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Do not be Deceived

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter 2:14-19 (KJV)

Peter make clear the way of the world. Christians who conform to the world or act like the world, talk like the world, dress like the world and practice the vile corruption that the world practices, ARE OF THE WORLD. Do not be deceived, come out from among them.

Canada’s Anglican Church reverses course, approves gay marriage – CBS News

TRUTHBOMBS: So they reversed the vote due to some voting glitch. Interesting. Well Anglican church YOU DON’T GET TO VOTE FOR KINGS! AND THE KING HAS PROCLAIMED IN HIS WORD: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:13 (KJV)  “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:27 (KJV)  GO AHEAD, TRY TO VOTE THAT OUT – HYPOCRITES!

ARTICLE: TORONTO — A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage.

However, on Tuesday – the last day of the triennial conference – some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed to pass by a single vote.Delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records, which lead to a recount. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the church then declared the resolution in favor of same-sex marriage passed, a resolution that aligns with secular Canada, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.In order for the resolution to have passed, it required two-thirds support from each of three orders – the lay, clergy and bishops.Meghan Kilty, the director of communications for the Anglican Church of Canada said Tuesday that 155 delegates voted in favor of the resolution and 68 against it, with three members abstaining from the vote. The initial result was one vote short of what was needed to pass the measure in the Anglican church – the third largest in Canada.The initial outcome on Monday night, which followed a bitter and divisive debate, stunned those on hand into silence. Some wept openly, others embraced. Some were clearly in anguish.

Before the vote recount Tuesday afternoon, Toronto’s Archbishop on Tuesday joined several other prominent clergymen who say they will bless same-sex marriages in defiance of a narrow vote by the Anglican Church of Canada not to authorize gay unions.The General Synod is held every three years, and the vote was the culmination of work that began when the last General Synod, the church’s legislative body, asked a panel to come up with a draft motion.About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican, according to Statistics Canada.The U.S. Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, is alone among Anglican bodies in approving gay marriage and has faced a backlash for its support of same-sex unions. Earlier this year, Anglican leaders temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church’s acceptance of gay marriage.Other Anglican national churches in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland have taken steps toward accepting same-sex relationships.AP

Source: Canada’s Anglican Church reverses course, approves gay marriage – CBS News

Noah’s ark of biblical proportions ready to open in Kentucky | Fox News

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. – A 510-foot-long, $100 million Noah’s ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky this week.Since its announcement in 2010, the ark project has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education and shouldn’t have won state tax incentives.”I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark.Ham said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true. The group invited media and thousands of supporters for a preview Tuesday, the first glimpse inside the giant, mostly wood structure.”People are going to come from all over the world,” Ham said to thousands of people in front of the ark.The ark will open to the public Thursday and Ham’s group has estimated it will draw 2 million visitors in its first year, putting it on par with some of the big-ticket attractions in nearby Cincinnati.The group says the ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible. Inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.The group believes that God created everything about 6,000 years ago — man, dinosaur and everything else — so dinosaurs still would’ve been around at the time of Noah’s flood. Scientists say dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared.An ark opponent who leads an atheist group called the Tri-State Freethinkers said the religious theme park will be unlike any other in the nation because of its rejection of science.”Basically, this boat is a church raising scientifically illiterate children and lying to them about science,” said Jim Helton, who lives about a half-hour from the ark.Ham said the total cost of the ark surpassed $100 million, a far cry from a few years ago, when fundraising for the boat was sluggish and much larger theme park plans had to be scaled back.Millions of people first learned about plans for the ark during a debate on evolution between TV’s Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ham in early 2014.A few weeks later, a local bond issuance infused tens of millions of dollars into struggling fundraising efforts. And earlier this year, a federal judge ruled the ark could receive a Kentucky sales tax incentive worth up to $18 million while giving a strict religious test to its employees.Months later, the tax incentive ruling still has some opponents of the boat scratching their heads.”It’s a clear violation of separation of church and state. What they’re doing is utterly ridiculous and anywhere else, I don’t think it would be allowed,” Helton said.The court ruled in January that Kentucky officials could not impose requirements on the ark that were not applied to other applicants for the tax incentive, which rebates a portion of the sales tax collected by the ark. That cleared the way for the group to seek out only Christians to fill its labor force. New applicants will be required to sign a statement saying they’re Christian and “profess Christ as their savior.”Philip Steele, one of the thousands who got an early preview of the ark Tuesday, echoed Ham’s often repeated comment that the sales tax generated by the ark wouldn’t exist if the ark was never built.”I just don’t think they understand it,” Steele said of the ark’s critics. “They’ll be able to keep a portion of (the sales tax) to further their ministry, but so be it.”When Ham was asked about the tax incentive at the Tuesday event, he drew loud cheers when he proclaimed no taxpayer money was used to the build the ark.As much of a boon as the $18 million tax break would be, Bill Nye’s agreeing to debate Ham may have helped turn the tide of years of sluggish fundraising.Nye, a high-profile science advocate and former TV personality, debated Ham on evolution and drew a huge online audience. Nye later said he didn’t realize the attention it would draw and said he was “heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”The video of the debate posted by Answers in Genesis on YouTube has 5.4 million views.About three weeks after the debate, Ham announced that a bond offering from the city of Williamstown had raised $62 million for the project, and a few months later Answers in Genesis was breaking ground at the site of the ark.

Source: Noah’s ark of biblical proportions ready to open in Kentucky | Fox News

Biblical Inerrancy

There are times that I am greatly reassured that these are the last days before the coming of the Lord. Many so called “Christians” are allowing their foundational doctrines to be eroded right out from under them without so much as a reasonable discussion. One of the doctrines is the doctrine of inerrancy. From professors to evangelist everywhere, churches are deciding that this is not a doctrine worth fighting for. All to many Christians are unprepared to logically reprove the unbelievers arguments on this doctrine. One such argument recently came across my email:

“A common saying of Jesus that inerrantists will use to support their position is found in Matthew 5:17-18. We shall see why this is problematic. In Matthew Jesus allegedly says the following:

‘Do not imagine that I have come to do away with the law or the prophets. I have come not to do away with them, but to fulfil them. I meant it when I say that, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter, not even one stroke of a letter, will disappear from the law, until everything is accomplished.’

There are three things to say in response to the inerrantist’s use of this text. First, the reasoning behind the inerrantist’s use of it is circular. In other words, the only reason they are able to claim that these verses represent “Jesus’ teaching” on scripture’s inerrancy is because they already presuppose that the Gospel of Matthew is giving an inerrant record of Jesus’ words. In other words, inerrancy is supported by the assumption of inerrancy.”

The claim is that the inerrant believer is using circular reasoning for the authority of the Bible. In other words, the Bible says it will exist perfectly forever, so it must exist forever. Or rather the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is the word of God. Church, please wake up! This is not circular reasoning! Just because a “bible agnostic” says something is circular reasoning does not mean it is. Circular reasoning (or begging the question) only applies to an arbitrary foundational principle.

What this means is this:
It does not matter who you are or where you live, 1+1=2 everywhere to everyone. This is an absolute and non-arbitrary principle. It is not circular reasoning to say “1+1=2 because if you take 1 and add another 1 you get 2.” This is a self-attesting standard. You must use the equation to prove the equation but that is not circular reasoning. If God were to speak down from heaven and say “The Bible is my word!”, that is still using God’s Word to prove God’s Word. Anything that you can use to prove God’s Word, other than God’s word is an arbitrary standard. It must come from God for the claim to be self-attesting.

The non believing errorist already believes that the Bible is not a self-attesting standard. They make a presupposition about the nature of God before even reviewing God’s Word.

They presume that God would not preserve His infallible Word and they presuppose that God would not keep his promise to preserve it. Well if God can’t do that, then how can he be God?

Just think on this:
Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? If you say yes, then you can trust what the Bible says. If you answered no, you cannot trust any part of the Bible for any teaching at all and you make God a liar because He promised to preserve His Word.

Now, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, show it to me. Not all “bibles” are created equal!

Archeologists Discover A 4000 Year Old Archeological Find Linking Allah To Lucifer And The “Harlot Religion” | Walid Shoebat

TRUTHBOMBS: HMMMMM!

4000 years old is as close as we can get to connecting how old is “Allah” as deity, his relation to the great rebellion, sex, war … everything.Amid excavations at four different ancient sites in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat in the Uşaklı Mound at the Büyük Taşlık village in Turkey there laid a cuneiform tablet unearthed after laying there for 4000 years (2,000 B.C.) The cuneiform tablet in the Sorgun district of Yozgat shows symbols of Ishtar, known as the Hittite goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality. Ishtar or “the queen of harlots” goddess was found mentioned more clearly in this cuneiform than those on any other unearthed tablets.Linking Ishtar to other archaeologic relics, also written in the same cuneiform is the Epic of Atrahasis cuneiform dating just as far back in ancient history (1700-1800 B.C.), which reveal that this ancient deity known as Ishtar and the snake beast god known as Ishtaran another name for “Allah” who is literally mentioned in the epic by name and was a transvestite (dual male and female nature).

Source: Archeologists Discover A 4000 Year Old Archeological Find Linking Allah To Lucifer And The “Harlot Religion” | Walid Shoebat

The way of the Righteous #1

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” – Isaiah 33:15-16 (KJV)

Many Christians today almost feel guilty when they try to remove sin from their lives as through it is wrong in some sense to separate from the other sinners in the world and have nothing in common with them.

This is flawed thinking. Consider the verse above from the prophet Isaiah, he makes it clear that if you are to survive the tribulations ahead, then separation from the sinners of the world is necessary.

-Stay Biblical My Friends

 

Kentucky’s ark defies science but evokes a version of Christianity – The Boston Globe

You can feel the sarcasm in this article. They say things like: “it defies science.” Yet it confirms real observational science not the fantasy land bias that evolution puts out. Only the Bible makes sense of what we really observe in the world. Such as mutations NEVER increase information in the genome, only decrease. Therefore evolution is pure fiction yet billions bet their eternal life on it.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — In the beginning, Ken Ham made the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. And he saw that it was good at spreading his belief that the Bible is a book of history, the universe is only 6,000 years old, and evolution is wrong and is leading to our moral downfall.

And Ham said, let us build a gargantuan Noah’s ark only 45 minutes away to draw millions more visitors. And let it be constructed by Amish woodworkers, and financed with donations, junk bonds, and tax rebates from the state of Kentucky. And let it hold an animatronic Noah and lifelike models of some of the creatures that came on board two-by-two, such as bears, short-necked giraffes, and juvenile Tyrannosaurus rexes.

And it was so.

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Source: Kentucky’s ark defies science but evokes a version of Christianity – The Boston Globe

Cultural Influences

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” – 1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)

What is interesting about this verse is that the tribe of Issachar could see what was going on in the world, in this particular context it was that David was taking power. Do we do this today? Do we see what is going on in the world?

In the world today, many of us just want to go about our own business and not be stressed by many of the things that are going on in the world and especially the scientific community because it requires us to think really hard on some subjects. This also stems from a common belief that faith does not require thinking.

Biblical authority is what is at the heart of everything happening in the world. Do we trust the secular scientists and politicians or do we allow God to tell us. Let make a few definitions:

  1. Biblical inerrancy: Is the bible accurate when it does speak on matters of science and when it does is it correct and trustworthy
  2. Biblical perspicuity: Is the bible clear and easy enough to be understood at face value.

The gospel message depends on things like the reality of Adam and Creation, and the fall in order for there to be redemption. If fossils are 100s of millions of years old then there was death of man before the fall. If death is not the consequence for sin then why do we need the resurrection? Christians are deciding to believe some of the Bible, a Bible a-la-cart theology.

More than anywhere else in the world, America has been blessed with more Christian ministries and education groups. Is our society getting better or worse? Is the church influencing culture or is Culture influencing the Church?

We see our culture through our experiences and it shapes our moral principles whether correct or not. We figuratively say to ourselves “My culture is right because we are so prosperous (one culture out of many), or freer, or smarter…etc.” In other words we say to ourselves “My culture has made me so prosperous that it must be the right/true culture.” These first principles, whether right or wrong, become the basis through which we interpret information, including the scriptures. But this scream to us: “WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE?”

So we Americans do this all the time with scripture and not realize it. Here are a few questions to examine through our cultural lens:

  1. Do I feel a sense of success if I die and nobody knows my name but more people have come to Christ? In a success obsessed culture such as ours, we place ourselves higher on the glory rendering platform then our Lord.
  2. Do I believe God wants me to succeed, or does God want more people to know Jesus? Your definition of success will be influenced by your cultural influences. God’s definition of success is probably much different than ours. Who do you think is right?
  3. Do we compartmentalize ourselves into different people? That is work is separate from family, separate from religious beliefs and social clubs. In the West, corporations train people that work is not family and family is not work so do not bring your personal problems to work. This teaches us have a dual personality and to even prioritize our life. I mean life! That business would come before living or health or family.

Our culture may influence how we answer these questions particularly on how we define success or how a person is valued in society. Today’s culture in the West shows that people are valued by their productivity instead of just their being. This has taught generations of children that they only have extrinsic value and not intrinsic value and why more people treat other people as tools for their personal success instead of as the image of God.

While the Bible tells Christians to be salt and light in a world of darkness (Matthew 5:13), what is actually happening is the opposite. Christians are becoming more like the world. Almost daily there are news stories of ministers being charged with sexually related crimes and even violence. Are we imitating the world or is the world imitating us?

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3 (KJV)