NEW YORK -- The president of messianic Jewish group Chosen People Ministries has urged Jewish people to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah at a conference earlier in October exploring recent Middle East events and Biblical prophecy.
"I believe that Jewish people need to consciously accept Jesus as their Messiah in order to have a place in the world to come," Dr. Mitch Glaser said in his address at Calvary Baptist Church.
"The saving faith grows out of a spirit enlightened understanding of the gospel," he continued. "Often times when I speak about a glorious future for Israel and for the Jewish people, some people misunderstand that, and think that you can have that future without the king – you can't. Yeshua is the key to everything." more >>
Editor's Note: Part of S. A. Tower's Christian testimony includes the fact that she is a former initiated witch, practicing for more than a decade. Her powerful testimony and insightful revelations in the spiritual realm can be read in her book, "Taken From The Night - A Witch's Encounter With God." Below is the first of a three-part series on her observations about Halloween.
It's that time of year again. There's a chill in the air that warrants wrapping up in a sweater, colorful leaves that once cloaked the trees now carpet the sidewalk and crunch beneath your feet.
Neighborhood homes are decorated with pumpkins, bales of hay and yellow mums. Corn stalks and scarecrows hug the porch columns as the squirrel scampers off with a cheek full of Indian corn. Down the street, a horse drawn carriage complete with a coffin has become the focal point of a neighbor's front yard guarded by enormous blow-up gargoyles. more >>
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, which claims over 66 million Pentecostals worldwide, acknowledged in a letter addressing Pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference that "there have been isolated aberrations of behavior and doctrine over the past century among those who self-identify as Pentecostal or charismatic." Wood insisted, however, that "the movement as a whole has proved a vital force in world evangelization."
Dr. Wood, general superintendent of The General Council of the Assemblies of God and also chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, issued a letter on AG.org in the wake of the Strange Fire conference that brought about 4,000 people to Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., over a week ago. The conference, hosted by Pastor MacArthur and featuring other speakers, such as R.C. Sproul, Conrad Mbewe, Steve Lawson and others, called out what the California minister deems as "unacceptable worship" among the Charismatic movement.
"Dr. MacArthur believes that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit ceased with the close of the Apostolic Era and that the Pentecostal and charismatic movements are therefore theologically aberrant at a foundational level," Wood's said in his statement. more >>
Roman Catholic priests and science experts have said that recent discoveries suggesting that humans evolved from one species is compatible with the Christian faith.
"Certainly, confirmation of humanity's origin in one single lineage, just like modern humanity belonging to one species (as is proposed by the recent study), fits better with the understandings of the faith," said Msgr. Fiorenzo Facchini, an expert paleontologist and anthropologist and a priest of the Church of Bologna, according to Catholic News Service.
Recent research published in the journal Science of an ancient human skull unearthed in 2005 at the site of modern day Georgia in Europe has suggested that humans might have evolved from a single source rather than branching from a tree of multiple species. The skull, named "Skull 5," is believed to be 1.8 million-years-old. more >>
Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
In perhaps what could be considered a promotional game of "book wars," or simply a dispute over theological differences, megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has invited Grace For You ministry leader and pastor John MacArthur to the upcoming Resurgence event via an open letter.
Both MacArthur's Strange Fire 3-day conference held last week in Sun Valley, Calif., and Driscoll's Resurgence conference in Seattle planned for Nov. 5-6, center around the themes of the two pastors new books — MacArthur's Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit With Counterfeit Worship and Driscoll's A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?
While many in the Christian community were buzzing over MacArthur's position against the Charismatic movement, which he shared last week at his conference, Driscoll made an unauthorized impromptu book signing at MacArthur's Strange Fire event last Friday. more >>