“Jane” And The Master’s University Rape Scandal

September 18, 2017 a blog published an anonymous testimony called “Do You See Me?” that details a horrendous rape that allegedly took place at The Master’s University. “Jane’s” story is quite unbelievable, and yet believable. She says that she has proof–police reports, emails, etc. I haven’t seen those documents. I am sure the person whose blog page she shared them to has (or they would be possibly putting themselves in legal danger). JMHO.

Today Master’s University responded to the allegations. They said:

The ministries of Grace Community Church and The Master’s University and Seminary have been informed of the blog article posted on September 18 by a Ms. Marci Preheim on behalf of an undisclosed individual. Although there are both evidentiary and biblical limitations in dealing with anonymous accusations, we take all claims of misconduct very seriously. According to our initial internal inquiry and review of the available records, we believe the blog article is plainly incorrect, a reality that we have verified with the police report on record. In addition to the various inaccuracies in the posted narrative, the male student that was accused in the official report was never a student at either The Master’s University or Seminary. In our view, anyone who would post such accusations without first verifying them has committed an unconscionable act of defamation, and anyone who would spread such misinformation is equally culpable in that irresponsibility. Should the undisclosed individual or any other person who has direct, firsthand knowledge of this matter wish to address this issue with us, we would request that they contact Kent Haney at The Master’s University.

To be quite honest I am very disappointed in their response. First of all, they admit there was an incident (though they disagree on the details), but show NO compassion for the pain Jane has gone through.

Second of all, they plainly threaten anyone who discusses this incident in public– anyone who shares these accusations has “committed an unconscionable act of defamation” and is “equally culpable” /guilty/. These are loaded legal terms that imply that anyone who shares the article on Facebook or blogs about it should be held legally responsible.

To me it reeks of insensitivity and intimidation.

Why can’t they rather choose to say, “We are aware of this account and we deeply care about this student. We are going to go back and review the incident, reach out to the victim, and make sure this incident was handled with the proper care and wisdom it should have been.”

That is all they needed to say.

The issue that I am particularly upset about is how many people are commenting on their statement with statements indicating that anyone who supports Jane, or questions the propriety of the counseling she received is a “tool of Satan” to come against the work of God. As if ministries always handle these things perfectly. As if reading a blog is as painful as being repeatedly raped. As if God would rather victims /OF GROSS SIN/ shut up.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8

Isn’t it the job of the righteous to stand up for the cause of the abused?

Wouldn’t the “tool of Satan” be the man who raped this girl?

Now many of us do not know “Jane” or have first hand knowledge of the circumstances. We have just read her words and we see that her story is different from whatever records TMU has on file. So it is a “he said she said.” A fact she admitted in her story when she said the University accused her of “changing her story” as she was simply just remembering more of the incident. So even according to her account she admitted that they have vastly different perceptions of what happened to her.

But her story is plausible. She has many TMU alumni commenting on her behalf, testifying that they have seen similar instances, cover ups, etc. She has people who know her in real life publicly testifying as character witnesses. There are other people with similar stories sharing that they experienced similar treatment from the school (Facebook Comments). So this certainly should in no way be dismissed or swept under the rug. Her allegations deserve to be taken seriously.

Unfortunately, as of tonight hundreds of comments on all three Facebook pages have been deleted. The Master’s University, The Master’s Seminary, and Grace Community Church have been deleting the comments.

Comments of support, and comments of suspicion and disappointment. Comments from character witnesses who have known her all her life. Fortunately, I took screen shots of them. I had a feeling they would get deleted. They were too convincing. I will share a few of them below.

“The Master’s University, Do you deny that the student was expelled from the school or that her credits were stripped? What further evidence can you give in response to her testimony that proves her to be “plainly incorrect?” Was she or was she not counseled alone with the individual named Rick Holland? Was she or was she not forced to enter a room with her attacker after the incident? Do you deny that the student was attacked at all? Which accusations are correct and which do you claim are “various inaccuracies?” Perhaps you could be more specific in your denial. It also might be helpful to actually include the contact information for Kent Haney.” (J. Flower, 9/21/17)

“They didn’t do anything to help “Jane” (who has been a personal friend of mine since childhood) then, I am not surprised at their denial now. It sucks to have your deepest darkest secrets brought to light Master’s, I have been waiting for her to come out with her story for YEARS and man, I hope she can finally see the wrongs made right.” (A. Michelle, lifetime friend of “Jane,” 9/21/17)

“They did that to me. They put me in a room with who I accused (note:I am NOT naming who I accused). But this kind of action is typical of their organization.” (K. Cardwell 9/21/17)

“K. Cardwell I am so sorry this happened to you. ❤ I hope you may find peace and justice as well.” (A. Michelle, lifetime friend of “Jane,” 9/21/17)

“I am not the only one. In just two days, I’ve gathered a group of survivors of this place and we are still growing in number.” (K. Cardwell 9/21/17)

“My advice, for what it’s worth, is that TMU and TMS form a joint faculty committee of inquiry, with full access to the documents, and able to independently review and report with any recommendations, and release same to the public. Simply saying “it didn’t happen” and that people shouldn’t talk about it is insufficient. This is a serious issue that demands serious inquiry. I spent over 25 years there and frankly I don’t find the narrative in this blog implausible, and neither do many other people. And that should be highly disconcerting to the school.” (D. Swanson 9/21/17)

“Master’s has not addressed the issue of her counseling with this post. The inaccuracy that they latched onto is I believe it is called a ‘red herring.’…” (J. Cardwell 9/21/17)

“A real victim has been through enough, if they want to keep their name hidden so to not fall personally victim again to people who think she is lying, then that is their choice–and a smart one at that.” (A. Michelle, lifetime friend of “Jane,” 9/21/17)

And just now (waiting to be erased, as there are less than ten comments that are less than 11 minutes old):

“If you’re going to delete all the comments on this post, you might as well just turn off commenting.” (A. Murphy, 9/21/17)

To say that it is the work of the DEVIL to take these allegations seriously is manipulative and abusive to the church and to all victims of abuse. For the University to say that we shouldn’t talk about it is cultic.

All the comments were deleted.

This is such a shame.

In the Bible a girl was raped

She reported it. It was handled badly. Her needs and rights were dismissed and she was shoved away into a dark corner to just suffer in silence so no one else had to be troubled by it. Her name was Tamar. Her dad was the king.

It was the king’s job to deal with the rape and he didn’t. It was also his responsibility as a father to help his daughter and he chose not to.

The counsel she received was horrible too–“Well, my sister, keep quiet for now, since he’s your brother. Don’t you worry about it.” 2 Samuel 13:20

Because the rape was not handled appropriately, the pain and anger festered. It doesn’t go away. It will come out. It erupted.

Did God sweep this rape under the rug, to keep the reputation of King David? No.

God shared her story.

He published it publicly.

Tamar was important to God.

God did not think it was a work of the devil to share Tamar’s story, just because David was a man of God.

“But now Tamar tore her robe and put ashes on her head. And then, with her face in her hands, she went away crying.” 2 Samuel 13:19

Now I don’t know the specifics in this case, nor do I claim to, but if Master’s University had dealt with this situation properly in the first place, none of this would be happening today. Jane would have felt heard, cared about, validated, healed.

And today they can choose to handle this correctly. They can listen, they can care, they can reach out.

So far it seems they would rather just put out callous formal statements calling her a liar and anyone who talks about it as legally culpable and guilty.

But… We can all agree that:

  1. Something happened.
  2. There is a police report.
  3. Someone is still in pain.

And because of that I believe Jane’s story should be shared, even if we don’t know all the facts and even if we haven’t read all the documents.

As adults we can choose to believe as much of it as sounds reasonable to us. We each must decide what we believe. But please don’t judge with partiality. Don’t assume that just because someone has been used by God in the past, means that they always handle every situation with grace and wisdom.

Her friend shared on Facebook, “I do know the accuser personally, actually, and I can say first hand that she has no intention of trying to “hurt” the university. She cares deeply that her story be heard and to have what happened to her be acknowledged so someday, heaven forbid, if another woman were to come to the school and say they were assaulted or raped, they they [sic] would receive help, not expulsion.” (A. Michelle, lifetime friend of “Jane,” 9/22/17)

Do You See Me? 

So let Jane speak.

I see her.

 

 

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Rick Warren On KWVE

I can’t say that I am surprised, but I am terribly grieved. I literally have a tummy ache, and have shed tears over this news.

Again we see Calvary Chapel, not only compromising the Word of God, but plunging head first into apostasy.

In fact, this morning there was a Rick Warren video on their Facebook page with the caption, “If you have questions, call…” It is gone now. At least, I can’t find it.

But, you really can’t call and talk to anyone about it. According to a friend, if you try, you will soon see that they won’t take messages or transfer you to someone who will listen. They just get testy and tell you that they are only taking email complaints about Rick Warren. Go ahead, and try calling! It is good to at least try.

866-999-5983 or 714-918-6207

Here is their email, in case you don’t get anywhere:

https://www.kwve.com/contact-us/

The only thing left on the Facebook page is just the announcement from Monday:

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As of this morning there were 77 Comments. I clicked on the comments because I wanted to read what my brothers and sisters are saying. I only saw 17 comments, and they were all very positive (2 were neutral). There are 60 comments missing!!!

Is the KWVE Facebook page deleting negative comments? I would have to assume so, since one comment mentioned “negative comments,” but there are no negative comments anywhere:

E.Salisbury says, “welcome, Pastor Rick! By the way, my holy comrades, he loves Jesus too and Jesus loves him. Pastor Rick is our brother in Christ. I attend Calvary and have been at Saddleback many times I do not understand this angry comments.” 

So there were angry comments?

But now there are none?

This is a huge problem. If there were 60 comments deleted, that means that the radio station is silencing their godly, concerned listeners. Controlling the narrative.

So when people who may have a check in their spirit click to read the comments, all they see is “Welcome to the family”–they fall in line. They realize that only sentiments of support and unity will be allowed.

This comes on the heels of KWVE removing two pretty solid Bible teachers from the radio–Jack Hibbs and Jon Randall. These teachers were very popular.

People can’t help but notice this all talking place in the middle of some major internal/political turmoil in Calvary–Calvary Chapel Global Network (CCGN) and Calvary Chapel Association (CCA). Two different organizations, two different visions, two different directions–BUT, one body of churches. It has been quite a stretch for everyone.

It is clear to even the average congregant watching–if you don’t fit in with the “New” vision and direction–there will be consequences.

Your comments will be deleted.

Your influence will be diminished.

Your voice will not be heard.

Toe the line.

We watch our pastors play the “Board” game.

While the titanic sinks.

My heart breaks. I am not so much upset because Brian Brodersen has different theological beliefs and standards. Lots of people do, but I am upset that instead of doing his own work outside of Calvary, he is bringing division into a fellowship of churches (that while not perfect) have been solidly teaching the Word verse by verse in peace and agreement for a generation.

This man, who takes over the pulpit of Chuck Smith, saying things like ” I think you can preach the whole counsel of God without teaching all 66 books of the Bible.” (what???) And:

“You know the last 10 years of pastor Chuck’s life in ministry, um, probably almost every sermon on a Sunday was seriously a doom and a gloom message and it was basically the world’s going to hell but the Lord’s coming so just you know buckle your seat belt, hold on and we’re all gonna be out of here. And so once a month I would preach and I would literally get up and try to counter what was happening for the other 3 weeks…” (Brian Brodersen–bereanresearch.org)

He has no affection for the legacy that was handed to him. He is tearing it apart, instead of building something new. He is leaving a trail of marginalized sheep and bruised and disenfranchised pastors in his wake.

For those of you who may not understand why it is even a big deal that Rick Warren is on KWVE, here is some information from Moriel Ministries on the problems with Rick Warren:

MORIEL MINISTRIES – By James Jacob Prasch – February 27, 2013

Moriel & Jacob Prasch fully endorse the recent conference remarks by Paul Smith warning about the seriously dangerous nature of the actions and false doctrines of Rick Warren.

Any honest review of the irrefutable facts supports Paul Smith’s caveats.

1st – Rick Warren’s recent open equivocation on same sex marriage to The Huffington Post after being publicly exposed for two contradictory statements concerning California’s Proposition 8 fits the fact that Rick Warren co- forwarded Dan Kimball’s book ‘THE EMERGENT CHURCH’ with Emergent Church Guru Brian McLaren who last month performed the same sex marriage of his son to his son’s husband in a supposedly “Evangelical’ ritual. The contrast of the two contradictory statements would impress anyone watching them that Rick Warren is a double talking liar. In light of this equivocation on same sex marriage, it is now a public shame and a disgrace for any Christian pastor or leader to now sanction the so-called ministry of Rick Warren.

2nd – Rick Warren’s ‘Global Peace Plan’ calling for partnering with worshippers of other gods (whom Moses and Paul both identified in God’s Word as demons) in order to usher in global peace is the anti christ agenda for a false, Christ-less peace that scriptural prophecy predicts and warns against in the last days. It is a public shame and a disgrace for any Christian leader to lend credence to the architect of such a blatantly satanic agenda.

3rd – Rick Warren’s downplay of repentance in his Purpose Driven model is a false gospel. In any New Testament model of the true gospel, repentance is central, not peripheral and a condition of regeneration, not only a post salvation sanctification. The marketing psychology based strategy Rick Warren borrowed from secular marketing entrepreneur, Peter Drucker and various figures involved in New Age “New Thought” drives this point even further.

4th – Rick Warren’s instruction to ignore end time prophecy as a diversion directly contradicts the unambiguous commands of the Lord Jesus in The Olivet Discourse to Be Alert for the signs of His Second Coming. Worse still is Rick Warren’s “cut and paste” style of eisegesis translocating verses between New Testament books to make the text appear to state things it does not is cultic and heretical. It even goes beyond Rick Warren’s preference for Eugene Peterson’s ‘The Message,‘ which often bears no resemblance to the original meaning of the original Greek texts instead of preaching from The Word of God.

We thank God for the uncompromising courage and integrity displayed and exhibited by Paul Smith in his stance and we stand with his remarks solidly.

Anyone who truly fears God, believes His Word, and understands the irrefutable documented facts about Rick Warren can do no other. Rick Warren is one of the false teachers whom Jesus` warned would come to deceive the elect and prepare the way for the anti-christ in the Last Days. The proven facts examined in light of God’s Words can leave room for no other viable conclusion.

We will all stand before The Lord. Pastors will give account to Jesus for if or not they protected His sheep for whom He died from the wolves sent to devour them according to Jesus, Ezekiel and Peter and James tells us that teachers of scripture will be judged by The Lord more strictly than the rest. Let us all take heed.

Unedited :: Link to Original Posting
http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/church-issues/various/rick-warren

 


Falling Short – Rick Warren
CWM.org [CHRISTIAN WITNESS MINISTRIES] – By Mark Mullins – November 22, 2012
Rick Warren has become a legend in his own lifetime as a result of writing the Purpose Driven Life which has sold some 30 million copies and the size of Saddleback Church which is some 24,000 strong. He has prayed at the inaugural ceremonies of Presidents George Bush and Barak Obama.

Rick Warren is considered to be a conservative evangelical holding biblical views on such matters as saving faith[1], hell[2](although Saddleback’s statement of faith is weak) and creationism[3]. It is this apparent orthodoxy in Rick Warren that has put many off his scent and led to his acceptance as a card carrying evangelical. …

Rick Warren and Islam

[…] Perhaps the most shocking of Warren’s errors is his compromise with Islam. Along with Robert Schuller, John Stott, Yonggi Cho and Bill Hybels, Warren signed a statement from Yale University welcoming an open letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders written to leaders of the Christian faith entitled, A Common Word Between Us, which was published on 13th October 2007. It claims that love of God and love of neighbour are central to both religions[5]. The problem is that the Muslim letter contains statements that refer to the false belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God: …

Edited :: See Original Report Here
http://www.cwm.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=542:falling-short-rick-warren&catid=88:issue-62-november-2012&Itemid=27
 

(bealert)

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more out there about Rick Warren and his double-talk and false teaching. If you WANT to know, you will search it out and see. If you DON’T want to know, you will ignore the warnings. It is your choice.

We are nearing the end times. We are witnessing the falling away. Jesus says that we need to take heed lest we be deceived. People always assume that they won’t be deceived because they love God. But the Bible doesn’t say that. It says you could be deceived if you don’t love TRUTH. The WORD is TRUTH. If you are not standing on the WORD, even you can fall into deception, even apostasy. Even me.

My personal belief is that Rick Warren is a pastor with the agenda of the spirit of Anti-Christ. His global peace plan, his teaming up with false religions for world peace, his double-speak on Homosexuality, his seeker friendly, repentance barren “gospel” of purpose and humanism. So if his message is from the “spirit” of anti-christ–how much more crucial is this warning from Scripture????

The Great Apostasy

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

They perish who refuse to LOVE the TRUTH. 

There is no true unity of the Spirit, unless it is in TRUTH.

The SPIRIT leads us into all TRUTH.

KWVE is teaching the Bible, and then compromising and disobeying what it says!

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Jen Hatmaker & Hillsong’s False Teaching–Dear Saints, Do Not Lose Heart!!!!

Praise God! He is Lord, He is Savior, He is MOVING! In the face of false teaching, I am choosing to praise God for still convicting the world in truth, anyway.

I was so discouraged earlier this evening. I read an article entitled, “Hillsong United’s Band Leader Calls Jen Hatmaker’s Remarks On Homosexuality Refreshing.’” If you are not familiar with Jen Hatmaker’s remarks, she basically said that homosexual marriage can be holy before God.

“We both believe a same-sex marriage, as a life-long monogamous commitment, can be holy before God.” (Brandon Hatmaker)

I do not follow Jen Hatmaker, but I have friends that really click with her humor and Christian point of view. For a while now she has been outspoken about how Christians need to show love to the gay community. I get her heart for that. I love gay people too. I hate the idea of them being put off from the love of Christ.

I have a close friend who was a lesbian in a committed relationship for almost a decade, and now she is my sister in the Lord. Why? Because despite knowing she could choose to go to a “tolerant, inclusive, and affirming” church, the Lord convicted her of her sin and granted her repentance. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.

But tonight, as I prayed and got into the word the Lord totally ministered to me. I was reading Ezekiel and there was a verse that totally stuck out to me–The Lord says to the false teachers, “you have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins.” (Ez. 13:22). The Lord is talking about false prophets who bash God’s holy saints, and promise God’s blessings to the unrepentant.

This is exactly what Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, and Joel Houston from Hillsong United are doing. They are promising God’s favor to people who have not been washed by God, and have been blinded and bound by sin–apart from the gospel. And, they are acting like Bible loving saints are the ones that God is upset with. God doesn’t want me to feel bad because I think gay marriage is a sin. And God doesn’t want gay people to feel okay with gay marriage.

Do you know that sin can deceive us? Hebrews says that sin can deceive us and harden our hearts! “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13. This means that those who are given over to sin, can start believing that what they are doing is not wrong–and their hearts can become hard to conviction.

This is so dangerous, because conviction is what God uses to save us! If the church gets in the way of that conviction, by approving of sin, it hinders the process of salvation.

Sin has already deceived the world and the world embraces the lie, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.” Romans 1:25-26

Paul goes onto talk about how believing lies and rejecting the truth of God let to unnatural desires and lusts–“Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27

This is what the Bible teaches.

But it is not ALL the Bible teaches!!!

And Hallelujah!!!

The Bible teaches that God saves homosexuals:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Do you see that? There were people in the church of Corinth that were sanctified from sodomy and homosexuality–just as God saved the drunkards and the idolaters.

You see, so I guess what Jen and Joel do not believe is that there is a God who SAVES gay people the same way He saves straight people- washed, sanctified, and justified.

They ignore the washing and sanctification, and just pronounce justification.

Their error is not one of love, but of a lack of faith in a God who TRANSFORMS people through regeneration, through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. They don’t believe in the miracle.

They must have such a small view of our Savior, or in radical transformation. But I have seen God transform people, myself included. It is a miracle greater than physical healing.

I know my God DELIGHTS in delivering us.

We are His trophies of grace and faith.

But while Jen and Joel want to excuse sin and lower the standards for Christianity and salvation–God is still at work!!!

I know that God is still out there convicting homosexuals of their sin–just as He is convicting heterosexuals of their sin. Today is still the day for salvation, and God is real.

The truth is, there are plenty of saints that have been saved out of homosexuality, in a world of false preachers telling them they didn’t have to repent–but the Holy Spirit lovingly broke their heart anyways. They experienced the HEAVY presence of God and surrendered to His love and grace. Just like every other brother and sister in Christ.

God does that. He leads those appointed to salvation into truth. He draws sinners to Himself.

He did that to me. There were things in my life that no one told me to repent from, and yet tears would fall down my cheeks in sweet conviction as I placed them on the altar to the Lord.

“And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” John 16:8

He is here.

And He loves all of us. And none of us can come to Him apart from this sweet conviction. He is calling souls to repentance-“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Now think about this, it is easy for Jen and Joel to just say that God doesn’t care about gay marriage, that it can be holy before the Lord. It is easy to say. It is just words. They aren’t dying for sinners . . .

And guess what, it could be easy for God to say something like that too, to brush it off as no big deal. But God doesn’t just excuse our sin, and say, “Whatever.”

It wasn’t “Whatever” because He is holy and He is just.

What God did was harder–He died to pay for it.

Jesus took the punishment for sodomy, homosexuality and all sexual immorality. He loved us so much that He took it on the cross. There is no “whatever, maybe God can be okay with it because it is legal.”

God can be okay with it, when it is under the blood.

Because there is no other gospel.

There is no gospel of “whatever man, it’s cool.”

The Gospel is ONLY good news if it saves us from something, and it does. Because the fire is prepared for judgment, but people don’t have to go there. It is the time now to through prayer and fasting–spiritually “call 911” and save souls from that fire.

Now, Jen and Joel have a “form of godliness” but they “deny it’s power.” God’s power is the only thing that can make us truly holy. And it does.

Here is a description of “the church” in the last days (this is not the world):

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5

We are to have NOTHING TO DO with people who deny the power of God to make us holy, who walk in and promote ungodly attitudes and practices.

So, I will have nothing to do with their teaching, but I am also not going to let them bum me out, because Jesus said these things would happen. Their ministries will be fake, and impotent.

On the other hand, I am going to seek Jesus as hard as I can. I am going to pursue Him as a treasure hidden in a field. I am going to value Him above everything else. There is no discouragement to be found in that ❤

I am going to ask Him to place His Spirit upon my ministry, upon my home, upon my life. I am going to ask Him to use me to bring hope and truth to those who don’t know Him. I am going to ask Him to bless and anoint His word as I share it with people, that His Spirit would add the weight of conviction to my words and people would feel God, and know Him.

I am going to pray for the Lord to bless the ministries of people who tell the truth, that their word would spread, that the messengers would run, and that the workers would bring in the harvest.

I want to be a part of what God is already doing. Let false teachers waste their time, God is not mocked and His word will not return void. I will not lose heart.

God bless!!!

 

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Contend For the Faith

I was just sitting here taking a break from the work I should be doing, and I found myself thinking about some of the comments I have been seeing lately. I moderate my comments and so sometimes I will get one that I want to respond to, and I will wait to publish it so I can pray about what to say. This guy last night, left a comment that I will publish soon, saying that he has been a Christian 13 years. He goes to Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. His “last name” is Whosoever.

He says to me that I have “pure hatred for something I don’t understand.”

Hatred.

He writes about a lot of good things he sees going on in his church. He never explains away or debunks the things I write about, he just tells me that I don’t understand them. He concludes with, “In closing I wanna say I have gone out into the streets with Ryan, Sonny and the Whosoevers crowd to preach to the lost, to feed them, to give them bibles, to pray with them, to SAVE them from the worldly life they life. I have first hand experience with how many lives this has changed and it’s beyond belief and brings me to tears. The power of the Holy Spirit is leading the way. So while you sit at home writing blogs about HATE and things you don’t understand, me and the Whosoevers will be out in the world, bringing the lost to Christ one by one.”

I was telling my husband last night that it never ceases to amaze me how people read facts about a ministry that they are involved in, and then they choose to list all the wonderful things about the ministry. As if our faith is measured, like scales in a balance, and as long as the good outweighs the bad we should just shut up. But when we read Revelation 2-3, we see Jesus speak both commendation and critique to the churches. Even the good churches had things they needed to work on and fix! That is okay. Just because they had done good things, didn’t mean they didn’t make mistakes!!!

It is this cognitive dissonance, where we can’t believe an organization we trust could let us down. Our brains can’t handle the disappointment. I get it. I have been there. I have defended people that I didn’t need to defend too.

Another thing that strikes me is the anger and accusation that I have hate. Am I angry about the filth creeping in? of course. Do I hate these people? If I did, why would I cry and pray for them?

The final thing that confuses me is how so many people read my blog and think I am someone who does not approve of evangelizing people in sinful lifestyles. When that is exactly what I care MOST about. Yes, we need to love druggies, inmates, victims of abuse, prostitutes, victims of sex trafficking, the gay community, the broken. People assume I don’t like people with tattoos, never even thinking that they have NO IDEA what I look like. They assume I am Amish. The truth is, I have a deep love and a deep burden to share the love of Jesus Christ, with people who are deeply involved in sin!!! ❤ Every TRUE Christian does. The Whosoevers do not corner the market on sinners.

And they assume I don’t DO these things. I guess if you have a blog, people think that you are not in ministry, or that you don’t evangelize or stand in the trenches.

I am in the trenches.

I also understand the Whosoevers. I have plenty of Facebook and real life friends whose “last name” is Whosoever.

I see plenty of people want to contend with me, and that is fine. I am fallible just like everyone else, but they don’t have the same zeal to contend for the Scriptures!!!

Where is the legitimate outrage that the FAITH is being compromised?

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3

He begins with the word “Beloved”– which is the Greek word agapetos. This is the same word that the Father used to speak of His Son Jesus, when our Lord was baptized. This is the ultimate word for affection.

But then he says to contend for the faith. So why do Christians see someone contending and think it is hate?

Jude said that we should earnestly contend for the faith.

Let us look at synonyms for these words “earnestly contend”–

We are to zealously fight, passionately battle, we are to grapple with all our strength. We are to confidently and fearlessly go head to head with those who would compromise or alter the truth of our faith.

Where is this in the church?

Why is our allegiance to our church leadership and not our actual LEADER?

Who died for you? Are you this carnal?

Your allegiance has to be above all else to your God. To His Word.

Why do we compromise his word for the sake of fallible humans?

Jude wrote “with all diligence” and his letter echoed much of what Peter wrote in 2 Peter.

What is this faith that we are contending for? It is the faith of our salvation. You guys this is the truth of the Gospel message that saves me and you and the prostitute and the druggie and the Korn fan and all of us. We all stand before the Lord fallen, and the CROSS of Jesus Christ is our only hope.

The faith that we are contending for says– “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

(Sidenote-I am not a legalist as many people have accused me. I do not think you need to keep the law for salvation. I do believe you are saved by faith, and that once saved you are a new creation, filled with the Holy Spirit, being sanctified and growing in holiness, not perfect, but abiding in His love and producing fruit of the Spirit. I do not add rules to the gospel. I just believe Christians should agree with Scripture that teaches us to pursue holiness by abiding in Christ and that grace is not a licence to practice willful unrepentant sinful lifestyles)

And yet you read the New Testament and we see so many people joining churches and claiming to be saved and adding to the Gospel or altering the truth–adding to it, and diminishing from it.

Did Paul hate false teachers? He called them dogs and wished they would circumcise themselves fully!!! I don’t think Paul was a hater, neither was Peter or Jude or James or John. They just LOVED Jesus more. They were faithful to the truth of God, and that was their primary loyalty.

The Judaizers, the Nicolaitans, the Gnostics–we have them all today. Still creeping into our churches, still altering the Gospel. Still trying to think for us (and if we don’t read our Bibles we will let them do all the thinking).

But you want me to put up with them?

So why am I an enemy to you when I say warn the church that Brian Welch is a false teacher? He is. Do you invite Benny Hinn into your churches? You might as well!!!! It is the same thing.

You put Brian Welch on KWVE May 21 and he starts saying things that are from the Kabbalah. You want to put up with that, it will become your judgment then! You let a false teacher that you have been WARNED about speak on your radio program and he says that the Shekinah glory of God is the female aspect of the Holy Spirit. This is straight Kabbalah teaching, Jewish Mysticism. It is totally unbiblical, and yet Ryan Ries let it go, unchallenged. KWVE let Brian Welch basically teach everyone listening that they Holy Spirit is feminine. Which directly contradicts Scripture and Hebrew grammar, where our Bibles tell us unquestioningly that the Holy Spirit is MALE.

How could you say that I am making a big deal out of nothing? He is altering the nature of the Trinity!!! On Calvary Chapel Radio.

I sat there with my family and a friend and was so disappointed!

And no one corrected him. I think that is even worse.

When you have someone come teach people and they say something stupid, you may not have known they would say that–so it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t get up afterwards and correct it, then you are guilty.

Contend!!!

We need to fight. I am not fighting Calvary Chapel or Brian or The Whosoevers, they belong to the Lord. I am fighting the lies and the falsehood, that will spread like leaven. My ultimate prayer is that the Lord would help these people do the right thing according to His Word. I pray they would get rid of the leaven! I would rejoice if they did.

I am contending for the truth of the Bible. God’s grace blows me away. I am not perfect. But when I fall short of the Word of God I don’t just excuse it as “no big deal.” I don’t point to all the other good things I have done. I don’t need my friends to attack the person who points out my flaw. What I need to do when I fall short of the Word of God, is to ask God to forgive me and help me fix it, and then go try and make things right. It is humbling. But it is a good witness.

I don’t expect the church to be perfect!!!! It never will be, no matter how sincere it is!!! ❤ and I will love it anyways.

I just want it to take responsibility.  When it falls short of the standards of Scripture, I want it to admit it and take steps to make things right. That is all we can do as humans. It is a good witness.

Paul contended with Peter publicly, when he was being a hypocrite. It is okay to disagree, it is okay to call people out. We can survive that. Some won’t survive without it.

But when we shift our loyalties to defending imperfect people (that we love), instead of standing for Scriptural truth, we are building a house on sinking sand. If you love them, and you see that they are promoting false teachers, or false teaching–the most loving thing you could do is share the truth with them and pray that they make the right choice.

Otherwise, things will get worse– Jude says that these false teachers will turn the grace of God into lasciviousness. “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” v.4

But the grace of God doesn’t make us lascivious (unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence)– The grace of God teaches us to deny our lusts!!!

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14

Jesus gave Himself for us (Galatians 1:4). He gave everything. He gave Himself entirely. To redeem us from our sins and to deliver us from this present evil age. The present is now. He is saving us now. No one else will give everything for you!!! And the whole book of Galatians teaches the purity of the Gospel, but it also shows a man who is so angry at people turning away to a different teaching–because they found people that seemed pretty religious, but they were adding to the truth. They were changing the truth. People thought they could do it themselves, get to God their own way, through efforts of the flesh. It was a lie.

Contend for the faith. But you need to know what you are fighting for. Get in the word. Study these epistles. Know your history. Know your Word. Know your Lord. Know that you owe your primary allegiance to Him alone.

Paul says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

We must choose who we are going to stand up for- fallible man (all of us) or the infallible Word of God.

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Calvary Chapel “Tokin The Ghost”–A video by Kevin Walding

I was on YouTube today, actually looking for a bible study to watch while I eat my lunch and this video below was on in my recommended video section. YouTube must know me.

It was published in May of this year, so I am a little late to seeing it. But I wanted to share it, because Kevin Walding, the guy who made it did a fabulous job of compiling so much troubling information.

It is also shorter than some of the other great videos out there, in case you wanted to share it with your family and friends. I also enjoy how he exposes the lies that Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa said on their radio program. I wrote about all that a few years back, but most people don’t like reading long blogs (even though I like writing them). LOL.

I am so thankful that other people are out there, voices crying out in the wilderness. May God continue to raise up voices. May our voices be heard. May the sheep wake up and cry out with us!!! May things change.

Oh Lord Jesus, come down with cord of whips and clean out your temples!!!

God Bless

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You Can’t Improve on Perfection

I feel like I need to write this, as a clarification. I choose to write a lot with a heart to call the church to purity and righteous living. I wonder sometimes if this comes off as self-righteous or legalistic.

If so, then I need to write this.

Self-righteousness and legalism are falling from the faith of the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is thinking that we can “earn” God’s love or favor.

It is a lie.

It is impossible.

We can’t improve on perfection.

When Christ our LORD died on the cross it was finished–our salvation was complete.

We can’t add to it.

We can’t earn it.

We can’t work for it.

We don’t deserve it.

We can just believe it, and receive it.

HE DID IT ALL.

There is nothing I can add to my salvation.

Just like Abraham, we believe and it is counted to us for righteousness.

Because our good works are simply filthy rags.

It is our faith that pleases the Lord.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him.

But our faith, is worked out in our lives.

Abraham’s faith affected his actions.

He choose to draw a knife above his son’s head–because our beliefs affect our actions.

He knew God would honor the promise and that Isaac was the chosen son.

He knew God could even raise him from the dead.

If Abraham didn’t believe God’s promise, he would have protected the life of his child.

I want my faith to be worked out radically in my life.

Not to earn my salvation, because I can’t, but to prove that I am indeed saved.

That I have actual FAITH.

I want to boldly believe the Word of God.

I want to agree with it.

I want to order my life and my actions according to it.

I see people all around saying that asking people to repent of sin is LEGALISM.

But why does the Bible call us to repent?

Even if we just believe that we need to repent, acknowledge that we are helpless apart from God, and call out in desperation for His Spirit to help us.

Jesus saves us from hell, but He also delivers us from our sins (presently).

Yes, it is a process!

But a REAL Christian, wants to begin that process.

A real Christian is grieved by sin.

A real Christian is convicted by the Spirit.

This isn’t legalism.

If you call yourself a Christian, then you should be praying for the Lord to transform you.

The word says He makes us a NEW creation.

We are, by His Spirit, born again.

We still have a sin nature,

but do we hate it?

Do we pray for help?

Or do we put on spiritual sweatpants and kick back with cheeseballs and another episode of Orange is the New Black?

In prison–to our past, to our lust, to our old natures?

Are you comfortable in your sin?

Are you resigned to your cell?

Has Christ handed you a pardon,

And you refuse to leave the jail?

Let us realize that sin is not a gift.

Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? NO! Certainly not.

We cannot improve upon the cross.

We can’t improve upon perfection.

But we can prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect WILL OF God.

What is His will for us? That we be transformed!!!!

This isn’t legalism!!!

It is deliverance!!!

And guess what? We can’t even take credit for it!!!

He gets all the Glory!!!

He redeems and He delivers.

But we must desire it.

He won’t deliver us against our will.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

This isn’t legalism!!!!

This is our REASONABLE SERVICE.

 

God bless ❤

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The Roots of the Cross

“Come, let us return to the Lord;

For He has torn, but he will heal us;

He has stricken, but He will bind us up . . .”

Hosea 6:1

We are so fallen

We are so desperate

Standing next to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Enjoying the shade

Enjoying the sound of the wind through it’s leaves

Looking at the fruit

Deciding for ourselves

 

Fallen

Why do I do that which I do not want to do

Why don’t I do the things I want to do

Why do we stand in the shade of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Why do we stand there and stare.

Waiting for the fruit to drop

Fallen

 

Fallen and bruised

So we wait in the shade

naked

ashamed

for the Heel to crush the snake.

He came. HE CAME.

“On the third day he will raise us up,

that we may live in His sight.”

Let us offer the sacrifice or our lips

Because we didn’t seek Him, and yet He seeks us.

 

He stretches out His arms all day long,

to a stubborn people.

And then He stretched out His arms, one day.

While we were yet His enemies.

Bleeding for the ungodly.

“I will heal their backsliding,

I will love them freely,

For My anger has turned away from him.”

 

Our Savior, saving us each day.

Delivered and being delivered.

The shadow of the cross falls over me.

I lie on my face under the weight of its shadow.

My dust, to dust

His glory, to glory

He says, “I am like a green cypress tree;

Your fruit is found in Me.”

 

The Cross had roots

The Cross had shade.

The Cross had fruit.

The Cross budded new life.

 

 

 

 

 

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