What Is The Mandela Effect?


Nelson-Mandela
You may or may not be aware that there’s a new major conspiracy on the block, based on a genuine psychological phenomenon called the Mandela Effect.

However, this one has reached worrying levels of absurdity, and is hotly defended by its followers.
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Death of Dave Hunt


dave-bannerFriday, April 5, 2013, Dave Hunt drew his final breath and entered into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His beloved wife Ruth was at his side. Continue reading

Pope Francis: Visions, Prophecies and the Bible


adoring the new popeToday as I came to prepare my blog about the new pope, I re-opened a note I’d made a week or so previously, and had never finished. Now, it seems even more relevant, so I will start off with what I wrote then:
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Here Is The News: Purile & Useless


It’s gone too far.

dumb cartoon

I can’t stand it any more, and instead of letting it raise my blood pressure I’m going to have a rant.

I watch the TV News every morning before breakfast, usually BBC News and Sky News (although the topics covered on both are identical, even to the timing, so there’s no real difference between these two) and when after about two minutes I’m screaming at the screen, I have to go to Al Jazeera to find out what’s really going on in the world. [Sad, because Al Jazeera is pro-Muslim but it still covers world events in a more balanced way than the Beeb.]

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Technology Close to Creating Hell on Earth


vr-headsetIf the title of this post alarms you, then I’m glad, because many people will shrug their shoulders and pass on.

However, I remember back in the early 90’s when Virtual Reality was first being touted as an exciting futuristic technology, I had an inkling of where things might go, even then.

Even back then, it was suggested that people could eventually don a VR headset and enter into an alternative 3D universe where their interaction with people and objects could be as near to reality as possible.
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Obama’s Disturbing Remarks


Remarks by the President

at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Washington Hilton Hotel

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Good evening, everybody. Good evening. I could not be more thrilled to be here tonight — (laughter) — at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This is a great crowd. They’re already laughing. It’s terrific.

Now, if I do win a second term as President, let me just say something to all the — (applause) — let me just say something to all my conspiracy-oriented friends on the right who think I’m planning to unleash some secret agenda: You’re absolutely right. (Laughter.) So allow me to close with a quick preview of the secret agenda you can expect in a second Obama administration.

In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy. (Laughter.)

MRS. OBAMA: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Michelle said, yeah. (Laughter.) I sing that to her sometimes. (Laughter.)

He sings THAT to her??? Read the lyrics if you can stand to – they are very explicit – but find them here:

THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. (Laughter.)

HUH? Win the WAR ON CHRISTMAS? Did you know there was such a thing? Well, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Christmas is detested by almost everyone for its supposed Christian overtones, and they have been de-christianising it for years. It’s not politically correct to have a religious festival that is so blatantly Christian. So it’s becoming a “winter festival” instead.

Wikipedia
“In the past, Christmas-related controversy was mainly restricted to concerns of a public focus on secular Christmas themes such as Santa Claus and gift-giving, rather than what is sometimes expressed by Christians as the real “reason for the season” – the birth of Jesus.

Modern-day controversy occurs mainly in western countries such as the United States, Canada, and to a lesser extent the United Kingdom and Ireland, and usually stems from a contrast between the holiday’s significant social and economic role in these countries and its strong association with Christianity in an increasingly multiculturally sensitive and religiously diversifying society.

In recent decades, public, corporate, and government mention of the term “Christmas” during the Christmas and holiday season has declined and been replaced with a generic term, usually “holiday(s)”, to avoid referring to Christmas by name.

Also, many retailers are asked to greet their customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” than with the traditional “Merry Christmas”.

It has also been further argued that as western society continues to diversify culturally and religiously, public recognition of a potentially sectarian holiday, such as Christmas, may be seen as non-inclusive or offensive to non-Christians or non-celebrants in general.”

However, do you want to vote for a man who openly (even in jest) aims to “win the war against Christmas”? – presumably, to completely overturn any religious connection to that time of the year. It’s disturbing to say the least that these are the principles of a man whose words and actions affect many if not most of the nations round the world.

GAY AGENDA

THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we repealed the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — wait, though; in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it’s raining men. (Laughter.)

July 22, 2011 President Obama formally certified on Friday that the American military is ready for the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy as Pentagon officials said that nearly two million service members had been trained in preparation for gay men and women serving openly in their ranks. Enactment of the repeal will come in 60 days, on Sept. 20. The two-month waiting period is called for in the legislation passed late last year that ended don’t ask, don’t tell, the 17-year-old law that banned openly gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from military service. As of Sept. 20, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country, Mr. Obama said in a statement. Pentagon officials said they would be looking in the next two months at gray areas that might allow them to extend some benefits to same-sex married couples in the military. (Source)

IT’S RAINING MEN

What’s Obama referring to? He’s aiming to push the gay agenda even further!

There’s an ongoing conspiracy theory that says Obama is gay, and was even “married” during his college years and is seen in photographs wearing a wedding ring on his ring finger at that time. A spoof profile that he wrote for college lists one of his accomplishments as “deflecting persistent questions about the ring on my left hand.”

Be that as it may, it’s certain that Obama today does support gay marriage. In addition, his choice of song “Raining Men” is now hailed as a GAY ANTHEM, like “YMCA” by The Village People, and the gay community helped popularize it.

The song was written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer in 1979 originally for Dave Balfour’s album ‘Stars’ (it was eventually discarded),and originally recorded by The Weather Girls in 1982. It was covered by Martha Wash (of The Weather Girls) as a duet with RuPaul in 1997, Geri Halliwell in 2001 and by Young Divas in 2006. The song is hailed as a camp classic and more recently as a dance anthem, gay anthem, and as a classic feminist anthem.

There is a gay blog called “It’s Raining Men” to which I won’t give the link but if you are that interested you can find it yourself on Google, and the strap line reads: “Breaking barriers and giving expression to the gay community” – therefore we have to ask ourselves why, of all songs, Obama would choose this one as his theme and anthem for his second term!

HEALTH CARE
THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again. (Applause.)

I’m not qualified to comment on the Health Care Reforms, but I know they are hotly debated in the States – nonetheless, Obama chose to throw this comment in as another part of his supposed conspiracy agenda. Draw whatever conclusion you like from that!

2012 London Olympics: what did they hide from us?


Raising a fist in the face of God!

I’ve hesitated to write about what I perceived in the London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. I didn’t want to join a chorus of nit-picking just for the sake of it, feeling there’s nothing to be gained from pointing out that people in the world who are riddled with mistaken spiritual attitudes are inevitably going to create something contrary to biblical truth as a matter of course.

While identifying significant pagan and mythological themes in the ceremonies (as well as subliminal socialist propaganda) I maintained my attitude throughout the Games until I chanced to watch the closing ceremony.
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Don’t support this clown


Todd Bentley Kicks and Punches the Sick at God’s Command, British MP Seeks to Ban Him

If a little voice in the back of your head told you to kick a woman in the face, most of us would quickly suppress the idea. But for Todd Bentley of Fresh Fire Ministries, who is also a televangelist covered with body tattoos and facial piercings, that voice is none other than the voice of God.

He has used these shock-cure methods under what he calls holy inspiration, in a manner that is more evocative of ancient Zen Buddhism, in which teachers would slap, punch, or slice a student into enlightenment, than anything found in traditional Christianity. For this reason many UK citizens are pressuring leaders to ban his intended visit to their country this month.
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Do not label me!


So many years ago, that I don’t want to remember when, we had a catchphrase in our household: Trago Labels.

We said then, and still do, that after the apocalypse, when the earth is a smoking heap, there will be two things left – cockroaches, and Trago labels.

What did this mean? Just that our local shopping outlet used labels so fiercely tight and non-removable that not even a nuclear bomb would shift them. I STILL have Trago labels on some items in my house today.

So, what’s the deal with labels?

Why is it that I can put on a soft woollen sweater, so comfortable and warm, and revel in the feeling against my skin until – GRRRR – that prickly, itchy, annoying back-of-the-neck sensation that tells you there is a label on the collar? Sure enough, in the softest sweater you are bound to find a label woven from what feels like wire wool.

What to do? If you cut it out you lose the maker’s name, size, and washing instructions and are in danger of snipping the wool. If you leave it in, you can’t bear to wear it!

Before we met, my husband had obviously grown so tired of scratchy labels in his tee shirts that he literally ripped them out. I know, I inherited the task of sewing up the holes. These days he’s not allowed to – when he complains I’m fast enough with the scissors to forestall the damage!

But why should I have to? Aren’t the makers of clothes able to produce a cotton label that doesn’t scratch the back of your neck? This puzzles me.

Price Stickers

And as for paper labels, they are just as irritating. Nowadays, at least, birthday cards come with removable price tags, but before then the choice was to leave them in place and admit to your relative what a cheapskate you were for buying a supermarket card, or try to budge it, leaving a grubby sticky mark.

You carry home your new purchase with glee – it’s a little wooden ornament, or a table lamp, or a framed print. But what’s on there, in the most prominent position? Yes, a price label. The person who stuck it there couldn’t be bothered to stick it on the back, or the bottom, it’s right where it’s going to cause the most damage.

Even if you can soak some items, then scrape it with the potato peeler, you are still left with a smudge of gooey gunk that no amount of hot water or scrubbing will remove. Drat the labels!  Like many others I leapt at the chance to buy Betterware “Sticky Label Remover” and it saved the day on many occasions.

IKEA are amongst the worst culprits. Their labels are superglued on.

I needed a new toothmug and found a nice one at a discount price – but it still sits there with a big label across the side telling me what it is (something I’d guessed already) and how to clean it (if only!) and giving me the indispensible store location number. I haven’t been able to shift it yet.

Giving somebody a CD or DVD as a present? Good luck with that. A huge fluorescent label will tell them precisely how much you paid, and unless you want to rip the clingfilm off it, you will have to accept that little proviso.

What’s your worst label disaster?

Our most recent one was a much-needed new frying pan from the Supermarket. Cheap and cheerful.  That very evening it was put to good use on our gas hob. Later, I said to hubby, you know, I’m sure there is a smell like paper burning. I looked all around, but could find nothing on fire – perhaps it was chimney smoke drifting in the window?

The next morning he said to me, guess what. There’s a pile of ash on the top of the cooker. The new frying pan had gone onto the hob with the label still on the bottom.

WELL, at least that’s one way to remove them!

(Note: TRAGO, in those days, was a delightfully quirky commercial park, with outdoor stalls and little buildings owned by self-employed traders, with a pond, a children’s playground and some sandwich bars. You could spend the day there, looking at curious little shops and stalls. It was growing all the time, to the great dismay of the Local Authority, who regularly tried to put a stop to its expansion. In return, the owner (one of the last great British Eccentrics I think) used to post a long rambling diatribe in the local newspaper every week, and stick self-made cardboard posters with his (not very polite) opinions of the Council all down the road to the site.

From Wikipedia: The chain is owned by local businessman Bruce Robertson, son of founder Mike Robertson. He has faced controversy for adverts which he took out in the local paper containing anti-homosexual views. Bruce is also a major supporter of United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), famously refusing to stop using imperial measures in his stores despite contravening European Union law. Despite his opposition to immigration from countries in Eastern Europe, Robertson was revealed in January 2007 to be employing around 30 migrants from Poland in his Newton Abbot store.)

Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘liar’


French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” in remarks to US President Barack Obama overheard by journalists.

I can’t stand him any more, he’s a liar,” Mr Sarkozy said in French.

You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day,” Mr Obama replied.

The exchange at the G20 summit was quoted by a French website, Arret sur Images, and confirmed by other media. The remarks – during a private conversation – were overheard by a few journalists last week but were not initially reported, the BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says.

Journalists at the bilateral press conference had been handed translation boxes but had been told not to plug in their headphones until the backroom conversation had finished. But those who did heard the revealing comments.

For several days there was media silence in France about the exchange – a decision had apparently been taken not to embarrass the French president. A correspondent for Le Monde newspaper referred to the conversation without the quotes.

But Israeli newspapers have reported it in full. It is said Mr Obama was taking Mr Sarkozy to task for voting in favour of the Palestinian bid for full membership of the UN cultural organisation, Unesco, a bid that was approved despite American opposition.

The remarks indicate a breakdown of trust with the Israeli leader which could have wider implications for the Middle East peace process, our correspondent says.

Technological Dawn could lead to Spiritual Sunset


I do not own a mobile phone. Yes, that’s right! I’m coming out and admitting it in public. I don’t have a ‘cell-phone’ a mobile, an iphone, a hand-held, and I’m proud of it. The only blackberry and apple I understand are found in an individual fruit pie.

I used to own one. It was a pay-as-you-go sim inside a basic handset. It had no camera, let alone a video camera, no touch-screen, no mp3 player, it didn’t connect to the internet or download ‘apps’. All my phone did was – phone people.

Tap in the number and it dialled. Simple, effective and cheap – that is, until Vodafone decided they weren’t making enough money out of me! I used it perhaps once every six months, and they zapped my number without telling me for ‘inactivity’.

My husband still has a similar phone and when he showed some young people recently, they crowded round to see this novelty: a phone that, good heavens! just phones people. How cool is that? Do you think it might catch on? Perhaps there’s an app for that; it turns your screen into a phone dial?

Anyway, when Vodafone deleted my sim, I decided I could live without a mobile, and I happily do. Call me an old biddy of you like, but I feel no need to text to my myriad of friends (yeah right!) while I’m loading my washing machine, walking round the supermarket or while watching a movie at the local Cinema.

Replacement

Mobiles are taking over from e-mails, but even worse, they are taking the place of any social interaction with real people. A ‘Sheila’s Wheels’ survey found that many love their phones more than their partners, and on the average night out 48 minutes are spent on these techy toys. One 13-year old admitted to sending nearly 15 thousand texts in one month, many of them to friends in the same room.  (source)

If friends are sitting next to me, I’d prefer to talk to them face-to-face. However, I know I’m in a minority. Many teens can’t get off their phones. And not just teens – the recent failure of the Blackberry network left millions of phone-users suffering angry withdrawal symptoms.

Persistent mobile-phone users are in a dream-world most of the time, paying more attention to a little coloured screen than to life and people around them. They eat, play games, travel, watch TV, do school work, go clubbing – all as peripheral activities secondary to holding a long conversation on their phone.

The reality of life, it seems to me, has become too difficult and stressful for children to cope with. Their first and perhaps only form of social life is through technology, and this isn’t just the fault of parents who use the TV and computers and phones as a substitute for the nurturing all children crave. It’s the preferred choice of kids who are simply afraid of living.

The same 13-year old mentioned above said she “doesn’t like talking to her parents” so she texts her friends instead. What does that say about her understanding of relationships? (source)

Baby & Toddler Phones

One British child in four between the ages of five and 16 now has a mobile phone. Child psychologist Dr David Lewis said: ‘The mobile phone has developed into a playground craze in this country.’

The addiction of children to their mobile phones could threaten the very fabric of society, a study suggests. Many teenagers are fanatical about being always available and are extremely uneasy if unable to contact their friends countless times each day. If the trend continues, young people will soon be incapable of forming and maintaining relationships without the help of a mobile, the study by a leading sociologist concludes.

Dr Lewis endorsed the warning that, in conjunction with home computers and video games, the mobile is having a detrimental effect on children’s social skills. ‘The mobile now often substitutes for physical play,’ he explained. (source)

Is it a way of keeping people at a distance? Some find texting more interesting than talking to a real human being. Try to get their attention when they are texting, and they just ignore you. It’s like you are not even there. Is this a way of screening out real life?

Texting Poll: Can texting become obsessive?

  • 89% Yes
  • 2% No

I don’t engage in any of the Internet options for ‘chat’. I don’t run MSN, Google chat, Facebook chat or any of the others. And they are numerous!

But too many can’t live without their chat and web-cam permanently running. Somehow I can cope without the world knowing what I look like on a Monday morning (not a pretty sight) and what I’m thinking (usually needs censoring).

Twitter messaging is almost completely pointless, it seems to me. Who needs to know that you just drank your second coffee of the day? I’ve even seen people report on a successful visit to the loo. This kind of meaningless banter belongs in a real FAMILY, but since many are devoid of that experience they have to use the Internet.

There’s been a recent study done to show how many people own a mobile (over 90 percent) and how many are addicted to them (over 45 percent).

The results are even more startling than I could have imagined – and I already knew that phone addiction was a problem from seeing the crowds of teens and twenty-somethings with a mobile permanently stuck to their ear.

Some of them can text with one hand while driving a car! I know, I’ve seen them – (scary!).

I recently saw a ‘baby-friendly’ phone cover. I kid you not. It lets your baby or toddler play with your phone (and get used to the concept) without breaking it. Will baby dummies come phone-shaped soon? (source)

Viruses of Both Kinds

Phone use isn’t without its dangers. One in six mobile phones in Britain is contaminated with faecal matter, according to new research. 92 per cent of phones had bacteria on them.16 per cent of phones were found to harbour E. coli – bacteria of a faecal origin.

Dr Ron Cutler, of Queen Mary University of London, said: “Our analysis revealed some interesting results from around the UK. E. coli was present on phones and hands in every location and shows this is a nationwide problem. People may claim they wash their hands regularly but the science shows otherwise.”

There’s also a danger now of being hacked.

Smartphone users, especially those running Google’s Android system, are being warned to prepare for an unprecedented tsunami of malicious apps. Phones using the Android operating system – more than four out of five of all new phone sales – will face a 6000 percent higher chance of being hacked, and personal and security details compromised, according to industry experts.

Catalin Cosoi of UK cyber security firm Bitdefender said: “We have investigated applications for Android devices and basically, based on our statistics, we’ve seen a 2,000% increase of malicious applications compared to last year.Our prediction is that in the following six months, we will have a 6,000% increase in malicious applications.

“Once you have a smartphone, you probably can’t go back to an older version of a phone now that you have access to a computer, social media, emails, pictures and so on. You sort of get addicted, so smartphones are becoming very important. On the other hand, it’s very, very easy to create malware for smartphones.”

God Substitute?

Despite these scares, and the danger of getting your brain fried by the microwaves, mobile phone use and all technology is set to explode across the globe. Is there something happening here at a spiritual level that should worry us?

Because I don’t use much technology I don’t feel the effect of withdrawal, but I can imagine it. The sudden loss of your only connection and the emotional gap that it leaves must be like a bereavement. What is happening to people inside? Is this instant communication akin to the omnipresent love of God and his fellowship?

I think so! Everyone has a God-shaped hole, an emotional and spiritual void that only HE can fill.

To some extent the need for love and security was met by parents and other mentors in previous centuries, but now people are drifting without an anchor. They desperately NEED to reach out and communicate, to feel that they BELONG. In the past this need drove people to pray and seek God, but who needs prayer when life is filled with texts and twitters all day long? There is no time to realise you are lonely, lost and helpless.

The endless parade of brightly-coloured images on a screen – whether computer, phone or games console – fills the void with instant gratification. It’s like satisfying your hunger with candy-floss instead of a real meal.

But what is it all for? What’s behind this flood of irresistible technology?

Surely it’s a replacement god, an all-knowing, all-supportive, ever-present god who does not challenge your life or behaviour but provides the warmth of companionship and the security-blanket of acceptance all night and day.

Eventually this addictive technology can be used to promote the New Thought and New Age for mankind – and millions will nod and agree like mindless drones because they no longer study or think or communicate beyond their colourful screen.

Something to ponder: Did you know that the Hebrew letter W also stands for the numeral 6 in that language? Doesn’t that make the WWW = 666? (Hmmmmmm.)

God Will Make A Way


Now it’s Global Cooling


Oh NO, it’s Global COOLING!! The sun has gone to bed;
We have to change our way of life,
that’s what the experts said.
The Government is hurrying to issue new advice –
Unless we act immediately our planet will be iced!

Already they have advertised, for anyone who can go
To highly-paid consultancies in Global Cooling Quangos;
They’ll seek advice from India, and Russia and from China
On emitting much more carbon before the frost arrives here.

The seas will shrink dramatically, the ice-caps grow in size,
The Thames will be an ice-rink and the birds and bees will die;
The Mastedon will reappear, the Woolly Mammoth too
And a lonely dog and hedgehog will be living in a zoo.

Al Gore has made another film to highlight his concerns
He shows how to contribute with waste paper we can burn;
His graphic warnings stunned us all and brought a guilty tear
As we saw the zebra shivering alone in Tanzania.

The Energy Authorities have told us to use coal
And power stations burning peat will have to be the rule,
It now will be compulsory to install a wood-fired stove
And prove your use of coal and gas everytime you move.

The children at our local school have visited the Tip
To see how NOT recycling can help to do their bit
The bins are emptied daily, and the penalties are dire
If we don’t produce the wherewithall to fuel landfill fires

Hefty taxes must be paid by any in this nation
Who double-glaze their windows or install loft insulation;
Older Petrol-driven cars and motorbikes and scooters
Will get some help towards their tax for being high polluters.

Companies that want to help will garner massive grants
To dismantle solar panels, and all wind farms in the land.
They’ll turn them into aerosols (all funded by taxpayers)
To generate new CFCs to thin the ozone layers.

We’ll leave the TV switched on; drive further to commute;
We’ll invest in dirty industries that promise to pollute;
We’ll cut down lots of forests; we’ll even dress in nylon,
If we can stop the changes in the climate we rely on.

So join a Global Cooling Team, before it is too late,
Create a lot of hot air, and save us from our fate.
Even if your skills are nil, despite your limitations
The rhetoric you generate will rescue several nations.

(With thanks and credit to LittleJohn in the Daily Mail)

Link to report on the predicted new mini Ice Age

“Love Wins” book questions existence of Hell


Is There Anything Wrong With Rob Bell’s Gospel? 

Book Report by J. Lee Grady.

The popular author’s controversial book  “Love Wins” celebrates God’s love but drifts dangerously into Universalism.

I’m usually quick to speak my mind. But in the case of Rob Bell’s controversial book Love Wins, I’ve withheld comment until now because (1) I don’t think Christians should judge books before reading them; (2) the theological issues addressed require careful analysis; and (3) I have many young friends who are fans of Bell’s books, and they may write me off if I don’t treat him fairly.

So I’ll begin with a compliment. Bell is a masterful writer whose prose is poetic. As pastor of the 7,000-member Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, Bell has gained a following because of his casual style, his ultra-cool Nooma videos and the previous books he’s released with Christian publisher Zondervan (especially Velvet Elvis).

Bell’s core theme is that Christians have been too narrow in their view of God and His mercy. He argues that God loves people too much to banish them to hell. In the end, he says, after this life is over, everybody will find ultimate reconciliation in Christ.”

With Love Wins, he’s taking his message mainstream. HarperCollins published it, and Time magazine featured a cover story in April about the firestorm Bell has triggered among conservative Christian leaders who have accused him of heresy. So what’s all the fuss about?

Bell’s core theme is that Christians have been too narrow in their view of God and His mercy. He argues that God loves people too much to banish them to hell. In the end, he says, after this life is over, everybody will find ultimate reconciliation in Christ. Bell claims this is what the Bible teaches, and he suggests that Christian theologians have promoted the idea for centuries.

He writes: “At the center of the Christian tradition … have been a number who insist that history is not tragic, hell is not forever and love, in the end, wins and all will be reconciled to God.”

That sounds a lot like Universalism, the idea that all spiritual paths ultimately lead to heaven. But pinning the Universalist label on Bell isn’t easy because he doesn’t write authoritatively. He muses, hints, speculates and suggests his views, so not to offend. Rather than preach with conviction, he invites his readers to a “conversation.” It feels friendly and non-confrontational.

Near the end of the book Bell sounds solidly evangelical when he emphasizes that people must receive the grace God has offered to us. But he sounds more like Oprah when he asks: “Has God created millions of people over tens of thousands of years who are going to spend eternity in anguish? Can God do this, or even allow this, and claim to be a loving God?”

I can appreciate Bell’s desire to distance himself from the mean-spirited side of American fundamentalism. Young people today are horrified (so am I) by self-righteous, Bible-toting believers who burn Qurans or spew hatred toward immigrants or homosexuals. Bell despises the “turn or burn” attitude that has made Christians look judgmental. He also believes we’ve trivialized salvation by turning conversion into a formulaic prayer, and by focusing the Christian life on the idea of “getting into heaven.” I agree with him on those points.

But Bell is also guilty of trivializing salvation. He writes about an ooey-gooey God of love but leaves out God’s justice and holiness. His gospel, at times, sounds squishy and spineless. You can’t correct the abuses of fundamentalism by disregarding the severe side of God’s nature. You can’t bring balance by swinging the pendulum too far the other way.

Because of Bell’s popularity, Love Wins could steer the American church into dangerous waters. You can ignore the book if you want, but you can’t ignore the fact that younger Christians are turned off by certain attitudes in the church, and they need solid answers. We must address the key doctrinal issues that Bell raises:

1. The reality of hell. Bell downplays Scriptural support for the existence of hell while admitting that Jesus talked about it more than anyone in the New Testament. At times he suggests that hell is just a state of mind, or maybe a manifestation of evil on earth. He also questions whether God would send anyone to hell since He’s so forgiving.

Yet when the apostle Paul preached the gospel he warned of “the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25, NASB). The essence of the gospel is that Jesus came to save us from eternal separation from God. Don’t we still believe this?

2. The exclusivity of Christianity. Bell makes a strong case that Jesus died to reconcile all people to God, but then he suggests that not everyone will realize it was Jesus they were praying to. The inference is that Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists will show up in heaven since they were responding to a divine impulse they didn’t understand.

If that’s true, why did Jesus Himself say the road to salvation was exclusively narrow and the road to destruction was wide? (see Matt. 7:13-14). Why did He command us to take the message of salvation to the nations? Why did the early apostles preach that salvation was only in His name? Were they narrow-minded fundamentalists too?

3. The necessity of evangelism. Bell comes close to ridiculing Christians who share their faith, and he wonders if it’s really necessary for missionaries to share the gospel abroad. He asks: “If our salvation … is dependent on others bringing the message to us–teaching us, showing us–what happens if they don’t do their part? What if the missionary gets a flat tire?”

I’m sure Bell gets laughs when he repeats that line in a sermon. But it’s really not funny. He’s suggesting that there’s no urgency about preaching the gospel, and that lives aren’t at stake when we ignore our responsibility to evangelize. Tell that to the apostle Paul, who wasn’t laughing when he said he felt an overwhelming obligation to preach so he could save sinners (see Rom. 1:14).

Bell says he asked Jesus into his heart when he was a child, so I’m treating him as a brother in Christ. I’m not picking a fight with him. But I can’t endorse Love Wins. The doctrines of heaven, hell, salvation and damnation are too serious to be treated haphazardly. May the Lord help us to reclaim a truly New Testament gospel in an hour of spiritual compromise.

J. Lee Grady is contributing editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. His most recent book is 10 Lies Men Believe (Charisma House).

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Andrew Strom in Hospital with Malaria


Andrew Strom, respected Christian blogger and minister, has contracted malaria while travelling abroad. Please pray for his recovery from this life-threatening disease. This report was given by his wife Jaqui:

Andrew recently visited Papua New Guinea where he had a wonderful and encouraging time. God was moving and many were baptised and received the Holy Spirit. Milne Bay Province, where Andrew was ministering, is the seat of witchcraft in PNG.

Less than two weeks after his return to Melbourne, Andrew began to experience fevers and chills. This continued for about six days.  Although we had visited the Doctor and been advised to wait a while, it began to increasingly trouble us that Andrew was not recovering, as he is hardly ever sick.

As the situation worsened, we felt he should have blood tests done at the hospital. Sadly, it was discovered that Andrew has Malaria which, as you probably know, is a serious illness. Andrew will remain in hospital for a number of days.

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for a speedy recovery!

God bless you,
Jacqui Strom
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Four Major Planets Meet Today!


Four Planets Will Be Visible In Close Cluster This Week
The Huffington Post

You don’t have to be an astronomer to enjoy a rare sight like this.You just have to be able to get out of bed.

A rare sight of four planets “clustering” together in the early morning sky will occur this week, according to CNN.  Mars, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury will all be visible low in the eastern sky, just before dawn on May 9-12.

These planets are the brightest things in the sky after the moon, and this proximity is rare indeed.

While in reality they’re millions of miles apart, on May 10 and 11 Venus and Jupiter will seem to come within inches of each other.  Mars will appear a bit further off, lower left of the other three. The best view of the formation, which will be visible to the naked eye, should be in the southern states.  However, binoculars and telescopes always help, as increasing light makes the formation harder to see as dawn approaches.

The video below provides an illustration of the relative positions the planets should have throughout the week.

David Wilkerson’s last post: “it was no accident”.


WHEN ALL MEANS FAIL by David Wilkerson | April 27, 2011 (the same day he died in a tragic head-on collision)

To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed. Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means.

A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening. That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!” Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries.

Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.
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Why are TV presenters suddenly talking gibberish on air?


A very strange phenomenon has begun to affect TV presenters. Nobody knows what is influencing them. They appear fit and normal but are then unable to speak properly.

It started with Serene Branson and a stream of ‘gibberish’ as she appeared live at the Grammys ceremony in February. Since then, and almost inexplicably, more and more presenters are succumbing to ‘gibberish’ before their live audiences. What is going on?

In Branson’s case, armchair medics were quick to assert that she was possibly suffering a stroke on Live TV – something later ruled out by hospital medics. A rare form of migraine was cited as the most likely cause and at that point, the news hungry internet archived the incident as ‘one of those rare events’. Only now is it clear that it’s not so rare at all.

Alarmingly five differing presenters have now launched into ‘gibberish’ mode whilst presenting live.

It’s clearly not that they are forgetting their lines, it’s clearly not that they are simply ‘flunking things’- something is going on which makes them continue with poise and composure, yet the words coming from their mouths make no sense whatsoever.

Judge Judy became the latest victim just 48 hours ago. Recording of her popular TV show had to be ceased while she sought medical attention after speaking ‘gibberish’. Mark McAllister of Global Toronto News suffered the same fate before a third and fourth presenter found themselves making no sense whatsoever when trying to speak live on air.

See the videos for yourself HERE and determine whether this is indeed a ‘medical’ issue which is afflicting these poor reporters – or is there something more sinister going on?

More earthquakes on the way?


Former USGS Geologist Jim Berkland suggests there are more earthquakes to come around the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and if the progression holds to its course, America is next.

See the Fox News interview and read the transcript HERE.

Fish deaths are a clue. There have been massive amounts of fish dying and being washed ashore, and historically this has been associated with changes in the earth’s magnetic field; it also happened just before major earthquakes.

The main points in the interview are that the moon is closer to the earth on 16th March than in the last 20 years, exerting more tidal pressure on the earth, right at the time of the Spring Equinox which also contributes tension.

All this helps to release the strain that is building up in techtonic plates and may spark off earthquakes. There is what he calls a “top seismic window” for events between 19-26th this month. This is partly why Geologists had warned about the Japan earthquake.

There is an order and continuity to earthquakes that should be heeded. The massive fish kills at Redondo beach, Mexico and other places points to earth changes that may precede an earthquake.

Jim Berkland says “I used to just scoff at these kinds of things, because I was a mainstream geologist, until I found out that earthquakes are fitting a pattern. The big earthquake in the Indian Ocean followed massive beachings of whales in New Zealand and Australia and Tasmania. And then within couple of days, they had a 8.3 in south of New Zealand, and then came the 9.1 in the Indian Ocean, with the big tsunami, on the very day of the full moon. The previous big quake and tsunami was in Alaska, which is a 9.2 magnitude event, on the day off the full moon, on the 27th of March”.

As Christians we know that everything is according to God’s plan and therefore, even if some things seem inevitable they need not happen. Let us pray for mercy and “help in time of need”.

King in Waiting; will the Queen abdicate?


Prince William and Kate Middleton

Ever since I heard about the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I have been saying this: not long after the wedding the Queen will step down in favour of her grandson and his wife.

The current state visit to New Zealand and Australia by Prince William, on behalf of the Queen – plus some very popular walkabouts by the couple recently – have all added to my conviction about this.

In order to crown William as king, the Royal Family would have to find a way round one seemingly unsurmountable obstacle, Prince Charles, who is next in line for the throne.

But it does seem to me that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have picked up on both the public feeling about Camilla (Charles’s wife) and Charles’s own reluctance to rule. After all he is aged 63 and has settled into a contented and subdued lifestyle after the trauma of Diana’s turbulent life and death. That is to say nothing about public and insider worries over Charles’s new-age and interfaith beliefs.

The British public adored Diana, rightly or wrongly, and were never that keen on having a divorced second-best as Queen. Also, the malcontents fussed over her being divorced. Plus, what hope would there be of royal children from a pair in their sixties?

However, the brightest star to rise recently has been loveable, accessible William who is in touch with the 21st Century. The couple have definitely got the AWWWW factor judging by recent news footage. It’s as if they are being groomed for greater things and their popularity is being tested in advance.

I would guess that after the royal wedding there will be a pause to make sure a child is on the way swiftly followed by the Queen’s announcement. She and the Duke have visibly aged  – she will be 85 this April – and surely she cannot want to go on with her tiring public agenda for much longer.

So, if we have a new king by the end of the year remember…YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!  🙂