joyce Meyer writes in her book, The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make, the following:
Jesus paid on the cross and went to hell in my place. Then as God had promised, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The scene in the spirit realm went something like this: God rose up from his throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless son of God, “let him go.” Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. On earth his grave where they had buried him was filled with light as the power of God filled his body. He was resurrected from the dead–the first born again man.
And Kenneth Copeland similarly writes:
For three days He suffered everything there is to suffer. Some people don’t want to believe that. They want to believe that after His death, Jesus just stayed in that upper region of Sheol that the Bible calls paradise, but they’re mistaken! If He had simply stayed there, there would have been no price paid for sin.

This flies right in the face of biblical truth that Christ’s death on the cross was victorious over sin. Jesus proclaimed victory in his final breath on the cross (John 19:28-30). Jesus had no need to go to Hell to finish any work, and he certainly did not die spiritually (John 17:4, Acts 2:31, Col 2:14, etc.).
But if denying the power of the cross isn’t enough to turn your head away from Kari Jobe’s music, perhaps her treatment of Jesus would be enough to make your stomach turn. Another popular song, The More I Seek You, she treats Jesus more like a lover than a savior.

The more I seek you,

The more I find you

The more I find you, the more I love you
I wanna sit at your feet

Drink from the cup in your hand.

Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat

This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.

I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming
Besides the theology in this song just being plain horrible, she displays a total lack of understanding of God’s love for us. God’s love for us is not an erotic (Greek: eros) love, but agape. Agape is a parental, sacrificial, unconditional love, whereas eros is a bodily, emotional kind of love. The lyrics in this song pervert the nature of God’s love.
I don’t see how anyone could worship our sovereign God to music like this, yet the eroticizing of God’s love for us is gaining steam. Hillsong’s Forever Reign is another popular song in evangelical churches that does this, while Ann Voskamp, a popular women’s bible study writer, and author, pushes the same foolishness in her book, 1000 Gifts. Voskamp writes, “I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God.”

One of the Hallmarks of NAR worship is to use repetitive phrases and rhythmic cadences to draw people into a trance-like state, believing that by doing so, you can have intimacy with God. In reality, what it does is cause people to zone out, and not really think about what they are saying. Being under the influence of NAR Apostle, Jack Hayford, who has been instrumental in transforming the worship music scene, it comes as no surprise that her music incorporates this tactic. Jack Hayford claims direct, divine revelation from God, and says that while driving by a Catholic church, God directly told him not to judge them. He says God directly said to him,
Why would I not be happy with a place [Catholic Church] where every morning the testimony of the blood of my Son is raised from the altar?
Being that the Catholic Church worships a false Jesus, you can rest assured that Hayford did not hear that from God. Yet, this is a man influencing Kari Jobe, and many other modern worship music artists.
All of this and more is what the evangelical church is feeding its sheep. Wolves, snake oil salesmen, bad theology…and nobody bats an eye. Children are being sent off to church camps and “Christian” concerts to be fed goat’s milk through worship. Sadly, many truly love Jesus, and desire to worship him rightly, but have no idea that their music is leading them down a path of destruction. Music is tearing down doctrinal lines and creating unholy alliances at a faster pace than once thought possible. No longer do Evangelicals, Catholics, and other professing Christians have to stand against each other over “matters of secondary importance…like the Bible,” we can now unite around our new idol of worship music.

[Contributed by Jeff Maples]

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. – Galatians 5:16-17

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Undercover Video Proves That Men — NOT Transgendered People, But Men — Can Use the Women’s Restroom at Target Now

Posted by Piper McGowin

When a man decided to hide a camera in his shirt pocket and go to Target to test out the store’s new bathroom policy, he got affirmation of a lot more than just the fact that this has nothing to do with transgendered people “feeling comfortable” using the bathroom of their choice.
When he, a man dressed as a man, asked a Target security guard if he could use the women’s restroom, the guard almost enthusiastically answered, “Yep!”
So there you go. Target is straight up allowing men — that’s right, men, not transgendered men who live their lives as women, but MEN — to use the women’s bathroom ‘if it makes them feel more comfortable’.
Has anyone asked Target if they care whether or not the little girls in there feel more comfortable with a strange man in the bathroom?

As of writing this, the American Family Association boycott Target pledge has now garnered over a million signatures (and counting), mostly because of exactly what is described above.
It isn’t that people are upset about transgendered people using “their” bathroom… people are concerned that sexual predators and perverts will be able to seek out potential victims much more easily this way. 

And as previously reported, this exact scenario has happened a lot more often than the people behind this agenda would have everyone believe.
If the video above is any indication, there is nothing (including Target security) to stop them.
Piper writes for The Daily Sheeple. There’s a lot of B.S. out there. Someone has to write about it.

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Abandoning Christ’s Gospel  by John MacArthur

Listen to today’s typical gospel presentation. You will hear sinners entreated with such phrases as “accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior”; “ask Jesus into your heart”; “invite Christ into your life”; or “make a decision for Christ.” You may be so accustomed to hearing those phrases that it will surprise you to learn that none of them is based on biblical terminology. They are the products of a diluted gospel. It is not the gospel according to Jesus.

The gospel Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness. It was in every sense good news, yet it was anything but easy-believism.
Our Lord’s words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly. He taught that the cost of following Him is high, that the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call Him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matthew 7:13–23).
Present-day evangelicalism, by and large, ignores those warnings. The prevailing view of what constitutes saving faith continues to grow broader and more shallow, while the portrayal of Christ in preaching and witnessing becomes fuzzy. Anyone who claims to be a Christian can find evangelicals willing to accept a profession of faith, whether or not the person’s behavior shows any evidence of commitment to Christ.
Proof of Spiritual Life
One segment of evangelicalism even propounds the doctrine that conversion to Christ involves “no spiritual commitment whatsoever.” [1]Zane Hodges, The Gospel Under Siege (Dallas: Redención Viva, 1981) 14. Those who hold this view of the gospel teach that Scripture promises salvation to anyone who simply believes the facts about Christ and claims eternal life. There need be no turning from sin, no resulting change in lifestyle, no commitment—not even a willingness to yield to Christ’s lordship. Those things, they say, amount to human works, which corrupt grace and have nothing to do with faith.
The fallout of such thinking is a deficient doctrine of salvation. It is justification without sanctification, and its impact on the church has been catastrophic. The community of professing believers is populated with people who have bought into a system that encourages shallow and ineffectual faith. Many sincerely believe they are saved, but their lives are utterly barren of any verifying fruit.
Jesus gave this sobering warning:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21–23, emphasis added).
Clearly no past experience—not even prophesying, casting out demons, or doing signs and wonders—can be viewed as evidence of salvation apart from a life of obedience.
Our Lord was not speaking about an isolated group of fringe followers. There will be “many” on that day who will stand before Him, stunned to learn they are not included in the kingdom. I fear that multitudes who now fill church pews in the mainstream of the evangelical movement will be among those turned away because they did not do the will of the Father.
Contemporary Christians have been conditioned to believe that because they recited a prayer, signed on a dotted line, walked an aisle, or had some other experience, they are saved and should never question their salvation. I have attended evangelism training seminars where counselors were taught to tell “converts” that any doubt about their salvation is satanic and should be dismissed. It is a widely held misconception that anyone who questions whether he or she is saved is challenging the integrity of God’s Word.
What misguided thinking that is! Scripture encourages us to examine ourselves to determine if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Peter wrote, “Be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you” (2 Peter 1:10). It is right to examine our lives and evaluate the fruit we bear, for “each tree is known by its own fruit” (Luke 6:44).
The Bible teaches clearly that the evidence of God’s work in a life is the inevitable fruit of transformed behavior (1 John 3:10). Faith that does not result in righteous living is dead and cannot save (James 2:14–17). Professing Christians utterly lacking the fruit of true righteousness will find no biblical basis for assurance of salvation (1 John 2:4).
Real salvation is not only justification. It cannot be isolated from regeneration, sanctification, and ultimately glorification. Salvation is the work of God through which we are “conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29; cf. 13:11). Genuine assurance comes from seeing the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in one’s life, not from clinging to the memory of some experience.
Wrongly Dividing the Word
Yet there are those who would have us believe that the norm for salvation is to accept Jesus as Savior without submitting to Him as Lord. They make the incredible claim that any other teaching amounts to a false gospel “because it subtly adds works to the clear and simple condition set forth in the Word of God.” [2]Livingston Blauvelt Jr., “Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation?” Bibliotheca Sacra (January-March 1986), 37. They have tagged the view they oppose “lordship salvation.”
Lordship salvation, defined by one who labels it heresy, is “the view that for salvation a person must trust Jesus Christ as his Savior from sin and must also commit himself to Christ as Lord of his life, submitting to His sovereign authority.” [3]“Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation?”, 37.
It is astonishing that anyone would characterize that truth as unbiblical or heretical, but a growing chorus of voices is echoing the charge. The implication is that acknowledging Christ’s lordship is a human work. That mistaken notion is backed by volumes of literature that speaks of people “making Jesus Christ Lord of their lives.” [4]“Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation?”, 38.
We do not “make” Christ Lord; He is Lord! Those who will not receive Him as Lord are guilty of rejecting Him. “Faith” that rejects His sovereign authority is really unbelief. Conversely, acknowledging His lordship is no more a human work than repentance (cf. 2 Timothy 2:25) or faith itself (cf. Ephesians 2:8–9). In fact, surrender to Christ is an important aspect of divinely produced saving faith, not something added to faith.
The two clearest statements on the way of salvation in all of Scripture both emphasize Jesus’ lordship: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31); and “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Peter’s sermon at Pentecost concluded with this declaration: “Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:36, emphasis added). No promise of salvation is ever extended to those who refuse to accede to Christ’s lordship. Thus there is no salvation except “lordship” salvation.
Opponents of lordship salvation have gone to great lengths to make the claim that “Lord” in those verses does not mean “Master” but is a reference to His deity. [5]“Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation?” 38-41. See also G. Michael Cocoris, Lordship Salvation—Is It Biblical?(Dallas: Redención Viva, 1983), 13-15.Even if that contention is granted, it simply affirms that those who come to Christ for salvation must acknowledge that He is God. The implications of that are even more demanding than if “Lord” only meant “Master”!
The fact is, “Lord” does mean “God” in all those verses. More precisely, it means “God who rules,” and that only bolsters the arguments for lordship salvation. No one who comes for salvation with genuine faith, sincerely believing that Jesus is the eternal, almighty, sovereign God, will willfully reject His authority. True faith is not lip service. Our Lord Himself pronounced condemnation on those who worshiped Him with their lips but not with their lives (Matthew 15:7–9). He does not become anyone’s Savior until that person receives Him for who He is—Lord of all (Acts 10:36).
A. W. Tozer said:
The Lord will not save those whom He cannot command. He will not divide His offices. You cannot believe on a half-Christ. We take Him for what He is—the anointed Saviour and Lord who is King of kings and Lord of all lords! He would not be Who He is if He saved us and called us and chose us without the understanding that He can also guide and control our lives. [6]A.W. Tozer, I Call It Heresy!(Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1974) 18-19.
Faith and True Discipleship
Those who teach that obedience and submission are extraneous to saving faith are forced to make a firm but unbiblical distinction between salvation and discipleship. This dichotomy, like that of the carnal/spiritual Christian, sets up two classes of Christians: believers only and true disciples. Most who hold this position discard the evangelistic intent of virtually every recorded invitation of Jesus, saying those apply to discipleship, not to salvation. [7]The Gospel Under Siege 34-35; Lordship Salvation—Is It Biblical?, 15-16; “Does the Bible Teach Lordship Salvation?” 41. One writer says of this view, “No distinction is more vital to theology, more basic to a correct understanding of the New Testament, or more relevant to every believer’s life and witness.” [8]Charles C. Ryrie in the forward to Zane Hodges, The Hungry Inherit(Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1980) 7.
On the contrary, no distinction has done so much to undermine the authority of Jesus’ message. Are we to believe that when Jesus told the multitudes to deny themselves (Luke 14:26), to take up a cross (v. 27), and to forsake all and follow Him (v. 33), His words had no meaning whatsoever for the unsaved people in the crowd? How could that be true of One who said He came not to call the righteous but sinners? (Matthew 9:13).
James M. Boice, in his book, Christ’s Call to Discipleship, writes with insight about the salvation/discipleship dichotomy, which he frankly describes as “defective theology”:
This theology separates faith from discipleship and grace from obedience. It teaches that Jesus can be received as one’s Savior without being received as one’s Lord.
This is a common defect in times of prosperity. In days of hardship, particularly persecution, those who are in the process of becoming Christians count the cost of discipleship carefully before taking up the cross of the Nazarene. Preachers do not beguile them with false promises of an easy life or indulgence of sins. But in good times, the cost does not seem so high, and people take the name of Christ without undergoing the radical transformation of life that true conversion implies. [9]James M. Boice, Christ’s Call to Discipleship (Chicago: Moody, 1986) 14.
The call to Calvary must be recognized for what it is: a call to discipleship under the lordship of Jesus Christ. To respond to that call is to become a believer. Anything less is simply unbelief.
The gospel according to Jesus explicitly and unequivocally rules out easy-believism. To make all of our Lord’s difficult demands apply only to a higher class of Christians blunts the force of His entire message. It makes room for a cheap and meaningless faith—a faith that has absolutely no effect on the fleshly life of sin. That is not saving faith.

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Doctrines of Demons

by Anton Bosch

Paul writes about the devil that “we are not ignorant of his devices” 2 Corinthians 2:11, yet it seems that many of us are ignorant of the tricks and devices the evil one uses in his attempts to thwart the plan of God. Satan knows that many cannot be persuaded or intimidated to give up the good fight, so he uses schemes that serve his purpose just as well. One of those is diversion from the central issue.
Some people speak of “chasing rabbits” when we lose sight of the real goal and begin to follow red herrings and other things that are designed to get us off course.

Our ultimate goal should be to know, glorify, and be conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said: “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:8-11).

Anything else is a minor issue. Satan knows if he can get us to focus on anything other than Christ, he has us majoring on a minor and we are diverted from God’s purpose for our lives. He therefore uses many things, even spiritual, biblical, and good things to get us to waste our time on futile pursuits that rob time and devotion that belongs to God alone. 
One of these areas that is trapping more and more Christians and leaders is the study of Satan and demons. I have heard preachers say that we must know the enemy if we are going to do effective spiritual warfare. Really? So the Bible is a handbook that, amongst other things, tells us all about the devil and demons, where they come from and how they operate? Actually, no. The Bible tells us very little about Satan, his origins, the origin of demons, how they function etc. It simply accepts his existence as the enemy of God and His people. 
Here is what the Bible does tell us about Satan: He occupied a powerful place in heaven but was cast out because of his pride and ambition (Isaiah 14, 1Timothy 3:6). He tempted Eve, Adam (Genesis 3) and Jesus (Matthew 4:1). In Job, he had access to God and power to afflict Job (under God’s authority). He has many schemes, opposes the work of God in people (Luke 8:12), tempts and deceives people (Revelation 12:9), and unbelievers are his children (1John 3:8,10). Satan was defeated at the cross but still attacks Christians (Ephesians 6), will empower the Antichrist and False Prophet, and will eventually be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
That’s all. We do not know when he fell and was cast out of heaven, where he is “resident” at the moment or what he looks like. There is a very little we know and a lot we do not know.
Here is what we know about demons: They work under the direction of Satan (Matthew 12:24), some are chained in the Abyss and others are “free” (Luke 8:31; 2Peter 2:4). They were likewise defeated at the cross (Ephesians 1:21 Colossians 2:15). Demons can, and do, possess people but can be cast out in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:8, Mark 16:17). Idols represent demons (1Corinthians 10:20,21). Demons are the source of false doctrines (1Timothy 4:1, James 3:15). They will be cast into everlasting fire with Satan (Matthew 25:41). They occupy “heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10, 6:12).
Once again, that is about all we know: The sum total of what God revealed in His Word about Satan and demons can be contained in two paragraphs! We do not even know where demons come from, what they look like and when they will be cast into the lake of fire. It is important to note that we cannot even be certain that demons are the same as fallen angels – the Bible simply does not say.
Yes, I know you maybe think we know a lot more, but we don’t. Here’s the thing. Most of what fills the many books and sermons on the subject are pure conjecture and speculation. We cannot build any doctrine on conjecture, analogy or oblique references. In spite of this, a significant portion of what is held as doctrine by Christians and published in books is pure speculation. Yes, we can speculate and guess, but this can never be doctrine and we should rather use our time obeying what we do know than being fascinated with what we do not know.
But even worse, our knowledge base on demonology (the study of demons) is rapidly being expanded by means of extra-biblical sources, over-active imaginations, science-fiction books and even Hollywood. All these weird ideas are rapidly being added to Scripture to form a picture never revealed by God. Some of the ideas that authors and preachers are propagating seem remarkably similar to the monsters that shamans, witchdoctors and drug addicts “see” in their drug-induced delusions! These include vivid images of extra-terrestrials, hybrid super-humans, UFO creatures, chimera monsters, mythological gods, ghosts and apparitions of the dead, fairies and elves, Bigfoot and giants.
Contending with such individuals is an impossible task. How do you convince someone on a hallucinogen that the monster he sees is not real? The moment we forsake the safety and boundaries of Scripture, everything becomes relative. Once we leave the light of Scripture, we enter the confusion and darkness of earthly and demonic wisdom (James 3:15). Without the solid datum of Scripture, logical and sound reasoning flies out the window. Once the question “where is it written?” is discarded as irrelevant; and once extra-biblical sources are deemed just as authoritative as the Bible, any counter-argument based on the Bible becomes pointless.
But why does the Bible not give us more information on Satan, his demons and fallen angels? Should we look to other sources in the absence of sufficient Biblical data? No.
The Bible does not tell us more because it is a distraction from the central message – Christ. The Bible is not a handbook on demons but it is God’s revelation of His Son: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39). Jesus said these words to the Jews who claimed to be Scripture-based yet rejected Him and replaced Him with an emphasis on other minor issues, such as endless debates on the meaning of words, technical details about laws and so on. 
One of the things we do know is that demons concoct false doctrines. The process of developing a false doctrine takes many forms, but one of the most recognizable (at least, it should be) methods is to over-emphasize truths beyond their God intended priority. This is exactly what the modern emphasis on demons, fallen angels, Nephilim and Satan is all about. Even if what they are saying is correct, the very emphasis is erroneous in, and of, itself.
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1Timothy 4:1)

“They are energized by Satan. This is the only place where demons are mentioned in the Pastoral Epistles. Just as there is a “mystery of godliness” concerning Christ (1 Timothy 3:16), so there is a “mystery of iniquity” that surrounds Satan and his work (2 Thessalonians 2:7). 
Satan is an imitator (2 Corinthians 11:13–15); he has his own ministers and doctrines, and seeks to deceive God’s people and lead them astray (2 Corinthians 11:3). The first test of any religious doctrine is what it says about Jesus Christ (1 John 4:1–6).” 
The Bible states these things are “mysteries,” and we should not delve into sources outside of Scripture to try to understand them. Especially we should not read occult writings, mythology, and any other ancient and modern extra-biblical “spiritual” writings.
“Spiritual error is seldom due to innocent mistakes. It is more often due to the conscious strategies of God’s spiritual enemies (cf. Eph. 6:12). The teachings (didaskaliais) of demons are false doctrines taught by errorists whose views are instigated by demons.” 
What then should we say about authors and preachers who are “specialists” on demons? Anyone who writes a book on Satan and demons must be avoided, even if what they have written seems entirely Biblical. This is because just the process of researching and writing such a book is anti-Christ, by definition. Writing books, and theorizing, about the Devil is exactly what he wants – Jesus is no longer in the spotlight. Publishing and selling such books serve the purposes of Satan since believers are seduced to take their eyes off the Lord Jesus Christ and to focus them on the kingdom of darkness. There is little difference between the consumption of such material and the modern fascination with monsters, witchcraft, death and the macabre.
Satan and demons are hardly mentioned in the Old Testament and they receive no more than a few cursory references in the New Testament, except for Revelation which shows their final defeat. While Satan was behind the fall of man which resulted in Christ having to die, they are really a side issue in the glorious scheme of God’s grace and of Salvation History. 
It may come as a shock to some people that Satan uses professed Christians in the church to do his work. But Satan once used Peter to try to lead Jesus on a wrong path (Matthew 16:21–23). Paul warned that false teachers would arise from within the church (Acts 20:30)

Involvement in this kind of material does not glorify Christ, which should be our ultimate goal, but it glorifies the kingdom of darkness. Technically there is no difference between the Goth who is fascinated by everything dark and the “Christian” who actually pays money to buy a book about demons, extra-terrestrials and Satan.
True worship of God is done by giving Him the sacrifices of our time, attention, money, thought, and energy that He deserves. When devoting anything (including just 5 minutes of our time) to Satan, we have robbed the Lord of what is His and given it to His enemy. We have in reality begun to worship Satan.  

While we acknowledge that Satan is powerful and that he causes great damage to Christians and the Church, he is a defeated enemy over whom Christ will finally triumph in the end. We ought then not waste our time by being fascinated with a defeated enemy but give our undivided attention to the Conquering King, the Lord of Lords, the Great “I Am”!
Every Christian needs to devote more time to knowing the Lord Jesus better, yet thousands have been deceived into studying fiction, the hallucinations of perverted minds and the doctrines of Devils, rather than having eyes for Jesus only.
Revelation reveals Christ as the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end. By saying He is the beginning and the end, the Spirit is therefore saying He also is everything in between.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. “ (Colossians 1:16-20)
“I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.” (Isaiah 42:8)
Anton Bosch

Los Angeles September 6, 2013
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