Monday, January 26, 2015

Reflections on Newsboys' George Perdikis and the Apostasy of Christian Believers

Reflections on Newsboys' George Perdikis and the Apostasy of Christian Believers

Reflections on Newsboys' George Perdikis and the Apostasy of Christian Believers

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The news that George Perdikis, co-founder of The Newsboys, has renounced the Lord and proclaimed himself an atheist brought shock and pain to believers who have been blessed by their music for years. But now, rather than attacking him as if he somehow sinned against us, we should be praying for his restoration and asking why it is that so many are falling away.
Of course, the good news is that worldwide Jesus continues to build His church and the gates of hell are not prevailing against it, and there are far more coming to faith than falling away from the faith.
But in America and Europe, the large number of those turning away from the Lord or simply declaring themselves "nones" (having no religious affiliation) is a matter of real concern.
Why, then, are so many backsliding?
1) Many were not truly saved in the first place.
One pastor once said, "The reason some people backslide is because they never frontslid." How true!
This is especially relevant in contemporary Christian music (CCM), where it is an open secret that many gifted performers are just that: gifted performers, no more, no less.
I always give the benefit of the doubt and believe the best about people whom I don't know personally, and so, if a person claims to know the Lord, I'll take them at their word unless there is proof to the contrary. In the same way, if a band claims to be Christian, I'll assume they are.
At the same time, I'm aware of claims that only 1 in 10 "Christian" bands is really Christian, while others within the industry have told me that they witnessed lots of drug use, drinking, and immorality among the "Christian" performers.
In fact, one former CCM executive told me that he saw just as much drug abuse and immorality in "Christian" music circles as he did in secular music circles, the exception being that in the "Christian" circles, the performers tried to hide it more.
I hope this is not true today, but for obvious reasons, we should have serious concerns.
2) Many have shallow roots.
In the parable of the sower (found in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8), Jesus spoke about the seeds that "fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away" (Matt 13:5-6).
He then explained the meaning to His disciples: "As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away" (Matt 13:20-21).
There are many shallow-root believers in the Body today, having come to faith through a superficial, what's-in-it-for-me kind of message, having no depth to their faith and commitment and no depth in their personal relationship with God.
Yet in today's spiritual climate in America, they might go on for a while without ever encountering "tribulation or persecution" because of the Word. In other words, things are so compromised in so many parts of the Church of America that a compromised believer with shallow roots might fit in just fine with both the world and the Church.
In contrast, a serious believer will quickly encounter opposition from the world, and sometimes from the professing Church as well. Those with deep roots will endure and thrive. Those with shallow roots will not.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen

Epic Snowstorm affecting 50 Million Follows White House Spout with Netanyahu

Epic Snowstorm affecting 50 Million Follows White House Spout with Netanyahu

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Epic Snowstorm affecting 50 Million Follows White House Spout with Netanyahu

GTY_winter_traffic_holland_tunnel_jt_150125_16x9_992 copyOnce again we see a heated feud between the Obama Administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue as The public spat between the two escalated further Friday evening, with US officials reportedly charging that it will be “hard to trust” Netanyahu again, following the fallout from the announcement Wednesday that the PM would address Congress in two months, a move he failed to coordinate with the White House. “It will be difficult to trust Netanyahu in the future,” unnamed senior US officials told Channel 2. Now within the days of this statement the National Weather Service is warning of a Major Nor’easter that will Disrupt Travel for nearly 50 Million,  Bringing Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions and could break records!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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John Cantlie Narrates Latest ISIS Propaganda Video From Mosul

John Cantlie Narrates Latest ISIS Propaganda Video From Mosul

John Cantlie Narrates Latest ISIS Propaganda Video From Mosul

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The Islamic State has released its eighth propaganda video featuring British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held hostage by the extremist group since 2012.
In this installment, released on Friday, the 43-year-old Cantlie "reports" from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under ISIS control since June. Contrary to what the western media has reported, Cantlie says in the video, Mosul is a stable place with plenty of electricity, very little crime, and a robust health care system.
Cantlie tours a seemingly bustling market to illustrate the normalcy of life in the city. He then visits children at a hospital who have purportedly been traumatized by falling bombs, and discusses the police force's efficiency compared to when the Iraqi government held control. He reads from what appear be printed-out articles, contradicting specific claims in western accounts about ISIS's ineffectiveness at governing. "Life here in Mosul is business as usual," he says near the beginning of the video. "This is not a city living in fear, as the western media would have you believe," he continues as he strolls through the market, demonstrating the working electricity.
At one point, he stands outside, shouting at an airplane flying overheard: "Down here! over here! Drop a bomb! Try to rescue me again! Do something! Useless! Absolutely useless!"
Recent reports have painted a dire picture of life in Mosul, from water contaminationto the spread of hepatitis.
In previous videos, Cantlie had sometimes appeared gaunt, and often wore an orange jumpsuit -- an apparent reference to Guantanamo Bay prisoners -- as he criticized Western governments and warned of his own execution. But in this clip, Cantlie is wearing civilian clothes and looks healthy. With slick graphics and cuts, the video is produced in the sophisticated style that has become a calling card of ISIS.
Cantlie was kidnapped more than two years ago in Syria along with American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded in August.