AntiChrist To Be Revealed October 23, 2009!

October 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , , , , )

It’s true.

Antichrist is going to be revealed this Friday, October 23, 2009.

No, not that Antichrist.  A different one; but one of the same spirit.  A movie titled “Antichrist.”

Already dubbed “the most horrific movie ever seen” for explicit and pornographic sadomasochism, violence and occult content, the film “Antichrist” is not yet rated, but when it is, the rating it gets could determine whether or not it’s seen in your local theater – and there may be something you can do about it.

The Christian media ministry MovieGuide is inviting people concerned about the film’s gruesome and graphic content to join a petition of the Motion Picture Association of America to rate the movie NC-17, which would not only prevent children from viewing the film, but also dissuade many theaters from showing it.

“Coming to your local theater Oct. 23 is a movie that I can only call the most horrific movie ever seen,” writes Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission. “It’s called ‘Antichrist,’ and it’s filled with a wicked worldview, vile pornographic scenes, onscreen mutilation of private parts and some other material which I simply cannot describe to you in a family publication.”

“We cannot stop this movie,” he continues, “but we have a strategy which we believe will be the next best thing.”

MovieGuide’s petition explains three reasons why an NC-17 rating, rather than an R rating for the film, would limit the number of people – especially children – exposed to the movie:

  • “An R rated movie easily makes its way to the cinema in your local neighborhood. Thankfully, many local cinemas still won’t show the movie if it’s NC-17.
  • “An R-rated movie stands a chance to make more money than NC-17, and this will only encourage some producers in Hollywood to make more vile movies like this.
  • “And most importantly, children under 17 cannot get into movies with an NC-17 rating, unlike R-rated movies, which admit them.”

The film “Antichrist” stars Willem Defoe, who also played the role of Jesus in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a film blasted as blasphemous by many Christians.

According to MovieGuide’s review of the film, Defoe’s newest effort includes demonic activity, full nudity and graphic on-screen depictions of sex, sadomasochism, sexual mutilation with both a block of wood and a pair of scissors, child abuse, and violent animal acts.

“‘Antichrist’ is the wicked story of a married couple’s plunge into occult darkness as they try to grieve the loss of their son,” the review states. “This movie wallows in evil and contains extremely graphic pornographic sexual scenes, much occult content and extreme sadomasochistic violence, making it a movie to avoid.”

So come on everyone, let’s do our part!

Please take a moment to sign the petition and then send the link to this post to everyone you know so that we can stand united against this abomination of a film.

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1 in 4 People Worldwide Is Muslim So Support A Christian Missionary

October 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Missions!

Someone else’s job, right? Well, for the time being, we’re going to let you off the hook.  Sort of. This article is not about personal evangelism (although we STRONGLY suggest you share you faith as a way of life.)

This is about missions.  However, we aren’t about to suggest that you quit your job and move to Uganda and live in a thatched hut eating bugs and speaking through a series of clicks and whistles. (Actually, the official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili, but the clicks and whistles make for better imagery.)

According to CNN and a global report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world. Consider the following statistics taken directly from the CNN news report:

  • India, a majority-Hindu country, has more Muslims than any country except for Indonesia and Pakistan, and more than twice as many as Egypt.
  • China has more Muslims than Syria.
  • Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon.
  • And Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya put together.
  • Nearly two out of three of the world’s Muslims are in Asia, stretching from Turkey to Indonesia.
  • The Middle East and north Africa, which together are home to about one in five of the world’s Muslims, trail a very distant second.

Now consider that these Muslims are not simply being born to Muslim families. They are people from other countries and religions who are being proselytized by Muslims around the world. These Muslims believe they are carrying out the commands of their God and Mohammed in the Qur’an.  And why shouldn’t they? There aren’t many Christians standing up and sharing the truth with the Muslims, or anyone else for that matter.

Don’t we serve the True and Living God? Don’t we serve Jesus Christ, who died but rose from the dead 3 days later? Didn’t He leave us with some sort of command or commission that we should use as a guide to living our lives? Go somewhere and do something?

Oh yes… I remember now…

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

The Muslims are doing for their false religion what Christians, who have the truth, fail to do every day!

We MUST fulfill the Great Commission!  And we can, without leaving our house. (Remember, this isn’t about personal evangelism.)

Missions!

We can fulfill the Great Commission by sending and supporting missionaries who ARE called to the ends of the earth.

Bible News Today suggests partnering with Evangelism Explosion International to support missionaries who are actively sharing the Gospel around the world.  Just go to the site and click on “Ways to Support.”

But no matter who you support, throw your support behind a missionary somewhere.  Be faithful and consistent.  Let them know that you care and pray for them.

We can’t wait.  The Muslims aren’t waiting.

And we have the truth.

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Denominational Division and the Church

October 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Church news) (, , , , , , , , )

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We all see it. We all know it’s happening.

The church in America is dying. And it is dying because of a denominational separation caused by the debate thats raging about how to interpret certain passages in the Bible.

The church is on life-support and some who call themselves “christians” are trying to pull the plug.

I don’t say that lightly, but someone has to say it. Someone has to stand up in this debate and speak the truth! Churches and denominations are splitting and dividing Christianity right in front of us.

We’re not just talking trends either, like attendance being up during the school year and down during vacation season. We’re talking death. Actually, we’re talking suicide, because the church in America brought this on itself.

How, you may ask? Two ways.

First, by failing to maintain an absolute commitment to the written Scriptures. More specifically, failing to adhere to the original writing and context of the Bible.  With prohibitions against ordaining women and homosexuals, directives such as marriage being between a man and a woman, and the terrible penalty and consequence of sin, the Word of God contains many aspects that do not fit into our “modern” culture. And since “modern” culture has permeated our “modern” churches across the United States, churches and denominations find themselves having to take a side in the debate on these and other topics.

But God’s Word has not changed.

We do not need a new translation that is gender-neutral, so that women can be ordained as elders in the church. God’s original requirement for men to serve as elders is as valid now as it was when Paul wrote the letter we refer to as 1 Timothy.

We do not need a new interpretation of the Bible that removes “hate language” directed at homosexuals.  Even this passage is a passage of love:

1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 (NASB) – 9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

This is not a call to hate. It is a call to love! We are to proclaim that no matter what sin or lifestyle a person is currently involved in, there is freedom in Jesus Christ.  God is not excluding them from His kingdom. On the contrary, He has invited them to come by the forgiveness that is available through Jesus’s death and resurrection.

But they are not answering the call to leave their sin behind and be made clean.  Instead, they are finding a sympathetic ear in churches today and are being invited to lead the churches as God’s representative, as if God would allow a homosexual to speak for Him.

The Scriptures are being changed to accommodate these sinful behaviors instead of the sinful behaviors being changed by the power of the Word of God.

This has led us to the second way that the church in America is dying, which is through the destruction of unity that we should share as brothers and sisters in Christ.  If we cannot come together in Christ united behind God’s Word, what chance do we have to come together as we tear down the truth of  the Bible and build a different “truth” based on poor interpretation and our own sinful desires?

Thank God that no matter how badly we mess up here on earth, He is faithful to us and will take the death of the church as we know it and resurrect something more beautiful, more pure, and more glorious.  As a goldsmith separates the dross from the pure gold, so the Lord Jesus puts His church through the fires of testing to separate that which is pure and true from that which is worthless.

I pray that we are found to be precious in His sight!

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Unexcused Absence

October 4, 2009 at 12:00 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

We apologize for the lack of posts this week.  There were several things going on, including an out-of-state funeral, that needed our attention.  We will be back next week with news and prophecy fulfillment happening right before our eyes!

Until then, have a great Lord’s Day and remember: if we are in the presence of God Almighty, worship can be our only response.

Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth!

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