Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blame the Whistleblower!

The politically-correct folks win another battle as the Grand Jury in Texas decided on indicting the activists who exposed the insidious baby-killing and organ-harvesting programmes run by Planned Parenthood. The Bible says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Captive In Iran

I rejoice with my brothers and sisters across the world to hear about the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini from Iran earlier this week. Upon his release, Pastor Saeed was brought to Germany. The latest news update is that Pastor Saeed made it back to the United States today and is presently a guest at the Billy Graham Training Center (article).

Let's continue to pray that he will soon be able to be reunited with his wife, Naghmeh, in the United States. That being said, Naghmeh has formerly alleged that Pastor Saeed was abusive towards her and was also addicted to pornography. Let us also pray for true repentance and that God will bring healing to the couple when they are reunited. (More articles from Reuter, Charisma and Christianity Today.)

*** Update (27 Jan 2016)American Pastor Saeed Abedini Speaks of His Imprisonment in Iran: ‘They Beat Me Very Badly’

We are living in very exciting times. More and more people in Muslim lands such as Iran are coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Let us never forget that the greatest Christian theologian and missionary, Paul, was formerly a violent persecutor of Christians (1 Timothy 1:15). Lives were transformed by Christ in the 1st century when He was manifested powerfully. He can certainly do it again today. Praise God.

I was also very glad to find the book, "Captive In Iran" written by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. The two women were born into Muslim families in Iran. They met while studying Christian theology in Turkey in 2005, and realized they had become Christians at about the same time six years earlier.

Deciding to join forces, they returned to Iran and began a program of mission outreach. Over the next two years, they handed out New Testaments in Tehran and other cities. They started two house churches in their apartment, one for young people and another for prostitutes. They extended their ministry with mission trips to India, South Korea, and Turkey.

In 2009, Maryam and Marziyeh were arrested in Tehran for promoting Christianity (a capital crime in Iran) and imprisoned for 259 days in the city's notorious Evin Prison. The official charges they received were apostasy, anti-government activity, and blasphemy for which they were sentenced to execution by hanging. As many around the world prayed for their freedom, and as a result of international lobbying, Maryam and Marziyeh were released in 2009 and cleared of all charges the following year. They consider it an honor to have experienced a little of Christ's suffering by being imprisoned in His name. After their release, they emigrated to the United States.

The video below features and interview with Maryam and Marziyeh. All praise to God for His deliverance for them. Indeed, Jesus came to set the captives free.

Heresy: Mary Worship (and the European Union)

Ever wondered why Europe today is so anti-Christian? 

In fact, a local politician (from the Islamist political party in my country) just made a statement in the media that the intelligentsia in Europe has largely abandoned Christianity. That much is true. However, the politician's claim that Christian missionaries are therefore using money and gifts to "buy" conversions in the poorer and less educated segments of the world (such as in East Malaysia and certain parts of Africa) are absolutely untrue. 

The statements made the decline of the European church disturbed me. After all, Europe was the stage for the Protestant Reformation. It appears that the primary beliefs of Europe today are Liberalism, Humanism, and *surprise* Roman Catholicism (along with Islam). With the immense popularity of Pope Francis (and his push for Universalism), the Roman Catholic religion (along with Islam) is seeping into the institutions of the European Union and even the Member States of the EU (such as traditionally Protestant nations, England and Germany). Coincidentally, as this article in The Catholic Herald (UK) shows, the worship and veneration of Mary is what draws Catholics and Muslims together! [Also read this article by Cardinal William Keeler on how Mary holds Catholics and Muslims in conversation. It is well known that there are thousands who Muslims who venerate Mary yearly at famous Marian shrines - see this article.]

The video above shows how the Roman Catholic Church relentlessly promote the idolatrous worship of Mary and had a hand in engineering the religious direction of the EU (not to mention the push for Universalism and Ecumenism). In fact, one of the central icons for the EU is that of a woman riding a beast (while holding the official EU flag). The woman, supposedly the pagan goddess Europa, has more resemblance of the Babylonian Whore (Revelation 17) than the Biblical Mary.

Dear readers, I'm posting these videos because I absolutely love Mary, the human mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God. She was the handmaiden of the Lord who exemplified faith and obedience for all believers for all ages (Luke 1:38). It pains my heart to see how the Roman Catholic Church have so corrupted the original identity of Mary as to elevate her to be the pagan Queen of Heaven (Jeremiah 7:18). The most blessed of all woman (Luke 1:42) has been so twisted in order to fit into the image of a pagan idol resembling Isis or Diana. If you truly want to know the true Mary, read the Four Canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) rather than the corrupt traditions of heretical popes and priests. 

Please also listen to this 4-part series by Dr John MacArthur on the heresy of Mary Worship. Continue to pray for your Roman Catholic friends and family members to be delivered from the heretical teachings of their "church" by trusting and obeying the Word of God.

Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part 1 of 4)

Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part 2 of 4)

Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part 3 of 4)

Idolatry of Mary Worship (Part 4 of 4)

John MacArthur: Becoming A Better You

Dr John MacArthur candidly addresses the age-old heresies dressed up in modern pop-psychology bestsellers such as "The Secret", "The Shack", and the writings of Joel Osteen. He examines the occult, pantheistic doctrines underlying such popular beliefs as "The Law of Attraction" and positive confession. It's the old "faith is a supernatural force" (not the Biblically taught "have faith in God") spread by the infamous prosperity gospel ("Name-It-And-Claim-It") peddlers over the past several decades.

Other than the occultic foundation of these heretical teachings, the most satanic element at the heart of these teachings is the focus on self-gratification (the Bible would call that "living according to the flesh" - Romans 8:5-6). In fact, it's reached the point where these lie-peddlers do not even bother hiding their intentions anymore (e.g. Osteen openly promises his readers "Your Best Life NOW" - admitting that he has nothing to offer us with regards to what comes after this life!). This is diametrically opposed to the New Testament teachings that we are, in fact, called to be exuberantly joyful despite our present sufferings. We can only be so exuberant because we are living in the Spirit and denying our selves and the lusts of the world - focusing instead on the next world with Christ, our REAL life (Colossians 3:1-4).

It is not Christian love to tolerate outright heresies and lies. MacArthur explores this with clear Biblical expositions and sensitive pastoral concern in his recent book, "The Jesus You Can't Ignore". It is extremely important to reject the false Christ often presented from many popular preachers today - an insipid, spineless, vanilla-flavoured, sweet-talker who accepts everything and rejects nothing. The Biblical Jesus presented in the four canonical gospels was, thankfully, not like that at all. What we find there is the Holy One of God who is always surprisingly welcoming and forgiving towards all those who are unable to save themselves but are acutely aware of their sinfulness/unworthiness. At the same time, He had little patience for false teachers who were leading people astray with their false teachings. In this age of political correctness and relativism, the great need for Christians is to learn once again the lessons from the bold confrontations of the Lion of Judah.

In conclusion, do not let false teachers steal away our true life, our true joy in Christ - living the self-denying, self-crucifying life of the believer. I do not believe that God has any tolerance for such deceptive heresies, and we should not either.

"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? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." - Matthew 7:15-20

Franklin Graham - Decision 2016 Tour

Rev Franklin Graham is touring all 50 states in 2016 to call for national repentance in the face of the threats to America - political correctness, radical Islam, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, compromised churches, etc. In this video, he preached in Tallahassee (his second stop on the Decision 2016 Tour) on the Book of Nehemiah and how Americans need to rebuild their "spiritual walls" by electing men who will lead the nation back to God.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

RT Kendall: 'This Is the Most Important Blog Post I've Written in Many Years'

Click here to read the original article at Charisma Online.

This is the most important blog I have written in many years. I pray with all my heart that this will be read and spread to ordinary Christians all over the world. I cannot come close in emphasizing how important this particular blog is.
A melancholy fact: Most Christians do not have a Bible reading plan. Most Christians do not read their Bibles regularly. Some Christians do not read their Bibles very much at all. And ... some church leaders do not read their Bibles. I happen to know more than I care to reveal—how many famous Christians and leaders have not read the Bible through at all!
I am aiming this blog at ordinary Christians. My followers are not clergymen or church leaders but laymen—ordinary Christians.
Mrs. Martyn Lloyd-Jones made a gripping observation about C. S. Lewis' bookScrewtape Letters, a brilliant satire that includes among other things how the devil tempts new Christians. She lamented that one huge thing Lewis left out—that should have been put in—was how the devil wants to keep people from reading their Bibles. I do agree; it would have been so helpful had Lewis put that in.
I am convinced that the devil will do anything to keep people from reading their Bibles.
Has the devil succeeded with you? How much do you read your Bible?
This blog was inspired by a recent trauma I had in Bimini, Bahamas. Perhaps trauma is too strong a word. But what happened was this: I took a brief vacation to do some bonefishing—my only vacation for 2015. When I turned to read my Bible, lo and behold, I had not packed my Bible or diary (which includes my prayer list)! I was sobered. I never leave home without my Bible, but somehow I let that happen. The thought of not getting to read my Bible for three or four days was almost horrifying. I thought: what do people do who don't have their Bibles?
Then I remembered something I heard only a few days ago when I was in Singapore. That there is a church where people are not encouraged to read their Bibles—at home or at church—but only wait for God to give a "revelation." Like a vision. Orrhema word of knowledge. That's it. The thought of reading the Bible or hearing an expository sermon does not come on to their radar screen! I was flabbergasted when I heard that.
Do listen to me, dear reader. Once we give up the conviction that the Bible is the only infallible Word of God, we open ourselves to a strange world out there that mayinclude the Holy Spirit but also if not equally the realm of the demonic. Do not be surprised: Satan "masquerades" as an angel of light (2 Cor.11:14). The devil will work overtime to keeping Christians from reading the Bible. He would love you to close it and just wait on God.
Whereas the Bible was not given to replace the miraculous or even revelation, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones used to say, but "to correct abuses," too many people don't know their Bibles well enough to know what the Word of God says. And what the abuses might be. The Bible is the Final and Ultimate Revelation of Truth; no vision, word of knowledge or insight will ever—ever—contradict what the Bible has said. The first test of any vision or prophetic word is to run it by Scripture. If it is not upheld by the infallible Word of God, reject it—no matter how much you may respect the person who gives you a word.
I am grateful in particular for two things in my life. First, my parents taught me to read my Bible daily. This is what they did: The thought of not reading at least a chapter a day in the Bible was out of the question. Second, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones—my chief mentor—introduced me to Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan many years ago. As a consequence, I think I can say I have read the entire Bible through some 40 times and the New Testament eighty times. A Bible Reading Plan "keeps you in the Word," Dr. Lloyd-Jones used to say to me.
Many preachers only consult their Bibles when they need a sermon. I persuaded a very close friend—a high-profile prophetically gifted man—to start reading his Bible. Two years ago he began a plan and read the Bible through for the first time in his life! He could not thank me enough. He was (amazingly) amazed over how much it meant to him!
Why had he not been doing this sooner? You tell me.
How much do you read your Bible?
I urge you to go online and find a one-year Bible reading plan, one that will help you to read the Bible through in a year. I urge you to begin today in this plan and never, never, never, never stop it.
The very thought that the devil does not want you to do this should galvanize every true Christian to want to fall on their knees—to pray more and read the Bible more.
Here's the thing. Read the Bible—logos, Holy Scripture—and you will be thrilled to discover how often God gives you a rhema word. A rhema word basically means the unfolding of God's secret will, when He speaks directly to you. God does this. But I can predict: Chase after a rhema word all the time and you will probably receive nothing from God; chase after Holy Scripture and He will give you rhema words whenever you need such.
I have said little in this blog about personal prayer time. Please see my book Did You Think to Pray? In it I stress time with God. Children spell love T-I-M-E. How much time do you spend in prayer? I recommend 30 minutes a day for every layman; 60 minutes a day (minimum) for every church leader. The average church leader in Britain and the USA spends four minutes a day in quiet time. And you wonder why the church is powerless?
Please read your Bible through this year. The Bible is the Holy Spirit's greatest product. He wrote it (2 Tim. 3:15; 2 Pet. 1:21). If you want to get on good terms with the Holy Spirit, then read His Word!
One can go through Seminary (preparing for the ministry) nowadays and never get to know their Bibles. They read about the Bible. Many young people going into the ministry have not read their Bibles through and then they read only about the Bible without the foggiest idea what the Bible says.
One very, very famous Christian said that if he had his life to live over he would spend more time reading the Bible than reading books about the Bible.
It is my heart-felt cry to God that many people will read this blog and take it seriously. You will never be sorry. Also, you will never be the same again.
R.T. Kendall was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England, for 25 years. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, he was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Oxford University (D.Phil.). Dr. Kendall is the author of more than 55 books.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Every Day With Jesus

My wife and I started using the "Every Day With Jesus" daily devotional notes from CWR last year in November. We have been very greatly blessed by the daily Scripture readings and devotional notes (originally written by the late Selwyn Hughes and now re-edited by the CWR team).

I have never been particularly disposed towards the use of daily devotional notes in the past. For many years, I was under the impression that people who use such notes spend more time reading the notes than the actual Scriptures themselves. It felt, to me, like a sort of daily "bite-sized" dose of Christian wisdom - just barely enough to prevent one from being total spiritual starvation but not nearly enough to satisfy one's hunger for a truly nourishing spiritual meal!

Of course, when I was younger, my church introduced us to materials such as Scripture Union's Daily Bread devotionals. I preferred the more substantial Daily Notes (also from Scripture Union) but I don't remember using it for any prolonged period of time (probably only for 2-3 weeks at a time before giving up). Then there was the Read-Pray-Grow (RPG) from the Bible-Presbyterian churches in Singapore. That had more of a fundamentalist bent to it and I was introduced and cautioned against heresies such as Liberation Theology, Barthianism, Roman Catholicism, Neo-Orthodoxy, etc. Once again, I don't remember using the RPG notes for any prolonged period of time. I remember using them to read through the daily devotionals on the Book of Deuteronomy. Other than that, I preferred reading them like I would a magazine - finishing an issue in a day or two.

Earlier last year, my wife and I (along with our children) decided to follow the daily Lent Meditations distributed by the Anglican Church we were attending. It was 40-days of daily meditations on the Book of Proverbs. We also made use of another Lent Meditation booklet prepared by another local Anglican pastor on the Psalms. We were very blessed by the daily readings. It helped prepare us for the Good Friday and Easter celebrations last year (when my three youngest children were baptised).

For the next several months after that, my wife and I referred to the Upper Room daily devotional notes prepared by the Methodist Church. I'm still buying these devotional notes for my dad, my uncle and auntie monthly during my working trips to Hong Kong. Then in November, we started using the "Every Day With Jesus" notes. This is by far our favourite series of devotional notes. For one thing, the materials are arranged thematically. For instance, the November-December 2015 notes were all centered on the Irreplaceable Jesus. The challenge from the daily readings were on whether Jesus was important in my life or whether Jesus was All Important. In other words, is Jesus priority number 25 in a list of 30, or is He really number 1 in my life? Selwyn Hughes took me on a journey exploring the competing claims for my attention in life - philosophy, religion, psychology, career, entertainment, etc. The object of the journey was the discovery that nothing and no one satisfies our deepest needs and longings like JESUS. Then comes the realisation that Jesus must be Lord of Everything in my life and not just one of  the many priorities in my life. Jesus must be my sole preoccupation in life. 

We just started the January-February 2016 notes and the theme is on spiritual growth. My wife was so inspired by the daily readings that she spent a very profitable Sunday evening at the close of our prayer-and-fasting night to share what she has learned with our children and me. The first several days in January, the daily notes brought up so many Scripture passages to show us that God's intention for Christians is spiritual growth and the goal of all spiritual growth is Christlikeness - "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head." (Ephesians 4:15). From there, the daily notes began exploring the hindrances to spiritual growth and how Christians have developed false theories to justify their lack of growth. The truth is that Christians refuse to grow because they prefer to live according to the values of the world or the dictates of the flesh. The Apostle Paul calls this carnality - "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:1). The daily reading today begins pointing us towards the "cure" for such a condition - daily feeding on the Word of God - "Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68).

Finally, I guess what I'm enjoying most in my daily readings is this - it's developing a spiritual discipline in me. I may be many things to many people but one thing I've always lacked in my life is consistency. I'm beginning to see that the Christian life is not about devouring tomes of systematic theology textbooks (although there is a place and time for that). There's a reason why it's called a spiritual WALK - we all need to take a step at a time with the Lord and learn to live day-by-day by His guiding hands. I'm thankful that I'm finally learning such a basic Christian discipline that so many younger Christians have known for a long time. This goes to show that one can be in church for years, read all the correct books and recite all the orthodox creeds, and still miss out on such a simple, basic and blessed thing - the experience of daily walking with the Lord, patiently waiting upon Him, reading His Word, and meditating on the truth of the Scriptures in manageable portions daily. O For A Closer Walk With God Daily!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (Matthew 5:4)

The Poison of Political Correctness

In recent months, God has slowly revealed to me a lot of terribly wrong beliefs that I used to embrace. As a law student and teacher, I have (over the past 7-8 years) been totally sold-out to the liberal, relativistic and humanistic creeds of political correctness. For many people like me, it was taboo to discuss issues such as homosexuality or Islam (lest we incur the wrath of the masses and earn labels such as "homophobe" or "Islamophobe"). As a result, I have said and done many foolish things and compromised my Biblical faith. God forgive me. Thankfully, by His grace, He has shown me the error of my ways. 

John Kitchen's book, "Embracing Authority: The Challenge of Living God's Way in God's World" opened my eyes to the fact that I have not submitted my mind, my values and my beliefs to the authority of our Sovereign King. Instead, I have substituted the guidance of His Spirit and His Word with my own rationalistic conclusions based on humanistic political correctness.

D. A. Carson's "The Intolerance of Tolerance" also helped me to see through the deceptions of the Cult of Tolerance. Nobody is absolutely tolerant of everything. Even the most politically correct liberal will not go so far as to argue that one is born a serial killer and thus has the right to live out one's serial killing tendencies as a lifestyle choice. In other words, the New Tolerance is really a choice of issues to champion (e.g. rights of Muslims, rights of Pro-Choice women, rights of homosexuals, etc.) and a rejection of certain beliefs or values (e.g. Judeo-Christian beliefs). In short, the New Tolerance movement advocating political correctness is really nothing more than another deceptive attempt to rebel against the authority of our Creator God and to live lives according to how our own preferences.

One of the pivotal events of the past year was the Paris Terror Attacks on 13 November 2015. The immediate reactions to that horrible attack from multiple editors of the liberal press were attempts to analyse why Paris was attacked solely from the perspective of how the policies of the Paris government have offended Muslims. Not a single editorial dared to inquire into the religiously-motivated justifications underlying the actions of the killers. In fact, there were dozens of voices openly disavowing the fact that the killers acted because of Islamic beliefs (despite the fact that ISIS terrorists openly proclaim that they are acting precisely in compliance to Islamic beliefs, as interpreted by their select religious experts). Why was this so? Well, it is not fashionable to speak up in any way against the religious beliefs of "minority Muslims" in the Western world who live in fear of Judeo-Christian inspired "Islamophobia". After all, every religion has violence, right? Also, Islam is a religion that preaches peace, right? In fact, it wouldn't even be politically correct to question the "truth" of the preceding two statements. To be entirely fair, I have hundreds of Muslim friends, colleagues and students - none of whom will ever openly support the murderous acts of ISIS in the Middle East and Paris. My point is not to demonise the average Muslim in our communities - as I said, many of them are dear friends to me. My point is this - can we objectively analyse Islamic Jihad without the obstructive interference of political correct accusations that we are acting as "Islamophobes" or spewing hate-speech?

The following video from Pastor Steve Cioccolanti is a very fair assessment of Islamic Jihad in the face of the Paris Attacks. It helps us to put into perspective the threat of Islamic Terror. The first step to do so is to put away the disinformation fed to us by the politically correct media:

Another event that drove home the point why political correctness is a mental poison was an ecumenical conference I attended last year. Earlier in 2015, I took my wife and daughter with me to attend a public forum a week ago at the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM). The forum was entitled "Violence in Abrahamic Religions".

The first lecture was delivered by a well-known professor of Old Testament who teaches in a local theological seminary. It was a presentation based on the writings of men like Julius Wellhausen (who was famous for the Documentary Hypothesis of the Pentateuch in the early years of the 20th century) seeking to argue that there is an inherent trait of violence in Abrahamic faiths - pointing to the usual texts in Joshua and Judges (i.e. the Canaanite Wars), and Genesis chapter 22 (the sacrifice of Isaac). What was very worrying about his presentation was that he continuously ridiculed "Bible maximalists" (read: Christians who uphold the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible). Additionally, the lecturer clearly showed his preference for the theories of the critical scholars and humanists. His overall lecture was a shifty take on important Old Testament passages crafted to generally ignore and/or downplay traditionally reverent interpretations of those same passages in order to present the central thesis that the OT was inherently violent and that we need to re-read those passages in a more "enlightened" manner for our more "enlightened" times.

The second lecture was delivered by a local Arabic scholar (who professes to be a Roman Catholic) to properly explain what "jihad" really meant in the Quran and in Islamic teachings (up to 750AD). Her presentation was nothing more than the oft-repeated "the-terrorists-have-twisted-true-Islamic-jihad" apologetics we get constantly in the media. Predictably, she demonstrated that much of what religious militants today claim to be "jihad" is really a perversion of the original concept which originally had more to do with spiritual warfare and the defence of the Islamic faith/community. Ironically, her presentation (in contrast with the first lecture by the OT professor) went into the traditional roots of Islam in order to correct present-day inaccuracies. In other words, when Muslims record history, it is reliable history but when Judeo-Christians record history, they twisted the facts.

The overall forum neither opened with prayer, nor included a closing prayer. Like other ecumenical forums, it was open to the public and a Hindu openly spoke during the Q&A Session. The closing remarks from a "Christian" reverend (who was the leader of the CCM), who called for everyone to reach into themselves in order to find the true answer of God. He shockingly said that Christians should do so to find out what God wants, Muslims should do so to find out what God wants, and Hindus should do so to find out what God wants. After all, according to him, God is a God of Diversity - all we need to do is reach inside and find the God within us all. This was reinforced in the closing remark came from the second lecturer who capped off the event by saying that we should all remove personal pronouns when referring to God - i.e. that we should all stop saying "MY God" or "OUR God". According to her, we should simply uphold the universal truth that "God is Love" and rest on that alone.

All in all, it ended up showing a very "attractive" version of Islam (at least the pre-750AD version - prior to the present-day political/militant perversions) and a very "un-attractive" and "violent" version of Judaism as well as Christianity. There was a clear call to explore the roots of traditional Islam to correct the errors of the present-day perversions; but when it came to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, the reverse is true - i.e. that we should read the core values of our "enlightened" present into the problematic writings and traditions of the past! Should anyone uphold traditional interpretations of Bible passages, one would be labeled a "Bible maximalist" who attempt to allegorise (spiritualise) the Biblical passages in order to do away with its inherent difficulties.

Like all "Christian" ecumenical events, the emphasis was on "dialogue", "engagement" and the overall spirit of philanthropy rather than preaching the Gospel Truth about the ONLY way to salvation through Christ. What was even more painful was that the audience consisted of mostly seminarians training for the ministry (who were there to hear their "lecturer" speak on a relevant, current issue). None of them had their Bibles with them. They were all clearly impressed with the citations of humanist critics of the Bible by the highly-esteemed "lecturer". I shudder to think of what sort of "Christian" ministries these students will one day have.

My wife and I were very disturbed by the overall experience that day. We left the place with a very heavy burden in our hearts. We prayed fervently in the evening and was reminded of this passage from the Prophet Jeremiah:

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you." (Jeremiah 23:16-17 KJV)

That was a very sobering passage. It was like the Prophet was directly describing the modern-day Christian ecumenical movement:
  • Central message = Love and Peace
  • Friendliness towards people who despise God (universalism and diversity and tolerance are the central keywords)
  • The answer is not in the One True God but in our own hearts (i.e. the imagination of our own hearts, which the Prophet already condemned to be deceitful above all things - Jeremiah 17:9)
  • Salvation is not exclusively in Christ (even to those who reject/disbelieve Christ, the message is that no evil will befall them)
Much as it pains me to say this, the modern ecumenical movement (based upon the fashionable political correctness creed of New Tolerance) is nothing short of spiritual whoredom. It is certainly not the faith once and for all delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).

Furthermore, after several studies on the Islamic question in recent months, I am convinced that there is a more insidious motive behind the entire political correct agenda. We've seen that it's impossible to speak up anything against Islam or the US-led treaty with Iran without being labelled as a hate-spewing Islamophobe. I'm glad to say that I'm not the only one who has come to such a conclusion. Here's Pastor John MacArthur on the dangers of apocalyptic Islamic beliefs:

If all the above does not convince you that there is an agenda behind the anti-Christian New Tolerance movement, I hope that the following videos will change your mind. By the way, this is the largest image of a pagan god that has ever appeared in human history - Kali, the goddess of destruction projected unto the Empire State Building in August 2015. Imagine that - DEATH the size of the Empire State Building:

Worship The God of Israel

My family and I were greatly blessed by the messages shared by Pastors David Silver and Steve Cioccolanti in Trinity Community Centre, PJ during the recent End Times Conference (4 to 6 December 2015). The following video is a beautiful Hebrew song (Elohei Yishi - "O God of my Salvation") we all sang during the conference:

Among the most important lessons we all learned during the conference is the Centrality of Israel in the Climactic and Eschatological Plan of our God. As a law teacher, I have taught classes on the way that the modern State of Israel have openly flouted international law and unlawfully used violence/force against its neighbours (particularly the Palestinians). That being said, I must admit that in my spiritual darkness, I took particular delight in criticising and attacking Israel - often unfairly, without taking into account the constant threats to the continued survival of the Israelis coming from Arabs and militants who daily vow to wipe them off the face of the earth!

Other than the messages delivered during the conference, David Pawson's book on "Christian Zionism" is a timely reminder that many words that I have spoken (against Israel, that is) were symptoms of my own spiritual rebellion and backsliding. Going back to the Bible, it is of great importance for us to recognise that our New Covenant in Christ have replaced the Old Covenant in Moses (i.e. the Mosaic Covenant). This is true. However, it is also true that the New Covenant has NOT replaced the Noahic Covenant (signified by the constant presence of the rainbow in the skies), the Abrahamic Covenant (Israel is STILL the chosen ethnic people of God), and the Davidic Covenant (Christ will fulfill this ultimately during the Millennium when He rules the world from David's throne in Jerusalem).

In other words, Israel remains the chosen people of God. By saying that, I am NOT saying that I excuse their wrongdoings (from their continuous rejection of Jesus as the Messiah - although even this is changing in our days with tens of thousands of Jews turning to Christ - to their political and military crimes). What I am saying is that GOD IS NOT DONE WITH ISRAEL. I believe the Bible and therefore I believe that the full number of Israel's elect will be saved:

"And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”..." (Romans 11:26 ESV)

I believe it is for this reason that Gentile Christians will need to continue to pray for Israel - and there is a promise of the blessings of security to those who do so:

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!" (Psalm 122:6 ESV)

In fact, Jesus Himself openly claimed Jerusalem as His chosen city (when He taught us against swearing):

“But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING." (Matthew 5:34-35 NASB)

In the Anglican Church that I go to, we proclaim week after week (during the Holy Communion) that "Christ is dead, Christ has risen, Christ is coming again". The question is, where is Christ coming back to when He does come back?

"They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” " (Acts 1:10-11 NIV)

According to the two angels in the beginning of the Book of Acts, Jesus will come back "in the same way". By that, we presume that Jesus will come back in His physical body (i.e. the resurrected body). This would then mean that Jesus will be back in a geographical location. Where will this take place?

Well, "in the same way" could also point to the location. Jesus' ascension took place upon the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Could it be that He will also return physically to the Mount of Olives? I believe that this is so. In fact, this is something that the Jews themselves believe in about the Messiah. The only problem is that many of them still have not recognised that Jesus is the Messiah (i.e. they misread the prophecies of the Christ's 2nd coming for His 1st coming)! The Prophet Zechariah openly proclaimed:

"Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south. You will flee through this valley, for it will reach across to Azal. Yes, you will flee as you did from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him." (Zechariah 14:3-5 NLT)

As I said, the passage above is really about Jesus the Messiah's SECOND COMING. And the passage clearly tells us that Jesus's FEET will touch down on the Mount of Olives.

Yes, our Lord is coming back to His City. God is not done with Israel. All Israel will be saved. Let us not cease to pray for the salvation of our Jewish brethren and for the peace of Jerusalem.

Finally, I believe that this is implicit even within the Lord's Prayer when Jesus taught us to pray:

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10 KJV)

Taking A Closer Look At Homosexuality

In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26th, 2015, many people raised rainbow flags proclaiming that #LoveWins. In fact, President Obama even had the White House lighted up with rainbow lights for the same purpose:

I had a discussion with my law students on the legal aspects of the Supreme Court's decision and was rather taken aback by the fact that many of them were uncomfortable discussing the issue at all. Many simply proclaimed #LoveWins and switched their Facebook profile pics with a rainbow! The fear was that one may be labelled a "homophobe" for even discussing the LEGAL aspects of the decision. This is the extent to which the politically correct movement has succeeded in brainwashing us all.

As a Christian, I'm interested in the truth about homosexuality. By saying that, I want to go beyond saying that God hates the sin while still loving the sinner (while that is undeniably true). What I wanted to know were answers to questions such as: Is anyone born a homosexual? Is homosexuality an unforgivable sin? Is allowing same-sex marriages really a celebration of the victory of love? Is homosexuality a harmless lifestyle choice?

Thankfully, Pastor Steve Cioccolanti came up with this very helpful and sensitive video to dispel many popular myths on homosexuality. If you're struggling with this issue in your personal life, personal beliefs or if your family/friends are caught in the homosexuality lifestyle, I strongly encourage you to listen to this message. God's Love Wins.

Another helpful sermon is Pastor John MacArthur's explanation of the specific type of God's wrath called "The Wrath of Abandonment" (as taught by Paul in the first chapter of Romans). This is clearly evidenced by the homosexual phenomenon:

Finally, I also think that it is prudent for discerning Christians and American citizens take a closer look at the questionable policies and positions of President Barack Hussein Obama:

Taking A Closer Look At Pope Francis & Roman Catholicism

A recent issue of the National Geographic magazine celebrated the Roman Catholic view of the Virgin Mary. I do not believe that any Bible-believing Christian can agree with anything in the feature article. The magazine got me to re-think the doctrinal position of Roman Catholicism since the pivotal years of the controversial "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" (ECT) agreement jointly promoted by several evangelical leaders back in 1994. Fast forward 26 years and we see that the present leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is probably the most popular religious figure in the world. How should evangelicals respond to this popular pope?

The video below is a good review of some of the more questionable words and acts of the present pope:

If you're a Roman Catholic and you're reading this, I pray that you will prayerfully read the Bible, the inerrant and infallible Word of God, to understand and know the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. None of us can trust in our own reason alone or human traditions, no matter how popular. It's extremely important to go back to the Bible to know the truth.

Inerrancy of the Bible

The Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. We were taught this from our Sunday School days. It took later re-education to redefine this simple and pure doctrine of Scripture. Over the past decade or so, I was caught in the webs of post-modern relativism and neo-Barthianism. As a result, I ended up compromising on the pure doctrine that the Bible is true in everything it affirms as true - not just in matters of doctrine but also in every affirmation about science, history and reality. The reasons for this is simple: 1) God cannot lie; 2) the Bible is the Word of God; and therefore, 3) the Bible must be completely true.

A very comprehensive defence of the doctrine of inerrancy of Scripture is the book, "Defending Inerrancy" by Norm Geisler and William Roach. This book is instrumental in correcting a lot of my incorrect views about the Bible. Praise God.

Here's Norm Geisler himself giving a very simple explanation of the doctrine of inerrancy of Scripture:

These are two Q&A sessions with the panelists discussing issues relevant to the doctrine of inerrancy of Scripture:

Song For The Nations

A Blessed New Year 2016 to all visitors.

Let's begin the new year with a prayerful song that Christians be used by God to be a shining light to the nations.

My brothers and I sang this song together during the 1993 Missions Fest in Glad Tidings Church, PJ.

Soli Deo Gloria.

"We must pray for revival—that no matter what it takes, revival will come. And we must not only pray for revival, but we must also live in revival. When the night grows darker, it is then that the lights of God shine their brightest, and then that they light up the world. If the world is going from bad to worse, then it's time for God's people to go from good to great. These are the days that produce greatness. It is time for us to commit to standing stronger, more uncompromised, more consecrated, more single minded and more on fire for God than we ever have before, that we might shine as lights in the darkness to proclaim the only name given by which we must be saved—Yeshua, Jesus, the Messiah, the Light of the World, the Glory of Israel and the only hope America and the world still have." - Rabbi Jonathan Cahn