måndag 14 december 2009
LINE, CONVOY, CARAVAN, COLUMN, PARADE, CARNIVAL, SPECTACLE, SHOW OFF, FLAUNT, FLOURISH, DRAW ATTENTION TO, DISPLAY, GO ON PARADE, PROCESS, MARCH, WALK, STALK, STRUT, POSTURE, SHOW, EXHIBITION, DISPLAY, DEMONSTRATION, PROCESSION, CHAIN, ROW, SUCCESSION, PARTY, REVELRY, GATHER, HAVE FUN, REVEL, WHOOP IT UP, PAINT THE TOWN RED, GET DOWN, WORK IT, LET YOUR HAIR DOWN, HANG LOOSE, GROOVE, FACTION GROUP, POLITICAL PARTY, ORGANIZATION, SOCIETY, SPLINTER GROUP, PARTAKER, CONTRIBUTOR, ASSISTANT, DELEGATION, TROOP, SOMEONE, A STAR, SUPERSTAR, MEGASTAR, IDOL, ICON, STATUE, GOD, DEITY, HERO, STAR, PIN-UP, VILLAIN, LUMINARY, SOMEBODY, A CELEBRITY, A BIG CHEESE, A BIGWIG, INDIVIDUAL, PERSON, ONE, PERSON CONCERNED, A CELEBRITY, SUPERSTAR, STAR, POP IDOL, MOVIE STAR, ICON, PUBLIC FIGURE, LUMINARY, CELEB, HOUSEHOLD NAME, STARDOM, FAME, NOBODY, UNKNOWN, UPSTART, UNIDENTIFIED, MYSTERIOUS, STRANGE, UNFAMILIAR, NEW, UNSPECIFIED, OBSCURITY, A BIG NAME, A STAR, SUPERSTAR, STAR, MEGASTAR, LUMINARY, IDOL, A NAME, A BIG CHEESE, NOBODY.
This is paganism in a multi-religious unity. Similar to the ecumenical and pope religion supported by the charismatic movement, they all have the same mind!
As for the Laodicea means lukewarm, mixed, exchanged, Replaced see replace, return, reinstate, substitute, replace, surrogate, swap, trade, change, use instead, exchange, switch, interchange, take the place of, supplant!
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Abominations – scandal, loathing, revulsion, abhorrence, detestation,
The expression occurs three times in Daniel. In; (Dan_9:27); (Dan_12:11) the reference is to the "Beast," "man of sin"; (2Th_2:3); (2Th_2:4) and is identical with (Mat_24:15). In (Dan_11:31) the reference is to the act of Antiochus Epiphanes, the prototype of the man of sin, who sacrificed a sow upon the altar, and entered the holy of holies.
Secular - Worldly, Material, Lay, Fabric, Cloth, Textile, Stuff, Substance, Matter, Stuff, Objects, Bits and pieces, Items, Things, Ideas, Facts, Notes, Background, Data, Information, Important, Pertinent, Relevant, Significant, Immaterial, Sophisticated, complicated, stylish, difficult, primitive, urbane, complex, advanced, erudite, clever, superior, high-level, elevated, top, Worldly wise.
late 13c., "living in the world, not belonging to a religious order," also "belonging to the state," from O.Fr. seculer, from L.L. sæcularis "worldly, secular," from L. sæcularis "of an age, occurring once in an age," from sæculum "age, span of time, generation," probably originally cognate with words for "seed," from PIE base *se(i)- "to sow" (cf. Goth. mana-seþs "mankind, world," lit. "seed of men").
Used in ecclesiastical writing like Gk. aion "of this world" (see cosmos). It is source of Fr. siècle.
Ancient Roman ludi sæculares was a three-day, day-and-night celebration coming once in an "age" (120 years). Secularism "doctrine that morality should be based on the well-being of man in the present life, without regard to religious belief or a hereafter" first recorded 1846.
c.1200 (but not popular until 1848, as a translation of Humboldt's Kosmos), from Gk. kosmos "order, good order, orderly arrangement" (cf. Homeric kosmeo, used of the act of marshaling troops), with an important secondary sense of "ornaments of a woman's dress, decoration" (cf. kosmokomes "dressing the hair"), also "the universe, the world."
Pythagoras is said to have been the first to apply this word to "the universe," perhaps originally meaning "the starry firmament," but later it was extended to the whole physical world, including the earth.
oikoumene see ecumenical
For specific reference to "the world of people," the classical phrase was he oikoumene (ge) "the inhabited (earth)." Septuagint uses both kosmos and oikoumene. Kosmos also was used in Christian religious writing with a sense of "worldly life, this world (as opposed to the afterlife)," but the more frequent word for this was aion, lit. "lifetime, age."
For oikoumene/ecumenical in Rev. 18:2 a habitation
Feminine participle present passive of G3611 (as noun, by implication of G1093); land, that is, the (terrene part of the) globe; specifically the Roman empire: - earth, world.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Mischief - Disobedience, Waywardness, Naughtiness, Insubordination, Breaking the rules, Defiance, Noncompliance, Tomfoolery, Trouble, Monkey business, pranks, high jinks, unsuitable behavior, questionable activities, goings-on, frivolities, nonsense, garbage, baloney, twaddle, claptrap, drivel, gobbledygook, gibberish, hot air, boasting, bragging, bravado, swagger, strut, parade, shuffle, timidity, shyness, wariness, introversion, coyness, diffidence, apprehension, apprehensiveness, tentativeness, nervousness, boastfulness, arrogance, showing off, bluster, conceit, boasting, bragging, talk, noise, babble, jabber, monkeyshines, shenanigans, Misbehavior, Naughtiness, Harm, Damage, Trouble, Disruption, Injury, Hurt.
c.1300, "evil condition, misfortune, need, want," from O.Fr. meschief (Fr. méchef), verbal noun from meschever "come or bring to grief, be unfortunate" (opposite of achieve), from mes- "badly" (see mis- (2)) + chever "happen, come to a head," from V.L. *capare "head," from L. caput "head" (see head). Meaning "harm or evil considered as the work of some agent or due to some cause" is from late 15c. Sense of "playful malice" first recorded 1784. Mischief Night in 19c. England was the eve of May Day and of Nov. 5, both major holidays, and perhaps the original point was pilfering for the next day's celebration and bonfire; but in Yorkshire, Scotland, and Ireland the night was Halloween. The useful M.E. verb mischieve (early 14c.) has, for some reason, fallen from currency.
Pilfering – robbery, stealing, burglary, shoplifting, larceny, thievery.
See bonfire – fire, flare, excel , shine, outshine, beat, overtake, overwhelm, hit, take by surprise, sweep over, engulf, assail, strike, surpass, outclass, outdo, outrival, do extremely well, come into your own, inspiration, encouragement, symbol of hope, guiding light, signal, sign, warning, flare, alarm, warning light.
Holidays –holiday, celebration, festival, public holiday, anniversary, wedding anniversary, bicentennial, centennial, bicentenary, centenary, birthday, feast, extensive meal, spread, gorge, eat, devour, gobble up, guzzle, eat up, demolish, destroy, flatten, raze, tear down, pull down, blow up, annihilate, ruin, flatten, smash, wreck, ravage, dismantle, undermine, disprove, tear to pieces, take apart, end, eat into, use up, snatch, indulge, delight, treat, indulgence, saint's day.
O.E. heafod "top of the body," also "upper end of a slope," also "chief person, leader, ruler," from P.Gmc. *khaubuthan (cf. O.S. hobid, O.N. hofuð, O.Fris. haved, Ger. Haupt, Goth. haubiþ "head"), from PIE *kauput- "head" (cf. Skt. kaput-, L. caput "head"), also "bowl" (as in skull). Modern spelling is c.1420, representing what was then a long vowel (as in heat). Meaning "obverse of a coin" is from 1684; meaning "foam on a mug of beer" is first attested 1545; meaning "toilet" is from 1748, based on location of crew toilet in the bow (or head) of a ship.
Synechdochic use for "person" (as in head count) is first attested 1535; of cattle, etc., in this sense from 1513. To give head "perform fellatio" is from 1950s. Meaning "drug addict" (usually in a compound with the preferred drug as the first element) is from 1911. The verb head "to shape one's course toward" (1835) was originally nautical.
Header "head-first dive or plunge" first attested 1849. Headlight is from 1861, originally of ships and locomotives. Headquarters is from 1647. Headstrong "determined to have one's way" is from 1398.
Headroom "space above the head" first recorded 1851. Headphone is 1914, with second element extracted from telephone. Phrase head over heels is "a curious perversion" [Weekley] of M.E. heels over head. Phrase heads will roll "people will be punished" (1930) translates Adolf Hitler.
Inlagt av Leif Berg ©™
Here is from: http://www.endtime.net/engelsk/power2.htm
The great world preachers, like Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Harold Bredesen, Chuck Colson, Paul Crouch, Robert Schuller and others, try to be on ecumenical terms with the papal church.
Benny Hinn and Harold Bredesen is running a campaign in order to give the present pope The Prince of Peace Prize.
They are counting with - perhaps all the great leaders of the countries of the world, will be present at such an international peace party. Pat Robertson, Billy Graham and others are sympathetic towards this initiative.
The well known preacher, Robert Schuller says: "It is time for us Protestants to go to the Holy Father in Rome and ask him how we can come home."
Paul Crouch: "Protestantism has come to an end. I am eradicating the word Protestant even out of my vocabulary. I am not protesting anything anymore. It is time for Catholics and nonCatholics to come together as one in the spirit and one in the Lord."
Billy Graham was educated at a Catholic university, the Belmont Abbey College. When he completed his education there in 1958, he received a doctorate of honour from this Catholic institution. In that connection he said: "The gospel that founded this college is the same gospel I preach today."
The positive attitude of Billy Graham to the Catholic Church was expressed a short time ago in Time Magazine, January 1994, where he named pope John Paul II as "the Man of the Year." Time quoted Graham, as he said this about the pope: "He will go down in history as the greatest of our modern popes. He has been the strong conscience of the whole Christian world."
When Billy Graham was going to North Korea having a campaign there, he first went to visit the pope at the Vatican. In North Korea he conveyed greetings from the pope to the North Korean people. He was like an ambassador of the pope. We also notice that Billy Graham is often invited to Catholic universities, and also that he has Catholic priests and nuns on his ecumenical team.
For a number of years Billy Graham through his campaigns all over the world has been instrumental in bringing Protestants back to Catholicism. Billy Graham has possibly been the best Catholic missionary in protestant garment.
When the pope travels around the world, we see how Protestant priests, members of government and kings greet him as "His Holiness the Pope".
The Catholics were the first to introduce the charismatic movement. Ignatius de Loyola the founder of the Jesuit order developed his "spiritual exercises" through systematic transcendental meditation, prayer, visualizing and illumination. He went into trance and ecstasy, and was observed levitating (flouting in the air). Through these exercises the Jesuits came under Satanic influence.
Today it is not only the Catholic Church that uses such spiritual experiences within the charismatic movement. You will also find similar manifestations in New Age, in the Toronto Movement with Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard Browne, Kenneth Copland, Kenneth Hagin and others. Also in Scandinavia the movement has its roots through "The Word of Life" and its leader Ulf Ekman, and "Oslo Christian Center" and Åge Åleskjær.
Within the charismatic movement it is the spiritual manifistations that is very importent. "Through a message that proclaim that we should all be one in Love and Unity, preached at ecstatic massmeetings, a growing number of Christians are fooled into thinking that the Holy Spirit is speaking to them and that all Christians are really comunicating the same thing." A rather new video about the "Torontoblessing" by Alan Morrison, shows that the "Torontoblessing" has deep roots in New Age.
Another videotape from "Livets Ord" (the Word of Life) in Uppsala, Sweden, and "Oslo Kristne Senter" (Oslo Christian Center) in Norway, shown on NRK TV (Norwegian Television Network) in 1991, gives you a good idea how effective these mass meetings are. A strong leader with a powerful appeal and with great charisma, led by rythmical music, seems to be the recipe used in order to have an ecstatic effect on the masses. "Hitler used the same technique, and parallels can be found at the huge rock concerts today. What very few know is that the technique that leads to speaking in tongues and ecstatic outbursts are known exercises, mastered by the Jesuits for several hundred years having deep roots in the occult."
The masterpeice of the Jesuits, which they call the third power is the introduction of the charismatic movement. We here talk about "hyperchristianity", a supernatural existence and things like that. The devil is an expert on debauched experiences, and therefore tries to bring the spiritualism and the occult into the church.
At charismatic meetings one may experience wonders, healings and miracles, yelling and shouting, incoherent speech, faintings at command by symbolic touching, hypnotic repetitions and tranceproducing words, hysterical shaking of the body, ecstatic and uncontrolled laughter, outstretched arms as well as ecstatic behaviour. The strong emotional feeling is by the followers interpreted as proof of the presence and working of the spirit.
Since God also is able to heal and do miracles by His human instruments, we therefore are faced with this choice: What is from God and what is from Satan? The Bible also in this connection gives us the answer. . The best answer we have is directly from Jesus himself. He says that we are going to know them by the fruits they bear. Their lives will reveal if they follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It is only those who follow Jesus who are His ambassadors. Healers, seers, fortune tellers and others are often labelling themselves as having their power from God to do these signs and miracles.
Jesus knew that these manifestations of the spirit would increase in the end of time, and that they would claim that the signs and wonders they performed were done in the name of Jesus. The reason why Jesus did not recognize and accept them, is mentioned in Matthew chapter 7, verses 21-24. Jesus says there: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Those who say they are being used by God must not only put a label on themselves and say that it is from God, but they must do God's will. Furthermore the Bible says that it is those who obey God that receives His Spirit. It is God who decides who is to receive His Spirit. Those who are used by Him will "let all things be done decently and in order." and if they heal anyone, they will of course not require payment for the help provided, but rather direct thanks to God.870]
Charismatic leaders talk about surrender. Surrender to what?
To surrender to Jesus has definitely something to do with obedience. The result of a true surrender is to walk in obedience according to the truths of the Bible. It has nothing to do with faintings (something we see at several of these meetings). We must let the Spirit of God fill our minds, but not give up our common sense.
I have quoted names in this paragraph, but I do not want to expose people as such, or gloat over them. I wish to inform about the dangers involved in spiritualism and the charismatic movements. We are admonished to test the spirits, and the individual person has to take his own stand. It looks like God is permitting this movement to break out in full bloom, so that people may easier see the contrast between the true and the false revivals. Everything is contributing towards purifying, removing the dross from the gold, so that Christ can have a pure people when He comes to take His children home.
BECAUSE SPIRITUALISM AND THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT PROBABLY ARE THE STRONGEST UNIFYING FACTORS IN THE WORLD TODAY, I have set aside much space on these subjects.
Unfortunately the charismatic movement is one of the means which Satan takes advantage of in order to unite the ungodly and the Christian. Protestants that have thrown away their shield of faith, will unite together with Catholics and worldly people, as time comes to a close. Satan will strengthen his cause by seduction and gather them into the camp of spiritualism. Many will look upon this alliance as a grand movement that is going to convert the world and proclaim the much longed for millenium. This will be a fulfilment of the Bible's prophecy that tells about how the world will unite through spiritualism, and we see the beginning of this fulfilment now.
Trade unions also have a strong hold on people. "Men are seeking to bring those engaged in different kinds of employment, to unite under the bondage of certain unions. This is not after God's plan, but the planning of a power that we should in no wise acknowledge."We must be free in Christ, and choose God as our authority, and not be ruled by pressure groups that use man-made laws and rules that are far beyond the guidelines of the Bible. Already we see how trade unions favour their members, and we can expect that the controlling power from the trade unions will become more and more oppressive.
Trade unions and alliances tie people together in bundles, and we must make ourselves free from these groups as soon as possible, because "know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" Today we observe that trade unions make alliances with church leaders (the church) to stop Sunday shopping. Later on in this pamphlet we are going to see what this alliance will lead to.
THE WORLD UNITES
Don we not see today that the world's political and religious powers are about to unite? The Bible tells us that just prior to the return of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world the powers of the world will unite. "These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." I think we now see the prelude to this unification.
The peace process in the Middle East is also a part of this unity. We see that both Israel and the Arab countries do not make their own decisions when it comes to importent matters in the Middle East. They have to take into account the UN and the international decisions.
Continuing of celebration
Celebritites, Dignitaries, and Politicians Gather for Harald Bredesen's 85th Birthday
By Dan Wooding
Assist News Service
CBN.com – BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Assist News Service) -- "He is one of the most unusual servants of the Lord that has ever lived. When the Lord got through making him, he broke the mold. I am very grateful to be here for him." So said Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network during an interview with ANS before a glittering "birthday bash" and award ceremony for veteran Charismatic leader, Harald Bredesen, on Saturday, August 23, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Robertson was joined by Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries, ambassadors, senators, and distinguished guests, for the event to honor Bredesen who is the Founder and Chairman of The Prince of Peace Foundation.
During the evening celebration of his life, he was given his own "Prince of Peace Award" for "a lifetime of serving Our Lord and promoting Peace and God among all nations and all people."
In prior celebrations, The Prince of Peace Foundation had given its prize to three individuals -- President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, King Hussein of Jordan and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Now Harald Bredesen got the fourth.
Pat Robertson had a special reason to be at the gathering to honor his friend because he entered the Charismatic dimension of his ministry while serving as Bredesen's student assistant at the First Reformed Church in Mount Vernon, New York. Robertson went on to launch the nation's first Christian TV station, which became CBN. For three and a half years, Harald hosted the network's popular Charisma show. Also, as a founding board member of CBN and confidant of Pat Robertson, Bredesen continues to play a key role in the Network.
In a previous interview, Robertson said of his friend, "He hears from God as clearly as any man I know," and he described Harald's ministry to world leaders as "almost legendary."
"WELL DONE, HARALD"
Another well-known evangelist, Benny Hinn, told ANS, "Harald Bredesen is my dearest friend. There is no man like him. He has touched my life and has left his mark on the Church in a powerful way in fact, when I met Harald for the first time he was known as the father of the Charismatics. Well, in my opinion, he still is and tonight he is 85 years of age. Look at all the precious people who are here to honor him like I do.
"I pray that when we are all in Glory and we stand next to him, we will hear the Lord say, Well done, Harald, and I know we will hear that. Harald is a man who touched my life deeply and I love him and his family very much."
"THE GREAT BIG CYLINDERS IN THE ENGINE OF CHARISMATIC REVIVAL"
George Otis, another veteran Charismatic leader who founded Voice of Hope Radio in Lebanon and also Lebanon Aid and is now the founder and president of Kings World Ministries in Simi, California, told ANS in an interview, "Harald Bredesen is a rare person. He is one of the great big cylinders in the engine of the Charismatic revival which spawned thousands of churches and ministries and new broadcast organizations and enterprise that further the cause of the Lord.
"His ministry has changed our nation and brought about so many TV stations and networks. Harald had a part in all of that as he was involved with Pat Robertson at CBN and TBN, 100 Huntley Street in Canada; in fact for all of those, he was the praying engine behind them."
Bill McConkey, the senior pastor of Sutter Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton, MO, said, "When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, I sought help and advice and I saw a story about Harald in a magazine when he was still a pastor at the First Reformed Church in Mount Vernon, New York. So I wrote to him and we agreed to meet in New York and we began a friendship and then, in 1968, he introduced me to Pat Robertson and I began my involvement with CBN and apart from my family and my church, CBN has become the great interest in my life and that would never have happened without the good offices of Harald.
"Since we first met, we have done so many things and traveled and shared together all over America. He is an example of someone who is very bright but plays dumb and is very effective but plays ineffective and very spiritual and humble and I think the greatest influence he had on my life was introducing me to CBN."
Screen legend Jane Russell was also at the event to give her congratulations to Harald Bredesen, even though she had never met him before. She said, "I am also here to see all the rest of the Christians my buddies. I know a lot of the people here. Its wonderful."
A JOURNALISTS PERSPECTIVE
British-born David Aikman, who was a top journalist for 23 years with Time Magazineand has since founded Gegrapha, a global fellowship of Christians in journalism, and is also the author of many books, then shared his thoughts about Harald Bredesen.
"I first met Harald back in the early 1980s," he said in an interview. "In fact he had a conference in Berlin where we both speaking and he was already a legend by then. First of all he was known as the person who, in a way, launched Pat Robertson onto his career, but more important, I think was, was that he was one of the first the mainline denominational leaders who went forward very vigorously in the whole Charismatic movement. He transformed the Lutheran Movement in the United States in terms of Charismatic commitment and he became one of the leading exponents of Charismatic teaching and practice.
"His connection with people ranging from Anwar Sadat with whom he did a marvelous interview, to heads of governments of state, was phenomenal. He knew everybody and he always has a wonderfully impish sense of humor. There are numerous Harald stories such as him falling asleep under the stage two hours before he was supposed to speak. My wife once drove him to the airport and he was shaving in the car. He is an extraordinary character. Ive always liked him because he is a person with an absolutely unerring heart for people and for the Gospel. He is a real pastoral person. He is a humble man with astonishing achievements to his name.
"I think he is one of the great saints of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."
A VIEW FROM HOLLYWOOD
Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission and MOVIEGUIDE® said, "Harald Bredesen is one of the most loving, joyous, Spirit-filled men that I know. He was the man who revived the whole presence of the Third Person of the Trinity -- the Holy Spirit -- in the life of the Church, way back in the 1950s. He started the movement that has brought new life and redemption to so many and a lot of the leaders here tonight, including Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, who have all owed their roots to Harald Bredesen."
FORMER CO-HOST OF THE 700-CLUB
A surprise visitor to the event was Danuta Pfeiffer, formerly Soderman, who co-hosted the 700-Club from 1983-1988. She is now married to Robin Pfeiffer and they live just outside Junction City in Oregon where they have an 80-acre vineyard there, and "grow lots of grapes and have a beautiful garden."
Danuta told ANS, "I know Harald very well. He led me to the Lord in 1980. Harald has been has my very dearest friend for many years."
"ELLIE MAE" WEIGHS IN
Actress Donna Douglas, who is best known for her role as Ellie Mae Clampett on the '1960's TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies, said in an interview with ANS, "I first met Harald when I was with Norvel Hayes at Anaheim and that was my first time to meet him. I remember that he wanted us all to go for a walk. He was into exercise and everything. He is special man and has been a joy to know through the years.
"What impact has he had on the Church in America! I would say that he has brought joy and generosity to the church. He is so full of joy and so willing to share and give. He is special special man."
Ray Bringham, President and Founder of Prayer Summit™ said of Harald Bredesen, "His uniqueness is that he touched one person, one on one, who in turn, became great men and movements touching great multitudes of people. He is a one-man leader leading people to Christ one at a time. He has had a great impact on the world. There is no one quite like him."
A MESSAGE FROM THE LOVE BOAT CAPTAIN
Actor Gavin MacLeod, who played the "Love Boat" captain in the hit TV series, said, "Harold Bredesen is a very special human being. My wife Patti and I met him in the 1980s at CBN and weve seen him through the years and he is just a very special man of God who everybody treasures. He is literally a treasure -- not only of ours, but of Gods and every life that he touches has been made better because of the way he has touched these people."
Other guests included: U.S. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Isak Chishi Swu, Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca, Pat Boone, Claud Bowers, Matthew and Laurie Crouch, Erik Estrada, Constance Towers Gavin, John Gavin, Horace Heidt, Arthur M. Kassel, Marcus Lamb, Neville MacDonald, Judy MacFarland, Wink Martindale, Terry Moore, Fayard Nicholas, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Mark Richman, Vincent Sherman, Casper VanDamm, Ta Ta Vega, and Francine York. Chairpersons were Jane and Bert Boeckmann.
Luther on ecumenism and papacy
History of the Papacy by J.A. Wylie: "...the Church (so-called) of Rome has no right to rank amongst Christian Churches. She is not a Church, neither is her religion the Christian religion. We are accustomed to speak of Popery as a corrupt form of Christianity. We concede too much. The Church of Rome bears the same relation to the Church of Christ which the hierarchy of Baal bore to the institute of Moses; and Popery stands related to Christianity only in the same way in which Paganism stood related to primeval Revelation. Popery is not a corruption simply, but a transformation. It may be difficult to fix the time when it passed from the one into the other; but the change is incontestible. Popery is the gospel transubstantiated into the flesh and blood of Paganism, under a few of the accidents of Christianity."
Just as in the days of the Apostles, so at this day we are forced to hear from certain denominations that we (by our obstinacy to adhere to the truth) do offend against love and unity in the churches, because we reject their doctrine. It would be better (they say) that we should let it pass, especially since the doctrine in dispute is what they call non-essential, and, therefore (they say) to stir up so great a discord and contention in the church over one or two doctrines (and those not the most important ones) is unfruitful and unnecessary.
To this I reply: Cursed be that love and unity which cannot be preserved except at the peril of the word of God.
The negotiation about doctrinal agreement displeases me altogether, for this is utterly impossible unless the pope has his papacy abolished. Therefore avoid and flee those who seek the middle of the road. Think of me after I am dead and such middle-of-the-road men arise, for nothing good will come of it. There can be no compromise. (What Luther Says, II: 1019)
Ah, my dear brother in Christ, bear with me if here or elsewhere I use such coarse language when speaking of the wretched, confronted, atrocious monster at Rome! He who knows my thoughts must say that I am much, much, much too lenient and have neither words nor thought adequately to describe the shameful, abominable blasphemy to which he subjects the Word and name of Christ, our dear Lord and Savior. There are some Christians, wicked Christians indeed, who now would gloss things over to make the pope appear against in a good light and who, after he does so and has been dragged out of the mud, would like to reinstate him on the altar. But they are wicked people, whoever they may be, who defend the pope and want me to be quiet about the means whereby he has done harm. Truly, I cannot do this. All true, pious Christians, who love Christ and His Word, should, as said, be sincerely hostile to the pope. They should persecute him and injure him…. All should do this in their several calling, to the best of their ability, with all faithfulness and diligence. (What Luther Says, II: 1072)
What kind of a church is the pope’s church? It is an uncertain, vacillating and tottering church. Indeed, it is a deceitful, lying church, doubting and unbelieving, without God’s Word. For the pope with his wrong keys teaches his church to doubt and to be uncertain. If it is a vacillating church, then it is not the church of faith, for the latter is founded upon a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matt.16:18). If it is not the church of faith, then it is not the Christian church, but it must be an unchristian, anti-Christian, and faithless church which destroys and ruins the real, holy, Christian church. (Luther’s Works, vol. 40, Church and Ministry II, The Keys, p.348)
All this is to be noted carefully, so that we can treat with contempt the filthy, foolish twaddle that the popes present in their decrees about their Roman church, that is, about their devil’s synagogue (Rev.2:9), which separates itself from common Christendom and the spiritual edifice built up on this stone, and instead invents for itself a fleshly worldly, worthless, lying, blasphemous, idolatrous authority over all of Christendom. One of these two things must be true: if the Roman church is not built on this rock along with the other churches, then it is the devil’s church; but if it is built, along with all the other churches, on this rock, then it cannot be lord or head over the other churches. For Christ the cornerstone knows nothing of two unequal churches, but only of one church alone, just as the Children’s Faith, that is, the faith of all of Christendom, says, ”I believe in one holy, Christian church,” and does not say, ”I believe in one holy Roman church.” The Roman church is and should be one portion or member of the holy Christian church, not the head, which befits solely Christ the cornerstone. If not, it is not a Christian but an UN-Christian and anti-Christian church, that is, a papal school of scoundrels. (Luther’s Works, Volume 41, Church and Ministry III, Against The Roman Papacy, An Institution Of The Devil, p.311)
I believe the pope is the masked and incarnate devil because he is the Antichrist. As Christ is God incarnate, so the Antichrist is the devil incarnate. The words are really spoken of the pope when its said that hes a mixed god, an earthly god, that is , a god of the earth. Here god is understood as god of this world. Why does he call himself an earthly god, as if the one, almighty God werent also on the earth? The kingdom of the pope really signifies the terrible wrath of God, namely, the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. (Luthers Works, vol.54, Table Talks, No.4487, p.346)
C. H. Spurgeon on Popery
"It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the Popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. It wounds Christ, robs Christ of His glory, puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His atonement, and lifts a piece of bread in the place of the Saviour....If we pray against it, because it is against Him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors; we shall love their souls, though we loathe and detest their dogmas...."
-- C. H. Spurgeon
Heb 12:2 Och må vi därvid se på Jesus, trons hövding och fullkomnare, på honom, som i stället för att taga den glädje som låg framför honom, utstod korsets lidande och aktade smäleken för intet, och som nu sitter på högra sidan om Guds tron.
Heb 12:3 Ja, på honom, som har utstått så mycken gensägelse av syndare, på honom mån I tänka, så att I icke tröttnen och uppgivens i edra själar.
Heb 12:15 Och sen till, att ingen går miste om Guds nåd, och att ingen giftig rot skjuter skott och bliver till fördärv, så att menigheten därigenom bliver besmittad;
Heb 12:16 sen till, att ingen är en otuktig människa eller ohelig såsom Esau, han som för en enda maträtt sålde sin förstfödslorätt.
Heb 12:17 I veten ju att han ock sedermera blev avvisad, när han på grund av arvsrätt ville få välsignelsen; han kunde nämligen icke vinna någon ändring, fastän han med tårar sökte därefter.
Heb 10:36 I behöven nämligen ståndaktighet för att kunna göra Guds vilja och få vad utlovat är.
Heb 10:37 Ty "ännu en helt liten tid, så kommer den som skall komma, och han skall icke dröja;
Heb 10:38 och min rättfärdige skall leva av tro. Men om någon drager sig undan, så finner min själ icke behag i honom".
Heb 10:39 Dock, vi höra icke till dem som draga sig undan, sig själva till fördärv; vi höra till dem som tro och så vinna sina själar.
Ord 25:26 Såsom en grumlad källa och en fördärvad brunn, så är en rättfärdig som vacklar inför den ogudaktige.
Upp 3:16 Men nu, då du är ljum och varken varm eller kall, skall jag utspy dig ur min mun.
Se Ljum, sammanblandad, mixad, förväxlad, utbytt, utväxlad, ersatt, avlöst, efterträdd, liknöjd, likgiltig!
2Ti 4:7 Jag har kämpat den goda kampen, jag har fullbordat mitt lopp, jag har bevarat tron.
2Ti 4:8 Nu ligger rättfärdighetens segerkrans tillreds åt mig, och Herren, den rättfärdige domaren, skall giva den åt mig på "den dagen", och icke åt mig allenast, utan åt alla som hava älskat hans tillkommelse.