False prophet and heretic Rob Bell

Truth Watch has no need to wax lyrical on Rob Bell.  It became apparent years back that Rob Bell was going to take the emergent church movement to new heights of theological degradation.  He is now calling on Christians to embrace homosexuality.  See http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/19/the-appalling-apostasy-of-rob-bell/ for a good round-up of the Bell sage and the depths to which he has bee plunging.

Islamic extremism

This entry follows the recent Islamic attacks on a French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram’s mass killings in Nigeria and then the mass beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Sudan…

On-going Islamic atrocities continue to be met by a steadfast refusal, on the part of western leaders, to link it directly to Islam.  It’s possible their insistence it represents an extremist betrayal of the fundamentally peaceful nature of Islam may only be a political and diplomatic device.  If they were to publicly acknowledge the obvious and decry Islam’s avowed intent to Islamify the world, by force and extreme violence whenever necessary (Surah 9:5, 29 for example), what would happen? They would confront the millions of usually nominal Muslim’s in the West with the fact that their religion does indeed call for violence against non-Muslims.  Its their duty -their salvation is at stake if they resist Allah’s will. They would then be presented with various choices: defy Koranic teaching by remaining Muslim, renounce their faith, or become actively jihadist.  The first option would create a great deal of internal angst and eventually force them into one of the other two options. The second choice would leave them exposed to sharia death penalty laws for renouncing the faith and the last choice would mean they would  have to start covertly working with jihadists in the West.

Western leaders will not see a good side to any of this.  All those millions of passive Muslims would start making choices and those choices would all spell social disruption, exposing the false nature of multiculuralism, long supported by these leaders and their political parties.  Its a Catch 22 situation entirely of their own making.  Ultimately, they are going to be forced into either capitulating to Islamic demands within the West, especially as the Muslim population is, by natural increase, growing rapidly.  If they do that they will risk civil wars as Europeans eventually revolt against laws and restrictions on rights which are anathema to western values.  Their other choice, to openly and honestly acknowledge the violence inherent in Islam, will also lead to serious social disruption for the reasons given.  Despite that it would be the correct path, simply because unless Islam is confronted and dealt to decisively it will continue its crusade to enslave us all.

Where should the Church be in all of this. It should certainly not be seeking common ground with Islam as it is at present.  It could, instead, be actively and vociferously  proclaiming the truth that Islam is violent to the bone, while calling on nominal Muslims to either change the laws on abrogation so that the early Koranic ‘peaceful verses’ are reinstated, or leave Islam. This of course is to provide some legitimacy for Islam as a religion, something Truth Watch could not support, therefore this option should not be followed.

The correct course is to boldly denounce Islam for the violent and oppressive religion it is and actively proselytise amongst Muslim communities at a level that would almost certainly promote a violent backlash – similar to the persecution early Christians experienced when they challenged the Roman world’s paganism.  Publicising Islam’s violent history would also be a good tactic.  It is long past time the West woke up to the fact that for the last 1400 years it has been at war, intermittently, with Islam. Islam has never been at peace with the West.  The latter’s dominance and the Islamic world’s own backward weakness has kept them quiet since the Muslim Caliphate was wound up following the First World War.

A third more moderate option would be to simply push for strict integration.  No more Muslim enclaves.  Muslims would need to under-go training in core western values and acknowledge their supremacy in the country they have chosen to adopt.  No more calls for Sharia Law.  Unfortunately, this option will run into liberal multicultural conditioning that will likely make such a policy weak and ineffective. Muslim resistance would almost certainly grow too and effete western liberalism is no match for militant Islam.  Attempts at stronger integration would probably fail and cause the internal divisions and violence it was supposed to prevent.

Thanks to western liberal multiculturalism and its associated immigration policies the West has created an enemy within.  For 1400 years we fought to keep them at arms length.  Now, in our ‘enlightened’ liberal era we have simply opened the gates and let them flood in. The ludicrous and unnecessary apology the Pope issued over the Crusades is now exposed. Why should the West apologise for fighting to hold the Muslim armies at bay in the Levant as they repeatedly attempted to topple the Byzantium flank to Europe.  If it had fallen in the Twelfth Century the West, in its fractured state, would have been hard pressed to resist the attack that would have inevitably come from both the east and the west (through Spain).

The Church is complicit in this sad state of affairs.  It has remained silent on Islamic immigration, which in OT terms would have been the equivalent of inviting the Philistines to occupy Israel.    The Church could have followed Israel’s example, since it clearly had God’s sanction.  Instead it defied biblical example and sought to find common cause with an implacable enemy.

Rick Warren exposed

Watch this video for an in depth examination of Rick Warren’s ministry.  Draw you own conclusions, but this documentary highlights many of the issues Truth Watch has been talking about for more than a decade.  Warren’s mentor was Peter Drucker who openly acknowledged he was not a Christian and had no interest in Christianity.  To him it was just one of many faiths, but he was interested in promoting community projects using the church model.  Warren and Hybels used Drucker’s ideas for church growth to build mega-churches off a marketing strategy and not the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life was simply an extension of Drucker’s church building formula.  Warren used proof-texting from Scripture to justify his promotion of a self-centered ‘christianity’ that he knew would be more appealing than the real message of the Bible.  Many in church leadership have tried to emulate his success at the expense of truth and the gospel.

http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/11/revealed-the-purpose-driven-plan-to-destroy-your-church-video-2456300.html

Friendship evangelism fails the western Church

Despite decades of pushing friendship evangelism the western Church has not seen much growth.  In fact the reverse is true.  Acceptance of Christianity, especially amongst youth  continues to shrink in the face of a concerted anti-Christian campaign, as Barna research (Read U Turn by George Barna) proves.  Church leaders have consigned the Church to a modern wilderness by refusing to confront secularisms drive to marginalise Christianity while simultaneously adopting management marketing principles to recruit church goers, rather than to disciple true believers.  There has been an escalation of commitment to seeker-friendly friendship evangelism by leaders, especially through the emergent church movement and the mega-church influence of Rick Warren’s purpose driven me-ism and Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek. This escalation has continued in the face of abundant evidence that it is failing to produce true followers of Jesus Christ.  Barna catalogues this failure with plentiful statistical evidence in U Turn. In a 2014 article on this issue Truth Watch explains why friendship evangelism is failing to live up to expectations.  The issue we cover include presenting the real Jesus, developing a comprehensive Christian world view, the importance of apologetics, the law to grace method of evangelism, the church’s defencelessness and the church’s teaching treadmill.  All is explained in the article.

A Christian refugee’s chronicle

Our latest article (see: My Church Journey – 30 Years of Lies - Articles menu) describes the journey from active church attendee to Christian refugee of one of Truth Watch’s founding members.  Jack (a pseudonym), describes his experience with the Anglican, AOG, Baptist denominations before his exodus to the independent Christian fellowships, from which he was eventually forced to flee.  His journey mirrors that of other Truth Watch members who all found that proper biblical discernment, exegesis and truth were progressively diluted in so many churches over the last 30 years.

Dealing with the problem of evil

The presence of evil in the world is often used by atheists and back-slidden Christians to justify their unbelief.  They erroneously claim evil would not be found in a world created by an all-loving and all-powerful God.  From there they conclude God cannot therefore exist.  This argument appears to have validity until the bigger picture is considered.

God is all-loving for those that accept him by faith.  He is also all-loving in the sense that he wants everyone to accept him and join him for eternity.  Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross to make that possible. He submitted to evil to make freedom from evil, for eternity, possible for all.  God is also all-powerful, but there is abundant evidence that God never claimed he would use that power to prevent evil in a world that refused to honour him with the free will he had given its people.  In fact he judged the whole world in Noah’s time by killing everyone, other that Noah and his family.  He ordered the genocide of tribal groups  and he used war to bring down empires and judge his own people.  In John’s Revelation God fore-swears that he will destroy vast numbers of people  and devastate the environment in the end times Tribulation. This is not a God to trifle with.

It is simply not possible to reduce God to a IF he-has-these-attributes-THEN-he-would-do-such-and-such equation.  As we demonstrate in our article, all the factors pertaining to evil’s existence are far more complex than a manufactured argument that rests on bald assumptions about several facets of God’s nature. Atheists may be content with resting their case on this argument but all they will do is condemn themselves.  They can beat their chests about what they think God should do, but they cannot expunge God with an over-simplified and banal excuse.  Go to the articles section and read  The Problem of Evil – No Problem After all.   

A fairytale called evolution

There are many aspects to evolutionary theory that make it unbelievable. The very idea that the complexity of living organisms can have its origins in nothing but inorganic matter is ridiculous. Evolutionary scientists have no idea how it happened beyond wild speculation. The probability that amino acids could spontaneously order themselves in very specific ways to produce proteins which then form complex interacting groupings to achieve a myriad of complex functions is so ludicrous it beggars belief. How DNA, the brains behind cellular life, could ever form on its own is unimaginable. Then there is the way the universe, our planet and our solar system in particular are so very finely tuned to make life possible. These so called cosmological constants only have to be minutely altered to make life and even the cosmos impossible.  It simply cannot happen by chance.

But, lets get down to something a lot more basic that even we lesser mortals can ponder before concluding evolution must be wrong. One of the key evolutionary principles concerns what is called the survival of the fittest. Evolutionists claim life grew in complexity as it self-selected on the basis of survivability. The most complex and highly evolved ‘animal’, according to evolutionists, is us – Man. They claim we got to where we are today because some small apes decided to drop out of the trees, for which they were supremely well designed, and make it on the forest floor.

Think about it. Why would an animal, designed to depend on its tree-dwelling ability decide to head for the ground? Every fibre of its natural instinct would have told it to stay in the safety of the trees. To try to make it on the ground is to defy the very survival of the fittest doctrine. On the ground small apes are highly vulnerable to predators. True, they might have ventured on to the ground to forage for some types of food, but they would have fled to the trees every time a sabre-tooth headed their way. Their vulnerability would have mitigated against ground adaptation. Their whole pelvic design, for example, makes flight on the ground almost impossible. To adapt to terrestrial living they would have had to stay on the ground for many generations, according to evolutionary theory, but that would have left them at the mercy of just about every known predator. They would not be fit to survive on the ground. The great apes can survive on the ground because they are large enough to see off most predators, but even they are restricted to a very small habitat, suited to their survival. The small apes, the Australopithicines, which the evolutionists claim were our forebears, had no size or strength advantage, no speed advantage and no fighting advantage. Their only hope lay in the trees. It is therefore reasonable to conclude the man from apes idea is unworkable – using evolutionary theory’s own dictum.

The fact is real empirical science has been replaced , by evolutionists like Richard Dawkins, with scientism; a religious dogma that insists God cannot exist and therefore everything must owe its origins to chance and the sole operation of natural laws, even if those very laws cannot make something out of nothing and cannot emerge on their own from nothing.  Dawkins and his ilk pretend to get past this fact by waiving it aside with “we’re working on that”.  This is tantamount to the blind faith they attribute to Christianity.

What is even more sad than this self-delusion is the fact that so many Christians think that a fairytale called evolution needs to be superimposed over an all powerful, all knowing God to produce everything there is while God sits idly by and watches with impotent interest. They have adopted their own form of scientism. If Jesus is Lord then he is the king of and creator of creativity itself. If he is Lord he is capable of bringing everything into being and he has told us that is exactly what he did. If Jesus is Lord, no ape needed to swing down out of a tree. God created the tree, the ape and Man. When Christians swallow the evolutionary lie they deny Jesus is Lord – Romans 10:9. If they are prepared to believe in evolution any old lie that comes along will be just as easily accepted. The leadership of the Church has allowed this appalling state of affairs to develop and it is at them that God will point his staff of justice.

End times- a new article

Given the continued rise of globalisation, technological advances, increasing anti-Semitism and the Western world’s rejection of its Christian heritage, it appears humanity is rushing headlong towards the last seven-year period described in the Book of Revelation. In a new article headed Future (End times) History Drawing Closer Still Truth Watch provides its own summary of how the final seven years of this current historical era may play out.

We start by listing the things we know for certain. These are the events clearly described in biblical prophecy – the return of Israel, the Antichrist, the false prophet and the mark of the beast, the seven seals, the bowl judgements and the seven trumpets, etc…  We focus on the prophecies of Zechariah 12, Daniel 9 and Matthew 24. We speculate on what may happen around events once the Antichrist secures his false peace. We also delve into the debate around the rapture because it relates specifically to the Church.

The article is driven by the parable of the ten bridesmaids in Matthew 25 because it confirms the Church will be overtaken by events it has ignored, despite their prominence in Scripture. In the parable the Church is asleep, just as in the Song of Solomon (5:2-8) the Church is depicted as unprepared for Jesus return. Truth Watch exists because we are aware the Church has fallen into a stupor induced by false prophets and teachers. Our love for our brothers and sisters compels us to sound the watchman’s alarm even if few will listen. One day many in the Church are going to awake to find they have been left behind, because they failed to embrace and hold to biblical truth. The future history article is designed to jostle sleeping Christians into wakefulness.

If you think biblical predictions concerning a one world government and a one world leader are merely symbolic or allegorical consider these comments from these prominent one-world elitists, before going to the future history piece in our Articles section

We must move as quickly as possible to a one world government, a one world religion and a one world leader.” Robert Muller, former U.N. Assistant Secretary General.

What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiances of the people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man and be he god or devil we will receive him.” Paul Henri Spaak, first President of the U.N. General Assembly.

Pope Francis treads the emerging church road

Pope Francis has taken an un-biblical position with regard to evangelism and the essential nature of truth, confirming once again the un-Christian character of the Catholic Church. In an interview, reported in the Washington Post on 2nd October, 2013 and documented in Ian Wishart’s latest book, Totalataria the Pope opined that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them.” He then added some emergent church philosophy to this error by “calling efforts to convert people to Christianity ‘solemn nonsense’ .”

The Pope’s ‘solemn nonsense’, contravenes Scripture (Luke 24:46-47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). To be fair his purpose was to draw a distinction between the hard gospel sell and relationship building leading to the gospel. Such a distinction encourages the soft gospel that we have discovered from the emerging church movement is no gospel at all. On top of that, of course, is the fact that the Catholic gospel is false anyway.

His relativisation of the knowledge of good and evil is classic post-modern cant. According to Jesus true worshippers worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23), while obeying God’s commands is the measure of one’s love for him (John 14:21; 1John 5:2-3). The Pope replaces objective Biblical truths with personalised human standards. In the interview the Pope talks of loving others, but misses the essential point that such love has first to come from a love for God and that love comes from obedience to his commands. It would be difficult to stray much further from real Christianity than to draw abstract distinctions between one form of evangelism and another. Whether it be the hard sell or the longer relational road both must end in a straightforward delivery of the right Gospel.

An evangelical Christian has no trouble recognising the error in the Pope’s views. He and all those like him would do well to heed the following:

  •  “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Luke 10:16
  • “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

  • “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” John 12:48

Ever since the reformation and even long before that for true Christians Catholic dogma has denied the five ‘alone’s’ of the reformation and by definition rejected the one true Jesus Christ. The idolatrous worship of Mary would discredit the Catholic Church on its own, but it has also adopted other false beliefs that deny the full and final work of Jesus on the cross. The Pope’s comments strongly suggest the emerging church and Catholicism will soon find themselves on the same ecumenical road; the road that will take them both to the feet of the false prophet of Revelation – assuming of course a Catholic pope is not one and the same.

For the actual transcript of the interview go to: http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/

Homosexuality 7, Christians zilch

With the passing by the U.S. Senate of the Employment Non Discrimination Act Christian values continue to be trounced. Coming on the heals of the same sex marriage legislation the ENDA proves the homosexual agenda is clearly aimed at “criminalising Christianity” (World Net Daily). Both pieces of legislation flout American’s First Amendment rights and effectively nullifies a key component of the U.S. Constitution.

Across the globe all that is left of Christianity’s moral code is a generalised understanding that some things are ‘oughts’ and other things are ‘ought-nots’. These oughts are the vestiges of the natural knowledge of God’s moral order embedded in the human spirit.

The church is no longer contesting the moral high ground because it had already given up the fight prior to the 1960s. Capitulating to evolutionary dogma, existentialism and clerical liberalism had left the Church in a terribly weakened state. The excesses of hyper-Pentecostalism, the self-esteem and faith prosperity gospel and emergent church thinking has robbed Christianity of its legitimate vitality and relevance. Now most Christians are lukewarm at best (see our post: Therapeutic Deists – 12/10/13). A ‘great falling away’ is well advanced. For over 10 years Truth Watch’s prophetic warnings have been treated with scorn. So what’s next?

The return to paganism will continue (see Letters: A Letter to New Zealand’s Government – Return to Paganism). Man’s self-degradation knows no bounds. Governments across the western world have already been captured by Christian haters of various stripes. They will continue to subvert democracy, such as it is, to move as far away from God’s commands as it is possible to get. The sexualisation of society will continue. Lowering the age of consent and pre-school sex education is likely to be next. Incest, polygamy and bestiality will grow in popularity. Abortion will continue unabated, as the final solution for irresponsible sexuality. Euthanasia will make its mark on the aged. A modern form of slavery will grow; building on indebtedness, materialism and neo-liberal economics.  Homosexuals will tighten their grip on the centres of political power and press for pederasty – man/boy sexual relations. It was rife in Nazi circles and since our western governments are incipiently fascist and homo-centric a return to pagan pederasty is likely.

God judged Sodom for being arrogant, overfed and unconcerned (Ezekiel 16:49-50). Homosexuality and other pagan practices all flourish in such conditions. God judged Sodom, its sister cities and Israel for its complacent toleration of immorality and idolatry. Today the wicked should celebrate their pyrrhic victories, for they will be short-lived. There can be little doubt God’s final judgement of the world cannot be far off. We should all be praying some of those who are cocking-a-snoot at God will wake up to their folly and be spared an eternity in hell.