Tweeting in Support of Antichrist

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If you’re familiar with Apprising Ministries you will know that I’m doing what I can to alert you to a growing syncretism and sinful ecumenicism continuing to spread throughout mainstream evangelicalism.

And, without a doubt, a leader of this compromise in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) would be Rick Warren, pastor of the highly influential Saddleback Church and General of the Seeker Driven Army.

Read the rest:  http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/update-rick-warren-ask-us-pray-god-help-apostates-elect-their-new-pope-and-his-friend

It seems to me that the last few hundred years have something to tell us about the likelihood of the Catholic church reforming.  Talk about ignoring — or even erasing — the Reformation!

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 17:12-14:  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 13:3:  …and all the world wondered after the beast.

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Roman Catholic Revival

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POPE FRANCIS has inspired a surge in attendances and confessions in the Roman Catholic Church, reversing decades of decline.

Read the rest:  ‘Francis effect’ pulls crowds back to church at http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Society/article1341650.ece

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Not Everyone is Rushing Back to Rome

But not all kids who grew up in American evangelicalism are jumping off into high church rite and sacrament: congregations that carefully teach robust, historic Protestant theology to their children are notably not losing them to the Vatican, or even Lambeth. Protestant churches that recognize their own ecclesiastical and theological heritage, training their children to value and continue it in a 21st century setting, usually retain their youth. These kids have the tools they need to think biblically through the deep and difficult issues of the day and articulate their position without having a crisis of faith. They know the headlines, church history, theology and their Bibles, and so are equipped to engage culture in a winsome, accessible way. They have a relationship with God that is not based on their feelings or commitments but on the enduring promises of the Word and so they can ride out the trends of the American church, knowing that they will pass regardless of mass defections to Rome. That’s not to say that the Book of Common Prayer is unbiblical–far from it! It is to say that children raised in spiritually substantive and faithful homes usually find things like holy water, pilgrimages, popes and ash on their faces an affront to the means for spiritual growth that God has appointed in His Word.

From the Christian Pundit qtd at http://thereformedmind.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/why-are-more-and-more-young-evangelicals-getting-high/

OLD PROTESTANTS AND THE PAPAL ANTICHRIST

Feileadh Mor

A good place to start if you are new to eschatology:IMG_0316

By “old” I mean men who lived before the 20th century, especially those who were part of the Protestant Reformation (c. 16th-17th centuries) and their more immediate heirs. I use the term “Protestant” in its theological and historical sense, where it denotes a member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the RCC and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches. . . . Protestants are so called after the declaration (protestatio) of Martin Luther and his supporters dissenting from the decision of the Diet of Spires (1529), which reaffirmed the edict of the Diet of Worms against the Reformation. All Protestants reject the authority of the Papacy, both religious and political, and find authority in the text of the Bible.

Discovering the views of old Protestants…

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Forces For and Against One World

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One World Government:

One World Economy:

One World Religion:

Possibly Relevant Scriptures:

Rev 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Rev 16:14  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Rev 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Rev 16:20  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Rev 16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

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Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Rev 17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Rev 17:17  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Rev 17:18  And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

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Rev 18:21  And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Yahoo News: Muslim leader says Pope Francis ‘resonates with the Muslim world’

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The president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland offered high praise for Pope Francis, saying the Catholic leader “resonates with the Muslim world,” much like the saint from whom he takes his name.

“From my perspective, Pope Francis is really doing a wonderful job in terms of outreach, in terms of contributing to world peace, in terms of contributing to stopping wars and conflicts, praying for better understanding,” said Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat in an interview with Catholic News Service.

Read the rest:  http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-leader-says-pope-francis-%E2%80%98resonates-with-the-muslim-world%E2%80%99-233413262.html

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 17:12-14:  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Examiner: Did Pope Francis Fulfill Prophecy?

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Yet, that which we have in mind is another sort of prophecy. Let us consider that recent love affair with Catholicism, the Vatican, the Pope which has been expressed in recent years by, supposed, Protestants…

…What is this, a Hegelian Dialectic? The Hegelian Dialectic goes thusly: thesis, antithesis, synthesis aka problem, reaction, solution.

In other words; first we are told to unify, then examples are given on how we unify on certain issues (abortion) and then we get a token, “Oh yeah, okay, right, we still have ‘deep differences that divide us’”?

Indeed, in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things charity and we can be charitable even whilst deeply dis-unifying with Catholicism’s overall theology.

So, in the end: did Pope Francis fulfill prophecy? Yes, indeed and here it is:

many will fall away…Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many (Matthew 24:10-11).

Read the whole article:  http://www.examiner.com/article/did-pope-francis-fulfill-prophecy?cid=rss

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Gleanings: The Papal Antichrist: A Call to Recognition and Opposition I

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My heart is heavy today because the flock of Christ has not been spared from being devoured by grievous wolves who have entered in among us. Through church history countless souls have been massacred, and even today false teachers keep speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. Therefore we must watch and remember how for many years we have been warned by faithful men, most of whom died long ago, and yet speak by their writings (Acts 20.29-31). Today’s pastors in general may be less discerning than they were, and our churches more vulnerable to the ravaging menace which is the Roman Papacy.

Right before our very eyes, we are witnessing the Romanization of large segments of evangelicalism. Multitudes of evangelicals and their churches have imbibed the doctrines, spirit, and methodology of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Worship services of supposedly evangelical churches are gradually losing the plain exposition of Scripture for a spectacle of manmade rituals and performances, many taken from the RCC liturgy. Our departure today from a more traditional sermon on “Easter Sunday” may offend some, and that illustrates the pervasive influence of Rome’s liturgical and syncretistic calendar. “‘Easter’ derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring (Eostre or Ostara).”1 There is no biblical warrant for such an annual holy day. Every Lord’s Day is a remembrance of the risen Savior, but we digress.

My thesis is simple. The universal judgment of discerning church leaders, yesterday and today, is that

The Pope of Rome is either the Antichrist or an antichrist; therefore, we ought to oppose him and his religion.

Read the whole article:  http://gleaningsnj.org/the-papal-antichrist-a-call-to-recognition-and-opposition-i/

Arminianism: Another Gospel

Arminianism: Another Gospel 2 of 2 – Wesley, Moody, Billy Graham, Quotes By Calvin, Spurgeon, Edwards, Owen, Rutherford, et al., audio and pdf available.

Some quotes:

A famous letter written by a Jesuit to the Rector of Brussels and endorsed by Laud himself was found in his study at Lambeth. A copy of this letter was found among the papers of a society of priests and Jesuits at Clerkenwell in 1627.  The following is an extract: ‘

Now we have planted the Sovereign Drug Arminianism which we hope will purge the Protestants from their heresy; and it flourisheth and beareth fruit in due season… I am at this time transported with joy to see how happily all instruments and means, as well as great or smaller, cooperate with our purposes. But to return to the main fabric: OUR FOUNDATION IS ARMINIANISM.’ (S.G.U. Publication No. 173, p. 142)

Dr. Kennedy states,

“The new style of teaching made it seem such an easy thing to be a Christian. To find oneself easily persuaded to believe what was presented in the gospel, and to think that by this faith salvation was secured, and that all cause of anxiety was for ever gone, gave a new and pleasing sensation, which thousands were willing to share.”

On unscriptural worship:

In connection with unscriptural devices resorted to in order to advance the movement, Dr. Kennedy mentions first  excessive hymn-singing as one of these. “The singing of uninspired hymns even in moderation, as part of public worship, no one can prove to be scriptural; but the excess and the misdirection of the singing in this movement were irrational as well. Singing ought to be to the Lord; for singing is worship. But singing the gospel to men has taken the place of singing praise to God…. Many professed to have been converted by the hymns.

“The use of instrumental music was an additional novelty, pleasing to the kind of feeling that finds pleasure in a concert. To introduce what is so gratifying there, into the service of the house of God, is to make the latter palatable to those to whom spiritual worship is an offence. The organ-sounds effectively touch chords which nothing else would thrill….

“And yet it is not difficult to prove that the use of instrumental music, in the worship of God, is unscriptural, and that therefore all, who have subscribed to the[Westminster] Confession of Faith, are under solemn vow against it. There was a thorough change, in the mode of worship, effected by the revolution, which introduced the New Testament dispensation. So thorough is this change,that no part of the old ritual can be a precedent to us. For all parts of the service of the house of God there must be New Testament precept or example.  No one will pretend that for instrumental music, in the worship of God, there is any authority in New Testament Scripture. ‘The fruit of the lips ‘issuing from hearts that make ‘melody to the Lord,’ is the only form of praise it sanctions….

“But we use the organ only as an aid, it is said. ‘It is right that we should do our best in serving the Lord; and if the vocal music is improved by the instrumental accompaniment, then surely the organ may be used.’ On the same ground you might argue for the use of crucifixes and pictures, and for all the paraphernalia of the Popish ritual.  ‘These,’ you might say, ‘make an impression on minds that would not otherwise be at all affected. They vividly present before worshippers the  scenes described in Scripture, and if, as aids, they serve to do so, they surely cannot be wrong.’ To this, there are three replies, equally good against the argument for instrumental music. (1) they are not prescribed in New Testament Scripture, and therefore they must not be introduced into New Testament worship. (2) They are incongruous with the spirituality of  the New Testament dispensation. (3) These additions but help to excite a state of feeling which militates against, instead of aiding, that which is produced by the Word. An organ may make an impression, but what is it but such as may be made more thoroughly at the opera? It may help to regulate the singing, but does God require this improvement? And whence arises the taste for it? It cannot be from the desire to make the praise more fervent and spiritual, for it only tends to take attention away from the heart, whose melody the Lord requires. It is the craving for pleasurable aesthetics, for the  gratification of mere carnal feeling, that desires the thrill of organ sounds, to touch pleasingly the heart, that yields no  response to what is spiritual. If the argument, against the use of the organ, in the service of praise, is good, it is, at least equally so against its use in the service of preaching. If anything did ‘vanish away,’ it is surely the use of all such accessories in connection with the exhibition of Christ to men. [Hebrews 8.]

On the Sabbath:

Arminian church bodies of our day have removed the ancient landmarks set by the godly fathers in the past as safeguards and bulwarks of the sanctity of the sabbath. The result is obvious. The curse of the Popish or “continental Sunday” has overspread the land like a flood. Is it any wonder that Dr. Kennedy of Dingwall said that Voluntaryism and Arminianism must be pioneers of Rationalism, for they are both the off-spring of unbelief?

The Need for an Uncompromising and Vigilant Witness Against Arminianism:

“Warnings from the pulpit and denunciation of the errors of Arminianism are not now heard as once they were. Even in pulpits where the truth is preached, it is to be feared that, in some cases, a faithful witness is not raised against Arminianism. The cause of this may be due in a measure to the fact that in defending the cause of truth new forms of error have to be exposed and assailed, with the result thatthe old enemy is left so far unmolested as if it were dead. Unfortunately this is not so; Arminianism is very much alive in the pulpit, in the theological and religious press, and in the modern evangelistic meeting…. When we bear in mind the horror with which our forefathers regarded Arminianism, the modern attitude to it indicates how far the professing Church has drifted from the position of the theologians of those days.” (‘The Reformed Faith’ by the Rev. D. Beaton, p. 18).

Making it Easier to Swim the Tiber

U.S. Roman Catholic Church And Protestant Denominations Agree To Recognize Each Other’s Baptisms

Posted: 01/29/2013 3:37 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/29/2013 5:17 pm EST

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Catholic Protestant Baptism

The Rev. Cuthbert O’Connell baptizes baby Trish Cucurullo as mother Sheena Cucurullo (L) and godmother Shannon Ball assist following Sunday Mass at Saint Clare Catholic Church’s on August 19, 2007 in Waveland, Mississippi.

In a monumental occasion for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations plan to sign a document on Tuesday evening to formally agree to recognize each other’s baptisms.

Read the rest:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/catholic-protestant-baptism-recognize_n_2575915.html

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Exploring Eschatology From A Protestant Historicist Perspective

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