Saturday, December 27, 2014

God or Absurdity vs NZ Atheist

Yesterday I came across the Facebook page NZ Atheist. I left a comment on their page and below is the discussion that ensued, of which I've taken screenshots so that everyone can see the way that professed atheists have to work hard to suppress the truth about God. I use a presuppositional approach to show the wisdom of God and the absurdity of denying God.



At this point I called it a night. I checked the discussion again today and so far there are still no answers to my questions and a few atheist trolls have turned up with their usual mocking and intellectual dishonesty, so I'm leaving it there for now. I'm interested to hear what others thought of the discussion.

UPDATE: About a day later I again pressed NZ Atheist to account for logic in his worldview. I got a long answer that didn't give a direct answer. Here's what was said:




Thursday, December 25, 2014

The War on Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope and pray that your Christmas is blessed. As you may or may not know, the purpose of my blog, website, and Facebook page is to show the wisdom of God and the absurdity of denying God. It's my passion to see people coming to know Jesus Christ, and to see Christians encouraged and equipped to evangelise and give a strong defense of their faith.

Our faith is under attack and there is a war on against Christianity. In the West we see an attempt by secularists and professed atheists to keep Christ out of Christmas and out of the public sphere altogether - not just at Christmas time but throughout the year.

What I've also found is that there are also a vocal minority of Christians who are strongly opposed to Christmas and think that it's pagan. So when I shared memes like the one below I got a lot of opposition - not from atheists - but from Christians. This meme in particular was shared by the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF) and has had over 250 Shares and 35,000 views.


I found the following articles helpful in explaining why Christmas is not pagan:

The Origin of Christmas - Answers in Genesis.
Is Christmas Pagan? - Stand to Reason.
Christmas: Of Pagan Origins? 
Can Christians Celebrate Christmas? - Carm.

Preaching An Irrelevant Christmas Message?

Another issue related to Christmas is the importance of reaching out with the gospel in a way that people can understand. This article discusses that:
Christmas Sermons - Are Churches Preaching an Irrelevant Message.

Persecuted Christians and Christmas

Some absurd beliefs are more dangerous than others. And Islam is one of the most dangerous of those absurdities. For many Christians around the world it's not going to be such a "merry" Christmas because of persecution in the face of Islamic jihad and sharia law. For example Pastor Saeed is in a prison in Iran for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
American Pastor Saeed Writes Heartbreaking Christmas Letter From  "Hard, Cold" Prison - ACLJ.

Pray also for all of the Christians in the Middle East who have suffered persecution and are still suffering.


"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Hebrews 13:3)

ISIS and Islamic jihadists in the Middle East are attempting to destroy Christianity. Their tactics are brutal, as this video makes clear: ISIS Swallowing Iraq: They're Beheading Children.

There truly is a war against Christmas and Christians. It is time for Christians to stand up for Christ, and time for Christians in the West to be a voice for the voiceless. News items like the one above from CBN news are not making it into the mainstream media, and most people are not aware of the genocide against Christians that is going on. We live in dire times, but thank God that ultimately we know who wins. May God bless you and give you peace through Christ this Christmas and every day of the year.

For Further Reading / Research:


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The King James Only Controversy

Over a decade and a half ago I read James White's book "The King James Only Controversy - can you trust modern translations?" I had stumbled across it while perusing the books at a Christian bookstore and decided to buy it as I'd heard a bit about the controversy, although I rarely ever met any King James version only (KJVO) advocates. I think a lot of the reason I bought the book was for my own benefit - I wanted to know more about the Bible and why some people thought that the KJV was the only English version that we should use. I also wanted to increase my understanding of the issues related to the original manuscripts that translations are based on and how trustworthy they are.

In more recent times I've been finding that I'm regularly bumping into KJVO believers. While it isn't a salvation issue, I do think it's an important issue. Personally I usually use NIV version as I find it to be a good version, but I'm happy to look at other versions, and I think it's unhelpful to tell people that they have to read a book that uses outdated English that is difficult to understand. In fact at times, due to the change in language over the centuries since the KJV was written, some of the words and phrases in the KJV sound absurd to us today. For example the KJV uses the phrase "gay clothing" whereas most modern versions correctly say "fine clothing" due to the obvious change in the meaning of the word gay in today's vernacular. (See KJV Archaic Words).

Also in more recent times I've been blessed to listen to some of James White's videos online. He is a gracious and highly intelligent man that I highly respect. He has also had public debates with Muslims on a number of occasions and does so with hum.

A few weeks ago I watched this video - Should we exclusively use the King James Bible? I found it really helpful. It's a debate between James White and Jack Moorman. Interestingly, just several days after watching this debate I met someone at a church meeting who I discovered was a KJVO person, and I was able to share some of the things I'd learned from watching this debate.

https://kjvodebate.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/jack-moorman-on-rev-16-5/

With the above meme you'll find that the Greek words kai ho erchomenos (καί ὁ ἐρχόμενος) ("and shalt be") are erroneously in the King James Bible Dictionary:


But καί ὁ ἐρχόμενος is NOT in modern Interlinear Bibles or Greek texts that stay faithful to what the original manuscripts actually say. The actual Greek manuscripts have ho on (the one being) kai ho en (and having been) ho hosios (the Holy One). As stated in the meme above that I made - there is not one Greek manuscript in the world that has the Greek words "and shalt be" in Revelation 16:5.

You've also got words that should be in the KJV, but aren't. In the meme below the words "through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages" are missing:



Some questions I have for KJVO people are:

- Which KJV Bible do you follow?
  • The original 1611 version which almost no one uses and is almost unreadable due to the archaic typesetting? (E.g. They used the letter v for the letter u.)
  • The 1760 revision?
  • The 1769 Blayney revision? (This is what most KJV people use, and it's often referred to as a 1611 KJV because it's considered that it's not a new translation but is a new edition).
  • The 1769 Blayney Cambridge version?
  • The 1769 Blayney Oxford version? (There are over 100 differences between the Oxford and Cambridge versions).
  • The 1769 version with no italics for words added by the translators?
  • The NKJV? 
- If the English in the KJV is inspired then why didn't God enable the translators to get it right the first time and not have so many different versions that could cause confusion?

- Why are you believing something about the KJV that the original 47 translators of it never believed? (They never believed that the KJV translation was inspired or innerant in terms of the English words, nor did they believe that their translation was the final translation that would ever be needed in English.)

- Doesn't it strike you as odd that there are absolutely no KJVO people who are scholars with relevant qualifications? (I've searched in vain to try and find even one KJVO scholar with even a degree in biblical exegesis and biblical Greek. I'm not saying that KJVO are lacking in intelligence - it just seems to me that they are lacking in solid critical thinking skills or haven't yet applied those critical thinking skills to this issue. The closest I could find to a KJVO scholar is "Dr" Sam Gipp, who I discovered doesn't have real qualifications).

The bottom line is that modern Bible translations such as the NIV, NASB, and ESV are based on far more manuscripts than were available when the KJV was translated. These manuscripts enable the translators to know with much greater accuracy what the original autographs actually said. We can trust God's Word, and should not think that we have to use only the KJV.



UPDATE:
One of the key issues in this whole debate is the fallacy of begging the question / circular reasoning (i.e. assuming what you're supposed to be proving). An example of begging the question is when KJVO people argue that it's terrible that modern translations have removed so many verses (which is one of the main accusations KJVO people use against modern translations), but from a non KJVO perspective it could just as easily be argued that it's terrible that the KJV added so many verses that weren't in the original texts!

KJVO people make the KJV their ultimate standard a priori and anything that doesn't fit into that paradigm is critically explained away, but they will not apply the same kinds of critical arguments to the KJV itself. This is a form of double standard, as illustrated well here by James White:

"Gail Riplinger appeared with Dr. Joe Chambers on June 4, 1994 on a radio program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Again Mrs. Riplinger allowed the interviewer to make reference to her academic credentials without once mentioning the fact that her field of study is not at all related to the Bible, history, or any type of linguistic or textual study. Again Mrs. Riplinger brought up Virginia Mollencott, but then, when a caller brought up the charge of homosexuality that history places against King James I of England, she was vociferous in her defense of King James. The interviewer rightly pointed out that James had nothing to do with the translation itself: of course, Virginia Mollencott's unannounced lesbianism had no impact upon the NIV, either, though Mrs. Riplinger would inconsistently deny this." (From 'New Age Bible Versions Refuted', by James White).

FURTHER UPDATE:


KJVO LIE: Westcott and Hort (who made an updated Greek New Testament in 1881) were spiritists / involved in the occult. (This lie seems to come from Gail Riplinger - see the video below - 'Gail Riplinger vs James White', and the above article 'New Age Bible Versions Refuted').

TRUTH: Westcott and Hort were not spiritists or involved in the occult in any way. Also this rumour overlooks the fact that the Greek used for modern Bible translations today differs significantly from Westcott and Hort's.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friendship Evangelism Failing the Church

I'm reblogging this highly important article.


Friendship Evangelism Failing the Church - TruthWatch NZ

For decades western Christians have been regaled with the importance of non-judgemental, non- threatening, friendship evangelism. Forming relationships with the unsaved in order to ‘win them over’ is the universally approved method. Anything else is often met with doubts and mistrust. Despite the growing acceptance of what we like to call the law-to-grace method, which stresses using the ten commandments to bring people to see they are lost without Jesus, friendship evangelism is still the dominant methodology.

The problem is it is not working well. Over the decades since the 70s the western church should have seen substantial growth, given the supposed superiority of friendship evangelism, but it has not. Quite the reverse. Most studies, reported by the likes of the Barna Group, show a declining belief in Christianity, especially amongst youth. The oft-repeated and erroneous reaction to poor performance is to escalate commitment to a failing order in the hope that it will bear the fruit expected of it. If only we can do it better we will see it work. The emergent church movement and a raft of books like Kinnaman’s Un-Christian and Rob Bell’s book, which minimises the reality of hell, are at the forefront of this misguided escalation and fall naturally out of a mistaken emphasis on friendship as the only basis for evangelism.

To continue reading click here.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Google Hangout - Brendan vs A Deist

Click here for video
Update: This comment made by someone in the comment section of the video sums up well the dishonest fallacy / tactic Matteo used:

"Snow Job: The fallacy of “proving” a claim by overwhelming an audience with mountains of irrelevant facts, numbers, documents, graphs and statistics that they cannot be expected to understand."


Today I hosted my first ever Google Hangout. The discussion was between myself and Matteo - a deist. I'd be interested to hear any feedback on the things we discussed. Also if you have any advice about some of the technical issues we had then please let me know how I can fix those the next time I host a hangout.

I think that I did a reasonably good job at exposing some of the absurdities of Matteo's worldview, and at showing why the biblical worldview is reasonable and provides a foundation for logic and knowledge. I was surprised that he denied the law of non-contradiction (which he seems to not understand - the law of non-contradiction is that something cannot be X and not X at THE SAME TIME AND IN THE SAME WAY - the examples he gave were not contradicting anything at the same time and in the same way). He spent a considerable amount of time arguing as to why logical impossibilities are actually possible. If that's not absurd then I don't know what is. In relation to this Matteo brought up the topic of Quantum Mechanics - to which I referred to the blog I wrote on this topic - Quantum Madness. According to Matteo Quantum Mechanics throws the idea of absolute truth out the window. (Is that absolutely true?!)

Another absurd thing was that at around the 15:50 mark Matteo rejects the idea of certain knowledge and absolute truth:

Matteo: "My point is, something like absolute truth, unless you are ok with getting there asymptotically, it's meaningless because it doesn't do anything for you. It doesn't do any work. It doesn't produce any results."

Me: "Is it absolutely true that absolute truth is meaningless?"

Matteo: "That's a very good question. Maybe one day we'll figure it out. For now I'm going to say the amount of precision, the closer I get to absolute truth about, again, how tall you are for example, the less I care."

To reject absolute truth is to make an absolute truth claim - which is why he had no real answer to my question about this. Absolute truth cannot be found via science - but in order to even begin to do science you must operate as if absolute truth exists, otherwise you'd have no reason to expect the scientific method to be a workable method. It is absolutely true that we can do experiments and expect consistent results when repeating the exact same experiments. This is possible because God exists and we all know it. We are hardwired to assume that our senses and reasoning are reliable, and that nature is generally uniform.

We discussed "Young Earth Creationism" for a while, and I tried to explain that if God did make a miraculous and mature creation in 6 days thousands of years ago and not millions of years ago, scientists would have no way of knowing this unless they accepted the truth of God's word. Matteo argued that this would be deceptive of God - but this is not deceptive of God because he has clearly told us that he made a mature creation - it is deceptive of modern secular scientists who present evolution, the Big Bang theory, and deep time as if it were a fact and in the process deliberately reject the possibility that God exists and made everything as he told us in the Bible. Even without the Bible's record - the idea that the earth is billions of years old is not something that we intuit from creation - it is something that must be learned from secular science.

I was also surprised that he argued that Creationists deny the law of gravity - which is just not true. That is why I tried to explain the difference between observational science and forensic science - forensic science is the kind of science they do in CSI - and they have to make A LOT of assumptions - even more so when it comes to origins science that is dealing with things that happened in the distant past.
It's not science - creation.com
And if I hadn't been interrupted or had more time I would have liked to show how biblical Christianity alone provides a basis for science - and I would have asked him to account for the uniformity of nature without the biblical God - something that he would not have been able to do.
This is the atheist problem of induction - but as a deist Matteo has the same problem because he does not believe that God is active today.


Matteo admitted that he has no way of knowing if we are in the Matrix or not and argued that this is highly possible. He also admitted that he doesn't know if his reasoning is valid, and he had no answer to how he knows his reasoning is reliable to any degree other than that it works - which I pointed out is logically fallacious.

Towards the end of our discussion the issue of 'turning the other cheek' came up. Here is a link that supports what I said about that - The True Meaning of Turn the Other Cheek. See also 'What did Jesus mean when he instructed us to turn the other cheek?'

One of the things too that I didn't challenge Matteo on that in hindsight would have been good to discuss is the issue of empiricism - his worldview seems to be assuming that the best way to know things is via the empirical method - repeated scientific testing - but the belief that 'the best way to know things is via empirical testing' is itself not empirically testable, and it is therefore self-refuting. He is arbitrarily assuming that this is the best way to know things, because it seems to work, but as I pointed out - this is not a totally reliable way of knowing things.

At the end of the day, the problem with Matteo's deistic worldview is that it provides no basis for knowledge. It provides a nebulous and distant creator, without the moral accountability of the biblical God. Because deists reject the Bible as their ultimate authority they abandon the grounds for actual knowledge. Because of that they cannot really know anything, and their worldview shares the same kinds of problems that professed atheists have.

By challenging Matteo's basis for knowledge I was trying to expose the fact that he does know God but is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. (Romans 1). While everyone we talk to has differing beliefs and worldviews, at the core of things there really are only two basic worldviews - 'God' and 'not God'. It's either God or Absurdity. (See www.godorabsurdity.com). Either a person has a worldview that starts with the biblical God and His Word, or their worldview cannot get off the ground without borrowing from the biblical worldview where rationally, logic, and truth can be accounted for.

Further Reading / Research:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Myth of the Christian Dark Ages

The idea of the Christian Dark Ages is a myth. Most historians no longer even use the term Dark Ages any more because they realise that the idea is a mistaken one - they use the term Middle Ages. Despite this change of terms, there is still a common misconception that the Middle Ages were a period of darkness brought on as a result of Christianity. The graph below supposedly represents scientific advancement over the last 3000 years, with the Dark Ages in black from roughly 500AD to 1500AD.

The problem is that this graph is an absurd load of nonsense that has almost nothing to do with what actually happened. In reality Christianity laid the foundation for modern science to advance. The majority of the early scientists were bible believing Christians and it was because of their belief in the uniformity of nature and the order in creation coming from a logical and non-capricious creator God that they were able to make their scientific discoveries. (See Biblical Roots of Modern Science & Christianity, Islam, and Science.)

The so-called dark ages never existed, and Christianity brought life and truth where it was practiced. (See the video The Myth of the Christian Dark Ages.)

Chronological Snobbery Fallacy

This is where we look back and judge the past based on our present situation in a highly biased way. The term was coined by CS Lewis (See Chronological Snobbery). And this is exactly what many professed atheists and non-Christians often do when they judge the past levels of scientific knowledge from the perspective of our modern western situation.


The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition

Another issue linked to the myth of the Dark Ages is the supposed horrors of the Spanish Inquisition around 1500AD (although it was active for centuries after this). This is another myth. The reality was that the Spanish Inquisition was ahead of its time in how well they treated prisoners. New research has found that only 3% of those taken into custody by the Inquisition were actually tortured, and that their prisons were so good compared to secular ones that people would actually request to go there rather than to a secular jail. (See the documentary Spanish Inquisition was 99% Myth (BBC)Historians say inquisition wasn't that bad | The Guardian.)

The Flat Earth Myth



(See Flat earth myth & The flat-earth myth and creationism )

How the Christian Celts Saved Civilisation

Not only did Christianity not bring about a dark age - it saved western civilization. (See the documentary How the Celts saved civilisation.)



The Myth of the Crusades

The crusades are another important part of the history of the Middle Ages that are often misunderstood. While it is true that the crusades were a time when wrongs were committed, the true picture of what actually happened is very different from what most people think. They were primarily a defensive series of around a dozen wars that were in response to hundreds of Islamic jihad invasions. (There were 548 jihad battles in total, and jihad in the name of Allah has continued to this day). In just a short number of years Islam had conquered most of the Middle East, India, North Africa, and much of Spain - Muslims were even knocking on the doors of Germany. Rather than being a dark period of Christian history - the defensive wars of the crusades were a time when the church finally got some spine and motivated people to get involved in the fight for civilization against the barbarism of Islam - much like what we are seeing with ISIS today - the Muslims brutally murdered millions of innocent people - delighting in beheading and enslaving people as they went. (See this 5 minute YouTube video by Bill Warner Jihad vs Crusades that includes a dynamic battle map of the jihad / crusade battles.)

Darkness vs Light

Finally I'd like to conclude with a question for professed atheists - by what objective standard do you determine that anything is "Dark"? Darkness and light presuppose an objective standard of right and wrong. How can you know what 'crooked' is if you don't know what 'straight' is? How do you determine that the right goal is to live a long, comfortable and enjoyable life? From a Christian perspective we have a foundation for judging right and wrong, good and bad, but without God there is no way of determining those things.

Further Reading / Research:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Is Shepherd's Chapel a Cult?

The Shepherd's Chapel is a church in Arkansas, USA, that has gathered a large following via their TV ministry as well as YouTube videos. The "pastor" of the church, Arnold Murray, says he has a PhD but suspiciously refuses to show any evidence to prove that this is true. On one occasion Mr Murray made an off joke about using a gun to threaten someone who was out of line - these things alone raise serious questions about the integrity and teachings of their leader and church. (See Who is Arnold Murray? - CARM).

The church teaches many unorthodox things such as:
  • Modalism (a heretical view of the trinity)
  • The highly racist idea that the Jews are of the seed of Satan
  • White Anglo-saxons are the true spiritual Israel and chosen race
  • That the earth was created millions of years ago (the unbiblical gap theory)
(For more on the above points see here)

The belief that the earth was created millions of years before Adam and Eve is something that many Christians nowadays hold to - but this compromise on a literal and straight forward reading of Genesis is something that is in common with most cults because of their lack of grounding in biblical teaching and biblical authority. (See Cults and Creation - creation.com)

One Bible translation that was recommended to me recently by a follower of Shepherd's Chapel is the Ferrar Fenton Bible. This is the second worst Bible version I have EVER seen (the worst is the Jehovah's Witness NWT Bible which perverts references to the deity of Christ). Below are the first few verses from Genesis chapter 1 of the Ferrar Fenton Bible. (The fact that it wildly deviates from ALL other English Bible translations is a major warning sign.)

(For all of chapter one of Genesis from this "Bible" see here)
The above "translation" is so bad it could easily be mistaken for a joke or satire. In fact CMI has a satire article on an imagined New Compromise Bible Version.



(The Ferrar Fenton Bible also translates the fish in Jonah as "the great fish" with quote marks and a footnote explaining it was actually the name of a ship! - See here).

Of course the Bible doesn't say that God used evolution or millions of years, and the doctrine of a literal 6 day creation and "young" earth is one of the clearest doctrines in the Bible - it only gets confusing if you accept evolutionary presuppositions of deep time - but those beliefs are based not on actual science but are based on flawed philosophical ideas that start with the belief that God does not exist and that everything must be explained in naturalistic ways - i.e. the possibility of a miraculous and mature creation by God are a priori ruled out by secular scientists. 

When everything is considered about the Shepherd's Chapel I believe it to be a cult. It is not as bad as cults like Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons, but the Shepherd's Chapel is highly unorthodox and lead by someone who is immature at best, and outright dangerous at worst. My advice is to stay well away from the Shepherd's Chapel and their toxic religious teachings and to ground your thinking in the word of God.

For Further Reading / Research:



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Refutation to Shabir Ally's 101 Contradictions

I'm reblogging this from another blog as I've noticed a lot of Muslims using Shabir Ally's supposed contradictions by just copying and pasting 10 or 20 of them (usually without saying that they are just copying and pasting - which is consistent with the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya - using dishonest tactics or outright lying for the cause of Islam). They may be unaware that all of the points have already been refuted...

REFUTATION TO SHABIR ALLY’S 101 CONTRADICTIONS PART 1

I will be making a Refutation to Shabir Ally’s 101 Contradictions in the Bible. And I will be dividing the Sections into Parts.
i Will show by the help of God’s Spirit that the Bible has no Contradictions.
You Can Find his 101 supposed Contradictions at Osama’s Website here:
http://www.answering-christianity.com/101_bible_contradictions.htm
I will be using the New King James Bible:
Now Let us Begin.
1. Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
  • God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)
  • Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1)
Here are the Verses:
24 Again the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.
And
21 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
Now the answer to this is simple God allowed Satan to move David to count the number of Israel.
In other wards both God and Satan were Involved BUT FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES.
For Example in the New Testament Both Satan and God were involved in the Crucifixion.
In 1 Corinthians 2:8 we Read:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
And 
Isaiah 53:10
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath puthim to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Notice how Both Satan and God were involved the Death of Jesus, however both had different purposes in Mind.
God wanted to Crush his son so he can redeem Mankind and satisfy his Justice or Wrath, while Satan wanted to kill Jesus because he hates God and wanted rid him of this World.
Here is another passage.
In John 13:27 We Read 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
So again We See here that Satan prompted Judas to Betray Jesus and hand him over to the Jews.
Here is another Passage:
In Luke 22:42 we Read;
42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Notice here Jesus is asking for the Cup (Sin of the World) to be passed however he says not my Will but your will.
So since it was the Father’s will and since Jesus was not Rescued then obviously it was his will for Jesus to die and bear the sins of Humanity.
So when this passage talks about God and Satan prompting David to count, both were involved however for different purposes.

For the full refutation see here

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Islam - Warning to the West

We are living in a time when Islamic terrorist attacks are becoming more and more frequent all over the world. Unfortunately most people are clueless about what is going on, why it is happening, and what we can do about it. I encourage you to watch the following videos, and to read the information in this blog carefully. If you want to do something to make a difference then I encourage you to share this with your friends and to email it to your politicians.

Below are the 10 key points from the video The True Face of Islam - Geert Wilders Warning to America. (This speech was given to America, but the same principles apply to all western nations.)


(The above quote is from Bukhari 2:24. For more on this see Islam and Forced Conversion).
  1. Stop Cultural Relativism - our western nations have been built on Christianity, Judaism and Humanism.
  2. Show how Fundamentalist Islam is not a religion - Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. Sharia dominates every aspect of society.
  3. Show the true face of Fundamentalist Islam - compare Islam with other totalitarian ideologies such as fascism.
  4. Stop the mass immigration from Muslim countries.
  5. Outlaw Sharia Law and deport its practitioners - if they are happy to integrate and don't want Sharia then they are welcome.
  6. Immigrants must sign legally binding pledge of integration to their new home country.
  7. Stop building new Mosques.
  8. Reciprocity with Saudi Arabia for western Churches and Synagogues - as long as Saudi Arabia bans Churches and Synagogues in their country then we should not allow them to build Mosques in our countries.
  9. Close all Islamic Schools - they are being taught an ideology of hate and terror.
  10. Get rid of our current weak leaders - instead of governments like the UK banning people like Geert Wilders who are speaking the truth we need leaders who will take the same strong stand against Islam and for freedom.  
Warning to the West in Relation to ISIS

Attack on Canada's Parliament - Michael Coren & Geert Wilders - YouTube. (6 minute video)

Key points:
  • Don't stop jihadists that want to join ISIS - jail them or let them leave the country, but never let them back - it's better to have them do crazy stuff in Iraq and Syria than crazy stuff in our own countries.
  • We are at war - war has been declared on the west by the Islamic State - in a time of war our number one priority needs to be to protect our own people.
  • Detain those who are clearly strongly supporting the violent ideology of ISIS.
  • Stop the immigration from Islamic nations.
  • Get rid of the political correctness that says that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam - the Quran tells Muslims to behead those who will not submit to Islam.

For Further Reading / Research


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement


Recently it's come to my attention that the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM) is growing in popularity through Facebook pages like Jesus Christ is KING (JCK), which has over 2 million likes. This page is deceptive in that it does not say straight up that they are with the HRM and posts a lot of innocent looking inspirational quotes, but mixed in with those are many posts that are legalistic and based on dangerous and false theology.

Some of their false theological beliefs are:
  • we must observe the Sabbath
  • we should observe OT feasts
  • we should observe OT dietary laws (such as not eating pork)
  • we should avoid holidays such as Christmas
  • the NT is not the inspired word of God but is based on a lost Hebrew version
  • unorthodox or heretical views on the Trinity
One of the key leaders in the HRM movement, Jim Staley, has a Facebook page 'Passion for Truth Ministries' which currently has 145,853 likes. As with the JCK page it is insidious in the way that it posts a mixture of truth and error.

Below is an example of a post from 'Passion for Truth Ministries' that in about 2 months has had 14,646 shares. As you can see it's good advice, but it's fluff like this that gets them a big following so that they can hook people into other false doctrines.


It is also a fact that Jim Staley has been arrested for fraud, but this hasn't stopped the JCK page from posting his teaching videos on their page. Jim Stanley also claims special revelation from God that goes beyond what the Scriptures say and distorts its meaning. (See also Missouri Secretary of State: News Release and Passion for Truth's Jim Staley Admits to Cheating Elderly Investors).

Here's a meme that was shared on JCK that is highly ironic - wolves warning everyone to beware of wolves. Matthew 7:15-16 says "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"




For a brief summary of the HRM see this article - What is the Hebrew Roots Movement?.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 1
This video clearly explains what the HRM is and why it is dangerous:
Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement!.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 2
(Note - he oversimplifies the issue of divorce and taking to court - remember Paul took the Romans to court - so it's not always wrong to sue).
Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement #2.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 3:

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement #3.


In discussions about this I was surprised to see one HRM follower arguing that we are under the law and that she thought that was a good thing. It's like these people have never read anything in the Bible other than the Old Testament and the Gospels. (For more on this topic see: Are Christians under the Law?)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Attempted Beheading in New Zealand

"The former partner of murder accused Antonie Dixon has recounted the moment he attacked her with a samurai sword, slicing her hand off, as he yelled she was a sacrifice to Allah... Dixon started yelling he wanted to chop their heads off"  (Witness recounts hand being sliced off - stuff.co.nz.)


Ok, so this news story about Antonie Dixon is from 2008, but it's very relevant for today especially as most people aren't aware of the islamic connection in this story. Most kiwis just remember the picture of an insane looking Dixon as he stood in the dock on trial. But according to news reports he was acting insane for the jury to try and get off on grounds of insanity.

According to the victim, the reason her hand was sliced off is because he was trying to cut her head off and she had her hands raised to try and protect her head. So where did he get the idea from to cut someone's head off as a sacrifice to Allah? Perhaps he had read the Qur'an where Allah commands believers to "strike off their heads" (Qur'an 8:12). Perhaps he had heard about Muhammad and his followers beheading 800 peaceful Jews in one day? (See here).

Why wasn't the Allah connection made more of in the mainstream media when it happened? I don't even think most mainstream news channels mentioned that he had invoked the name of Allah and tried to behead people. I know why - it's because the media are too PC and don't want to say anything that might offend Muslims. Also most in the media are clueless about Islam. In America the recent Oklahoma beheading is still being called a "workplace incident", as is the Fort Hood massacre - both committed by Muslims who were performing jihad attacks.

The story that most have focused on with Dixon is that he was high on methamphetamine. It's also a fact that his mother and members of the Jehovah's Witness cult terribly abused him.

This story is important because recently many people online have been saying that New Zealand has never had any terrorist attacks, and Islamic beheadings will likely never happen here. Well, that just isn't true - terrorist attacks have happened in New Zealand before (such as with the Rainbow Warrior bombing) although it's not clear whether Muslim terrorist attacks have happened. But the Dixon case shows that at the very least Islam has had an influence on at least one attempted beheading in New Zealand.

These things matter because ISIS supporters are already here in New Zealand. Just today an ISIS website that was being run by someone from New Zealand was shut down. (See here).

And our Prime Minister John Key is wanting to send our SAS to join coalition forces in the fight against ISIS, as well as considering NZ terror law change. (See here).

Islamic State want to take over the world for Allah via violent jihad in obedience to the commands of the Quran

If Facebook comments are any indication then it would seem that most New Zealanders want to keep their heads firmly in the sand over this issue. Consider these comments:
What Matt and the other 229 people who liked his comment fail to realise is that although we haven't had any ISIS style beheadings or obvious Islamic terror attacks here in New Zealand we do need to get involved because we are western kafir infidels who are already a target whether we get involved directly in Iraq or not. We need to fight for freedom just our ANZAC soldiers fought in WWI and WWII.

I believe that unless we take action against ISIS and take measures to combat the threat from Islam it is just a matter of time before Muslims start beheading people here in New Zealand.

It is good that the NZ government are beginning to wake up to what is going on, but much more needs to be done if we are to overcome Islamic terrorism domestically and abroad.

We need to learn from the mistakes that Europe has made before it's too late. The warnings from Geert Wilders to Australia are just as relevant to us here.




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