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    • Christianity and Cults Throughout History
      Peter Popoff From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:   Peter Popoff (born July 2, 1946) is a German American televangelist, self-proclaimed prophet and faith healer. He conducts revival meetings and once hosted a national television program. He initially rose to prominence in the 1980s. In 1986, skeptics exposed his method of receiving supposedly divine revelations from his wife via an in-ear radio receiver.[1][2][3] Popoff declared bankruptcy in 1987 after his tactics were exposed,[4] but he has since made a comeback using similar techniques. According to Fred M. Frohock, "the case of Peter Popoff is one of many egregious instances of fake healing".[5] "Most of these guys are fooled by their own theology", said Ole Anthony of the Trinity Foundation, which has investigated Popoff and other televangelists since 1987. "He’s fundamentally evil, because he knows he’s a con man."[6]   So here we have Peter Popoff, con man, who is still stealing money from desparate people looking for God's healing.  Even though he was exposed as a fraud, he still can be seen on late night satellite/cable TV around the country.  His message is tailored to Charismatics looking for answers from God, but ultimately, looking in the wrong place.  Do miracles still happen?  You bet.  Do miraculous healings still occur?  Absolutely.  But this man is a con man using the faith of others to line his pockets.  He is a fraud, but is he a heretic or cult leader?   Somehow my wife and I got on his mailing list.  Not sure how, we definitely did not send him any money.  He sent us these little pieces of cloth that if we returned them to him with or without a generous gift, he and his staff would pray over them that our needs would be met.  I believe it was an investigative report by ABC, but they found that his staff just took whatever money was in the returned envelop and threw the 1" square cloths away.  The investigative reporter found them in a dumpster.  If there was no money or check in the envelop, the envelops were just thrown away unopened.   Can he change?  Sure, but I think he needs to make amends for all the wrong he's done.   "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  [NIV, Matthew 10:16]

    • Water was not created
      Let's begin with why the earth is young.  The Ten Commandments were literally carved out by the finger of God, and in them we are clearly told "For in SIX DAYS" the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is..." (Exodus 20:11).  That one statement -- in the unchanging Ten Commandments -- conclusively establishes that there was no creation before the six day creation of Genesis. This is literally carved in stone. Now when you read "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth", we need to understand what God meant by "the earth". 1. It was without form (the spherical shape may have be constructed immediately thereafter, but "without form" or formless (Heb tohu) implies similarity to a lump of clay before the potter begins working on it. 2. It had no features or inhabitants ("void -- Heb bohu). 3. It was totally covered with water. 4. The dry land was under the water. So the water was an intrinsic part of the earth when it was created out of nothing. In view of this, the Gap Theory is pure conjecture.  It would imply that there was man before man (or angels before angels), and death before death. Our goal should not be to try and reconcile evolution with Scripture, but take Scripture in its plain literal sense (which was the case until Darwin came along).
    • Living Unto Him
      Why “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”? Did God want mankind to “become as one of Us, to know good and evil” (Gen 3:22)? Didn’t God know man would partake of that Tree? It’s common knowledge that there is much instruction through experience, so the final question to be asked is, could it be that God intended for man to know “good” (i.e. His holiness) through knowing “evil”?—which is being after Their “likeness” (Gen 1:26).     It is a certainty that the more we know concerning the ongoing indwelling of the sin nature (Rom 7:17, 20), the more understanding will result concerning His holiness, of which I believe He continues to teach us, in order to realize the immeasurable capacity of both thereby progressively revealing the depths of His holy nature, “so we can see how terrible sin really is” – Rom 7:13 NLT). A prominent manifestation of the indwelling of the “new nature” is that ever-present “desire and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil 2:12). This is also seen by the Spirit in His opposition to the sinful nature, “so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal 5:7); which can involve Him directing us away from the works of the old nature, which nature also at times interferes with this guidance in our lives.   As we are shown to realize more all the time, the presence and workings of our sinful nature (”old man”), we can also know that we are no longer considered as being in it (Rom 8:9), but rather as it in us, and we can also know the clear-conscience peace (1Tim 1:5, 19; 3:9; 2Tim 1:3; Heb 9:14; 10:2, 22; 13:18; 1Pet 3:21) of being reassured concerning the eternal guiltless (Rom 8:1) condition that God has positioned (Col 3:3) us in His Son and our Lord Jesus. Patience is of the utmost importance while we are being “conformed” through the trial and error of our souls. Not that when there is the lack of patience does it prevent our growth, but the application of patience provides for increased learning along the Way.   - NC   Living Unto Him “He died for all, that they who live should not henceforth live into themselves, but unto Him who died for them, and rose again” (2Cor 5:15). Now, there is never a question day by day that arises, to what brings out one of these two things, that is, whether we are living to ourselves or to Him “who died for us, and rose again.” And have I not to own the sad truth how constantly we have to rebuke our souls? How often, not to say in general, the first impulse of the heart is to take that view of everything which would minister to our pleasure or gratification, or importance? What is this but living to ourselves? When any question comes before us, when anything, either in the way of an evil to be avoided, a loss to be shunned, or something to be gained, is it not our tendency to look how it will bear upon us and to give it that turn which will be for our profit or advantage in some way or other? I do not say always personally: it may be for our family, looking onward to the future or to the present. Now we are always wrong when we do it. Our Father would not have us to neglect the real food of those dear to us and dependent upon us; but the question is, whether we trust ourselves and ours to the Lord Jesus Christ. Are we adequate of what is best for our children? Are we the least biased and the wisest to decide on that which would be for, not the passing profit, but the good which endures forever? It comes to a very simple issue. We have two natures—one which is always grasping for something that will please and exalt itself, and the other which, by the grace of God is willing to suffer for the Lord Jesus, and clings to what is of Him. But, as Paul said, “not that which is spiritual is first, but that which is natural, then afterward that which is spiritual” (1Cor 15:46). So it is in our practical experience. The thought that is apt promptly to rise when there is trial and difficulty, is the simply natural one, how to get out of it—not, how am I to glorify my Father in it, and turn it to the praise of the Lord Jesus. Then, again, if there is any prospect of improving circumstances, this is the first thought—that which is natural. Ought we not to be upon our watchtower in regards to this? We may not all be tried in the same way; for that which would be a gratification to one might not be so to another. But there is one sad things in which we all agree: we have an old man that likes and seeks to gratify itself; and we have hence a tendency to first indulge that life. But let us come before the Lord Jesus—let us be occupied with Him, when either trouble or pleasure comes before us, and what then? That which is natural fades away: we judge it as crucified. We say, that is the thing that brings no glory to the lord Jesus—and what are we here for? Let us remember that our Father has done everything to fit us for His very presence: “He has made us meet to be partakers of the  inheritance of the saints in light” (Col 1:12). That remains eternally untouched. The practical question for our souls is, whether our hearts, knowing the perfect goodness of our Father towards us, enter in this great thought—that He now sets the Lord Jesus, dead and risen, before us, in order that, in the presence of the holy angels as well as of men, yea, in His own presence, there may be the wonderful spectacle of beings who once lived for nothing but themselves, here, by the very image of the Lord Jesus before their souls, be lifted above themselves altogether. May we bring this to bear upon whatever may be the circumstances through which we pass day by day? It is the main thing for the walk of every saint. No position can ever make amends for failure in the constant thought of the heart. May we search and see whether we are living to ourselves, or to Him who died for us and rose again? - W J Hocking Daily Devotional by Miles J Stanford:
    • greeting from Indonesia
      Welcome, Ann.  After you have posted here and replied to our posts or greeted others 5 times, you will be able to post elsewhere on the forum.  I have met local pastors from Northern Indonesia but have not heard from them since the tsunami.  We are so glad to have you join us. Willa 
    • DVD Player problem
      I hate money because I'm been observing what Jesus said about it my whole life. He obviously knew what he was talking about. But I wish I had just a little bit more. I don't so I bought the cheapest Sony there is. I thought it would work longer than this because 8 yrs ago I also bought the cheapest Sony. So much for the name Sony. I don't have the money to buy another DVD player and it's something I use daily. So I might as well see if I can open it and try cleaning it. I just hope I don't break it completely.
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