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There will always be charlatans and wolves and false teachers in this world, trying to get you to cross over the bridge of compromise and join them. From the beginning of time, there has been a LIE and a TRUTH available for ALL to choose. But time is running out, and there is only One way, One truth, One choice…. to save you from an eternal darkness you cannot see or fathom. What you choose in this lifetime will determine your eternal destination. It is the most important decision you will ever make. Will you be saved?

Question: “How can I be saved?”

Answer: This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

How can I be saved? Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.

How can I be saved? Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/how-can-I-be-saved.html#ixzz3XL6hmmLP

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Rob Bell Suggests Bible Not Relevant to Today’s Culture

Former Mars Hill church Pastor Rob Bell has been raising a lot of eyebrows for his evolving views about Christianity and the Bible.

Bell and his wife, Kristen, recently appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her “Super Soul Sunday” program, where he suggested the Bible is irrelevant to today’s culture.

“We’re moments away. I think the culture is already there. And the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense,” he told Winfrey when asked about the Church embracing gay marriage.

More here:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/February/Rob-Bell-Suggests-Bible-Not-Relevant-to-Todays-Culture/

Also see:

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

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God Our Mother is a new song by husband and wife musicians Michael and Lisa Gungor. According to their website…

God our Mother is part of an experimental art collective known as ‘The Liturgists.’ The contemplative music is written by Michael and Lisa Gungor in collaboration with Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell, among others.

The Liturgists http://gungormusic.com/2014/04/the-liturgists/

About this song, they say…

Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.

God Our Mother includes an apophatic contemplative meditation. Apophatic disciplines seek to push beyond language and rational thinking in the context of God’s Holiness, and can be very powerful. For this reason, we recommend that spiritual practices like apophaticism are best moderated through scripture, tradition, and some form of spiritual community.

released 06 May 2014
http://theliturgists.bandcamp.com/album/god-our-mother

Listen to the song featuring Nichole Nordeman and Lisa Gungor, here:

Lyrics:

God our Father
Giver of daily bread

Blessing our hands and covering our heads 

God our Mother

Leading us into peace

Drawing and comforting all those in need 


Hallowed, hallowed be thy name

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name 

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name in all the earth

On his website, Michael Gungor also tells his readers that…

“he went on a “spiritual pilgrimage” in September 2010 that incorporated a week to Italy and a week to Spain. Gungor states: ”The first week was a week of silence and meditation at a spiritual retreat that I found by googling ‘best spiritual retreats in the world.’” He said that he went on this pilgrimage because he was “on the brink” and “didn’t really know what [he] believed in.” Gungor began his journey with a trip to the Vatican where he heard the Pope speak: “not a bad way to start out my spiritual journey. Made me want to be Catholic actually.” After this, Gungor caught a flight to Assisi and on the flight he ”listened to a couple Rob Bell sermons on [his] ipod.” Gungor explains that the retreat was ”a cross religious retreat, so they had statues of Mary in the room next to a Buddha next to a Hindu something or other.” Part of the week of silence included times called “prayer movements,” where participants ”slowly wav[ed] [their] arms around, turning in circles and kneeling in the grass . . . It was a lot of ‘now the river that gave us everything is taking everything back’ kind of stuff.””

-Letter to the Editor: Tens of Thousands Introduced to Contemplative Advocates Gungor and David Crowder at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9848

Even music that is called Christian and sounds beautiful can contain a muddy spiritual message.

RELATED:

Is God male or female?
http://www.gotquestions.org/God-male-female.html

Is God Male According to the Bible?
http://carm.org/is-god-male-according-to-the-bible

UPDATED: NEW:

Baptist Church Cancels Gungor Concert for Rejecting Genesis as Literal
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15886

CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION PULLS OUT OF MICHAEL GUNGOR CONCERT
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/08/christian-radio-station-pulls-out-of-michael-gungor-concert/

CHRISTIAN SINGER MICHAEL GUNGOR MAKES MORE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/christian-singer-michael-gungor-makes-outrageous-claims/

“I’M SORRY THIS HAS HURT YOU.” GUNGOR PULLS OUT OF POWER OF ONE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/im-sorry-this-has-hurt-you-gungor-pulls-out-of-power-of-one/

MICHAEL GUNGOR’S “LITURGISTS” GROUP CHARGING 100 PEOPLE $300 TO QUESTION CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/06/michael-gungors-liturgists-group-charging-100-people-300-to-question-christian-doctrine/

Also related:

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

***NEW 2015: See who else is singing the praises of Gungor:
Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism
http://bereanresearch.org/willow-creeks-the-practice-blends-new-age-catholic-mysticism/

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Modern day activism, occultic spirituality and idolatry are what today’s so called biblical movies are made of. Is it all part of the last days deception? See these reviews about the new Noah and Son of God productions…

The Noah movie:

The Noah Movie Deception and the Last Days
By: Joe Schimmel

Did you know, according to Hollywood, that the main reason God destroyed the ancient world with a flood was because of a lack of environmental activism and overpopulation? Did you know that Noah was a liberal eco-terrorist and the world’s “first environmentalist”? Did you know that Noah was really a callous, dark person? Did you know that Noah was a drunken, axe-wielding murderer? Did you know that Noah threatened to kill his eldest son’s wife and her unborn daughter, because he didn’t want the earth to be repopulated? Did you know that Noah’s old pal Methuselah (really old pal) was a witch doctor who guided Noah spiritually? Did you know that Noah enlisted the help of Satan’s fallen angels to protect him while building the ark?

More from Joe Schimmel, here:

http://www.goodfight.org/a_v_noah_movie_deception.html

The Son of God movie:

THE SON OF GOD MOVIE

The Son of God film is similar to other religious films such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. In both films, the producers dishonored Christ because He was not presented as He is in Scripture. The only true testimony of Christ is found in the infallible, inspired, and supremely authoritative Word of God and we need no other testimony. The Son of God film is a mockery of Christ and it was made by unbelievers who do not know Him. They portray a false christ, a christ of their own imaginations which is idolatry. They mock God by trifling with the true Christ and, in doing so, deceive and delude their audiences. It is a tragedy that Christians are praising this film as biblical and, at the same time, encouraging others to see it. They say it has a clear presentation of the Gospel. Yet, the “Jesus” in the film never mentions the justice of God or the penalty of sin, Nor is there any mention of the necessity of the new birth or repentance towards God and faith in Christ. The lack of discernment in the professing church is shocking!

From Proclaiming the Gospel Blog, here:

http://www.pro-gospel.org/site/blogview2.asp?sec_id=180014816&forum_id=180003854&message_id=180015522&topic_id=180011208

Also see this undeniable information:

Is Roma Downey a New Age Adherent?
http://www.truthkeepers.com/?p=525

***UPDATE: More problems with ‘Noah’:

9 PROBLEMS WITH ARONOFSKY’S ‘NOAH’
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/03/28/9-problems-Noah

According to New Noah Movie, Noah Was An Ungodly Man
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15024

Related:

Why I do not recommend Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, “War Room”, part 1
http://bereanresearch.org/why-i-do-not-recommend-kendrick-brothers-new-movie-war-room-part-1/

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What is the common bond for unity of all the religions of the world? Why is it that all over north America, Roman Catholic priests are being invited into evangelical churches. Does the Vatican have a strategy behind this unity? Are the errors of a false gospel being covered with a thin venier of truth? Are the ‘lost brethren’ being won back to the holy mother church of Rome? Can evangelicals have unity with Catholics when they are divided on the essentials of the gospel? What is the fertile ground for such deception? Is truth being suppressed for the sake of unity? What is our response to false teachers according to the Bible?

Mike Gendron answers these questions, and more, here:

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A blogger at The Last Hiker has done some research and found a few unsettling facts about the beliefs of one of the producers of last year’s television event called “The Bible Series” and the new “Son of God” movie. Anyone assuming that Jesus Christ will be accurately portrayed in this new movie needs to consider that producer Roma Downey has been on television with psychic Jonathan Edwards talking to her deceased mother, partnered with him in a book he wrote, and listens to books on tape by new ager Eckart Tolle.

Read about it here:

The “Son of God” Movie Is NOT What We Think–Do You Know The Voice of Your Master
http://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/the-son-of-god-movie-is-not-what-we-think-do-you-know-the-voice-of-your-master/

Even so, America’s favourite pastor Rick Warren has partnered with LifeWay Christian Resources to put together a “Son of God” movie Bible study[1] and is buying out entire theatres to show this film, saying, “I want every other faith leader in America to do the same. Whether you can buy out a whole theater, or just one screen, now is the time to show up.”[2] These other ‘faith leaders’ include T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Pat Robertson, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson, Erwin McManus, Paula White, Christine Caine, George Wood, Crai Groeshel and some Roman Catholic cardinals and archbishops.[3]

Be careful whose voice calls you to cross the faith bridge to see the new Son of God. They may be leading you to another Jesus.

NOTES:

[1] http://www.baptiststandard.com/news/baptist/16135-baptist-briefs-son-of-god-film-study-materials
[2] http://rickwarrenquotes.blogspot.ca/2014/02/son-of-god-movie-and-rick-warren.html
[3] http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/02/religious-leaders-stripes-endorse-son-god-movie/

RELATED:

A Word of Caution: Ecumenical-Backed Movie, “Son of God,” May Send Subtle New Age/Roman Catholic Messages
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=14764

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHILE WATCHING “THE SON OF GOD”
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/02/questions-ask-watching-son-god/

Update:

“SON OF GOD” IS NOT ABOUT THE SON OF GOD.
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/03/son-god-son-god/

Letter to the Editor: “Awakening America Alliance” Brings SBC President Ronnie Floyd Together with New Age Roma Downey
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17287

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If your life was spared by a Bible that blocked a bullet or two, who would you give the credit to?

FOX News reports that Eugene Peterson is glad to take the credit for a ‘Bible’ that stopped two bullets, saving the life of a bus driver.

Reached at his home in Lakeside, Mont., Eugene H. Peterson, author of “The Message,” told FoxNews.com that he was thrilled to know his book stopped bullets.

That’s wonderful,” said Peterson, who is 81. “I’ve heard stories about that happening during the second World War. I’m glad to be in the club.”

Bible stops two bullets to save life of Ohio bus driver, police say
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/24/bible-stops-two-bullets-to-save-life-ohio-bus-driver-police-say/

How could Eugene Peterson take the credit for a bullet-blocking Bible? The message is clear as mud. Maybe it’s because The Message is just “his book” and not really a Bible.

See:

“What is The Message (MSG)?”
http://www.gotquestions.org/The-Message-MSG.html

The Message
http://www.bible-researcher.com/themessage.html

What kind of message is THE MESSAGE?
http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Message.html

“The Message” is a New Age Bible
http://ltwinternational.org/the-message-is-a-new-age-bible/

IS THE MESSAGE BIBLE DECEIVING CHRISTIANS?
http://standupforthetruth.com/2011/06/is-the-message-bible-deceiving-christians/

Update:

Even ABC News got it right. In reporting this incident, they refer to The Message as a ‘religious book’ and ‘a devotional book titled “The Message,”’here:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/religious-book-saves-bus-drivers-life-from-gunshots/

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