Monday, September 16, 2019

Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands distributing literature against homosexuality right under the nose of authorities


Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands distributing literature against homosexuality right under the nose of authorities

By Julio Severo
Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands are doing what Christians schools would never think of doing: they are distributing anti-homosexuality literature which teaches students that Allah destroyed an entire people because of their homosexuality.
The material comes from the book “Help! I am Growing Up,” which is required reading for sex education in Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands. The children’s book was released by the Islamic organization ISBO for 44 different primary schools across the Netherlands.
Regarding the topic of homosexuality, the book says that “the prohibition in Islam is based on having intercourse with someone of the same sex.” The book also says that transgender people are cursed by Allah.
Journalists at Nederlandse Omroep Stichting reached out to the education authorities about the anti-homosexuality material contained within the book, and their response was as follows: “With regard to teaching materials, the inspectorate always looks at how this is applied in the context. These examples do not in themselves give cause to assume that legal limits are being exceeded.”
It is the common experience of Christians that when authorities find anti-homosexuality literature in Christian educational institutions the expected answer is that the literature exceeded the legal limits and it is banned. But Muslims are being treated very differently.
The difference between the Christian view on homosexuality and the Islamic view on homosexuality is that while Christians clearly teach that homosexuality is condemned by God and offer help for people wishing to leave homosexuality, Muslims teach that homosexuality is condemned by Allan and, whenever Muslims are a majority, they severely punish homosexuals, including with torture and capital punishment. Such is the case in Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Nevertheless, left-wing authorities in the West are tolerant to anti-homosexuality Islamic views and intolerant to anti-homosexuality Christians views.
Not only this, but while increasingly Christianity has been banned from schools in traditionally Christian nations, Islam is being increasingly taught and imposed on schoolchildren, even in the United States, the largest Protestant nation in the world.
Even when they are a majority, Christians have been unable not only to teach schoolchildren that homosexuality is harmful but also to repel homosexual indoctrination of their children.
With information from Voice of Europe.
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

To Justify the Suicide of a Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, Greg Laurie Uses Prophet Elijah as an Example. But Can Elijah Be Used as an Example for People with Depression and Suicide Thoughts?


To Justify the Suicide of a Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, Greg Laurie Uses Prophet Elijah as an Example. But Can Elijah Be Used as an Example for People with Depression and Suicide Thoughts?

By Julio Severo
“We can glory in the fact that we know our brother, our friend, Pastor Jarrid Wilson, is at home in the arms of Jesus,” declared Greg Laurie, senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, in a sermon on September 15, 2019, in regard to Wilson, who committed suicide on September 9, 2019, after officiating at the funeral of a woman who had also killed herself.
Greg Laurie
Greg paid heartfelt tribute to Wilson, noting that he was “positive, vibrant, and always serving and helping others.”
Greg raised some good points, including “One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross.” This is an excellent point. But would it also apply if Wilson had committed any other sin, including murder of his wife or sex abuse against a child? Would he be saved?
I have no answer, but Greg seems to have all the answers in the case of suicide: Pastors who kill themselves go up directly to Heaven.
A not so pleasant point is that: Isn’t cowardice for a man to abandon, for suicide or not, two innocent young children? Jarrid Wilson, who was 30, had two young sons. Could he not think in his responsibilities as a father?
Jarrid Wilson, wife and sons
Another not so much pleasant point is that in his tribute to Jarrid Greg confessed “He also dealt with very deep depression. It actually went back to his childhood, and he was under a doctor’s care.”
If Greg knew Jarrid had “very deep depression,” why did he put him in his pastoral staff? Jarrid led the young adult ministry at Harvest Christian Fellowship. I wonder what these young adults are thinking right now.
Jarrid was not to blame for having pastoral responsibilities in such mega-church. He who ordained him, knowing his clear history of “very deep depression” and suicide thoughts, is accountable to God.
Interestingly, Greg’s sermon in tribute to Jarrid was titled “Hope Gets the Last Word!” But this is a contradiction. People who kill themselves lost all hope, including in God.
We cannot be judges to say that all people committing suicide go to Hell or that they go automatically to Heaven if they are ministers, as strongly suggested by Greg.
Greg’s sermon, in the midst of an abundant encouraging tribute to Jarrid, found a place to say, “Suicide is the WRONG choice.” He added, “If you are having suicidal thoughts, you need professional help.”
But had not Jarrid sought professional help — psychologists and psychiatrists — all his lifetime? Since his childhood he had such professional help. Did it help him?
Even so, he founded Anthem of Hope, a group offering professional help to people with mental health issues — depression and suicidal thoughts.
So, even after following the exact instruction that Greg gave — seeking professional help for decades —, Jarrid ignored all his own “positive, vibrant, and always serving and helping others” testimony, especially ignoring the total fragility and defenseless state of his young sons, and, against all hope, chose suicide. Is this altruism? Does “to seek professional help” work? It did not work at all for Jarrid.
Greg’s tribute to Jarrid justified his condition and suicide by pointing out that several leading Biblical figures suffered from debilitating depression and mental health issues. “Job wished he had never been born. Jeremiah, at least on one occasion, wanted to die. Jonah wanted to die too,” Greg said.
But no one of them committed suicide. In God’s Word all the suicide cases involved people in rebellion against God. Jude is only one of the examples.
Greg also used the Prophet Elijah as an example of deep depression. “Elijah was a great prophet of God, but he dealt with severe depression and came to the point where he wanted to die,” he said.
But did Elijah wanted to kill himself? Did his case involve suicide thoughts?
“Surely if Elijah saw a physician or a psychologist, he would not escape an inpatient referral, and he would be considered a patient at serious risk of suicide,” said Marisa Lobo, a Brazilian author who identifies herself as a Christian psychologist.
I agree about psychologists seeing the need to admit Elijah to a psychiatric hospital. It would be enough for Elijah to tell psychologists and psychiatrists that he heard God’s voice and saw angels and that’s it: They would put him in a straitjacket and inject their psychiatric drugs into him.
Marisa uses Elijah in her speeches about people who want to kill themselves. Suicidal people hear voices to kill themselves. Elijah did hear a voice, but that voice did not direct him to kill himself. Would Christian psychologists defend a psychiatric hospitalization to cure Elijah of hearing God’s voice? Do they also think that psychiatric treatment “cures” people from hearing demonic voices directing them to kill themselves?
If Jesus and the apostles knew that psychiatric hospitalization and drugs “cure” people of hearing demonic voices they would never cast out demons. They would travel forward in time and ask today’s Christian psychologists how to graduate in psychology to deal with the multitudes of people with demonic oppression — psychiatric problems.
Yet, modern psychology would not recommend hospitalization only for Elijah. Christian psychologists could also fall victim to their own profession: It would be enough for them to say that homosexuality is sin, abomination, and perversion, as the Bible says, and they would be diagnosed as insane in need of hospitalization.
Who said that psychology is a consensus among Christians?
The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (published by Publisher Harvest House Publishers) by Ed Hindson says:
There are over 300 counseling models today. In that mix of psychological theories are many secular views of counseling that adamantly disagree with each other. We must remember that Freud, Jung, Skinner, and Rogers all had serious philosophical differences.
One fact we cannot ignore about endeavors to integrate psychology and faith is that psychology is founded in secular humanism. That may sound simplistic, but it is true. All of psychology, whether it is labeled primitive or modern, secular or religious, is founded in secular humanism and embellished by the philosophies of man. The very core of all psychology is rooted in what man thinks and believes about the human life apart from the eternal Word of God. Psychology may use some biblical principles in its theories, but largely the theories of psychology are philosophically determined by human standards.
Psychology and theology have never been comfortable bedfellows. Their basic philosophic presuppositions are almost diametrically opposed to each other. Both presume to speak to the fundamental human condition and to suggest cures for the inner conflicts of person.
Since Greg Laurie thinks that it is so important for depressed people to seek professional psychological assistance that treats depression or anguish of the soul as mental illness, let’s look at what secular literature has to say. In his article “Study: Psychiatric Diagnoses Are ‘Scientifically Meaningless’ In Treating Mental Health,” published on July 9, 2019 on Study Finds, John Anderer wrote:
a new study conducted at the University of Liverpool has raised eyebrows by concluding that psychiatric diagnoses are “scientifically meaningless,” and worthless as tools to accurately identify and address mental distress at an individual level.
According to the study’s authors, the traditional diagnostic system being used today wrongly assumes that any and all mental distress is caused by a disorder, and relies far too heavily on subjective ideas about what is considered “normal.”
“Perhaps it is time we stopped pretending that medical-sounding labels contribute anything to our understanding of the complex causes of human distress or of what kind of help we need when distressed.” Professor John Read comments.
The study is published in the scientific journal Psychiatry Research.
This study was also published by conservative WorldNetDaily.
Let us now understand the context of “Elijah’s depression,” so used by Christian ministers and psychologists when talking about ministers killing themselves.
As we pro-life Christians today confront the culture of abortion (murder of babies) and homosexuality, we often forget that men of God in the Bible also faced a similar culture.
Baal, a pagan god whose priests were homosexual and practiced “sacred” homosexuality, demanded the sacrifice of newborn babies.
The most striking example of prophetic confrontation with god Baal comes from the prophet Elijah.
After Elijah confronted and defeated 450 Baal prophets in a dispute, the Bible says:
“And Elijah said to them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.’ And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.” (1 Kings 18:40 ESV)
Beheading is cutting off the head. Cutting off the head, with his own hands, of 450 men was an overwhelmingly tiring task. I would be tired of beheading only 50 Baal prophets. But Elijah did it with almost 500.
After this tiring work, the Bible says:
“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’” (1 Kings 19:2 ESV)
Jezebel, wife of King Ahab, was the queen. If she said she wanted Elijah dead, then the whole country would be hunting Elijah for her to behead him.
Tired and discouraged by such violent persecution, Elijah fled. The Bible reports:
“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, ‘It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.’” (1 Kings 19:4 ESV)
Suffering such persecution, Elijah wanted God to take him. If there were some wish to kill himself, he wouldn’t even have to ask for anything. He just would take a weapon and use it. But his idea was never to kill himself.
Elijah was a man who used to cry out to God incessantly. And God always hears men of prayer. He always acts supernaturally in response to men of prayer.
This is where in the Bible God simplifies everything by bringing an angel. Just for starters. Then Elijah ended up in a cave where he heard God’s own voice. Although this simple answer has been in the Bible for centuries and millennia, humans are there to complicate everything. As always.
Christian psychologists always manage to slip Elijah’s case into their subject about depressive people who want to kill themselves.
They always call Elijah “depressive.” Marisa Lobo compared the cave where Elijah stayed to a psychiatric hospital, where the patient receives food and medicine.
Marisa’s comparison is far from the biblical meaning because Elijah was not given any medicine and the cave was far from being a hospital. In fact, if a depressed person today were to end up in a cave without water and light, he would get even more depressed.
Marisa was wrong to label Elijah depressive, as if from time to time he were in a state of depression. Absolutely nothing in the Bible suggests that Elijah had regular bouts of depression.
If an isolated episode of soul anguish caused by great political persecution turns, in the eyes of Christian psychologists, Elijah into “depressive,” then everyone in the Bible was depressive. In this “clinical” definition, how many Christians escape being labeled “depressive”?
In fact, Elijah was not depressive. He suffered great persecution, as all the great men of God suffer, and was in anguish of soul at that particular time. Labeling Elijah as depressive just to garnish a psychological speech about suicide or a tribute sermon to a pastor who killed himself is to keep Elijah in a permanent or almost permanent state of depression. This was never the case with Elijah. The Bible simply gives no margin for this kind of interpretation.
As for saying, even by comparison, that the cave would be a psychiatric hospital with medications for patients suffering depression, the complication only gets more complicated.
The scientific website BMJ, in its article “Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide, violence and homicide at all ages,” reports that antidepressant drugs:
are very dangerous; otherwise daily monitoring wouldn’t be needed: “Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt”… “All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases. The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants.”
BMJ added:
Such daily monitoring is, however, a fake fix. People cannot be monitored every minute and many have committed SSRI-induced suicide or homicide within a few hours after everyone thought they were perfectly okay.
BMJ also says:
It can no longer be doubted that antidepressants are dangerous and can cause suicide and homicide at any age (5-7). It is absurd to use drugs for depression that increase the risk of suicide and homicide…
In a recent Daily Mail report about antidepressant drugs, Dr. Michael Hengartner of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, said, “We can be confident that these drugs are producing an excess rate of suicides, beyond the depression itself.”
If instead of receiving the angel’s visit and hearing God’s voice, Elijah had been given some antidepressants pills, he could have actually killed himself or killed someone else, especially in a melancholic cave!
The cave did not increase the anguish of Elijah’s soul only because he was already receiving visitations from God, with angels and the supernatural voice of God.
However, try to imagine the scene if, as Christian psychologists want, Elijah had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital. All he had to say was that he saw an angel and heard God speak and psychiatrists would recommend injections of their psychiatric drugs — not to mention a straightjacket. A mental hospital would make Elijah sick in body and soul. It would be the worst misfortune in his life. Hospitalized in such a place he would ask God to take him soon.
I am totally in favor of Christian psychologists who take the Bible into their offices and use psychology only as an ornament of the essential biblical message. But taking psychology and its tricks into the churches and using the Bible as an ornament of psychology creates aberrations like turning Elijah’s cave into a psychiatric hospital with antidepressants that, instead of helping, carry the risk of making patients kill themselves or practice violence, including murder.
In conclusion, what does all this biblical and scientific information show us?
* Elijah did not live in a condition of frequent depressive crises, but he was depressed at a specific point in his life because of the death threat from a high government official.
* Antidepressant pills, which can cause suicide, violence and murder, cannot be placed on the same level of importance as visiting angels and the voice of God.
* Elijah’s inhospitable cavern without light and water was not a psychiatric hospital to cure depressive patients, who would become even more depressive in such a melancholic environment.
I really doubt that a psychological speech within the church using the Bible just as a garnish has a positive effect. Greg Laurie and Jarrid Wilson treated depression as a medical mental health problem in their sermons. They always recommended referring depressed people to psychologists and psychiatrists. And what happened? Jarrid killed himself, abandoning two young children.
Even though he was single, Elijah never thought of suicide. Yet, if he had small children, not only would he not think of suicide, but he would never ask God to take him either. He would never leave his little children abandoned.
Elijah was no different from Jarrid, me, or Greg. The Bible says:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” (James 5:16-18 ESV)
If Elijah overcame momentary depression seeking God, why do Christians today need abundant psychological assistance that does not work?
If Elijah repulsed suicidal thoughts, why can’t pastors do this today?
Why should a pastor, who abandoned his two young sons, be considered as a man “positive, vibrant, and always serving and helping others”? By killing himself, he was not positive, vibrant and he did not help his young sons.
And by putting Jarrid with his history of severe depression and suicide thoughts in his pastoral staff to lead the young adult ministry, Greg Laurie did not help Jarrid and anyone else.
With information from CBN and Harvest.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Megachurch pastor who treated depression as a mental health issue kills himself at age 30 after officiating at the funeral of a woman who had also killed herself


Megachurch pastor who treated depression as a mental health issue kills himself at age 30 after officiating at the funeral of a woman who had also killed herself

By Julio Severo
A popular pastor known for his campaign in Christian churches treating depression and suicide thoughts as mental health issues has killed himself.
Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, killed himself. He was 30.
Wilson, a married father of two, had officiated at the funeral of a woman who took her own life just before his own suicide.
He was the founder of an evangelical group called Anthem of Hope, which offers professional psychological assistance to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Wilson’s suicide came during the National Suicide Prevention Week. Many of his final tweets were on the subject of mental health treatment, urging his followers to seek psychologists.
In a post on Monday, he wrote, “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety. But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”
Wilson openly described his own mental health challenges in his most recent book, “Love Is Oxygen: How God Can Give You Life And Change Your World.”
He blogged earlier this summer that he had dealt with “severe depression throughout most of my life and contemplated suicide on multiple occasions.”
In addition to his wife, Wilson is survived by his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father, and siblings.
All the major Christian websites reporting on his suicide praised his Christian testimony without, however, condemning suicide.
Jarrid’s family deserves all compassion. But suicide and the culture, within and outside the church, favoring it deserve no compassion at all.
We are not in a position to judge what happened to Jarrid after his suicide, but the excess of empathy for him and other Christians who killed themselves and the non-judgment and positive environment that does not criticize and condemn the act of suicide today are strange to the Bible culture, which did not know such positive environment for suicide. In fact, in God’s Word all the suicide cases involved people in rebellion against God. Jude is only one of the examples.
If in the Bible there were the same non-judgment and positive environment for suicide we see creeping in the church today it is safe conclude that we would see in the Bible several of God’s men and women taking their lives. But we do not see it.
While today there is a growing trend for Christians to seek “professional psychologic” assistance, in the Bible God’s men and women just sought the Lord with all their hearts and they received answers.
So while there is today a culture, within and outside the church, not discouraging suicide when discussing people who killed themselves, there was a totally negative suicide culture in the Bible discouraging good people from killing themselves.
To say that “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts” is nonsensical leading to two inevitable conclusions: Jesus is unable to deal with demonic voices whispering in the mind that their victims should take their lives or that the victims have not sought the Lord as they should, because if “professional psychologic” assistance is the only hope, then it follows that people in the Bible who had no access to such “assistance” had no hope at all and should have had a higher suicides rate. But they had not such higher rate. In fact, the Bible clearly shows that suicide had no presence among God’s people. Our Christian generation who seeks more “professional psychologic” assistance than they seek God have actually these higher rates.
Cannot the true answer be in the fact that they had the “God is the only help” Gospel while today there is another gospel offering psychological assistance? The problem is that when people offer the latter gospel, even they have not found the answers they offer to others.
Such now is the tragedy that those receiving and those giving psychological assistance within the churches just end in suicide.
Do I know what depression and suicide thoughts are? Yes, I do, and I defeated them. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit decades ago, depression was defeated. When I learnt how to use the authority of Jesus’ name, all demons whispering suicide thoughts were defeated.
What does God say in the Bible to people in depression?
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15 NKJV)
“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15 NKJV)
The Bible teaches that Christian ministers are models for the congregation to follow. So if a minister has regularly suicide thoughts, why is he kept in his pastoral capacity as a good model before defeating the demons who whisper suicide thoughts in his head?
If David, who wrote most Psalms, prevailed over anguish in his soul — what people call today depression — with no assistance of psychologists and if multitudes of God’s people in the Bible defeated depression just by seeking God with all their hearts, why cannot Christians and ministers today follow their example?
Why should Christians follow the so-called Christian experts in “mental health” if they themselves are killing themselves?
With information from DailyMail.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Church Vandalized After Opposing Predatory Homosexual Show to Children


Church Vandalized After Opposing Predatory Homosexual Show to Children

By Julio Severo
A Pentecostal church in California was vandalized after the church voiced its strong opposition to a homosexual event targeting children. The event, funded by the city hall and advertised as “Drag Queen Story Time,” was held on September 10, 2019, at the Civic Center library of Chula Vista, California.
Executive Pastor Amado Huizar, of South Bay Pentecostal Church located in Chula Vista, said the vandals left their mark on the outside walls of the church building.
“At every corner, there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” said Huizar.
Pastor Huizar had a meeting with city Mayor Mary Salas, but it was useless, because the city hall did not back down.
Days before the event, Huizar stood with other faith leaders from around the city at a press conference on the steps of City Hall for prayer and to oppose the drag queen event at the library.
The press conference was streamed live to the church's Facebook page.
Art Hodges, the senior pastor at the South Bay church, reminded the reporters at the press conference of the biblical message of Proverbs 14:34:
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”
“We as the spiritual leaders in and of this community, as the proverbial watchmen on the wall, have a responsibility to sound a warning when we see danger approaching,” Hodges said. “Edmund Burke said: ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good man do nothing.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’ So we faith leaders see something that is not right in our community, robbing our community of peace and joy,” Hodges continued.
The pastor drew a round of applause when he said: “A survey of Chula Vista residents have found that the overwhelming majority are not in favor of a drag queen story hour taking place at our public library.”
Yet, if the majority of residents do not want predatory homosexual propaganda in the public places of their city, why is such propaganda being imposed on their children?
The Drag Queen Story Time at the Civic Center library had been opposed in large part by the conservative group known as MassResistance, which the Southern Poverty Law Center, a far-left-wing group, has described as a “hate group.”
Drag Queen Story Hour or Story Time was launched in San Francisco, considered the U.S. capital of homosexuality, in 2015 and has since spread across the United States, even to cities in conservative states like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Juneau, Alaska. The events are intended to celebrate homosexuality to children and teach them that homosexuality is totally normal and healthy.
MassResistance staged a protest days ago to demand that the city call off the predatory homosexual event. As most of the parents, MassResistance believes that the event is committing a crime by seeking to indoctrinate children in the homosexual lifestyle.
“This program needs to be shut down before it even starts,” said Arthur Schaper, the director of California’s state chapter of MassResistance. “Having illicit, sexually explicit adult entertainers reading to children, billing them as heroes and role models, is just unthinkable and unconscionable.”
Even so, more than 70 left-wing religious leaders and groups in California signed a letter in support of the predatory homosexual event.
In part, the letter said that “allowing our children to interact with Drag entertainers helps to tear down the anti-LGBTQ prejudice.”
Supporters who signed the letter include leaders from the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista; South Bay’s First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego; and Missiongathering Christian Church.
“I commend the work of the city of Chula Vista library for their commitment to create inclusive and LGBTQ+ affirming programming. All genders and all gender expressions are whole and holy,” the Rev. Tania Marquez of South Bay’s First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego said in a statement.
Americans are in a very hard situation. At the beginning, homosexualists said in the past that they wanted just a right to live their homosexuality. Now, they openly target children, and everybody know the tragic end of this history: Homosexuality and pederasty go hand in hand. The Catholic Church has suffered massive scandals of pedophilia because of their homosexual priests.
How a can a minority of homosexual predators and their left-wing allies prevail over a majority of people who do not want their children indoctrinated into homosexuality?
In spite of their protests and efforts, the people and churches of Chula Vista lost and homosexualists won.
Americans are losing the cultural war. Even with Donald Trump as president, the homosexual roller keeps smashing the majority of Americans and their will. In a sense, this is no surprise. The Trump administration has been very timid or even supportive of several items of the gay agenda.
Americans need a law banning homosexual propaganda to children and teens as soon as possible. If conservative Russia has it, why cannot America have it too?
With information from Christian Broadcasting Network, Fox 5 San Diego and San Diego Union Tribune.
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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Televangelist Benny Hinn, who became a millionaire by making worshipers donate to him, said that his prosperity gospel “It’s an offense to the Lord,” and vows he will never ask for money again


Televangelist Benny Hinn, who became a millionaire by making worshipers donate to him, said that his prosperity gospel “It’s an offense to the Lord,” and vows he will never ask for money again

By Julio Severo
Televangelist Benny Hinn, who became a millionaire by preaching the prosperity gospel, has now made a stunning rejecting of the practice and declared that “it’s an offense to the Lord.”
His form of the prosperity gospel got him rich by challenging people to give large sums of money if they wanted a big blessing.
Hinn, who has an estimated fortune of $60 million, now says the “Holy Ghost is just fed up” with the prosperity gospel and vowed never again to ask for money.
“I’m sorry to say that prosperity has gone a little crazy and I’m correcting my own theology and you need to all know it. Because when I read the Bible now, I don’t see the Bible in the same eyes I saw 20 years ago,” Hinn said.
“I think it’s an offense to the Lord, it’s an offense to say give $1,000. I think it’s an offense to the Holy Spirit to place a price on the Gospel. I’m done with it. I will never again ask you to give $1,000 or whatever amount because I think the Holy Ghost is just fed up with it. I think it hurts the Gospel, so I’m making this statement for the first time in my life and frankly, I don't care what people think about me anymore. When you look at the word of God… if I hear one more time, break the back of debt with $1,000, I’m gonna rebuke them,” he said.
“I think that’s buying the Gospel. That’s buying the blessing. That’s grieving the Holy Spirit… If you are not giving because you love Jesus, don’t bother giving. I think giving has become such a gimmick… it’s making me sick to my stomach,” he added.
Daily Mail reported that Hinn’s ministry collected roughly $100 million in annual donations.
Hinn is known for his faith healing summits that are often held in huge stadiums across the country.
The faith healing services often show believers being knocked over by the Holy Spirit. They also claim to have been cured of illnesses through Hinn's services.
Hinn, who was born in Israel and grew up in Canada, became a devout evangelical as a child. He moved to Florida in his 20s and married his wife — the daughter of a preacher. It was then that he also became a preacher. He started his TV show in the early 1990s and it quickly started airing worldwide.
Hinn had his Texas offices raided by the IRS back in 2017 and he was one of six television evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007.
The prosperity gospel is the teaching and belief among Pentecostals and charismatics that Christians can obtain wealth and health by exercising their faith.
There are varying degrees in teaching and practice of the prosperity gospel. Some prosperity gospel televangelists insist that you can receive blessings only by giving money in the church. This was Hinn’s case.
Other prosperity gospel televangelists insist that miracles happen only by faith, regardless donations. This was the case of the late televangelist Rex Humbard.
The prosperity gospel, which was born in the United States, the most capitalist and Protestant nation in the world, is a distinctly capitalist form of the U.S. evangelicalism that was exported to several nations around the world. In Brazil, prosperity gospel televangelists have been in the forefront of the cultural war and, interestingly, Brazilian socialists have said that the number 1 enemy of socialism in Brazil is the prosperity gospel.
The prosperity gospel threatens socialism in Brazil because while socialists teach the poor to support socialist politicians to get health, education and a better life, prosperity gospel televangelists teach the poor to seek intensely God for health, education and a better life.
Socialism entered Latin America enticing the poor that they could get better lives by taking from others and helping Marxists into power.
The prosperity gospel, in its several forms, came directly from America and entered Latin America by encouraging and motivating the poor to work hard and pursue a professional objective by seeking God intensely. The prosperity gospel teaches its adherents in Latin America to hate abortion, homosexuality and similar ideologies. So it is no wonder that the left hates it. The only surprise is why Calvinists are so united with Marxists, socialists, progressives and even sorcerers who fight this capitalist theology.
I welcome Hinn’s decision to leave his radical form of the prosperity gospel that made people donate millions to him. But other forms of the prosperity gospel should be encouraged, not only because they produce a capitalist spirit in poor Christians, but also because they threaten socialism.
The biggest enemies of the prosperity gospel in Brazil are socialists, including secular, Catholic and Protestant socialists. This speaks volumes.
The degrees of difference in the prosperity gospel are vast. For example, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is a neo-Pentecostal denomination that owns TV Record, the second largest TV channel in Brazil. UCKG preaches the prosperity gospel and uses Hinn’s radical form of teaching that people can be blessed only by giving more and more money to the church, but UCKG is very hostile to all the other prosperity gospel churches in Brazil. UCKG is the only neo-Pentecostal church in Brazil defending abortion, a stance that is compatible with the Presbyterian Church USA, the largest Calvinist denomination in the U.S. And UCKG defends cessationism, teaching that prophecy, revelation and other gifts of the Holy Spirit today are demonic. UCKG teaches that only the Bible is necessary and that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased 2,000 years ago, a stance that is compatible with cessationist Calvinists.
Cessationist Calvinists are celebrating Hinn’s decision. Many of them have a socialist background or are friendly to Calvinist socialists. Even though they are not hesitant to call any form of the prosperity gospel heresy, they are very hesitant to call any form of socialism among Calvinists heresy.
The prosperity gospel in its several forms is not present among Calvinists. But socialism in its several forms, including the old Social Gospel and the gay theology, is present among Calvinists. So it would be very wise for Calvinists to focus on their massive domestic socialist problem, not on the prosperity gospel, which has been the most effective form of evangelical capitalism to fight socialism.
Often cessationist Calvinists attack the prosperity gospel, making no distinction in its several degrees, because they oppose everything Pentecostal and charismatic, especially spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. They believe that these gifts ceased 2,000 years ago and that Christians who say today that they have such gifts are heretical or under heretic and demonic delusion.
This is the case of Calvinist theologian John MacArthur. In his book “Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship,” he mentions negatively Benny Hinn 199 times, even though Hinn was not invited to preach in Calvinist churches. “Strange Fire,” which makes no negative mention of PCUSA and the homosexualist Calvinism of the Gospel Coalition, uses the prosperity gospel to attack all charismatics, Pentecostals and neo-Pentecostals.
In “Strange Fire,” MacArthur said,
“By elevating the authority of experience over the authority of Scripture, the Charismatic Movement has destroyed the church’s immune system—uncritically granting free access to every imaginable form of heretical teaching and practice. Put bluntly, charismatic theology has made no contribution to true biblical theology or interpretation; rather, it represents a deviant mutation of the truth. Like a deadly virus, it gains access into the church by maintaining a superficial connection to certain characteristics of biblical Christianity, but in the end it always corrupts and distorts sound teaching. The resulting degradation, like a doctrinal version of Frankenstein’s monster, is a hideous hybrid of heresy, ecstasy, and blasphemy awkwardly dressed in the tattered remnants of evangelical language.”
MacArthur repeatedly calls the Pentecostal, neo-Pentecostal, and charismatic movement “heretical.” One of the many excuses he uses to apply this extremist label to Pentecostals is in his book, which says: “Pentecostals and charismatics elevate religious experience over biblical truth. Though many of them pay lip service to the authority of God’s Word, in practice they deny it.”
The opposite is true. I give an example of MacArthur’s own Calvinist backyard. The Gospel Coalition, a group formed exclusively by Calvinists, has been advocating the idea that an evangelical can be homosexual and minister as long as he limits his homosexuality to thoughts and desires without practicing them. In fact, the Gospel Coalition has several members who are supposedly non-practicing homosexual ministers.
MacArthur is also a member of the Gospel Coalition. This is the perfect case of putting the personal experience of sin, whether in thoughts, desires, or actions, of homosexual Calvinist ministers above God’s Word. In fact, it is not the Pentecostal churches that are leading the apostasy of ordaining homosexual ministers. It is Calvinist churches. Pharisaism reigns in cessationist Calvinism.
Benny Hinn has done the right thing by renouncing an extremist prosperity theology that demands money in exchange for blessings. But the other less radical capitalist forms of the prosperity theology that confront socialism and encourage and motivate poor Christians to seek health, employment, and a better life in God, not in socialism, should be strengthened.
As for John MacArthur, who demonizes Pentecostals, Charismatics, and neo-Pentecostals, and all capitalist forms of the prosperity theology, he should focus on the Gospel Coalition that accepts homosexual Calvinist ministers who place their homosexual experience and feelings above the Word of God.
Another harmful feeling is envy. MacArthur and other envious Calvinists should not use the hardcore form of the prosperity gospel formerly preached by Hinn as an excuse to attack all forms of this gospel and, worst of all, attack all charismatic, Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal movements, which is exactly what he does. Such feeling is a hardcore envy, especially because the prosperity gospel, with its distinct American capitalist evangelicalism, has had a prominent benevolent role to encourage and motivate the Third World poor and threaten socialism. MacArthur and other Calvinists should praise God, not dedicate their lives to a hardcore envy against charismatics, Pentecostals and neo-Pentecostals.
If all forms of the prosperity gospel are destroyed, as cessationist Calvinists want, who will be left to encourage and motivate the poor to pursue a better life through a biblical capitalism? Who will be left to fight socialism so prevalent among Catholics and even Calvinists in Latin America?
With information from DailyMail.
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