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Posted December 5, 2013
Selfie Scriptura [sel’ fee skrɪpt ər’ uh]
[(Selfie: high tech, publicly-displayed self portrait, Oxford Dictionary word of the year 2013). (Scriptura: Middle English and Latin scrīptūra, writing. See script, -ure). Literally: self scripture.]
“…the selfie is either a pure expression of self
1. Like taking a picture of themselves, selfies believe they have received individualized and intimate communication(s) from God as stimulated by and resulting from their pietistic and personal contemplation and/or imagination. To validate that the messages have been received from the divine realm, the selfie links their revelations to scattered Bible references, most often irrelevant, to the messages both received and then transcribed. This linking tactic makes their novel communications more palatable and marketable to other members of the “selfie-needy” pan-evangelical kingdom.
2. Along a selfie’s spiritual journey a special visitation of receiving divine words that transport the hearer to higher realms of glory, thus affirming their personal progress towards deification. Achieving a higher state of communion with the Divine by engaging in various spiritual arts, methods and disciplines, in order to attain God’s indulgent divulgence of revelatory words – new words that are to be written down and shared with other supplicants in their journeys. By practicing the contemplative exercises of solitude and silence, which, it is expected, will engender a tabula rasa (Latin for ‘blank slate’) within one’s consciousness, it is hoped that a voice will be heard, a vision will be seen, or a visitation experienced to create excitement in otherwise dull and dimly lit spiritual lives. Or, by engaging in raucous shouts and/or mantra chant-like singing during deafening music with a mind-numbing beat it is believed that one can approach the throne of God in the heavenlies to receive a supernatural word to deliver to earth-bound believers. Thus the selfie purveyor of new verbage is privileged to revel in his/her own exalted status as the channeler of transcendent messages.
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Posted November 30, 2013
"ANOTHER JESUS" CALLING
A book review of "Another Jesus" Calling, Warren B. Smith (Lighthouse Trails, 2013)
By Sarah H. Leslie
During the hippie era there was a rising interest in spirituality, especially influenced by the Beatles and their adventures in India with mind-altering meditation and drugs. It was a time of the Vietnam War and this gentle-sounding meditative spirituality promised goodwill and harmony on earth. As young people we were told that if we could hear what the spiritual world was trying to tell us, listen quietly and meditate, we could tap into this same blissful message. By submerging our selves into an altered state of ethereal bliss we could find our path in life, and continue our spiritual journey to wholeness. Personal peace was a sure gateway to global peace we were promised.
My spiritual journey began in 1968 with automatic writing, based on a method taught by spiritualist Ruth Montgomery. I would sit with pen in hand with a blank sheet of paper and meditate, calling on the voices of the spiritual world to come and speak to me. I was very earnest about this and wanted a soothing word that would portend my future. Night after night I would sit and expectantly wait. Montgomery said that this automatic writing was a way for the spirit world to communicate important messages. What is automatic writing?
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In this newsletter:
EARLY THANKSGIVING FOR BLESSINGS
ALTERED STATES: A DIFFERENT GATE
Sarah Leslie and Pastor Larry DeBruyn
Read the September/October 2013 Newsletter
New Book Release!
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.
This book is available through Discernment Ministries. Check HERE for prices and availability.
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.
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.
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