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    God and UFO's

    Destroying or corrupting the image of God is probably closer to the core of the UFO flap than most would suspect. In his book OPERATION TROJAN HORSE, John A. Keel wrote that UFOs are indigenous to this planet. Keel, most famous for his work on the Mothman prophecies, gathered his knowledge by means of statistics and statistical analysis. There is no known evidence at all that Earth is or has been visited by aliens from another planet. According to Keel they are probably older than humanity. If the reader wants to know the purpose of UFOs, all he or she has to do is examine the forensic evidence. 1. The most common encounter with UFOs is sighting of their flight. Evidence of intelligent activity filmed or attested suggests they are teasing us. They are never near enough or clear enough to prove anything except that they have been seen. They dodge away from close examination and fly away as quickly as they appear. Their activity suggests a cruel sort of mind game - a tease. 2. The second encounter with UFOs is typically on the ground. Stories are all too familiar. Someone sees lights on the ground and gets close enough to relate a detailed description of a landed object. Unfortunately close approach leads to injury of some sort; burns, wounds that don't heal or temporary paralysis is the result of a close encounter with a UFO on the ground. It is well known that it is extremely dangerous to approach one too closely. Why aren't the pilots burned? 3. A third type of encounter is abduction. No abductee EVER has a good experience. Every story of UFO abduction is one of perverted physical exam and sexual abuse. These things do not give humans the consideration that humans would give a lost dog. UFOs are inhuman to say the least. They tease, they injure and when contacted directly they exhibit perversions very much like those of Nazi Dr. Mengele. There is NEVER a story heard or rumor told of human deliverance from trouble by one of these objects or any occupants. Dolphins have been reported to save drowning humans and dogs have saved their families from numerous troubles. No UFO has ever been of benefit to humanity. On the contrary they mean us harm. They are not to be trusted, approached, or reasoned with. To say these things are demonic is no doubt the closest and most accurate description of their character intensions and actions. ET is not a nice guy - not a cuddly creature - it is more like a treacherous snake that bites with poisonous venom. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    Babies and Unborn Children where do they go when they die?

    For even satan quotes scriptures in order to put men in chains under its power. It tried this with Christ and it does so with misguided people today who do not hesitate to cripple men and women from seeking the salvation offered by the Most High. It is said that the disciples of the evil one will do this believing that they are doing God a favor. They are not, yet they persist in their lies and devious teachings. You would quote scripture to drive knives into the heart of a grieving mother and father and make them twice as fit for hell as you are yourself. People like you give Christianity a bad name, yet you will no doubt justify your condemnation of the dead child in your own lies and tell yourself you are right. My wife and I lost a child and I thank God that He kept evil people like you away from us at that time for if someone like you had come to us at that time I would certainly have abandoned Christ and the church forever. You should ask God for forgiveness for your evil ways. You have no idea how corrupt you are. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    The Battle between Good and Evil

    The conflict going on for thousands of years - is a spiritual battle that has devolved from eternity/heaven to the estate of time and space. In the words of the Bible, the battle lines have moved from heaven to earth. The battle goes on because eternal immortal creatures are involved in it. Woe woe woe to those who dwell upon the earth for the war has come upon them. Like those who suffer from any war, we did not ask for it or desire it. Yet it is upon us and we are called to duty to serve Christ in His war upon sin. Our duty is not to ask why, but to ask for wisdom and courage to follow Christ wherever that war may lead us. (God will not answer prayers that ask why.) Why are we still on earth? The purpose of man is, was, and always will be to serve the Lord of the Universe. If He chooses to place us on earth for a certain amount of time, then that his His prerogative. Our duty is to follow Him until He decides a different fate for each of us. Gaining the victory is not a prepackaged simplistic answer or process. Sin still has its influence in the world and upon each of us. Those that deny it are hiding from reality like lost ignorant children. The task and the duty of all who are called by the name of Christ is to follow Him through each and every battle. If we follow Him, we will participate in His victory. If we choose not to do so, we will be ground under the wheels of advancing history and be lost to ourselves and to God. The problem is a flaw in logic, which you have pointed out. Therefore the logic is wrong. Christ may have gained a victory, but we as individuals have not. HE has come to give us victory over sin in our lives. We MUST fight the battle or suffer defeat. The cross is not an end to suffering upon earth - it is a call to bear it. Is there an end to the battle and what is holding it back? For individuals in all of history, the battle ends when life ends. For the history of man on earth, it will end when Christ returns. It will end with the second coming. Nothing is holding it back. It will happen in God's good and perfect timing. It will not happen earlier because a few saints are impatient. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    Babies and Unborn Children where do they go when they die?

    The debate of the legitimacy of which Talmud is heretical can go on for a long time. The Babylonian Talmud is much longer than the Jerusalem Talmud. The Kindle version is about 12 thousand pages. It contains a great deal of information considered occult or spiritist in nature obtained while in Babylon, which is why Jews (and some Christians) consider it heretical. For example, the Babylonian Talmud contains a detailed description of a ceremony the reader can perform to allow a person to 'see' all the spirits that surround us on all sides. The ceremony is performed in the person's bedroom before retiring for the night. When the person awakes in the morning he or she will be able to see all the spirits around them. It's my understanding that the experience is quite unsettling. This is NOT the sort of thing that is endorsed by the Jerusalem Talmud, or by any scripture in the Torah, the old testament (prophets major and minor as well as proverbs and psalms and the records of Kings, Chronicles and so on). It is certainly not endorsed by any Christian denomination that I'm aware of. The reader may feel that he or she is entitled to accept this record of the Babylonian captivity as sacrosanct, but it is definitely not approved of by any who follow Christ or seek God in a righteous manner. It has pagan roots and is therefore spiritually toxic. The doctrine of original sin or human depravity is key to this pagan ideology. Although there are NO clear threads worthy of note to connect it to the European Reformation period and the doctrines that proceeded out of that period, there are parallels that are too clear and too similar to be circumstantial. The devil has its influence upon the religions of man wherever this is seen. It is a primary theme, in fact. Man is born pure and without sin, but has a tendency to do so as life progresses. If the pagan demonic idea that man is always predisposed to sin is accepted by the reader, then the logical extension of this fallacy is that no man can ever be saved either by act of man or by God. Any attempt by God to save man would be futile, since man would ultimately reject such an effort anyway. This is, of course not true, since Christ has saved millions. Some other principle must be involved. That principle is the free will acceptance of Christ as Lord. Evidence of the exercise of spiritual liberty is evidenced by millions of people who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and who have come to enjoy the benefits of salvation in their lives and the hope of eternity to come. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    Babies and Unborn Children where do they go when they die?

    You are free to believe a lie.... BUT - if you choose to employ the Bible as a benchmark for the law of God, for what God intends and what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about, then you must adhere to its precepts. Nowhere in the Bible does it say babies are born in sin. Nowhere. In contradiction to this errant philosophy, the law of Torah states quite differently that sacrifices for sin do not include babies. In fact, the sacrifice for the birth of a baby is more of an offering of thanksgiving and praise and celebration unto God. Consider the ill logic of the notion that all babies are born into sin..... If true, then Christ was born into sin as well. Therefore no one can be saved <- which is an idea that's blatantly wrong on several points. The ill logic derails at some point in trying to explain away the birth of Christ so as to justify a lie. Babies are born without sin according to Torah - the law of Moses, which is STILL a benchmark for righteousness and true doctrine. If perhaps the reader is used to following a lie, then that is the reader's privilege. However, it is most definitely not Biblical. Above all, PLEASE do not speak to a family who has lost a baby in death and tell them the kid was a wicked sinner and doomed to hell. Your filthy words will not only proceed forth as a lie of satan, they will confuse and disappoint the grieving parents. (Satan's purpose, by the way.) Wicked doctrine like this is responsible for giving Christianity a bad name - the name of an unforgiving lawless mob who adopts false doctrine instead of the divine law of liberty issued by God. Blessed be the God of Heaven who's mercies endure forever. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
  6. My post above concerning the origins of the Qur'an and some of its ideology are accurate and true. Anyone who wishes a thumbnail review of the religion and the text of the Muslim holy book should read it. Save yourself a little time and try to avoid errors in understanding. My post is not an apologetic for Islam. Quite the contrary it is a dispassionate review of the religion according to the Qur'an itself. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    what does "growth" look like for a believer?

    It wasn't thought out at all. Knee jerk is an auto-response. It is inconsiderate of the material submitted in the post. I note the extreme reaction to my words. None of them are in dispute, by the way. Not one. My purpose was to illuminate a deep dark problem in the church. And I do dismiss the inconsiderate responses to my post as irrelevant and ignorant of the issues at hand. I've gone to great lengths to explain the danger as well as my purpose and design in doing so. The problem is refusal to acknowledge my methods and the truth of what I wrote in terms of secularization. Apparently none of the respondents have had to deal with the problem. Stupidity and laziness are not virtues. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft... PS I note that aspersions upon my character have been made in response to my posts, which the administrators have conveniently ignored. When a man's devotion to Christ is called into question THAT is a major undeserved attack upon him and is forbidden in the Bible. Apparently respondents as well as administrators ignore this point choosing instead to dwell on dead issues and illusive points of interpretation. It seems to be ok to insult a man as long as you use scripture to do it. This is hypocrisy of the meanest sort. Understanding of what I wrote is being deliberately twisted denied and ignored. So be it. Live in your dying church for whatever good you think it does you. Warning has been posted. Go your own way if you think it good. You will wind up in the ditch, but it won't be my fault.
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    Babies and Unborn Children where do they go when they die?

    Babies born sinners? This is a lie of the devil. It is not of God and it is not scriptural. The source of this madness comes not from European scholarship but from the Jewish Babylonian talmud, which is full of demonic information the Jews gleaned during their captivity in Babylon. There are two talmuds, the Jerusalem talmud and the Babylonian talmud. The latter is considered heretical by the Jews. Babis born sinners? All you have to do to answer this question is to look at the law - TORAH. According to TORAH the sacrifice for sin was a goat. On special rare occasions the sacrifice could also be a lamb. Definitions of those times and needs are rather lengthy so I'll leave it up to the reader to do his own homework on this point. To repeat, the sacrifice for sin was a goat or lamb. According to TORAH a dove or pigeon was sacrificed to acknowledge the birth of a child. This was NOT a sin sacrifice. Rather it was a sacrifice of worship and thanksgiving and of gladness. This indicates in no uncertain terms that a baby is born into the world WITHOUT SIN. This flies in the face of certain fatalistic religious cults, however. Some believe that man is totally depraved at all times and in all cases unless spiritually regenerate. This is NOT the case, however, if one looks at the TORAH, the ancient law HANDED DOWN BY GOD though his prophet Moses. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. This means that Jesus extended and obeyed the law in all regards. The law is NOT dismissed. Becoming a Christian does not give one a license to sin. It enables one to live blameless without it. Finally it should be pointed out that upon the birth of Christ, his parents dedicated a sacrifice of thanksgiving. If the law doesn't mean anything, then Jesus was also born a sinner and we are all doomed to hell. It's not true of course, but this is the path errant thinking will lead to. According to the Bible, babies are born without sin. If they die an early death their ultimate destination is the glory of heaven with God. If you choose to believe a lie and want to condemn a baby to hell in violation of TORAH, then I can say with all due confidence that you are in league with the devil. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft....
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    what does "growth" look like for a believer?

    Shocked by my posts? The knee-jerk response to what I wrote is indicative of a lack of consideration for the tone of the posts. It was read, but only on a superficial level. Shocked? When I am making a Biblical presentation regarding the strict interpretation of a scriptural text, I adhere to the words like flies on flypaper. When I am making an assertion about a CON JOB being sold to church leadership in the guise of Biblical study, then I play fast and loose with the Bible. Why not? They do. ------ My intent was as a warning concerning two aspects of the secularization of the modern church. If you don't know this is going on I fear you live in a dark corner somewhere. You need to get out more. 1. That the church is increasingly IN THE NAME OF GOD and using scripture as justification - compromising it's position in terms of God's honest truth. Case in point is same sex marriage. Case in point is acceptance of the gay life style as holy and just and right before God. Case in point is the unjust national policy of military intrusion invasion and wholesale destruction of nations that had no original intent of harm toward us. Case in point is the massive genocidal murder of innocent unborn babies for no reason except convenience. Case in point - goes on and on. These are but a few. My point is that the church either endorses these ungodly actions or in many cases encourages and embraces them. It is not of God, but it is evidence of secularization in the church. 2. That the church is increasingly robbing its congregations by means of fraudulent devices. Case in point in my posts is unaccredited Bible classes which charge tuition and book fees for SUBSTANDARD teaching materials. Every city has legitimate accredited theological places of study. Why are these resources not employed to educate and encourage church members? They are not because legitimate education costs real money - money that can more easily be siphoned off into accounts for the support of a financially strapped corporate church. There are two ways to raise money for a church. One way is to beg plead and petition membership for greater and greater donations. These include all sorts of con games such as gambling (bingo), craft fairs, church suppers, game nights, etc. They raise money beneath the guise of fellowship and needed money. The money wouldn't be needed if it was spent wisely in the first place. Statistics reveal that nearly every church in America is deeply in debt for millions. The second way to raise money is to implement a successful evangelistic program. More members means more money. Since most churches feel this is like taking a bath in dirty water they don't even try any more. Many take a fatalistic approach, 'if God wants them to come we will welcome them - maybe.' The Bible says it ought to be done, but despite rigorous adherence to Biblical principles in many other areas - THIS ONE is ignored to a fault. Many church organizations have abandoned live evangelism. They now believe that the Word of God can be transmitted over the internet just as well. BUT THERE ARE NO REAL NUMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS ATTITUDE. Bottom line to my present rant is that con artists have invaded the church. In terms of my theme the buzz word GROWTH is a hook to buy into their schemes. If you aren't aware of these things and if you don't believe me, then I encourage you to educate yourself in this very real danger to the body of Christ. Get out more and stop throwing manure in the face of the messenger. If you knew what I was talking about you wouldn't do it. That you do proves your blindness and laziness. and that's me, hollering in the choir loft......
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    what does "growth" look like for a believer?

    Consider the lillies of the field. Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. It is all God's doing. None of them spent a second of time examining themselves............... Self-examination is a major principle in Communist philosophy as well as multi-national corporations. Looking inward is a trap of the devil. All you'll find when you gaze at yourself is an imperfect reflection. The Bible encourages the Christain to follow Christ. Anything else is mirrors and smoke - doctrines of demons. The American church has come to embrace all things secular. Differences between churches and secular organizations are virtually indistinguishable. This is true concerning the buzz word "GROWTH". Christians are called to be separate from the world, not to embrace its buzz words or to participate in its conceit. The word GROWTH is not used today as a reference to sanctification (why not use THAT word?). Instead GROWTH is employed in the context of self-improvement. It means the same in church as it does in the corporate world. Growth methods and procedures are employed by large secular organizations to encourage individuals to assume a standard of acceptable behavior. It's a cookie-cutter education in propaganda and a doctrine of self-importance within the context of the corporate whole. Procedures are interchangeable and can just as easily be used to promote Islam or the administration of General Motors, Inc. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Biblical spiritual principle of the sanctification of the believer in Christ. One can quote scripture all day long and all that will be accomplished will be a reiteration of spiritual truth. It's a devilish smokescreen to hide what's really happening in churches. What IS being promoted is 'growth ministry' - a financial trap that church administrators use to squeeze money out of their congregations (who already pay too much for everything else). The current sales pitch for "growth ministries" insists that individual Christians participate in lectures, classes and activities designed for self-improvement. In northern California, Presbyterian churches are charging fees for 'Bible studies'. In north Georgia, Methodist churches are doing the same thing. These churches CHARGE TUITION FEES as well as textbook fees for their bogus courses. ---> The courses themselves are not accredited, thus they are entirely worthless in terms of legitimate academic credentials. <--- (1) In other words, snake oil. However they DO benefit the church bank account. I've been there. I've seen it. Don't tell me it isn't happening. It's a money making fraud perpetrated by religious administrators who seek support for their crumbling institutions. Who do tuition and textbook fees benefit? They benefit the church bank account and they benefit religious publishers. It doesn't do squat for the poor soul who think's he's getting something for his time and money. He isn't. In most cases the material is reiterated grade school or middle school level dogma/propaganda. I know. I've seen it. So has the reader if truth be told. There is a common familiarity to all of it. Spiritual milk instead of meat. Buzz words are employed liberally to reinforce corporate ideals, not to encourage Christians in seeking truth. My formal studies in theology and church history reached the Masters Degree level at a noted seminary in New York. I am currently employed by a local State College and am familiar with legitimate educational materials and programs. I know the subject matter. I have written and seen published several books, magazine articles and short stories. I know the publishing business from personal experience. It's all about money. It always has been and always will be. The church has corrupted itself and GROWTH MINISTRY is but one symptom. My purpose is to refocus the reader's attention to the very real work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer - sanctification. While quotations of scripture, with enhancement of the word 'growth', are not untrue - neither are they accurate in the modern church. The church in many cases is spiritually dead and GROWTH MINISTRY is evidence of it. GROWTH is a money matter in the secular world as well as the American church. If properly managed, the god rackett is a good business. I was taught that principle in seminary.(2) If you believe that money doesn't influence Christian education or that modern GROWTH MINISTRY, like the gnostic heresy that preceeded it(3), isn't a con job - then you are sadly misinformed. Devotion to Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer cannot be packaged like cheap soap from China. Does a rose go to school to learn how to be beautiful? Does anyone presume to know how God creates such beauty? Beware the snake oil salesman who trades hard earned cash for GROWTH. Only the Holy Spirit can supply the real thing. He does it freely. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft.... (1) Educational accreditation... is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency. In most countries the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a Ministry of Education. In the United States a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private non-profit organizations. The U.S. accreditation process was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels. - Wikipedia There is NO accreditation process or procedure among Christian churches in America. Therefore there is no quality assurance in terms of doctrine or adherence to scripture in any of them. I am employed by a local State College that participates diligently in the accreditation process. I know my subject matter. - Choir Loft (2) The instutution was a merger of Episcopal, Methodist and Baptist leadership. (3) Secret language, special 'education' and priviledged membership are aspects of the gnostic heresy.
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    The Lucifer Agenda

    True. Every word. Especially the bit about the fulfillment of the agenda.
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    Is Islam Reformable?

    "There is no such thing as moderate Islam. There is only Islam." - Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan "Experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized." - Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan Those that fear an enemy hope he can be pacified by appeasement of one sort or another. WWII and all its horror arose from such appeasement - a time of murder and destruction was the result. Times of fear and destruction and murder cannot be averted by appeasing an enemy. Courage can arise by calling him what he truly is. Men who did so inspired courage in others. "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Winston Churchill The Muslim dog is always either at a man's throat or at his feet. It cannot be domesticated, trained or appeased. Anyone who thinks so is dreaming a fool's dream and deserves a fool's reward. "I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air." - Margaret Thatcher America has returned to the attitude of appeasement of the 1930's and we will pay the devil's price for it. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    what does "growth" look like for a believer?

    Consider the lillies of the field. Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. It is all God's doing. None of them spent a second of time examining themselves............... Self-examination is a major principle in Communist philosophy as well as multi-national corporations. Looking inward is a trap of the devil. All you'll find when you gaze at yourself is an imperfect reflection. The Bible encourages the Christain to follow Christ. Anything else is mirrors and smoke - doctrines of demons. The American church has come to embrace all things secular. Differences between churches and secular organizations are virtually indistinguishable. This is true concerning the buzz word "GROWTH". Christians are called to be separate from the world, not to embrace its buzz words or to participate in its conceit. The word GROWTH is not used today as a reference to sanctification (why not use THAT word?). Instead GROWTH is employed in the context of self-improvement. It means the same in church as it does in the corporate world. Growth methods and procedures are employed by large secular organizations to encourage individuals to assume a standard of acceptable behavior. It's a cookie-cutter education in propaganda and a doctrine of self-importance within the context of the corporate whole. Procedures are interchangeable and can just as easily be used to promote Islam or the administration of General Motors, Inc. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Biblical spiritual principle of the sanctification of the believer in Christ. One can quote scripture all day long and all that will be accomplished will be a reiteration of spiritual truth. It's a devilish smokescreen to hide what's really happening in churches. What IS being promoted is 'growth ministry' - a financial trap that church administrators use to squeeze money out of their congregations (who already pay too much for everything else). The current sales pitch for "growth ministries" insists that individual Christians participate in lectures, classes and activities designed for self-improvement. In northern California, Presbyterian churches are charging fees for 'Bible studies'. In north Georgia, Methodist churches are doing the same thing. These churches CHARGE TUITION FEES as well as textbook fees for their bogus courses. ---> The courses themselves are not accredited, thus they are entirely worthless in terms of legitimate academic credentials. <--- (1) In other words, snake oil. However they DO benefit the church bank account. I've been there. I've seen it. Don't tell me it isn't happening. It's a money making fraud perpetrated by religious administrators who seek support for their crumbling institutions. Who do tuition and textbook fees benefit? They benefit the church bank account and they benefit religious publishers. It doesn't do squat for the poor soul who think's he's getting something for his time and money. He isn't. In most cases the material is reiterated grade school or middle school level dogma/propaganda. I know. I've seen it. So has the reader if truth be told. There is a common familiarity to all of it. Spiritual milk instead of meat. Buzz words are employed liberally to reinforce corporate ideals, not to encourage Christians in seeking truth. My formal studies in theology and church history reached the Masters Degree level at a noted seminary in New York. I am currently employed by a local State College and am familiar with legitimate educational materials and programs. I know the subject matter. I have written and seen published several books, magazine articles and short stories. I know the publishing business from personal experience. It's all about money. It always has been and always will be. The church has corrupted itself and GROWTH MINISTRY is but one symptom. My purpose is to refocus the reader's attention to the very real work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer - sanctification. While quotations of scripture, with enhancement of the word 'growth', are not untrue - neither are they accurate in the modern church. The church in many cases is spiritually dead and GROWTH MINISTRY is evidence of it. GROWTH is a money matter in the secular world as well as the American church. If properly managed, the god rackett is a good business. I was taught that principle in seminary.(2) If you believe that money doesn't influence Christian education or that modern GROWTH MINISTRY, like the gnostic heresy that preceeded it(3), isn't a con job - then you are sadly misinformed. Devotion to Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer cannot be packaged like cheap soap from China. Does a rose go to school to learn how to be beautiful? Does anyone presume to know how God creates such beauty? Beware the snake oil salesman who trades hard earned cash for GROWTH. Only the Holy Spirit can supply the real thing. He does it freely. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft.... (1) Educational accreditation... is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency. In most countries the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a Ministry of Education. In the United States a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private non-profit organizations. The U.S. accreditation process was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels. - Wikipedia There is NO accreditation process or procedure among Christian churches in America. Therefore there is no quality assurance in terms of doctrine or adherence to scripture in any of them. I am employed by a local State College that participates diligently in the accreditation process. I know my subject matter. - Choir Loft (2) The instutution was a merger of Episcopal, Methodist and Baptist leadership. (3) Secret language, special 'education' and priviledged membership are aspects of the gnostic heresy.
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    what does "growth" look like for a believer?

    When you put a corpse in its grave, what has become of this "growth"? Every scripture you quote encourages the believer unto the process of sanctification, which is spiritual. Books and learning and physical habits all perish as the body dies. The image of Christ is eternal. Your post smells like something the publisher of a costly religious book series would promote. Books and learning are good, but they do not survive the death of the body except perhaps as a donation to a library as part of the last will and testimony of the deceased. Sanctification is eternal. Learning is temporary. Growth is a deceit of the secular world and promotes nothing except pointless religious programs and endless appeals for money to sustain bankrupt ministries. Show me the value of 'growth' and I'll show you a corrupt boil on the flesh of the church. Sanctification is separation unto Christ and no course work can possibly substitute for it. It is pure and holy as no book series can claim. Some deny the efficacy of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, but it is said that God cannot be pleased without it. The religious "growth" industry in America is highly profitable, albeit corrupt to the bone. Christian publishers as a rule are so crooked that when they die they are screwed into the ground. Beware those that promote death as a religious process. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
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    GOD IS IN CONTROL

    "God is in control" I hate this phrase. I hate it because it is deceiving and attempts to cover licentiousness and cowardice in religious language. God is indeed in control, but evidence of this control is seen in judgment as well as salvation. Those who like to quote the phrase do so as a disservice to themselves and misguidance to others. Judgment begins in the house of the Lord. Judgment is exercised upon the wicked - nations as well as individuals. A lot of Christians don't like to hear or read words like this because it's unpleasant. Painful things issue from the hand of the Righteous God upon Christians who flirt with sin as well as upon nations who oppose the holy ordinances of the throne of Heaven. The phrase is often used to deny the possibility that God will judge a nation for its wickedness - specifically America. The phrase is usually used to express the notion that God will correct a wayward nation, like America, in more or less gentle and kind ways. There is NO evidence in scripture or history that this is the case. God brings harsh and devastating judgment upon nations that visit injustice and violence upon others. "The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world." - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Americans like to think of themselves as being exceptional. We are too great to be judged. God winks at our wickedness. In point of fact, we have been storing up wrath for ourselves for many years. God will not allow national evil to continue. The German people of the early 20th century thought of themselves as exceptional as did the Romans before them. All fell. The lesson of history and the Bible is that; "Christ does not vindicate a race or a nation. It is the sovereignty of God which is vindicated." - Reinhold Neibuhr God is indeed in control, but of righteousness not American hegemony. When God is asked to bless America are we asking for successful endless unjust warfare to continue? Should God bless a nation that has murdered more than 58 million babies in their mother's womb? Shall God bless a nation that has openly and blatantly opposed the recognition of Him in public, making prayer and display of His commandments illegal (when scripture says it ought to be always done)? Adolph Hitler's National Socialist German Worker's Party propagandized the wish of the German people early in the 1930's when a propaganda campaign's theme was God Bless Germany. He didn't. That was then. This is now. Will God bless America? HE WILL NOT. The days of blessings are over. Judgment is upon the nation and the time for repentance for Christians and non-Christians is at hand. God IS in control, but for America today - it will be no blessing, no blessing at all. Watch and learn pilgrim. Judgment will overflow America like the waves of the sea. and that's me, hollering from the choir loft.....
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