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  • In Him Is No Darkness At All...I John pt 3

    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.(I John 1:5)The Apostle John’s ministry is one of restoration. The faith of the saints had been confused, distorted, tangled and blurred by the pseudo spirituality of those who claim a mystical, direct knowledge of God, which is above and beyond the experience of “normal” christians. These “gnostics”, ie “knowing Ones“, undermined the simple faith of christians, causing them to doubt the integrity and depth of their own experience. Therefore John sets out to...
  • Why John Wrote His Epistle...I John pt 1

    We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.(I John 5:18-21)The Author Watchman Nee made...
  • Trans Sexuality is Gnostic to the core...Gender 4

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:25-27)We live in baffling times. The very...
  • AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws Mormon crowds

    03/29/2014 6:04:09 PM PDT · by fishtank · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 3-29-2014 | Associated Press
    "Revelers with colored corn starched hands celebrate during the 2014 Festival of Colors, Holi Celebration at the Krishna Temple Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nearly 70,000 people are expected to gather starting Saturday at a Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork for the annual two-day festival of colors. Revelers gyrate to music and partake in yoga during the all-day festival, throwing colored corn starch in the air once every hour. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the large majority of participants are not Hindus, but Mormons. Thousands of students from nearby Brigham Young University come...
  • Philip K. Dick and Our Predicament

    05/08/2013 6:43:49 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05.05.13 | By J.R. Dunn
    I've been thinking about Philip K. Dick quite a lot in recent months. Philip K. Dick, for those who pay no attention to such things, is the writer who, without ever expressly intending it, transformed the often shabby and degraded genre of science fiction into something resembling art.
  • Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness...(I John)

    Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness… Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is...
  • Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness...(I John)

    Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness… Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is...
  • The Doctrine Of Christ...(1,2 John)

    Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.( 2 John 9)The Apostle John’s ministry is a ministry of restoration. There were (and are) many whose faith in Jesus, understanding of God, prayer life, interpretation of scripture, ministry and ethics, have been corrupted and distorted by false christian teachers who have redefined what it means to know God. This is still the case today, and the need for John’s epistles is yet vital to the church. To John, the Lord’s...
  • God Is (Holy) Love...I John

    06/13/2011 11:38:24 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 8 replies
    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.( I John 4:7-8)The Apostle John wrote his first epistle to those in the church who had been confused and demoralized by mystical, experience based christianity. The true knowledge of God is what John set out to re-establish, for the false teachers had been able to supplant the christian understanding of what it means to ‘know the Lord’ with their own sensual, pseudo spiritual version of “knowing...
  • Marcionism: Doctrine and discipline

    07/18/2010 1:55:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    New Advent ^ | 2000 | New Advent
    Doctrine and discipline We must distinguish between the doctrine of Marcion himself and that of his followers. Marcion was no Gnostic dreamer. He wanted a Christianity untrammeled and undefiled by association with Judaism. Christianity was the New Covenant pure and simple. Abstract questions on the origin of evil or on the essence of the Godhead interested him little, but the Old Testament was a scandal to the faithful and a stumbling-block to the refined and intellectual gentiles by its crudity and cruelty, and the Old Testament had to be set aside. The two great obstacles in his way he removed...
  • The Teachings of Jesus according to the Catholics and to the Gnostics Compared

    09/22/2009 10:48:30 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 40 replies · 1,114+ views
    Speaking of Gnosticism (since yesterday we were speaking about C.G. Jung) , I want to share with you yet another table, this one comparing two diametrically opposed “Jesuses” and what they say and think, the biblical Jesus held by Catholics and other Christians as “the Only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages,” and the one proposed by the Gnostics, today’s dabblers in the Occult, hermeticism, religious syncretism, and the New Age on the other. The table is inspired by the one printed in the book Stolen Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus, by Dr. Peter Jones,...
  • Court rules for Utah city in religious marker case

    02/25/2009 1:46:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 530+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/09 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON – Governments that receive donations of Ten Commandments displays and other monuments for public parks are not compelled to take everything they are offered, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court said that a small religious group, the Summum, cannot force Pleasant Grove City, Utah, to place its granite marker in a park that has been home to a Ten Commandments monument for 38 years. Officials do not violate free speech rights when they reject requests to display monuments, Justice Samuel Alito said in his opinion for the court. "It is hard to imagine how a public park...

    02/28/2008 6:25:40 AM PST · by Manfred the Wonder Dawg · 848 replies · 515+ views
    Apprising Ministries ^ | January 16, 2008 | Ken Silva
    ROMAN CATHOLICISM: A DIFFERENT GOSPEL In their lust for unity the Emergent Church and post-evangelical “Protestants” are right now embracing the Roman Catholic Church as another Christian denomination. But the issue is simple: If, as taught the Church of Rome, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without “the new birth in baptism” then we are now in hopeless contradiction with the Gospel contained in Holy Scripture. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8) Speaking The Truth In...
  • The Gnostic Resurgence: Why Matter Matters

    06/19/2007 3:39:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | October 2001 | David P. Lang
    The Gnostic Resurgence: Why Matter Matters by David P. Lang The tenor of certain contemporary controversies betrays some cogent evidence that the archaic worldview called "gnosticism" is once again attracting adherents, whether or not they are explicitly aware of its influence on their thinking. A central tenet of gnosticism is that salvation comes through esoteric knowledge, accessible only to the few who are privileged to enter into its secrets. The original gnostics, equating spirit with goodness and light, deemed matter evil and fraught with darkness. Since persons are beings capable of intellectual illumination, it logically follows from this position that...
  • Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)

    03/09/2007 11:37:30 AM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 2,310+ views
    Denmark DK ^ | 3-9-2007
    9 March 2007 Crystal amulet poses question on early Christianity An overlooked crystal amulet in the National Museum suggests new understandings about Christianity's origins in Denmark King Harold Bluetooth brought Christianity to Denmark roughly 1100 years ago. At least that's what he declared on the Jelling Stone located in Jutland: 'King Haraldr ordered this monument made in memory of Gormr, his father, and in memory of Thyrvé, his mother; that Haraldr who won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made the Danes Christian.' A tiny crystal amulet in the National Museum's archives suggests something quite different though, that...
  • ‘Explorer: The Secret Lives of Jesus,’ Dec. 17, National Geographic Channel

    12/16/2006 5:18:34 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,495+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | December 8, 2006 | David DiCerto
    Last April, the National Geographic Society made headlines with a completed translation of the second century gnostic text known as the Gospel of Judas – financed by the society and heavily promoted with tie-in books and a TV documentary – that would challenge Christianity's traditional understanding of the relationship between Jesus and his betrayer.Its new special, "The Secret Lives of Jesus," makes similar sensational claims, airing as part of the "Explorer" series Sunday, Dec. 17, 9-10 p.m. EST on cable's National Geographic Channel. Despite its provocative title, however, the program – as with the Judas expose – provides no explosive...
  • Semper Gnosticism!

    12/12/2006 1:52:29 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies · 299+ views
    Reformation Theology ^ | December 9, 2006 | Eric Costa
    "Semper Gnosticism!" This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our...
  • Japan is proud home of Christ's tomb

    05/31/2006 9:56:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 89 replies · 2,973+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | May 29, 2006 | Leo Lewis
    IN A paddy-lined valley in the far north of Japan is a municipal signpost inscribed: “Tomb of Christ: next left.” Follow the winding path up into the forest and there, sure enough, is a simple mound with a large wooden cross labelled as the grave of Jesus. Nearby is a tomb commemorating Isukiri, Christ’s brother, adorned with a plastic poinsettia Christmas wreath. For two millennia the farming village of Shingo claims to have protected a tradition that Jesus spent most of his life in Japan. The village is the home of Sajiro Sawaguchi, a man in his eighties who claims...
  • The DaVinci Code crashes after big opening weekend

    05/28/2006 11:30:50 PM PDT · by dangus · 202 replies · 9,696+ views
    The way I see it, Dan Brown should be very happy for Fandango, which allowed millions of theater-goers to see "The Da Vinci Code" before reading the reviews. Normally, movies don't crash, losing 57% of their audience in the second weekend. Especially not when the 2nd weekend is a holiday weekend and the first weekend was not. But normally people who see movies this stupid have already invested in their Jar-Jar Binks Happy Meal Action Figure. Go figure that the Happy Meal featuring a dead, naked museum curator with a pentagram scratched in his back didn't sell to well. (OK,...
  • Onward Gnostic soldier

    05/19/2006 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 23 replies · 993+ views
    WORLD ^ | 5/20/06 | Marvin Olasky
    Gnosticism is probably hotter now than it has been since—well, over 1,500 years ago. As The Da Vinci Code hits movie theaters and probably extends its three-year run on the New York Times bestselling fiction list, Gnostic books like The Gospel of Judas and The Lost Gospel are also prominent on nonfiction bestseller charts. Peter Jones, professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California and director of Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet ( is the author of The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back and other books that critique anti-Christian doctrines, including Cracking Da Vinci's Code (Cook Communications) and the newly...
  • How Dark the Con of Dan (on the Da Vinci Code distortions)

    05/14/2006 9:41:34 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 11 replies · 629+ views
    The Tidings ^ | 5/12/06 | Archbishop George Niederauer
    "A lie is halfway round the world while the truth is still putting its boots on." --- Mark TwainMy first reaction to Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," was: "It's a work of fiction, a thriller, a page-turner. Everybody knows that." I was wrong. A young friend of mine met a classmate from Catholic high school who told him that she was seriously thinking of giving up her faith after reading "The Da Vinci Code." My friend said, "You'd give up your faith because of a novel?" She answered, "Oh, but it's all true!"Oh, but it's not! Soon the...
  • Gnostics' favorite scholar gets a free pass from critics

    05/09/2006 4:18:05 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 54 replies · 524+ views, The Forum ^ | May 9, 2006 | Phil Lawler
    The Forum: Gnostics' favorite scholar gets a free pass from critics by Phil Lawler special to May. 09 ( - Novelist Dan Brown has been rightly criticized for the many outlandish claims advanced as "historical background" for his sensational novel The Da Vinci Code. While Brown poses as a writer who researchs his subject carefully, his critics have exposed him as a novelist who builds his popular appeal on sloppy scholarship, conspiracy theory, and a hyperactive imagination. Still, the best-selling novelist can call upon a few scholars with impressive academic credentials to support the theories that underlie his book....
  • Analysis of the "gospel of Judas" now available in PDF

    04/25/2006 5:20:12 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 7 replies · 289+ views
    Folks, the three-part analysis of the gospel of Judas which was published recently in Vivificat! has now being consolidated into one single Adobe Acrobat PDF file. You may download it from here. If you find this file worthy of dissemination, please, share it far and wide with family, friends, and acquaintances.
  • Gnostic Gospels - the heresy entitled "Gnosticism."

    04/23/2006 11:32:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 445+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 23, 2003 | Fr. William P. Saunders
    The Washington Post religion section recently had an article about the Gnostic gospels. What are they? — A reader in SterlingThe Gnostic gospels are attributed to the work of a community known as the "Gnostics," which existed in the early Church. (Gnosis in Greek means "knowledge.") However, before addressing the issue of the Gnostic gospels, we must first understand more about the Gnostic community and the heresy entitled "Gnosticism." The origins of Gnosticism are unclear. The first traces of Gnosticism arise centuries before Christianity and are rooted in the ancient religions of Syria, Babylonia, Phoenicia and Persia, and in the...
  • Dissecting The Gnostic Gospels

    04/21/2006 12:27:08 PM PDT · by jennivinson · 4 replies · 345+ views
    1440 KEYS A Radio ^ | April 21, 2006 | Jenni Vinson Trejo
    Dissecting the Gnostic Gospels By Jenni Vinson Trejo April 21, 2006 During the third century, the Christian church cast out the writings of a heretic sect of “Christians” who claimed to be the keepers of knowledge, the Gnostics. These Gnostics claimed that they had found God within themselves and that they held the truth about God. The Gnostics wrote their own version of accounts regarding Jesus and his followers. They eventually had to bury their papyrus books to keep the Christian church from destroying them for being blasphemous. Those documents, discovered in 1946 at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, disclose a...
  • The Judas We Never Knew

    04/07/2006 3:56:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 161 replies · 2,946+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/06/2006 | Collin Hansen
    The Gospel of Judas debuted Thursday in Washington, D.C. What's the Gospel of Judas, you ask? Well, it's not a gospel. And it's not written by Judas. But it's still important, if not the most important nonbiblical text discovered during the last 60 years, as a National Geographic Society executive told The New York Times. The text, a copy of the document written during the second century, reveals some big news. Turns out Judas wasn't the renegade disciple who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide after remorse overwhelmed him. No, this Judas was just doing what Jesus told him to do....
  • Resurrecting faith

    04/18/2006 8:46:54 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 1 replies · 122+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 13, 2006 | Jill Rowbotham
    JESUS "dies" every year on Good Friday but rises on Easter Sunday and church attendance is resurrected with him. More than 4.5 million Australians will make time for tomorrow's services of remembrance or Sunday's services of rejoicing. Some will do both. Secular citizens should not assume such devotion is automatic. Some believers stay away, and some of those who go are not really believers, at least not in the bodily resurrection. The latter include some high-powered Christians. Attesting to this is one of the Church of England's heaviest hitters, the Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, who was in Australia recently...
  • TV special plants Judas kiss on Catholic Church (malice involved says Dominican biblical scholar)

    04/12/2006 7:41:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 526+ views
    INQ7 ^ | April 12, 2006 | Lito B. Zulueta
    THE CATHOLIC Church has not hidden from Christians the existence of the Gospel of Judas and other Gnostic writings. But scholars and certain sectors of the media have tended to use the controversial writings to forward their own agendas and discredit the Church, a Catholic biblical scholar has warned."There may be malice involved," said Spanish Dominican Fr. Angel Aparicio of the University of Santo Tomas. "They may be scholars, but they have their own agendas. I am so surprised the National Geographic is promoting this (Gospel of Judas)."Aparicio was referring to the National Geographic Society special aired on Palm Sunday...
  • 'Gospel of Judas' Called An Authentic Fabrication

    04/07/2006 6:38:55 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 151 replies · 5,871+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | April 7, 2006 | BRUCE CHILTON
    The National Geographic Society released the manuscript of what is called "The Gospel of Judas" yesterday. By National Geographic's own account, a team first assembled by the Maecenas Foundation has been working on the text since 2001. As a result of press releases tied to publication of the text, widespread coverage has repeated the claim that this is an authentic and unique representation of the historical relationship between Jesus and Judas, and that Jesus encouraged Judas to betray him. Despite the careful work by scholars that has gone into a document of obvious interest, I have to express disappointment when...
  • Expert Doubts 'Gospel of Judas' Revelation

    03/02/2006 4:37:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 608+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/06 | Richard N. Ostling - AP
    NEW YORK - An expert on ancient Egyptian texts is predicting that the "Gospel of Judas" — a manuscript from early Christian times that's nearing release amid widespread interest from scholars — will be a dud in terms of learning anything new about Judas. James M. Robinson, America's leading expert on such ancient religious texts from Egypt, predicts in a new book that the text won't offer any insights into the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His reason: While it's old, it's not old enough. "Does it go back to Judas? No," Robinson told The Associated Press on Thursday. The text,...
  • Monastery Icons.Com: Caveat Emptor

    07/28/2005 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 468+ views
    Vivificat! - A Catholic Blog of Commentary and Opinion | 28 July 2005 | Teófilo
    Folks, with heaviness of heart, I cannot recommend any more as a source for religious iconography. It appears that their theological bona fides are not in order, to put it mildly. I have used their religious pictures many times during the last year and a half to illustrate the significant saints of the day. I always included a link to their site as credit. Not any more. I apologize for having led thirsty souls to the wrong well unknowingly . The information that moved me to discontinue my recommendation may be accessed in the links below: - A word...
  • Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out

    01/19/2005 1:47:22 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 25 replies · 525+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | June 2004 | Ben Witherington III
    Home > Christianity Today Magazine > Faith & Thought > History Christianity Today, June 2004 Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out Recent gadfly theories about church council conspiracies that manipulated the New Testament into existence are bad—really bad–history. by Ben Witherington III | posted 05/21/2004 In Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, villain Leigh Teabing explains to cryptologist Sophie Neveu that at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) "many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon," including the divinity of Jesus. "Until that moment," he says, "Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet. …...
  • Madonna Bodyguards Arrested after Brawl with Photographers

    09/18/2004 2:37:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies · 845+ views
    Israeli police today detained two of Madonna’s bodyguards after they assaulted photographers waiting for the star outside her Tel Aviv hotel. Two of the photographers and a policeman who tried to break up the brawl were wounded, said Tel Aviv police spokesperson Liat Pearl. “Two security guards were detained for questioning by the Tel Aviv police department,” said Pearl. The pop diva has been in Israel since Wednesday with 2,000 other students of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Madonna’s visit to the country has sparked a media frenzy with the local dailies devoting pages detailing her luxury hotel suite and even...
  • Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out

    05/21/2004 5:12:29 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies · 169+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 5/21/04 | Ben Witherington III
    In Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, villain Leigh Teabing explains to cryptologist Sophie Neveu that at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) "many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon," including the divinity of Jesus. "Until that moment," he says, "Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet. … a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless." Neveu is shocked: "Not the Son of God?" Teabing explains: "Jesus' establishment as 'the Son of God' was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicea." "Hold on. You're saying that Jesus' divinity was...
  • Third Gnostic Crisis

    04/17/2004 10:12:02 PM PDT · by sauerkraut · 17 replies · 179+ views
    UPI via Cyberbretheren ^ | March 30 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    Series schism 2: Third Gnostic Crisis By Uwe Siemon-Netto UPI Religious Affairs Editor WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Editor's note: This is part two of the UPI series on the new schism running horizontally through most Christian denominations. In this installment, theologians argue that the rift constitutes the Church's Third Gnostic Crisis, which is as menacing as were its predecessors 1,000 and almost 2,000 years ago. When Don Westblade, a religion professor, tries to explain the Gnostic crisis of the early church to his students at Hillsdale College in Michigan he points to a stunning parallel in modern times. The...
  • "What on earth do those people think they're doing?" [Episcopal Church meltdown]

    03/02/2004 8:38:13 AM PST · by Eala · 33 replies · 878+ views
    First Things ^ | February 2004 | Richard John Neuhaus
    "What on earth do those people think they're doing?" That has been the response of innumerable people watching the Episcopal Church, and perhaps the Anglican Communion, on its course of self-destructing. In these pages, Philip Turner, a distinguished Anglican priest, missionary, and theology professor, writing in sorrow laced with anger, gave one answer to the above question (see First Things, November 2003). It is easy to dismiss people with whom we strongly disagree as being either ignorant or crazy, or both. But we owe them and ourselves the effort of trying to understand what they think they are doing, and...
  • Harvard professor joins the buzz about Mary Magdalene

    01/07/2004 9:47:53 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 118+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | January 3, 2004 | Richard N. Ostling
    Imagine that alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, your New Testament includes a fifth Gospel where "seven Powers of Wrath" interrogate the human soul, accusing it of being a "human-killer" and "space-conqueror."Imagine further that the soul responds, "I was set loose from a world and in a type, from a type which is above and from the chain of forgetfulness in time" to enter silent rest during "the time of the due season of the aeon."And how about a Jesus who says "matter gave birth to a passion which has no Image" and that "there is no such thing as...