In recent decades several distinct ‘groupings’ have appeared on the professing Christian scene and amongst the designations ascribed to them are ‘The Emergent Church’ and ‘The User-Friendly Church’.
Trying to explain, consider and then critique their views in the light of God’s Word is no easy matter but two videos have been made in recent years that attempt to do just that and from an orthodox Biblical Christian perspective.
The videos are titled ‘The Real Roots of The Emergent Church’ and ‘Church of Tares’ and I have graciously received permission to post both of these videos to the ministry YouTube site.
I recall in the immediate years following my conversion in August 1984 being given by another Christian two booklets titled as follows –
ALBERTO – Part One DOUBLE-CROSS – Alberto Part Two
They were published by CHICK PUBLICATIONS and followed very much a comicstyle format. As a young believer they were riveting but in the years that followed I began to hear doubts being expressed by other professing Christians, not only about the content but also about the character of the central person in these booklets, Alberto Rivera.
Having viewed some articles on the Internet it is clear that there are many people claiming either to debunk the ‘content’ claims made by Alberto Rivera for his ‘priestly past’ or others staunchly defending those claims.
This short article seeks to highlight both the writings and a taped message by someone who had personal contact for a period of time with Alberto Rivera and that is Shaun Willcock of Bible Based Ministries, based in South Africa. What is interesting is that in his writings and in his taped message Shaun Willcock remains basically ‘neutral’ on the ‘content’ question of Alberto Rivera’s ‘priestly past’ and focuses rather on other vitally important ‘character’ matters that others perhaps have not highlighted or drawn attention to.
The taped message by Shaun Willcock can be heard on
This short article is simply a reprint of a post I made today on FACEBOOK but I felt it should be reproduced as an article on the ministry web site because of the relevance of the topic. There are ‘voices’ trying to ‘marry together’ the religion of Christianity and the ideology of Islam – they are deceiving ‘voices’ and must be firmly and biblically resisted and that is my hope for this article.
In recent times the outreach ‘strategy’’ of those who call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses has broadened from being in the past mainly door-to-door outreach activity to now encompassing street/market-place outreach activity. Where we live in Ballynahinch there is a weekly market held in the town centre on a Thursday and Margaret shops in it most weeks. Recently she stopped at the portable stand erected and staffed most weeks by these so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses and took a copy of their AWAKE magazine (No.1 2016). She took it as she thought it might be of some interest and use to me and I’m glad she did because in it there is a very interesting item on pages 7-9.
In the early years after my conversion and, with a growing interest in ‘apologetics’, I soon became aware of the work of the Christian Research Institute and its ‘leading light’, its founder and director, the late Dr. Walter Martin. Over a number of years I regularly subscribed to and received their ministry magazine that contained many helpful articles on various cults and non-Christian religions.
However, I was saddened, disappointed and dare I say it, even shocked, by a series of articles they published in 1993 (some 4 years after the death of Dr Martin) on the subject of Roman Catholicism. Whilst their analysis of that religion was at times helpful, the eventual conclusions that they reached seemed to me to be dangerously misleading and evidenced a ‘soft’ approach to the subject under consideration.
On Saturday 19th March 2016 I ‘happened’ upon a TV broadcast being shown on FREEVIEW channel 74. It was called ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and the presenter spoke for the best part of 30 minutes on the subject of ‘The Anti Christ’.
He was very clear in his presentation which was slick and professional including various graphics and scripture references However, I sensed that ‘all was not right’ as he repeatedly made reference to the ‘keeping of God’s law’. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Christians shouldn’t live in accordance with the precepts of God’s moral law – after all God has ‘written’ that on the hearts and in the minds of true believers (Hebrews 8:10 and Hebrews 10:16) but as we live out those moral precepts we demonstrate evidence of having been saved, we are not obeying in order to be saved.
Earlier this year my good brother in Christ, Shaun Willcock, of ‘Bible Based Ministries’ in South Africa wrote a detailed and comprehensive article assessing the Papal visit to America that had just taken place. It was titled –
“The Pope of Rome in America 2015: Why now?” and it could be accessed on –
Items in ‘the news’ this week have included yet another murderous Islam-inspired barbarity (this time in America) and also special events to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of soccer legend, George Best.
In everyday life we see the ongoing incursion of LGBT ‘equal rights’ into the lives of those out of step with such a ‘lifestyle’.
In pulpits and papers we see, hear and read ‘Christian’ messages totally at odds with “the narrow way” proclaimed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Whilst searching the ministry web site for a quote by Abraham Lincoln that could be applied to those who hold to the world-view espoused by those who carried out the atrocity in San Bernadino I eventually located it in my ministry newsletter of MARCH 2006. As I read through that almost 10-year old newsletter I was greatly struck by how relevant and applicable what I wrote back then in all the articles in that newsletter is to current events such as those I have mentioned.
Recently I had a look through the various Indexes that are listed on the ministry web site, firstly under –
Categorised ‘Index of Articles’
And then secondly under –
Categorised Index for ‘ASSORTED ARTICLES’
I was looking to see what, if any articles, I had written that dealt with the religion of HINDUISM. As I suspected, there was no direct article dealing in any way with this topic. The closest to one was an article in my March 2002 ‘News From The Front’ newsletter that was titled –