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"UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES 2009" Conference Album (DVDs or CDs)
(Presented by Jan Markell and Olive Tree Ministries)
Includes all seven messages by Eric Barger, Gary Kah, Dr. Ron Rhodes and host, Jan Markell
2009 "Christ in Prophecy" TV series "DEFENDING THE FAITH"
This DVD includes all four programs in the series with Dr. David Reagan, Nathan Jones and Eric Barger
The MOST Dangerous Cult
This DVD explains theological Liberalism, how this insideous philosophy rose to power, how it has destroyed the once-great mainline denominations and above all, what the Scripture proclaims about it. One of our most important and popular teachings which clearly exposes the most dangerous of the cults which operates right inside the Church.
The Errors of the Emergent Church
In this seminar DVD, Eric defines Emergent thinking and terms, concisely exposing the leaders and errors of the Emergent Church.
Since sending "Divorced FROM Church?"
to our email subscribers on January 17, we have received a steady stream of comments and response. Rarely has an email update or newsletter struck such a chord. Many of you who read my thoughts in "Divorced FROM Church?"
have experienced the pain of watching your local church and even your denomination implode theologically. (If you have not read "Divorced FROM Church?"
I encourage you to do so. Click Here
.) In the early days of my walk with God, Melanie and I experienced this and, even though I was certainly a babe when it came to understanding doctrine and theology, I vividly remember what it feels like to be ostracized by others who had drunk the kool-aid of spiritual liberalism and who were trying their best to give me a sip.
For a season we stood, prayed and dialogued with many in that first church we were a part of. I can't say how much progress we made there but I cared enough for the people that I wasn't going to give up and just go away, as I'm certain some there would have liked. I had blindly gone into Christianity thinking that, if a church, book store, radio station or individual claimed
to be Christian, then they actually were
Christian. In the message "The MOST Dangerous Cult"
I tell how we were called by God and how at the same time I came face to face with the realization that not everything that says "Christian" is deserving of that title.
I was certainly "wild fire" in those days but I knew the Jesus who had miraculously delivered me from years of drug abuse and, though I had yet to read the entire Bible through, God was as real as anything I knew in the natural realm. Regardless of how green I may have been in the faith, I was His and He was mine and nobody - especially those who were claiming beliefs against
the Cross, the resurrection and this wonderful salvation - was going to separate us. (Read my testimony "How I Came 'From Rock to Rock'
I have said all of this to say that I truly understand how each of those whose letters appear below have felt. Space limitations here will not allow me to reproduce all of the correspondence we have received on this but allow me to share just a few at random. Some of you reading this will surely appreciate the fact that you've been shielded from having to experience what some others have experienced because of devilish doctrines being promoted and accepted all around us. As you read the letters below, I encourage you to consider just how you would handle the situation if you and your family and friends were to encounter the false teaching and false teachers about which the New Testament constantly warns us. They are indeed going to be more pervasive throughout the professing Church as the end-times proceed.
One note first...
Parishioners aren't the only ones feeling alone. Just imagine yourself a God-fearing, biblically-minded pastor who is watching as his once-solid denomination theologically goes down in flames. Countless leaders are feeling relentless pressure to acquiesce to the likes of Emergent, "seeker" and Purpose Driven philosophies as their congregations and other local church leaders are drawn like moths to an open flame to these unsound and unbiblical ideas.
Even the best are affected adversely. After all, when denominational leadership, peers and even the Bible college or seminary you've attended seem intent on forwarding the theology and philosophy of Emergents like Brian McLaren
, it is bound to be disconcerting at very least. Some react almost subconsciously by slowly moving away from staunch biblical standards. Others resign their positions rather than be associated with the "new" Christianity. And still others are forced out of their churches by those demanding a shift from the authentic to what is nothing less than fraudulent religion.
Believers in the know must support godly pastors and staff, realizing that though they (and we) are not perfect, their job in proclaiming the unadulterated truth is getting harder and harder as the end-time deception deepens.
Two passages come to mind as I close.
2 Timothy 4:1-4 exhorts leaders what they must do and prophetically assures us that the very syndrome I've discussed here was indeed bound to proliferate through the Church in the end-days. Though we are instructed to carefully execute the preaching and proclaiming of the truth, many will reject the truths of Christianity and install people into leadership to tell them what they want to hear ("fables" i.e. myths) - instead of what is accurate and legitimate.
Paul writes: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but aftertheir own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Secondly, for the many that have written or called us expressing how lonely their stand for truth has been, don't despair! As you can see from just these few letters, you are not
Elijah mistakenly thought he was the only prophet - perhaps the only Israelite - who had not forsaken God and His truths. However, God brought him reassurance that, instead, he was not
alone. I Kings 19:18 says: Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Indeed, Church, there are many in the Remnant who are refusing to bow to false religion and embrace its worthless gods! To them we say a resounding "AMEN!"
Grieving Over The Church
Thank you for posting the article on "Divorced From the Church" on my email. However, I am still crying over it. It does make me not feel all alone but I am so grieved by the deception in the churches. My daughter gave her information about "The Shack" to her pastor-led small group last week and received judgments from it before they even read the materials. These pastors were missionaries! They are not seeing through this stuff. It just breaks my heart. Thank you for your ministry. God is truly using it to open eyes. All I can rest on is that our God is Sovereign. Grieving over the church,
- L.S. (Internet)
Alarmed at The Church
I found your site through my Olive Tree Ministries
newsletter. I am so thankful for every ministry who still takes a stand for the Word of God in this upside down world we have found ourselves in.
I have been very, very alarmed at the church I belong to as I have watch the pastor bring in "The Purpose Driven Life", and "The Shack". My husband and I have become so alarmed and put off by the "seeker sensitive" garbage we are witnessing in our church that we now watch a trusted and true preacher of NOTHING BUT the Gospel on TV on Sundays.
We don't want to "forsake the assembling of ourselves together," but it has become increasingly difficult to find a pastor who sticks to the Blood of Jesus as THE ONLY way, and feeds the sheep so we can grow in "grace and in the knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ."
We are truly living in the perilous times the Bible talks about. Thank the Lord God for the Internet, and thank you for being true to His Calling upon your life.
- K.M. (Florida)
Calling Out Apostasy
Thank you Eric for what you are doing. We have just left our church for the same reasons. Calling out apostasy is a very important thing to be doing in this time. Knowing that so many others are dealing with the same thing makes it a little easier!
- C.L. (California)
Wandered From Church to Church
This was such a great email and I do want to thank you so much. I have forwarded it to many on my email list...whether they will like it or not...I pray that God will open their eyes. One of my relatives is a Nazarene Pastor....I hope I hear back from him....We desperately need this discernment today....We have wandered from church to church for the past five years since moving to this retirement community and have seen such changes it's astounding. We are now 'trying' a PCA church....
- J.K. (Pennsylvania)
Not In Vain
Keep up the good work, Eric. It is not in vain. As for the church, we just don't go any more. I've only been saved for 17 years and I see the same old thing being repackaged and given out to the congregation. All the Rick Warren stuff and the rest has taken over almost all of the churches in my area. We did find a small Pentecostal church that does not entertain and the pastor preaches the Word only so we go there but we will not join or become involved. I always thought that our whole family would be part of a church. Our daughter and her husband feel the same way. They do not want their children learning what is being taught in the churches. They teach them at home instead. Bless you for being a watchman. I remain undone and ruined by who He is.
- L.B. (Pennsylvania)
We Weren't Alone!
When we received your email tonight, telling of other believers that have been cast off or had to leave their church, it shocked me! We weren't alone! We have gone to 15 churches in our area, and have been grieved by what we found. It started around 2007.We had a good country church that taught sound doctrine, but the new pastor changed over night. He cast out mature Christians and installed unknown people in the church board. They acted like tyrants! So, we left. Each day, I cry out to the Lord for a church family, but can find no sound doctrine. Relatives say we are being too picky, but I know what the Lord has shown me. I believe He has given me the gift of discernment. I feel absolutely crushed. But I will not deny my Lord just to fulfill the exhortation by the writer of Hebrews 10:25. When two or more are gather in the Lord's name, He promises He is there. We thought about starting a home church, but nobody seems to care. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
- P.M. (Washington)
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