“Who Would Do Such A Thing?” Those are the first words I heard on one the major American television networks. I thought, is this network completely insane from top to bottom? They cover news around the world. They know, we Americans, are the largest bomb manufacturer in the world. They know we have killed more civilians in more countries “defending” our interests in “their” countries in the last half decade than any other country in the world. They know that when bombs fall, far more civilians are killed than soldiers. They know all this and still have the audacity to ask, “Who would do such a thing?” Is their any conscience left in the media? Is there any sanity? Any integrity? All they would have to do is look in the mirror for their answer!
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
My yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matt. 11:30
It seems to me that it is a minority that ever gets the true and full Gospel-in any
denomination. Most of us just keep worshiping Jesus and arguing over the right way to do it. The amazing thing is that Jesus never once says, “Worship me!” whereas he frequently says, “Follow me” (e.g., Matthew 4:19 ).
Christianity is a lifestyle-a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared, and loving. However, we made it into an established “religion” (and all that goes with that) and avoided the lifestyle change itself. One could be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain in most of Christian history, and still believe that Jesus is one’s “personal Lord and Savior” or continue to receive Sacraments in good standing. The world has no time for such silliness anymore. The suffering on Earth is too great. Richard Rohr
If we are truly led of the Spirit into the “works prepared from the foundation of the world beforehand that we should walk in” (Eph. 2:10), then we will not be led by pride, egotism, nationalism, denominationalism, selfishness, materialism and other works of the flesh. Our daily lives will be an act of worship. We will be led by love, not fear.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
The traditional Church has made the Pro-Choice Pro-Life debate very complicated.
Let me explain.
When it comes to the issue of abortion, the traditional Church, both Catholic and Evangelical take the stand that God is Pro-Life and against Pro-Choice. Choose life, the church says, let the baby live. And now it gets complicated.
One part of the church, (Augustinian, Calvinist, Reformed, Presbyterian) teaches those who will receive true life, eternal life, cannot choose it, it has been predetermined by God from the foundation of the world as to who will receive life and who will be eternally damned. Perhaps we could phrase “eternally damned” as “eternally aborted from the foundation of the world.” So for this part of the church, the issue of abortion is really a non-issue, it is to make much of nothing.
The rest of the traditional church, Arminian, teaches we must choose in this lifetime whether we want to receive life. If we don’t choose Jesus and serve Him as Lord in this lifetime, we are eternally damned. However, most Arminians make an exception to this rule — if children, before the “age of accountability” die, they will automatically be given eternal life. The length of the age of accountability varies from denomination to denomination. Under this scenario, abortionists become the world’s greatest evangelists for they guarantee the child will live eternally by killing them, while those who are pro-choice put all children in harm’s way. Based upon the requirements the church has made as to who actually “Chooses to get saved,” most of the world is damned to everlasting punishment.
So then, under the Calvinist/Augustinian or Arminian branches of the Church, the issue of Pro-life and Pro-choice gets rather messy. For Calvinists the issue is really a non-issue, pointless, meaningless. God has already made up His mind who will receive real life and who will be eternally damned/aborted. And if Arminians REALLY believed what they are taught, they would be praising abortionists as the greatest evangelists instead of condemning them. Adrea Yates, who drowned her children before the age of accountability, really did the right thing for her children, if the majority of the church was right about having to “choose Jesus” and “choosing” to live a life proving they really repented.
The traditional church and its gospel in which scarcely anyone received eternal life is really pretty pathetic. God either hates most of mankind so much He is going to torture them forever or God’s love is so weak and pathetic He can scarcely draw anyone to Him. Both images of our heavenly Father are quite pathetic.
Now there are scores of Scripture that declare our heavenly Father and His Son both Pro-choice and Pro-life. They have chosen from the foundation of the world to give eternal life to all mankind. It is their Choice and it is their Life. What I find absolutely remarkable is that this truly Good News is considered bad news to both sides of the traditional church. They don’t like a God who chooses to give eternal life to all mankind.
It’s insanity, isn’t it? I am so grateful, we have a Father who will deliver us all from garbage.
By Gary Amirault
Nearly all pastors, according to sixth generation funeral director, Caleb Wilde, become universalists at funeral services. He writes,
“I have worked about 3,000 funerals in my 10 years as a funeral director and I have never heard a pastor state conclusively that the person they are memorializing is going to hell, although I’ve heard thousands of messages that state CONCLUSIVELY that the deceased is in heaven!”
So when are they lying? On Sunday morning when they damn to Hell all those who have not been born again and leading a godly life (which is 99 percent of mankind)? Or when they assure those at their funeral services (for which they usually get paid) the deceased are in heaven? Or are they just lying all the time?
Since we got hacked a few months back, my life on a technical level has been a nightmare. It’s taken months to begin to get the Tentmaker Site back on line and reformatted. The Tentmaker Resources section is still down, this blog has not been able to upload images — it’s just been a nightmare for me for some time. I’ve been trying to get this WordPress blog program to load images for months and we haven’t been able to figure out what has been the problem. We thought perhaps the hackers left behind some code that keeps messing things up. Well, it looks like Karen, (who has been working behind the scenes for years at Tentmaker keeping things moving along), got the techies at our hosting company to change some permissions that allowed images to appear again. Hopefully it won’t corrupt again. So I tested the feature uploading an image from my computer to the image library on the server. Looking for a picture on my computer to test the uploading feature, I came across a picture of my son, Scott, who passed away almost 3 years ago. God, I miss him!!
Hellbound for Nashville
By Gary Amirault
The center for Gospel Music (Nashville) is going to be invaded with a new movie today entitled Hellbound by Keven Miller. This documentary on the subject of Hell, fact or fiction is scheduled to visit major city movie theaters in the coming months. It will come out in DVD form in 2013.
The trailer states: Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians, “Hellbound?” is a provocative, feature-length documentary that will ensure you never look at hell the same way again! Movie info is located at:
What Traditional Christians Say… What They Really Mean…
Love never faileth! Love can’t overcome human stubborness.
There’s nothing you must do to be saved…… Here’s what you must do to be saved:
You are absolutely, totally helpless to save yourself. You must make a wise decision inorder to be saved.
God controls all things. God doesn’t control man’s free will.
We can’t boast about going to heaven. If we go to hell, it’s our own fault.
Men are in bondage to sin. Men are free to choose Christ.
Grace is unmerited favor… … given only to those who merit it with faith and obedience.
GOD IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL MANKIND (1 Tim. 4:10)… … except for about ninety percent of them.
GOD’S LOVE IN UNCONDITIONAL… … as long as you meet certain conditions.
GOD’S WILL IS UNOPPOSABLE… … except by the sinner.
Salvation is not a thing of chance. There is no second chance to be saved.
WE HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Most of mankind will perish forever.
GOD LOVES YOU! … as long as you love Him.
Christ died for all sin… … except the sin of not believing that He died for all sin.
The Good Shepherd seeks the lost sheep until he finds it! The Good Shepherd seeks until it’s too late.
God’s justice was satisfied in the cross of Christ. God’s justice demands eternal torment or annihilation.
1997 by Jeff Preddy.
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It is amazing to see the expressions on Christian’s faces when one presents them with the realization that if the traditional church gospel is true, then Christ failed miserably in his purpose for coming here. In Adam ALL died quite apart from our participation. Through Adam we were all condemned because of his transgression. Below is a snippet from one of our books “Whatever Became of Melanie” by Alan Chevrier that states the case concisely.
“Now what was the result of Adam’s transgression? It was universal
condemnation of all, without first consulting them or asking for their
contribution. The result of Adam’s disobedience was complete and
universal in its scope and consequence, plunging each and every member
of his race into sin and spiritual separation from God.
Now, just as Adam’s sin had a direct, powerful, irresistible effect on
the whole for evil, so the righteous act of Christ has a direct,
powerful, irresistible effect on the whole for good. Just as one sin
resulted in universal, real, actual condemnation, so the one act of
righteousness performed by Christ, the second Adam, results in
universal, real, actual justification, not just an opportunity to cast
your lot in with Jesus, not just the offer of life, but the real,
actual, powerful impartation of life! The real actual, powerful
communication of righteousness! The plain language of the text allows
for nothing less!” Whatever Became of Melanie, (2005), pages 138-139, by
Allan Ernest Chevrier
Adam Succeeded Will Christ?