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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Christianity, Cults & Religions by Paul Carden



Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 1

What is This Christianity, Cults & Religions Study About?



The Christianity, Cults & Religions DVD-based study helps Christians know what they believe and why. By comparing Christianity with groups such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, people have a better grasp about what the Bible says about who Jesus is and the message of the Gospel. This six-session study simply explains the history, background, and beliefs of the most common world religions and cultic groups: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and other groups. Paul Carden, one of the most respected specialists in this field, has spent 30 years researching, writing and broadcasting on the topics of cults and new religions. He is the general editor of the best-selling cults comparison chart, Christianity, Cults & Religions. Carden presents an easy-to-understand comparison of the founder, date, location, history, beliefs, of each group. Carden also explains how to talk with people of other faiths in a way that will open them to the Gospel not turn them off. Participants will gain a solid Scriptural foundation for their own faith so that they can answer the questions of other groups - who is Jesus? What do we believe about God? What happens after death? How do the other religions view salvation? (Source:http://www.christianitycultsandreligions.com/study )



Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 2




Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 3





Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 4




Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 5


Christianity, Cults and Religions Session 6

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Yeshua Ha Messiah : A Light to Lighten the Gentiles, the Glory of thy people Israel.


Youtube Vid: The Messiah Will Be a King


In Jeremiah 23:5-6 the Messiah is referred to a “Righteous Branch.” As we continue our investigation of these 16 prophecies, we increasingly see that only a divine being who comes as a human could fulfill these predictions. We’ll also see the Messiah will be one who rides on clouds and comes again, helping to complete the puzzle that reveals Jesus as the Messiah.

Youtube Vid: Messianic Prophecies


The Messianic Claims of Jesus Christ by Pastor John Samson
"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." - Peter, to Jesus - Matthew 16:16
"And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." - Acts 5:42

To say that Jesus is the Christ is to say that He is the long awaited Messiah of Israel. "Christ" comes from the Greek word "Christos" which is the equivalent of the Hebrew word for the Messiah or Anointed One. Christ is not Jesus' last name (He was not born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Mary Christ), but rather His title - the Anointed King Messiah.

torahThrough what we call Messianic Prophecies, God provided a sure way to recognize His Messiah when He came. These prophecies are events written in the Bible, hundreds and even thousands of years before they would take place in time. Only God Himself could reveal such amazing detail millennia in advance of the historical events.

God had declared that His Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham (Gen. 22:18), from the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10), and a son of David (Jer. 23:5,6; 1 Chron. 17:10b-14). God had also said that the Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14), in poverty (Isa. 11:1-2), would be proceeded by a herald (Isa. 40:3-5, Mal. 3:1) and would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David (Micah 5:2), He would be seen riding on a donkey (Zech 9:9, 10) and would be present 483 years after the decree was made to rebuild Jerusalem, after the Babylonian captivity (Dan. 9:24-27). He would be a prophet (Deut. 18:15-19; Isa. 61:1, 2), a priest (Psalm 110:1-7), and a king (Gen 49:10; Isa. 9:6,7),

But there's  more

He would be legally tried and condemned to death and would suffer and die (Isa. 50;4-9; 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22), by means of piercing his hands and feet (Zech. 12:10; 13:7; Psalm 22), His death would be substitutionary (in the place of others), He would be buried in a rich man’s tomb and He would be resurrected from the dead (Isa. 52:13-53:12; Psalm 16:1-11; Psalm 22).

All in all, around 330 prophecies such as these were fulfilled by Jesus in His first coming. A French mathematician, George Heron, calculated that the odds of one man fulfilling only 40 of these prophecies are 1 in 10 to the power of 157. That is a 1 followed by 157 zeros. We need to bear in mind that many more prophecies will be fulfilled when He comes back to earth to reign. He will rule the Gentile nations (Psalm 2:7-12), and the Messianic Kingdom (Psalm 110:1-7).

More than 30 of these biblical prophecies were fulfilled in just one day - the day Jesus Christ died!

Ps 41:9 - Mark 14:10 - Betrayed by a friend
Zech 11:12 - Matt 26:15 - Price: 30 pieces of silver
Zech 11:12 - Matt 27:3-7 - Money used to buy a field
Zech 13:7 - Mark 14:50 - Shepherd killed, Sheep flee
Isa 50:6 - Matt. 27:26-30 - Spat on and mocked
Ps 69:19 - Matt 27:28-31 - Shame and dishonor
Ps 35:11 - Mark 14:56 - False witnesses
Ps 22:18 - John 19:24 - Gambling for His clothes
Isa 53:7 - Matt 27:13, 14 - Opened not His mouth
Ps 109:24 - Matt 27:32 - Too weak to carry cross
Ps 69:3 - John 19:28 - Jesus is thirsty
Ps 69:21 - John 19:29 - Given vinegar to drink
Ps 22:17 - Matt 27:36 - They stare at Jesus on the cross
Ps 22:16 - Matt 27:35 - They crucify Him
Ps 22:14 - John 19:34 - Water flows out of wound
Ps 38:11 - Luke 23:49 - Friends stand afar off
Ps 109:25 - Matt 27:39, 40 - People wagged mocking heads
Ps 22:8 - Matt 27:43 - Challenge for God to save Him
Isa 53:7 - John 1:29 - Jesus the Lamb of God
Isa 53:12 - Luke 23:34 - Jesus prays for His killers
Ps 22:1 - Matt 27:46 - He cries out to God
Isa 52:14 - John 19:5, 14 - A broken man, yet King
Isa 53:4, 5 - Matt 8:17; 1 Pet 2:24 - He bears our sins and sicknesses
Ps 22:31 - Luke 23:4 - Jesus declared faultless
Ps 31:5 - Luke 23:46 - He gives up His spirit
Exo 12:46 - John 19:36 - His bones not broken
Isa 53:12 - Luke 23:33 - Numbered with the transgressors
Daniel 9:26 - John 11:50-52 - Jesus died not for Himself
Gen 3:15 - John 19:18 - Satan bruises Jesus' heel on cross
Isa 53:9 - Matt 27:57-60 - Laid in a rich man's tomb
Amos 8:9 - Matt 27:45 - Darkness at crucifixion

The evidence is overwhelming - Jesus is the long awaited Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world, the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16).

The vital question then is this: How do you stand in relationship to Him? Is Jesus the Christ your personal Lord and Savior? If not, the time to make Him so is now, "for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

SOURCE: REFORMATION THEOLOGY

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Seventh-day Adventism - The Spirit behind The Church

I hope you have understood the truth about Seventh Day Adventism specifically regarding their core doctrine about the SABBATH. (You can read and watch my recent posts about their errors and cultic belief about the Sabbath HERE (Should Christians Keep The Sabbath? - A Refutation of Seventh Day Adventism and the Hebrew Roots Movement ) and HERE ( Is Sabbath Keeping Essential to Be a Real Christian? ).

The next video I would like you to watch is the Youtube Video entitled "Seventh-day Adventism - The Spirit behind The Church". Examine the findings prayfully and you decide if the gospel they are teaching is truly the Gospel of Christ. God bless.. happy viewing!






This hard-hitting, eye-opening documentary explores the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its origins, and the changes which have occurred throughout the years. It examines the claims of the religion's founder, the late prophetess Ellen G.White, and compares her unique beliefs with Biblical truth.
You will meet a number of former high-ranking Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders, many of them 4th generation members, and discover what happened when they embarked on a journey to uncover the truth about their organization. You will be shocked and amazed at what they found.

"For those who may agree or for those who strongly disagree, the viewers of this documentary will find it a most fascinating exploration into the cultic aspects of the teachings of Ellen G. White. Recommended for Christians who seek genuine answers based on the best scholarship and firm adherence to the truth of God's Word." - Dr. James Kennedy. Ph.D., Senior Minister. Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Monday, September 01, 2014

Is Sabbath Keeping Essential to Be a Real Christian?

YOUTUBE VID: Is Sabbath Keeping Essential to Be a Real Christian? Former SDA Pastor Answers This Question


Sabbath in Christ by Dale Ratzlaff
Dale and Carolyn Ratzlaff founded Life Assurance Ministries in 1999. Dale is author of Sabbath in Christ, The Cultic Doctrine of Seventh-day Adventists, The Truth About the Seventh-day Adventist Truth, and Adventist to Christian. Dale was an Adventist pastor for 13 years, seven of which he spent teaching Bible at Monterey Bay Academy , La Selva Beach, California. During his doctoral studies at Andrews University in the 1980’s, Dale became convinced that the 1844 investigative judgment could not be supported by Scripture. Since he could no longer teach this doctrine, he and his wife Carolyn left the Adventist denomination. Dale and Carolyn host a Former Adventist Fellowship Bible study near Phoenix, Arizona.

There is no command to keep the Sabbath in the N.T. All the meetings in the book of Acts are in a Jewish setting. There is no instruction on how to keep the Sabbath in letters written to young Gentile churches. Sabbath breaking is never listed in any lists of NT sins. When the Sabbath in mentioned in the epistles, it is either in a negative or unimportant context. The O.T. prophets confront the gentile nations for worshiping idols, blaspheming the name of God, ruthless killing, injustice and immorality, but never for breaking the Sabbath. The Jews considered the Sabbath to be a ritual law. The Jews insisted that a Gentile staying with a Jew was to keep the Sabbath. However, if the Gentile kept the Sabbath on his own he was to be put to death. Jesus, according to John 5 broke the Sabbath and from his defense of his other Sabbath incidents it seems clear that He understood the Sabbath to be a ritual law. The entrance sign to the Old Covenant was circumcision. The continuing sign the Old Covenant was Sabbath. “Remember the Sabbath” The entrance sign to the New Covenant is baptism The continuing sign in the New Covenant is the Lord’s Supper. “Do this in remembrance of Me”

In the early chapters of the book of Acts, the first Christians were predominantly Jews. When Gentiles began to receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Jewish Christians had a dilemma. What aspects of the Mosaic Law and Jewish tradition should Gentile Christians be instructed to obey? The apostles met and discussed the issue in the Jerusalem council (Acts 15). The decision was, “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood” (Acts 15:19-20). Sabbath-keeping was not one of the commands the apostles felt was necessary to force on Gentile believers. It is inconceivable that the apostles would neglect to include Sabbath-keeping if it was God’s command for Christians to observe the Sabbath day.

A common error in the Sabbath-keeping debate is the concept that the Sabbath was the day of worship. Groups such as the Seventh Day Adventists hold that God requires the church service to be held on Saturday, the Sabbath day. That is not what the Sabbath command was. The Sabbath command was to do no work on the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11). Nowhere in Scripture is the Sabbath day commanded to be the day of worship. Yes, Jews in Old Testament, New Testament, and modern times use Saturday as the day of worship, but that is not the essence of the Sabbath command. In the book of Acts, whenever a meeting is said to be on the Sabbath, it is a meeting of Jews and/or Gentile converts to Judaism, not Christians.

When did the early Christians meet? Acts 2:46-47 gives us the answer, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” If there was a day that Christians met regularly, it was the first day of the week (our Sunday), not the Sabbath day (our Saturday) (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2).


See our playlist, "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess"" with 17 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list.... Please examine the following important websites: http://www.lifeassuranceministries.comhttp://www.lifeassuranceministries.org,http://www.FormerAdventist.com, & http://www.TruthorFables.com. Email: proclamation@gmail.com for free materials.

Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube Channel CANSWERSTV athttps://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswers... websites: http://www.BibleQuery.orghttp://www.HistoryCart.com, & http://www.MuslimHope.com, email: cdebater@aol.com) is joined in studio by former Seventh Day Adventist pastor Dale Ratzlaff (email: dale@ratzlaf.com) who relates his personal testimony of why he left the Seventh Day Adventist religion & why Ellen G. White is a false prophet.
 
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