DiscernmentHeader
He answered and said unto


______________________

Home

About Us

What We Believe

Salvation

Recent Herescope Posts

Articles

Newsletters

Books & Research Papers

Conferences

Catalog

Links of Interest

Get in Touch With Us

______________________

Discernment Research Group
is an education project of Discernment Ministries, Inc.

Read our blog at:

www.herescope.net

 

Latest Newsletter

January/February 2015

 

Have you checked the latest HERESCOPE?

Posted February 25, 2015

UNSAGACIOUS SEERS

Part 6: The Physics of Heaven:
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction

Read Part 1: "The Physics of Heaven"

Read Part 2: "The Power of the Zero-Point Field"

Read Sidebar: "Jesus' Lesser Works"

Read Part 3: "Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

Read Part 4: "Vibrating in Harmony With God"

Read Part 5: BILL JOHNSON: Squandering Our Spiritual Inheritance

______________________________________________________________

Unsagacious:
having or showing no acute mental discernment and no keen practical sense; not shrewd; not wise.
______________________________________________________________

 

Review of Chapter 5 authored by Jonathan Welton,
“Authentic vs. Counterfeit”
[1]

“I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples
of things that the New Age has counterfeited,
such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras,
power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more.
These actually belong to the church
,
but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.”
—Jonathan Welton, The Physics of Heaven, p. 49, emphasis added 

Weltonwebsitelogo

Thesis
Ironically, this chapter, “Authentic vs. Counterfeit” by Jonathan Welton,[2] proposes that Christians should pursue separating the true from the false in New Age Religion, and reclaim the truths that religion stole from the church. The chapter’s “most important point” is,

If there is a counterfeit, there is an authentic that we need to find and reclaim. Every time we see a masquerade, we need too look closely to properly discern what is being counterfeited, because a counterfeit is evidence that an authentic exists. (TPOH, 42)

“Resistors” and “Fearers”
To advance his bold thesis, Welton needs to discredit conservative Christian critics who question the legitimacy of such a reclamation project and therefore states, “The way that God moves in power looks a lot like the New Age, and this has scared many Christians away from the operating gifts of the Holy Spirit.”(TPOH, 45) So he breaks down the way religious people view the supernatural into 3 Groups—

1. Those who operate in the supernatural realm authentically (i.e., the signs and wonders crowd of the New Apostolic Reformation); 

2. Those who operate in the supernatural realm fraudulently (i.e., New Agers, Buddhists, Hindus and Occultists); and 

3. Those who view the supernatural realm skeptically. 

Welton perceives Group 3 to be comprised of “fellow Christians who believe false doctrines regarding the operation of supernatural power.”(TPOH, 48) In contrast to the charismatic crowd that embraces the supernatural under the “the lordship of Jesus Christ,” Group 3 is comprised of those who fear supernatural phenomena, and presumably do not live under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Read the entire post: www.herescope.net

 

_________________________________

 

Posted February 19, 2015

PAUL AND IMMINENCE
Part 2

By Pastor Anton Bosch

Jesus’ teaching on imminence is exceedingly clear: “…the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40). (See Part 1 of this series.) His statements on the topic should be sufficient to convince any of us. But what did Paul believe and teach on the subject?

Before we look at Paul’s teaching on the topic, bear in mind that those who deny the doctrine of imminency, try to reason it away by saying that we can die at any moment. They say that Paul was looking forward to death and not the Rapture. While it is true that Paul teaches us not to fear death, and that “absence from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), he encourages believers to look for the Lord’s return rather than their own death.

To the Corinthians Paul writes: “… eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:7-8). Was Paul mocking them by telling them to wait for something that was not going to happen in their lifetime? Was he using the Lord’s return as a false threat? Obviously not. The soon return of the Lord was very real to Paul, and to all believers of that time.

In teaching on marriage Paul says: “…the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none… For the form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). In the light of the imminency of the Lord’s return, even legitimate pursuits should be set aside. Remember, Paul is not mistaken since the very principle of imminence means Jesus comes at any moment, and an “an unexpected time.” While Paul was addressing the believers of his day, he is also speaking to all believers of all time, and this truth does not change: The time is short, the Lord is at the door.

Read the entire post: www.herescope.net

 

 

Latest Newsletter!

January/February 2015

In this newsletter:

THE TRUE ORIGINS OF THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL

By Pastor Anton Bosch

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSICAL ARTISTS SAY:
We Will Stand "United" -- With New Age Sympathizer Roma Downey?

By the Editors, Lighthouse Trails

Read the January/February 2015 Newsletter

 

Newly Released Booklet!

GodsPresentofHisPresenceCover

Click on the link below for the booklet:

God's Present of His Presence

 

_________________________________

 

Also Available!

NEW EVANGELICALISM: The New World Order

By Paul Smith

Like Cascading Dominoes the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise.

NewEvangelicalismCover1

This book is available through Discernment Ministries. Check HERE for prices and availability.

 

_________________________________

 

Also Available!

Contentiously Contending!

By Anton Bosch

Back in 2007 this blog ran a series of messages by Pastor Anton Bosch on the topic of "contentiously contending." We are pleased to announce that these messages have been published in a booklet.

cccover1a

Herescope readers who loved the series will be happy to know that they can now order this in a printed booklet format - for only $3.00 per copy! Order your copies at the Discernment Products Page (Books) HERE, or by phoning 903-567-6423.

2004-2015 Discernment Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.