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Posted September 13, 2014

"THE POWER OF THE ZERO-POINT FIELD"

The Physics of Heaven
A
Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction

Read Part 1

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

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Part 2: Review of CHAPTER ONE
authored by Judy Franklin:
The Power of the Zero-Point Field [1]

“At present, nobody knows how to exploit the zero-point energy in a macroscopic device that delivers sizable amounts of energy. There is, however, a considerable fringe element (similar to those attracted to UFOs, astrology, numerology and so on) of people who speculate and fantasize about the possibility of exploiting the zero-point energy to achieve various technical marvels and the long-sought ‘perpetual motion.’ Consider yourself warned.”

Atomic Physicist Steven K. Lamoreaux, quoted by John Obienin, Materials Science Researcher at the University of Nebraska at Omaha[2]

The Manifest Sons of God
The Apostle Paul told believers that “the anxious longing of the creation
waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” (Emphasis added, Romans 8:19, NASB). About this verse and others in the passage, the author of Chapter 1, Judy Franklin, testifies that something “latches onto your spirit and you just have to understand what they [the verses] mean.”(TPOH, 1)  So she asks, “Hadn’t the children of God already been revealed by the time Paul wrote this letter to the Romans?”(TPOH, 2) Well... her answer is a qualified “yes” and “no.”

Because Paul wrote Romans years after Jesus’ life and death, and according to Acts “miracles and healings and deliverances and even resurrections from the dead were almost common-place,”(TPOH, 2), the author reasons that in part, the wait was over. With “signs and wonders” as their calling card, sons of God were manifested during the apostolic era and intermittently throughout church history. But Judy felt there was a deeper meaning in the verses (Romans 8:18-22). So she “began earnestly seeking the Lord as to what they meant.”(TPOH, 2) In three stages, God explained to her the future and deeper meaning of “the revealing of the sons of God.”

Stage 1—God spoke: “The Sound” is coming
God told her that from the first Pentecost He had continued to distribute power to the church to do greater works than Jesus did (See John 14:12.). But He explained to Franklin that “no child of God [even the old Apostles] has ever fully realized the power that has been put within us.”(
TPOH, 2) She clarified that, “God has given us the power to raise the dead and heal the sick and cast out demons and we’ve done that to a point, but... but no Christian in history has exceeded Jesus’ works.”(TPOH, 2) So given this deficiency among Christians from the first Pentecost to the present, God explained more....

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Posted September 11, 2014

"STAGE MANAGED" ECUMENISM
A Commentary by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp

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Unbelievable and largely unseen ecumenical coalitions and ad hoc alliances are forming. These alliances are being forged by a small cadre of seeker-driven  megachurch celebrity pastors/authors. These vision-casting celebrities are in effect acting as power brokers in forming ecumenical coalitions. As with all coalitions these players are attempting to gain something for themselves and their “ministries” and the expanding of their personal reputations. They are willing to exchange their platforms and pulpits with other celebrities of like class and clout. These platform exchanges often cross boundaries into false and even heretical territory. Consequently, these celebrities become an endorsement of false teaching to the masses of low information evangelicals who are fans of these various Christian celebrities. 

The opportunity for these maneuvers is that classical evangelicalism as a theologically descriptive word is becoming near meaningless. Gregory Thornbury, now president of Kings College states: “the evangelicalism I signed up for is gone forever.... In fact many leading theologians today see evangelicalism as a relic of a bygone era.” (Thornbury, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism, Crossway, 2013, pp. 223)  

The vacuum created by the disappearance of classical evangelicalism, unfortunately has been filled by TV ministries, bookstores, stadiums rallies, mega churches and extended mega church campuses and their media promotions.

These new media leaders have launched their own media outlets replete with fully equipped transportable entourages. If you can't attend the events you can get it all on GodTV, TBN or a DVD for a price. These efforts are the  beginnings of a back door ecumenism, an unpublicized ecumenical convergence. A sort of reverse ecumenical big bang is upon us. There is an unseen and undocumented ecumenical contraction in Christendom. This phenomena is unreported and even mostly an unspoken practical ecumenism. It's as if there is a gravitational pull that draws even the most unlikely supporters together. There is a handy deniable component built into this in that it is promoted by sharing a stage or platform. These coalition partners promote each other by inviting other celebrities to their platform of their mega church or stadium conferences. Some rush in to say that such so-called “platform ecumenism” is guilt by association. It is that, but more, so their presence together on a platform shouts for all to hear a  guilt by endorsement. It is like forming a shadow government. This ground level ecumenism is not the product of denominational leaders. In fact denomination leaders in this postmodern era have been  essentially relegated to the sidelines. The sheeple (the sheep as people) blindly follow their celebrities. They pay little or no attention to their unknown denominational leaders. Beyond that many denominational leaders join right in. The  sheeple are out there. They can be organized to follow their leaders. Indeed sheep follow other sheep.

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Posted September 2, 2014

"WE ARE NOT ABANDONED"
The Culture Which Gave Rise to Mark Driscoll
Part 1: What "blessed subtraction" and "anonymous" mean

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Peter Drucker, "Management's New Paradigm"[1]

Compare Peter Drucker's remarks to Mark Driscoll's. Does "organized abandonment" equal "blessed subtraction"? This is the question we will be addressing in this post.

Peter Drucker, the management guru, made his statements in an essay in an October 5, 1998 issue of Forbes magazine, which was re-published by Leadership Network in December 1998 in its glossy newsletter NEXT. NEXT was a training tool for the young emerging leaders as well as the megachurch pastors.

The current context is the recent unfolding revelations about Mark Driscoll and his controversial activities. In addition to Driscoll, the past year has brought to light disturbing revelations about the misbehavior of other men of influence including as Doug Phillips, Bill Gothard and C.J. Mahaney. Suddenly there is an unprecedented openness, a sincere searching, and a willingness to examine controversial issues. Many are trying to make sense out of what has happened.

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