The Essential Atonement
#5 of New Covenant series
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Listeners in the Philippines, Russia
and East Africa are among the beneficiaries of the expanded ministry by
international Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR). With these
additions, TWR now proclaims the gospel worldwide in more than 200 languages
Programs air from more than 2,700
broadcasting outlets, including 14 international transmitting sites,
satellite, cable, Internet and local AM and FM stations. Broadcasting since
1954, TWR took 41 years to reach the 100-language plateau, then just 10
years to reach the 200 mark.
“Expanding the number of languages
that we air undoubtedly broadens our opportunity to reach even more people
with the gospel message,” said TWR President David Tucker. Amen!
ANTI-TERROR SPIRITUAL SUMMIT
CALLS FOR UNITED RELIGION
Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama, took center stage at an historic religious summit on April 15, in San
Francisco that called for a “United Nations of Religion” with a goal of
countering extremist violence around the world.”
A prominent California Imam, Seyed
Mehdi Khorasani, said the idea to arrange the summit came after he met Dalai
Lama in the US state of Idaho late last year.
The audience of around 750 invitees
was made up primarily of Muslims and Buddhists, but it included Hindus,
Jews, Christians and leaders from numerous faiths and roughly 30 countries.
The Dalai Lama opened the session with
words of gratefulness to the various faiths and cultures gathered together,
noting that this conference was only the beginning of many more gatherings
“where we may find a gathering of hearts to bring peace to our world.” He
defended Islam, saying suicide bombings were a tragic “mischief” that could
plague any religion.
After the Dalai Lama a variety of
Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist speakers addressed the
conference. The last speaker, Tim Timmons, summed up the day with, “I bring
you greetings in the name of Jesus … Since Jesus is not owned by Christians
or Christianity, not bound by any system of do’s and don’ts, and not
exclusive but all-inclusive in his approach to people everywhere, then it is
appropriate to bring greetings in his name at this event.”
Timmons went on to shock the assembly
with; “In following Jesus I have come to realize that what the world needs
now is not more love.” After a pause, he continued, “… but more lovers -
love in action.”
Timmons challenged the conference
participants to be contagious in spreading peace, love and compassion. He
praised the Dalai Lama and the Imam for their courage in forging a personal
relationship of peace and understanding, and challenged the audience to
follow their example. He ended his words with an unusual blessing; “May
Jesus fill your hearts and minds with His peace, His joy, His love and His
compassion…and may He bind us together in such a way that we might be
Organizers heralded the assembly as
the establishment of a multi-religious body that will work to quell violence
and promote harmony between people of different faiths.
Imam Khorasani said the summit is the
first assembly of a “religious parliament” that will meet once or twice
annually in countries throughout the world. The intent is for “religious
leaders to unite in dispelling misunderstanding and injustice that breed
extremism,” he said.
2 May 06
“Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season; rebuke,
exhort, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine;
but to suit their own desires, they will gather more and more
teachers around them who will tickle their ears.”
(2 Timothy 4:2-3)
away from the Truth
“Let no one deceive you in any way, for that day
will not come unless
the apostasy, (the predicted falling away from
the faith), comes first.”
(2 Thessalonians 2:3)
My dear Reader, it is quite alarming -
the extent of the apostasy in the church today. On one side there is the
denial of fundamental Biblical truths, and on the other side, the bringing
in of damnable doctrines.
All types of heresies, deceptions,
distortions and lopsided teachings are flooding the church today.
A great 19th c. Bible teacher said:
“For men to cover their hatred of God and His truth with the drapery of a
false, one-sided theology, is the very highest character of wickedness ...
The devil is never more diabolical than when he appears with the Bible in
Following are just a few examples of
USA: TWO THIRDS OF EVANGELICALS
DOUBT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY
For centuries most evangelical
Christians have been taught and have fully accepted the words of Jesus in
John 14:6: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the
Father except through Me.”
But now a Newsweek/Beliefnet
poll shows a shocking number of people who call themselves evangelical and
born-again, have come to reject those words.
The question in the poll read: “Can a
good person who isn’t of your religious faith go to heaven or attain
salvation, or not?”
According to the poll results of more
than 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older, 68% of evangelical Christians
believe “good” people of other faiths can also go to heaven.
A Beliefnet spokesman called
the results ‘pretty amazing.’ “Evangelicals are among the most church-going
and religiously attentive people in the US,” he said, “and one of the ideas
they’re most likely to hear from the minister at church on a given Sunday is
that the path to salvation is through Jesus.”
In light of that, he asks, how could
so many Americans toss aside such a central element of theology?
The best explanation, the spokesman
said, is found in a Newsweek cover story that grew out of the survey.
Its conclusion is that Americans have become so focused on a very personal
style of spiritual experience and this supplants teaching based on the
authority of the Bible.
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DOCTRINE OF HELL DISAPPEARING
Belief in hell is fast disappearing in
Scotland. According to The Guardian (London), one third of Scottish
clergy “still believe in the existence of hell.” Of course, that means that
the other two-thirds don’t believe in hell.
Dr Eric Stoddart, a lecturer in
practical theology at St Andrews University, surveyed 750 randomly selected
clergy and found that 37% believed in hell.
“The doctrine of hell is downplayed by
most of today’s churches even by those who still believe in it. It isn’t
viewed as very “politically correct” even by a new generation of more
theologically conservative ministers,” said Dr Stoddart, who also commented
that there was a conspiracy of
silence on the subject.
THE 23RD CHANNEL
1 The TV is my shepherd,
I shall want.
2 It makes me lie down on
the sofa. It leads me away from the Scriptures. It
destroys my soul.
3 It leads me in the path
of sex and violence, for the sponsor’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk in
the shadow of my Christian responsibilities, there will be no interruption,
for the TV is with me; it’s cable and remote, they control me.
5 It prepares a
commercial before me in the presence of worldliness; it anoints my head with
Humanism, my coveting runneth over.
6 Surely laziness and
ignorance shall follow me all days of my life: and I shall dwell in the
house watching TV forever.
- Author unknown
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan
Williams, has stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists
and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the
Bible-based account of the origins of the world - should be taught in
The archbishop was emphatic in his
criticism of creationism being taught in the classroom, as is happening in
two city academies founded by the evangelical Christian businessman Sir
Peter Vardy and several other schools.
“I think creationism is ... a kind of
category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories ... if
creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other
theories I think there’s just been a jarring of categories ... My worry is
creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than
enhancing it,” he said.
The debate over creationism, or its
more recent offshoot, “Intelligent
(ID) which argues that creation is so
complex that an intelligent - spiritual - force must have directed it, has
provoked divisions in Britain but nothing like the vehemence or
politicisation of the debate in the U.S.
DOMINION “KINGDOM NOW” THEOLOGY
This false modern teaching has the
idea that it is the duty of the church to build the kingdom of God by taking
back from Satan, man’s lost dominion (authority) over God’s creation. The
idea is that the Messiah will return only after “we” have established the
kingdom. It’s something like, “We will build the throne and then He will
come.” Dominion theology despises the imminent Rapture of the church.
A new, radical and unorthodox twist
seeks to justify “dominion theology” by reinterpreting the Master's words in
“The Son of Man has come
to seek and to save that which was lost.”
In the past, evangelicals have
believed that Jesus was saying He came ‘to seek and to save the lost.’
Consequently, they have applied it to saving
But an exponent of dominion teaching
says we should take Jesus’ statement at face value, namely, “He came to save
which was lost.”
What is it that was lost and that
Jesus came to save? Dominion advocates say the answer is in the first
chapter of Genesis. “God’s original design was that Adam and Eve should have
over all of God’s creation
But they disobeyed God, and they lost their authority; Satan usurped it and
became the god of this age. Satan’s kingdom encompassed all of the human
kingdoms of the earth (Luke 4:5-6). So Jesus came to save man’s lost
dominion over creation.”
“DUEL COVENANT” - A FALSE TEACHING
There are many Liberals and Modernists
who hold the false teaching of “dual covenant,” which says that Jews are
saved through a special relationship with God and so they do not need Jesus
to get to Heaven.
Dual covenant theology maintains the
Old Covenant has never been replaced by Christianity.” And it is still valid
for Jews, while the New Covenant is for Gentiles.
A true Bible student, however, knows
very well that the Old Covenant has been invalid as a way to God since the
moment Y’shua died on the cross. The tearing of the veil in the temple from
top to bottom on that crucifixion day signified the end of the system of
atonement under the Old Covenant. (Matthew 27:51)
If the Old Covenant was valid for Jews
today, then we would have to say that God has left His people without a
sacrifice, without a Holy of Holies, and without the means of atonement.
Religious Jews today are trusting in their devotion and works to receive the
mercy of God.
valid today are the words of Y’shua Messiah:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
no-one comes to the Father, except through Me.”
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE OF MHG#27
Chapter 9 of Studies in the Book of Daniel
THE “ 70 WEEKS” PROPHECY
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