Cultic beliefs

Ecumenism

In the last article we saw how dominion theology goes to an ungodly extreme. So now let’s go over Ecumenism, which is how dominionists plan to pull off their agenda. Ecumenism is the belief that all “faiths” can unite in order to reach a common goal, whether it be for pro-life, addiction recovery, etc. It claims that all faiths are valid and that there are many ways to God, despite the fact that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (Jn.14:6).

So to get around this, ecumenists will often claim to believe in Jesus as Lord and will even say He’s the son of God. Yet, many don’t realize it’s not the Son of God the Bible portrays. For example, some religions believe Jesus became a son of God by doing good works. Some believe He was only a prophet or an angel (Heb. ch.1 totally refutes that idea). And some even leave whole Bible verses out of their translation in an attempt to hide the true nature of Jesus Christ, such as 1Tim.3:16 which says, “God was manifest in the flesh.”

Naturally, it’s easy to believe that Jesus (as a human) came in the flesh; all humans come in the flesh. Yet, to be able to also believe that Jesus AS GOD came in the flesh….now that takes enabling of the Holy Spirit! The Bible even warns that those who don’t believe this are of the spirit of antichrist (1Jn.4:3, 2Jn.7). And sometimes they’ll even say they believe it, but really be referring to their belief that everyone is a god in the flesh. This reminds me of when I unknowingly worked for an “interfaith” organization a few years ago, because they pretended to be Christian-based.

 At a meeting I asked the leaders (several different times) if they believed Jesus was God in the flesh and they refused to answer. They’d only say He was the son of God. And it became clear that the “son of God” they were talking about wasn’t the Jesus of the Bible, for they confessed their approval of other faiths, which believe in a different Jesus and a different gospel. And they said they’d allow these other faiths to spiritually counsel our clients. That’s when they told me they were ecumenical, which explained why so many bad things were slipping in. And that’s when I told them I could no longer in good conscience work there or support their ecumenical agenda.

If we’re going to be faithful Christians, we must “try the spirits” due to spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph.6:12, 1Jn.4:1). And we must even be willing to leave high positions for the sake of Christ. We need to know exactly what people mean by what they say. Because even though they use the same words, it means something totally different to other faiths. Not that we have to know all the cults beliefs, but we must know enough to be able to say along with Apostle Paul, “being crafty, I caught you with guile” (2Cor.12:16). In other words, we have to be able to expose wolves in sheep’s clothing and recognize counterfeits by studying what true Christianity really is according to God’s word.

Ecumenism blurs the lines of distinction by using methods that seem religiously neutral. Prime examples are mysticism and focus upon a “higher power.” And according to this view, it can be whatever you want it to be. So if you claim yours is Jesus, you’ll still be accepted—-BUT ONLY if you accept other peoples “higher power” too……even if it’s satan!! Because the devil doesn’t mind if you serve God as long as you serve him too.  But God says you have to choose one or the other (Mt.6:24, 1Cor.10:21, 2Cor.6:14-17).  

Many will call Jesus Lord and do good deeds, but He will say to them “I never knew you; depart from Me ye workers of iniquity” (Mt.7:22-23). So friend, the question is……do you know the true Savior, Jesus Christ? Do you worship Him in spirit and in truth? Or are you sacrificing truth on the altar of “unity of faiths,” instead of defending unity of THE faith (Eph.4: 5, 3, 13; 1Tim.3:9, 4:1)?

Contact Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

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Demonic Dominionism

From the beginning, the devil has tempted mankind to take something that seems godly to an ungodly extreme. This is why dominion theology is one of his favorite playgrounds, because it seems godly to want to transform our society for Christ. But the man-exalting beliefs behind dominionism take verses such as Genesis 1:28 to an ungodly extreme and declares that God “lost control” over the world when Adam and Eve supposedly handed dominion over to satan when they sinned.

Dominionism also claims that we must purge the earth of all evil before Christ will return by ushering in heaven on earth with the keys of the kingdom mentioned in Matt.16:19 to gain back dominion for God. This view also twists verses such as Mark 11:23 to mean that we must wage “spiritual warfare” by speaking victory into existence. Worse yet, it claims the whole battle between good and evil is played out by us and satan and that the outcome is determined by either the devil or us, rather than by God!  

Although Jesus has given His people power over ALL evil, only Jesus has ALL power, just as He says in Matt.28:18. Only God has complete dominion over all things including the forces of darkness and we’re to confess that (e.g. Matt.6:13, Eph.1:21). No one, not even the devil can do anything unless God allows it. Yet to claim that God “lost control” of anything is blasphemous, especially when combined with the ridiculous idea that we must “take charge” of God’s role and speak things into existence!! Add to this the ungodly focus upon demonic powers and man’s works, while downgrading the power of God displayed in the true gospel of Christ, which is all about what Jesus has done for us, not what we do for Him (Gal.6:14).

The dominionist view also denies Jesus’ return for His saints by twisting the words “caught up” in 1Thess.4:17 to mean an English expression of emotion, rather than the original Greek translation meaning Rapture (caught up bodily). This is so the focus will be more on the futile efforts of false prophets and teachers; psycho-spiritual counselors, political activists and pulpit pimps who attempt to prostitute the Lord’s church by trying to unite it with false religions. And their common goal is to create worldwide reform by taking over what they call the “Seven Mountains” of society; church, family, education, government, arts, media and business.

Yet, despite all the plans of mankind, the Lord has the final say (Prov.19:21). And the Lord’s Prayer makes it clear that HIS WILL will be done in earth as it is in heaven, not ours. Our will is limited, but God’s will is sovereign and accomplishes all He sets out to do without our help (Isa. 14:24; 46: 8-11, Matt.6:10). The kingdom of God will be established by Christ Himself, not by us and His kingdom is not of this world (Jn.18:36). During His second coming Jesus Himself will purge the earth of all evil (Rev.19). Until then, the keys He gives His people are to the door of heaven (Jesus). The gospel of Jesus Christ is life to those loosed for heaven and death to those bound for hell (Matt.16:19, Jn.3:18, 2Cor.2:14-17).

True believers of Christ are to take up their cross, deny themselves and follow Him to the very end. They’re to spread the true gospel and not get distracted by a dominionist agenda that gains the worlds favor. On the contrary, true followers of Christ can expect to be considered trash of the earth by this world, which lies in wickedness. We will be falsely accused, persecuted and possibly even killed for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus said to count the cost of following Him, to be sure we’re of those who believe to the saving of the soul and not those who fall away (Lk.14:28, Heb.10:39).

So remember friend, even though dominionists are indeed ushering in a kingdom, it’s not of God (Rev.17:17). This is why we’re seeing everything on earth getting worse instead of better, just as the Bible says it would. So friend, are you ready to count the cost of following Jesus? Are you willing to lose everything to gain Him?  Or will you be like the Jews who just wanted an earthly king? Jesus asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul (Mk.8:36)?   

Contact Lee Anne @ gospel4life@live.com

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New Age Pragmatism—-the way of the world.

In the last article we went over Pantheism (the false belief that God is an impersonal “life force” that flows thru all things) and how this philosophy is behind many healing therapies that claim to utilize this universal “energy.” So now let’s go over how its rising influence upon society is causing many to buy into it—-literally. One way is through Pragmatism; the belief that whatever produces positive results must be truth. So in this line of thinking, if obeying the true gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t what “works” then we need an alternative. And that’s exactly what the New Age offers. After all, many alternative therapies appear to be good, just as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden appeared good….at first (Gen.3:6).

Let’s take acupuncture for instance. Like Iridology, Reflexology, Reiki and many other healing therapies, it claims to tap into what they call our energy “meridians.” Supposedly so we can obtain forbidden knowledge, be “in tune” with our own divinity and live in perfect health. Yet there’s no real scientific evidence to prove any medical benefit, although there’s a lot of “anecdotal” evidence, which are just testimonials of those who’ve fallen for this perversion of the gospel(Gal.1:6-9, 1Tim.4:1).

Consequently, I have a few testimonies of my own about the power working behind these therapies, which is why I can now warn others to never underestimate the power of suggestion. It’s been the devils main tool since the Garden of Eden. All he has to do to start the process is to get us to doubt God’s truth and exchange it for a lie. By getting Adam and Eve to focus on temporary results instead of the long-term spiritual consequences of rebelling against God, they fell for the suggestion to eat forbidden fruit.

And this is exactly how modern pragmatism works today. It’s just the same old lie under a new pretense, which reminds me of the time I went into business with a very persuasive herbalist years ago, to sell a product that claimed to have many health benefits. But once I started doing my own research I found out that it was full of cheap fillers with barely any of the main ingredient that was supposed to help people.  So I found another product that just had the main ingredient at the same price. 

Excited about what I’d found, I went back to the herbalist, thinking they’d rather sell this instead, because they acted like they really wanted to help people. Little did I know then that I had gotten into what’s called a “Pyramid Scheme.” So to my surprise, they told me they’d be crazy to stop selling the flawed product because they were making a fortune off people. And when they saw how shocked I was they tried to convince me it wasn’t really dishonest because they said if people believed it helped them, then it would!!

And that’s the most perfect, personal example of modern Pragmatism I can think of. All they have to do is convince people that it works and they will experience a major placebo effect. The question is, would they still buy into it if they knew they were just being tricked into thinking it was working?? Sadly, many would because they’d rather exchange the truth for a lie as long as they get the temporary results they desire.

This is described perfectly in Isaiah 30: 9-10 where it says, “this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things; speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” So friend, along with Apostle Paul, I just have to ask “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth” (Gal.4:16)? Or will you heed God’s warnings (e.g. Deut.18:10-12, 1Sam. 15:23, Jer.14:14, Hosea 4:12, Eph.5:11, 1Tim.6:9-10, 2Pet.3:17)?  

Contact Lee Anne—at gospel4life@live.com

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Beware of Pragmatism!

 

In the last article we went over Pantheism (the false belief that God is an impersonal “life force” that flows thru all things) and how this philosophy is behind many healing therapies that claim to utilize this universal “energy.” So now let’s go over how its rising influence upon society is causing many to buy into it—-literally. One way is through Pragmatism; the belief that whatever produces positive results must be truth. So in this line of thinking, if obeying the true gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t what “works” then we need an alternative. And that’s exactly what the New Age offers. After all, many alternative therapies appear to be good, just as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden appeared good….at first (Gen.3:6).

Let’s take acupuncture for instance. Like Iridology, Reflexology, Reiki and many other healing therapies, it claims to tap into what they call our energy “meridians.” Supposedly so we can obtain forbidden knowledge, be “in tune” with our own divinity and live in perfect health. Yet there’s no real scientific evidence to prove any medical benefit, although there’s a lot of “anecdotal” evidence, which are just testimonials of those who’ve fallen for this perversion of the gospel(Gal.1:6-9, 1Tim.4:1).

Consequently, I have a few testimonies of my own about the power working behind these therapies, which is why I can now warn others to never underestimate the power of suggestion. It’s been the devils main tool since the Garden of Eden. All he has to do to start the process is to get us to doubt God’s truth and exchange it for a lie. By getting Adam and Eve to focus on temporary results instead of the long-term spiritual consequences of rebelling against God, they fell for the suggestion to eat forbidden fruit.

And this is exactly how modern pragmatism works today. It’s just the same old lie under a new pretense, which reminds me of the time I went into business with a very persuasive herbalist years ago, to sell a product that claimed to have many health benefits. But once I started doing my own research I found out that it was full of cheap fillers with barely any of the main ingredient that was supposed to help people.  So I found another product that just had the main ingredient at the same price. 

Excited about what I’d found, I went back to the herbalist, thinking they’d rather sell this instead, because they acted like they really wanted to help people. Little did I know then that I had gotten into what’s called a “Pyramid Scheme.” So to my surprise, they told me they’d be crazy to stop selling the flawed product because they were making a fortune off people. And when they saw how shocked I was they tried to convince me it wasn’t really dishonest because they said if people believed it helped them, then it would!!

And that’s the most perfect, personal example of modern Pragmatism I can think of. All they have to do is convince people that it works and they will experience a major placebo effect. The question is, would they still buy into it if they knew they were just being tricked into thinking it was working?? Sadly, many would because they’d rather exchange the truth for a lie as long as they get the temporary results they desire.

This is described perfectly in Isaiah 30: 9-10 where it says, “this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things; speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” So friend, along with Apostle Paul, I just have to ask “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth” (Gal.4:16)? Or will you heed God’s warnings (e.g. Deut.18:10-12, 1Sam. 15:23, Jer.14:14, Hosea 4:12, Eph.5:11, 1Tim.6:9-10, 2Pet.3:17)?  

Contact Lee Anne—at gospel4life@live.com

Charismania, Cultic beliefs

PanTheism—-is on the rise!!

 

A few weeks ago I read an article in the local paper about the ionic footbath scam. Similar to the “foot pad” scam exposed by 20/20 in 2008, it has fooled many. One can only imagine how cheated many feel after spending tons of money to soak their feet in electrode corrosion. And it could happen to anyone, especially the sick and vulnerable ones who’ve been thru the wringer by the medical establishment. But having been there myself, I can honestly say, the biggest concern isn’t the money people are being duped out of…. but what they’re being duped into spiritually.
Thankfully God’s word is loaded with biblical insight into what we need to look out for. For instance, 1 Tim.6:20-21 helped break the spell in my own life by warning me that I should be “avoiding profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called; which some professing have erred concerning the faith.” Like evolution, I realized many “healing” therapies have no scientific evidence to back up their claims and prove to be fraudulent once they’re investigated. And these kinds of therapies would perfectly fit into the category of “curious arts,” which is mentioned in Acts 19:19.
So when we subject ourselves to these therapies, we’re actually buying into a false religious system that severely distorts and perverts the biblical concept of God! For instance, the healing philosophies behind many of them draw upon eastern religious beliefs, such as “The Universal Energy/ Life Force,” which is a pantheistic idol. Pantheism is the false belief that God is everything and in everything——rocks, trees, plants, people, the devil—- you name it.
Obviously God is NOT in everything and doesn’t approve of everything. He is omnipresent, yet transcendent and not part of His creation (1Kings 8:27, Psa.139:7-16, Acts 17:24-28). God is a personal Spirit being, not an impersonal “energy force.” He desires a relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ who suffered, died and rose again so that sinners can receive His mercy and have eternal life. However, the devil loves to pose as an angel of light by getting people to believe “the energy” working behind certain therapies is God (2Cor.11:13-15).
So there’s no excuse for rebelling against God by getting involved in these therapies. Because Scripture has clearly warned us to avoid anything that could put us into contact with demons who work behind the scenes to try to make the philosophies behind certain practices seem true (Eph.5:11, 1Pet.5:8). They not only put one at risk financially, mentally and physically, but most importantly, spiritually. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit” (Col.2:8). Even though “many shall follow their pernicious ways” try to remember that “through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you” (2Pet. 2:2-3).
And even if you’ve been deeply involved in these things, there’s still time to repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone. I’m living proof that He still continues to rescue His sheep from all the messes they get themselves into. There’s still so much to learn and we need Him to grant us the discernment to “abstain from all appearance of evil,” whether it concerns our health, finances, relationships or eternity (1Thess.5:22).
So please friend, don’t fall for the lies like I have so many times. I know how hard it is to resist false claims when you so desperately need healing. But “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones” (Prov. 3:5-8).
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freewill vs. Sovereignty of God

Is Your Heart Right With God?

 “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22:17). But who is —“whosoever will?” Is it those who have the strongest, natural “willpower?” No, because according to Scripture it’s not even the will that determines our choices, it’s the heart and it moves our will to act. So the condition of our heart determines whether we will come to Christ in truth or not (e.g. Psa.119:10, Prov.4:23, Acts 8:37, Rom.10:9-10).  

The problem is that since the Fall of mankind, “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer.17:9, Matt.15:18-19, Mk.7:18-23). Due to the extreme corruption that sin causes, just one sin in a lifetime is destructive enough to earn an eternity in hell (James 2:10). “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” which causes people to refuse to come to Christ. Therefore, the human will is not sovereign, but a servant to sin (Rom.3:23, 6:18-23; Jn.5:40).

Our will is free only in the sense that it’s free to choose according to our heart’s desire. And a truly godly choice for Christ cannot possibly come from an evil heart (Lk.6:45-46). So whether or not we do what Jesus says to do and come to Him in truth depends upon whether God has cleansed our hearts from the love of sin and filled it with love for Him, so we’ll be willing to “take the water of life freely” (Job 14:4, Psa.51:10, Prov.16:1, Ezek.36:26, Jn.3:27, 8:44, Phil.2:13).

Still, every person will be held responsible for how they respond to the gospel call, for its everyone’s duty to their Maker to repent, believe and receive Christ, whether they have heavens help or not. God doesn’t lower His standards just because our sin has caused us to fall short of His glory. That would be like a criminal going before a judge and making the excuse that he can’t help but break the law and the judge corrupting justice by letting the criminal go due to the criminal’s inability to abide by the law! 

The truth is that we all deserve hell and God could have chosen not to save any and still been righteous in His judgment. There will be no one in hell that doesn’t deserve to be there, because God has never and never will force anyone to sin. Even God’s act of reprobation causes no one to sin (Rom.1:28). As Scripture says, “God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions” (Eccl.7:29). 

Yet, God is merciful and He has revealed this to us at the cross, where His justice and mercy meet. God can pardon the vilest of sinners and still be righteous because Jesus Christ has purchased them, redeemed them and paid their sin debt in full. The gospel of Christ “is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Rom.1:16).

Jesus said, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Jn.6:37). So come to Him today friend and taste His free grace. You don’t have to earn it because it’s free to all who truly believe with their whole heart that Christ Jesus is their Savior and their only hope in this life and for eternity. Don’t follow after those who try to come on their own terms or those who think they can bribe God with their own works, for the only way to take the water of life —-is freely.

Sis. Lee Anne—emails are always welcome at gospel4life@live.com

Charismania, freewill vs. Sovereignty of God

Heresy Alert—OPEN THEISM—Are you an open theist???

Perilous times have come. We’re so troubled on every side that if we don’t resist the devils schemes, we’ll end up compromising the truth just so we can try to make sense of why evil exists. When all we need to do is trust the Lord who “divided the light from the darkness” as He has seen fit, for “in Him is no darkness at all” (Gen.1:4, Jn.1:5, 1Jn.1:5). How else could we appreciate the light of the gospel? Yet, anytime we go beyond God’s word to try to explain why He’s ordained for evil to exist, then we’ve crossed over into what the Bible calls heresy.

One such heresy is called “Open Theism;” the belief that God doesn’t know the future and is therefore subject to change, based on certain verses taken out of context (e.g. Gen.6:6, Ex.32:12-14). It implies that evil randomly happens with no divine purpose at all. In this view, trusting God becomes impossible, for it portrays Him as neither sovereign nor all-knowing. And there can be no assurance of salvation apart from God’s divine providence (Num.23:19, Deut.32:39, Psa.90:4; ch.139, Isa.46:10, Acts 15:18, Rom.8:29-30, Eph.1, Ja.1:17).

Whenever we think God’s ways must be fair according to our human standard of “fair,” then we’re not submitting to God’s will, but exalting our own (Job 35:2; 36: 21). And this is the very sin Elihu confronted Job with in chapters 32-37. Moreover, Elihu wasn’t one of Job’s three friends who had to repent in the end. On the contrary, Elihu was a godly bystander who finally got to the root of Jobs suffering. From there, God confirmed to Job that we’re to NEVER question His ways or doubt His goodness, for we’re in no position to do so. Like Job, we should be humbled into the ground by this truth and repent in dust and ashes. 

When tragedy hits an innocent victim and we become full of self-righteousness, bitterness and doubt concerning God’s goodness, it’s completely understandable but still shows we’re not really innocent at all, but sinful. We’re still accountable to God and won’t have the excuse of being an “innocent” victim on judgment day. Like anyone else, victims have to pay for their sins in hell if they’re not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.   

Jesus said, “there is none good but one, that is, God” (Matt.19:17).This is why He came to save the lost sinner, not the so called “good” and righteous. We have no righteousness of our own. That’s why His righteousness must be transferred (imputed) to us, just as our sins had to be transferred (imputed) to Him while He was on the cross paying our sin debt (Rom.3:9-19; 4:6,8,23,24). Or else Christ died in vain!

Are some sinners worse than others? Absolutely not! That’s why Jesus said, “think ye that they were sinners above all men”……. “I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” All sins are equally terrible in God’s eyes and sin has so corrupted our nature that we must be pulled out of the fire by the force of God’s love. But if you don’t want God to “force”…. or as Scripture puts it….. “make you free,” then you’re basically saying with the wicked “we will not have this man to reign over us”(Matt.20:15, Lk.13:4,5; 19:14,27, Jn.8:36). 

So friend, would you rather for sin to have dominion over you? Do you want God to just leave you to your own unregenerate will, which is a servant (slave) of sin, but “free” from righteousness (Rom.6:20-22)? Do you want to be in bondage in hell for eternity……… as one of satan’s puppets?!  If not, then you need Jesus Christ, for “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Because there’s never been one single, truly saved person to EVER resent God’s divine intervention and there never will be. 

Sis. Lee Anne——emails are always welcome at gospel4life@live.com