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Posted 6/3/18 at 12:04 PM | Becky Moore, BCCLC, BCMFC, UACertMFC

Surprise! Is the tithe for today? In a nutshell, 3 eye-opening reasons why the tithe is unbiblical for today's Christian and is correlated with clergy abuse

Is the tithe even biblical?

Is the "tithe law" for today's Christian?

Like many concepts in the Bible, not every single one is necessarily for today. While generosity to the poor is a Biblical, New Testament ideal, tithing - giving a consistent ten percent of one's income to church leaders - is not for today. Here is another example: Leviticus 19:27 tells men to not shave their beards.

It would be nutty to tell others today that they must not shave their beards lest they incur a curse from God Himself.

The tithe is also found in Leviticus 27, for instance, and it is equally nutty to tell Christians to "test the tithe".

Journalist David Cary Hart recently penned an article about a controversial church called Bethel Church in Redding, California. Hart explained, "Suffice it to say that church leadership rakes in untold millions of tax-deducted dollars. Apparently, leader Bill Johnson's wife, his two sons and their wives are all on the payroll. Bethel Church is the perfect example of why churches should be required to file the same annual reports as every other nonprofit organization. It won't happen because Congress is scared to death of Christianity, Inc.". FULL POST

Posted 4/25/18 at 12:15 PM | Yvonne Perkins

Go To Hell

How many times have you heard someone say these words to someone in a fit of anger? How often have you spoken these words to someone? These words sound very harsh and offensive.

Hell as defined by Webster: a place where souls are believed to survive after death 2: the place or state of punishment for the wicked after death: the home of evil spirits 3: a place or condition of misery or wickedness 4: a place or state of great confusion, disorder, or destruction.

Different religious belief depicts hell in many different ways, however, none of them depicts hell as an inviting or preferred place to go. Judaism’s view of hell more closely resembles purgatory. However, the pain the soul experiences is not a physical one. It has been compared to psychological anguish, shame and healing upon reviewing the history of one’s life in a body, and how it wasted opportunities to serve God. http://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/belief-in-heaven-is-fundamental-to-judaism/

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-hell-there-is FULL POST

Posted 4/3/18 at 8:44 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Mandatory LGBTQQ Curriculum In Schools

Three weeks ago I learned of two bills being introduced to make it mandatory to teach Kindergartens (5 years old) through 8th grade a curriculum called LGBTQQ. LGBTQQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning.

The Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249 and HB 5596, was introduced in February 2018. SB 3249 is a State bill introduced by Heather Stearns Senator of Illinois. She also introduced the Same-Sex bill. HB 5596 is the same or companion bill being introduced by Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin in the House of Representatives. https://www.equalityillinois.us/2018-legislative-agenda explains the following: This curriculum would get Illinois closer to being a state that tells the whole story of our shared history. An inclusive history will affirm for LGBTQ students that people just like them existed and made significant contributions to society. This inclusive history will also benefit non-LGBTQ students, who would be taught the whole story about the achievements of LGBTQ people and the historical events that impacted all of us

Washington D.C is one of two states where it is mandated to teach the LGBTQQ curriculum. If this bill pass in Illinois it will make Illinois the third state to do so. This is what the curriculum looks like according to this article: http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2016/06/02/washington-schools-to-teach-gender-identity-curriculum-in-kindergarten/ The highlights of the article: As reported by The Daily Caller, the new standards require students to learn about gender identity and expression beginning in kindergarten. FULL POST

Posted 3/29/18 at 6:52 PM | Becky Moore, BCCLC, BCMFC, UACertMFC

Do you really know what your Calvary Chapel believes? It's not just the Bible, it's the "Distinctives". Is Calvary Chapel a cult?

Is Calvary Chapel a cult?

Have you ever had a strange feeling in your gut about Calvary Chapel? If so, you will want to read this (it has been my most-viewed article on my website).

You walk into the church on a Sunday morning. Everyone is worshipping God with hands raised. You greet smiling faces. The message is delivered from the Bible (word for word) in a powerful, authoritative manner by the senior pastor. Greetings are made. You drop some money in the "tithe" box. Great day at church, and you do this year after year after year. The pastor says his church only goes by "the Word". Indeed, that's how it appears on the outside. You sense there is something wrong at the church, but you just cannot pinpoint it and doubt yourself. After all, the Bible is taught word for word from the pulpit, and there are a lot of members.

This church movement that claims to "simply teach the Word, simply" also follows a set of teachings they say are simply "foundational", written by a man named Chuck Smith. Oddly, these extra-Biblical doctrines are not brought up. Why? This set of "foundational" teachings that most Calvary Chapel churchgoers are kept in the dark about is (drum roll, please):

The Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith (PDF)

So, what is this "Distinctives" document, exactly? You thought that you were being taught by leaders whose allegiance, leadership models, practices and doctrines were solely based upon the Word of God and sound doctrine rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15)? FULL POST

Posted 2/23/18 at 8:21 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession A Conversation (final)

This is the last part of the series “Awakening Intercession - A conversation. This is a review of some of the points we cover last session, the role of the intercessor. Every job description has a set of duties that you are expected to carry out and master. As is it in the natural so it is spiritual.

Jesus the most powerful and Greatest intercessor of all times. He is the head and we are the body. God has not called you to be the lone ranger intercessor. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-29819/

We talked about awakening intercession in you. if you are wondering or sensing that God is calling you to intercession, our purpose prayerfully is for God to give you a Rhema word as we talk about the different arena intercessors play a role in. We pray you will gain insight into what your role is and how to be more effective in that role. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercessiona-conversation-29832/

In the third series, we used the illustration of “soup starters’ to demonstrate the application of intercession in different arenas http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-a-conversation-3-29867/

Levels of intercession/prayer: When a baby first learn to walk, he will fall down and get back up but as times goes on, he gains stability, strength and more mobility. When we first engage in prayer we may not always hit the mark because our understanding of what is required is limited. As we go on to know him, seek his face and allow the Holy Spirit to instruct us we will gain stability, strength, and mobility. FULL POST

Posted 12/28/17 at 8:34 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession-A Conversation (3)

We are continuing our conversation with Prophetess Nori Moore of Awakening Intercession. It is imperative for your understanding that you read the previous blogs. http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercession-29819/ In the first blog we talk about what is intercession and an intercessor.Second blog http://blogs.christianpost.com/prayer/awakening-intercessiona-conversation-29832/ we discussed the character of an intercessor.

In this segment, our focus is the Role of the Intercessor. Every job description has a set of duties that you are expected to carry out and master. As is it in the natural so it is spiritual. The job description of the intercessor instructs us to make supplication, prayers, intercessions, giving of thanks be made for all men, men ought always to pray, and study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

To fully understand your job description you must study and learn everything that deals with your job description. You must know what tools or weapons are available to you and how to skillfully use them. You must be consistent and persistent in order to grow in your calling. In the natural, on a job most likely you will have a supervisor who meets with you to provide guidance and assist you in your growth and evaluate your mastery of the necessary skills. Jesus is our intercessor before His Heavenly Father. He is the head and we are the body. God has not called you to be a lone ranger intercessor. You are part of his intercessory team and can not accomplish anything on your own. You must meet daily and often with him to receive instructions and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you every step of the way. FULL POST

Posted 12/11/17 at 8:23 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Awakening Intercession,A conversation (2)

I encourage you to read the first blog on Awakening intercession so you will have the foundation for understanding all future blogs on this subject. However, I will briefly share with you highlights of that blog. Intercession is the act of interceding for another person, a situation or circumstance. An intercessor is one who has responded to the call of God. Intercessors are not easily offended. Intercessors guard their eye gates, ear and mouth gates. They do not gossip nor are they nosey people inquiring about everything in your life when you ask them to pray for you. Intercessors are constantly searching themselves to ensure their life is pleasing to the father, they keep a repenting spirit and a forgiving heart. They are totally dependent on God and believe 100 percent that the word of God is true and effective. Ok, you really must read the previous blog to get an understanding.

Continuing our conversation on the characteristic of an intercessor it is important for you to know and understand that when you accept this call to intercession that Satan will come after you. My mentor, Prophetess Rose Mary Blackwell, train me to know “You will be hit”. Any active soldier in a war can expect the enemy will attack them. You must know that God has given you weapons to fight against the enemy and that none of the weapons formed against you will prosper. Know your weapons i.e. word of God, Blood of Jesus, the sword, fasting and prayers, keys of heaven to bind and loose, allow and forbid, the power of agreement, decree and declare etc. FULL POST

Posted 11/19/17 at 1:27 PM | olabode ososami

The Wedding - Part 4 : The Victory of the Bride

There are struggles for the Bride of Christ, the Church - but the Church has grace to be victorious through it all.

Psalm 34[17] The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. [18] The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. [19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

God prepares well for what He has ordained. Things just do not happen. God makes preparations that span through generations.

Zecharias was prepared with dumbness. He lost communication with men for 9 months so he would not mispeak. Elisabeth was a specially prepared and tested vessel to play the role of an important adviser and mentor for Mary, the mother of Jesus as well as the mother of John the Baptist – the strange man with a key role of preparing the way. John the Baptist played a key role in Christ’s ministry. FULL POST

Posted 11/17/17 at 2:36 PM | Lenita Reeves

Does anyone still preach the Gospel? By the way, what is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?
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Since children's Sunday school, they taught us that the Gospel is "the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ." But when we preach the Gospel, is that all we are supposed to articulate? Sometimes you wonder, "Does anybody still preach even that much?"

With so many sermons covering so many topics, how do we ensure that what we preach reflects the authentic Gospel? Jesus didn't preach death, burial and resurrection. He preached the gospel of the kingdom and then, articulated to the disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:45-47) FULL POST

Posted 11/13/17 at 7:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Documentary to help Christians develop compassion for transgender people

By Mark Ellis

When David Kyle Foster was a young actor in Hollywood, he also was living a secret life as a male prostitute, sleeping with three or four men a night.

Then he had a powerful encounter with Jesus that felt like “liquid love” as he read the first chapter of John. In 1987, he founded Mastering Life Ministries to equip the church to minister to those trapped in sexual sin and brokenness.

During his former life in the streets of Hollywood he met transgender people that grabbed his heart.

“I would hang around with transgender people,” Foster recounts. “I had a great deal of compassion for them because they had a level of brokenness that I had not gotten close to.”

As the transgender issue exploded in public awareness following Caitlyn Jenner’s dramatic disclosure, Foster realized the issue was not being addressed properly by the church. He also wanted to help transgender people find healing at the deepest level.

In his new documentary film, “TranZformed” former transgender individuals join with numerous experts to dispel the confusion and bear witness to what Jesus Christ can do for those who struggle with gender dysphoria. FULL POST

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