Things You Don’t Want To Know? Watch the video and see. There is a strong possibility that you’ll defend why you spend so much time with TV. If so, let’s hear it. If not, let’s hear about that, too.
Things You Don’t Want To Know? Watch the video and see. There is a strong possibility that you’ll defend why you spend so much time with TV. If so, let’s hear it. If not, let’s hear about that, too.
A few days ago, I was having a discussion with my brother, John. We were discussing calling Jesus Papa or Daddy. Shortly thereafter, I was reading in Isaiah and ran across the following commentary.
“The prophet, as a representative of the whole community, turned to God for aid. He called upon the Lord as “Father, invoking the special relationship between Israel and her God. 64:8. The term “Father” should not be understood according to our modern conception of fatherhood “father” was not so much a term of endearment, as it was a word of authority and ownership. Under Israelite law, a man’s children were legally the property, over which he exercised much power.
The community was helpless before God as “Father” like clay in the hands of a potter. The prophet interceded for the people for forgiveness so that God’s faithfulness might be revealed again in a restored Jerusalem.”
A couple days after that, I ran across this site on the internet.
In the Sunday School curriculum put out by Bill Johnson’s church, Bethel, in Redding, Ca, the children are taught to call God Papa God. I know that for a fact. Then there is the song by Rick Pino, “When I’m With My Daddy, My Innocence is Restored.” Those are just 2 instances I can think of immediately. I’m sure there are many more.
Calling God Papa or Daddy, in my opinion, is a subtle way of bringing Him to our level. He is my God, my Savior, and my Redeemer! He is not my daddy, my husband or as becoming popular, my boyfriend.
Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name!
A few weeks ago I got down to pray and thought I am going to pray the Lord’s Prayer. I got this far. Hallowed be thy name.
I just wept for a very long time, meditating on that and what does it really mean.
He is God, there is none beside Him.
Administrator’s note: This was originally posted December 12, 2014
“Under the influence” here is to be understood in a negative sense, such as driving under the influence. To drive under the influence is against the law for good reason. A person is a danger to himself and others because his abilities are impaired to a degree. The degree ranges from a slight reduction in response time to total inability to function normally.
Charisma has degenerated into charismania and the charismaniac wrongly defines himself as a charismatic. This maniac is a danger to himself and others and is breaking the laws of the very God he professes to worship. He claims to be walking in the spirit, but demonstrates the characteristics of being under the influence. This is obvious to all sober minded people and is unrecognizable only to those who are also drinking the “Kool-Aid.”
The actions in the upper room on the day of Pentecost can be construed as an experience whereby the participants were not in control of their actions, creating a false paradigm and lending legitimacy to all sorts of “spiritual” drunkenness. The context where “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” is found, rightly divides the word to eliminate Pentecost to be an “under the influence” phenomenon. Quench not the spirit is a command showing God has left me in command of my own vessel. I have the spirit of God. I don’t possess it. The spirit of God dwells in me. He doesn’t possess me. He can leave anytime of His choosing and I can quench Him anytime of mine. God is sovereign and He chose to live in an obedient vessel by mutual consent.
Cessationism is not the answer. Spiritually speaking, I am to be circumcised, not castrated.
In March of last year I began trying to understand what Kingdom Now Theology is. It was being taught in our church and on the surface, so many things sounded good. A lot of things were true if applied in the correct way. That is one thing that is dangerous about it. You take it one way and it is really meant another way, but all the while you are drinking the KoolAid and your mind is slowly and subtly being conformed. The other dangerous thing is there is a lot of truth and that reels you in. But nine parts truth and one part lie will still take you astray. I had heard a lot of things over the past year that I didn’t understand. But I was honestly trying to think past the box I grew up in. So I didn’t necessarily embrace or reject. I wanted to be open -minded and not reject something just because I had never heard it. And on the flip side, there were a lot of truths taught that I had never understood. So a lot of good I was learning also. But what finally got me to really studying is I attended a service at Abba’s House in Hixson, Tn. Randy Clark was there teaching about impartation. To make a long story short, neither my husband nor I was healed. We both left there knowing something wasn’t right, but not exactly sure what and why. Looking back, I am thankful we weren’t healed. We might have been sucked in. And now it seems so obvious what was wrong that I feel ashamed I almost got caught up. But that is exactly what happens. They know how to create an atmosphere to get people on board. Let me say here that some may have truly been healed. I am not arguing that point. At this time, that is beyond my understanding how someone could get healed in the mist of something like this. However, after watching ex-faith healers share their secrets, a lot of it becomes clearer.
Over the course of my research, I have learned about the Word of Faith Movement, Dominionism, Kingdom Now, Emergent Church, The New Apostolic Reformation, how Eastern religion and New Age teaching is infiltrating the church, and why certain kinds of worship is advanced and promoted. I am going to attempt to give a brief overview of each. I have read tons of material and watched countless videos. Nothing is taken out of context. The mistake I made was not documenting everything to credit where the information came from. I just took notes or screen shots to refer back to.
A lot of people credit Kenneth Hagin as the founder of The Word of Faith Movement. But its beginnings can be traced back to Essek William Kenyon. Kenyon was influenced by the metaphysical cults while he was at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. Phineas ParkhurstQuimbly, who was the father of New Thought, which made popular the belief that sickness has its origin in incorrect thinking, greatly influenced Kenyon. Quimbly taught the power of positive affirmation, which today is called positive confession. So visualize health and wealth and then affirm or confess it. Charles Emerson was the President of Emerson. He was a proponent of transcendentalism, new thought, hypnosis, parapsychology, and occultism . Mary Baker Edy, founder of Christian Science, also played a huge role in influencing Kenyon. This is in no means a conclusive list of the influences on Kenyon while at Emerson. I briefly give this information because knowing the roots of a theological movement is critical in understanding its teachings and applications.
There is documented proof that Hagin plagiarized Kenyon, word for word, not even changing punctuation. You can see copies of both of their writings and they are the same. But Hagin says he got his revelations from God.
Here are the beliefs of the Word of Faith Movement, in a nut shell.
Positive Confession- The belief that what is spoken can be brought into literal existence.Speak what you desire and God is obligated to give it to you.This ties in with their belief that faith is a force and words are actual containers of faith. So thru the force of faith, man can speak into existence things like health and wealth. They take out of context the scripture “to call those things not as though they are” Romans 4:17 and Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. They teach that your words have creative power. I have several direct quotes from may WOF teachers about positive confession but they are so abundant on you tube that I will not quote them.
They also teach that we are little gods. “You are as much an incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was. You are a little god.” Benny Hinn
I think the most dangerous thing they teach is the spiritual death of Jesus. They teach Christ’s physical death was not enough to atone for man’s sin so Jesus died spiritually.(Well, if he died spiritually, He ceased being God. If He ceased being God for a millisecond, He never was God.) While on the cross, Jesus took upon himself the nature of Satan. He descended into hell as a mere mortal man and endured three days and nights of unimaginable abuse at the hands of Satan and his demons. He was born-again in hell. Jesus defeated the devil by becoming the first born- again man.
And of course they are known for their health, wealth, prosperity doctrine. They teach all believers have the right to walk in perfect, divine health and prosper financially because of Christ’s spiritual atonement in Hell. One of the more outlandish quotes is by John Avanzini,“Jesus had a big house and wore designer clothes.”
You will see a common theme among all of them, no matter what they are teaching on at a given time. That is the demotion of God and the deification of man. “The biggest failure in the whole Bible is God.” Kenneth Copeland
Some of their teachings are so outlandish it’s laughable and would be funny except they have a great following. Others in the movement have a lot of truth. But herein lies the problem. A little arsenic in your drink is still deadly. So unless one is very versed in Scripture and has a lot of discernment, one would be wise, in my opinion, to not drink their KoolAid.
Here are some of the WOF teachers. There are many so I’m sure this isn’t an exhaustive list:
Kenneth Hagin (deceased), Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, Paula White, Joel Osteen, Robert Tilton-is said to be staging a comeback, Jan Crouch, Paul Crouch (recently deceased),John Avanzini, Fred Price, Jesse Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Charles Capps, Marilyn Hickey, Jerry Savelle, Morris Cerullo, Paul Youggi Cho (check out some of his teachings in The Law of Incubation), and new on the American scene, Joseph Prince.
Administrator’s note: This was originally posted on this site February 24, 2014
I was trying to knock the rakes down on my chainsaw and the file was softer than the chain rendering both file and chain useless for their designed intent. The chain had been successfully sharpened and made ready for “good works” (though not perfect as it was no longer in it’s created condition), however, all it could do at this point would be to frustrate it’s owner as the rakes had become “exalted”. Everything was ready to go. Fuel. Check. Oil. Check. Tension. Check. Cranking. Check. Best saw on the market. Practically useless at this point.
The word cognitive comes from the word cognition. Cognition means “the act or process of knowing–perception; the product of such a process (something thus known, perceived).
The word dissonance means disagreement or incongruity. Using the word “dissonance” within the music context means an inharmonious or harsh sound–discord.
All of us have multiple cognitions (pieces of knowledge) and a lot of them “agree” with one another. For example: People that believe in the Bible should have no problems in believing everything that the Word of God says. If they don’t have contrary beliefs then their thinking is in harmony with God’s Word and there resides a peaceful spirit within. But, if they have reservations (to put it politely)–because of “social proof”, for example–about certain identified sins found in the Bible then there is cognitive discord within the mind or, “cognitive dissonance”; more so if their “reservations” lead to actual sin.
Opinions and beliefs have been changing more frequently in the last several decades than before. This “changing” has created cognitive dissonance within a lot of people; it’s because of the changing in thinking that they have had to do in order to continue to be accepted by society–peer pressure has a way of getting to most of us. Cognitive dissonance causes unrestful minds and spirits which leads to stress and depression. (A stressed and depressed people are much easier to control… because of the medication they then accept… physically and… spiritually.)
The failure to maintain the moral standards we once had as a nation is the result of the deceptive plans of the devil (satan) coming to fruition. While dominating deception continues among us, God’s people need to stand firmly upon His Word and draw nearer to Him, being a light to those that are in the world that has no hope to offer.
The Bible says to choose this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15). Choosing righteousness will bring cognitive harmony within your mind and your spirit. There is hope.
Continue to pray for us,my wife and I, at Paradigm Control as we continue in efforts to show what, how and why changes in the thinking of societies happen; thus, bringing to attention to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see that we all have a way (the Way) to have peace with God, with ourselves and with our fellow man.
PS This may help in understanding the term, “cognitive dissonance” a little more: http://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/stephens/cdback.html
This is in response to “Five Reasons Why Gold Will Be Worthless After The Collapse of The Dollar” (found here). The article fails to reach the level of sophomoric. The writer displays stunning ignorance by equating gold as mere currency. Gold – and silver – is money. Aristotle was the first to define money and he defined it as a medium of exchange and a store of value. The dollar is currency and it is so only by governmental decree and therefore has to be accepted as payment for debt, but it does not qualify as money as it is not a store of value. At least not a good one. Currency should be backed by something of value. Money is value. Your check is currency and must be backed by dollars in your checking account. The dollar is currency and should be backed by something of value as it is only a piece of paper with a dead man’s picture on it. And it is backed. By faith, not the biblical faith of substance and evidence, rather, a dead faith lacking the work of vigilance and held together by the American dream, a dream which is slowly morphing into a national nightmare. Gold doesn’t need backing. It is valuable in and of itself just as are my shoes, tractor, lawnmower, toothbrush and my wife. See? All these things take labor to achieve and make my standard of living increase. I threw my wife in the mix as her worth is far above rubies. But,I digress.
Many things could qualify as money, but historically gold – and silver – come out on top because they meet the five Aristotelian qualifications of good money better than anything else. Those five requirements are: durability, divisibility, consistency, convenience and intrinsic value. It must be durable is why we don’t use wheat or tulips. They might wilt or rot. Good money must be divisible. That is why we don’t use artwork or diamonds. Imagine dividing the Mona Lisa or one of Kincaid’s paintings to make change. Obviously, when you divide a perfect carat, you have messed up big time. The parts are worth less than the whole. It must be consistent and that is why we don’t use real estate or diamonds. Every piece of real estate is different from each other and the same can be said of diamonds. In other words, good money needs to be fungible; meaning, being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity. For example, all nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars are the same so they meet the consistency test. It must be convenient. That rules out elements like steel. Consider how much steel it would take to make a large purchase. And finally, it must have value within itself. If by now I have demonstrated that gold is money, I can proceed with this fly swatting.
The writer’s first mistake is to say that gold will skyrocket from now until the dollar collapses, implying gold increasing in value and then claiming gold will become as worthless as the paper it has been appreciating against. He purports to see through something but fails to see something through it. Gold is not appreciating against wealth, rather it is increasing against an unbacked currency. To be more precise, gold is stable while the currency is decreasing on an ever steepening continuum. Gold was $20 the ounce when my father was a teenager and $35 when I was a teenager. It is now $1700. The amount of above ground gold has approximately doubled in my lifetime. Wealth in the aggregate has probably doubled as well, however, gold priced in dollars has gone up by a factor of 50. If the supply of gold has increased in relative equal amounts as wealth – houses, skyscrapers, roads, factories, cars and congressmen etc. – then it’s relative value measured against all that wealth should remain stable. And it has. I repeat; it has. The same relative lifestyle can be enjoyed today with the same amount of gold to purchase it with as was the case centuries ago. It’s value to society hasn’t changed. It has maintained it’s store of value. It is the proliferation of dollars that has made them worth less over time. Gold is simply holding its own. So gold will not skyrocket in value, but will do so in terms of dollars. Dollars are becoming worth less and less until one day they will be worthless due to the fact they have no inherent value and are being added to the currency supply at a faster rate than wealth is being added to the economy. And now to refute reason # one as to why gold will be worthless when the dollar collapses.
Our teacher asks: “With no currency, with what are you gonna sell your gold?” Remember, gold is money. Hey class, gold IS money. You don’t sell money, you spend it. The amount of dollars I had to use to exchange for something of value such as gold is irrelevant after the dollar is gone. We are further informed “no one will want it because it won’t really have any purpose during this time.” Then how, pray tell, did paper EVER have any purpose as money? OK, so we go to the barter system. I have a dozen eggs more than I need and you have an extra gallon of milk to exchange for my eggs. But, I don’t want your milk. What now? Barter is a wonderful thing when it works, but that is precisely the rub; it doesn’t work efficiently. We both need a medium of exchange to facilitate the purchases of what we need. I can then use this medium to purchase what I want which is the gallon of orange juice my neighbor stole from a FEMA camp. Everything according to it’s utility. Horses, planes, bicycles and cars are the utility of transportation, food, the utility of nourishment, a store of value and a medium of exchange the utility of money and fools the utility of bad advice. Next, he claims that most people will be forced to sell $1000 worth of gold for $5 worth of food. Continuing with the untangling, he is placing a dollar value on gold and a dollar value on food. Second grade math informs me I would get $995 back in change. So what exactly is he saying or attempting to say? To be fair, I believe he is saying that what used to be valued at some time in the past as $1000 gold and what used to be valued as $5 food would at future present be valued equal. This portion of the knot unravels easily. Per the rest of his “dissertation” he insinuates a severe food shortage. That is not a valid argument against money but a condition of supply and demand. No amount of gold is inordinate if I am starving to obtain even one meal. By the same token, I would give everything and promise to be your slave for life if I were drowning and you drove such a bargain before rescuing me. In hell, what would you give for one drop of water? Incidentally, most people don’t have any gold and why talk in terms of dollars. The dollar has collapsed at this point, remember? Might as well say $1000,000,000,000,000 as $ are now meaningless. And that is the point.
To refute reason # two is beneath me as it would be akin to arguing with a three-year old. But hey, if there is anyone out there in paradigm control land that really wants it straightened out, I will humble myself as a little child and dip my pen in the quill.
Moving right along to reason # three I learn that the government will not create a new currency. Really. If only he were correct. He views that as a bad thing and the fact that there will be no currency exacerbates an already bad situation. I say it would be a good thing for governments the world over to allow the people the freedom to determine what is sound money. Let currencies compete whether they be precious metals, fruit loops or basketball scores. I then wouldn’t care if the government entered the fray as they would have to compete and not merely legislate. There goes your entitlements since government could no longer live beyond it’s means. Back to his premise. Why wouldn’t the government create a new currency? On what basis does he make such an outrageous statement? Control of money is what wicked governments are all about. It is pure power and they have the power to define legal tender. A collapse of the currency will allow government to renege on it’s promises and obligations (they’re already doing that through inflation) but won’t allow the citizenry to do the same as their debt will be recalibrated to the new currency. Whether or no we have a new national currency, the present one will lose it’s reserve status and the past profligacy of the American people will be just that. Past. Debt is a claim on future labor and we have a lot of debt to work off. To obtain the wealth of other nations we will have to do more than print worthless dollars. Ask them and they will tell you: they gladly accept gold. And that is the point.
In reason # four the writer asserts that in the past when one country’s currency died, another would simply take it’s place, but now that won’t be the case because never before has one country held the world’s reserve currency as is the case presently with the USA. This is very poor logic and irritating as it takes too much space to refute as I am already over the limit with the average attention span. Unlike reason two however, it is worthy of discussion and I would be glad to delve more into the meaning of reserve status and why losing it is no guarantee another would not take it’s place. Another will take it’s place. It may be an international currency controlled by a world body but there will be another reserve currency. One should ask how the dollar became the world’s reserve currency? It acquired that status because it had enough gold in Fort Knox and West Point to back the dollar. The dollar was redeemable in gold. FDR broke that contract with the American citizens but kept it with foreign nations. Nixon broke the contract with foreign nations and the dollar subsequently became a purely fiat currency, a floating abstraction kept afloat by the sheeple’s faith at home and military intervention, intimidation and threat abroad. But times, they are a changing. One thing that won’t change is the golden rule. He who owns the gold makes the rules. And that is the point.
I have tried to be brief but the soul of wit has been sorely challenged. I can only hope that PC readers are a word picture or two above average. There isn’t much I can do with reason # five without repeating myself so I’ll just give it the wrap. A total reset is coming. Interesting times await us. The time for real faith is now. Oil in the lamps type faith. The majority of preppers are in for a rude awakening. Gold indeed will not save us. I concur, this time will be different, however, for different reasons than this denigrator of a true weight and measure understands. If he had known in this his day that the wise will understand, he would have asked wisdom of God who would have given to him liberally. God owns the cattle of a thousand hills. He also owns all the gold. And that, dear reader, is the point.
John P Shepherd
After my first solo flight in June of ’76, it was time to start preparing for my first solo cross-country. The term cross-country is somewhat misleading in that the longest flight required for a private license is a three legs, 300 mile trip with a minimum of 100 miles per leg. Sounds impressive to the student though. For VFR flight (visual flight rules) a pilot can and should make use of all instruments, but is not allowed to fly in conditions that make this the only option. You must maintain minimum visibility requirements. Therefore, a course has to be plotted with an aerial map. The map is drawn to true north, however the compass points to magnetic north and the two are geographically different, causing variation. In most cases the heading plotted by the map cannot be the heading flown. Also, true north is a fixed point while magnetic north moves around, forcing new maps to be drawn up periodically as the variations are indicated on the maps. The variations themselves differ and range anywhere from insignificant to extreme depending on one’s location on the globe. By compensating for magnetic error a correct heading can be obtained.
Our emotions are like the compass. They always point to our interest just as the compass needle locates magnetic north. When the pole moves, they vacillate as well. In the turbulence of conflict they bounce around so violently we find it difficult to stay on course. While true north is purely academic for the hiker or aviator, we find its’ equivalent problematic in human affairs. Man has been arguing for thousands of years over what represents moral true north. That argument cost 160 million lives through war in the 20th century. Incidentally, the east can be reached by going west but to reach true north one has to travel north. Though there are many paths to true north there is only one way. Assuming for the sake of argument that we all agreed on a moral true north, we now come to the crux of our dilemma. There are 7 billion of us, each with his/her own individual magnetic north pulling the needle. That alone has exponentially complicated things, but to exacerbate things more, we don’t want to adjust our heading even when the variations are extreme. To reiterate for emphasis, though only one geographical magnetic north exists there are 7 billion personal ones. True north is not the problem.