Thursday, August 18, 2016

Betraying the Reformers - Betraying the Gospel

Resetting the Reformation: Part 2

Read Part 1: TOGETHER 2016: Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall


Reformation?
Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer before being burned at the stake.
Ridley: “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley and play the man;
we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace,
in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”
[1]

“Remember your promise in baptism; Christ His mercy and blood-shedding: By whose most holy sprinkling, of all your sins you have free pardoning. Of Christ's body this is a token, which on the cross for your sins was broken. Wherefore of your sins you must be forsakers, if of Christ's death ye will be partakers.
~ Hugh Latimer, rejecting Roman Catholic dogma, martyred on October 16, 1555[2]

or
“Recycling and Reprocessing”?
Drawing by Theodoros Pelecanos, in a 1478 copy
of a lost alchemical tract by Synesius.
[3]

OUROBOROS: Gnostic/alchemical image of the serpent swallowing its own tail, used in alchemical manuals.... Also as a general symbol of INFINITY in its dynamic function of inexhaustible recycling and reprocessing.[4][bold added]

By Gaylene Goodroad

TOGETHER 2016: Building the Apostate Unity Bridge
In July, a massive rally[5] took place on the Washington Mall in an effort to forge Christian unity and solidarity, and to undoubtedly eliminate the centuries-long rift between Evangelicals and Catholics. The event was called Together 2016. Not only did many Christian celebrities, authors, musicians, and popular teachers head the event lineup[6], but Pope Francis was also scheduled to promote the gathering and its broader message from Rome via video. We reported on this disquieting rally in a detailed post called “Resetting the Reformation: Together 2016 – Unbiblical Unity at the National Mall.”

Screenshot from Pope Francis’ Together 2016 endorsement video[7]

In promotional statements made by Together 2016 organizer Nick Hall, it was clear that he believed the Pope’s endorsement was necessary to facilitate this false unity and negate polar differences between Evangelicals and Catholics going back five hundred years. Hall even referred to the Pope as “His Holiness”, a title reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ alone:

“We are humbled and honored by his [the Pope’s] involvement and are eager to share his message with the crowd that gathers at Together 2016,” he [Hall] told the Christian Post last month. “That His Holiness would choose to speak into this historic day is a testament to the urgency and the need for followers of Jesus to unite in prayer for our nation and our world.”

Hall also traveled to Rome to meet with the Roman Catholic leader and other Vatican officials ahead of the event.

“We’ve been praying for this and God has been answering our prayers,” he said in an online video in speaking of Bergoglio’s [Pope Francis’] support of the gathering, explaining that he and a representative from the Vatican discussed how to unite Christians and Catholics.

An endorsement from Bergoglio, which had been posted online, was also played on the jumbotron for Together 2016 attendees.[8][bold added]

In the video[9], the Pope even holds up a Together 2016 T-shirt, adorned with Hall’s Reset logo and an American flag, inviting viewers to wear one “in unison.”[10]
Screenshot of Pope Francis video endorsement of Together 2016[11]

Refashioning Occult Symbolism
A careful examination of the Together 2016 T-shirt that the Pontiff displayed for his vast video audience reveals Nick Hall’s Reset/Together 2016 logo which is hidden-in-plain-sight in the word “TO-GE-TH-ER.” Note the letter “O” in the T-shirt held by the Pope in the graphic above.

After seeing this familiar “O” symbol repeatedly in Hall’s ministry websites[12], event advertisements[13], and prominently displayed on the cover of Hall’s book, Reset, it finally occurred to me that I’d seen a variation of the same symbol in occult materials. This “O” is called an Ouroboros and it is the circular depiction of a serpent eating its own tail, symbolizing monistic oneness—and thus it is not true Christian unity (John 17:20-23).[14]
The Ouroboros forms an “O”[15]


Note this definition of the Ouroboros from the Encyclopedia Britannica online:

Ouroboros, emblematic serpent of ancient Egypt and Greece represented with its tail in its mouth continually devouring itself and being reborn from itself. A Gnostic and alchemical symbol, Ouroboros expresses the unity of all things, material and spiritual, which never disappear but perpetually change form in an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation.[16][bold added]

The Ouroboros is also a prominent feature of the Theosophy emblem depicted below,[17] an occult society founded by Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky[18]:
Note the snake eating its tail at the top of the circle, at the swastika.

The Ouroboros is also found in other esoteric societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (alchemy).[19]

Why is Hall using the Ouroboros “O” as his Reset logo?
This is an important question. Compare the unbiblical and esoteric form of unity symbolized in the Ouroboros with its idea of “an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation” to Hall’s concept of a “reset” button which, when mystically pushed, formulates profound spiritual change. Here is Hall's vision of his RESET Movement:

A reset to our created purpose.

In 2012, a group of people from different backgrounds, known then as RESET Movement, began sharing the message of a “reset” at events and gatherings. The term relates to technology, where a reset clears past errors and gets the system working toward its created purpose. In the same way, every person is created for a purpose—but we have downloaded the wrong files, corrupted the system, and fallen away from God’s best for our lives. Each of us needs a reset, and Jesus offers everyone a supernatural reset.[20][bold added]

Clever as it sounds, Hall’s “reset” message is not biblical. It is NOT the true Gospel. We aren’t hapless victims who have unwittingly “downloaded the wrong files” that have “corrupted the system.” We are sinners born of Adam who need to confess and repent of our sin and believe that Jesus Christ alone, the Lamb of God, paid for our sin on the Cross with His own blood. It is His sacrifice that redeems true believers from the deadly eternal sin that corrupts us from within and cleanses us anew to walk in His light until we see Him in glory (Rom. 5:12-21; Rom. 10:9-13; Titus 2:14; 1 Jn. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Acts 17:30-31; Acts 2:38; Matt. 4:17).

The saving Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot be equated to a crude computer virus that has invaded the human system from without. Rather than a conscious and contrite inner acknowledgment of unrighteousness and a hearty recognition of the eternal saving gift of the Creator to completely purge that sin, the artificial remedy of this false gospel says that those infected by such an outside invader simply need to push the master ‘reset’ button, named ‘Jesus’, and rid themselves of unwanted and corrupted data enabling them to live up to a ‘purpose’. Sounds like Rick Warren.[21]

Here is the simplicity of the Gospel of salvation:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(1 John 1:9)

Is Hall's use of the Ouroboros “O” intentional? Does he mean to convey the esoteric meaning of this symbol? After all, there is not much difference between the term “reset” and what the Ouroboros symbol stands for. Plus Hall's expansive “reset” of Christianity even includes the logo-flashing Pope. Does Hall's “reset” pave the way for unity and oneness with other world religions?

For example, the Ouroboros “O” is also paralleled by the Japanese Enso symbol representing Zen Buddhism:
The Zen Enso “O” symbol[22]

The anti-Christian spiritual meaning of the Enso is explained in an article titled, “Zen Circles of Illumination”:

ZEN ART IS SPIRITUAL art in its purest sense. It was done not by professional artists, but by Zen monks and nuns who spent extremely disciplined lives of meditation, in a search for enlightenment and awakening to the true nature of reality. That they were painting from their own personal knowledge of this reality, rather than from doctrines handed down, is the very foundation of this art-form's compelling power. It is believed in Japan that the character and spiritual realization of the monk or nun are transmitted into the painting itself… The Enso, or Zen circle, is one of the most appealing themes in Zen art. The Enso itself is a universal symbol of wholeness and completion, and the cyclical nature of existence, as well as a visual manifestation of the Heart Sutra, "Form is void and void is form."[23][bold added]

The fact that this unbiblical knowledge is channeled onto canvas by Zen monks seeking spiritual enlightenment apart from “doctrines handed down” should alarm any true believer in Christ. This belief system is at complete odds with God’s Word. This entire Eastern concept of unity and enlightenment is diametrically opposed to sound Christian doctrine.[24] One Zen Buddhist source defines enlightenment—achieved through Eastern meditation—this way: “Illumination: This mighty word in essence and strength is used…to emphasize the transcendental mystic experience that consists of experiencing the Tao, true Zen, Reality.”[25] It could also be expressed in the ancient occult maxim, “as above, so below”; i.e., “all is One.”[26]

It is quite alarming, therefore, to discover that Nick Hall, the organizer of the Pulse/Reset/Together 2016 movement chose a re-crafted Ouroboros/Enso “O” to symbolize his Christian ministry and to further signify Christian unity. The following exhibits are a montage of this occult symbol used throughout Hall’s media graphics:
Reset/Ouroboros logo in the “O” of “Together”[27]
Hall’s “Jesus is the Reset” Pulse/Reset/Ouroboros logo[28]
Hall’s Together 2016/Reset/Ouroboros logo appears on stage floor[29]

Nick Hall’s Reset Movement/Ouroboros logo[30]
Hall’s book jacket prominently displaying the Reset/Ouroboros symbol[31]

Popular evangelicals, Josh McDowell, Luis Palau, and Ravi Zacharias wrote the Foreword[32]


Re-Sparking a Global Movement
On July 15, 2016, I published an extensive article titled “Resetting the Reformation: TOGETHER 2016: Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall” detailing concerns about Nick Hall's movement and his event at the Washington Mall.

As it turned out, things did not go as event organizers had planned on July 16. Together 2016 was shut down by the U.S. Park Police five hours ahead of schedule due to enormous heat casualties.[33] It is unclear whether or not the Pope’s endorsement video was shown to the crowd or live streamed online before the plug was abruptly pulled at 4 p.m., but the unprecedented video of Pope Francis’s ecumenical invitation is currently posted on the Together 2016 Facebook page.[34]

Nonetheless, this enormous event re-sparked a global movement that has been smoldering in the background ever since the late Pope John Paul II became the Roman Pontiff in 1978. . . .

To be continued....

The Truth:

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”
(Romans 1:16-17)

Endnotes:
1. Graphic taken from Wikipedia; see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Latimer. Ridley’s quote: John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA, 1981, pg. 309.
2. Ibid. John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, pp. 272-273, 301.
3. Ouroboros: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros
4. John Lash, The Seeker’s Handbook: The Complete Guide to Spiritual Pathfinding (Harmony Books, 1990), p. 336.
5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/07/16/major-evangelical-revival-aims-to-uplift-traditional-christians-with-rap-rock-and-prayer/
6. https://reset2016.com/confirmed/
7. https://www.facebook.com/JesusIsTheReset/videos/vb.251432111654262/871146386349495/?type=2&theater
8. Heather Clark, “‘Pope’-Endorsed Ecumenical ‘Together 2016’ Unites Christians, Catholics in Nation’s Capital,” Christian News, July 17, 2016; see: http://christiannews.net/2016/07/17/pope-endorsed-ecumenical-together-2016-unites-christians-catholics-in-nations-capital/.
9. https://www.facebook.com/JesusIsTheReset/videos/vb.251432111654262/871146386349495/?type=2&theater
10. http://pulsemovement.com/reset/
11. https://www.facebook.com/JesusIsTheReset/videos/vb.251432111654262/871146386349495/?type=2&theater
12. http://pulsemovement.com/reset/
13. https://www.facebook.com/JesusIsTheReset/
14. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn's treatment of the topic of Monism article "Evolution, Quantum Physics & New Age/New Spirituality": http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/evolution-quantum-physics.html. See also his series "FROM COSMOS, TO CHAOS, TO CONSCIOUSNESS" on Herescope, especially Part 4: "The Force Be With You": http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/10/force-be-with-you.html
15. This exhibit comes from: http://www.zazzle.com.au/ouroboros+stickers
16. Encyclopedia Britannica online, “Ouroboros”; see: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ouroboros.
17. This exhibit comes from: http://www.ts-adyar.org/content/emblem-or-seal "suggest a vast evolutionary process embracing the whole of nature, physical and spiritual...."
18. To understand the history and significance of Blavatsky, read the Herescope article "Evolution & the New Age Movement: How Eastern Mysticism Promulgated Evolution": http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/06/evolution-new-age-movement.html. For a brief bio on Blavatsky, see: http://www.magickalmind.com/blavatsky.htm
19. See the creepy logo with the serpent circle on the upper right hand of this webpage: http://www.yeatsvision.com/gd.html
20. See Nick Hall’s Reset website: https://reset2016.com/about-together2016/.
21. For example, http://purposedriven.com/day1/
22. This exhibit comes from: http://www.dailycupofyoga.com/2011/11/17/enso-the-art-of-the-zen-buddhist-circle/
23. Belinda Sweet, “Zen Circles of Illumination,” Zen Paintings website; see: http://zenpaintings.com/article-enso.htm.
24. For a book and numerous articles discussing this point, see Gaylene Goodroad's website: http://mylifeintheway.blogspot.com
25.See this Herescope article: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2015/11/mainstreaming-mystic-mindedness.html
26. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn's many articles on Herescope discussing the rising popularity of the occult belief "as above, so below.": For example, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-supreme-supremacy-of-lord-jesus.html, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-physics-of-heaven.html, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/11/quantum-consciousness.html, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/05/evolution-quantum-physics.html,
27. http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2016/july/washington-dc-is-about-to-witness-a-major-revival
28. http://pulsemovement.com/reset/
29. http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/thousands-pray-for-unity-and-healing-at-d-c-s-together-2016
30. http://www.awakenmovement.com/blog/2014/5/8/what-is-reset
31. http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/536780/jesus-is-the-reset-by-nick-hall/
32. See the video posted at the author's page at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Nick-Hall/e/B01HDSYRPK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
33. Tiffany Arnold, “Police: Together 2016 to shut down early due to heart,” Washington’s Top News (WTOP); see: http://wtop.com/dc/2016/07/police-together-2016-event-shut-down-early-due-to-heat/.
34. https://www.facebook.com/JesusIsTheReset/videos/vb.251432111654262/871146386349495/?type=2&theater

Saturday, August 13, 2016

An Olympic Challenge


“Ye did run well;
who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”

(Galatians 5:7)

By Dr. Jim Jenkins
Defrocked Irish priest Neil Horan, right, grabs Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil
and knocks him into the crowd during the men's marathon
at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Sunday, Aug 29, 2004.
(Source)

During the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, the camera panned to a group of no-name athletes from a nation that few could find on a map. One young man burst into tears as he entered the stadium. As he wiped away the tears and tried to compose himself, the commentator made a remark that captures the essence of that moment: “Look at him… for most of these athletes, this is their Olympic experience… just getting to this point… enduring what they had to endure…  to enter this stadium with the world looking on.” 

Like millions around the world, I wondered who it was that would be given the singular honor to receive the torch, and light the cauldron to begin the games. Who could forget the surprise when Mohammed Ali emerged and fought through the tremors of Parkinson’s to hold the torch aloft and light the fire.

Everyone expected that it would be Pele' an Argentinian… the greatest name associated with the game of soccer. For health reasons, he declined that honor just before the opening ceremony. Who would they choose? If I was to take a straw poll, I am certain that no one would have guessed, nor been able to name the man they picked to light the flame. Vanderlei de Lima. You know… Vanderlei de Lima.
Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic flame in Rio (Source)

Of course no one remembers that name. Two reasons come to mind. He is no Pele' or Ali. And second, he lost the Gold in his event.

“Alone in his apartment in south London, a 69-year-old man named Neil Horan watched a middle-of-the night broadcast of the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics. Like other viewers, he wondered which Brazilian would get the honour of lighting the Olympic caldron.
And when he saw that it would be Vanderlei de Lima, best known for being accosted by a spectator while leading the 2004 Olympic marathon in Athens, Greece, he was aghast.” 
New York Times columnist John Branch sums up the incident:
It was Horan who (at the 2004 Olympics) jumped onto the course near the 35-km mark and shoved de Lima into the crowd in Athens — “Put him aside like a rugby tackle,” he recalled in a phone conversation Saturday — and was blamed for de Lima finishing third. 

“When I actually saw him with my own eyes, I really got angry,” Horan said. “I look at Vanderlei, and I think, ‘You would be nowhere near the star if not for me.'” 

Horan a defrocked Catholic Priest had disrupted other sporting events. In 2003, laicized by the Roman Catholic Church and an outspoken believer that the end of the world was coming, Horan interrupted the British Grand Prix by running onto the racetrack, forcing cars to swerve past him.[1]

So right at a crucial point in the race of his life, an unsuspecting marathon runner is knocked down by a religious fanatic and loses the Gold Medal. Now, twelve years later, he is chosen to light the cauldron in Rio.

A few days after this strange turn of events, I attended the dedication of my newest grandchild, Camden Jonathan Riddle. My daughter Hannah and her husband Jonathan stood before a large congregation as Camden’s smile was flashed on the huge screen. Hannah read a prayer that she composed for the occasion. She prayed that he would be a “world changer” in his generation.

On the way out of church I just happened to see a man who (later that week) was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I happened to hear his acceptance speech. He freely acknowledged that it was the grace of God in his life that afforded him the coaching career he enjoyed.

I started to see a theme emerging when (at week’s end) I tried to contact my friend, Pastor Larry Johnson who is in the battle of his life due to a brain tumor. Larry and I have been in touch every week since we were ordained together into public ministry in 1978. He is having great difficulty in speaking because his speech has been damaged by the growing tumor, but there is absolutely no doubt that he is has all his mental capacity,

The enemy of our souls has no hesitation when it comes to impeding the progress toward the goal for those who name the Name of Jesus. In the case of the marathon racer, it was a defrocked priest whose twisted mind convinced him that the was actually serving God by attacking the runner in the midst of his race.

In the case of the NFL coach it was the long standing tension of who would be the first African American head coach. On more than one occasion, he spoke frankly about the setbacks and disappointments he had to endure along the way to receiving his Super Bowl ring.

In the case of Baby Camden, I was struck by the fact that in his lifetime he will most probably face challenges we can’t even imagine as he walks with Jesus in an age of lawlessness. I prayed for him.

Finally, I thought of my friend Pastor Larry Johnson. He has served the Lord faithfully for over forty years. He has labored in relative obscurity. His columns appear in a newspaper that reaches thousands. His work as chaplain to his local police department cannot be measured for its efficacy in the eyes of God. His congregation would to a man say that he prepared to preach each week as if he was addressing thousands.

At a time only know to our Lord, each of these individuals will enter into the arena surrounded, and cheered on by a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1-2). Van der lei Lima will (if he has walked with God) will have the satisfaction that the challenges in his race were not hidden from the Lord; neither was the injustice of the attack that thwarted him unnoticed by those whose races are long over.

Camden will enter, Lord willing, to experience the satisfaction of hearing his Lord say “Well Done, thou good and faithful servant… enter into the rest of thy Lord.” For Pastor Larry, the battle is on. The Apostle Paul is looking on… as are Martin Luther, and Charles Spurgeon, and Bob and Shirley his beloved parents. I can hear them. “The Lord is your portion… you are going to make it!”
De Lima is voted Brazilian sportsman of the year. (Source)


Those entering the stadium in Rio were aptly called contenders. For some who read this… it is time to get up and get back into the race. For others, it is time to find your help in the Name of the Lord. For us all, it is time to “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.”

“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.... For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.”
(Hebrews 3:6;14)

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
(2 Tim. 4:7)

Endnotes:
1. http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/rio-2016/he-miserably-failed-in-basic-manners-man-who-tackled-vanderlei-de-lima-during-the-2004-olympic-marathon-furious-he-lit-rio-cauldron-dont-export

Dr. Jim Jenkins is the author of Fatal Drift: Is the Church Losing Its Anchor? (Deep River Books, 2014).

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Contending?

Or Contentious?

By Dr. Jim Jenkins

Legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary... look at his eyes.

If the last 5 years have taught me anything, it is that how we say what we say about the Bible and Jesus is very important... and very delicate. Note that I did not say that the Gospel or the Bible are delicate. No, I said how we come across as we attempt to communicate these timeless truths in an era of increasing lawlessness is of major concern.

I am remembering a guy from the seminary I attended who was formerly a linebacker on his college football team. He was extremely 'ripped' as the saying goes. He probably had a body fat index that would rival Olympic athletes. He also had an intensity about him that often came across as a menacing countenance. I knew him and I was intimidated by him sometimes.

A Christian music artist (who was attending the seminary at the time) planned an outdoor concert in Los Angeles... right in the heart of Watts. We were at Will Rogers Park, right at the epicenter of the terribly destructive riots that had taken place just a few years prior. Donn Thomas, an African American musician, had invited a number of us to go along and minister to those who would respond to his altar call. My linebacker friend, let's call him 'Bill' joined us as Donn began to play "Can't Nobody Do me like Jesus... He's my friend" and "Ain't no Rock Gonna Shout in my place... Long as I'm as I'm Alive to Glorify His Holy Name..."

Donn ministered powerfully and he gave an altar call. Bill and I and the others began to pray with those we hoped to lead to the Lord. Bill (I forgot to mention that he also spoke in a very loud voice) was ministering to a young boy about 13. I watched as Bill got closer and began to speak louder. The boy began to back up and Bill continued to advance.

Finally the boy ran away. Bill chased him to the edge of the park and with one last attempt he yelled at the top of his voice "Hey!! Jesus Loves You!"

Discernment type ministries are needed as never before. The very notion of objective, absolute truth is under continual assault, and the culture around us is careening down the "Great Down Grade" Charles Spurgeon warned us about. We need as never before to "contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude verse 3).

A friend did me a great favor a while back. She read one of my posts and reflected back to me that my tone was a little harsh. (She was kind.) In point of fact, as I reread what I had written, I would describe it as shrill and confrontational. How, I have been asking myself for months, can I communicate the passion I have about what I truly believe is necessary for the church to hear, yet not succumb to fleshly enthusiasm that is off-putting?

The King James version of the Bible uses the word contend in Jude 3 to describe the assignment we as believers have to hold true to the scriptures. The Bible also, however, uses the words contention and contentious to describe less than godly approaches that some well-meaning apologists are accustomed to exhibit.

"A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city and contentions are are like the bars of a castle." (Prov. 8:19)

In Romans, Paul concludes his letter with this directive:

"Now I urge you brethren note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them." 

The Greek word translated divisions comes from two root words meaning literally 'two stances' (hence the idea of division of something that was intended to be 'one'). The word offences describes a young sapling, bent for use of becoming a 'trap stick in a snare' (see Strong's Concordance Greek dictionary #4624 and 4625). I'm not stretching the meaning to say that this word suggests "tripping someone up" by means of a snare.

Remember Paul is saying 'Avoid them' (the ones coming and causing divisions and offences). What then is the meaning of Jude 3 in which Jude is pleading with his readers to "contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints"? Again, the original language yields a rich meaning that changes everything. The word Jude used is a derivative of a word from which we get our word "agonize" It can mean to "struggle for" to "earnestly contend for."

Elsewhere in the New Testament we are exhorted to 'not be that guy'. What guy? Maybe our linebacker friend Bill who thought he had to tackle someone... to win a battle... in order to represent the truth. Paul wrote to Titus, "Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work. to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men" (Titus 3:1-2). The word peaceable in the King James version means "don't be a brawler." The same word is used in Paul's first letter to Timothy, he lays out the qualifications for leaders: "A bishop must be... not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous..." (I Tim: 3:3)

Here is what I gleaned from this brief study. To contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints is arduous, and frankly agonizing at times. What I/we need to guard against, however, is the tendency to adopt an attitude of combativeness with others in order to arrive at the truth. I don't want to be a brawler. I don't want to be 'that guy.' I don't intend to ever back down, but I can pray, even agonize in prayer... that I contend for something rather than against someone.

Something to think about....

Dr. Jim Jenkins is the author of Fatal Drift: Is the Church Losing Its Anchor? (Deep River Books, 2014). See: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/02/fatal-drift.html and also read http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/03/mind-numbing-narratives.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/04/he-still-hasnt-found-what-hes-looking.html

For a short book on this topic read Anton Bosch's Contentiously Contending.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Church and State in America:

The International Agenda


Dr. Martin Erdmann has just announced he is scheduling seminars across the country on the topic of “The international agenda of Church and State in America: an historical and religious analysis.” To read more about this click HERE and to schedule an event click on Contact.

Regarding this topic, we have previously reviewed Dr. Martin Erdmann's book Ecumenical Quest for a World Federation HERE.

Below is a synopsis of Dr. Erdmann's proposed seminar.


Synopsis of the Seminar: 
In the first half of the 20th century elite corporate and political leaders in America such as John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen began to drum up religious fervor as a tool to build their utopian vision of a global international order. Their influential efforts would eventually gain more traction during the Eisenhower administration where both of these brothers ascended to prominent positions of power. Their vision is summarized in a letter written by Lord Lothian (Philip Kerr), the British ambassador to the USA and a personal friend of John Foster Dulles:
 

“I am convinced that when Christianity reaches the point when it is able to bring the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth it will establish a world federation of some novel kind as the necessary institutional condition by which alone the Kingdom can be maintained in being.”

If a world federation was to be established, the British Empire, along with the United States, would have to lead, nationalism would have to be abolished and a world commonwealth would have to be established, a commonwealth which would unite the nations of the earth into a confederacy similar to the design used in establishing the United States. However, politicians and governments could not accomplish this goal alone; something even more powerful was needed—the church. If the church could be convinced that by creating a politically united world in which war, poverty and injustice were eliminated, and that they were also ushering in the kingdom of God, then the church would gladly join hands with politicians to bring about such a world society. It was Dulles’ task to motivate the churches to become actively involved in building a global society. The Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (FCC) was on board as became clear in their Social Creed of 1932. One leader stated,
 

“We are coming to see that the kingdom of God in Christ’s conception never means anything less than a righteous human society … He has come not alone to save people out of the world and fill them for a far-away heaven, but to make a heaven here. He has come not to patch up human society and make the world a little less intolerable for men, but to make all things new and create a new social order.”

The true mission of the church according to the FCC was to build the kingdom of God on earth. In order to accomplish this it was not only necessary to promote a civic religion in American, to which all Christian denominations would pledge their allegiance, and thus lay the groundwork for a merger of church and state. It was also necessary to recognize that the moral, or natural, law is revealed through other religions, and can be comprehended by all men, so that it is a force far more universal than any particular religion.
 

Between the World Wars a liberal postmillennial view of the kingdom of God dovetailed with a political push for a world federation. In 1934 the Federal Council of Churches began a grassroots public relations campaign to further the Social Gospel during the Roosevelt administration. This led to the formation of the World Council of Churches in 1943. During the war years the FCC also exerted its influence on the US government to abrogate its national sovereignty and become a member in a supranational organization after hostilities would have ceased. In 1945 the United Nations Organization was formed on American soil to bring about a one world government.
 

The ambitious goals behind these two organizations have never been realized, although they continue to be the heartbeat of many political and religious leaders. Recently, within evangelical Christianity in America different initiatives and movements have re-energized the postmillennial liberal attempt to establish the kingdom of God on earth through a social agenda. Using virtually the same verbiage, methods and propaganda, leading evangelicals are indoctrinating a whole new generation with an unbiblical understanding of the kingdom of God and the mission of the church. This same agenda is now promoted by many churches and missions agencies around the world.
 

The intent of the seminar is to forewarn believers in Christ, especially pastors and Christian leaders, of what is transpiring in many churches, both liberal and evangelical, today in continuation of the original goals of the ecumenical movement. A special emphasis is placed on retracing the historical and religious roots of the program to institute a civic religion in western nations, primarily in the United States of America, which will eventually lead to a fully functional State-Church system. Putting this system in place is an indispensable aspect of bringing about the unification of all nations under a common political and religious authority of global dimensions. Every church which cherishes its independence from state interference, especially in its refusal to become a proponent of a syncretistic civic religion, which, if adopted, will negate any biblical Gospel ministry, should be interested to know more about the long-range goals of ecumenism.


Keep reading HERE and HERE. Buy Ecumenical Quest for a World Federation at Amazon HERE.  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Resetting the Reformation

TOGETHER 2016:
Unbiblical Unity on the National Mall 


“...a reset clears past errors and gets the system working...

...we have downloaded the wrong files, corrupted the system...
~Nick Hall, Reset2016

The goal of Together 2016: https://reset2016.com

NAR leader Lou Engle quote taken from the Reset 2016 website

By Gaylene Goodroad 

7-16-16 Washington Mall Event to “Reset Christianity”
Millions of evangelical leaders, authors, and entertainers will be gathering at the National Mall in Washington DC on July 16 in a concerted effort to ‘bring heaven down to earth’ in what has been called a national “revival”, “great awakening”, or secondary “Pentecost”. The Together 2016 event is closely aligned with the doctrines and personnel of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) that teaches a strident form of Dominionism, a fact that will be documented in this article. The fervor is high with the backdrop of a hotly divisive election year, violent civil unrest, and looming calamities on all fronts. Organizers of this broadly-touted event say that they want to forge Christian unity in all of this, but in order to achieve it, we must lay aside biblical doctrine which, they say, brings further division. Regrettably, as the Scriptures clearly teach, the resulting spectacle will only lead participants away from Christ and into full-fledged apostasy. Below is what is being touted:

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Our generation is the most cause-driven in history. But our causes are pulling us apart. Even religion doesn’t unite. We believe only Jesus can bring us together. July 16, 2016, is the day our generation will meet on the National Mall to come together around Jesus in unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change

WE’RE BUILDING TOWARD SOMETHING UNPRECEDENTED. 
We believe there’s power in coming together. Jesus promised whenever two or more come together in His name, He is present. It’s emboldening to join with others, to know we’re not alone, to realize we can do more together than apart. July 16, 2016 is the day when this generation lays down what divides us and lifts up Jesus who unites us. On a day of unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change, we will meet on the National Mall to declare that Jesus changes everything. We believe Jesus can do unprecedented things in our time. Our dream is for more than one million people from all backgrounds to be part of this generation-defining day

IT’S TIME TO COME TOGETHER AROUND JESUS. 
There have been times in history where the call to Jesus assembled the masses: Explo 72, promise Keepers’ stand in the Gap, crusades led by Rev. Billy Graham. These were historic events where the impact stretched beyond the Church to all of culture. 

Now our generation is rising up to lead toward a historic event that will define our time and shift our culture. The statistics of this generation are sobering; young people struggle with depression, self-harm, suicide, and addiction at unprecedented rates. But a call for hope is rising—the hope that only Jesus brings—to change our generation forever.[1]

The Washington Mall has become a choice spot for massive gatherings, probably because it serves as a symbolic unity point near our nation’s capital. In 1995 (and again in 2015), controversial Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, organized the Million Man March which brought hundreds of thousands of like-minded men together at that very location in a show of solidarity.[2]

In 1997, Colorado coach Bill McCartney, gathered nearly a half million ecumenical Promise Keepers to the National Mall for another massive march. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics and Evangelicals of all stripes swarmed to participate in the historic event.[3]
 
Mormon Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally at the National Mall in 2010 - Source

Then in 2010, the devout Mormon, and political conservative television host, Glenn Beck, organized yet another immense national gathering—an ecumenically religious one—on the Washington Mall in an event called the Restoring Honor Rally.[4] NAR devotee Sarah Palin was a keynote speaker.[5] Given the fact that 2016 is an election year, some wonder when or if these religious rallies will also become overtly political in nature, fervently blending together church and state in dramatic dominionistic fashion. Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has been publicly courted by the Prosperity Preachers and has an affinity for the New Thought writings of the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale[6] —predecessor to Robert Schuller[7] —and Rick Warren, who initiated his own ecumenical P.E.A.C.E. Plan and sparked controversy when he gave the invocation at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration.[8] And the NAR-connected May Day event, held in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial on May 1, 2010, stated in is its Official Program that they were praying the “Prayers of Repentance for the Seven Mountains of Culture,” i.e., Dominionism. (Read “May Day Prayers.”)

Together 2016 is yet another event to attempt to fulfill the old Latter Rain cult prophecies about filling stadiums with mass numbers of young people, a new breed of elect seed that they believe is an elite specially empowered generation to rule and reign over the earth. (See the article “The Significance of Youth-Filled Stadiums.”) Together 2016 aims to fill the National Mall again with over a million zealous souls seeking to induce a pervasive, landmark, and revolutionary spiritual awakening.

 Nick Hall (Pulse) organizer of Together 2016 - Source


STUDENT VISIONARY SETS ‘PULSE’ OF RESET EVENT 
The 33-year-old catalyst for the Together 2016 event is Nick Hall, who as a college freshman in 2001, jotted this declaration in his notebook: “My life exists to put Christ at the pulse of a generation.”[9] This was the genesis of Hall’s ‘Pulse” movement— a massive student-led movement—founded to ‘reset’ the ‘pulse’ of the nation back to Jesus. The event’s website explains:

WE’RE ASKING JESUS TO RESET OUR GENERATION. 
A reset to our created purpose. 
In 2012, a group of people from different backgrounds, known then as RESET Movement, began sharing the message of a “reset” at events and gatherings. The term relates to technology, where a reset clears past errors and gets the system working toward its created purpose. In the same way, every person is created for a purpose—but we have downloaded the wrong files, corrupted the system, and fallen away from God’s best for our lives. Each of us needs a reset, and Jesus offers everyone a supernatural reset.[10] [bold added] 


Hall’s lofty dream first took root after uttering a prayer backstage at a Billy Graham crusade. He asked God to replicate Billy Graham’s ministry in his own life:

Hall: “I am back there in the arena, and I prayed one day I want to do this one day. Eight years later, after saying this foolish prayer, the arena was packed and I was speaking on the stage.” 

Nick's Pulse Movement is like a magnet for young people. At a time when we often hear young people don't go to church, Nick is seeing this. Hall: “I find people are open to hope and love and a second chance.” 

Nick met with area pastors and church leaders of Fargo-Moorhead today; this as he prepares for Reset, a plan to bring a million people on the Washington Mall next summer.[11]

It appears that Hall’s “foolish prayer” was answered. Today, Hall is a member of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) student advisory team, as well as leadership teams for the US Lausanne Committee and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). His Reset message has been featured on major media outlets across the country, including the US News & World Report, Fox News, Christianity Today, Moody Radio, Christian Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcast Network, The Christian Post, Decision Magazine, and Baptist Press.[12] 

"CHURCH... FAMILY DOESN'T ALWAYS GET ALONG"
The ecumenical message of https://reset2016.com

MAINLINE PROMOTIONS
Hall has also just published a book, Reset: Jesus Changes Everything, a Multnomah book with a foreword by Together 2016 speakers, Josh McDowell, Luis Palau, and Ravi Zacharias. In the spirit of global ecumenism, Hall was also given the opportunity to present his new book, in person, to Pope Francis in June.[13]
Instagram photo: Nick Hall presents the Pope with his book - June 13, 2016[14]

Note the description of Hall’s book from the publisher’s website:

Let Jesus Be Your Reset 

...Whatever has been holding you back, a reset is available to you by the grace of God. Say yes to the life you were meant to live.[15][bold added]

There are no Scriptures actually cited in the entire mushy narrative that is focused on self and not upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Joel Osteen couldn’t have said it better.

Pushing Hall’s imaginary “reset” button is also a false substitute for biblical repentance. There is no mention of sin here, nor that “dirty”, “broken”, and “desperate” lives can be “cleaned up”, “reassembled”, and “replaced” without acknowledging the very iniquities, transgressions, and outright sin that sent the Lord Jesus Christ to the Cross.

Rebooting the computer might fix the man-made contraption, but it doesn’t parallel to God’s sure plan of salvation and sanctification. Only the Holy Spirit of God—through faith—can restore a sinner to new life and enable him/her to walk in the light (Gal. 5:13-25; 1 Jn. 1:5-6). A person’s positive “self-image” is not found in all of Scripture. Instead, believers find their identity in Christ alone (Col. 3:3; Rom. 6:11; 1 Pet. 4:2).

Nonetheless, Hall’s book, Reset, has been endorsed by several prominent evangelical leaders, authors, and entertainers, many of whom will appear with Hall at Together 2016:

  • Banning Liebscher[16], founder and pastor of Jesus Culture and author of Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops [Ed. Note: Liebscher comes out of Bill Johnson’s (NAR) Bethel Church in Redding, CA] 
  • Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church 
  • Kari Jobe, singer/songwriter 
  • Christine Caine, evangelist, author, and founder of the A21 Campaign 
  • Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor at Cross Church 
  • Steve Douglass, president of Cru
  • TobyMac, seven-time Grammy winner 
  • York Moore, national evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA 
  • Michael W. Smith, singer/songwriter 
  • Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and author of Faith in the Voting Booth 
  • Ed and Nancy Schafer, Governor and First Lady of North Dakota, 1992–2000 [17]
https://reset2016.com

But Hall’s goals are even loftier than a simple “reset” life. Charisma Magazine ran a story in June titled, “How a God-Given Dream for a 'Modern-Day Pentecost' Became a Reality,” which laid out his full plan:

Nick Hall wants to see a nation bow a knee to Jesus Christ this summer in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Although many are skeptical about the manifestation of this verse's promise—"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land"—these God-given instructions have led to transforming revivals throughout history and could again. 

Though it seems too long ago, the First and Second Great Awakenings, the Azusa Street Revival and Billy Graham's Explo '72 are among the fruit of this promise in America. Together 2016, a free event that invites Christians worldwide to unite July 16 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., could be one more step toward the tipping point that brings awakening to the nation….

In spite of the obstacles, Together 2016 is set to be one of the largest intercessory prayer gatherings in the nation's history—and in a critical election year. The rally follows Lou Engle's Azusa Now and United Cry in April in what international author and speaker Dutch Sheets [a self-appointed NAR apostle, ed.] has called a Joel 2:16 year. "For much time, I have been sensing that a huge surge of prayer is coming to America in 2016," he says. "A great work of preparation has been done, and this wave of prayer will now hit its stride this year."[18][bold added]

Nick Hall with Billy Graham https://reset2016.com

One of Together 2016’s ministry partners, the Assemblies of God, printed a favorable article of Hall, and his brainchild event, in their April 29 edition of PE News. In it, Hall was quoted with this presumptive boast in Dominionist language:

“Ten or 20 years from now, I believe they (those in attendance at Together 2016) will be the leaders of our churches and ministries,” Hall says, “and they’ll look back at this window of time and see it as the day their vision for God shifted . . . when they realized God wanted them to do unbelievable things and were ‘unleashed’ for the Kingdom.[19][bold added] 

So, rather than a spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit, Together 2016 is admittedly a concerted effort from below—by scores of evangelical luminaries and false prophets—to bring about national revival in the name of Jesus. Although the artificial underpinning of this event is denied by supporters, note the unwitting comparison that R. York Moore, evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, makes in defending Hall’s immense undertaking:

With a clear vision from God, Hall started reaching out to other prominent Christians to join his movement. The list of names grew quickly. R. York Moore, national evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA and a longtime friend, says he has the same heart for revival. 

"What we haven't seen is the move of the Holy Spirit in such a way that it revitalizes the institutions of society," says Moore. "We haven't seen that in generations. I think something like Together 2016 has the capacity to create an altar. No one can schedule a revival—we're not claiming to do that—but I think when God's people come together and humble themselves before Him, it creates an altar. An altar is something God can consume."[bold added] 

But altars erected outside the will of God bring judgment, not holy revival. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah’s altar was consumed by God’s fire while soaking wet, while the prophets of Baal exhausted themselves attempting to get the Lord’s attention in vain. The false prophets who outnumbered Elijah, four hundred-fifty to one, were all slain at the Kishon brook.

Moore also mentioned that this would be a “move of the Holy Spirit in such a way that it revitalizes the institutions of society,” which ominously adds a political component to this immense gathering at the Washington Mall. What could be more religiously-political—and ecumenical—than an appearance by Pope Francis himself!
Pope Francis - Source
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
(2 Corinthians 6:14)


WITNESSING THE APOSTASY 
Amy Spreeman, writing for the Berean Examiner, reported the big news—along with a full list of other noteworthy participants—in June:

Today it was announced that Pope Francis would deliver a video message to help unite Christians in the "Next Great Awakening" at Together 2016, joining in the ecumaniacal gathering. Together 2016, also known as The Reset Movement, bringing together different religions in an effort to erase the lines of doctrinal divisions. 

Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the church and awaken the culture to Jesus, says adding the Pope to the lineup is the best news yet. 

"We are humbled and honored by his involvement and are eager to share his message with the crowd that gathers at Together 2016," Hall said in a statement, reacting to the announcement that the pope has added his name to the list of speakers. "That His Holiness would choose to speak into this historic day is a testament to the urgency and the need for followers of Jesus to unite in prayer for our nation and our world." 

Hall is the college pastor who came up with the idea of uniting pastors and Christian leaders from all denominational backgrounds to join 1 million people at the free event "in hopes of inspiring true revival in the America." 

This so-called revival is bringing Assemblies of God Supt. George O. Wood and Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd together to link arms in spiritual unity with the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America, Grace Communion International (formerly the Armstrongism Worldwide Church of God), and a host of familiar Chrislebrities including Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Nick Hall, Passion, Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Jeremy Camp, Bob Lenz, Andy Mineo, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Mark Batterson, Matthew West,Jo Saxton, Mike Kelsey, Casting Crowns, John K. Jenkins Sr., Josh McDowell, Laurel Bunker, Luis Palau, Tedashii, Tasha Cobbs, Lacey Sturm, York Moore, Trip Lee, Samuel Rodriguez, Ronnie Floyd, Reid Saunders, Jose Zayas, Jennie Allen, Nabeel Qureshi, Ann Voskamp, KB, Christine D'Clario, Matt Maher, Sammy Wanyonyi, Lindsey Nobles, Amena Brown, and Josh Brewer.[20][bold added] 
Big name evangelical leaders are supporting this ecumenical event
https://reset2016.com

Spreeman continues with a strong warning against such an unholy union, or “ecumaniacal gathering”, as she calls it, which is “bringing together different religions in an effort to erase the lines of doctrinal divisions” and which will eventually lead to the “end-times falling away”. She highlights the obvious connections of Together 2016 to the Dominionist leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation:

This revival movement to Unite faiths is part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), started by C. Peter Wagner from the Latter Rain movement. It is counterfeit Christianity, and here's why: NAR isn’t an official organization, nor can it be characterized by a common creed. It is instead a loosely knit and often unaffiliated network of leaders who share a common vision and goal for the visible Church. 

Supernatural Signs & Wonders; Dominionism; The Latter Rain Movement; Joel's Army; The 7 Mountain Mandate; Third Wave Revivalism; IHOP; Bill Johnson's Bethel Church, The Hillsong Media Empire, these are all a part of this shape-shifting movement in one way or another. It is gobbling up churches and deceiving millions who don’t even know they’ve become a part of an apostate, end-times falling away. [21][bold added]

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, a wily stealth NAR figure at these events, corroborates Spreeman’s alarm concerning the NAR. Rodriguez is an NAR apostle who holds to a Dominionist theology, yet he seems to drift in and out of these public affairs—both political and religious ones—without detection. Dr. Orrel Steinkamp gives us a glimpse of how NAR apostles, infiltrate major gatherings like Together 2016 and accommodate the ecumenical emphasis of the affair to broaden their Dominionist network: 

Samuel Rodriguez is officially a NAR apostle. However he wears many hats. He is head of The National Hispanic Leadership Conference. But he has also been the Vice-President of the Oak Initiative, a religio-political entity initiated by Rick Joyner who is also a NAR apostle who has his own ministry called Morningstar Ministries….

Understandably, Rodriquez is then courted by various political movements. But he is at bedrock an NAR apostle with a "prophetic calling." Rodriquez has attempted to deny his office as a NAR apostle. But, despite his denials he is an apostle of the NAR. He is a member of Wagner's elite International Coalition of Apostles (ICA) through 2009, when they quit publicly publishing their membership). Although he is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, he has apostolic authority over a group of ministries, and he is, in turn, is under the apostolic authority of apostle Steve Perea. Perea, in turn, is part of the Kingdom Leadership Network that is under ICA apostle Pat Francis….

This example illustrates the reach and authority of the restored apostles. On the surface these leaders may not herald their apostolic relatedness to other apostles. They may be ordained by a denomination. They may participate in myriads of organizations and seem very mainline. But the bottom line is that they must answer to their apostolic government… 

Rodriquez has, of course, other credentials. Besides being an ordained AOG minister he sits on the board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the NAE and Christianity Today. But these mainstream credentials do not change his identity and his false claim to hold the office of an apostle. As an apostle, Rodriguez has many other associations with leaders of the NAR and other associated leaders, including controversial ones like T.D. Jakes and Benny Hinn. [22][bold added]
The promo video included this statement
https://reset2016.com

“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”
(Deuteronomy 22:10)

REVERSING THE REFORMATION
Evangelist Mike Gendron, founder of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries, has even stronger words for those evangelicals who are capitulating to Rome:

Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, who came up with the idea for Together 2016, said adding the Pope to the lineup is the best news yet. He said, "We are humbled and honored by his involvement and are eager to share his message with the crowd that gathers. That His Holiness would choose to speak into this historic day is a testament to the urgency and the need for followers of Jesus to unite in prayer for our nation and our world." While some may admire Hall's zeal, it is clearly not based on knowledge. For him to refer to a wolf in sheep's clothing as "His Holiness" demonstrates his lack of knowledge of God's Word. God alone is holy! Anyone who does not know Scripture cannot discern between holiness and depravity or between true and false prophets. 

 The evangelicals who will speak with the pope need to know that the Lord Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth but rather division (Luke 12:51). His Gospel has always divided believers from unbelievers. The Lord Jesus said He is the door that must be entered for salvation (John 10:9). Those words caused division among the people who heard them (John 10:19). Clearly, those who have been sanctified by the Gospel must avoid uniting with those who embrace another gospel and have deserted Christ (Gal. 1:6-9). 

The evangelical leaders scheduled to speak with the false prophet of Rome either do not know the exclusivity of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, or they do not know the false and fatal gospel of Catholicism; or perhaps they know, but chose to be disobedient to Scripture. God's Word gives us a clear command: "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols?" (2 Cor. 6:14-16). Evangelicals who worship God in Spirit and truth must have no agreement with Catholics who worship idols, relics and a false Christ. To do so would be seeking to please men over God (Gal. 1:10).[23][bold added]

Gendron warns that those who stand with the Pope at Together 2016 “betray the Gospel of Christ, the Reformation, and all those martyred by Rome”. They will also have to give an account to the Lord:

The evangelical leaders who are planning to stand with the Pope will betray the Gospel, the Reformation, and all those martyred by Rome. It was the Word of God proclaimed by the Reformers that broke the tyrannical hold of the popes over the visible church. Now these evangelicals are aiding and abetting the Pope's attempt to reverse the Reformation. The truths that set the Reformers free from religious bondage and deception are being suppressed or ignored. 

It is very disturbing to see evangelical leaders cooperating with the enemies of Christ and His Gospel. The apostate church of Rome has condemned Christians with over 100 anathemas for believing the infallible truths of God's Word. We must wonder if these evangelicals know that the worship of the Eucharist and veneration of Mary is idolatry (Ex. 20:3-5)? Don't they know that Rome's plan of salvation is a false gospel that condemns those who teach it (Gal. 1:6-9)? Don't they know that the sacrifice of the Mass and the dogma of Purgatory is a blatant denial of the finished, perfect, and sufficient work of Christ's atonement (Heb. 10:10-18)? 

As more and more evangelical leaders embrace the Pope as a brother-in-Christ, they must be warned and called to repentance. Those who promote unity with false teachers, without challenging their errors, leave their own convictions and beliefs open to question. Anyone who embraces false teachers is giving credibility to their heresies. All Christians will be held accountable to God for the souls that are misled by our unwillingness to contend for the faith. For more of Mike's comments, read his interview conducted by Christian News Network.[24][bold added]


Together 2016 ad 4/20/16 linking to https://reset2016.com

The list of “Christians who will be held accountable to God for the souls that are misled by our unwillingness to contend for the faith” is growing exponentially as the Together 2016 event swiftly approaches. Besides the high profile evangelical leaders and Christian celebrities already mentioned, Hall’s massive Mall event has garnered an impressive partnership:

"Together 2016" has earned the support of many including The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Luis Palau Association, CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Premiere Productions, the National Day of Prayer, YWAM and the American Bible Society. 

Joel Houston of Hillsong United said he loves the name "Together." 

"There's a power in unity and a blessing that comes when people put aside their differences and gather together for one purpose. Our prayer is for this to be a reset for us as a generation of the Church—in America and beyond," he said.[25][bold, red added] 



Graphic taken from the National Day of Prayer website

TOGETHER 2016 AND THE NATIONAL PRAYER SUMMIT
Another major partner of Together 2016 is the National Day of Prayer (NDP) organization. In fact, the two entities will overlap their efforts and come together for the main event on July 16th. The keynote speaker will be Anne Graham Lotz, following in-step with her famous father, along with NAR false prophet Dutch Sheets. Note the advertisement from the NDP website. See how many NAR leaders you can spot in this list and ask why it is that these other evangelical leaders see no problem in openly associating with them.

From the National Prayer Summit webpage an advertisement for Together 2016 [26]


TOGETHER 2016: A CONTINUATION OF LOU ENGLE’S ‘AZUSA NOW
The Together 2016 Mall gathering indeed follows closely on the heels of Lou Engle’s ‘Azusa Now’ rally which was held in April. Not surprisingly, Engle, co-founder of TheCall, a prayer-and-fasting movement known for gathering hundreds of thousands of mostly young people around the world, will also appear as a featured speaker at Together 2016. Engle is prominently quoted on the Reset 2016 website:

“I believe we are in a historic shifting moment in the history of America. And I believe that Together 2016 will be the dawning of a new Jesus Movement where thousands will be saved. We are headed into a Jesus movement, an awakening, that I believe will turn the nation. [bold added] 
Azusa Now poster - Source 

Engle believes that Together 2016, like Azusa Now, will bring about “a historic shifting moment in the history of America”— “the dawning of a new Jesus Movement”. He also has a foolproof prescription for achieving his desired outcome: extreme fasting combined with NAR-style prayer, which renders practitioners malleable to suggestion and even altered states of consciousness. Engle has even written a book with Dean Briggs to explain this unbiblical and manipulative practice titled The Jesus Fast. Note the Dominionist language of this blurb that appears on the book’s website:

Before there was ever a Jesus movement, there was a Jesus Fast. 

Both a war manual and global summons to revival, The Jesus Fast is your guide to the most explosive weapon in the Christian arsenal: humility, expressed in fasting, combined with prayer. Using Jesus as the role model, Lou Engle and Dean Briggs reveal how extended fasting and the 40-day fast precede breakthrough and a true outpouring of the Spirit. 

It’s time for the next Jesus movement. 

We stand at the brink of massive spiritual upheaval. Will God’s people merely endure history, or shape it? As we seek His face together, the Church can significantly realign earth with heaven. We can turn the tide of evil in our lands, awaken the nations to the glory of Christ and forge hope out of despair.[28][bold and red added] 

Many NAR advocates of Strategic-Level Spiritual Warfare engage in these extreme fasting disciplines taught by the late Franklin Hall. His book, Atomic Power with God Through Fasting and Prayer, was published back in 1946. Most significant to the recent urgent call to greater ecumenism, is the fact that extreme fasting disciplines trace back to Roman Catholic asceticism and Contemplative mysticism.[30] These unholy practices will not bring Holy Ghost revival, but devilish apostasy—a forbiddingly seductive kind of awakening —that provokes God’s wrath (1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 18:23; Eph. 5:6).
Lou Engle’s book - Source


But these public spectacles, declarations of great awakening, and extreme prayer and fasting rituals are not new to Engle. He had the same grandiose vision back in 2000. In September of that year, TheCall held a similar prayer rally on the Washington Mall. According to Engle’s website,

“the purpose of TheCall DC was to pray for the government, upcoming elections, and for a youth movement to arise as a sign that America was turning back to God.”[31][bold, red added] 

TheCall DC 2000 on the Washington Mall - Source
Pastor Gary Osborne gives some background on this New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) led Azusa Now event, a recent precursor to Together 2016 in his article Azusa or Pentecost?:

On April 9th an event was held in Los Angeles, California called “Azusa Now” in the L.A. Coliseum. It boasted hosts such as Lou Engle, Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Cindy Jacobs, Heidi Baker, Todd White, Daniel Kolenda, and Shawn Bolz—names all well known as leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement that has its roots in the Latter Rain/Manifest Sons of God. In fact, Bill Johnson's Bethel website stated that this “Azusa Now” ministry “is partnering with Lou Engle’s The Call to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Outpouring”....

...NAR self-styled “apostles” Lou Engle and Bill Johnson... “believe for a fresh outpouring of signs, wonders, miracles and the proclamation of the gospel!” ...And an event like this wouldn't be complete without some example of ecumenism—this time in the form of Lou Engle prostrating himself to the ground to kiss the feet of Roman Catholic leader Matteo Calisi, appointed by Pope Benedict to serve on the Pontifical Council for the Laity. [32][bold added] 

Lou Engle kissing the feet of Pope Benedict appointee (screenshot) – Source

Pastor Osborne echoes the admonishment of Spreeman and Gendron to the church with his own assessment of Azusa Now:

Any kind of spiritual unity attempted through another “way” other than the Truth is doomed from the outset. How can Engle, Johnson, and the other NAR leaders speak of unity when they are willing to bow and kiss the feet of a Catholic? Where is the truth in that? I cannot walk hand in hand with people under the banner of Jesus Christ if they are worshipping another Jesus. Or, even if they claim to be worshipping the same Jesus that I am, but yet are contradicting the Word of God over and over again with their doctrines and practices, I cannot walk in unity with them… 

So ignoring the clear teaching of Scripture, and despite serious theological differences, the men and women who planned and led the Azusa Now event in L.A. have attempted to link arms in unity with those who preach another gospel. 

Again, this cannot be the basis of unity! The early Church was unified as it “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Azusa Now fails horribly in this regard.[33][bold added] 

IHOP and NAR leaders believe there is a "New Breed" of "elect seed,"
a specially anointed endtime of Joel's Army for Dominion.
This exhibit is an original Latter Rain artist's depiction. See: "New Breed Leaders."

But hopeful followers depart from Scripture in favor of experiencing their false worship with multitudes of others—even making their own prophetic proclamations for ongoing religious shows. For example, note what one Azusa Now attendee declared:

Joshua Mills, a recording artist, author and revivalist, says..."I believe Azusa Now was the beginning, and now it will continue to unfold for those who were touched by that moment of glory." 

So where do we go from here? I'm declaring right now that awakening is here, and it's coming. Azusa Now wasn't the only prayer event on April 9. United Cry gathered 30,000 pastors in Washington, D.C. There was an Azusa event in Houston and thousands of people watching, praying and agreeing in churches, prayer rooms and homes across America. Reset America will gather tens of thousands on the Mall in D.C. to cry out to God again. 

I believe April 9 was a day of demarcation in America. It was a show of desperation and unity in the church. Prophetically, it was a shot heard around the world. Will we immediately see the impact of this historic, or as many are calling it, "epic" event?[34][bold added]

NAR-cited Youth Rally - Source

NAR PROPHECIES: YOUTH-FILLED STADIUMS
In the May issue of the ElijahList—the publishing arm of the NAR—James Goll, the President of Encounters Network, a member of the Harvest International Ministries, and an instructor in the Wagner Leadership Institute, wrote an article titled, "The Coming Worldwide Youth Awakening." In it, Goll re-prophesies the old Latter Rain cult prophecy about a coming youth awakening, which he calls “a revolution”:

The time has come for another Great Awakening! In 1967, a youth revival called the Jesus People Movement started and it swept across the country, exploding in colleges and coffeehouses. People were being saved everywhere. It was radical… Now, close to 50 years later, we are crying out, "Do it again, God! Way beyond the Jesus People movement! Way beyond the charismatic movement! Do it again, God! Do it again in this generation!" With youth-oriented prayer movements like TheCall chaired by Lou Engle and IHOP-KC lead by Mike Bickle [IHOP, ed.], united by scores of prayer networks globally, we have more prayer today for a Youth Awakening than any previous time in Church History! 

I can feel it. I can smell it! I know it! Yes, we're turning the corner towards the Greatest Youth Awakening that the World Has Ever Seen! It has happened before. It can happen again. It's time for another Shock Wave of signs and wonders from the Holy Spirit to hit the Church and cause the Body of Christ to AWAKEN! Why not now? 

Revolution Almost Always Begins with Young Adults 

Almost every revolution has started with students on a college or university campus. Throughout history both bad and good revolutions frequently begin because student-aged young people are hungry for change and willing to lay down their lives for a cause, whether political, social, or spiritual. Think of revolutions such as Marxism, Nazism, and Communism, or even Pentecostalism and the Jesus People movement… 

I declare that the Greatest Youth Awakening that the world has ever seen is coming upon the stage of time. Now is the time! This is the generation. The joining of the generations is upon us. "Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power" (Psalm 110:3). Let another historic awakening begin now for Jesus Christ's sake![35][bold, red added]
TheCall DC rally-goers 2000 - Source

And all of these massive gatherings seek to fulfill Lou Engle’s own dream. In an interview with CBN, Engle calls his mission, “stadium Christianity”:

Since 2000, a prayer movement labeled "The Call" has gathered hundreds of thousands of people across America for times of prayer, fasting, repentance and worship. The Call co-founder Lou Engle says his expectations for coming years are higher than ever and he's asking the church to join him in faith. 

Engle is believing for what he calls "stadium Christianity," an outbreak of revival that will bring believers to stadiums across the country to worship and experience a new power in the Holy Spirit. 

His dream is to hold "The Call" in Los Angeles Memorial Stadium on April 9, 2016, on the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Outpouring, which kicked off the Pentecostal/Charismatic renewal in the United States. "Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote to the terrific division in our day?" Lou asks. 

"Could you believe with us for 'stadium Christianity' where signs and wonders are breaking out and mass evangelism explodes across our country?" he continued. Watch CBN's Wendy Griffith's interview with Lou Engle and hear his passion and desire to see God bring about a 'Third Great Awakening" in America.[36] [bold added]


NAR leaders Dutch Sheets and Lou Engle pray at Azusa Now – Source

Of course, as the photo shows, Engle already found oneness with the Pope by kissing his representative's feet. These NAR leaders, and many others, have been striving to bring about another “Great Awakening” for decades. Back in 2010, we posted an article series about these prominent figures attempting to concoct the “Next Great Awakening” and noted that it was missing the key ingredient of the Gospel of Salvation.[37]

GOD’S ‘DREAM’ OR SATAN’S ‘SPIRITUAL’ TRAP? 
What many unsuspecting Christians may not know, however, is that the New Apostolic Reformation under such leaders as Lou Engle, Dutch Sheets, C. Peter Wagner, Mike Bickle, Cindy Jacobs, Lance Wallnau, Bill Johnson, and many others, have used these youth-filled stadiums to convert attendees into the Latter Rain cult with their Dominionist ideologies and corrupt teachings on Joel’s Army and the ‘New Breed’. We have chronicled their heretical activities for several years, including a 2013 post titled, “The Significance of Youth-Filled Stadiums: Revisiting the Old Latter Rain Prophecy, in Light of Current Events.” Note this important excerpt:

One of the common denominators between the two men [Mike Bickle and Lou Engle] is the call for "justice" or "social justice," which has a definition rooted in the old Social Gospel movement of the early 20th century. For instance, Lou Engle held an event on the Washington Mall on August 16, 2008 called "God Has A Dream." We wrote at the time: 

To get a sense of the extraordinary nature of this upcoming “God’s Dream” event, check out “The Vision” posted at TheCall Institute, which is to “equip, disciple and commission an emerging generation of radical Nazirites to prepare the way of the Lord by embracing a lifestyle of prayer and fasting that is energized by intimacy with Jesus…. [A] new breed of young men and women….” [emphasis added] 

A highly disturbing video posted at TheCall’s website describes the extreme nature of this youth movement, and states that “those who come will be marked forever and they will be history-makers and dreamers of God's dream.” Notice the young men and women in this brownish-greyish video have marks on their foreheads

A similarly disturbing video is posted at The Luke 18 Project which is interconnected with TheCall. It states that 10,000 apostolic young men and women, by their radical lifestyle of prayer and fasting, and in conjunction with the fulfillment of a “dream of launching massive solemn assemblies of fasting and prayer” will “release justice over the earth” and start prayer cells (called “prayer FURNACES”) that “will transform cities, finish the task of the Great Commission and prepare a way for Jesus to return to the planet to establish his kingdom forever and ever....” The context for much of this activity is through food deprivation (fasting) in conjunction with a hypnotic-like fervor of mass prayer rallies — "filled stadiums and arenas."[38][bold, red added] 

Red and Blue politics evidenced by promo for https://reset2016.com

It’s also disconcerting that Engle—a major player in these national prayer gatherings—would refer to his 2008 Washington Mall rally as a “God’s Dream event”. The reader will also recall that Charisma titled their June article on Nick Hall, “How a God-Given Dream for a 'Modern-Day Pentecost' Became a Reality.” Warren B. Smith, has continued to warn the church of innocent-sounding “overlapping transformational language” used by the New Age/New Spirituality to deceive true believers. “God’s Dream” is at the top of the list:

The Spiritual Trap 
Using the term “God’s Dream” and other overlapping transformational language, Rick Warren’s ever-evolving Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is in the process of semantically merging with the PEACE Plan of the New Age/New Spirituality. “God’s Dream” has become the “Pied Piper” Field of Dreams rallying cry for a deceptive world peace plan that purports to establish the kingdom of God here on earth through humanitarian effort and global good works. 

But “God’s Dream,” as described by its proponents cannot and will not succeed. It is not a case of “if you build it, he will come.” While humanity is to always do its best in meeting human and environmental needs, the kingdom of God will not be established by humanity imagining and creating world peace by invoking a Schulleresque New Age “God’s Dream PEACE Plan. The kingdom of God comes just as prophesied in the Bible–through the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–the real Jesus Christ–not the false Christ of a deceived and apostate church. Not the false Christ of a New Age/New Spirituality.[39][bold added]
 
Washington Mall graphic taken from the Reset2016 website

THE GATHERING IN SEPTEMBER
Nick Hall and others are already planning to take part in another national prayer rally—this time in Dallas this September—called, “The Gathering: A National Solemn Assembly” which states “The Gathering has one purpose: to unite the Body of Christ in America....” Most, if not all of those scheduled to speak at this event are also partners or supporters of the ultra ecumenical Together 2016: Dr. Tony Evans, Anne Graham Lotz, James Robison, Kay Arthur, Sam Rodriguez, Max Lucado, Ronnie Floyd, Nick Hall, Marcus & Joni Lamb, Priscilla Shirer, Leith Anderson, Greg Laurie, Jonathan Falwell, Dr. Richard Land.[40] 
http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/44555-why-did-copeland-robison-meet-with-pope-francis

James Robison, who sponsors Beth Moore’s bible teaching on his Life Today television program, has been actively embracing the Vatican in recent years attempting to bring about a false Christian unity. He has also collaborated with and promoted such notorious false teachers as Prosperity Preacher Kenneth Copeland. In June, Robison and Copeland led a delegation of televangelists to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in person. Like-minded Word-Faith Pastor Joel Osteen, also cherished the opportunity to meet with the Pontiff in a separate visit.

VATICAN CITY (Worthy News)-- A delegation of evangelicals led by televangelists Kenneth Copeland and James Robison met with Pope Francis for three hours last week at the Vatican. 

The meeting was set up by Bishop Tony Palmer, a bishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church in the United Kingdom. Last January, Palmer addressed a Kenneth Copeland pastor's conference calling for unity between Catholics and Protestants....

Over the past few years, Robison has led several conferences with evangelicals and Catholics working toward an ecumenical understanding....

Earlier this month, mega-church speaker Joel Osteen, also met with the Pope saying, "I love the fact that's he's made the Church more inclusive, not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger — to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me."[41][bold, red added] 

But while making the Church ‘more inclusive’, as Osteen beams in the above quote, the Pope, in the words of Mike Gendron, betrays the fact that he has abandoned the “exclusivity of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ… God's Word gives us a clear command: ‘Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers…’”

Screenshot from The Gathering website
See http://thegathering2016.com/speakers/ even though the purpose statement
claims no speakers will be promoted.


Sponsors of the Dallas Gathering include: Revive Our Hearts, LifeWay, Tony Evans/The Urban Alternative, The Washington Area Coalition of Men’s Ministries (WACMM), Life Today with James & Betty Robison, Together/Reset2016, Mission America Coalition: U.S. Lausanne Committee.[42][bold added]
http://thegathering2016.com/about/


THE TRUTH: 
Pastor Gary Osborne’s sobering assessment of the April Azusa Now event could just as well have been written about the Together 2016/Reset 2016 event. The modus operandi of the organizers, as well as the recurring cast of characters are in perfect sync with each other—to the abandonment of Christ’s Gospel and His precious Word:

Even still there is error in the Azusa Now phenomenon that is more profound than its silly “signs,” its rampant ecumenism, or its prophesying and then scheduling a national move of God. No, the deeper issue is in trying to duplicate a previous event in church history at all. What biblical rationale is there for attempting to re-create any spiritual undertakings outside of the pages of Scripture?... 

Nothing has changed in almost 2,000 years. It is ongoing. Pentecost has never stopped! It continues today. What we have often called national revivals—whether it be the 1st Great Awakening, the 2nd Great Awakening, the original Azusa Street Revival, etc.—are nothing more and nothing less than the ongoing work of God pouring out His Spirit in these “last days.” 

So why would we try to duplicate any subsequent revival or awakening that takes place beyond the biblical history that is written in the New Testament? There are a couple of problems with this line of thinking. Firstly, as I've noted previously a prior event may or may not have been genuine. It's as simple as that. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't. And secondly, and just as importantly, there is no need to do so because God has not changed, and His program continues because we are still in the “last days.” 

… And I read of no occasion when any of the disciples planned out or announced far in advance that stadiums of people in specific locations would be saved. No, they simply went about their business of being led by the Spirit of God and proclaiming the Gospel to any and all the encountered. I'd also note that nowhere in the New Testament do we ever read of Peter, John, James, Paul, or anyone else trying to duplicate the day of Pentecost. At no time were they insisting that people from outside of Jerusalem come back to the city and reassemble in the same upper room. Nowhere were they insisting that the “tongues of fire” that initially came down on the 120 be expected or encouraged. Rather, we read in Scripture that men and women who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ also trusted God for His promise to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

That's it. No theatrics. No orchestrations. No priming people to expect specific “signs and wonders,” as was being claimed in the advertisements for Azusa Now. 

And that's still true for us today. God has already given us His agenda in His Word. And He's given us the power to accomplish it by pouring out the Holy Spirit that we might be witnesses for Him. There's no manipulating or planning out mighty moves of God on some regional, national or international level. At times He sovereignly does this as He wills. But we can't plan it! 

Azusa Now? No. Azusa later or yet to come? No. How about a new and improved Pentecost now? No. Is God still doing the same thing He's been doing since the day of Pentecost? Absolutely! And that's where I'll keep my focus—on God's Word and in lifting up Jesus Christ. I pray you do as well.[43] [bold added]
 
https://reset2016.com

The ubiquitous connections and interlocking network of deceptive workman disguised as sheep will continue to increase as that day draws near when the Man of Sin at last seizes total temporal dominion over the world, alongside the False Prophet, who will mesmerize and deceive the masses with his sorcerous supernatural abilities (Rev. 13; 16:13; 2 Thess. 2:1-12). Let us stand in the strength and might of the Lord Jesus Christ as we swiftly approach a very dark and foreboding hour (Eph. 6).

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
(Rom. 13:11-14)

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
(Revelation 17:1-6) 

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”  
(Revelation 18:4)  


Endnotes:
1. See the Together2016 website: http://reset2016.com/about-together2016/.  
2. See: http://www.latimes.com/nation/
3. See: http://grantland.com/features/bill-mccartney-colorado-buffaloes-20-years-after-resigning/. See aerial photos of National Mall rallies: http://www.welovedc.com/2009/09/14/912-rally-crowd-estimates-two-million/
4. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoring_Honor_rally
5. See: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/114652/6239
6. See: http://www.inquisitr.com/2588321/donald-trump-hangs-with-christian-prosperity-teachers-televangelists-paula-white-and-kenneth-copeland-is-prayer-keeping-him-on-top-in-gop-race-videos-photos/. Note: The 2010 May Day event, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial, brought together the Christian Right with Apostolic Dominonism. See Dr. Orrel Steinkamp’s report, “The Coalescing of the Christian Right with Apostolic Dominionism,” excerpted from May/June 2010 issue of The Plumbline; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/04/coalescing-of-christian-right-with.html. See also: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/9173513284.html
7. Pastor Larry DeBruyn, BEWITCHED! “Evil Eye over Evangelicalism” Discernment Ministries Newsletter, March/April 2010; see: http://www.discernment-ministries.com/Newsletters/NL2010MarApr.pdf
8. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Warren
9. See Hall’s website: http://pulsemovement.com/origin-story/.
10. Ibid. See the Together2016 website: http://reset2016.com/about-together2016/
11. Kevin Wallevand, (WDAY TV), “Fargo native Nick Hall leads ‘Pulse’ movement”, Apr 29, 2015; See: http://www.wday.com/news/3734417-fargo-native-nick-hall-leads-pulse-movement
12. See Hall’s website: http://pulsemovement.com/nick-hall/
13. See the Multnomah page on Hall’s Reset: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/536780/reset-by-nick-hall-foreword-by-josh-mcdowell-luis-palau-and-ravi-zacharias/
14. Ibid. Multnomah website. 
15. Ibid. Multnomah website. 
16. See: https://jesusculture.com/team/banning-liebscher/
17. Ibid. Multnomah website. 
18. Taylor Berglund, “How a God-Given Dream for a 'Modern-Day Pentecost' Became a Reality,” Charisma, June 2016; see: http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/evangelism-missions/26329-resetting-america. 
19. Dan Van Veen, “Together 2016 -- A Defining Moment for This Generation,” PE News, April 29, 2016; see: http://penews.org/news/together-2016-a-defining-moment-for-this-generation
20. Amy Spreeman, “The Pope and Hillsong will unite "Together 2016" in Washington D.C.,” The Berean Examiner, June 8, 2016; see: http://www.piratechristian.com/berean-examiner/2016/6/the-pope-and-hillsong-will-unite-together-2016-in-washington-dc. See additional pertinent articles posted by Spreeman: 
The Six Hallmarks of a NAR Church. Together 2016: "catalytic change” more like cataclysmic syncretism 
Berean Research White Paper: Dominionism/NAR 
The New Apostolic Reformation by Apologetics Index 
The Roots and Fruits of the New Apostolic Reformation by Bob Dewaay 
The Changing of the Apostolic Guard: 13 Names to Watch by Holly Pivec 
The Apostles Who Don't Do Anything by Grace to You 
Hillsong, Ronnie Floyd, Lecrae, Join Pope at Monumental Together 2016 Gathering 
21. Ibid. Spreeman. 
22. Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, “NAR in the Political Limelight,” Herescope, September 17, 2012; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/09/nar-in-political-limelight.html
23. Mike Gendron, “Professing Evangelicals Are Assisting the Pope in His Agenda to Reverse the Reformation,” Proclaiming the Gospel Newsletter, July 2016; see: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs182/1103609831924/archive/1124996940646.html. See also: Heather Clark,“‘Together 2016’ Organizer Meets With ‘Pope Francis’ to Unite Christians, Catholics on National Mall,” Christian News, June 10, 2016; see: http://christiannews.net/2016/06/10/together-2016-organizer-meets-with-pope-francis-to-unite-christians-catholics-on-national-mall/
24. Ibid. Mike Gendron. 
25. Jonah Hicap, “'Together 2016': July 16 D.C. event to see Evangelicals, Catholics forging 'historic unity' to 'pray for a reset for our nation'”, Christianity Today, June 11, 2016; see: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/together.2016.july.16.d.c.event.to.see.evangelicals.catholics.forging.historic.unity.to.pray.for.a.reset.for.our.nation/88116.htm. See also: Kelly Frazier, “Pope Francis Will Address Crowd at D.C.’s National Mall During ‘Together 2016’”, World Religion News, June 8 2016; see: http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christianity/pope-francis-will-address-crowd-at-d-c-s-national-mall-during-together-2016
26. John Bornschein, “Prayer Summit,” June 16, 2016; see: http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/prayer_summit
27. See Engle’s The Jesus Fast website: http://thejesusfast.net/#abouttheauthor
28. See The Jesus Fast website: http://thejesusfast.net/#thejesusfast
29. Gaylene Goodroad and the Discernment Research Group, “Militant Prayer: Taking Spiritual Dominion Over Dark Angels,” Herescope, Sept. 11, 2011; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011_09_01_archive.html. See footnote #4. Franklin Hall’s book, Atomic Power with God Through Fasting and Prayer, was published in 1946; see: http://www.shiloahbooks.com/download/Atomic.pdf. In Spiritual Warfare: The Invisible Invasion (Huntington House Publishers, Lafayette, LA, 1998, pp. 162-186), Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) advocate, Tom Horn, also promotes fasting as a discipline of spiritual warfare. 
30. David Cloud, “Roman Catholic Asceticism,” Way of Life.org. and the Fundamental Baptist Information Service, (article excerpted from Cloud’s book: Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Bond), Dec 26, 2013; see: https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/tag/extreme-fasting/?iframe=true&preview=true
31. See TheCall website: http://thecall.us.churchinsight.com/Groups/1000080319/TheCall/Who_We_Are/Event_Map/Event_Map.aspx
32. Pastor Gary Osborne, “Azusa or Pentecost? Now, Then, or Later?”, Herescope, May 19, 2016; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2016/05/azusa-or-pentecost.html
33. Ibid. Pastor Osborne. 
34. Jennifer LeClaire, “The Nation-Shaking Prophetic Download I Got at Azusa Now,” Charisma.com; see; http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/prophetic-insight/26108-the-nation-shaking-prophetic-download-i-got-at-azusa-now
35. James Goll: "The Coming Worldwide Youth Awakening," The ElijahList, May 27, 2016; see: http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=16130
36. CBN News, “Lou Engle Expects Revival that Will Fill Stadiums,” July 30, 2015; see: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/July/Lou-Engle-Expects-Revival-that-Will-Fill-Stadiums
37. See: “Concocting a Great Awakening” Herescope series: 
Part 1 - Rallying Around the Seven Mountains 
Part 2 - A Political Platform 
Part 3 - Building the 7 Mountains 
Part 4 - The Next Great Awakening. . . Or Great Deadening? 
38. See Herescope: “The Significance of Youth-Filled Stadiums: Revisiting the Old Latter Rain Prophecy, in Light of Current Events,” Herescope, Jan. 2013; see: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-significance-of-youth-filled.html
39. Warren B. Smith, “God’s Dream” or a Deceptive Scheme?,” Lighthouse Trails, Aug. 30, 2009; see: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1049. Note: Warren’s article was excerpted from Chapter 8 of his book, A “Wonderful” Deception (2009). 
40. See The Gathering website: http://thegathering2016.com
41. “Pope Francis Met Televangelists Kenneth Copeland and James Robison (Video),” Worthy News, June 30, 2014; see: https://www.worthynews.com/16631-pope-francis-met-televanglelists-kenneth-copeland-and-james-robison-video
42. See The Gathering website: http://thegathering2016.com/our-partners/
43. Ibid. Pastor Gary Osborne, “Azusa or Pentecost? Now, Then, or Later?” See also Dr. Orrel Steinkamp’s report: “A Second Pentecost? Is There the Hope of an End-Time Repeat of Pentecost?!,” (taken from The Plumbline Newsletter, Vol. 19, No. 3, May/June 2014). 
Also, read the 6-part article series “The Passion of the Presence” that begins here: 
Read Part 1 
Read Part 2
Read Part 3 
Read Part 4 
Read Part 5 
Read Part 6 

A very special thanks to research associate Barbara Wilhelm for jump-starting this writing project with a paper she wrote and privately distributed documenting the Catholic connections to all of this. Without her seminal work, this article would have never been undertaken.

NOTE: Discernment Ministries has been writing about these false revival issues since 1990. See the newsletter archive page.