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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CHRISTIANS WARN UPCOMING "SHACK" MOVIE DEPICTING GOD AS WOMAN COULD "FAR OUTWEIGH" HARM OF THE NOVEL

 
CHRISTIANS WARN UPCOMING "SHACK" MOVIE DEPICTING GOD AS WOMAN COULD "FAR OUTWEIGH" HARM OF THE NOVEL 
BY HEATHER CLARK
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
 Christian leaders who have issued warnings about William P. 
Young’s bestselling novel “The Shack,” which portrays God as a woman and
 espouses universalist beliefs, state that if the scheduled national 
film release is faithful to the text of the book, its distribution could
 “far outweigh” the harm already done to souls through the printed page.
“If the film is a faithful portrayal of the events and the theology of the book, then every Christian should be gravely alarmed at the further advance of beliefs that smear the evangelical understanding of the truth of the Bible,” James B. DeYoung, author of “Burning Down the Shack: How the ‘Christian’ Bestseller is Deceiving Millions” and an acquaintance of Young, told Christian News Network.
As previously reported, “The Shack,” released in 2007, is stated to have sold approximately 20 million copies and has been translated into 39 languages. In 2013, Lionsgate Entertainment obtained the rights to turn the book into a film, which is now scheduled to be released in March 2017 and is currently being promoted nationwide.
“The Shack” tells the story of a man named Mackenzie “Mack” Phillips who faces a crisis while on a family vacation as his youngest daughter Missy is abducted and presumably killed in an abandoned shack. Years later, the grieving father receives a note from “Papa,” who tells Phillips that it has “been a while” and to meet up at the shack the following weekend.

Reluctantly, Phillips returns to the site, where he meets the Godhead, portrayed as what Young calls a “fat black woman,” a young Asian woman named Sarayu, and a carpenter named Jesus. Together, they seek to help Phillips deal with his faltering faith and to learn to forgive.
The film features Octavia Spencer as “Papa,” who is asked blatantly by Phillips, played by Sam Worthington, “Where were you when I needed you?” Sumire Matsubara plays the Holy Spirit, portrayed in the book as Sarayu.
Schimmel
“Young’s pretentious caricature of God as a heavy set, cushy, non-judgmental, African American woman called ‘Papa’ (who resembles the New Age Oprah Winfrey far more than the one true God revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ—Hebrews 1:1-3), and his depiction of the Holy Spirit as a frail Asian woman with the Hindu name, Sarayu, lends itself to a dangerous and false image of God and idolatry,” Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California and host of the documentary “Hollywood’s War on God,” told Christian News Network.

Schimmel preached a message at his church entitled “The Shack and the Seduction of the Church,” which he is currently making available as a warning to Christians.
DeYoung
DeYoung says that he knew Young well prior to the book’s release, and personally witnessed Young’s slide into universalism—a belief that everyone will eventually go to Heaven, and that any punishment will only be temporal.
“In 2004, [Young] prepared and released a 103-page document for our M3 Forum in which he rejected his ‘evangelical paradigm’ and embraced universal reconciliation (UR),” he explained. “He has never renounced the particulars of universal reconciliation, [and] he refuses to say that other world religions are in error in their assessment of Jesus as the unique Son of God.”
Schimmel noted that Young has made similar statements in public interviews, denying that God will pour out his wrath on unrepentant sinners, as well as the fact that Christ took God’s wrath as the substitutionary atonement for the wicked.
“Tragically, these heresies are reflected in the aberrant fictional theology presented in The Shack. These are not mere trivial matters but strike at the very heart of God’s character and the gospel that saves our eternal souls,” he said.
Schimmel warned that such depictions, much like the children of Israel who forged a golden calf, create a god in man’s image.
“Jesus warned of a time, after His ascension, that some of His servants would conclude that He was delaying His coming and would also live wicked lives (Luke 12:45). Sadly, as we await our Lord’s return from heaven, many are guilty of fashioning images of God that they find more accommodating to their desires and chosen lifestyles and calling these gods ‘Yahweh,'” he said.
Young encouraged Christians to ask themselves key questions about the film’s content.
“My word to the viewers of the movie ‘The Shack’ is this: If they confess to be Christians, they should pay close attention to the statements made by the actors and ask themselves: Does this theology agree with the Bible and Christian doctrine? Or, is it more in line with the old distortions of the truth that Christians have identified as heresy as early as the Council of Constantinople in 533?” he said. “Contrary to UR, 2,000 years of Church history cannot be wrong.”
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Thirteen Heresies in The Shack (From Joe Schimmel)

by Dr. Michael Youssef
1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.
Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).
2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.
The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).
3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.
Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).
4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.
Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).
5. God will never judge people for their sins.
The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).
6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.
The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).
7. God submits to human wishes and choices.
Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).
8. Justice will never take place because of love.
The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).
9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.
Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).
10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.
Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).
12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.
Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).
13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.
The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God’s words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation.
 

OBAMA DEPLOYS TANKS, ARTILLERY TO EUROPE TO COUNTER RUSSIAN "AGGRESSION"~OBAMA WANTS TO LEAVE TRUMP A MESS

 U.S. Deploys Tanks, Artillery to Europe to Counter Russian "Aggression"
OBAMA DEPLOYS TANKS, ARTILLERY TO EUROPE TO COUNTER RUSSIAN "AGGRESSION" 
 Other storage facilities in Belgium, Germany and Poland set for re-opening
BY CLIFFORD CUNNINGHAM
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
 
The United States has begun moving 1,600 armored vehicles to a Cold War-era storage depot in the Netherlands as part of President Obama’s continued strategy to “deter Russian aggression” in Europe.
The military vehicles are set to be stored at a multi-building warehouse complex in the southeastern Dutch village of Eygelshoven.
The armored force is expected to comprise M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers.

The complex, opened in 1985, previously served as a base for American troops to train for a possible invasion of Europe by the Soviet Union.
The latest plan to build-up the number of military vehicles in Europe is part of a $3.4 billion program approved by Congress under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Additional storage sites are set for reopening in Belgium, Germany, and Poland.
The United States and NATO have placed blame for the military buildup in Europe squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his supposed plans for expansion.
“When visiting the Baltic states, I experienced this for myself,” said General Tom Middendorp, chief of defense for the Netherlands. “Standing there, near the Russian border, you could feel the tense atmosphere.”
“NATO’s [systematic] efforts have been changing the very essence of the military security in the regions which are adjacent to the Russian border,” said Aleksandr Grushko, Russia’s Permanent Representative to NATO, during an interview in October in response to NATO exercises in Montenegro.
Ongoing steps by NATO to buildup forces in Eastern Europe are “some sort of project that not only does not correspond to the common European security interests, but goes against them,” he added.
While the storage facility in the Netherlands does not lie near the Russian border, the United States and Poland recently announced the accelerated deployment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team to the Polish city of Zagan; in addition, a new brigade will be deployed to the Polish city of Orzysz, near the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
The deployment, announced following a meeting between Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, comes as the Obama administration and NATO rush to move additional troops into Europe prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Trump has made no secret of his hope to improve relations with Russia.

 

POLAND OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES JESUS CHRIST AS KING; POLES DEFY ISLAM TO PRESERVE THEIR COUNTRY

 A CATHOLIC JESUS CHRIST, NOT THE BIBLICAL; 
BUT MOVEMENT TO IGNORE POPE, CHURCH HIERARCHY & GLOBALISTS WELL UNDER WAY
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POLAND OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES JESUS CHRIST 
AS KING 
BY ALEX NEWMAN
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
 
In the presence of Polish President Andrzei Duda and other top officials from both church and state, Jesus Christ was officially recognized as the King of Poland in a Catholic ceremony. Declared to be Poland's Lord and Savior, the Messiah was asked to rule over the Polish nation, its people, and its government. The ceremony was held last month at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow and then repeated at churches across Poland, marking the 1050th anniversary of the nation's Christianity. The congregation also renounced the devil and all his evil works.
Of course, as more than a few church leaders pointed out, the ceremony did not actually “make” Christ the King of Poland. That is because, in the Christian worldview, Jesus Christ is already King of kings, as well as King over all His creation. So, instead of actually “making” Jesus the King, the Polish ceremony enthroning Christ recognized that sovereignty, with the formalities being described by officials and celebrants as a sign of the willing submission of Poland and its people to the rule of Christ. The ceremony was also not intended to, and could not, add to Jesus' honor or power, religious leaders cautioned. Throughout the mass, though, Christ was asked to rule over every aspect of Polish life.

The people and their leaders prayed for Christ to reign. “Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year 1050 anniversary of the Baptism of the Polish people, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, here we Poles bow our heads before you, King of the Universe, together with the authorities, clergy and laity, to acknowledge your reign and dominion over Poland, those living in our homeland and throughout the world,” Poland declared at the ceremony. “We surrender to Thy law, entrust and take you to our homeland and the whole nation.... We confess before heaven and earth, that your reign we need.... Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us Christ!”
During the ceremony, Jesus was asked by the clergy and those attending to forgive their sin individually and as a nation. In particular, they asked to be forgiven for turning away from the faith and for not loving God and other people. “We renounce the devil and all his works,” they added.
The Poles and their religious and governmental leaders also asked Jesus to rule over everything. “In our hearts, rule us, Christ! In our families, rule us, Christ! In our schools and universities, rule us, Christ!  Through the Polish nation, rule us, Christ!” they asked. “We pledge to defend your holy worship and preach Thy royal glory, Christ our King, we promise! We entrust the Polish people and Polish leaders to you. Make them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with your laws ... rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation — for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind.”
The principle celebrant of the mass was Krakow’s Catholic Cardinal, Stanislaw Dziwisz. Before the mass began, he spoke, as well. “We would like to invite Him into our hearts and families, to our communities and environments,” Cardinal Dziwisz was quoted as saying. “We want to invite him for all that Poland is. Do not be afraid of such an act. Jesus Christ takes nothing away from us, and gives everything. His reign threatens no one, because it is expressed through love, which was crucified.”
Other top clerics offered more insight into the significance of it all. “The only Ruler of states, nations and the whole of creation, the King of kings and Lord of rulers, we entrust your Polish and Polish rulers,” Archbishop Stanislaw GÄ…decki, president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, was quoted as saying. He also asked Jesus to make all those in power exercise it fairly and for governments to operate in line with the laws of Christ the King. The archbishop, who leads the Polish Bishop's Conference, also asked for Christ's mercy, especially on Poles “who do not follow your ways.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Bishop Andrzej Czaja explained that the effort was not a declaration of Christ as King, “because He is King.” “His kingdom is not of this earth, and his dominion is over the whole universe,” the bishop added, saying people should recognize Christ's reign over the entire creation and should also submit to His law.
The main ceremony took place on November 19, one day before the Catholic feast of Christ the King. But the historic event in Krakow, which was largely ignored outside Poland by the secular media, was inspired by what is said to have been a divine revelation given to a Polish nurse. According to Fr. Paul McDonald, writing in Rorate Caeli: “The providential and proximate origin of the act is to be found in revelations received, or said to be received, by the Servant of God Rosalia Zelkova.”
Zelkova, the nurse, reportedly said that Christ asked to be formally enthroned as King by the Polish Nation, “and not just in the hearts of the Poles, in a particular manner, and this would have saved Poland in the war that was coming,” McDonald said. And while neither church nor government leaders supported the idea fifty years ago — or even as recently as a decade ago — much has changed since then as Poland becomes increasingly religious and conservative following decades of ruthless communist oppression.  
The Catholic site ChurchMilitant.com also said the act was consistent with a 1925 encyclical by Pope Pius XI. “Once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony,” the Pontiff wrote at the time. The website also noted that Peru, under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, had  recently been officially consecrated to Christ as well.
Numerous lawmakers and senior officials commented on the ceremony, saying Poland needed to hold fast to its faith and its traditions. Despite generations of savage communist totalitarianism, the people of Poland remained firm in their faith. Polls show close to 90 percent of Poles identify as Catholic, and about two thirds of those regularly attend church services. Most of the rest of the population is either Orthodox or Protestant, with less than one percent of the population practicing Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism. Poland has also resisted EU efforts to force member nations to accept the mass Islamic immigration, which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said was orchestrated by a “treasonous conspiracy” to undermine Christianity, the West, and the nation-state.
Some critics opposed to moral absolutes blasted the ceremony. The far-left "Vice News," for example, said “it's another step the conservative government has taken towards forcing outdated morals on the Polish people.” However, officials and religious leaders said the ceremony was not about imposing anything on anyone, or coercion. And as The New American reported late last year, the Polish people voted so overwhelmingly for their conservative leadership that, for the first time since World War II, not a single left-wing lawmaker remained in Parliament.
With the Soviet regime and its puppets in Eastern Europe ostensibly having collapsed, Poland's Christian traditions and laws have been under growing threat from the Brussels-based European Union instead. Polish laws protecting unborn children, for example, have been under relentless assault by the EU and all of its organs of power. Separately, marriage and the family have also been under relentless siege, with increasingly radicalized EU leaders trying to re-define — or un-define — marriage across the entire bloc, using any means possible. Even pro-homosexual groups with documented pro-pedophilia connections have been showered with EU tax money.
Many Christians around the world, and particularly Catholics, rejoiced at the news out of Poland. However, despite its significance, the national event was barely reported outside Poland, with the exception of Christian and alternative media outlets in the United States. Instead, it seems the establishment media across the United States and Europe were too busy manufacturing fake outrage over alleged “fake news” to notice or care. At least one globalist EU propaganda organ, though, publicly worried that Atheists and Muslims might be deported from Poland now. Lawmakers from the ruling party have ridiculed and downplayed the concerns.
But while Christ may be officially the King of Poland (and all creation), in the United States and what was long known as Christendom — not to mention communist and Islamic countries — Christianity is under massive attack. Indeed, research and studies have documented a fierce hostility to Christianity and Christians by the ruling establishment. Professors George Yancey and David Williamson, sociologists at the University of North Texas, presented their findings recently in the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? Of course, the Bible and Jesus predicted that Christians and the Truth would be hated by the world, so the findings are hardly surprising. Ironically, though, Christianity has always tended to spread even more quickly in the face of persecution.
The Conference of Polish Bishops noted that the official enthronement of Christ as King of Poland last month is “not the culmination, but the beginning of the work of enthronement of Jesus Christ in Poland and the Polish nation.” What the formal enthronement of Christ as King of Poland might mean for policy remains to be seen.

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Poland against Islam in Wroclaw


Preparing for Invasion: Poland's Paramilitary 

Weekend Warriors

THE LATEST APOSTASY: CHURCH NERF WARS TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

nerf 
PROVIDING A HOLIDAY DIVERSION FROM SHOPPING OR THINKING ABOUT THE HEAVY THINGS LIKE SIN AND THE NEED FOR A SAVIOR, PERHAPS?
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"NERFING FOR BABY JESUS"? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
AT CHRISTMAS, THE GOSPEL NEEDS A BOOST! HOW?
VOILA! A NEW REVELATION: 
The benefits of foam to foam Nerf battle combat can be an aid to church growth, and in bridging the gap between church and the secular community, for mutual understanding? How Loving!?
HOW THEN WOULD JESUS NERF? 
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 TheZone
 OH PASTOR! 
PLEASE DON'T SHOOT THE HYPER-CRITICAL, EVEN THOUGH YOUR SERMONS NEVER HIT THE MARK!
NO CURSE WORDS, NOW; 
JUST BLESS THEM WITH BULLETS 
AT THIS HOLY TIME OF THE YEAR

PASTOR & CHURCH SECRETARY "HAVE IT OUT" DURING EXHAUSTING SERMON PREPARATION; 
RELIEVING THE (SEXUAL) TENSION THAT SEPARATE OFFICES DON'T RELIEVE:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 
Proverbs 22:6 
SPECIAL OPS/BASIC TRAINING FOR 
"SPIRITUAL" WARFARE?
TRAINING FOR THE REAL THING, OH YES!
 NERF WAR UNDER BLACK LIGHT OR JUST EMERGENCY LIGHTING; YOU CHOOSE WHAT'S APPROPRIATE FOR THE AGE BRACKET. THE RAP MUSIC JUST MAKES CHURCH MORE "COOL" (SCREENED FOR PROFANITIES):
 OTHER CHURCHES GLORIFYING JESUS CHRIST IN THEIR OWN PERVERTED WAY:
EXCERPT: 
“Anyone who thinks that NERF is glorifying violence, anyone who is concerned about guns with youth, anyone who thinks that church should be more serious … There is a whole set of people from different angles who may not like this,” said Reed.
Reed said that these wars give the chance for teaching opportunities – even aside from the spiritual aspects.
“It shows us how to respect one another, how to respect other people’s property, how to respect our own property.”
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WHEN WILL THE CHURCHES COME OUT OF DEEP DENIAL AND FACE THE REAL SPIRITUAL BATTLES, WITH THE REAL ENEMY? 
 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12