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Dangerous and Dismaying Trends
May 1st, 2008
Art sadlier

“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20: 29-30

Within circles, of evangelical Christianity itself there has arisen in the last few years dangerous and dismaying trends away from true Bible Christianity.

A spirit has been introduced which is surely not the Spirit of Christ, methods employed which are wholly carnal, objectives adopted which have not one line of Scripture to support them, a level of conduct accepted which is practically identical with that of the world – and yet scarcely one voice has been raised in opposition.

And this in spite of the fact that, the Bible honoring followers of Christ lament among themselves the dangerous, wobbly course things are taking …

The times call for a Spirit-baptized and articulate orthodoxy. They whose souls have been illuminated by the Holy Ghost must arise and under God assume leadership. There are those among us whose hearts can discern between the true and the false, whose spiritual sense of smell enables them to detect the spurious afar off who have the blessed gift of knowing. Let such as these arise and be heard. “Lord, may I be one of those whose souls have been illuminated by the Holy Ghost. Grant to me the blessed gift of knowing. And then be pleased to use me for Your glory today. Amen.” A.W. Tozer

What Mr. Tozer saw nearly 50 years ago, is now in full flower. Like the Laodiceans which they are, a large section of the evangelical church has departed from New Testament Christianity, and like the Laodiceans, they are blind to their apostasy.

The situation is critical, Neutral new evangelicalism is everywhere. It is Laodicean new evangelicalism that is about to be spewed out of the Lord’s mouth. There are two evangelical churches in the world today, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Philadelphia is as strong as ever, but it is now only a remnant numerically, its day in the ascendancy is now past, but it is being preserved to be caught up in the rapture.

The other evangelical church in the world today is the last days church of Laodicea; it is flourishing in numbers and in popularity. It is being prepared to be incorporated into the harlot church of Revelation 17.

As you view the Laodicean church of Revelation 3: 14-17, they do not possess salvation, they are about to be spewed out of the Lord’s mouth. More troubling is the fact that they are unaware that they lack salvation. In verse 17, they say, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing.” In verse 18, the Lord makes it clear that they are an unsaved church.

Compare these Laodiceans with the people in Matt. 7: 21-23, they also were a last days group who were deceived about salvation.

There is another last days group who were deceived about salvation. They are found in Matt. 25: 1-12, the five foolish virgins who had no oil (no Holy Spirit, no Salvation), yet they thought they were saved.

I believe you can compare the five foolish virgins of Matt. 25 with those of Matt. 7: 21-23 and with Laodicea. I believe they are one and the same people.

Jesus said in Matt. 24 that the greatest sign of His soon coming would be religious deception. I believe it is the major sign, because it was the only sign Jesus repeated (see Mat. 24: 5, 11, 24).

I believe the greatest tragedy of our world today is Laodiceanism, evangelicals who have gone astray and do not realize it. A whole generation of neutral, new evangelicals are about to be spewed out of our Lord’s mouth for departing from God’s plan and purpose for the church and for His people. All the while blind and deceived to their precarious position.

Should we be concerned about Laodiceans who are deceived? Jesus expressed real concern in Matt. 24. People say to me don’t be so radical, don’t rock the boat. Those who speak the truth are not always popular. Jude said, we “should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

In the first half of the 20th century the major issue was Liberalism in the church. Philadelphia vigorously contended for the faith and the church grew strong and was victorious. The devil knew he was being routed so he shifted gears.

In 1948, new evangelicalism was officially born. A great transition took place in the church of Jesus Christ. As a result the issue since that time has become new evangelicalism. A new evangelical church came on the scene, a church that was fundamentally different from Philadelphia. Neutralism, lukewarmness, dialogue with liberals, ecumenical evangelism, ceasing to contend for the faith, the world’s music, the world’s methods and the world’s lifestyles were all embraced. “Please the world and maybe they will like us and listen to us” is the motto.

Slowly, subtly and unaware, the church was converted and not the world. The world and the church became so similar that the world became comfortable in the church and the church became comfortable in the world.

To fail to call this new evangelicalism Laodicean, to fail to confront and contend with it and to fail to withdraw from it, is to perpetuate the cycle of defeat of the last 50 years.

Jeremiah warned the people of Israel about coming judgment of the Old Testament “Day of the Lord”. I believe we are living in a similar hour as we stand on the threshold of the final, great “Day of the Lord”. Israel said to Jeremiah, don’t get your shirt in a knot, we are the people of God, and God is not going to judge us. Famous last words!

Art Sadlier

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How Same Sex Marriage Points to the End of the World
May 1st, 2008
Janet Folger

WND - Janet Folger looks to rabbinical wisdom, New Testament to interpret California's court ruling

What do May 17, 2004, and May 15, 2008, have in common? One judge and a redefinition of marriage against the will of the people.

Both the Massachusetts Superior Court and the California Supreme Court by a one-judge margin redefined what marriage has always been in every culture and every religion for more than 5,000 years of recorded history.

Why does this matter?

As I wrote about in my book, "The Criminalization of Christianity," Jeffrey Satinover, who holds an M.D. from Princeton and doctorates from Yale, MIT and Harvard, was on my radio program one day and I asked him about where we are in history. He explained that according to the "Babylonian Talmud" – the book of rabbis' interpretation of the scriptures 1,000 years before Christ, there was only one time in history that reflects where we are right now. There was only one time in history, according to these writings, where men were given in marriage to men, and women given in marriage to women.

Want to venture a guess as to when? No, it wasn't in Sodom and Gomorrah, although that was my guess. Homosexuality was rampant there, of course, but according to the Talmud, not homosexual "marriage." What about ancient Greece? Rome? No. Babylon? No again. The one time in history when homosexual "marriage" was practiced was … during the days of Noah. And according to Satinover, that's what the "Babylonian Talmud" attributes as the final straw that led to the Flood.

On my Faith2Action radio program on Thursday, Rabbi Aryeh Spero verified this to be true.

Rabbi Spero spoke of God's compassion before the Flood, in hopes people would repent and turn back to His ways. He showed patience for hundreds of years.

But, he said, the Talmud's writings reveal that "before the Flood people started to write marriage contracts between men, in other words, homosexual 'marriage,' which is more than homosexual activity – it's giving an official state stamp of approval, a sanctification … of homosexual partnership."

In fact, he said, "the writings indicated that it wasn't even so much the 'straw that broke the camel's back,' but that the sin in and of itself is so contrary to why God created the world, so contrary to the order of God's nature, that God said then and there 'I have to start all over … to annihilate the world and start from the beginning. …'"

Rabbi Spero went on to say, "Even in ancient Greece they did not write marriage contracts between men. There was homosexuality, and it was wrong, but there was not an official 'blessed' policy. … Marriage is 'sanctification' (not simply a partnership)." He said to confer the title of sanctification and holiness upon this behavior is "probably one of the greatest sins of all that one does against God's plan for this world."

The one time it happened was: "During the days of Noah." When I first heard this, my mind immediately went to a verse I've heard many times but never with such relevance. The verse is found in Matthew 24:37. It reads - "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be"

You don't like this possibility? Don't even believe in the Flood? Doesn't matter. Some things are true whether you believe them or not. How can you be sure? There's a way. Did you know that about one-fourth of the Bible is prophecy? A quarter of the Bible is a lot – it's a big book. And did you know God's standard? Perfection. That means that if even one of those prophecies is wrong, you can discount the whole thing. Kind of like a prophet who makes a false prediction – that made him a false prophet and a candidate for stoning. Did you know that 4,000 prophecies in that Bible have already come true down to the last detail? That leaves about 1,000 left to be fulfilled – those are the ones regarding the last days before the return of Christ, which are being checked off the list right now.

If 4,000 out of 5,000 prophecies have already occurred exactly as the Bible predicted they would, you might want to pay attention to the rest. (Exerpts)

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Multiple Crises are Preparing the World for Antichrist
May 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier

The Threat of Famine

Jesus said, in Matthew 24: 7, that famine would be one of the signs of the nearness of His coming. Revelation 6 describes the Tribulation period; the third seal in verse 5 and 6 reveal a terrible famine which occurs early in the Tribulation period. That famine contributes to the death of one quarter of the Earth’s population, according to verse 8.

Today, suddenly out of the blue, the world is discovering that we are on the cusp of famine that will sweep over a large part of the world. One recent report said the world is less than ten weeks away from running out of wheat supplies. The UN World Food Program said, high food prices threaten to plunge more than 100 million people into hunger. The report went on to say, “millions of people who were not in the urgent hunger category six months ago, but are now.”

The Denliquin mill, the largest rice mill in the southern Hemisphere, once processed enough grain to satisfy the daily needs of 20 million people but six long years of drought have taken a toll, reducing Australia’s rice crop by 98% and leading to the mothballing of the mill last December.

A report in Australia, from Worldnetdaily, stated, “from India to Africa to North Korea to Pakistan and even New York City, higher grain prices, fertilizer shortages and rising energy costs are combining to spell hunger for millions in what is being categorized a global “silent famine”.

It is in the midst of world-wide crises that Antichrist will comeand appear to bring solutions to such problems. This concept appears, in a recent news report, “French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested a global partnership to tackle the reasons for rising food prices.” This appears to be a pretext for global governance, which is where Antichrist will appear and come to power.

The Threat of Financial Collapse

Another prophetic scenario involved in Antichrist’s coming to power will be the control of the entire economy of the world. “That no man may buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast.” Rev. 13: 17 Today we are seeing the collapse of the world’s financial system looming on the horizon. The implications are that before a global economy and global financial system can be put in place, the old will disappear.

In a recent report Worldnetdaily stated, “It was another gloomy day on the Financial Markets, as more economic indicators suggested America’s financial crisis is deepening and spreading globally”.

The chairman of the GRE Monitor, Nourel Roubini said, it will “take years to resolve the problems that led to this crisis”. He continued, “in fact, it’s hard to consider solutions when the problems seem to grow worse each day – especially in the light of mortgage foreclosures”.

It is a fact that there are wealthy, powerful people behind the scenes working to bring down the current world order and establish a new world order.

Listen to the words of David Rockefeller: “Some even believe we [the Rockefellers] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

The same David Rockefeller said, “People will not accept a world government until the right major crisis comes along”.

The rich and powerful could well bring down our present financial and economic order and profit by it in the process.

It seems we are standing on the threshold of a new world order, both a new financial and economic system. That is the exact scenario Bible prophecy forecasts at the appearing of Antichrist.

The Threat of Catastrophic Wars

Jesus told of wars and rumors of wars during the last days, Matthew 24:6. Early in the Tribulation scenario, in Rev. 6: 3-4, we read of wars that take peace from the Earth. There has never, in the history of mankind, been a time with such a fearful prospect of catastrophic war as there is today.

Until this very hour, mankind has never even envisioned all of the modern weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear proliferation is descending upon us. Not just an increasing number of nations, but nations who are driven by incredible hatred of Israel and the West. There is proliferation, not only of nuclear weapons, but also chemical and biological weapons with a growing arsenal of missiles to deliver destruction.

The book of Revelation tells that by the mid Tribulation point (3 ½ years) one half of the Earth’s population will have been killed. It seems that such a war as the world has never imagined is about to be triggered when Iran develops Nuclear weapons.

Radical Islam is driven by an insane desire to destroy all that stands in its way. How do you deal with those leaders and nations who count it a privilege to die in suicide attacks and suicidal wars?

Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and other Jihadist groups are furiously arming to annihilate Israel. The brief false peace that Antichrist feigns to give will not prevent the catastrophic wars of the Tribulation period (1 Thess. 5:3). In fact it is by means of war that Antichrist comes to power and ultimately rules the world.

Notice in Rev. 6:4, “and there went out another horse that was red”, red speaks of bloodshed and war. Notice what it says about Antichrist, “there was given unto him a great sword.” The weapons and the armies of the nations will be placed at his disposal.

The dark clouds of all out catastrophic war are descending upon us during these days. Upon these dark clouds of war, Antichrist will ride onto the world stage in great power over the whole Earth.

The Threat of Pestilence

Jesus listed pestilence as another sign of His return, disease of pandemic proportions, plagues which sweep over large areas.

For several years now doctors, scientists and world leaders have been warning us of imminent pandemics which will spread, rapidly over the Earth. We have been warned of Avian Flu and viruses which are resistant to antibiotics, viruses which at any moment could mutate and become resistant to all known treatment.

The world cries out for an answer man, a man who will appear to have solutions, this man would be received as a hero.

The Threat of Deceptive Peace

Daniel tells us in Daniel 9:27, “that he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant (peace treaty) with many for one week (7 years)”. In verse 26, Daniel tells us that he will be a Roman prince; it was the Romans who came and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Therefore Antichrist will come out of the Revived Roman Empire (presently the EU).

The introduction of Antichrist to the world will be through the signing of this 7 year peace treaty.

Today men are crying out for peace. Never in all of history has peace seemed so unattainable. It will be in this exact scenario that the Roman prince will be welcomed and acclaimed as a great leader, a hero and a savior of mankind.

For over 50 years the leaders of the world have struggled to bring peace to the mid-East and to the world by placating the Arabs and Islam. No one has been able to accomplish it!

This will set the stage for the great peacemaker to come out of Europe and to appear on the scene to bring about a false peace. This will be the launching of his seven year career.

The Threat of a World Church

In Revelation 17 we read about the beast, Antichrist, coming to power over the whole world. We see the picture of Antichrist coming to power in union with a woman, a great whore. The woman represents a world-wide church, apostate Christianity, which has become unfaithful to the Lord whom she has professed to follow.

A careful study of Revelation 2 & 3 will reveal that the harlot church consists of Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea. Each of those churches is assigned to go into the Tribulation period as a judgment for unfaithfulness to the Lord. Thyatira in Rev. 2:22, Sardis in Rev. 3:3 and Laodicea in Rev. 3:16.

I believe a careful study of church history in comparison with Revelation 2 & 3 will reveal that Thyatira represents the Roman Catholic Church, Sardis represents the mainline protestant state churches and Laodicea represents the neutral, lukewarm, new evangelical church of the present hour.

Keep in mind, Revelation 1:3 says the whole book is a prophecy; therefore the seven churches of chapters 2 & 3 must have a prophetic message.

Today we see that a great union is about to take place between the Roman Catholic Church with mainline protestant churches and with neutral new evangelicalism. The Harlot church is ready to come together after the rapture of Philadelphia (Rev. 3:10). The stage is being set for the appearance of Antichrist

The Threat Against Israel

Today Israel has her back to the wall as never before in her modern history. She is being surrounded with implacable enemies, set on her destruction. Those enemies are being armed by Iran with an impressive array of the modern weapons of war.

Apart from divine intervention, it is obvious that Israel is destined to ultimately be destroyed. She does not trust her God to deliver her. She is desperate for someone, anyone to come and guarantee her peace and safety. Israel is now ready for Antichrist and his false peace.

Jesus foretold this event in John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another (Antichrist) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”

The Thrill of the Trumpet Sound

The world today is beset with multiple crises, each one setting the stage for the final act in the drama of human history. Antichrist is about to burst upon the scene and appear to solve all of the nations’ problems.

Before this can happen, the Trumpet will sound and we who know Christ as Lord and Saviour will be caught up to be with Him forever.

Are you saved? Do you know for certain you would not be left behind when the Trumpet Sounds? Does your life confirm that you are saved? Do you have the witness of the Holy Spirit within your heart?

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They are Going to Hell on Your Watch
May 1st, 2008
Laura Torres

One might wonder how the people of “the world” are able to stay blind in this very prophetic time in history. Personally, I was one of those people living in blissful ignorance, not so long ago. I was one of those Christians who wasn't really a Christian, but was told since I was little that I was, so I didn’t questioned it. I didn’t look inside to see if I was. I didn’t question my standing with God. I just lived my life without much thought of the eternity. From what I knew, I was saved because I believed in Jesus. I had my ticket into heaven and no one could snatch me out of His hand from what I understood. Yet, I never read the Bible, I rarely went to church most of my life, and I didn’t worry about it either. I didn’t feel guilty about my sin because hey it was paid for by Jesus and was not going to be remembered by God, so who was I to dwell on it? Anyone out there relate?

We have to remember that people are blind, and “we” have the ointment that can cure them. Yet, it seems that even in the church people are passing the buck to someone else to do the dirty work of spreading the Gospel. We just want to reap the benefits of being a Christian without doing the work of a follower. True Christian’s know without a doubt that most churches these days are not giving the whole Gospel, so they know that people who are looking to find God in church are still blind after they leave their hip, concert-like, coffee selling churches. Do these blind parishioners know they are blind or do they walk out feeling like they got something spiritual? I can tell you that I was a volunteer in my seeker sensitive church for years and never once questioned my standing with God. I loved going to that church and never thought that it was a watered down message. In fact, I was sure that my sins were forgiven and didn’t even question my habitual sin. In truth, I could go out drinking with my friends and have no feelings of guilt, for I was not expected to be perfect. Once I learned the truth by simply picking up my Bible and reading it, my church actually seemed irritated by my desire to make sure people were told the whole truth. I think these churches that are more concerned about keeping people of the world in a comfortable state of ignorance are more dangerous than anything the world is lying to them about. We can’t sneak sinners into heaven’s gate without them experiencing the change of heart that only the true unfiltered gospel can do. The world is wide open with what it offers…sin, sin and more sin. When a church tells you “just repeat this prayer after me and you are saved” is a much more sinister lie.

People stay blind because that is the state of mind they are living in. We can’t point our judgmental fingers at blind people doing what blind people do. We must care about them enough to break out of our own little comfortable worlds and tell them the truth. We must risk our reputations among the blind and live with the labels they may attach to us…because we love them more than ourselves. Christ who lives in us loves them, so we love them. True Christians are reading the signs of the times and they know their Lord draweth near, yet they are keeping quiet? Why? False Christians do not know they are false. False Christian are no safer than believers of other faiths. They may be more blind than the rest because they “think” they know the truth. This world is passing away before our eyes, the Lord gave us instructions to preach the word to all…what are we waiting for??? If you are a true Christian, you have your instructions. God didn’t save you just so you could sit on your hands and do nothing to further His kingdom. If you believe that, then you just might be one of those false Christians who don’t know it. If you don’t know how to spread the word, there are many programs that teach you how…but you must seek them out to find them. Search your heart to see if you are really in the faith. If you are afraid to search because you might find that you are not truly a Christian, it is better to find out now rather than on Judgment day. Time is running out.

Christ did His job, what are you doing for Him? For all those out there “doing” a lot for Christ, make sure you’re heart and intentions are in the right place. I say that because so many religions out there create lots of “good” people who do “good” things, but they are still lost. Doing good for Christ doesn’t make you a Christian, if you are just doing it to get into heaven. Believing in Christ as your only way into heaven is the only thing that gets you there. Doing good after that fact is not because we are good, but because He is good. He does His good through His flock. He gets the credit, not you. We spread the word to the world because He died for those lost people, and He loves them and He is using us to get to them. Are you doing His will by allowing Him to use you? Or are you too busy? Or not a good speaker? Or too shy? Or some other reason that you tell yourself is an acceptable excuse? There is no more time for excuses. It is time to speak up for Christ and give the whole truth to this lost and dying world. It isn’t someone else’s job. It’s yours and mine and every single Christian you know. Right across the street from you or next door or someone in your family is someone who is heading in the direction of hell. Are they going to hell on your watch? You don’t need to go to Africa, for this country is a mission field of its own. Pray for God to give you boldness to speak His word and He will because that is His will. That prayer will be answered, so get ready to work for Christ. We all know that we could all do better, me included, so let’s do it today! I pray that God will not allow you to sink back into your comfortable complacency, but will give you the love it takes to do His work. Amen.

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Those Who Resist
May 1st, 2008
Kevin Reeves

These are critical days for the body of Christ. We are in the epoch of church history spoken of by the apostle Paul as "perilous times" (II Timothy 3:1). What makes the danger all the more imminent is that not much of the church believes it. Many of us have owned the glorious but erroneous vision of an end-times remnant walking in unconquerable power, transforming entire societies. The result has been nothing short of catastrophic. How soon we forget.

Every cult in the world has sprouted from the fertile soil of deception, always initiated by a drastic move away from the primacy of the Word of God into the nebulous, self-defining atmosphere of experience....

In the case of my former congregation, our pre-supposed love of the Word of God, along with our ignorance of and opposition to nearly every scriptural warning about false doctrine and seducing spirits in the church, left us open to bizarre teachings and practices. As we embraced mysticism, our biblical parameters melted away. Yes, we were sincere, but what we were wanting was diametrically opposed to our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Like physical signs of pain, there were signs in our church that something was terribly wrong. But just like the person who ignores the pain and avoids going to the doctor, we too ignored what should have been so obvious. That is, until it got so bad that avoidance was no longer an option.

Why do people ignore warning signs? ... I've discovered that in the spiritual arena most people will do exactly this: they take pains to look the other way when something bumps up against their doctrine. As a Christian, there's no quicker way to start a fight with a friend than to tell him that some of his most fervent beliefs are wrong. I know. I've lost my share of friendships that way. The problem comes when folks aren't willing to deal with the uncomfortable. And the horror of it is that in spiritual matters, we're dealing with eternal things....

In my own case, association with a cutting-edge group offered me security and personal power, and for years, the paranoia of offending God kept me from asking too many unsettling questions. It's ironic that, in a fellowship that taught a watered-down version of the fear of the Lord, it was fear that motivated me to stay put.

Many other Christians find themselves in this same predicament, especially those with a genuine heart for the truth. When some doctrine foreign to biblical Christianity is introduced into the congregation, they want to inquire about its origin and validity, but fear holds them in check. If it comes from the pastor, who surely must be more spiritual than the rest of the group, then God must simply have approved it. Therefore, questioning or opposing the pastor or church leadership is seen as opposing the Lord Himself.

But God doesn't work that way. Throughout the Bible are examples of those who love the Lord [and] who questioned authority when it was wrong. And what's more, "prove all things" is clearly God's instruction to the believer (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

This manipulative pastoral attitude of squelching sincere inquiries was recently brought home in a frightening way. A friend of mine attended a local church service, knowing that the pastor was fully in support of the so-called Brownsville revival. She was nonetheless unprepared for the chilling threat from the pulpit. After reminding the congregation of the judgment deaths of Ananias and Sapphira for opposing the Holy Spirit, the pastor looked directly at the congregation and said, "If you think about questioning anything that goes on in this service ... well, you just be careful!"

Two plus two still equals four. His meaning was quite plain. If you want to end up like that evil-hearted couple, just go ahead and do some serious inquiry into the teachings or manifestations of this group.

Brothers and sisters, something is seriously wrong here. Brutalizing the saints with a threat from an angry heart is not the Bible way. But it is becoming quite a fashionable pastime for leadership to silence even well-intentioned criticism with threats and ridicule. It has been going on from both the Toronto and Brownsville pulpits for years and has spilled over into many other groups in the church today. Name calling and ostracizing are common methods to silence critics. Names like hypocrites, Sanhedrin, and God mockers are merely a sampling of the invective aimed at Christians who are concerned about doctrinal error. Nobody wants to be labeled a Pharisee or heresy hunter. But that is often the penalty for daring to step out and ask for a public, biblical accounting of doctrine and practice.

I know the feeling first hand. I have more than once been called legalistic and have been accused of "going down a hard path"--one of my own making, of course. I had been told repeatedly that I was spiritually immature and had not understood the importance of such works as Rick Joyner's The Final Quest --despite its un-biblical concepts and many outright contradictions to Scripture.

A current river is flowing, which many believe to be of God. Removed from its proper setting in the 47th chapter of Ezekiel, which speaks of a stream gushing out from the Temple of God, this passage in Scripture is today used to promote a last days vision for the church. In its proper context in Ezekiel, this wonderful prophecy is an encouragement that God has not forgotten His covenant people of Israel. But overstepping the sanctity of scriptural boundaries, this passage has been reshaped into the comfortable doctrines of the easy believism and sensual manifestations that mark a massive shift in the church. As believers, we have taken a hairpin turn from the preeminence of the Word of God to a relative, experiential, and terribly apostate faith.

The River Revival movement--encompassing the Toronto Blessing, Brownsville Revival (or Pensacola Outpouring), Dominion, Latter Rain, Word of Faith, Rodney Howard-Browne's laughing revival, the Kansas City prophets, and an arbitrary mix of all or some of the aforementioned--is flowing into congregations worldwide. Given impetus by these major doctrinal tributaries, this movement's teachings have led multitudes away from the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a dangerous realm of subjective experiences, mysticism, and blatant heresy. Closely follow the curves of this river and you'll find spiritual deviations at first overlooked. After all the hype, the wild manifestations, the wonderful testimonies, the flamboyant prophecies, and the earth-shaking visions, the discerning eye will gaze upon a farther shore, where an entirely different, frightening story unfolds--a story of broken lives and shattered faith, of rebellion and of merchandising a substitute "anointing."

There is another side to all the fanfare, a glaring something that for the most part remains unspoken or deliberately avoided. There is indeed another side to the River. As believers, it is time we cross over and take a long, hard look

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Toward the Mark
May 1st, 2008
A.W. Tozer

“Forgetting things which are behind … I press toward the mark.” Phil. 3: 13-14

It is one of the devil’s oldest tricks to discourage Christian believers by causing them to look back at what they once were. It is indeed the enemy of our souls who makes us forget that we are never at the end of God’s love.

No one will make progress with God until the eyes are lifted to the faithfulness of God and we stop looking at ourselves!

Our instructions in the New Testament all add up to the necessity of looking forward in faith – and not spending our time looking back or just looking within.

Brethren, our Lord is more than able to take care of our past. He pardons instantly and forgives completely, and His blood makes us worthy!

The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend. If the “root of the matter” is in you and you are born again, God is prepared to start with you where you are!

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