Thursday, 26 February 2009

Foundation for Christian Studies

The Foundation for Christian Studies at www.studychristianity.org is drawing the attention of an increasing number of Christian apologetics and anti-cult ministries. Typical among the comments from those who have contacted us are:

Warning!

Pass this on as a warning!!! This is very deceptive.

Deceptive Web site!

What could be deceptive about a foundation dedicated to the study of Christianity, whose web address is an open invitation to "study Christianity"? Well, this foundation is a thoroughly Mormon institution and the deception is in that this fact is not immediately apparent. Keith MacGregor of MacGregor Ministries commented "It may be hard for many to find out that this is LDS unless one knows Mormonism"

Having studied the site we have found that the alarm is justified. I wrote to the founders putting people's concerns and asking why they feel it necessary to be less than frank about their identity and activities. The following is the extent of our correspondence, a correspondence they were not happy to enter into and proved increasingly anxious should end. The first email was on a pro forma section of the web site and my questions were addressed generally to the organisation. I soon found myself talking to Eric Shuster, a Mormon and the "Founder and Executive Director". His qualifications are in Business and Engineering. His fellow "Board of Advisors" are:

"Theological Advisor" John Hasler, a Mormon religious teacher (BYU, University of Utah etc)

"Theological Advisor" Chris Brady, a dentist, who "has served in numerous ecclesiastical positions including leadership, auxiliaries, and teaching", in other words as a lay Mormon leader

"Theological Advisor" Marilyn Shuster, wife of Eric, Mormon convert and former nun whose formal training is from a Catholic University. Her Mormon experience is the same as every other Mormon's, that is, as a volunteer teacher/leader

David White, "PR Advisor", a Mormon and "Marketing Executive"

Charles Sale, "Columnist" a policeman with a Catholic background and a convert to Mormonism

Stephen Swift, a Mormon and a lawyer dubbed "Outside Legal Advisor"

Ashley Wiechmann a Mormon and Accountant

Russell Childs a Mormon and Accountant

Every member of this board is a Mormon and the only ones with any formal theological qualifications are John Hasler, whose formal qualifications are Mormon and Marilyn Shuster whose only formal qualifications are Catholic. Otherwise they are a group of people whose only qualifications are as lay leaders and teachers in the Mormon Church. Now there is nothing wrong with that except that they are qualified to teach Mormonism in a lay capacity but in no way qualified in doing what this site purports to do, that is, teach Christianity. This is what they had to say for themselves:

"I want to know how you feel about the charge I have heard and with which I concur that your site is rather deceptive since you do not declare up front that you are Mormons. You present yourselves as a Christian site knowing I am sure that this claim is fiercely contended by most Christians and it is neither obvious who you are or what affiliation you have with the Mormon Church.

There is little to indicate to the uninformed that the beliefs you espouse stand in contrast with and opposition to the claims of two thousand years of Christian history. Indeed, yours is a classic example of the ploy of postulating what has yet to be proven, i.e. that you are Christian.

Are you an official Mormon site? If so where is your clear statement to that effect? If not where is the disclaimer making clear that the views expressed on this site are not those of the Mormon Church?"

Folks:

Thank you so much for visiting the Foundation for Christian Studies. We appreciate your feedback and communication, although you both seem to take great exception at our approach.

We are in no way deceptive in the least. We clearly state the Christian Orthodoxy which we follow in the about section of the website:

http://www.studychristianity.com/christian_orthodoxy.html

We are foundation and in no way affiliated with any Church. If you read my own personal testimony as the founder, you can learn more about my own background as a Christian and the clearly stated fact that I align myself in believe and affiliation with the Christian denomination of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

http://www.studychristianity.com/founderstestimony.html

There is no deception here - myself and the board of advisors are simply teaching the world about the Christianity that we have come to embrace. We are not an apologetic website, nor a defender of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As our foundation statement reads we are "a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of Christianity in a way that inspires all people, regardless of theological differences, to come together in support of essential Christian values and compassionate service to God's children across the globe."

If you would like to discuss a particular doctrine you feel is out of step with your own interpretation of Christianity we would be happy to do so. If you would like to understand our definition of a Christian you can do so on the website at: http://www.studychristianity.com/christian_defined.html .

Perhaps we can start with what the definition of a Christian is and why you believe myself and the rest of the foundation, even Mormons as a group of people, are not Christians. I would be very interested in how you have arrived at that conclusion.

I truly hope you will visit us again and join in the dialogue taking place.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your loved ones with his spirit and redeeming love.

Sincerely,

Eric Shuster

Founder and Executive Director

The Foundation for Christian Studies

www.studychristianity.org

eshuster@studychristianity.org

Eric

Thank you for replying and sharing your convictions. That is the problem, however, i.e. your convictions. Not so much that I and other concerned people don't agree with them - we don't but we have no difficulty dealing with that - but that your presentation of them is opaque and circumspect. The home page will only appear Mormon to the initiated and informed. The heavy emphasis on Christian themes and the total absence of unambiguous Mormon content would lead uninformed visitors to believe that it was a "Foundation for Christian Studies" associated with reputable, uncontroversial and familiar mainstream Christianity. It is not a Foundation for Christian Studies but a Foundation for Mormon Studies. You just fail to be frank about the fact and that is hardly to your credit.

You directed me to the page that purports to tell us all about you. The first page in your "about us" section fails completely to make clear that you are Mormons, even to mention Mormonism, yet that is what your site is all about. I note you claim in your email that you are not an apologetics web site. However what you present on the page to which you directed me, "Christian Orthodoxy", is not by any measure a forthright and balanced account but is a carefully constructed apologetic for what you believe, i.e. Mormonism. It is simply the Mormon account of apostasy and restoration that is peculiar to the Mormon faith and alien to every orthodox account of the Christian faith. You would do better by your visitors if you were to say as much instead of claiming to be a Christian who happens to be of the Mormon persuasion.

The problem then is that those of us who know Mormonism and Christianity know that yours is a Mormon Institution attempting to appear Christian by the age old ploy of postulating as established and uncontroversial those many things about Mormonism that you know full well are far from uncontroversial and further still from being established as in any way orthodox by any recognised Christian standard.

I note on your page "Christian Defined" that you appeal for your purposes to Encyclopaedia Britannica and religioustolerance.org, a non-Christian and multi-faith organisation. You then make hyperbolic accusations of Pharisaic thinking against those who would challenge your claims. You attempt to establish your bona fides as Christians not by an appeal to clear and unequivocal definitions but by establishing what, by your own admission, is an obscure and ill-defined measure. You effectively use the Bible as a dictionary and insist that "Christian" is not defined clearly enough as to be specific beyond identifying a follower of Jesus.

On that basis, you present the name "Christian" as a lowest common denominator and then conveniently include yourself in a category that you have made so broad as to be almost meaningless. But the Bible is not a dictionary and the title or name "Christian" is easily and specifically enough defined for anyone who cares to know and understand it. The rest of your apologetic on this page is a dripping with irony. As members of a church that has always made far-reaching claims of exclusivity you appeal to the unbiblical idea that somehow Jesus was so "tolerant" as to be prepared to allow just about anyone who cared to use his name be called by his name. Then you have the audacity to claim that your board comprises people who are intimately familiar with and intensely interested in Scripture!

Finally, you fail on all counts to achieve any of your goals, stated, implied or inferred by the unsuspecting reader.

If your aim is to give a frank and honest presentation of Mormonism you have failed when you prove so circumspect about your convictions presenting yourself as a Christian who just happens to be of the Mormon persuasion (and that far away from the front page)

If your aim is to present a full and honest account of Christianity you have failed because Mormonism is not Christianity and, even though you would insist it is, Mormonism by its nature precludes every Christian Church.

If your aim is to present yourself as an impartial and uncontroversial academy presenting an even-handed account of Christianity, which your title implies, then you have failed because you are Mormon and are completely out of sympathy with established Christian churches and traditions.

You are promoting Mormonism. The packaging may be slick and the presentation impressive for its originality, but that is what you are doing. I just feel sad and disappointed that people who seem so anxious to go by the name "Christian", a name that even by your standards must be at least synonymous with honesty and candour, should feel it necessary to be so thoroughly diffident about it. Of course, I don't expect for a moment that you should like my remarks but I am reminded of the words of Robert Burns:

Oh, that God the gift would give us

To see ourselves as others see us

Regards

Mike Thomas

Mike:

Thank you for your thoughts. I hope you find time to visit the Study Forum and participate - many are doing so.

The Lord is blessing us tremendously and we are grateful for that.

You are my Christian brother, just as I am yours. We can agree to disagree on finer points of doctrine and that's OK. I will still love you as my brother.

I wish you the very best and pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will bless you and your family always.

Eric Shuster

Eric

Is that it? You invite comment and dialogue and then refuse to engage with it? Am I to understand that you are earnest enough about your faith that you sacrifice your time and effort to promote it but refuse to address the concerns of Christians who visit your site? And then you expect people to take you seriously! When you put yourself out there you must be prepared to engage with what you find out there. Your response demonstrates again that this is the very area where the Mormon Church and it's unfortunate adherents fall down in the area of apologetics. You purport to discuss but in truth refuse to engage. As long as this continues the very thing you aspire to, acceptance as a Christian organisation that deserves to be taken seriously, will never be achieved.

I am not disappointed that the perception of the Mormon Church as a cult will remain but it is depressing to find, once again, a group of Mormons going out into the world to promote their faith under the guise of Christian orthodoxy. Further, to find that you will not honestly engage with critics, preferring to hide behind the erroneous and thoroughly unbiblical view held in the world that to agree to disagree is the most important thing. You say you are Christians and serious students of Scripture. It is true that one can disagree without being disagreeable but where in the Bible do you find sanction for the notion that being agreeable is the defining characteristic of a Christian? Given the plethora of statements from Mormon leaders reproaching other churches and making exclusive claims for the cult of Mormonism it is certainly not the distinguishing mark of the Mormon.

Mike

Mike:

Your passion for Jesus Christ and the topic at hand is admirable and wonderful to witness. We welcome the dialogue through our Study Forum because that way many can be involved in the conversation. It is impossible for me, or even our board of advisors, to adequately engage each individual like yourself personally. We had nearly 1,400 visitors to the website last week alone, with a large percentage sending us email. Besides trying to build and manage this foundation (a non-profit), I am also the CEO of a corporation (the job that feeds my family). Although I would love to engage with you and the dozens of others who want me and our board to engage with them, it is simply not possible.

We are not an apologetics website. We have listed a number of apologetics links on our website for you to use.

We are not a foundation that seeks of defend the Mormon Church. We are left to do so from time to time, but we are here to share our testimony of Christianity and encourage dialogue with others.

We are not interested in debating doctrine, it is a losing battle for us both. Myself and the members of our board have been down the route and overwhelmingly the result is both parties end up believing what they believed to start out with, with a little more stress added to their day.

Our testimony is on the web - that is what we believe and it won't change. I suspect you have no intentions of changing what you believe either, therefore there is little point in debating. The tone of your original message and your message below validates for me that point. It makes more sense for us to engage on a one-on-one basis with the many who have come to the website looking for spiritual guidance, and who earnestly seek Christian understanding. It is easy to spot those who want to debate doctrine.

If you want the "Mark of the Mormon" then read the fruits of faith webpage:

http://www.studychristianity.com/fruits_of_faith.html

By their fruits ye will know them. Such is the mark of a true Christian.

Being a true and passionate Christian is not about passing a theology test, it is about the person it helps you become for the glory of God. There is no glory for God in winning theological debates - it took me a long time to learn that. We give glory to God in teaching his word and the gospel of His only begotten son Jesus Christ.

I hope you will join the Study Forum soon, you would be a wonderful person to have there.

In Christ always,

Eric Shuster

Dear Eric

Thanks again for taking the time to respond in your busy schedule. My own organisation's web site www.reachouttrust.org has recently received hundreds of thousands of visitors in a month but we still take the trouble to reply to those who care to engage with us personally, even the more irascible ones, even though none of us works full time in ministry. We kind of regard it an obligation. Of course, we don't always satisfy every correspondent but we do feel we should try and give it our best shot. I suppose it's a question of priorities.

The "apologetics" web site you reference are all Mormon, giving the lie to the claim that you are not primarily Mormon and not a Mormon apologetics site. Perhaps you are confusing apologetics with debate or argument. In any event thank you for making it clear that you are really only interested in engaging with people who want to listen to you and would rather avoid those who would challenge.

I have read your page on fruits and find it disappointing though unsurprising. Basically, if he is nice then he is Christian and if he contends for the faith then he is suspect. If he is pleased for you that you are a Mormon then all is well but if he dares to challenge what you believe then his is bad fruit. I take your point about what you have read from my tone but then my tone, which is usually quite conciliatory, has been inspired by your less than frank engagement with the world you seek to influence. I also understand that you don't choose to engage further in this correspondence, after all it's easier that way and, since I inconvenience you and you fail abysmally to satisfy me I will be glad to leave it there.

Mike

Mike

I'm sorry you are overcome by such unkind feelings. It is difficult to see you following the commandment to "love one another as I have loved you."

Become as a child my friend and you will find greater happiness.

As for my refusal to engage in your debate it was Jesus Christ who said: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." I am merely following the counsel of my Savior and Redeemer.

God bless you Mike - I wish you and your loved ones well,

Eric Shuster

Eric

There you are! I knew I would get to meet you eventually but wondered how long it would take. I see myself as a Yorkshire Terrier though you might think of me more as a yard do; or maybe a common old Saddleback porker.

I don't really care whether you wish me well, though I thank you for the sentiment. I care whether you care how you are perceived. I care whether you are frank about what you are about for the sake of others. Isn't that a Christian thing to do? To be concerned for others? There is a good deal of concern being expressed among Christians who know something about these things, concerns that I have shared with you. The irony is that you claim to be Christian but seem not to care one jot about the concerns of Christians. Now I am the first to say that one shouldn't be blown about by every opinion but still and all it seems that you are careless of your reputation and influence to the point of recklessness.

Still, I have done my Christian duty in drawing your attention to your Christian duty. I am glad I got to meet you eventually though.

Regards

Mike


Monday, 23 February 2009

Mormon Blogs, Bans and Conversations

While the scandal of some Internet Service Providers' failure to adequately block the downloading of internet child porn goes on other parts of the internet are demonstrating that what is lacking is not the way but the will to do it. One regular Blogger is currently boasting of his site having been blocked by BYU. You can read the story here
Elsewhere, the Mormon Church is taking full advantage of the new technologies and the enthusiasm of its church members. There is a thriving Mormon blogosphere, although nothing found there is official Mormonism - naturally; you can access Mormon produced films on YouTube and some of you may be aware that it is possible to engage a Mormon missionary in conversation live on mormon.org The following is part of the transcript of a conversation someone had recently on the subject of Mormon temple covenants and it is an interesting study in how Mormons view covenants, sacraments, Joseph Smith and grace. Note that, yet again, nothing said is an official statement of the church even though the person taking the call is an official missionary:

You are speaking live with **** who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.

Mormon

Hello

Mormon

How are you?

Christian

Hi, thanks I’m fine and you?

Christian

OK I have a question for you

Mormon

OK, what is your question?

Christian

You renew you baptism covenant every Sunday right? So why do you not renew the temple covenant?

Mormon

Which one?

Christian

All of them

Mormon

We do. We renew our temple covenant when we go to the temple

Christian

Well, no you do not go for yourself do you?

Mormon

Nope, but it is still a renewing of the covenants that we make

Christian

How does it work?

Mormon

I can't tell you

Christian

Well I mean you go on behalf of someone else and not for yourself so how do you renew it then? I have been to the temple so you do not have to talk about the covenants but I never understood that you did it in your name

Mormon

We renew our desire to keep the covenants that god has given us

Christian

Ok that’s different

Mormon

We go to make covenants with God, the sacrament we renew every week for the remission of sins

Christian

So there is no renewing of the covenant. But you can renew your desire just by thinking of the temple

Mormon

Well, yes.

Christian

Well you think that the sacrament brings remission of sin?

Mormon

Yes, it does

Mormon

Renewing is to re-establish, so when we go to the temple we are re-establish the promises that we make and that God makes to us

Christian

So it is good to die on a Sunday - shortly after sacrament. Why do you want to re-establish something when you promised once? I mean God knows your heart anyway. Shouldn’t your Yes be Yes and your No be No?

Mormon

Yes

Mormon

Well, sometimes it is difficult to remember and sometimes we mess up, so we go often

Christian

Well, I guess we mess up every day

Mormon

Yes, we do

Christian

When you take the sacrament and afterwards listen to a talk (sermon) and get bored and have bad thoughts about the speaker you messed up already!

Mormon

That is why there is next week

Christian

Why do you promise something you can’t keep anyway?

Mormon

You can keep the big ones, but that doesn't mean you will be perfect

Mormon

You can keep the law of chastity

Mormon

The word of wisdom

Mormon

Tithing

Mormon

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy

Christian

Yes, but when you just look at a woman and feel lust you broke your promise already and when you break one commandment you break them all! (Js.2;10)

Mormon

Well, that is why there is repentance

Christian

Yes, does the church not teach that you have to forsake the sin in order to have a complete repentance?

Mormon

Yes it does

Christian:

So you have to keep all the commandments and when you fail than you have to repent and forsake your sin completely in order to get forgiveness?

Mormon:

Yes

Christian:

Wow! You feel you can do it?

Mormon:

Well, we are all going to continue messing up, so we have to repent every day

Christian:

Yes, I agree

Christian:

But do you feel you can ever repent completely as Mormons understand it?

Mormon:

Yes

Christian:

I’m impressed!

Mormon:

Thanks

Christian:

So, then, one day you will have finished and kept all the commandments?

Mormon:

What do you mean?

Christian:

I mean when you repent completely from your sin one day you are perfect?

Mormon:

If you repent from your sins, yes. When you take the sacrament, it is like being baptized again

Christian:

Ok

Christian:

So do you think that you can get forgiveness even when you not repented completely?

Mormon:

No, you have to repent

Mormon:

Just like you have to repent before baptism

Christian:

So is there a way to gain forgiveness without believing in Joseph Smith

Mormon:

Forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ

Christian:

I agree

Mormon:

But to receive a baptism, you need to believe that the authority was given to Joseph smith

Christian:

So, there is no way for me to get forgiveness from my sins without Joseph Smith?

Mormon:

What Joseph smith is not involved in is your repentance process

Christian:

But without believing in him I can’t receive baptism and so I can’t get forgiveness?

Mormon:

What do you mean by believe in?

Christian:

The most important question than is if J.S. is a true prophet. Well I mean you have to accept him as a prophet so you can be baptised and receive forgiveness

Mormon:

Yes, exactly

Christian:

So than you believe that all Christians who refuse Joseph Smith do not get forgiveness? Well then everyone needs to cross this question about J.S.

Mormon:

Yes, that is why we focus on Authority so much and the Book of Mormon

Christian:

Ok, I understand

Christian:

So you believe the most important question I need to ask now is if J.S. is a true prophet?

Mormon:

No, if the Book of Mormon is true

Christian:

Ok why that?

Mormon:

Because if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet

Friday, 13 February 2009

Sidelining Christianity

Is it not time for Christians to make their voice heard. Britain seems to be 'hell-bent' (literally and figuratively) on sidelining Christianity but accepting every other belief as ok.

Has anyone stopped to ask why? Has anyone bothered to check out the beliefs of Christianity as compared with other religions? Do they really have the same to offer as Christianity?

These are the questions I would like to ask the various council, hospital and school authorities. They are taking away the right of free speech but even worse they are taking away the right to eternal life. What do you think about the following?

Christian foster mother struck off after Muslim girl converts

Would a Muslim be struck off if a Christian child converted?

Surely they are seeking to take away the fundamental right of freedom of religion to a girl who is seen in the eyes of the law to be an adult?

NHS staff face sack if they discuss religion

Just what does constitute preaching? Showing total care for a patient?

What other subjects are banned to speak about amongst your colleagues? What is wrong with the answer I do not wish to talk about that thank you? Do we really need such draconian laws that forbid free speech?

Primary school receptionist 'facing sack' after daughter talks about Jesus to classmate

What right has anyone to forbid a 5 year old for talking to their friends about heaven and God? I assume that if they were talking about hell and the Devil it would have been ignored?

We need to wake up as to what is happening and seek the Lord as to what we do about it. No one should force anyone to change their religion but surely we have a God given right and indeed freedom of speech to share our beliefs and let each person decide whether they want to continue with the conversation.

WAKE UP CHRISTIANS AND GET CHATTING ABOUT THE LORD MORE THAN YOU HAVE EVER DONE.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

ksl.com - Defense asks for no Mormons on murder trial jury

 

"An attorney for a man charged with aggravated murder have filed a motion to keep off the jury any members of the Mormon church who might believe that the only way for him to be forgiven by God is to be executed."

Before you dismiss this story as far-fetched consider the following:

"Joseph Smith taught there there are certain sins so grievous that man can commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf" (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.135)

In 1958 Mormon apostle Bruce R McConkie explained, "As a mode of capital punishment, hanging or execution on a gallows does not comply with the law of blood atonement, for the blood is not shed"

The laws of the state of Utah are founded on Mormon philosophy and as recently as 1977 they allowed an appeal for execution by firing squad; you may have seen the film The executioner's Song with Tommy Lee Jones, based on Norman mailer's novel:

"Utah State Prison - A last-minute court decision cleared the way today [Jan.17, 1977] for the execution of Gary Mark Gilmore, 36, and moments later the condemned killer was shot to death here by firing squad" (You can read more about Gilmore here and follow the story from the link below)

ksl.com - Defense asks for no Mormons on murder trial jury

Friday, 6 February 2009

UFOs on the Increase?

The Daily Telegraph reported on 5 February that:

"The number of UFO sightings logged with the Ministry of Defence more than doubled to 285 last year, a rise described as "phenomenal" by experts. It is the highest number of sightings in 10 years.

All the incidents are included in a document released by the MoD yesterday, which details the date, time and location of the sightings, along with a brief summary of the eyewitness reports.

The Palace of Westminster sighting on Feb 12 is described as follows: "There was a craft that had green, red and white lights. It was still and static in the sky. It was seen for about an hour and a half." There is no information about who reported the UFO or what it may have been."

That one sees an object as of yet unidentified is not a problem but the danger is that we turn this into an alien invasion or at least an alien 'spying mission' and suddenly we have moved away from the world of reality and have entered the world of potential occult involvement. Are these too strong words? For the many people maybe but there are those who refuse to accept the real Jesus because of their involvement with UFOs and those who have entered the world of the occult.

When Jesus spoke of the signs of the end of the age, He said that,

"…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken ."- Matthew 24:29.

The passage in Acts 2:19-21 (quoting the book of Joel) speaks of 'wonders in the sky above' which appears to comprise of effects upon the sun and moon before Jesus' return. The signs on the earth below are probably comprised of the 'blood, fire and vapour of smoke,' (v.19).

The Jews, hearing these words from Peter's mouth, would be well aware that wonders in the heavens had taken place hundreds of years before. There was the total darkness in the days of Israel's bondage in Egypt, God's angels appearing in the sky, raining fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, a star supernaturally appearing in the sky to lead the Magi to where Jesus was born, and a day extending in length at the request of Joshua. All these events led people closer to the sincere, simple devotion befitting God's people in their relationship with Him alone. At the end of time, as we have already seen, similar heavenly signs will occur but in greater intensity.

We have noted several times already the counterfeit actions of the Satanic realm. This supernatural evil realm will undoubtedly seek to use the events that will take place in the end days to try to distort, bring confusion and, especially, suggest disbelief in the Bible and its warnings about being led into a false understanding of who Jesus really is. The Bible predicts these things in such passages as 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, which speaks of a man described as the 'man of lawlessness' performing counterfeit miracles. By counterfeit, it does not mean 'tricks' or 'illusions', but a copy of God's original. Unfortunately, all counterfeits of God's power are deceptions to lead away from a sincere devotion to Jesus (see Mark 13:22).

We see in Matthew 24 that at the time of these events there will be many false Christs and false prophets. This is why Jesus warned us in advance and assured us that the whole earth will see Jesus return after these events take place (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7). If Jesus warned us so clearly about these things, why does Satan do the obvious? The answer is simply that he keeps getting away with it.

We can see from all this that the enemy (Satan) is well experienced in using heavenly signs to achieve his own ends, and we cannot ignore this when we consider flying saucers. Although God is sovereignly in control of the whole universe, Satan specialises in things to do with our atmosphere since he is the 'ruler of the kingdom of the air' (Ephesians 2:2).

After a detailed overview In the Reachout Trust booklet A Biblical Investigation into UFOs we make the following conclusions:

"I believe that we have shown conclusively that the hallmarks of UFOs and aliens lead to the supernatural power behind them being the counterfeit realm of Satan, not the true realm of God. If you need further help to make up your mind why not answer a few simple questions, for example:

  • Why are we seeing the same things decade after decade with no clear development in communication?
  • With such advanced technology enabling aliens to travel thousands of light years, why is it that they cannot view the earth without being seen?
  • Is it possible for authorities to successfully cover up all the evidence in such a way that we are left in the dark over such a long time?
  • Why do abductions always seem to be linked with trances in one way or another?
  • Why does the acceptance of all the evidence lead you closer to New Age type beliefs and away from the reliance on the true God of Christianity?
  • Why are aliens often considered serpent-like or frog-like when Satan and demons are described like this in the Bible?"

Thursday, 5 February 2009

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John 8:32 - You will know the truth and the truth will set you free

"Thinking her religion had given her what she most longed for, Lali ardently worshipped a goddess. But the woman living in Andhra Pradesh, India, would soon find that it brought her anything but peace...

...Lali seemed unable to bear children, and in India's culture, this is a shameful situation and brings scorn upon a woman.

One day, her husband's family took her to see a witch doctor. After the woman performed witchcraft on Lali, she became pregnant and had children. It may seem Lali's hopes and dreams were answered, but then the witchcraft began to manifest itself in other forms."

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