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The western church and the atheist victory

There is a well used adage that all evil needs to triumph is that good men do nothing. But there is something even worse – when good men see evil for decade after decade and still do nothing.  Such is the state of the western Church.  In the NIV, Jeremiah 3, starting at verse 6, is headed ‘unfaithful Israel’.  Few Christians would see a parallel between the Israel God judged with invasion and captivity and the western Church over the last 50 years.  Israel and Judah actively aligned themselves with foreign powers, embracing their gods and their ways in the hope it would bring them peace, security and acceptability.  They ignored God’s prophets who warned them to hold to their covenant with their God and forsake their infatuation with foreign cultures.

The contemporary Church has been thoroughly unfaithful.  To garner acceptability it has embraced the declining values of a failing western culture.  No good has come of it.  Its silence or complicity has aided the liberal and atheistic cause by failing to stand in its way.  Moral and spiritual cowardice has marked its way. If God were to send another Jeremiah or an Ezekiel to speak to today’s church, predicting what they would probably say is not difficult.  Here is the short list:

  • If you love your God, return to obedience to his commands:  Stop committing adultery and divorcing the wife of your youth. Honour your bodies as his temple.  Stop your promiscuity and reject homosexuality.
  • Judge situations on the basis of God’s commands.  Do not claim you are not to judge on matters on which God has already judged, providing you are not acting hypocritically.
  • Stand against the teaching of evolution.  Believe in an old earth if you must, but do not forsake the fact that God committed six literal acts of creation. Defend God as creator.
  • Do not remain silent any longer on the false god Allah and his false prophet. Tear down the pretentious arguments and practices ranged against the true God in the West by this satanic faith.
  • Stop supporting the politicians and political parties, that continue with laws and policies God hates, with your vote.
  • Publicly tell the people what is good and what is evil – to love God is to hate evil.
  • Stop preaching a gospel of relationship and centre it instead on repentance from sin and Jesus as Lord.
  • Leaders! Stop cloistering God’s people in your entertainment citadels.  Equip them properly to defend the faith(Jude 3) and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.Send them out to be bold and courageous.
  • Publicly and relentlessly bring down the pretentious arguments ranged against God by prominent atheists.

 

Anglican clerics face split over homosexuality

The Church of England is convening a summit of 38 church leaders from across the world to ‘resolve’ issues over gay rights and same-sex marriage. A major split is in the making. Biblically correct African leaders are expected to walk out if the rest side with the homosexual movements agenda.  For run of the mill evangelicals, like we in Truth Watch, this is a non-issue.  Debating homosexuality and its place in any Christian communion is an oxymoron.  Common or garden Christians like us and you are justifiably perplexed.  Why on earth does this need to be debated at all?  James 4:4 springs to mind: friendship with the world that defies the commands of God is enmity towards him.  To love God is to hate evil; period, no debate.  In Galatians 5:19 Paul is explicit: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious and anyone living by them cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

It is tiresome repeating the well known biblical facts about homosexuality ad nauseum.  At no point does the Bible refer to homosexuality favourably.  Everything said about it is negative and condemnatory.  It should therefore  be entirely unnecessary to debate this issue within any denomination.  Unfortunately, there have always been elements within the Church who vie with each other to distort God’s revelation.  Their gnostic arrogance has never known any bounds.  They have always stood condemned.

Homosexuality carries the death penalty under Old Testament law.  Jesus said he had not come to do away with the law (God’s moral commands) so homosexuality is still a sin.  We can argue over the death penalty, but homosexuality is sinful nevertheless.  Some say it is no worse a sin than any other.  That is true to the extent that if we commit any sin, under God’s perfectly holy watch, we effectively break all his commands.  But, some sins carried a heavier penalty under the OT code. God clearly regards some sins as more reprehensible than others.  Sexual sins pollute our bodies – the temple of God dwelling in us.  For this reason they carried heavier penalties.

The New Testament tells us homosexuals will not enter heaven and God uses homosexuality in Romans 1 to illustrate the lengths to which we humans will go when we deny and disobey God. Sodom and its sister cities were an earlier case in point and God destroyed them.

It seems that liberal theologians either read into Scripture what they want it to say, by completely distorting the plain meaning of the text, or they make some other broad claim. Their condemnation is assured. They often appeal to natural justice, or resort to the claim we are not to judge.  Either argument is illegitimate.  No Man-made call to justice can override God’s established standards.  God tells us to love him is to obey his commands.  True justice can only stem from God’s commands. We are also perfectly free to judge on matters on which God has already issued his judgment.  If we choose to ignore, or re-interpret any clear command, our love for God must be called into question and our right to speak on matters Christian is abrogated.  Likely as not, any ‘rank-holder’, in any Christian denomination, who plies the lie about homosexuality, is almost certainly not a Christian.  Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that anyone who flagrantly commits a sexual sin should be turfed out of fellowship until they had renounced and repented of the sin.  Homosexual advocating clerics are no different and must, due to their position be judged more strictly. Two courses of action are open to them; repent and be born again, or leave the Church.

Some argue homosexuals are born that way and resort to an unfounded claim to genetic propensity.  This is arrant biological nonsense, quite apart from the fact that no such genetic connection has been found.  Because homosexuals cannot reproduce any such gene would have long since passed out of the human genome.  Of course, it would never have been there in the first place, since to put it there God would have to have contradicted his commands.  God never makes mistakes.

Jesus prayed for unity in the Church.  When church leaders risk that unity over homosexuality, related to only a small percentage of the population (1-4%),  when the plain meaning of Scripture is clear, they are defying the will of God the Father and the Son.  Such people prefer the lie to the truth and the Holy Spirit is foreign to them.

Moral and cultural cowardice

The Christmas and New Year period 2015-16 was marked in Europe by rampaging Muslim males sexually assaulting numerous women in Cologne, Germany.  They burnt Christmas trees in Belgium and violently assaulted people in an Oslo suburb.  The last one is nothing new.  Muslims have declared no-go zones across western Europe and regularly assault people who do not respect their sharia in those areas.  Don’t forget the British soldier with his head hacked off in England or the mass killings last year in France and the USA.

Where are all the westerners out protesting against all of this.  They protest the G8, climate change, the TPP and anything to do with the ‘infringement’ of homosexual ‘rights’, but remain silent on terrible atrocities.  Even when Muslims rampage through Paris and San Bernardino all we see are candle light vigils.

The fact is the western world has so wrapped itself in self-loathing and liberal multicultural newthink that it has lost its moral compass.  We have been told it is politically incorrect (verboten) to speak ill of another culture, even if it is a theocratically Islamic and contradicts all the West used to stand for.  Westerners have become cringing moral cowards.  So, lets put the record straight with a few home truths:

Western civilisation reached the pinnacle of human achievement in just about every area of human progress.  We in the West may have some blotches on our record, but they shrink to the size of pinheads when arrayed against the vaunting successes in science, medicine, agriculture, human freedoms and the institutions of good government and justice.  There is no other culture to match it in the past or the present and no better culture waits in the wings.  In fact it is quite the reverse, that is why much of the world has copied the West in many ways.  It is not racist to point this out.  It is simply a fact that does not bear on ethnicity but on a set of Judeo-Christian values that made the West possible.  If any other ethnic group had embraced the same values they would have been as equally successful.

Islam is a pervasive, aggressive and expansionist death cult and a cultural system that reduces all those who are enslaved in it to a mediocre existence.  The fact that many Muslims do not rally around the jihad flag changes nothing.  Islam has no redeeming features and will, if allowed to go unchallenged, become progressively more violent.  What’s worse the evidence for the veracity of its very teachings is missing. One point six billion people are living under a religious system that only exists because a 7th century murderous maniac claimed he had heard from God.  There are no lines of evidence that comport to verify his claims.

The West is set on a course, under the liberal elite dominating politics, corporations, academia and the media, that must inevitably lead to either moral and cultural capitulation to the Mullahs of oppression and death, or a bloody fight back to reclaim Western civilisation’s values and right to survive.  The longer we leave it the more certain we can be that death and violence will escalate.  We can’t run and there is no-where to hide.

The Israelites fell under God’s judgment and lost their martial strength because they invited foreigners with false god’s in, celebrated the multicultural diversity in those gods and made alliances with the nations that worshiped them.  The Israelites lost their cultural compass and they defied the laws of God to do it.  The West is doing much the same today. The consequences will be similar – bloodshed and misery.

Tony Campolo: An emergent divergent

Tony Campolo is acclaimed as a progressive evangelical.  He is part of the emergent church movement alongside the like of Rob Bell, Brian McLaren and Joel Osteen.  Tony Campolo is variously described as an American sociologist, a Baptist minister, a public speaker and he was spiritual advisor to former president Bill Clinton.  We draw you attention to our profile and associated links on this man  in our leader profiles section.  In our opinion Tony Campolo is a dangerous man.  Some say the emergent church movement is on the wane.  That may or may not be so, but that movement has infected the western church with false ideas that have become ‘elephants’ in the room for Christians.  While they remain undiscussed, as they often are in our luke-warn contemporary churches, they nevertheless have the power to cause major division.  False teachers like Tony Campolo are apologists for the unholy.  They reduce sins to unfortunate bu understandable choices. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are perfectly alright because the Bible does not mean what it plainly says.  Other religions might provide alternative paths to God. Of course, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross and rise again if that were so. Tony Campolo has been promoting un-biblical ideas for decades.  He could be described as a father of the emergent church movement.  He tells people what their itching ears want to hear.  They want to keep one foot in the Christian camp and one in the secular world.  Jesus tells us that is not possible.  Please read our profile.  The Truth Watch position on Campolo can be summed up in this verse:

  • 2 Cor 1:3-4 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you  accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Beatles Christianity -the ‘Emerging’ Church

So, what’s so dangerous about the emerging church, a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? The full force of emerging church theology, a movement that claims to be Christian, visited two Truth Watch members the other day – in the form of a 60s-something couple from Alabama, USA. A conversation was sparked after reading the inscription on the back of the man’s tee-shirt – something to the effect that Jesus is a problem for organised religion. The couple soon proved the reverse of their tee-shirt wisdom. According to them there is no hell. Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church and hipster pastor, has obviously spread his poison far and wide. Everyone is going to heaven. Misquoting the “no one comes to the father” phrase in John 14:6 they insisted it meant ALL will be drawn to the Father, due to the boundless grace and love of Jesus. Apparently, God’s love is so far-reaching and all-embracing that sin is not an issue. No need for deliberate repentance. God must perform some totally unbiblical alchemy, as the unregenerate pass through the vale of death, to convert the sinful soul into one cleansed of all unrighteousness. What a revelation! All those Christian martyrs could have avoided torture and execution.

So Jesus never really needed to die on the cross. It was, according to these emergent disciples, just a useful device to get the Jews on side. By getting the scriptural record wrong again they were adamant Jesus had to die on the cross because no Jew would accept him otherwise. You see, Jews insist there can be no redemption without the shedding of blood, so Jesus had to shed his blood, just for them. The fact that it was God, not the Jews, who mandated the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins, had been completely missed by his couple. Another contradiction also manifest itself. The Alabamians argued when Jesus said on the cross that it was finished he meant all sin was done away with so all would be welcomed into his kingdom. Oh, don’t forget the eldership issue. Male eldership is rank misogyny. See our women in leadership article.

All of this is little more than Beatles ‘Christianity’ – “all you need is love, love: love is all you need”. Now, of course, God is love, but it is a love infused with holiness so he cannot countenance sin in his kingdom. Our false evangelists of their new religion insisted love and relationship is the Alpha and Omega – no strings attached. Never-mind, for instance, that God tells us we must prove our love is real by obeying his commands. This is apparently an inconvenient truth best ignored.  If ignorance doesn’t work then just redefine God’s commands to mean the opposite of their plain meaning.

No one can be received into God’s kingdom unless they are regenerate; having confessed their sin, asked for repentance and by faith received that saving grace that expunges sin. The Roman’s 10:9 faith-based transformation must occur in this act of repentance, otherwise there is no born again transaction and without that there is no salvation. Emerging theology denies all of this when it insists all are saved. This false theology had reached the zenith of its obstinate apostasy in this couple. The fear of God and his holiness has well and truly been lost. By re-branding God’s love, grace and mercy as a free pass for all-comers, Beatles Christianity must come seriously close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

On the day of judgement will Jesus look on this poor American couple and say, depart from me, I never knew you? The emergent gurus are convincing otherwise faithful Christians that they can break the second commandment and mould a god in a man-made image that would have unrepentant multitudes in God’s holy kingdom. It is hard to imagine idolatry more perverse than this. Jesus warned that he will turn many away with his ‘go, I never knew you’. In this one phrase Jesus confirms the heresy in the all-are-saved dogma. If it were true then Jesus would not be turning anyone away. If he rejects many who think they know him by what means could he possibly accept those who never claimed to know him or actively rejected him? False emergent teachers have successfully blinded their followers to this obvious fact. The western Church is facing a full blown gnostic challenge that inoculates emerging church adherents against truth. Sadly, the western Church is unprepared for this assault. There is little doubt a very public schism must come between true believers and the emerging heresy.

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 been plunging.

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.

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.

Stages to Apostasy

Churches seldom start bad; they just seem to go bad.  In our article – Seven Stages to Apostasy Truth Watch traces the degeneration from good church to bad church. If we are in the ‘end times’ ( we almost certainly are) we can expect many churches to have been infiltrated by false doctrines and false teachers. If you have concerns about your church then read through the seven stages and determine where your church lies on the continuum. If your sober reflection leads you to the conclusion your church is headed towards apostasy then try to do something about it.  Admonish and teach – as it says in Colossians 3:16.  Of course, don’t expect to be well received.  You will have a battle on your hands. If your church is at Stage 7, LEAVE.

How many Christians are really Christian?

The failure of the western Church to stand for holiness over the last five decades can be sheeted back to poor leadership, cowardice, poor doctrine and false teachers and prophets. It all began in earnest with the sexual revolt of the 1960s and has now reached the point in 2013 where governments will recognise homosexual marriage. Truth Watch asks some important questions in its article, ‘How Many Christians are really Christian’. After 50 years of compromise and excuses where is the light of the gospel in the western world? Where are the champions of holiness? How many people have entered the Church believing a false gospel. How many are really born again? How many have fallen for Satan’s lie, “did God really say…” (Genesis 3:1).