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How To Identify The Uncompromised Remnant Church

 RiseUpChurch-EmailIt is my personal conviction that two contrasting groups have been emerging for years and becoming more and more identifiable within the Charismatic-Evangelical church world of our day. They are the corrupted “Wilderness wandering” congregations  and the covenantally faithful “Canaan hearted ” churches. A simple review of biblical history demonstrates that one is visibly cursed and the other is divinely blessed.  

Joseph Mattera has provided us with much-needed assistance in identifying the blessed remnant. I’ve extracted his key points, but the full article is a great read.

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“9 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODERN-DAY REMNANT CHURCH”  

As the persecution of the Bible-believing church becomes more intense, there will be a greater manifestation of what I am referring to in this article as the “remnant church.” By remnant church, I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural opposition.

The following are characteristics of the modern-day remnant church:

1. They will become more entrenched in the word of God the more the world opposes them.

2. They will become the vilified in society.

3. They will preach counter-cultural biblical messages.

4. They will produce the most committed Christians and make disciples.

5. They will experience a greater presence and power of God than other churches.

6. They will become more visible and distinct as the culture becomes more decadent.

7. They will be more excluded and separated from mainstream secular evangelical churches and denominations.

8. The remnant church will change the world.

9. The remnant church will endure while the compromising church will fade away.

May God help us all remain faithful to the end and participate in the remnant church!

 
 

Tullian Tchvidjian Confesses to Another Affair

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What a tragedy!  But this should be “lesson learned” for all who would presumptuously act with “unprincipled mercy” since Willow Creek brought him on board immediately after his first confession of adultery.                                                                                                                                                RGH

Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida, confirmed Thursday that they have fired Tullian Tchvidjian, 43, grandson of evangelical icon Billy Graham, after he revealed a previously unconfessed affair he had with another woman.

“When we heard the disclosures he made just a few days ago, the session acted within hours to end his employment at the church,” Willow Creek’s Senior Pastor Kevin Labby told The Christian Post in an interview Thursday morning.”

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Do Jews Need Jesus?

Catholics Should Not Try To Convert Jews” according to Pope Francis in a recent document. Actually, the Vatican’s heresy specifically states that “Catholics must refrain from active attempts to convert Jews.” 

The Apostle Paul must have really been misguided when he wrote “to the Jew first.” I’m sure Pastor John Hagee is shouting since he’s been teaching and practicing this heretical postion for years. Heck, he doesn’t even believe Jesus came as the Messiah for the Jews. 

Alright! After that brief vent, you will be better served to read Dr Michael Brown’s position on the issue. He speaks with greater clarity and charity than I. 

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“The Vatican issued an important statement that made many great points but fell flat on one of the most crucial issues. Because their statement declares that Jews don’t need to put their faith in Jesus, I have written this article to set the record straight. You can also watch my video addressing this issue as well.”

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Some Honest Questions for Joseph Prince

Dr Michael Brown is one of the most theologically astute polemicist in the charismatic community. He speaks with clarity and charity when thexposing the “hyper-grace” heresy. In doing so, he fulfills Jesus inspired imperative in the letter of Jude.

 “…contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain ungodly men… have crept into the church, perverting the grace of god by sanctioning unrestrained-unrepentant behavior which flagrantly denies the credibility of one’s confession in the Lordship of Jesus Christ”   [rghanner paraphrase]

Dr Brown is at his anointed best in his recent open letter which poses eleven penetrating questions to Joseph Prince, one of the chief proponents of the “hyper-grace “heresy. I’ve extracted a sampling so as to evoke further reading of the entire article.

>If God has pronounced your future sins forgiven in the same way He has pronounced your past sins forgiven, why do Paul and other New Testament writers address these very sins in their letters, and why does Jesus address them in Revelation 2-3? We know that God doesn’t bring our past sins up to us, since He has forgiven and “forgotten” them. Why then does He bring our present sins up to us in the New Testament, even warning us about the dangers of walking in those sins, if they have also been forgiven and forgotten in advance?

>A leading hyper-grace teacher claims that the doctrine of progressive sanctification is a “spiritually murderous lie.” Does that mean that grace preachers like Charles Spurgeon, who believed in progressive sanctification, taught this alleged lie? And if “progressive sanctification” simply means to walk out our holiness with the help of the Spirit, what is so dangerous about this teaching? Put another way, do you reject the concept that the one who made us holy now calls us to live holy lives in thought, word and deed, thereby “completing our sanctification in the fear of God” (2 Cor 7:1)? Doesn’t Paul say we are called saints (that is who we are) and called to be saints (that is how we live)? (See 1 Cor. 1:2.)

>Since you believe we are not to judge our salvation by our conduct, how can we avoid self-deception? I know that you are against certain types of self-examination lest you become “sin conscious” and take your eyes off the finished work of the cross, but what do you make of verses that state that we know we have passed from death to life only if we live a certain way (like 1 John 3:14)? If I understand you correctly, you would question the salvation of someone who demonstrated no change of life and continued to walk in unrepentant sin. But doesn’t this mean that, on some level, you are looking at your “performance” to verify your salvation?Do you see any possible danger in emphasizing that it is impossible for a believer to lose his or her salvation? Of course, we could debate whether the Bible teaches this at all, but simply as a matter of experience, many of us have encountered very lost people—drunkards, fornicators, without the slightest interest in God (see 1 Cor. 6:9-10)—who have then assured us that they were saved because it was impossible for them to lose their salvation. So on a practical level, do you feel it’s important to add any scriptural caveats to your teaching of eternal security and, if so, how can you do this without putting an emphasis on “performance”?

 

 

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Franklin Graham Leaves GOP Over Planned Parenthood Funding

155310_131204690269054_7876654_nIn a world of compromised Christian leaders, Franklin Graham stands out as a genuine gospel center-prophetic minister to the nation who fears God more than any man. I personally view Graham as a modern hero of the biblical faith,agree whole heartily with his statements and intend to follow his lead. Republican leadership have demonstrated they are completely hollow core and all but owned by the reprobate Democrat party.

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“Evangelist Franklin announced Tuesday he is leaving the Republican Party following the GOP’s cave to Democrats last week in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Graham particularly likened the continued taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in the bill to the funding of Nazi concentration camps.

“Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill last week,” he posted on Facebook. “And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood!”

Graham said the funding of Planned Parenthood was a huge loss for America, adding:

After all of the appalling facts revealed this year about Planned Parenthood, our representatives in Washington had a chance to put a stop to this, but they didn’t. There’s no question—taxpayers should not be paying for abortions! Abortion is murder in God’s eyes. Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps! That should’ve been all that was needed to turn off the faucet for their funding. Nothing was done to trim this 2,000 page, $1.1 trillion budget. This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America. Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble.”

 

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Is It Possible to Leave the Church and Not Abandon Jesus?

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“Sometimes people become jaded by the failures of church leaders, causing them to want to leave the local assembly for good. But is it possible to turn one’s back on the Church without essentially doing the same to Christ?

 

That’s the question posed in last Wednesday’s episode of the Ask John Piper audio series, where the Evangelical pastor tackles tough theological and pastoral issues.

To the proposition of leaving the Church, but not Christ, Piper offers a simple answer: “If you do that, you are walking away from Jesus.”

Piper explained that Jesus founded the Church and established Apostles as its foundation. “And then He built it with prophets and teachers and pastors and ordained that there be a structure of local churches in the body of Christ called the Church,” said Piper, who cited John 14:23: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word.

“To say, ‘I love Jesus, but I don’t submit to His word’ is a lie.”
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-leaving-local-church-walking-away-from-jesus-bible-apostles-john-piper-desiring-god-

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Planned Parenthood’s Government Sponsored Baby Killing

           “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”      Why-The-GOP-Will-Never-Defund-Planned-Parenthood                                                                                                                                (Edmund Burke)

Let me speak clearly,with precision and without apology. Planned Parenthood is a demonized,government sponsored-baby killing industry! We cannot buy into the compromised lie that what we need is a “conversation”. Absolutely not!

This is an issue of “social justice” and all Christ Followers must continue to raise a loud voice of condemnation toward any and all who promote, support,or defend the institutionalized-demonized-murderous evil of abortion.

 Isaiah 58:1 “Shout out loud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and… their sins.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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