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There’s a show coming this fall to Oxygen that is already sparking controversy. The reality program “Preachers of L.A.” will Preachers of L.A.: New Reality Show Sparks Major Controversyfollow the lavish lives and booming careers of six mega pastors — Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon (one of the show’s producers), Jay Haizlip, Noel Jones, Wayne Chaney and Ron Gibson.

A description on Oxygen’s website boasts: “Known for their fiery sermons, community outreach and passionate followings, pastors have become iconic, beloved, and sometimes polarizing figures in modern culture. Yet, few people have access to these larger-than-life men away from the pulpit. Until now.”

As the official trailer reveals, the docuseries shows these men of faith “inside and outside of the church” as they shop, golf, vacation. Bishop Clarence McClendon said, “The Bible says that I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul will prosper–I believe that,” expressing a view that all of the preachers seem to hold in common. And when it comes to the men’s lifestyles there’s no shortage of controversy.

“P. Diddy, Jay-Z — they’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” said Bishop Gibson, who is himself the product of a past characterized by struggle and redemption. The show’s blog gives a brief overview of Gibson’s background as a former gang member, and explains how his life was transformed by the Christian message:

“Although he was raised by a Christian mother in the Church, Ron succumbed to the pressure of the streets and became a Compton Crip by the age of sixteen.  This led to a life of crime and drug addiction, until Christ changed his life.  He started Life Church Of God In Christ with nine members, which has now grown to a congregation of approximately 4,000 members.”

Pastor Jay Haizlip, a former pro skateboarder had wealth prior to his career as a preacher, but he longed for something more. The blog shares that Haizlip, who once found himself in the crack houses of Huntington Beach and Long Beach California, has used his ministry to reach out to individuals caught in the same hole of despair and addiction that was once his own life.

But a show of this nature is bound to generate criticism. Many feel that the MTV Cribs-style reality show gives the wrong idea about what faith can offer individuals, and that these pastors are skewing scripture to fit their own materialistic desires.

Charisma recently covered a Christian group’s movement to cancel the show on the grounds that “Preachers of L.A.” offers a poor depiction of true Christian leadership, and instead serves to glorify the covetous pursuits of narcissistic individuals.

Another concern is that Preachers of L.A. will provide the IRS reason to reprimand non-profit church organizations by lifting tax exemption policies, a practice that has undergone critique in the past.

Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of the National Religious Broadcasters association released a statement expressing his concern about the effect the new show could have on “legitimate Christian ministries” that would suffer as the result of an IRS crackdown on “lavish spending” among select non-profits:

“Preachers of L.A. will just add more fury to the consistent cry for an anti-clergy crackdown in Washington and more bricks to the infamous ‘wall of separation’ of Church and State,” he wrote.

Apart from their grandiose display of wealth, some of these pastors have been singled out by members of the faith community as hypocrites unworthy of the spotlight they have.

But what are the faith leaders hoping to convey through the show?

In the promo video, one pastor shared, “Being a pastor is very dangerous because you have to be perfect at all times.” The pressure to be a role model for thousands of congregants is significant, and every lapse is sure to welcome criticism.

Pastor Deitrick Haddon preaches that perfection is not realistic, and that even pastors are fallen people. His hope is that the show will not cause viewers to deify faith leaders, but rather that it will allow them to empathize with the struggles they face as religious teachers. Haddon, who divorced his first wife Damita in 2011, recently married Dominique McTyer, the mother of his first child.

An example of this is the scandal that surrounded Bishop Noel Jones’ alleged romance with former X-Factor contestant, Stacy Francis, who came out last year and admitted that Jones is the father of her second child.

With countless critics and rumors, along with thousands of dedicated followers and success stories that inspire hope, there is a wide-range of possibilities for which direction this show could take.

“The reason I’m involved is because I believe it is going to give people who would not come to my church…who don’t watch Christian television, another glimpse of what Christianity actually looks like from the inside,” Bishop McClendon shared in an interview on the Lift Your Voice gospel show.

Alas, to what a fearful extent is that friendship of the world which is “enmity with God,” now cherished among the professed followers of Christ! How widely have the popular churches throughout Christendom departed from the Bible standard of humility, self-denial, simplicity, and godliness! Said John Wesley, in speaking of the right use of money: “Do not waste any part of so precious a talent, merely in gratifying the desire of the eye, by superfluous or expensive apparel, or by needless ornaments. Waste no part of it in curiously adorning your houses; in superfluous or expensive furniture; in costly pictures, painting, gilding. . . . Lay out nothing to gratify the pride of life, to gain the admiration or praise of men. . . . ‘So long as thou doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.’ So long as thou art ‘clothed in purple and fine linen,’ and farest ‘sumptuously

The Great Controversy pg 386

every day,’ no doubt many will applaud thy elegance of taste, thy generosity and hospitality. But do not buy their applause so dear. Rather be content with the honor that cometh from God.”–Wesley, Works, Sermon 50, “The Use of Money.” But in many churches of our time such teaching is disregarded.

A profession of religion has become popular with the world. Rulers, politicians, lawyers, doctors, merchants, join the church as a means of securing the respect and confidence of society, and advancing their own worldly interests. Thus they seek to cover all their unrighteous transactions under a profession of Christianity. The various religious bodies, re-enforced by the wealth and influence of these baptized worldlings, make a still higher bid for popularity and patronage. Splendid churches, embellished in the most extravagant manner, are erected on popular avenues. The worshipers array themselves in costly and fashionable attire. A high salary is paid for a talented minister to entertain and attract the people. His sermons must not touch popular sins, but be made smooth and pleasing for fashionable ears. Thus fashionable sinners are enrolled on the church records, and fashionable sins are concealed under a pretense of godliness. The Great Controversy pg 387

A Love That Transforms
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Being in love changes everything. For instance, a young lady was reading a large book for her university’s English literature course. She found the whole thing very boring and could barely stay focused when reading it. But then she met a striking young professor on campus, and they quickly fell in love. Soon after, she realized her beloved was the author of the book she had struggled with. Th…
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In October 2012, a student rebelled against RFID (radio-frequency identification) tracking cards issued — and mandatory — for all students within two schools in a nisd student locator programSan Antonio, Texas, school district, saying from a religious perspective, she considered them the “mark of the beast.” After court battles that followed it, the school has decided to completely cancel the program, which was launched to improve attendance.

Andrea Hernandez, then a sophomore in John Jay High School within North Independence School District, was expelled in January 2013 for refusing to use the RFID card. That same month, a federal judge ruled that mandating the tracking system for students was not an infringement upon Hernadez’s religious beliefs, as she claimed it was, citing the Biblical book of Revelation. The teen with her legal counsel, The Rutherford Institute, appealed that decision.

“This decision by Texas school officials to end the student locator program is proof that change is possible if Americans care enough to take a stand and make their discontent heard,” attorney John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, said in a statement. “As Andrea Hernandez and her family showed, the best way to ensure that your government officials hear you is by never giving up, never backing down, and never remaining silent—even when things seem hopeless.”

But NBC Latino reported the school district’s spokesman, Pascual Gonzalez, clarifying the school’s decision to not continue the program, which was instituted as a pilot program in 2012, had nothing to do with the Hernandez family’s complaints.

“We did not cancel it because the kids didn’t want it,” Gonzalez said. “We felt the investment was not worth the return and the additional workload of the staff to monitor and follow up on the system.”

A tattooed number, a computer chip under the skin, or something more subtle? These are the misunderstanding of the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast  will be a choice a person will have to make between choosing the side of God or Satan. The final battle between Satan and God is just ahead, and it is described in the book of Revelation. This book points out that God has an emblem, or mark, which will identify His people. Satan also has an emblem, or mark, that will identify those who support him. As usual, Satan will work through an earthly power symbolized in Revelation by a beast to impose his mark. God’s mark is the Sabbath and Satan’s mark is Sunday

God’s Mark: “I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Ezekiel 20:12. “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth.” Exodus 31:17.

Satan’s Mark: Changing Sabbath to Sunday involves altering God’s law – a very serious matter.  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25

Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:

Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?”

Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”8

So the papacy is here saying that it changed Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority. Please study the lesson below do it for yourself time is running out also visit http://www.sabbathtruth.com

8Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism [FRS No. 7.], (3rd American ed., rev.: New York, Edward Dunigan & Bro., 1876), p. 174.

The Mark of the Beast.
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 Lesson #20
A tattooed number, a computer chip under the skin, or something more subtle? It’s one of the most misinterpreted prophecies in all of the Bible – yet it is so important to correctly understand this subject. But in studying the mark of the beast, we must address some very sensitive issues, naming names and being specific. This is not a popular thing today, but we must be firm because God loves Hi…


Think it’s hot in Texas these days? Just wait a few weeks, until the San Antonio City Council ends its summer hiatus and resumes work on a proposed change to its nondiscrimination ordinances that apparently will discriminate against all who take the Bible at its word and follow it.

That’s because the change creates a penalty for those who ever exhibit a “bias,” which clearly could include adopting the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality, with a permanent ban on participation in city government, business or employment.

Opponents of the plan, which would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the nondiscrimination ordinances, charge it is a violation of constitutional Article VI, paragraph 3, which states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

The opponents explain that the ordinance would bar anyone from office who has “demonstrated a bias” against someone based on categories that include “sexual orientation.”

The proposal, however, does not define “bias,” which, according to local church leaders, could mean someone who declares homosexual behavior is sinful.

The new ordinance would state: “No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability.”

Anyone in office who demonstrates a bias would be considered guilty of “malfeasance” and removed from office.

Church leaders who oppose the proposed change argue it violates First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association. It also violates, they say, the Texas Religious Freedom Act and the Texas Constitution.

Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach International, who has been alerting city residents about the issue, told OneNewsNow that the reference to “bias” could mean anything.

“The ordinance … says that if you have at any point demonstrate a bias – without defining what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised – that you cannot get a city contract,” Flowers said. “Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”

He called the measure “unprecedentedly wrong” and said “the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.”

Many pastors are concerned, reported KHOU-TV’s Joe Conger in Houston.

“Ever have a Paula Deen moment – make an off-color joke or hold a religious belief?” Conger said. “Pastor Steve Branson of Village Parkway Baptist Church says keep it to yourself if you’re involved with San Antonio city government. Proposed changes to the anti-discrimination ordinance could get you fired.”

“If you voice any opinion, no matter how many years back it’s been, it can be used against you,” Branson told the station. “City employees are going to be greatly affected by this.”

The KHOU report said more than a dozen church leaders met to discuss the looming issue.

An analysis released by pastors said the “ordinance violates Texas and federal Constitutions by creating a religious test for involvement in city government.”

The church leaders said it allows the city council “to prohibit those that speak their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality from serving on city boards.”

“For example, if a person publicly expresses their religious belief that homosexual behavior is a sin – even if this expression is at a church service – that person could be frozen out of involvement with city government.”

The analysis also contends businesses “run by people of faith will be subject to criminal penalties if they refuse to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs relating to homosexuality.”

The council, which declined to advance the plan when it first was discussed, is scheduled to resume talks on the controversy in August.

It seems FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS BECOMING A Bad WORD IN THE LAND OF FREE SPEECH…. The truth must be proclaimed regardless! Every principle of the U.S. Constitution is being undermined. Eventually the United States will “repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, Page 451

The USA in Bible Prophecy.
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Can it really be true? America in Bible prophecy – absolutely! When you think about it, it makes sense that the most powerful and influential nation on earth will play a vital role in the final stunning events of the world’s closing history. But even more surprises await you as the Bible reveals how the leading nation of the world came to exist and why! Please read Revelation 13:11-18 before begi…


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Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

· July 25, 2013

Upon his arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis informally asked permission to enter the country. Saying he wanted to “knock gently” at Brazil’s door, he said, “I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you.” There was no objection.

The Catholic Church is expecting up to one and a half million pumped-up young people and others to attend the event. Brazil spent approximately $60 million in public funds on security and logistics, hoping to project a good image.

During his remarks at the presidential palace, the pope said “I have neither silver nor gold.” In actual fact, the Papacy has much gold and silver, and money and valuable art and beautiful palaces which it refuses to use for the benefit of the poor.

“But I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ!”

The papal visit to Brazil is a public relations extravaganza that builds enthusiasm for a church that is steeped in scandal. Francis’ personal humility will certainly go a long way to keeping people deceived concerning the nature of the Papacy.

“Men may have their names upon the church-book; but that does not make them children of light. They may hold honorable positions and receive the praise of men; but that does not make them children of light. They may shut themselves in monasteries, and clothe themselves in garments of sanctity, and yet not be the children of light.” Signs of the Times, August 18, 1887

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY,BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4, 5

“All the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3

Humble pope asks permission to enter Brazil

Who is the Antichrist?
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Who, or what, is the Antichrist? Evil alliance, or sinister individual? Some say his appearance is still in the future. Others say he appeared long ago in the days of ancient Rome. But the Bible indicates that he is alive today! The Bible prophecies teach this antichrist power will play a crucial role in the final events of earth’s history. Do you know who he is? Are you sure? You need to be, …

 

 

 

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The Other Woman
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Every marriage must rely on trust – and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God’s Word. Revelation contains a shocking message about Babylon, the other woman. Babylon is fallen, and Christ’s people must escape her charms or perish! Thu…


In Hollywood, “based on a true story” can mean many things. Typically, this label indicates Is the New Hollywood Movie The Conjuring About a Demonic Possession Really Based on a True Story? Screenwriters Talk to TheBlazethat something is loosely based upon real-life happenings. But in the case of “The Conjuring,” a supernatural horror film that comes out on July 19, the truth is apparently embedded in the plot. TheBlaze recently interviewed Chad and Carey Hayes, 52, twin brothers who penned the script, to learn more about the cryptic elements touted within it.

An official description of the movie provides an overview of what viewers can expect: “Based on the true life story, ‘The Conjuring’ tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.”

Clearly, it’s a creepy plot. And, on the surface, it’s hard to believe that it’s based on reality, but that’s what the Hayes’ contend.

Alleged Real-Life Plot: Demonologists Combating Possession

Rather than coming exclusively from the perspective of the Perron family, the film is mainly told through the eyes of the Warrens, who were real-life ghost and demon hunters. Their story, upon learning the details, captivated the screenwriters.

After being sent a document from one of the producers for “The Conjuring,” the Hayes brothers told TheBlaze that they were intrigued. The two or three page document described what actually happened, in real-life, to the family depicted in the film. The Warrens were mentioned in the documentation, which sparked the intriguing idea about how the script should be approached (i.e. from their perspective).  We wanted to tell it from Ed and Lorraine’s point-of-view,” the Hayes brothers told TheBlaze.

What made the film most interesting was that the case was investigated in the 1970s, a time during which the Warrens, as paranormal investigators, didn’t have the technology or tools that are available today. In this case, it was mainly faith that the two demonologists were forced to rely upon as they purportedly battled a demonic presence.

“It gave us an opportunity to write a movie about two people who have God as their tool — and their faith in the Lord,” the screenwriters said, noting that it offered them a unique opportunity to invoke a higher power. “We could overtly put God first without having to dance around it.”

More on the Film’s Faith Themes

While some people may turn away from the film, dubbing it yet another vapid Hollywood attempt to essentially scare viewers, the Hayes brothers contend that there’s a deeper message embedded in the movie — one they want to overtly convey to viewers.

Only God has the power to save you; there’s nothing appealing about evil once it enters someone’s life. That’s the message that the twin screenwriters hope to show through “The Conjuring.” The Hayes brothers, who have been writing together since they were 16, are Messianic Jews who believe wholeheartedly in the Almighty. Their faith, interestingly, played a role in how they formed the plot-line for the film.

The brothers explained that the movie allowed them to show that the Perron family, which was not churchgoing, had a weakness when combating demonic spirits: A lack of faith. The screenwriters believe that “faith is your tool of protection” and they were able to insert these themes into the movie.

“We’re both Christians. We believe in family values. We believe in God,” the Hayes brothers said of their own experience. “We grew up going to church every Sunday. It’s interesting having faith and having the ability to write about our faith…we totally set things on scripture.”

Viewers might be surprised to learn that Ephesians 6:12 is at the heart of this movie. It reads, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

As for Christians and other critics who might dismiss their participation in a movie that deals with such dark themes, the two dismissed potential critiques.

“That’s hypocritical. There is a message in our movie and as Christians we’re obliged to witness to people,” they responded. “We are blessed if this changes one person or a thousand peoples’ lives.”

Based on a True Story?

Naturally, based on the elements shown in the film, TheBlaze asked how much of the movie is truly real. The Hayes brothers were candid, noting that artistic license was taken, but not in conjuring (pun intended) or manufacturing scenarios; most of what is viewed in the film is said to have happened.

“I would say most of it is derived from the true story,” the brothers said, noting that the time-line was condensed and that some of the stories were taken out for time’s sake. “As far as, ‘Was it that loud when the pictures fell off the wall’ — we’ll never know.”

The two also explained that the house shown in the film was designed a bit differently than the original in an effort to make filming more seamless (the real house is still in use in Rhode Island and, ironically, it has purportedly been turned into a daycare center).

As for the paranormal investigators (they also handled the infamous Amityville Horror case) While Ed passed away in 2007, Lorraine is still alive. The 86-year-old has been in contact with the Hayes brothers and even advertised the movie’s filming on her official website.

The Bible teaches us ” Be not deceived: Evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 . We should be diligent in what we let our eyes see and our ears hear. Especially our little ones. 1 Corinthians 5:6 ” Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” You can’t take  ” God’s message” and wrap it in evil and say it is good. Isaiah 5:20 says Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Are The Dead Really Dead?
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Death just might be one of the most misunderstood subjects today. To many it is enshrouded in mystery and evokes dreaded feelings of fear, uncertainty, and even hopelessness. Others believe that their deceased loved ones are not dead at all, but instead live with them or in other realms! Still others are confused about the relationship between the body, spirit, and soul. But does it really matte…

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Is The Devil In Charge Of Hell?
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Well? Does God really keep the devil on His payroll – is he the chief superintendent of hell measuring out the punishment of the lost? Nearly the entire world holds a very unbiblical view about hell, and you owe it to yourself to know what the Bible really says about it. Don’t be fooled, because what you think about hell certainly affects what you think about God’s character! Take a few moments …