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Are We Too "Negative"?
The Berean Call ^ | October 1991 | Dave Hunt

Posted on 10/30/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by fwdude

Critics have long leveled the charge of “divisive” and “negative” against those who would warn the church of unbiblical teachings and practices. I prayerfully consider such accusations, for my heart echoes the same concern. I long just to preach the gospel and to put behind me the controversy that has become such an unwelcome part of my life. Yet in preaching the pure gospel one must carefully distinguish it from the clever counterfeits all around.

How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth. Yet the odds are staggering. Norman Vincent Peale’s magazines, for example, have 16 million readers monthly, many times our small circulation! The flesh faints with weariness and frustration. Then why persist in a task so lonely and burdensome? Yes, why this burning passion ?

There are, thank God, the many letters of encouragement from those who offer their love, support, and prayers. There are, too, the earnest “thank you’s” from the thousands who have been set free from the delusion and bondage of false gospels—from Catholicism and “Christian psychology” to positive/possibility thinking and positive confession. Yet even without any such encouragement we would be compelled to carry on and would urge you to do the same.

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A great essay from The Berean Call ministry, just as relevant today as back in 1991, perhaps more so.
1 posted on 10/30/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: fwdude

Dave put out “Israel, Islam and Armageddon” in August, 2001.

Right on time and prescient.


2 posted on 10/30/2012 4:11:18 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: fwdude
Er...positive toward Truth and Righteousness is negative toward sin.

Same as it ever was.

3 posted on 10/30/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: RoosterRedux

That wasn’t the point of the title, which merely repeats the accusations of the worldly churches against those who preach the truth uncompromisingly.

Read the entire article, especially the last sentence:

“’Positive’ or ‘negative’ is not the issue, but rather truth and simple obedience to our Lord and His Word.”


4 posted on 10/30/2012 4:27:26 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
Sorry!

I usually read the article before posting...but this is the last week before the most important election/revolution of my lifetime--perhaps since or even before the American Revolution.

I am on pins and needles and apt to make a premature post or even a stupid one (based on a misreading of someone else's post).

As said, sorry...I will possible be a whole new man next week.

5 posted on 10/30/2012 4:32:55 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: fwdude

Too many people think the book “The power of positive thinking” is scriptural. It is NOT. It is a Gnostic Heresy.

What truely is the difference between a man concentrating his positive thoughts to bring about a change in the world and a Witch concentrating their will to bring about a change in the world?

They are both Sorcery. When a church teaches the power of positive prayer, it means there is sorcery in the House.

God is not an impartial force to be directed by rules and actions. God is the Master of all. His hand cannot be forced by following patterns of prayer. If you think to control God’s actions by the Law, remember the smartest of angels failed at that, his name is Lucifer.


6 posted on 10/30/2012 4:40:29 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I understand. It is so nerve-wracking these days that even when I DO read something, I miss most of it. :{)


7 posted on 10/30/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: American in Israel
Agreed, AI.

And what's so horrific is that many supposedly evangelical churches teach this "neutral energy for good" type theology. Dave Hunt exposes many of these false teachers in The Seduction of Christianity and its sequel.

8 posted on 10/30/2012 4:46:23 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: American in Israel

The question I do have is this, but does not God hear and answer prayer?


9 posted on 10/30/2012 8:42:38 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: American in Israel

But did not the Bible also refer to the “fruits of the Holy Spirit?” Is not “joy” among those “fruits” ?


10 posted on 10/31/2012 4:05:02 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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