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Rome Sweet Rome ~Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn (Bad Fruit)

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Simply, providential that I caught Mike Gendron’s, “Remembering the Reformation,” from last Sunday, Oct 31, 2011, in my Facebook newsfeed this week.  Meanwhile, Dr. Gilley just published, today, two, new book reviews that are astounding examples of what Mike Gendron was highlighting just days earlier in his message.  Mr. Gendron and his wife attend  Grace Life Church of Dallas.

For another example, besides the authors of this book, take ecumenical, evangelical Chuck Colson, of Break Point Christian Radio.  He wrote The Body, in 1994, to heighten the cause of infusing the Catholic religion into the church of believers, by referring to Catholics as “our brothers and sisters in Christ,” etc.  He was a main proponent for the ecumenical Manhattan Declaration, in 2009, which continues to promote unity between evangelicals and Catholics by utilizing moral and social issues as the catalyst, not the Gospel.  I am thankful Dr. John MacArthur was not one of its signatories, an uncompromising stance for what is true and loving.  A godly example that needs to be forefront when believers are faced with decisions whether or not to become interfaith.

Evangelicals are dangerously heading back to Rome.  Brethren, be sober and take heed of this apostasaical movement that is ramping up in recent days!  It rejects the “narrow path” of the True Gospel of faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone, according to the Scriptures alone, all to the glory of God alone.  This popular false movement, partnered by the Emergent Church Movement (ECM), is one part of the “wide path” that leads to destruction; back to the man-made, self-righteous, idolatrous traditions of Babylon.

Dr. Gary Gilley’s Review

Mike Gendron’s Message on God’s Providential Reformation-The Five Solas

 

 

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Born Fundamentalist Born Again Catholic by David B. Currie (Bad Fruit)

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Simply, providential that I caught Mike Gendron’s, “Remembering the Reformation,” from last Sunday, Oct 31, 2011, in my Facebook newsfeed this week.  Meanwhile, Dr. Gilley just published, today, two, new book reviews that are astounding examples of what Mr. Gendron was highlighting just days earlier in his message.  Mr. Gendron and his wife attend  Grace Life Church of Dallas.

For another example, besides the author of this book, take ecumenical evangelical Chuck Colson, of Break Point Christian Radio.  He wrote The Body, in 1994, to heighten the cause of infusing the Catholic religion into the church of believers, by referring to Catholics as “our brothers and sisters in Christ,” etc.  He was a main proponent for the ecumenical Manhattan Declaration, in 2009, which continues to promote unity between evangelicals and Catholics by utilizing moral and social issues as the catalyst, not the Gospel.  I am thankful Dr. John MacArthur was not one of its signatories, an uncompromising stance for what is true and loving.  A godly example that needs to be forefront when believers are faced with decisions whether or not to become interfaith.

Evangelicals are dangerously heading back to Rome.  Brethren, be sober and take heed of this apostasaical movement that is ramping up in recent days!  It rejects the “narrow path” of the True Gospel of faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone, according to the Scriptures alone, all to the glory of God alone.  This popular false movement, partnered by the Emergent Church Movement (ECM), is one part of the “wide path” that leads to destruction; back to the man-made, self-righteous, idolatrous traditions of Babylon.

 Dr. Gary Gilley’s Review

Mike Gendron’s Message on God’s Providential Reformation-The Five Solas

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Ecumenical Jihad by Peter Kreeft (Bad Fruit)

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Dr. John MacArthur Examines Kreeft’s Teachings in Ecumenical Jihad in the video below.

Peter Kreeft is a Catholic convert who teaches the concept of a “mystic Christ.” He also endorses the false Catholic teachings and apparitions of Mary as co-redeemer and co-mediatrix. He was one of the keynote speakers at the Saddleback’s Apologetics Conference December 2010, hosted by Rick Warren, promoting his book, The Shocking Life of Jesus, and these teachings, etc.

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The Passion of the Christ DVD by Mel Gibson (Bad Fruit)

Biblical Resources:

Mike Gendron’s Review of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries.

I am so thankful for Mike Gendron, former Catholic, and his ministry to reach Catholics and others with the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, I am glad he addressed, specifically, The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson from the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Droves of people, including myself, watched this film and many endorsed it when it was first released, in 2004, including some big name evangelicals as  seen on Wiki , who are incorrectly described there as “conservative.” I’ll provide the list here:   Billy Graham, James Dobson, Mission America Coalition, Salvation Army, Promise Keepers, National Association of Evangelicals, Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, Pat Robertson, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Rick Warren, Southern Baptist Convention, Jerry Falwell, Max Lucado, Young Life, Tim LaHaye, Chuck Colson, Lee Strobel, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and the United Methodist Church. But in the paragraphs that follow, you’ll see there are major problems with it. Namely, it promotes the Catholic religion and ecumenism.

The author of the Wiki entry records that Gibson uses a verse like this from the New Testament.  It is stated as such in Wiki, “Behold Mother, I make all things new,” is taken from the Book of Revelation,” being used as such in the screenplay.  That verse would be found in an extra-biblical Catholic bible. Further down in the Wiki entry is written “Virgin Mary” instead of “a virgin, Mary.”   These are mariology titles of the false, man-made, pagan, legalistic Catholic religion which wrongly teaches that Mary is co-redemtrix and co-mediatrix.  According to the Scriptures, these are lies.  Only the Lord Jesus is Redeemer (Acts 4:12; Col 2:13-14; 1 Pt 1:3,19-21; 3:18) and only He is the mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5).

Icing on the cake for Gibson would have been an official declaration of endorsement by the pope, which they feverishly tried to get, but supposedly the Vatican makes it a point to “not comment on any artistic works.”  You can see this documented in the Wiki resource, also.

In responding to criticisms of biblical and historical accuracy, as seen at Wiki, Gibson has responded like this, ”I think that my first duty is to be as faithful as possible in telling the story so that it doesn’t contradict the Scriptures. Now, so long as it didn’t do that, I felt that I had a pretty wide berth for artistic interpretation, and to fill in some of the spaces with logic, with imagination, with various other readings.”

Did anyone just catch that!?   Again, he said, “I felt that I had a pretty wide berth for artistic interpretation, and to fill in some of the spaces with logic, with imagination, with various other readings.” That dear friends would be called eisegeting Scripture, which comes from the spirit of error.  It means to put into Scripture what you want in order to make it say what you want.   Exegeting Scripture is to correctly study what the Scripture says pulling out of the text its true interpretation, content and meaning for proper application, without adding to or changing or taking anything away from the text.  There is a warning in Revelation 22:18 for anyone who does the former, eisegetes Scripture.

I would like to continue to draw serious attention to the phrase “other readings,” as well.  As noted on Wiki, Gibson’s resources for the making of the fillm included mystic Catholic devotional writings on the crucifixion from two nuns.   Firstly, María de Ágreda who wrote The Mystical City of God. And secondly,  Anne Catherine Emmerich who wrote The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Both of these were cited as being influential in such scenes as Christ suspending from a bridge after His arrest in the Temple and demons who came to attack Judas after he sold Christ for thirty pieces of silver.  A couple more scenes described in Wiki are as follows:  ”Other scenes unique to The Passion of the Christ include the one in which the crucified thief who taunted Jesus has his eye pecked out by a crow, and the flashback of the carpenter Jesus building an elevated, four-legged table for a Roman. The scene of Satan carrying a demonic baby during Christ’s flogging has been construed as an imitation of traditional depictions of the Madonna and Child.” More Catholic resources for Gibson included two priests, William J. Fulco and Jonathan Morris, who were part of his consultation team for theological and/or language subjects.

Theses details provide a vivid enough picture, without completing exhausting everything that could be noted of the film.  Suffice it to say, I think we can deduct that Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is more about Mel’s passion for the pope and promoting paganism.  I heard it said recently that to re-inact the crucifixion is blasphemous and draws away from the sufficiency of the Scriptures alone.  I agree.  We are called to “remember,” the Lord’s death by the Scripture, with the Lord’s Table and everyday in our hearts filled and overflowing with thanksgiving!  We are never called to reproduce it. “It is finished!” If anyone of us were supposed to see it, be an eyewitness, then we would have been there. This film, in doing so with a $30 million budget, grossed over $611 million dollars, all for the name and glory of the Catholic religion.

During this season of remembering and honoring Christ’s sacrifice, with Resurrection Sunday just around the corner, the sales continue to climb in the Christian bookstores, etc.  Resist the urge to jump on the band wagon!  May we be blessed in truly remembering what the Lord has done in a God-pleasing way without this film or re-inacting the crucifixion.  Open your Bibles, be at Church for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday for the Good News!  The tomb is empty!  He has Risen!  Hallelujah!!!

-Karla Tadler

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God-The Jesus Edition by Eric Metaxas (Bad Fruit)

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Eric Metaxas’ Testimony Promotes His Yale Education, Catholicism, New Age and Jungian Thought.  Let me just start off with there are so many things that throw red flags up in this testimony, obviously and subtly.  I won’t address them all, but if you are biblically discerned, by God’s grace, and interested in noting everything, you will catch them, after you watch it about a half dozen times, like I did.  I’ll just take a look at some things here.  For example, how ironic that Metaxas starts off with, “We’re talking about reality here…” and then moves to talking about dreams.  He dreamed that God confirmed that Eric accepted Christ because God used Eric’s OWN SYMBOLS SYSTEM to “one up him” to “blow his mind.”  WHOA!  That God showed Eric, in his dream, that Eric accepted Christ, in his collective unconsciousness which talks to his collect consciousness (Jungian).  Secondly, it isn’t biblical to say we “accepted Christ.”  It is we sinners who have been in rebellion toward God and need to repent and be accepted by Him.  We “receive Christ,” in the words of the apostle Paul, as in we receive the free gift of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone.  It is not the notion of accepting Christ that constitutes salvation.  That mentally or emotionally agreeing, mental ascent, to what Christ has done, His ministry, death, burial and resurrection to the right hand of the Father is not saving faith!  It is setting Him apart in our hearts, a convicting and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, that enables us to repent and believe the gospel after the Lord shows us our sinfulness by His grace.  When this happens, you know it!  There is no question about it.  And you don’t need a dream to confirm it.  In fact, that is unbiblical.  Thirdly, confusion with Eric was noted when he said “something happened.”  Again, there is no question or confusion when Christ reveals Himself to a lost sinner.  It was “pain,” not sin, that made him consider praying to God with his friend.  This would be praying for a felt need rather than repenting for sin.  Fourthly, his testimony  is not only full of New Age teaching which he literally dreamed up, but it is blasphemous and spews arrogance and idolatry!  He depicts Christ as a goldfish, rather a “golden fish” (would that be like a golden calf?) which he pulled by the tail out of a lake, breaking through the ice to “inert water,” which he claimed represented his collective unconsciousness (Jungian).

Where was the gospel in this testimony?  It was never mentioned.  The Bible and the terms of the gospel (Lk 9:23-26, Mk 1:15; Jn 14:15), the narrow Gate that leads to the narrow path to life/salvation (Mt 7:13-14), the only Way to the Father, JESUS (Jn 14:6), what God has set in place for being born again, were never mentioned.  Metaxas claims he found Christ through the New Age, that occultic Jung, who communicated with spirits, led him there and that God confirmed this to Eric in a dream where God used Eric’s symbols.  Big red flag!  Lots of ‘em!  We do not find Christ, or have assurance of our salvation, by any other means other than the Bible (Rom 1:16; 10:17; 1 Jn 5:13) and with the words of Paul again, by the “Holy Spirit testifying to our spirit,” not to what psychoanalyst Carl Jung calls the “collective conscious” or “collective unconsciousness.”  Metaxas is dangerously broadening the Bible’s definition of what it means to be truly born again.

He describes his testimony with New Age terms like “energy force,” “collective unconsciousness (Jungian),” “New Age Eastern force,” “cosmic energy force,” “connects us all together,” “not old-fashioned like a man with a beard on a cloud or Jesus.”  YIKES!!!!!  His testimony is one of many others directed and produced by Redeemer Presbyterian Church, pastored by Tim Keller, in NYC, every one of these testimonies widening the narrow door.  Eric’s testimony comes complete with New Age animation and sounds by Chaos Theory Music.

This is a classic example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Whether he realizes it or not, he is deceived by the false teachings of the New Age/New Thought and Psychology Movement coupled with his own pride and arrogance. He did make a true, biblical statement, which many wolves do.  Specifically, Eric commented about following Christ, even if it means to suffer for Him and to consider it joy, but then quickly turned to New Age false teaching.  He is promoting his books, the New Age, his Yale education and Bonhoeffer as a sound, biblical theologian, which he is not.

Metaxas is promoted and endorsed by Mormon Glenn Beck and purpose-driven, seeker-sensitive, ecumenical Rick Warren.  That should tell us something in and of itself!  In the interview, Metaxas says proudly that Bonhoeffer is a “Barthian,” as if this is a good thing.  Karl Barth was endorsed and promoted by Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII as being as great a theologian as Thomas Aquinas, who was a pagan Catholic that taught mysticism and contemplative prayer.  

Dr. Gary Gilley’s Takes on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Apprising Ministries Gathers HERETICAL Quotes on Bonhoeffer

 

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The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren (Bad Fruit)

Biblical Resources:

Dr. John MacArthur on the Problems of the Purpose Driven Life

Daniel HC Chew‘s Book Review

Rick Warren and a Whole Lot More

Warren B. Smith’s “Deceived on Purpose-Chapter 5″

Bob DeWaay’s PDL Discernment Tool

Roger Oakland on Purpose-Driven

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The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Bad Fruit)

Biblical Resources:

Dr. John MacArthur on the Problems of the Purpose Driven Life

Daniel HC Chew’s Short Book Review and New Book Driven Away by Purpose-2nd edition

Rick Warren and a Whole Lot More

Warren B. Smith’s “Deceived on Purpose-Chapter 5″

Bob DeWaay’s PDL Discernment Tool

Roger Oakland on Purpose-Driven

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