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God Keeps His Promise With Paula White

Jesus promised  through the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:7, that God would personally destroy those who would bring his Church to ruin.                                     AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

 

Idaho Ministers Ordered To Perform Same Sex Marriages

City officials of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told  Donald and Evelyn KnappKnapps , both ordained ministers, they have  to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or be fined and face jail time.

The city passed a  “non-discrimination” ordinance requiring  “public accommodations” businesses to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Knapps have been informed that their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel falls under such category and  will be forced to abide by the “non discrimination” ordinance.

How can this happen?  Think  U.S. Circuit Court  that overruled  Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Elections are important since we may be nearing the time when one single Supreme Court ruling could legally force all churches and ministers to abide by a same-sex marriage non-discrimination law or be sentenced to jail time and pay huge fines.

 

 

 

Pastor Goes Ballistic On Church Members

Watch as this First Baptist Pastor comes”unglued” moving from pulpit to pew to angrily and arrogantly wake up a “sleeper.”
This leads to an even more serious attack as he spots an uncommitted member. “And where have you been, Mr. Underwood?”…I noticed on the calendar, I’m supposed to marry y’all. What makes you think I’d marry you? You’re one of the sorriest church members I have!”

Priceless!
Can’t make this stuff up.
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http://www.christianpost.com/news/baptist-preacher-blasts-congregants-during-sermon-for-sleeping-hissy-fit-goes-viral-98872/

 

“Preachers of L.A.” Reality T.V. Show

Narcissism, divorce, adultery,out-of-wedlock children, carnal covetousness,idolatrous greed and flagrant heresy are wedded together though high-profile Preachers in a reality T.V. show that’s scheduled to air this fall.

Infamous Clarence McClendon, Noel Jones, Wayne Cheney, Ron Gibson, Jay Haizlip and Deitrick Haddon are the stars of “Preachers of L.A.”.

What’s their message? Driving Ferraris, flashy lifestyles, extravagant wealth and livin large is the reward for merchandising the gospel. Double Anathema!!!!

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http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/07/05/preachers-of-l-a-brings-the-prosperity-gospel-to-reality-tv/
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/07/preachers-of-l-a-reality-show-brings-flash-controversy/

 

No She Didn’t Say “Jig-A- Boo!”

All I can say is Powerful!  Profound!  Penetrating!   PHENOMENAL!

Tim Challies called this “Gospel Thunder!”

I call it a much-needed rebuke of biblical proportion!

Jackie Hill delivers her thundering  “Jig-A-Boo” poem unflinchingly  in front of an audience of nearly 3,000 people.

I implore you to listen to her “gospelized rebuke” and then have your pastor do the same.

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Guarding Against Spiritual Abuse

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Charisma News posted this  great article on the subject of spiritual abuse by Jennifer LeClaire. The abuse  issue is very,very real in the church today. For that reason, it has been our custom to make “guarding against spiritual abuse” a matter of primary importance by including the subject in our new members classes. 

I have also personally encounted a number of these wolfish practices just since returning to Lagrange.  With that in mind, here are some extracts from the Charisma article they posted this week.

 Also, please consider checking out the other related articles we’ve posted in the past. 

Whenever  you see these traits, may I suggest that you not ignore the signs. In fact, flee for your lives saints!

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>Power-posturing is a telltale sign of spiritual abuse.

Power-posturing leaders spend a lot of time focused on their own authority and reminding others of it. Johnson and VanVonderen say this is necessary because their spiritual authority isn’t real—based on genuine godly character—it is postured….This leader can never be questioned, and is usually not accountable to anyone. Those around him are usually mere “yes men” who do his bidding in exchange for delegated authority to lord over others.

>Performance preoccupation is a sign of spiritual abuse.

 Johnson and VanVonderen note that obedience and submission are two important words often used in abusive church structures. Don’t get me wrong. Obedience and submission are important. But spiritual abuse often shames or scares people into obedience and submission. True obedience is a matter of the heart. Spiritual abusers apply undue pressure that is not from God. That pressure is usually applied to get you to do the leader’s will, not God’s will.

>Unspoken rules are common in instances of spiritual abuse.

In abusive spiritual systems, Johnson and VanVonderen offer….. “Unspoken rules are those that govern unhealthy churches of families but are not said out loud. Because they are not said out loud, you don’t find out that they’re there until you break them,” 

>The “Can’t Talk” rule is seen where spiritual abuse is present.

Johnson and VanVonderen explain that the “can’t talk” rule blames the person who talks, and the ensuing punishments pressure questioners into silence. If you voice a problem you become the problem. If you question why the church no longer picks up the poor kids in the ministry van but has shifted its focus to more affluent neighborhoods, you are removed from your role as a volunteer driver. Others see your fate and decide they’d better not rock the boat.

>Lack of balance and extremism is often present where spiritual abuse lives.

This manifests as an unbalanced approach to living out the truth of the Christian life. Johnson and VanVonderen explain that in these systems it is more important to act according to the word of a leader who has “a word” for you than to act according to what you know to be true from Scripture, or simply from your spiritual-growth history.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/32305-spiritual-abuse-christian-cults-and-controlling-ministries

related posts:

http://antagoniz.com/2009/04/14/five-indicators-to-identify-abusive-leadership/

http://antagoniz.com/2010/03/26/signs-that-a-leader-is-losing-it/

 
 

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