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Posted July 17, 2015

TECHNOCRACY, TRANSHUMANISM,
MYTHOLOGY & HOLLYWOOD
Discerning the Times Quantum Mysticism Conference 2012

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Dr. Martin Erdmann has just posted four more videos online. These are four of the talks presented at the Discerning the Times Quantum Mysticism Conference in Niles, Michigan in June 2012 organized by Discernment Ministries.

The first talk was Dr. Martin Erdmann, who spoke about the historical, philosophical, and religious background of the new spirituality: The New Spirituality and the New Science

In the second talk Dr. Erdmann spoke about the historical, philosophical, and religious background of Transhumanism: Transhumanism, Illuminism, and Scientific Revolution

In the third talk Dr. Martin Erdmann spoke about the history of the rise of Technocracy: The Rise of Technocracy: Creating a Technetronic Era

In the fourth talk, Sarah H. Leslie spoke about the rise of pagan mythology and the 7 Mountains of Dominionism teachings in modern evangelicaldom, and showed exhibits illustrating the utilization of the propaganda resources of Hollywood to further these agendas: The Rise of Pagan Mythology

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Posted July 13, 2015

WHO GOES THERE?
Encountering voices in contemplatie prayer...

An updated article by Pastor Larry DeBruyn*

Voices

“We are from God; he who knows God listens to us;
he who is not from God does not listen to us.
By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

—The Apostle John, 1 John 4:6, NASB

 

Introduction
Through practicing the discipline of solitude and silence, contemplative spiritualists hope to hear God personally speak to them. As one nationally known personality stated on the Be Still DVD, “intimacy automatically breeds revelation.”[1]  But if a voice speaks, there is some question regarding its identity. Therefore in the video’s same segment, “Fear of Silence,” Richard Foster offers advice about how to discern who might communicate in the stillness. He said:

Learning to distinguish the voice of God... from just human voices within us... comes in much the same way that we learn any other voice. Satan pushes and condemns. God draws and encourages. And we can know the difference.[2]

Though there could be others, Richard Foster admits to cacophony of possible voices that might speak: first, human voices within and without (a source that could involve hearing oneself speak, in which case, contemplators would be listening to themselves); second, the voice of Satan or demons; and third, God’s voice.

Who’s Voice?
In order to determine whose voice might be speaking, Foster provides criteria. If the voice is positive and reaffirming, then the voice is God’s. If however the voice is negative and that like a bully who “pushes and condemns,” then the voice must be that of Satan. To discern whether or not the voice is human, Foster offers no advice.

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Posted July 6, 2015

WHY IS THE CHURCH POWERLESS?
Missing the Connection

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By Pastor Anton Bosch

Anyone who is half-honest will admit that the church of the 21st century is powerless when compared to the church in the first century and at other times of great blessing. The problem is that making such a statement is akin to saying the emperor has no clothes since most feel quite content with their situation.

I know generalizations are exactly that, and I also freely admit that there are differences between the church in the West and other places where there still is a visible sense of God moving amongst His people. In broaching this topic we also have problems with terms, so allow me to define what I do, and do not, mean by power.

Power is not measured in noise, hype or even large numbers, just as the “anointing” is not measured in shouting, sweat and spit. Power cannot be measured in statistics, budgets, buildings or programs. A telling statement comes from a Third-World believer after visiting churches in the West: “It is amazing what the church in the West has been able to achieve without the Holy Spirit.”[1]

Power must be defined by the Scripture itself, and the definitive text is Acts 1:8: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” This promise of the Lord Jesus is made manifest by the disciples in the book of Acts as “with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33). This power is visible in sinners powerfully transformed, powerful preaching and, yes, powerful miracles. And yes, I am painfully aware that my own church and ministry fall into the category of the powerless!

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