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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

HARD HEARTS IN THE SOVEREIGN GRACE MINISTRIES LAWSUIT-(NOT THE PLAINTIFFS)

Brent Detwiler http://www.brentdetwiler.com/brentdetwilercom/what-kind-of-hard-heart-by-matt-redmond.html, offers a list of manifestations of hard heartedness in the SGM lawsuit by Matt Redmond:

Posted: 03 Jun 2013 07:33 AM PDT
What Kind of Hard Heart?
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Matt Redmond


“His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.” – Job 41:24

What kind of hard heart are we witnessing in the SGM abuse scandal?

What kind of hard heart sides easily with a wealthy pastor against those who suffered at the hands of sexual abusers under his watch and then does so in the name of the One Who had no place to lay his head?

What kind of hard heart winks at a pastor who demanded an accountability of pastors and then ran from it to a church outside of his network of churches?

What kind of hard heart says we must not believe the accuser against the sexual abuser till all the evidence is put forward?

What kind of hard heart publicly says a pastor has not even been accused of wrongdoing when the truth is the very opposite for all those who are curious enough to see?

What kind of hard heart wants the statute of limitations to be in effect and not hear the evidence from 11 plaintiffs presented?

What kind of hard heart needs it to happen to them or their own children before they speak out?

What kind of hard heart says, “we will not go to the civil authorities for the sake of the abused” and then is relieved when the civil authorities dismiss a case in favor of the alleged abuser?

What kind of hard heart goes and preaches in the pulpit of the accused and seeks no audience with the accusers?

What kind of hard heart refuses to listen and then says those who would cry out for justice and help are divisive and gossips?

What kind of hard heart could read the Second Amended Complaint and not think the leader of such an organization should step out of the limelight?

What kind of heart is so hardened it would publicly insult the blogs that have given a voice to the sexually abused while publicly embracing one who is accused of conspiring to cover up and silence the abused?

What kind of hard heart are we witnessing?

POPE FRANCIS CANONIZES 800 SAINTS FROM FIFTEENTH CENTURY & FIRST SAINT OF COLOMBIA

As reported by the Daily Mail UKhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323410/Thousands-pack-St-Peters-Square-Pope-Francis-canonises-800-Italian-saints-slaughtered-refusing-convert-Islam.html#ixzz2TJH6Ni00?utm_source=June+2013&utm_campaign=June+Newsletter&utm_medium=email:

    Thousands pack St Peter's Square as Pope Francis 

canonizes 800 Italian saints who were slaughtered 

for refusing to convert to Islam.

    Nuns place relics of the new saints on the altar during a canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican:
                                               
  • Pope Francis made the sainthoods in his first canonization ceremony today.
  • The canonizations were approved by his predecessor Benedict XVI. 
  • Vatican seemed at pains not to allow it to be interpreted as anti-Islamic.
  • The first pontiff from South America also gave Colombia its first saint.



ROMAN CATHOLIC POPE FRANCIS JOINS COPTIC ORTHODOX POPE TAWADROS OF EGYPT IN ECUMENICAL UNITY

From Vatican News: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-welcomes-egypts-coptic-orthodox-pope?utm_source=June+2013&utm_campaign=June+Newsletter&utm_medium=email.


Pope Francis welcomes Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros

2013-05-10 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, telling him the future of Egypt and the role of its Christian communities finds a deep echo in the heart of the entire Catholic world.
Pope Tawadros of Alexandria, who heads the largest Christian Church in the Middle East, is currently making a five day visit to Rome, his first outside Egypt since his enthronement last November. He’s due to hold talks with Vatican and Italian officials, as well as celebrating together with the various Coptic communities here in Italy.Friday’s meeting between the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox popes comes 40 years to the day after the first historic encounter between Pope Paul VI and Tawadros’ predecessor, Shenouda III, who signed a joint statement pledging the two Churches to the search for reconciliation and unity.
In his speech to Pope Francis, Tawadros proposed that May 10th each year should be marked as a day of celebration between the two communities. He also invited the successor of St Peter to visit his Church, founded by St Mark the Evangelist around the middle of the 1st century.
Following the papal audience, Philippa Hitchen spoke to the Coptic leader and asked for his impressions of the meeting…
Listen:  
Please find below the full text of Pope Francis' address to Pope Tawadros and his delegation:
Your Holiness,
Dear Brothers in Christ, For me it is a great joy and a truly graced moment to be able to receive all of you here, at the tomb of Saint Peter, as we recall that historic meeting forty years ago between our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and the late Pope Shenouda III, in an embrace of peace and fraternity, after centuries of mutual distrust. So it is with deep affection that I welcome Your Holiness and the distinguished members of your delegation, and I thank you for your words. Through you, I extend my cordial greetings in the Lord to the bishops, the clergy, the monks and the whole Coptic Orthodox Church.
Today’s visit strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood that already exist between the See of Peter and the See of Mark, heir to an inestimable heritage of martyrs, theologians, holy monks and faithful disciples of Christ, who have borne witness to the Gospel from generation to generation, often in situations of great adversity. Forty years ago the Common Declaration of our predecessors represented a milestone on the ecumenical journey, and from it emerged a Commission for Theological Dialogue between our Churches, which has yielded good results and has prepared the ground for a broader dialogue between the Catholic Church and the entire family of Oriental Orthodox Churches, a dialogue that continues to bear fruit to this day. In that solemn Declaration, our Churches acknowledged that, in line with the apostolic traditions, they profess “one faith in the One Triune God” and “the divinity of the Only-begotten Son of God ... perfect God with respect to his divinity, perfect man with respect to his humanity”. They acknowledged that divine life is given to us and nourished through the seven sacraments and they recognized a mutual bond in their common devotion to the Mother of God.
We are glad to be able to confirm today what our illustrious predecessors solemnly declared, we are glad to recognize that we are united by one Baptism, of which our common prayer is a special expression, and we long for the day when, in fulfilment of the Lord’s desire, we will be able to communicate from the one chalice.Of course we are well aware that the path ahead may still prove to be long, but we do not want to forget the considerable distance already travelled, which has taken tangible form in radiant moments of communion, among which I am pleased to recall the meeting in February 2000 in Cairo between Pope Shenouda III and Blessed John Paul II, who went as a pilgrim, during the Great Jubilee, to the places of origin of our faith. I am convinced that – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – our persevering prayer, our dialogue and the will to build communion day by day in mutual love will allow us to take important further steps towards full unity.
Your Holiness, I am aware of the many marks of attention and fraternal charity that you have shown, since the early days of your ministry, to the Catholic Coptic Church, to its Pastor, Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak and to his predecessor, Cardinal Antonios Naguib. The institution of a “National Council of Christian Churches”, which you strongly desired, represents an important sign of the will of all believers in Christ to develop relations in daily life that are increasingly fraternal and to put themselves at the service of the whole of Egyptian society, of which they form an integral part. Let me assure you that your efforts to build communion among believers in Christ, and your lively interest in the future of your country and the role of the Christian communities within Egyptian society find a deep echo in the heart of the Successor of Peter and of the entire Catholic community. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together” (1 Cor 12:26). This is a law of the Christian life, and in this sense we can say that there is also an ecumenism of suffering: just as the blood of the martyrs was a seed of strength and fertility for the Church, so too the sharing of daily sufferings can become an effective instrument of unity. And this also applies, in a certain sense, to the broader context of society and relations between Christians and non-Christians: from shared suffering can blossom forth forgiveness and reconciliation, with God’s help.
Your Holiness, in assuring you of my prayers that the whole flock entrusted to your pastoral care may be ever faithful to the Lord’s call, I invoke the protection of both Saint Peter and Saint Mark: may they who during their lifetime worked together in practical ways for the spread of the Gospel, intercede for us and accompany the journey of our Churches.


"HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM THE NEW AGE & SPIRITUAL DECEPTION"-NEW BOOK BY BERIT KJOS


EW BOOK RELEASE FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS PUBLISHING

Tempting voices beckon to children everywhere. Schools, movies, music, and books all sound the call: "Come, dream, trust Self, create your own reality, build a new world. Anything goes, for sin and guilt exist only in the minds of the antiquated 'religious."'
Unlearning "the old ways" is key to contemporary "education" and global transformation. Both educators and globalist leaders seem determined to banish God's moral and spiritual foundations. Consequently, they invite chaos rather than unity -- coercion instead of freedom -- war and violence instead of peace. One of their more effective tactics is simply to manipulate the child's imagination and mold it to fit today's anti-Christian illusion of a better world with freedom to explore what once was forbidden.
How can we equip our children to take a stand and avoid deception? How can we help them escape the pressure to compromise? And how can we train them to say no to all the spiritual seductions that ultimately bring grief and corruption?
There is an answer! We can can equip our children with Truth, warn them of the alluring power of deception, and teach them how to remain strong and steadfast in Christ. The challenges ahead will surely test their faith, so let us pray that they will hear and heed -- rejecting today's tempting evils and delighting in what is true and good.
"Thanks be to God,
Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
 1 Corinthians 15:57
Exposes the assault on Christianity and the global plan to transform society through the minds of our children
How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual DeceptionEureka, MT –June 4, 2013 - Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the release of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception written by Berit Kjos.
Book Information:
ISBN: 978-0-9846366-3-1
336 pages, softbound
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Table of Contents 
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Our children are being targeted for spiritual deception. Parents must be proactive in protecting and equipping them. THIS BOOK WILL SHOW YOU HOW. 

OVERVIEWTEMPTING VOICES BECKON to children everywhere. Schools, movies, music, and books all sound the call: “Come, dream, trust Self, you are divine, create your own reality, build a new world. Anything goes, for sin and guilt exist only in the minds of the antiquated ‘religious.’”
“Unlearning the old ways” is key to this global transformation. Today’s assault on biblical Christianity is fast undermining God’s moral and spiritual boundaries. It invites chaos rather than unity—coercion instead of freedom—war and violence instead of peace—and ultimately overtakes today’s children with the plan to turn them into “progressive” transformation leaders of tomorrow.
How can we equip our children so they do not become spiritually deceived and fall into this world-wide agenda? And how can we teach them to have the courage to say no to seductive enticements? There is an answer! We can teach our children to know Truth, so they will discern the counterfeit. And we can teach them how to spot the New Age/New Spirituality and to understand the serious implications that occur when it is embraced.
Author Bio: Berit Kjos is a respected researcher, the author of many books and magazine articles, and a concerned parent (and grandparent)Berit Kjoswho has extensively studied religious trends, today’s social changes, the roots and branches of the United Nations, the rising worldwide management system, and—most alarming of all—the transformation of the church. Berit first became aware of New Age and occult influences in our society at a 1974 conference on holistic health. As a registered nurse, she was interested in methods of healing but soon discovered that the occult powers found in New Age methods brought bondage instead of true healing.
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Chapter by Chapter Synopsis
1: Children at Risk
This generation of children is being drawn into the New Age/New Spirituality, and it is happening right under parents’ noses. While some of us grieve the real-world consequences of this cultural revolution, a rising chorus of voices is now demanding acceptance of today’s paradigm shift.
2: The Armor of God
How can we “put on” the armor of God and how can we teach our children to wear it? In a world where public schools, television, movies, and popular music offer tempting counterfeits of what God promises, there is only one safe place for our children: in the loving arms of the Shepherd.
3: Schools & the War on Christianity
The New Age is in our public schools, and Christianity is its enemy. Through textbooks, educational associations, and government agendas, Christianity has been eradicated out of the school system. Secular humanism and Marxism have replaced morality and biblical values. Six strategies are being used to instill these replacements into the lives of countless school-age children. Indoctrinating students with diverse beliefs, socialist values, utopian dreams, and idealized love leads to deception, disillusionment, corruption, and chaos.
4: What Can Parents Do About the War on Christianity?
Practical, point by point biblical and effective advice on how to teach and equip your children to love and follow the Lord, to abide in His Word, to recognize spiritual deception, and to know how to stand courageously in an increasingly corrupt and lost world.
5: Schools & the Promotion of Corrupting Values
The values being taught in today’s public schools are more and more based, not on biblical values, but rather on immoral anti-biblical ones such as abortion, homosexuality, sex education, and evolution through “values clarification.” Values clarification is neutral, say public education change agents, since every value is as valid as any other. Yet at the same time, they hold to the belief that there are no absolute values—thereby contradicting their claim to a neutral unbiased position.
6: How to Guard Your Child Against Corrupting Values
How can you teach your child to love God and love His values as well? This chapter gives some guidelines on how to do that. For example, show your own enthusiasm and commitment to knowing and hearing God speak to you through His Word. And practice living God’s truth together as you play games, eat meals, participate in sports, ride in the car, and share your resources with others. Also a list of several things you should discuss with your child that will help teach him or her the meaning and importance of God’s values.
7: Schools & New Age Globalism
Behind these classroom efforts to win the minds of the youth is the dream of a global one-world system. To inspire a consciousness explosion, many New Age leaders are determined to win a “critical mass” of minds. Children will be the prime target of such “missionary” efforts, and schools will be their greatest battlefield. Through myth-making, “facilitated dialogue,” and delight in pleasing delusions, our children are blinded to the disturbing changes in the real world. Meanwhile, suicide among youth is accelerating–the fruit of this transformational agenda.
8: What Can Parents Do About New Age Globalism?
Some of this chapter’s ideas include: help your child to see that his identity is in Christ (and what that means), incorporate a family Bible-reading program, and help your child to understand the differences between biblical and anti-biblical leadership. Under the heading “Guard Against Influences Opposing God” are the following questions: “Does your child’s school sensationalize or exaggerate the problems and dangers of global pollution, overpopulation, and global warming? Do they use these suggestions to promote a planned political agenda?”
9: The Mind-Changing Visual Messages in Movies
Children are continuously exposed to an onslaught of counterfeit messages. Movies that appear innocent and wholesome often have subtle, yet powerful, messages that negate the truths of the Bible. Using case examples of some of today’s most popular shows (even among Christians) such as Lion King, Atlantis, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, Berit shows the underlying messages of many of today’s secular films that are changing the way our children think and behave.
10: How to Guard Against Mind-Changing Messages
The pressure on parents to give in is often insurmountable. Your child has friends who are allowed to see the movies, so why can’t he? That isn’t fair, your child insists. What can a parent do? You need to have a practical as well as biblical plan. This chapter offers several suggestions.
11: Shameless Corruption Through Television and Digital Media
It isn’t just the obvious shows and media that distort our children’s values. More often, it is the hidden messages that cause the most damage. Looks at key categories and considers how the media messages mold young minds. Experimenting with magic, laughing at religion, pursuing a new world order, and embracing horror and the paranormal are all part of the methodology of changing our children’s minds.
12: Guarding Against Corruption in Television & Digital Media
Berit tells parents how they can train their children to discern between truth and spiritual deception. One way is to teach your child to ask him or herself certain questions about particular shows and games such as: Do one or more of the characters play the role of God? Do some of these superheroes and gods, such as He-man and Superman, seem greater and more real than God?

13: Twisting the Imagination Through Toys & Games
Today’s toy stores are packed with violence, magic, and New Age toys and games. Berit uses case examples such as Pok√©mon and Power Rangers to show how the New Age maxim “as above, so below” (“God” in everything) is the “fruit” of so many of today’s toys and games. Yet, few recognize the dark occult nature behind their ancient formulas.
14: Protecting Your Child From Harmful Toys & Games
Know what questions to ask your child to help him make the right choices (between that which is evil and that which is good). Give him the kind of training that he can take into adulthood. Train your child to follow God, not peers, no matter what the cost.
15: Immoral & Occult Suggestions in Books & Magazines
Children are being taught to love the occult. Berit shows how sensuality, a hunger for the occult, and a desensitizing of values are being aroused through books such as the vampire Twilight series and Harry Potter.
16: How to Guard Against Immorality & the Occult
To prove that our God is far greater than the plethora of alternatives, our lives must demonstrate to our children faith in the midst of difficulties. Practical ideas are included such as: Keeping an up-to-date church library and encouraging other families to support and use it, being alert to what your child’s peers are reading, and enjoying books together that demonstrate God’s values.
17: When Popular Music Becomes Obscene & Immoral
From hypnotic repetitive beats in New Age and contemplative music to the violent occultic music of bands like Marilyn Manson, music entices the soul. But there is also the more subtle music that lures your children into a sensually seductive world. Also talks about the huge influence Bono has had, even among many Christian kids.
18: What Can Parents Do About Seductive Mind-Changing Music?
Teach your children to “renew their minds” with truth, avoid compromising suggestions and situations, and trust and follow the Holy Spirit. Practical tips on how to teach your child to choose good music and also on what you, as a parent, can do to protect your child from harmful music.
19: Mystical New Age Thrills Enticing Children
Eastern-style New Age mysticism is coming at children from every direction today. And the roots of this meditation-promoting spirituality are panentheistic (God is in all) and interspiritual (all paths lead to God). Shows the underlying occultism that is enticing children, even in the classroom. It’s all part of a diabolical scheme to turn hearts and minds from God.
20: How to Guard Against Mystical New Age Thrills
Help your child to understand the nature of the New Age and spiritual deception. Remember, this is a spiritual war! Don’t let him or her go into the world unequipped. Berit also gives a 10-point test to use for determining when a media (movie, book, music) is actually Christian or not. A valuable tool.
21: Becoming Aware of Spiritual Deception in the Church
The minds of our youth are being reshaped to fit the postmodern world (and the postmodern emerging church). Parents need to be prepared and be educated or they will witness their children being snatched out of the arms of faith. Never has there been as much of a need for this preparation as there is today.
Afterword: The First and Final Deception
What we are experiencing today is a synthesis of the “I am God” ideology and accelerating occult activity. What should Christian families do? Should we hide ourselves and our loved ones from the world’s charms and ills, or should we shine our light, work while it is day, and speak the truth in love and with boldness? We need to show our children how to be in the world but not of the world.
Appendix: Leading Your Child to Receive Christ as Savior and Lord
Without your child having a true genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, he or she will definitely succumb to the pressures of this world. This is the foundation of their spiritual lives. The biblical suggestions in this Appendix will offer a basic guideline for parents.


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