A Not So Happy Reformation Day?

NOT so happy Reformation Day, as institutional Protestants are Grateful for Ecumenical Journey Since Reformation

 Amongst the many ecumenical celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – A joint message [Vatican-provided text] signed October 31, 2017 reads (in part): “Lutherans and Catholics are profoundly grateful for the ecumenical journey that we have traveled together during the last fifty years”. The statement cited “common prayer, worship and ecumenical dialogue” as contributing to “removal of prejudices” and greater “mutual understanding.”

We begged forgiveness for our failures and for the ways in which Christians have wounded the Body of the Lord and offended each other during the five hundred years since the beginning of the Reformation until today,” the statement said.

See: Catholic propaganda “news” site Zenit: https://zenit.org/articles/joint-statement-for-end-of-commemoration-of-reformation/

Pope Francis and [Lutheran] President Younan stated together: “Many members of our communities yearn to receive the Eucharist at one table, as the concrete expression of full unity. We experience the pain of those who share their whole lives, but cannot share God’s redeeming presence at the Eucharistic table.”

We rejoice that the Joint Declaration … has also been signed by the World Methodist Council in 2006 and, during this Commemoration Year of the Reformation, by the World Communion of Reformed Churches. On this very day it is being welcomed and received by the Anglican Communion at a solemn ceremony in Westminster Abbey.”

Looking forward, we commit ourselves to continue our journey together, guided by [SIC] God’s Spirit, towards the greater unity according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. With [SIC] God’s help we intend to discern in a prayerful manner our understanding on Church, Eucharist and Ministry, seeking a substantial consensus…

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The NAR’s “Passion Translation” of the NT set for Oct. 31st release!

Just in time for Halloween – BroadSteet Publishing has announced an Oct. 31 release date for the controversial Passion Translation’s complete New Testament. This popular New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “translation” of the Bible is produced by the NAR apostle Brian Simmons.

 

The Passion Bible Translations has rightly been referred to as the NAR bible. Indeed it has been Endorsed [https://www.thepassiontranslation.com/about/endorsements/ ] by:

Bill Johnson (Bethel/ NAR)

Bobbie Houston (Hillsong)

Patricia King (NAR)

Lou Engle (The Call/ NAR)

James Goll (NAR

John & Lisa Bevere (NAR)

Banning Leibscher (Jesus CULTure)

Che Ahn (NAR)

Stacy Campbell (NAR)

Chuck Pierce (Healing Rooms/ NAR)

 

NOTE: This article following is a repost of Holly Pivec's original @: http://www.spiritoferror.org/2017/10/thats-scary-passion-translation-plans-oct-31-release-for-full-new-testament/7179

Simmons claims that Christ visited him personally and commissioned him to produce this translation, where he has taken Bible verses and changed them to make them appear like they support NAR teachings. It’s endorsed by leading NAR apostles and prophets, including Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and Lou Engle.

Up to now, Simmons has released the Passion Translation in installments, starting with Song of Songs in 2011. The Oct. 31 release will include the full New Testament plus Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs.

In preparation for the release, the publisher has announced plans to expand the secretive editorial team of “respected scholars” who are allegedly behind this translation project. I refer to the team as “secretive” because Simmons–who describes himself as the lead translator–claims that a team of respected scholars and editors evaluate his work. But, to date, he has not publicly identified any of those supposed scholars. And the publisher’s latest announcement, about expanding the team, also does not identify any of the scholars. See this statement from the Passion Translation’s FAQ page:

In preparation for the release of the full New Testament October 31, 2017, BroadStreet Publishing is forming an even more extensive and diverse team to review and provide critical feedback to ensure The Passion Translation is faithful to the original text and heart of God.

It’d be almost kind of funny — if it weren’t such a serious matter — that the publisher claims to be adding more phantom scholars to the team. Do they think this translation actually gains credibility by beefing up the ghost squad? And why won’t Simmons reveal who is editing his work? Could it be that these individuals don’t have any more qualifications to make a new translation of the Bible than Simmons does? Read about his lack of qualifications and other serious problems with the Passion Translation in a series of posts I wrote.

In contrast to the Passion Translation, other true Bible translations–such as the New King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the New International Version–are produced by a team of scholars (not a single lead translator). And the names of those scholars are identified publicly–not shrouded in secrecy.

Having a shadowy team of figures behind this disturbing translation makes it that much scarier for anyone who might be considering lending it the same credibility as reputable translations of the Scriptures.

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Examples of the paraphrased “translation” include –

Psalm 23 –

KJV : “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

TPT: 1 “The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. [2] He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. [3] That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. [4] Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. [5] You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. [6] So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! “

Proverbs 3:5-6 –

KJV: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own under-standing. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

TPT: “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. [6] Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all“.

Romans 1:16-17

KJV: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

TPT: “I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved—the Jew first, and then people everywhere! [17] This gospel unveils a continual revelation of God’s righteousness—a perfect righteousness given to us when we believe. And it moves us from receiving life through faith, to the power of living by faith. This is what the Scripture means when it says:
 “We are right with God through life-giving faith!”

Hebrews 1:1-3 –

KJV: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; [3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

TPT: “[1] Throughout our history God has spoken to our ancestors by his prophets in many different ways. The revelation he gave them was only a fragment at a time, building one truth upon another. [2] But to us living in these last days, God now speaks to us openly in the language of a Son, the appointed Heir of everything, for through him God created the panorama of all things and all time. [3] The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.”

Voice of The Apostles: Deceiving Spirits and Demonic Transference

The Voice of The Apostles conference 2017 was held Oct. 17-20 in Lancaster, PA. This event is where top false prophets of the NAR ordain and “anoint” their disciples. The EmergentWatch documentary video is a composite of over 8 hours of video taken during the 3 day event. In this video one can witness the demonic transference from these false “apostles”, and the demonic spiritual effect this has on their followers. These effects have been compared to those seen in occultic Kundalini awakening and the uncontrollable movements known as “Kriyas”.

There are absolutely no verses in the bible that show the Holy Spirit manifesting these physical symptoms. On the contrary, there are multiple verses in the Gospels showing demons manifesting similar symptoms – being seized by evil spirits, falling to the ground and convulsing (twitching and jerking, etc.) – See Matt. 17:15+; Luke 9:42. etc.

Applicable bible verses include:

John 16:13-14 – “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority… He will glorify Me (Jesus)…”

1Jn. 1:5 – This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

1Jn. 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

1Cor. 14:32-33 – “The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…

Lam. 2:14 – “Your prophets have seen for you False and deceptive visions; They have not uncovered your iniquity, To bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.”

Ezk. 22:25-28 – The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things… like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken.”

2Pet. 2:18-19 – “They speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”

1Tim. 4:1 – “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

2Thes. 2:3-11 – “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (of The Lord) will not come unless the falling away (“Apostasia“) comes first… For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work… The coming of the lawless one (Antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…”

Apparently not content with adult followers, these wolves want children also.

Luke 17:2 – “Better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

 

 

Kairos 2017 – Offspring of The Mother of Harlots

Just in time for Halloween – The mother of all ecumenical conferences is about to take place in Kansas City, on Oct. 24-26th – in “celebration” of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Kairos 2017 event.

Organized by Vatican envoy Matteo Calisi (“United in Christ“), in collusion with Mike Bickle’s IHOP and by John Arnott’s “Catch the Fire“. Their promo states: “Unity & Revival: Come & Experience this Pivotal Event in History where Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Leaders set aside differences to reconcile 500 years of Forgiveness.”

Watch the EW media video expose’:

Speakers include: https://www.kairos2017.com/speakers/

NARpostles Lou Engle and Che Ahn

Toronto Blessing’s John Arnott

IHOP’s Mike Bickle

Word-Faith heretic Kenneth Copeland

NARprophets Wes & Stacy Campbell

Cardinal Daniel DeNardo

COE’s Archbishop Sean Larkin

Catholic Bishop Sam Jacobs

Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann

United in Christ’s Matteo Calisis

CBN’s Gordon Robertson

NARpostle Dutch Sheets

Oral Roberts Univ. Pres. Billy Wilson

“Worship” music will be provided by IHOP’s Misty Edwards and Arnott’s Catch the Fire music collective.

The ecumenical event will be a major milestone on the road back to Rome. This apostasy is uniting many aberrant streams of Christianity into the one-world religion predicted in the book of Revelation.

Francis Chan Endorses the Apostate NAR Movement

In his latest departure from orthodoxy, Francis Chan declares his love – not only for IHOP’s Mike Bickle (see below) – but for the entire apostate NAR movement – referring to them as simply harmless “Charismatics”.

The following video was screen captured from the Brio TV live feed of the ATD event on Saturday 10/7/17.

Speaking at the NAR event “Awaken The Dawn” on 10/7/2017 – Chan claimed that “God just revealed” to him, while backstage, his “arrogance” and need to “repent” – And, that in his arrogance, he used to teach against charismania, but that “my theology has changed over the years”, etc.”

Chan also implies that those who discern the unbiblical issues within the NAR movement are simply “arrogant” and think they “know better.”

The list of apostate NAR speakers at the ATD event includes: Heidi Baker, Lou Engle, Shawn Bolz, Todd White, Rick Pino, Nick Hall, etc.

A Brief History of Francis Chan’s departures:

2003 – Chan Invites X-Catholic speaker Mike Gendron to speak at his church, but shuts down his Q&A fearing offending Catholics. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo_sVyssxqk

2010- Chan speaks @ Exponential Conference alongside emergents. See http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=2856

2012 – Chan practices/ promotes contemplative Lectio Divina @ ??? event w/ Beth Moore & John Piper see http://apprising.org/2012/01/06/beth-moore-and-john-piper-lead-lectio-divina-lite-at-passion-2012/

2013 – Chan endorses NAR apostate Mike Bickle of IHOP at their ecumenical “one Thing” conference. See http://apprising.org/2014/01/02/francis-chan-declares-i-love-mike-bickle-of-ihop/

2015- Chan again speaks @ IHOP’s One Thing. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31ncnro-Y4

2017 – Chan speaks at the NAR “Awaken the Dawn” event, wherein he endorses Lou Engle and the entire NAR apostate movement , referring to them as simply “Charismatics”.

Nowdays, Chan is speaking at more than a few highly questionable event. See http://www.crazylove.org/events – Events such as:

4/17- @ Exponential 2017 w/ Emergent/ contemplatives

11/17 @ False teacher Luis Palau’s event

And, he’ll be back @ IHOP in Dec. 2017 for their “One Thing” con. see http://www.ihopkc.org/onething/

See also the previous EW posts on Calvary Chapel pastor Steve Berger’s hosting of Lou Engle and his endorsements of the apostate ATD event. See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/

 

NAR apologist Dr. Michael Brown to speak at Calvary Chapel affiliate

Steve Berger , pastor of the CC affiliated Grace Chapel (Franklin, TN) is at it again – Even after recently promoting the heretical NAR event “Awaken The Dawn“. [See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/.

Since the event at his church, Berger has continued to post promotions of the coming ATD event, as well as promotions of it’s leader – NAR man Lou Engle – on his social media pages.

Berger also recently 9/12/17) hosted a “Concert of Prayer” event, wherein his CC affiliated church partnered with the Mike Bicke’s IHOPKC affiliate NHOP – the Nashville House of Prayer.

In this clip Steve Berger does another promo for Lou Engle’s NAR “Awaken The Dawn’ event: https://www.facebook.com/mark.jefferies.3720/videos/vb.100007157913339/1939838079598104/?type=2&theater&notif_t=video_processed&notif_id=1506029400219274

Now, Berger & his church are hosting the NAR apologist, Dr. Michael Brown on Sept. 24th. Yes, the same Dr. Brown who was one of the pioneers of the demonic Brownsville “revival” movement – Who has praised NAR apostates Mike Bickle and Lou Engle as “Great men of God”. [See http://apprising.org/2014/01/14/dr-michael-brown-says-friends-mike-bickle-and-lou-engle-true-men-of-god/

Michael Brown has feigned ignorance as to what the New Apostolic Reformation is. So why does he constantly defend and endorse its major heretical leaders, many of whom he calls friends and brothers in Christ? See: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/01/20/michael-brown-admits-his-nar-ties-to-rick-joyner/

Yes, Michael Brown even denies the existence of the NAR, even though he is inexplicably tied with Destiny Image Publishing, which is one of the biggest New Apostolic Reformation publishing houses in the world. See: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/01/10/further-evidence-of-michael-browns-ties-with-the-nar/

Also see: http://www.piratechristian.com/messedupchurch/2017/5/convincing-proof-that-dr-michael-brown-requires-gullibility-in-his-audience

And: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/03/01/bill-johnson-affirms-michael-brown-is-part-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation/

And: http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/03/02/charismatic-gullibility-dr-michael-brown-and-discernment/

And see Dr. Brown attack his critics… again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=cYXVXBqWCb4

How to Ignore “Discernment Bloggers” and Stay Comfortably Clueless

[This is a Repost of Steve Kozar’s piratechristian.com satire of 9/14/2016]

Want to stay comfortable in your (theologically shallow & Biblically illiterate) Christian beliefs? Even if those beliefs are not really based on God’s Word?? Of course you do! Here’s a guide that will keep you in the dark, and will help you to avoid the bothersome content of whichever discernment bloggers are currently bugging you:

  1. Start with this assumption: There aren’t any false teachers. With this handy starting point everything else falls comfortably into place. Just tell yourself that people who proclaim a different Gospel are just… different. It’s like the difference between hotdogs and hamburgers. If there are no false teachers, then it logically follows that all discernment bloggers are wrong. Now you won’t have to consider what they say!
  2. Go with the group. If the majority agrees with you, you must be right. Remember, Jesus wants you to follow the most popular teachers, even when they twist the Bible. Discernment bloggers are not popular, so they must be wrong. Now you won’t have to consider what they say!
  3. Lump them all together. It’s true: some discernment bloggers are too extreme and exaggerate too much, or they go off on some crazy bunny trails; therefore you can ignore everything that every discernment blogger says (see points 1 & 2).
  4. They are mean and angry, therefore, they are wrong. If you think they’re mean and angry… well, that means they are mean and angry. Now you won’t have to consider what they say!
  5. Criticize their criticism. Discernment bloggers are not speaking in love when they call out false teachings and teachers, therefore you can ignore the actual content of what they say. Once you understand this you can freely criticize them, because it’s not unloving when you and your group does it.
  6. Say something like this: “The Holy Spirit leads me-I don’t need all this theological stuff.” Remember, the Holy Spirit leads us, but He does it by using God’s Word. So if you want to remain clueless, just focus on the thoughts that pop into your head, and avoid the Bible (and it’s theology) at all costs. If you do decide to read your Bible, make sure to avoid the actual meaning of passages, which can be determined by simply understanding the context. Instead, use your Bible like a divining rod or a crystal ball, that way the Bible will always agree with you and your ideas!
  7. Give them a label. This is a great thought-stopper. Label all discernment bloggers with a generic and meaningless label so you can comfortably ignore them.

Examples: (A) “He’s into those Christian conspiracy theories, it’s really sad.” (Never define “Christian conspiracy theory;” thus people  can be grouped together with Bigfoot hunters and UFO hobbyists.) (B) “He’s one of those judgmental, Bible-thumping Christians now. He’s a religious Pharisee; he’s always quoting Bible verses.” (Hint: never define “judgmental” or “Bible-thumping” or “religious Pharisee.” (C)“Ever since she’s been reading those discernment articles she’s gotten too negative. God’s in control, right? Why worry so much?!” (Hint: if you ever realized how brain-dead the church has become, you’d be “negative” for a while, too. So keep ignoring all the proof that surrounds you, and stay away from your Bible which repeatedly warns you to watch out for false doctrine!)

The original article is here:  http://www.piratechristian.com/messedupchurch/2016/9/how-to-ignore-discernment-bloggers-and-stay-comfortable-clueless