February 28, 2013
By: Heather Clark
Ottawa, Ontario The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime.
On Wednesday, ‘the court upheld the conviction‘ of activist William Whatcott, who found himself in hot water after distributing flyers regarding the Bibleâs prohibitions against homosexuality throughout the Saskatoon and Regina neighborhoods in 2001 and 2002. Continue reading
Reformed theologyÂ is associated with the Institutes of John Calvin and the definition and even redefinition of Calvin’s ideas by his later followers led by Theodore Beza at The Remonstrance of Dort in Holland. It is a theology of the 16th century reformers who recognized the evils of Rome and attempted to remove the unbiblical rituals and traditions from Christianity. They adopted the state church system, including infant baptism, thus replacing a Roman Catholic state church with a Protestant one. As with Roman Catholicism, Calvin followed the Latin Vulgate more than the original Greek and Hebrew and like the papacy he subscribed to patristic as well as apostolic authority. He saw the church fathers, especially Augustine, as a source of doctrinal authority in addition to the New Testament. Philosophically, Reformed theology has more in common with Islam than with Judeo-Christian thought because of its European version of the Muslim belief “Inja allah” – everything that happens is the perfect will of the creator. Thus in Calvinism, as opposed to scriptural Christianity, God creates certain people to go to hell to be eternally tortured and thus God, not Satan, becomes the author of death and evil. Continue reading
A Japanese translation of âHannukahâ is now available from the Online Sermons page.
Please click here to view the article Connecting the “Dots” on Brian McLaren
A Reader Writes:
I am from a small town in South Africa (Springfontein, Free State). In my home and also in our home church, we are blessed tremendously by your teachings. Thank you very much for that. At the moment we are busy with a bible study on Genesis. On this I have two questions:
1. Was Melchizedek Shem a pre-incarnate Christophany or somebody else?
2. Can anything in the “Book of Jasher” (Jos 10:13) be proven to be incorrect from the Bible? I understand it is not considered inspired, but from a historical perspective it seems to confirm everything in the Bible. It also seem to explain the background of Genesis very well and also fill in some gaps.
If these questions are a hassle to you I would appreciate it very much if you could just refer me to a trustworthy source.
Thanks in advance Continue reading
The Theology of Scripture vs. the Pseudo-Theology of Apostasy, Heresy and Idiocy
In the sphere of Jewish evangelism Isaiah 53 is sometimes wrongly called “The Forbidden Chapter” because it is nt included in the liturgical Haf Torah readings in the synagogue Siddur. The reason for its omission is in fact pre- Christian, dating back to the proto-Hasmonean period when Torah reading was outlawed by pagan Selucid authorities so Jews sought broad thematically comparable ritual readings to what the Torah portion or Paroch Ha Shavua would have otherwise been. In fact, the Hebrew liturgical poet Eliezer Ha Kalir incorporated the reading of Isaiah 53 into the Yom Kippur Maqzor for a liturgical reading on the Day of Atonement in the Middle Ages. In Judaism, the actual “Forbidden Chapter” which Jews are exhorted not to read in rabbinic commentary is Daniel 9 predicting the death of the Messiah prior to the destruction of the Second Temple which transpired in 70 AD. Its reading is specifically discouraged because “the time of Messiah’s coming is foretold in it”. Continue reading
A Japanese translation ofÂ âTypology of the FirstBornâ is now available from the Online Sermons page.
We, Pittsburgh Moriel folk, just come home from the Winnipeg Prophecy Conference. I am always blessed meeting other believers in the Lord from different walks of life. Winnipeg was no exception.
Many of the folk there came out of the Hutterite colony and had German accents. I am in awe of their stand for the Lord. They give up everything when they accept Jesus – their family, way of life, and are ostracized from their community.Â Many members of their family have been saved since then.
After the conference, Jacob speaks at other churches. The last church Jacob preached at was Canada’s first biker church. I have some pictures I hope you will enjoy. Continue reading
Of all forms of deception self-deception is the most deadly, and of all deceived persons the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud.
(A.W.Tozer – An Anthology pg 166)
We are engaged in a relentless spiritual warfare that knows no truce. Our foes are unseen and intangible, but they are powerful. Against them only spiritual weapons will prevail.
by Brian Brodersen
Calvary Chapel Magazine, Issue 44, Summer 2010
(Note: This is the last article in a five part series on the Emerging Church)
In the past five issues, we have looked at some of the beliefs of the Emergent moveÂment. We learned its leaders, while not denying completely certain foundational truths of Christianity, do not hold fast to the biblical teachings regarding the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, salvation in Christ alone, and the inerrancy of the Word of God. Instead, Emergents say that Christianity must be redefined. In other words, they reject Christianity as it is defined in the Bible and seek to create their own, false version. To conclude this series, I want to make a few final points and observations. Continue reading