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THE SUBMERGING CHURCH
A closer look at the Emergent Church, its leaders, their teachings and where it is all headed in light of bible prophecy. Learn More >>
By Chad Davidson
My first encounter with the E. L. James’ best seller, Fifty Shades of Grey, came on a flight home from my honeymoon with my wife. There was a middle-aged woman sitting beside us on the plane and my wife struck up a conversation with her. She was an elementary school teacher and a professing Christian who had been on an all-ladies trip with some of the other teachers from her school. At one point my wife noticed a book that she had been reading and asked her what it was. With her face as red as could be, she told us that it was probably not a good book to be reading, but she just couldn’t put it down. I had never heard of the book and neither had my wife, so we didn’t really understand what she was talking about. But we knew that there was obviously something wrong with it, as we saw her conviction setting in.
To get an idea of what the book is, without having to read the raunchy tale, look no further than the secular critics of the book. As Dave Barry of Time magazine writes, “So what kind of book is Fifty Shades of Grey? I would describe it, literary genre–wise, as ‘a porno book’.” It has even been given the title of “Mommy Porn” by some of its critics. But it doesn’t stop there.
Year after year it appears that the Grammy’s and other music awards shows are becoming more and more of a love fest for Satan. Watch Joe Schimmel’s review of what has been happening.
Katy Perry has drawn in millions of unsuspecting, young fans into her web with her seemingly fun loving, innocent, bubble gum persona. But as with so many other leading artists in the satanically dominated music industry, there is far more to Katy Perry than meets the eye, as under her bright persona lies great darkness.
“I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell, or an old man sitting on a throne. I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable…I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian…” –Katy Perry, Marie Claire Magazine
The uncut Vimeo version can also be seen on our official Good Fight Vimeo channel:
By Joe Schimmel
If you are planning on going to see Ridley Scott’s new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings in the hopes that it will at least be somewhat faithful to the biblical account of the Exodus, you might not want to waste your hard earned money, because it is definitely nothing like Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston.
Even though the original Ten Commandments movie used some artistic license, it did not go out of its way to reflect an atheistic directors own feelings about the Exodus in ascribing certain miracles to natural disasters, as Ridley Scott has done in Exodus: Gods and Kings!
A newly released survey by Christian News Service found in a group of 1200 respondents that “80 percent of the Christian community and 74 percent of non-Christians plan to see the upcoming ‘Exodus’ movie if it remains true to biblical accounts. However, 69 percent of Christians and 68 percent of non-Christians reported it would be ‘totally unlikely’ for them to see the film if it was not Biblically accurate.”
By Joe Schimmel
[Editor’s Note: Each year we receive many questions concerning Halloween. The following article helps to answer these questions, which is why we like to re-post this thorough examination of Halloween each year. We pray it helps in your discernment about this “holiday.”]
When we became followers of Jesus Christ there were many practices we put behind us; lying, immorality, drunkenness, brawling, etc. We accepted the clear teaching of Holy Scripture that a believer should not make such habits a practice in his life. Many, however, feel that the bible is not so clear in condemning the believer’s participation in the celebration of Halloween. They would say that it is a “gray area” where each man must be convinced in his own mind. Is this true? Let us examine, from a biblical and historical perspective, what the bible has to say about the revelry of October 31st.
By Joe Schimmel
I would like to give you 10 reasons not to waste your money on the new Left Behind movie starring Nicholas Cage, which is a reboot of the first Left Behind movie which starred Kirk Cameron. I personally had serious problems with the movie from a theological, evangelical, eschatological and soteriological standpoint.
1. The movie was cheap. Now when I say “cheap,” I’m not talking about the fact that it was filled with cheesy special effects, poor production value, slow pacing, bad acting and that it quite honestly fell flat. I’m not even talking about the fact that it was given horrible reviews, including only a 3 out of 10 rating by Rotten Tomatoes. It was really cheap because the movie exploited a midget by playing into nearly every stereotype imaginable in developing his character. He is depicted as the running joke throughout the movie, not only because he is too short to place his luggage over his head in the airplane, but because he is defensive about his height throughout, and at the end of the movie he is literally punted down the airplane’s slide because he fears going down it like the “big” people. It is sad to see that a so-called “Christian” movie is so willing to exploit stereotypes far beyond what most secular movies even dare to do!
By Joe Schimmel
“…we spent Sunday morning with our religion followed by a service at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston. I spoke with Joel and Victoria before and after the service. They are always so kind and gentle. While again, we might disagree on “religion”, just as I might have with the Archbishop, we are in total agreement on faith.” –Glenn Beck, “Are we a nation divided?” August 18, 2014, glennbeck.com
If a Mormon can come to your church and interact with your pastor, and come out believing that they both share the same faith, you might need to find yourself a new church.
By Chad Davidson
A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident whose book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” has become a modern classic. He was hanged on April 9, 1945 for his part in the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was engaged to a woman at the time of his execution, observing that he had lived a full life even though he would die a virgin.
But in the biography, “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” released in 2014 from University of Virginia religious studies professor Charles Marsh, it implies that Bonhoeffer may have had a same-sex attraction to his student, friend and later biographer Eberhard Bethge. While reviewers of the book have said that Marsh seems to try a little too hard to slant the evidence, it should be of no surprise that liberals are swooning over his book.
Not only did The Washington Post and The Huffington Post report on the book, but of course liberal, pro-choice, vehement heretic, Frank Schaeffer, also jumped all over this with an article titled, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Was Flamingly Gay — Deal With It.” While Schaeffer says that this book “unequivocally confirms” that Bonhoeffer was gay, could it also be likely that the liberal theologian is actually harboring a homosexual propagandist technique?
By Joe Schimmel
On Friday, May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger, a disgruntled 22-year-old filled with pent up rage over being spurned by beautiful girls, exploded in rage, leaving seven dead and several others wounded. The massacre took place in Santa Barbara California; which is truly one of the most beautiful places in the United States where mountains slope down into the ocean.
The young gunman targeted the Isla Vista area of Santa Barbara, which is known for rampant drug and alcohol use, as well as a popular pick up area for many of the college students in the area. Just last month, police in Isla Vista made 130 arrests during spring break, as they squared off with violent youth who were throwing bottles and overturning vehicles.
Elliot Rodger was the son of the assistant director for The Hunger Games movies. I find this tragically ironic, as The Hunger Games are largely the glorification of young people killing each other at an annually televised death match, orchestrated by a fascist, totalitarian regime.
Elliot Rodger and PUAHate
Rodger was motivated by a deep hatred for both men and women, owing to his frustration with his inability to attract women with whom he desperately want to have sex. He was a member of an “Anti-Pickup-Artist” forum at PUAHate.com, where members often share their resentment for women who have rejected them and against dating experts who they feel have failed or deceived them. Rodger also sounds like an MRA (Men’s Rights Activists) member when he uses terms like “inferior man,” etc.
NBA OWNER BANNED FOR LIFE
The childhood idiom “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” could not be further from the truth. While it may be used to attempt to comfort those being bullied, it merely puts a band-aid on a bullet wound. The Bible actually warns us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).
As far as Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling goes, his tongue has bought him a lifetime ban from the team he bought in 1981. While we will not use this as a piece to debate whether the NBA did the proper thing concerning how they handled a recorded, private conversation, we will point out that the words that were recorded showed the condition of this man’s heart. As we are told by Jesus Himself, “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45).
Not only was Sterling recorded speaking in an arrogant and racist fashion in a conversation with his girlfriend, often seen with him at basketball games, but it also showed forth his marital infidelity. That’s right! It was not Mr. Sterling’s wife, Rochelle Stein (whom he has been married to since 1955) who recorded the now infamous conversation. It was the man’s mistress who ended up exposing the conversation that led to his demise. (…your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23)
While Mr. Sterling’s lifetime ban may keep him from basketball games, this is not the final judgment this man will have concerning his tongue. “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). Mr. Sterling, as well as all of us, will give an account for every idle word that is spoken. Let us make sure that we bring forth life to those we speak to, speaking words of truth, loving our neighbor as ourself, and remembering that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).Older Posts »