Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Tale of Two Journeys

This article compares the resolute faith and missionary drive of the Chinese Underground Church and the Back to Jerusalem team, with some of the apathy (and apostasy) we are seeing in our Western churches.

During the Sunday talk, Brother Ren mentioned a clever innovation BTJ employs to open up the gospel to Muslims. They call it the Gospel Cloud. It’s a pocket Wi-Fi unit which provides free internet browsing. But instead of connecting to the World Wide Web, it restricts the browser to surfing web pages designed to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As an example, Brother Ren talked about ambling into a Mosque somewhere in the Middle East. He noted that few Muslims were praying at the time. Many young men were sitting down playing with their cell phones. So he switched the Gospel Cloud on. BTJ claims this technology has enabled the gospel to spread rapidly “in some of the most closed and restricted areas of the world – like Iran and Saudi Arabia.”
You can read A Tale of Two Journeys HERE

Why We Should Evangelize

On our Zeteo316 website: Why We Should Evangelize.

Courtesy of Rico Tice's book Honest Evangelism.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Led Astray and Left Behind

See also Looking for Christ’s Coming and The Pretribulational Rapture Bullies

Yes, I rearranged the wording of Joe Schimmel's epic four-and-half-hour DVD "Left Behind or Led Astray?" I believe the movie has left the truth behind and led people astray.

I've read a lot of propaganda surrounding Darby and the origins of pretrib over the years. Judging by what I saw in the trailer and what I've read from the movie's fan base blogs, it's pretty much the same conspiratorial stuff regurgitated by people driven by a Quixotic vision of saving the world from pretribulationism and dispensationalism. One of the incisive points was that pretibulationism may have originated from the Jesuits. And here I thought only Seventh-day Adventists pushed that cart along these days.

Following Dr Wilkinson's initial brief comments expressing dismay at the movie, two of the participants felt compelled to convene a one hour and forty-five minute rebuttal. See a previous post HERE.

 Dr Paul Wilkinson has finally responded at length. It's well worth a look.

A new DVD documentary has just been released by Good Fight Ministries entitled, “Left Behind or Led Astray? Examining the Origins of the Secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture.” Good Fight Ministries is run by post-tribulationist Joe Schimmel, the senior pastor at Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California. Schimmel’s documentary is endorsed by evangelist Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, star of the original “Left Behind” movies. The following write-up appears on the back cover: “Take a fascinating journey with us as we examine the shocking origins of the secret, pre-tribulation rapture doctrine…. Featuring expert commentary from David M. Bennett, Dr. Mark Patterson, Jacob Prasch, Joel Richardson, and Dave MacPherson.” The truth of the matter is that the 4½ hour film seriously distorts the historical evidence and is full of false accusations, unsubstantiated myths, and lies...keep reading
Here's another response from Once Lost

Friday, October 2, 2015

On the Oregon Shooting Tragedy

Thought this was very good....
Yesterday, we were all shocked by the tragic news about the deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. According to recent reports, the gunman fatally shot nine victims and wounded seven others before he was also killed. Today, investigators are still piecing together a motive for the shooting, as legislators begin to debate whether or not certain laws should be enacted to help prevent such violence in the future.
As the American public wrestles with how to process what happened, it is important for believers to think biblically about these tragic events. With that in mind, how can we as Christians respond in a way that demonstrates the compassion of our Lord while also exemplifying the hope we have in Him?
Here are five thoughts in answer to that question...keep reading