Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spiritual Warfare

With all of the chaos, fear, economic crises, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, illnesses, wars and rumors of wars happening around the world today (with all of such plights increasing at an alarming rate), it should be obvious to most people that there is a huge spiritual warfare going on in the midst of it all for the souls of men.

Dr. David Jeremiah is has a new television series called Spiritual Warfare - Terms of Engagement and he also recommends reading a new book written by Warren Wiersbe entitled, "The Strategy of Satan - How to Detect and Defeat Him" (scroll down at link for book).

At my sister blog, God's Creative Call there is a new post up entitled Ambivalent Confessions? which shares another subtle strategy of Satan that is often used in order to squelch the effectiveness of Christians sharing the Gospel.

Greg Koukl's Stand to Reason website is a library of resources to assist you in your knowledge and defense of God's Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be trained to become an ambassador for Christ, growing in knowledge, wisdom, and character through all of the resources available at Stand to Reason.

These days, we need all of the resources available to equip us with our Armor of God, and the websites that I have recommended today are two of the best!

~ Christine

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

(Hi Christine, thanks for your good blog. Found this on the net & sharing it. Reactions? Rosemary)


by Louise Norman

Quite some time ago I came across an article titled "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" by Dave MacPherson on the Powered by Christ Ministries site. Halfway down was a photo of Pastor David Jeremiah next to a statement claiming that his book "Escape the Coming Night," published in 1990, "massively plagiarized" Hal Lindsey's 1973 book "There's A New World Coming." Readers were also told to type in "Thieves' Marketing" on MSN and Google.
I decided to examine those two books and eventually discovered incredible amounts of plagiarism in Jeremiah's book on at least 45 pages (MacPherson said he found it on 47 pages), most of it discovered in the last half. For example, there are 165 lines of text on pp. 202-206 in Jeremiah's "Escape," and more than half of these lines - 84 lines! - were clearly lifted from Lindsey's "New World" without giving Lindsey any credit.
Speaking of plagiarism, let's compare the books in question:
Lindsey (p. 256): "The...skill of the great Designer" has "gone into the making of these gowns. They are to be made of fine linen" which "symbolizes the righteous deeds done by the saints while they lived on earth."
Jeremiah (p. 203): "The wedding gown will be made by the master Designer, and it symbolizes the righteous deeds done by the bride on earth...." " gown" is made of "fine linen...."
Lindsey (p. 255): "...I believe that the friends of the Groom who will attend...include both the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints...."
Jeremiah (p. 204): "I believe Israel...will be present, along with the saints who survive the Tribulation and the resurrected Old Testament saints...."
Lindsey (pp. 259, 260): "Think of how many Old Testament prophets and how many millions of saints have longed to see the moment when Jesus would return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and establish His kingdom of justice, equity, and peace...."
"It always amazed me that so many professing Christians and ministers doubt that Jesus Christ will literally, visibly, and personally come back to this earth."
"The Prophet Zechariah predicted five hundred years before Christ was born that His foot would first touch the earth at the Mount of Olives...."
Jeremiah (pp. 205, 206): "From Old Testament prophets to present-day believers, millions of saints have longed for the moment they could see Jesus return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to establish His kingdom of peace and justice...."
"It is amazing to me that many teachers and pastors...doubt that Christ will return in person."
"...the prophet Zechariah predicted (500 years before Christ was born) that His feet would stand on the Mount of Olives...."
You have just seen a tiny fraction of the plagiarism in David Jeremiah's "Escape the Coming Night." Note that plagiarists often add, subtract, or change words (including the order of words in a sentence) in order to conceal their thievery.
Incredibly, Jeremiah's "Notes" section in the back of his book lists many popular prophecy books of our time that are still being published, but for some strange (or not so strange) reason he doesn't list any of Hal Lindsey's books including the one I just featured!
I wonder how many other commentaries on the book of Revelation have lines that should be stamped "STOLEN"!