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In the 1950s and 1960s it was easy to argue and even get into fights over differences between Lutherans and Catholics. But today those animosities are long gone. No one is looking for a fight.

Last October 31, Pope Francis and Bishop Mounib Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed a joint statement in which Catholics and Lutherans pledged to pursue their dialogue to remove the remaining obstacles that hinder them from reaching full unity. They also stressed their commitment to common witness on behalf of the poor, the needy and the victims of injustice.

The leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has signed the “Declaration on the Way” document. At the heart of it are 32 “statements of agreement” that state where Lutherans and Catholics do not have church-dividing differences on topics about church, ministry and the Eucharist. For example, Lutherans and Catholics believe the same about the real presence of Jesus in Holy Communion.

Agreement No. 30 states: “Lutherans and Catholics agree that in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ himself is present. He is present truly, substantially, as a person, and he is present in his entirety, as Son of God and as a human being.”

Our church doors are not big enough to post the 32 agreements on them; however, the bulletins of Catholic and Lutheran Churches could publish a summary of them to mark the 500th anniversary the week of October 31.

As the march toward full, visible, sacramental unity nears maturity, watch for remaining differences between Catholics and Lutherans to melt away.

“And all the world wondered…” Revelation 13:3.


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Matthew 24:33 …’So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.’

 

 

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Tuesday August 29th, 2017

 

Twitter has reportedly denied the request of a pastor to use the social media network to advertise his new book, which promotes a traditional view of marriage.

Pastor Craig Stellpflug paid for Twitter ads to promote his recently-published book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage. Twitter told Stellpflug that they do not allow tweet’s that contain “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.” They further stated that Stellpflug’s ad contained “hate.” Stellpflug is a pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, Washington.

Stellpflug had wanted to post this tweet: “One Man One Woman is about God’s original design for marriage carried from Adam and Eve in the garden through today.” The tweet also included an image of the book and a link to WestBow Press’ online bookstore where the book can be purchased.

“They started promoting it, they took my money,” Stellpflug told The Christian Post. “Then, I get that email that tweet was not approved and that it was determined to be hate.”

Stellpflug says his book is not about gay-bashing and actually addresses other topics than homosexuality. “In fact, I address different issues — homosexuality, adultery, divorce, pornography and other like issues,” he said. “I don’t give any special weight to homosexuality. I do give tremendous weight to God’s forgiveness, God’s judgment versus our judgment.”

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:28 and 30.


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“With Bible prophecies of the end times appearing to come to pass before our very eyes, there’s a big one many wonder about. Is the Antichrist alive? Who is he? What is he doing? … Here’s what Graham had to say … The Bible refers to the Antichrist as an evil person of great spiritual power who will appear at the end of the present age … As the name ‘Antichrist’ implies, he will be completely and utterly opposed to Christ and His people … Is the Antichrist alive today? On one hand, the Bible urges us not to speculate about this or become overly anxious about it … The most important fact about the Antichrist, however, is that he will not win.”

This is pretty much what you get from Protestants now regarding the antichrist. Billy Graham not only is unable or unwilling to pinpoint the antichrist, he makes the same mistake that the majority of Protestants and Evangelicals make today. And that is to take the Jesuit line of thinking regarding antichrist. Proposing that the antichrist is one person who would arise in the very last days. And yet the Bible makes it real clear that the antichrist is not one person who will arise in the last days, but a RELIGIOUS SYSTEM which tries to TAKE THE PLACE OF CHRIST, that has been with us for a long time!

This antichrist system is known as the ‘little horn power’ of Daniel 7, the ‘man of sin’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, the ‘sea beast’ of Revelation 13, and ‘Babylon the Great’ of Revelation 17. And these ALL point unmistakenly to the Papal Church of Rome, with that ‘man of sin’, the pope as it’s leader! You see, the word ‘antichrist’ does NOT just mean ‘against’ Christ, as the English word suggests. If you look at the original Greek word, you will see it also means to ‘TAKE THE PLACE’ of Christ. And what religious system on earth has tried to do just that? Roman Catholicism. Just look at what the ‘fathers’ of Protestantism believed:

MARTIN LUTHER – ” For who is the man of sin and the son of perdition, but he who by his teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he were God? All these conditions have now for many ages been fulfilled by the papal tyranny.” (Martin Luther, First Principles, pp. 196-197)

JOHN CALVIN – “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. .. I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” (Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol.3, p.149)

JOHN KNOX – “as for your Roman kirk, as it is now corrupted, and the authority thereof, whereon stands the hope of your victory, I no more doubt but that it is the synagogue of Satan, and the head thereof, called the pope, to be that man of sin, of whom the apostle speaks.” (John Knox, The History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland, p.65)

JOHN WESLEY – “In many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles. He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure.” (John Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon The New Testament, p.216)

CHARLES SPURGEON – “It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name … Popery is contrary to Christ’s Gospel, and is the Antichrist, and we ought to pray against it.” (Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome)

ELLEN WHITE – “This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of the man of sin foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power – a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will. To secure worldly gains and honors, the church was led to seek the favor and support of the great men of earth; and having thus rejected Christ, she was induced to yield allegiance to the representative of Satan – the bishop of Rome … Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to ‘think to change times and laws. (Daniel 7:25)” (E.G.White, The Great Controversy, pp.49-51)

Many other great men and women, including William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, Philipp Melanchthon, Huldreich Zwingli and the Translators of the King James Bible all proclaimed the antichrist to be the Papal Church of Rome, with the pope as that ‘man of sin’. Sadly, Protestants today have joined hands with that whore of Babylon and have accepted false Jesuit teachings concerning the antichtist to divert people from the truth!

 

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Source: https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/66528-billy-graham-answers-is-the-antichrist-roaming-the-earth-as-we-speak


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Tuesday August 8th, 2017

And here’s one that will surely have feminists squirming, and homosexuals jumping for joy. We don’t need women any more to have babies! Well, almost. Motherless babies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered a method of creating an offspring without the need for a female egg. Even skin cells and DNA from two men, or even one man could unite with sperm to create a viable offspring.

An experiment by the University of Bath rewrites 200 years of biology teaching and could pave the way for a baby to be born without a mother. It was always thought that only a female egg could spark the changes in a sperm required to make a baby, because an egg forms from a special kind of cell division in which just half the number of chromosomes are carried over. Sperm cells form in the same way, so that when a sperm and egg meet they form a full genetic quota, with half our DNA coming from our mother and half from our father.

But now scientists have shown embryos could be created from cells which carry all their chromosomes which means that, in theory, any cell in the human body could be fertilized by a sperm. Three generations of mice have already been created with the first set using the new technique, while the rest were conceived in the normal way. All generations were fit and healthy. And now researchers are planning to test out the theory using skin cells.

Dr. Tony Perry, a molecular embryologist and senior author of the study, said, “Some people say start the day with an egg, but what this paper says is that you don’t necessarily have to start development with one. It has been thought that only an egg cell was capable of reprogramming sperm to allow embryonic development to take place,” he continued. “Our work challenges that dogma, held since early embryologists first observed mammalian eggs in around 1827 and observed fertilization 50 years later, that only an egg cell fertilized with a sperm cell can result in a live mammalian birth.” Then he added, “Imagine that you could take the skin cells and make embryos from them. This would have all kinds of utility.

So, how did they do it? For the initial experiments, scientists “tricked” an egg into developing into an embryo using special chemicals, which makes the egg think it has been fertilized. Crucially, the cells in an embryo mirror closely most other cells in the body, such as skin cells.

When scientists injected the embryos with sperm, they grew into healthy mice, which went on to produce their own litters. The fertilized non-egg cell developed into an embryo in the same way as a normal egg cell. Although the researchers began with an egg cell for the experiment, they do not believe it is required to spark the same development. In theory, the technique should work with any cell in the body as long as half the chromosomes are removed first to allow them to fuse with the sperm’s chromosomes.

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, group leader at The Francis Crick Institute, said: “I’m not surprised that the authors are excited about this. I think it is a very interesting paper, and a technical tour de force. And I am sure it will tell us something important about reprogramming at these early steps of development that are relevant to fertilization.

The technique raises the possibility that gay men, for instance, could have a child whose DNA was half of each of the couple, although a woman would still need to act as a surrogate to carry the baby.

Opps, I guess we need women after all – at least for a while.

Even the self-centered could engage in this business (no pun intended), because it also raises the possibility that a man could even fertilize his own cells to produce offspring containing a mixture of genes inherited from him and his parents.

More realistically, the technique could allow women whose fertility has been wiped out by cancer drugs or radiotherapy to have their own children.

Yes, that does seem to be a bit more reasonable, doesn’t it? But wait a minute. Will the new technology be limited to helping female cancer victims have babies? I think not! There are too many “interesting” opportunities for these scientists. And since they do not have a sense that there is a God in heaven that created man in His own image, they have no barriers to monkeying around with His image (again no pun intended).

While eggs can be frozen before cancer therapy and later fertilized in an IVF clinic, currently nothing can be done once they have been lost.  It may also help women to continue having children later in life. Women are born with all their eggs and they degrade with age, which makes conception more difficult in later life. But if it was possible to fertilize a new skin cell, it could improve the chance of having a baby.

And what age would be the cut off? 90? 80? 70?

Conception using sperm and non-egg cells could also aid the preservation of endangered species, since it avoids the need to recover eggs.

Is this another seemingly good outcome? Perhaps, but then what about amalgamating the species? Or creating creatures not presently alive by engineering designer genomes? Will this technology be limited just to preservation of endangered species? Or will we get live dinosaurs and other creatures back?

In the study, 30 mouse pups were born with a success rate of 24 per cent, which is comparable to the method of cloning that was used to make the famous Dolly the Sheep. Scientists transferred DNA to donated eggs to create Dolly.

Dr. Paul Colville-Nash, from the Medical Research Council, which funded the study, said: “This is an exciting piece of research which may help us to understand more about how human life begins and what controls the viability of embryos, mechanisms which may be important in fertility.”

Some scientists seem to be salivating at the idea of mucking around with the human genome and creating everything from chimeras to motherless children. Modifying DNA and the human genome is as old as the antediluvians, who were destroyed for this and more because it defaced the image of God in man. The image of God? What’s that? That is something that humanly intangible in scientific terms, but by changing the human genome, those intangibles are apparently directly affected.

This just goes to show how God is so much bigger than all these scientists who don’t really know very much about DNA. They are just now taking the next baby step in manipulating the genome. They have nothing on the antediluvians.

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” Luke 17:26.

“But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere.” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, page 69.

 

 

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Wednesday August 9th, 2017

Twitter has rejected a pastor’s request to use the social media site’s advertising platform to promote a tweet highlighting his new book advocating for a traditional Christian belief in marriage.

Craig Stellpflug, a former pastor, paid for Twitter Ads to promote a tweet he posted about his new book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage, published by WestBow Press.

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Stellpflug, a retired cancer nutritionist with a pastoral career who now teaches Bible study and Sunday school at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, Washington, said he received an email response from Twitter telling him that his tweet “has not been approved for use in your Twitter Ads campaign.”

The tweet in question says, “One Man One Woman is about God’s original design for marriage carried from Adam and Eve in the garden through today.” The tweet also includes a photo of the book and a link to the WestBow Press online bookstore.

The email from Twitter explained that the tweet violated Twitter’s ad policy. “This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hate.” Twitter’s policy says that Twitter prohibits “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.” Twitter also lists a number of scenarios in which the policy applies, including “hate speech or advocacy against an individual, organization or protected group based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other protected status.”

“They started promoting it, they took my money,” Stellpflug said. “Then, I get that email that [the] tweet was not approved and that it was determined to be hate.”

Stellpflug said that his book is “definitely not an anti-gay book” and that it is “not about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual movement. In fact, I address different issues — homosexuality, adultery, divorce, pornography and other like issues,” he said. “I don’t give any special weight to homosexuality. I do give tremendous weight to God’s forgiveness, God’s judgment versus our judgment.”

“I suppose if I named my book ‘One Man and Another Man Together in Marriage,’ it would soar past the critics and actually garner praise as some clarion call for peace and unity,” Stellpflug told CP. “My book is not hate! It highlights conservative Christian marriage values — therefore it is ‘hate.’ Have we stooped so low in our country that my freedom of speech is squelched because I promote my Christian beliefs? I’ll tell you where the hate is. It is flaunted against the majority by the few as a tool to promote liberal agendas.”

Stellpflug said he penned another tweet promoting his book and paid Twitter to promote it. Stellpflug did not receive a response to his latest advertising campaign from Twitter administrators before press time.

This is not the first time that Twitter has been accused of rejecting an ad campaign promoting a social conservative value. In June, it was reported that Twitter is not allowing pro-life organizations like Live Action and the Susan B. Anthony List to procure ads that warn against abortion, show unborn baby ultrasounds and fact-check claims from the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

“And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.” Genesis 19:9.

“Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot…” Luke 17:28.

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Wednesday July 19th, 2017

 

Many Evangelicals have made a mistake when they made a deal with Donald Trump. “Vote for me,” he said, “and I will give you Supreme Court picks and abolish the Johnson Amendment.” Mr. Trump’s “tempting” offer is remarkably like another made two millennia ago… when the devil offered Jesus the power to rule over all the kingdoms of the world with justice and mercy, if only Christ would bow down to the devil. American Christians should not have taken a deal Jesus rejected. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.

Evangelicals want to change America through politics and the courts. They fear the decline of Christianity if the Supreme Court shifts any further to the left, and they want to take it back to the right. So, they have focused on the promises of Mr. Trump to bring conservatives on to the Supreme Court and fashion it in their image.

But if the churches need the Court to save souls and empower faithful witness – both spoken and lived, then they are truly lost. Christ promised a cross and the Holy Spirit, not tax breaks for businesses and a worldly Court to defend Christian beliefs.

It is folly for Evangelicals to place their hope of religious freedom in a man who says he’ll use the government to give them more power. Why do they need more civil power, except to force their will and their beliefs on others? Can’t they preach powerful life-changing sermons and live powerful lives that will change hearts like Jesus did?

And where did this anti-Johnson Amendment stuff come from? In what world do they think it’s a good idea to allow churches to use their tax-deductible tithes and offerings in the support of political candidates and for churches to become openly partisan political operations? Is there a faster way to turn God’s house from a house of prayer into a den of thieves?!

What will this do to the evangelical witness? By accepting Trump’s deal, Evangelicals have traded all they are – their spiritual heritage – for a “mess of pottage.” Yes, that’s right. Evangelicals were the spiritual descendents of the great Reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Once compromised by the ecumenical movement (they no longer carry a protestant message), they lost their spiritual birthright and became vulnerable to political temptations of the Trump Presidency.

Mr. Trump will definitely not save the church’s influence in an increasingly secular world. As a politician, the only thing he can do is give them more political power. He cannot restore their moral influence, or morality and Christian decency in America for that matter. Those things are gone forever, except in the lives of faithful souls who live above all the political distractions in the light of Christ’s countenance.

But the age-old question for Christians during times of moral decline is whether they will turn to a strongman for salvation from the liberal left, or keep faith in the One who controls the strongman through meekness, love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. God’s kingdom will come regardless, sooner or later. But what will Evangelicals say when the Lord asks them in whom they trusted in the last days?

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalm 146:3 and 4.


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