Rick Warren Continues to Promote His PDL Using His Son's Death on Face

Rick Warren Continues to Promote His PDL Using His Son’s Death on Faceboook

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren

11 hours ago

I’ve wept as so many people have written that they began reading Purpose Driven Life for the first time when my son died. Many have told me they have come to know Jesus. Even in death Matthew witnesses.

End quote.

This is horrific. PDL couldn’t even help his own son, and on top of that to use the suicide of his son to promote his atrocious book is even worse.

This is why I had spoken both here (http://surphside.blogspot.com/2013/04/exploitation-by-rick-warren.html ) and earlier on Facebook about the powerless, empty, and deceitfulness of Warren’s PDL and psychologyneither of these could help his son because what is the sole power unto salvation and the abundant life is the Gospel of the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:17). The wisdom of the world, which Warren promotes brings ONLY death–both spiritually, and sometimes as in is son’s case, physically because they cannot deal with the real issue of any heart: sin against the thrice holy God.

Here is the report I mentioned last month about Warren exploiting his son’s death for the promotion of himself:

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/rick-warren-exploits-son%E2%80%99s-death-attack-critics I believed even prior to this report, that Warren would in fact do this, and have been proven right again. It is deceptive and wicked to use the death of a loved one to promote Self and worldliness–two things that are enemies of Christ. Self demands worship and that is why we need the Gospel of Christ and HIS salvation from sin and self. The death of a hopeless, helpless man who was lost cannot witness to anything that is Living and True–only that can come by way of the Lord Jesus Christ and Scripture (see Col. 2-3).


Palestinian TV presents a baby eating Zionist lizard as the enemy of t

Palestinian TV presents a baby eating Zionist lizard as the enemy of the Palestinian people

May 30, 2013

The official television outlet for the PA in Ramallah, Israel has broadcasted a painting which shows a lizard man impaling Palestinian children on his bayonet and eating them one by one as he is depicted as a Jewish lizard wearing a kippah with the star of David.

The painting also reveals dead children piled up to be eaten and two baby lizard men also shown eating Palestinian children, a scene that the Palestinian artist claims is dealing with the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The PA, supposed peace partners with Israel, says that the painting is about the Gaza massacre and the Zionist enemies’ cruelty and savagery.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

Palestinian television depicting a baby eating, Zionist lizard impaling Palestinian children on a bayonet is not only inciting hatred against the Jews, but also setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

On a recent Palestinian television program, the host of the program interviewed a Palestinian artist whose painting depicts a lizard man impaling Palestinian children on a bayonet and then eating these children one by one. The artist explained that his work was to make known to the wold the cruelty and savagery of the Jewish state of Israel against the Palestinians in what he referred to as the Gaza massacre.

Palestinian Media Watch who monitors the Palestinian media, said this was an effort to demonize the Jews through the arts and the Palestinian media. Several of the ancient Jewish prophets spoke of the end of times conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians. Malachi, in reference to the Edomites, the Palestinian people of today, these descendants of Esau would come to power in the last days and rebuild their base even with borders, borders that the Lord said are borders of wickedness, Malachi 1:4. Obadiah foretold of the arrogance of the Palestinians as they would be intoxicated with power over the Jewish people today, Obadiah 15-18. This passage in Obadiah also reveals the demise of the Palestinian people at the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

This despicable painting of a baby-eating, Zionist lizard is indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.




by Jim Fletcher

May 30, 2013

Southern Baptist operative Ed Stetzer is a leader.

We know this because he tells us so.

In a USA Today piece from April 26, Stetzer, president of research at LifeWay, advances his agenda of mainstreaming Islam within the evangelical world. It is an agenda item that his friends like Rick Warren and Bob Roberts Jr. have been engaged with for some time.

When self-identified leaders within evangelicalism are afforded spots on the biggest platforms, it appears they are speaking for the rest of us.

Which is ironic, because that’s what Stetzer’s USA Today PR piece for Islam seems to warn against: understanding others through the lens of what a few say.

Ed Stetzer doesn’t speak for me, and many, many other Christians. In fact, I want to be clear about my view of his view of Islam: he’s wrong.

(By the way, as an interesting aside, readers should know that Brian McLaren links to Stetzer’s column on his own blog, thus giving McLaren legitimacy also in SBC circles—warmly, as McLaren himself might put it. Note to Stetzer: if [COLOR=Green]Brian McLaren endorses you, it might be time to re-think those positions that garnered the endorsement[/COLOR].)

In his attempt to appear as a tolerant, reasonable person, Stetzer makes the following point at USA Today:

“For many Americans, their knowledge of Muslims is what they see on television news rather than what they know from experience. Yet, forming your view of any group based solely on what you see on the[COLOR=Green] news is a bad idea.”[/COLOR]

I disagree. “Many Americans,” as is painfully obvious, have accumulated their knowledge of Muslims from violent acts committed by Muslims since at least 9/11 (Steve Emerson has been reporting on the jihadist agenda much longer than that—www.investigativeproject.org).

In fact, we “know from experience” that Islam sanctions murder and mayhem in order to establish a new caliphate.

Stetzer wishes to convince his readers that only a tiny, almost infinitesimal group of Muslims are committed to jihad. I would point out that people who study this full-time, such as Frank Gaffney and Steve Emerson, would say that no one really knows how many Muslims are committed to jihad, but a leading indicator that the rest of us are in deep trouble is borne out by the fact that almost all Muslims are silent on the issue.

If most of them weren’t extreme in their views, wouldn’t we hear that on a large scale?

And why are evangelical leaders falling all over themselves to mainstream Islam?

I frankly think Ed Stetzer doesn’t know what he’s talking about. As Daniel Pipes put it recently in a column with the Middle East Forum:

“The establishment denies that Islamism—a form of Islam that seeks to make Muslims dominant through an extreme, totalistic, and rigid application of Islamic law, the Shari’a—represents the leading global cause of terrorism when it so clearly does.”

Here Pipes is discussing the wider establishment, specifically our nation’s leaders, but the point exactly fits certain current strains within American Christianity. In the case of the evangelical establishment, it is clear that a whitewashing of violent Islam—jihad—is the order of the day.

Make no mistake, we are all reluctant volunteers in the War on Terror, which, to be precise, is the War on Islamic Terror. Sadly, perhaps tragically, there are those among evangelical leadership who seem to be lost in the fog of this war.

Just after 9/11, I read an essay by a Middle East expert on Islam. The writer said that due to perceived Western weakness manifesting itself just after the turn of the century, Islam was now “standing up.”

That is a chilling mental picture.

It also forces one to wonder why key evangelical “leaders” are taking that lying down.


May 31, 2013 Bible Reading

May 31

Reading for Today:

1 Kings 9:1–10:29

Psalm 69:1-4

Proverbs 17:18-19

John 11:30-57


1 Kings 9:3- consecrated. The Lord made the temple holy by being present in the cloud (8:10). As proof of the temple’s consecration, the Lord told Solomon that He had put His name there (3:2). forever. God was not saying He will dwell in that building forever, since in less than 400 years it was destroyed by the Babylonians (vv. 7–9). He was saying that Jerusalem and the temple mount are to be His earthly throne as long as the earth remains, through the millennial kingdom (Is. 2:1–4; Zech. 14:16). Even during the new heaven and new earth, the eternal state, there will be the heavenly Jerusalem, where God will eternally dwell (Rev. 21:1, 2). eyes…heart. These symbolized, respectively, the Lord’s constant attention toward and deep affection for Israel. By implication, He promised them access to His presence and answers to their prayers.

1 Kings 10:1- Sheba. Sheba was located in southwestern Arabia, about 1,200 miles from Jerusalem. concerning the name of the LORD. The primary motive for the queen’s visit was to verify Solomon’s reputation for wisdom and devotion to the Lord. hard questions. Riddles designed to stump the hearer (Judg. 14:12).

1 Kings 10:25- silver and gold…horses. The wisdom God had given to Solomon (v.24) caused many rulers, like the queen of Sheba (vv. 1–13), to bring presents to Solomon as they sought to buy his wisdom to be applied in their own nations. These gifts led Solomon to multiply for himself horses, as well as silver and gold, precisely that which God’s king was warned against in Deuteronomy 17:16, 17. Solomon became ensnared by the blessings of his own wisdom and disobeyed God’s commands.

John 11:50- one man should die for the people. He only meant that Jesus should be executed in order to spare their own positions and nation from Roman reprisals, but Caiaphas unwittingly used sacrificial, substitutionary language and prophesied the death of Christ for sinners.

John 11:51- he prophesied. Caiaphas did not realize the implications of what he spoke. While he uttered blasphemy against Christ, God parodied his statement into truth (Ps. 76:10). The responsibility for the wicked meaning of his words belonged to Caiaphas, but God’s providence directed the choice of words so as to express the heart of God’s glorious plan of salvation (Acts 4:27,28). He actually was used by God as a prophet because he was the high priest and originally the high priest was the means of God’s will being revealed (2 Sam. 15:27).

DAY 31: What so troubled Christ at the death of His friend Lazarus?

Jesus was met by Mary, who fell brokenhearted at His feet and “the Jews who came with her weeping” (John 11:33). According to Jewish oral tradition, the funeral custom indicated that even a poor family must hire at least two flute players and a professional wailing woman to mourn the dead. Because the family may have been well-to-do, a rather large group appears present.

“He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” The phrase here does not mean merely that Jesus was deeply touched or moved with sympathy at the sight. The Greek term “groaned” always suggests anger, outrage, or emotional indignation (v. 38; Matt. 9:30; Mark 1:43; 14:5). Most likely Jesus was angered at the emotional grief of the people because it implicitly revealed unbelief in the resurrection and the temporary nature of death. The group was acting like pagans who had no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). While grief is understandable, the group was acting in despair, thus indicating a tacit denial of the resurrection and the Scripture that promised it. Jesus may also have been angered because He was indignant at the pain and sorrow in death that sin brought into the human condition.

“Jesus wept” (v. 35).The Greek word here has the connotation of silently bursting into tears in contrast to the loud lament of the group. His tears here were not generated out of mourning, since He was to raise Lazarus, but out of grief for a fallen world entangled in sin-caused sorrow and death. He was “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (3:16; Is. 53:3).

Jesus’ prayer in vv. 41,42 was not really a petition, but thanksgiving to the Father. The reason for the miracle was to authenticate His claims to be the Messiah and Son of God.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, www.thomasnelson.com.


Making Worthless Things Valuable

Making Worthless Things Valuable

[COLOR=Red]”The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him” (Matt. 10:2- 4).

Lesson: The story is told of a great concert violinist who wanted to prove a point, so he rented a music hall and announced that he would play a concert on a $20,000 violin. On concert night the music hall was filled to capacity with music lovers anxious to hear such an expensive instrument played. The violinist stepped onto the stage, gave an exquisite performance, and received a thunderous standing ovation. When the applause subsided, he suddenly threw the violin to the ground, stomped it to pieces, and walked off the stage. The audience gasped, then sat in stunned silence.

Within seconds the stage manager approached the microphone and said, [FONT=Comic Sans MS]”Ladies and gentlemen, to put you at ease, the violin that was just destroyed was a $20 violin. The master will now return to play the remainder of his concert on the $20,000 instrument.” At the conclusion of his concert he received another standing ovation. Few people could tell the difference between the two violins. His point was obvious: it isn’t the violin that makes the music; it’s the violinist.

The disciples were like $20 violins that Jesus transformed into priceless instruments for His glory. I trust you’ve been encouraged to see how God used them despite their weakness, and I pray you’ve been challenged by their strengths. You may not be dynamic like Peter or zealous like James and Simon, but you can be faithful like Andrew and courageous like Thaddaeus. Remember, God will take the raw material of your life and expose you to the experiences and teachings that will shape you into the servant He wants you to be.

Trust Him to complete what He has begun in you, and commit each day to the goal of becoming a more qualified and effective disciple.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Make a list of the character traits you most admire in the disciples. Ask the Lord to increase those traits in your own life.

For Further Study:

Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17, noting Paul’s perspective on his own calling.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.[/COLOR][/FONT]


Personal Evangelism 101: Offer God's Mercy

Personal Evangelism 101: Offer God’s Mercy

Thursday, May 30, 2013

by John MacArthur

Too many modern evangelistic methods offer the wrong thing. The point of the gospel is not to bring contentment, purpose, or a sense of completeness to your life. It’s not about unlocking God’s plan for your happiness or fulfillment. Those are often by-products of saving faith, but none of them is the primary focus of the gospel. Christ didn’t die for the sake of our emotional stability.

He died to rescue sinners from eternal separation from Him—to be our substitute and pay a debt we could not pay. The offer of the gospel is that atonement is available through the mercy and grace of God, and that He has made a way for us to enjoy eternity with Him.

That was the offer Christ made to the Samaritan woman at the well in the fourth chapter of John’s gospel. In verse 10 He exposed her spiritual need, encouraging her to ask Him for the “living water” only He could provide. Her incredulous response indicates she didn’t fully understand what He was saying.

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” (John 4:11-12)

There is a scornful sarcasm in her words. She’s mocking the idea that Jesus could get anything at all from the well without a bucket, or that what He could supply would be any better than what came from the well their ancestor Jacob had dug.

But Christ is not dissuaded by her scorn.

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

It’s here that the analogy of water comes to its point. Christ isn’t concerned with satisfying her temporary thirst. He’s got far greater things in mind. He’s talking about an endless supply of riches and blessing—eternal satisfaction that she can’t imagine. It’s a permanent, consistent, everlasting blessing, and all she needs to do is ask.

It’s that offer of unearned grace and unbelievable mercy that is unique to the gospel. Every other religion prescribes a method for earning forgiveness and favor. But salvation is not our achievement and the gospel is not a do-it-yourself plan. Good behavior, ceremonies, and rituals cannot buy a right relationship with God. Nothing we do can merit the eternal blessings Christ offers. Rather, every sinner must be born again—and that too is something we do not bring about, as Jesus made clear to Nicodemus just one chapter earlier.

Instead, Christ says we simply must ask for the mercy He supplies (cf. Romans 10:13). Like the publican in Luke 18:13, all we can do is cry out in repentant faith, trusting Him to supply what we desperately need.

The inability of the sinner to accomplish his own salvation contradicts the self-sufficient attitude of our society. People are prone to want to play an active role in their salvation, often because they want the credit for the achievement.

That’s why it’s vital to understand that salvation is the work of God alone. Tragically, many people spend far too long trying to work out their own salvation, frustrated with their inability to manufacture spiritual growth on their own. For their sake, we need to be loud and clear that God hasn’t given us a to-do list, but that He bids us to come and humbly ask Him to do what we cannot do for ourselves.

It’s hard to gauge the attitude behind the Samaritan woman’s response in verse 15: “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.’” She might not understand His offer. She might still be mocking the idea that He had anything to offer her at all. Or perhaps she is asking to receive the blessings He’s describing, even if she’s still not sure what they are.

What is clear from the verses that follow is that the Holy Spirit was already at work in her heart, bringing her closer to the point of repentance and faith. And that’s where we’ll pick it up next time.


May 30, 2013 Bible Reading

May 30

Reading for Today:

1 Kings 7:1–8:66

Psalm 68:28-35

Proverbs 17:16-17

John 11:1-29


1 Kings 8:22–53- Solomon moved to the altar of burnt offering to offer a lengthy prayer of consecration to the Lord. First, he affirmed that no god could compare to Israel’s God, the Lord (vv. 23, 24). Second, he asked the Lord for His continued presence and protection (vv. 25–30). Third, he listed 7 typical Israelite prayers that would require the Lord’s response (vv. 31–54). These supplications recalled the detailed list of curses that Deuteronomy 28:15–68 ascribed for the breaking of the law. Specifically, Solomon prayed that the Lord would judge between the wicked and the righteous (vv. 31, 32); the Lord would forgive the sins that had caused defeat in battle (vv. 33, 34); the Lord would forgive the sins that had brought on drought (vv. 35, 36); the Lord would forgive the sins that had resulted in national calamities (vv. 37–40); the Lord would show mercy to God-fearing foreigners (vv. 41–43); the Lord would give victory in battle (vv. 44, 45); and the Lord would bring restoration after captivity (vv. 46–54).

Proverbs 17:17- The difference between a friend and a brother is noted here. A true friend is a constant source of love, while a brother in one’s family may not be close, but is drawn near to help in trouble. Friends are closer than brothers because they are available all the time, not just in the crisis.

John 11:17- in the tomb. The term “tomb” means a stone sepulcher. In Palestine such a grave was common. Either a cave or rock area would be hewn out, the floor inside leveled and graded to make a shallow descent. Shelves were cut out or constructed inside the area in order to bury additional family members. A rock was rolled in front to prevent wild animals or grave robbers from entering. The evangelist made special mention of the fourth day in order to stress the magnitude of the miracle, for the Jews did not embalm and by then the body would have been in a state of rapid decomposition.

DAY 30: Why did Jesus delay when He heard that Lazarus was sick?

The resurrection of Lazarus in John 11 is the climactic and most dramatic sign in this Gospel and the capstone of Christ’s public ministry. Six miracles have already been presented (water into wine [2:1–11], healing of the nobleman’s son [4:46–54], restoring the impotent man [5:1–15], multiplying the loaves and fishes [6:1–14], walking on the water [6:15–21], and curing the man born blind [9:1–12]). Lazarus’s resurrection is more potent than all those and even more monumental than the raising of the widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7:11–16) or Jairus’s daughter (Luke 8:40–56) because those two resurrections occurred immediately after death. Lazarus was raised after 4 days of being in the grave with the process of decomposition already having started (v. 39).

Upon hearing that Lazarus is sick, Jesus’ immediate response is that it is “for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). This phrase reveals the real purpose behind Lazarus’s sickness, i.e., not death, but that the Son of God might be glorified through his resurrection. So He stayed two more days. The decision to delay coming did not bring about Lazarus’s death, since Jesus already supernaturally knew his plight. Most likely by the time the messenger arrived to inform Jesus, Lazarus was already dead. The delay was because He loved the family (v. 5) and that love would be clear as He greatly strengthened their faith by raising Lazarus from the dead. The delay also ensured that Lazarus had been dead long enough that no one could misinterpret the miracle as a fraud or mere resuscitation.

Coming to Martha, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (v. 25). This is the fifth in a series of 7 great “I AM” statements of Jesus (6:35; 8:12; 10:7,9; 10:11,14). With this statement, Jesus moved Mary from an abstract belief in the resurrection that will take place “at the last day”(see 5:28, 29) to a personalized trust in Him who alone can raise the dead. No resurrection or eternal life exists outside of the Son of God. Time (“at the last day”) is no barrier to the One who has the power of resurrection and life (1:4) for He can give life at any time.

From The MacArthur Daily Bible Copyright © 2003. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson Bibles, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville, TN 37214, www.thomasnelson.com.


Learning from Judas

Learning from Judas

[COLOR=Red]The twelve apostles included “Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him” (Matt. 10:4).

Lesson: Judas is history’s greatest human tragedy. He had opportunities and privileges known only to the other disciples, but he turned from them to pursue a course of destruction. Yet even from his foolishness we can learn some important lessons.

Judas, for example, is the world’s greatest example of lost opportunity. He ministered for three years with Jesus Himself but was content merely to associate with Him, never submitting to Him in saving faith. Millions of others have followed his example by hearing the gospel and associating with Christians, yet rejecting Christ. Tragically, like Judas, once death comes they too are damned for all eternity.

Judas is also the world’s greatest example of wasted privileges. He could have had the riches of an eternal inheritance but instead chose thirty pieces of silver. In that respect he is also the greatest illustration of the destructiveness and damnation greed can bring. He did an unthinkable thing, yet he has many contemporary counterparts in those who place wealth and pleasure above godliness.

On the positive side, Judas is the world’s greatest illustration of the forbearing, patient love of God. Knowing what Judas would do, Jesus tolerated him for three years. Beyond that, He constantly reached out to him and even called him “friend” after his kiss of betrayal (Matt. 26:50).

If you’ve ever been betrayed by a friend, you know the pain it can bring. But the Lord’s pain was compounded many times over because He knew He would be betrayed and because the consequences were so serious. Yet He endured the pain because He loved Judas and knew that His own betrayal was a necessary part of the redemptive plan.

The sins that destroyed Judas are common sins that you must avoid at all costs! Use every opportunity and privilege God gives you, and never take advantage of His patience.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank Jesus for the pain he endured at the hands of Judas.

Pray that you will never cause Him such pain.

For Further Study:

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19.

What perils await those who desire wealth?

Rather than pursuing wealth, what should you pursue?

What attitude should wealthy people have toward their money?

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.[/COLOR]


The US government has seized the bones of a dinosaur worth one million

The US government has seized the bones of a dinosaur worth one million dollars

May 29, 2013

The courts in NY state issued a warrant forcing an auction house to return the fossil bones of what they call a 70 million year old dinosaur unearthed in the nation of Mongolia where it was discovered in the last decade.

The bones of the dinosaur were sold at auction in NY for one million dollars, but the court said that the sale was illegal because the fossil was illegally imported into the US.

The transaction for the sale of this dinosaur fossil has also been termed a fraud since there are those who say that the bones are not 70 million years old as claimed, thus the value of the bones is way over priced.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The sale of a 70 million year old dinosaur fossil for one million dollars is not only a fraud in the world of collectors, but totally contradicts the Bible account of Creation as well as the end time scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

A recent news report of the sale of a 70 million year old dinosaur fossil for one million dollars motivated the US government to stop the sale and actually confiscate the bones to return them to their rightful owner in Mongolia. When I read the story, I was taken back by the fact that someone was naive enough to pay one million dollars for a bunch of bones not nearly as old as claimed but also not as rare either since there are vast numbers of these bones across the world and even some dinosaurs still alive in our world today. The alligators found in the Everglades in Florida are the living species of dinosaurs that can be found in America. For sure, these bones are not 70 million years old having been created around 6000 years ago, Exodus 20:11 and Genesis 1:24 – 25.

This report is evidence of how God’s Word is absolute in its record of Creation as found in Genesis 1. As one adds up the number of years between Creation and the Flood, Genesis 5 and the years total between the Flood and Abraham, you get approximately a 2000 year period of time. We know that Abraham lived about 4000 years ago, thus a 6000 year period of time from Creation until today. The connection between the Creation account recorded in Genesis 1 and Bible prophecy for the end of times is found in many biblical accounts of both Creation and Bible prophecy. Let me give you one example. Zechariah 12:1 speaks of Creation and the rest of Zechariah 12 lays out a prophetic scenario for the end times.

The Biblical account of Creation, absolute truth is indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.