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Michaël Husser for HERESY in an edit about riding in Nouméa - New-Caledonia. Away from home & A way of riding. Camera: Luc Mauduit / Additional: Fred Payet Editing: Michaël Husser & Luc Mauduit Music: This Will Destroy You - Villa del refugio - Magic Bullet Records Special thanks to Matt Coplon at PROFILE RACING and Rémy Dunoyer at BMX FORCE for their devoted support to HERESY.



Michaël Husser for HERESY in an edit about riding in Nouméa - New-Caledonia. Away from home & A way of riding. Camera: Luc Mauduit / Additional: Fred Payet Editing: Michaël Husser & Luc Mauduit Music: This Will Destroy You - Villa del refugio - Magic Bullet Records Special thanks to Matt Coplon at PROFILE RACING and Rémy Dunoyer at BMX FORCE for their devoted support to HERESY.



"Michaël Husser lives in New Caledonia. He's originally from a small town near Colmar in Alsace which is France's far east. Michaël came back home for a couple months this winter. His schedule was tight but we managed to meet up over a freezing weekend of december in beautiful Strasbourg. George and Sebastian flew in Paris from Greece and Austria, right into a snowstorm warning over the east of France. After lots of hours driving exactly through the snowstorm, we luckily made it to Strasbourg where we met up with Mathieu Dellabe, a friend of Michaël who kindly filmed and edited this thing for us. We spent two days outside in minus zero temperatures trying to ride, probably spending more time trying to be warmed up than actually riding but that's ok...Honestly it was painfully cold, but sometimes, when friends live far away from each others, a rare chance to meet up will guarantee a good time and will make them ignore the weather...Bretzels and hot wine !! Much thanks to Mathieu Dellabe for braving the cold with us, Manu Stemper and Athenais Graff for their kind hospitality, Guillaume Jung and Matthieu Bejean. Special thanks to Matt Coplon at PROFILE RACING for his devoted support to HERESY." -- Music : Do Make Say Think – Minmin Directed, shot & edited by Mathieu Dellabe.

4. Monsters in a Moss Garden

  • Published: 2008-03-23T21:59:22+00:00
  • Duration: 569
  • By Amenon
Monsters in a Moss Garden

I drove up to Orvieto to meet a friend from San Quirico half-way, and to pick up nearly 15 kg of fresh chianina. Yum. On the way home I took a detour into Etruscan hills and went for a walk in a Sacred Wood under leaden skies. The place looked like a moss garden - but populated by strange, giant, marvellous and mysterious allegorical figures. The garden was commissioned by Vicino Orsino, a nobleman at arms, in the early 16th century. A book by Professor Enrico Guidoni of La Sapienza university in Rome, suggests that Buonarroti was behind the layout, location and choice of themes for the garden and that amongst the executors were such artist/architects as Rafaello da Montelupo, Leone Leoni and his son Pompeo, Simone Mosca and his son Francesco Moschino. Set against the religious and political tensions of the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent, the garden may be read as an allegory of independent thought, pragmatism and heterodoxy bordering on heresy. Cardinal Reginald Pole, who for a while lived nearby at Viterbo, may have been a source of philosophical inspiration to Vicino Orsino and to his wife Giulia Farnese. Guidoni suggests that these driving forces may also explain the subsequent decline and abandon of the garden, the misleading dating of the garden's conception and execution by some historians, and some simplistic and obscurantist readings of the garden's content. The garden fell into almost complete decay over 400 years and only in recent times was "tidied up" and restored, though how closely to the original state is not clear. _____________________ Hypnerotomachi Poliphilii - Francesco Colonna - translated by Robert Dallington - Published in London in 1592: Poliphilus, be of good comfort, and pluck vp a good heart, and tell me how thou commest hither, and by what meanes, and how thou diddest escape that mortall and horrible Dragon? and how thou diddest finde away out of that odious and blinde darkenes, I haue beene tould of it: But I maruell me not a little, because few or none dare aduenture that waye. But seeing that grace hath safelye brought thee hither vnto vs, I will not denye thee (any cause notwithstanding) a gratious and fauourable intertaynement

5. Falling Away: The Great Apostasy Of The Last Days (Rev. Roger Higginson on 2 Thessalonians 2:3)

  • Published: 2015-09-28T04:29:55+00:00
  • Duration: 2418
  • By John Sharper
Falling Away: The Great Apostasy Of The Last Days (Rev. Roger Higginson on 2 Thessalonians 2:3)

The Bible warns that the last days will be characterized by a dramatic worldwide departure from the true faith of Christianity, where all people will be led to a false gospel by false prophets establishing a single pagan religion for the entire planet, the religion of the antichrist. This trenchant and timely sermon by Rev. Roger Higginson discusses current events in light of Jesus' and Paul's prophecies of the signs and spiritual climate that would characterize the final days before Christ's return, making a compelling case that those days have come upon us. Follow along in the Bible here: The entire catalogue of messages from Reverend Higginson, who preaches in Northern Ireland (where they have not been deceived into believing the mainstream American heresy of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture scenario) at Coleraine Free Presbyterian Church is hosted on SermonAudio, along with this sermon that is originally entitled, "The Great Falling Away," here: More Bible lessons from great pastors around the world are available on my partner channel on YouTube, The Sharper Sword Channel, here: . .

6. Max Cooper - Coils of Living Synthesis - Official Video by Mikhail Spivakov, Csilla Varnai, Andy Lomas and Jennifer Tividad

  • Published: 2017-05-17T01:19:20+00:00
  • Duration: 329
  • By Max Cooper
Max Cooper - Coils of Living Synthesis - Official Video by Mikhail Spivakov, Csilla Varnai, Andy Lomas and Jennifer Tividad

For more information visit and sign up for free downloads and exclusive updates. From the Chromos EP - released 26 May [MESH] Stream/Buy 'Chromos' Subscribe to Vimeo: Follow on Spotify: Video by Mikhail Spivakov, Csilla Varnai, Andy Lomas and Jennifer Tividad This is the second of two pieces built around a collaborative project between myself, Andy Lomas, and researchers from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge - Mikhail Spivakov, Peter Fraser and Csilla Varnai. Andy built a system in Unreal to map their data on DNA structure, to a visual simulation, which output footage Jennifer Tividad has used to create this video. The first of the two videos from the project shows unadulterated footage of single simulated chromosomal folding process, titled Chromos. Whereas this video uses the data visualisations more freely to create pleasing visual forms, rather than being so focused on delivering the raw science. You still see our best predictions of real chromosome structure in there of course, just with layering and inversions and various treatments. But what you see is still an indication of the types of molecules that control every cell in our bodies. It always amazes me how such a messy tangle of strings with a code running along them can direct and control something as complex as a human being! The red areas which appear show regions where genes are highly activated, and later in the video the green and blue colours mark out separate chromosomes. The bright lighting strikes just show fragments of DNA which travel far from the centre of the simulated folding process - that's not something biological, it's a result of the simulation, but something that had a nice visual effect. Another artificial property is all the straight lines - we had a big set of spatial data points, and these were joined by straight lines for simplicity, but in reality it would presumably be all curves and flowing lines rather than the jagged effect we see here. Although I do like the aesthetic it creates. One of the main scientific messages of these video projects is the relationship between structure and function. DNA folds up in very complex, and seemingly messy, ways, as you can see in the video, but it is thought that this complex folding is directed, in order to expose, or hide, specific parts of the DNA molecules. So the parts which are locked away between other strands of DNA cannot be accessed, and therefore the genes at those parts cannot be switched on. So the complex structure you see in the video has a function, it's not entirely, random, and can be controlled from one generation to the next in order to influence how genes are switched on and off. This area of research is called epigenetics, and it caused some arguments when it was first proposed, because it adds an extra layer of heritable changes in DNA function, which don't operate through the usual mechanisms of evolution explained by Charles Darwin. It was like a religious heresy to question such a long established and supported scientific dogma as Darwinian evolution, but the evidence was there so everyone had to accept the ideas eventually. Getting back to the music, I wanted to try and capture this messy complexity in the sound track, but it was too messy and too complex for me to achieve by hand, so I went of a partly generative computational approach whereby I set up more than 100 layers of sound, many of which had their own sound synthesis path, where each synthesiser was being constantly randomised to yield a mangled output. It was a right mess. But that was a good starting point in line with what I saw from the data. The task became a long process of finding reasonably musical parts in the mess, and arranging them in as many layers as I could, while still having them combine to form a consistent musical whole (the amazingly functional role of the messy bundle of DNA molecules). I used a lot of simulated binaural processing on several layers, so that when you listen with headphones you can hear certain layers of sound pop out around your head and be clearly heard even though there's a lot of other layers playing simultaneously. Because of the randomised synthesis approach, most of the audio is digitally generated, but I also added some old analogue synths for the underlying chords, and I also applied many layers of partially randomised processing to the percussion to try and give it all a constantly morphing organic feel in line with the video content. - Max Cooper Follow Max Cooper: For more information visit and sign up for free downloads and exclusive updates.


  • Published: 2014-03-27T18:39:21+00:00
  • Duration: 356

« About 3 years ago Michael Husser told me he is going to live in New Caledonia. First thing I did was to check on the web. I had no idea where it's located and found out it's an island in the South Pacific Ocean - far away! Since Michael moved there he kept telling me over and over to visit him. The pictures he sent were simply incredible. Paradise! Well, from Austria it's not a weekend trip so I wasn't sure if I will ever make it. Finally me and my girl, Simone, decided to go on bit longer holidays than usual and we ended up booking our flights: A 30 hours trip from Vienna to Sydney and finally to Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. In Sydney we stayed a few days with Paul Chamberlain, his wife Jenny and their daughter Bea. Thanks a lot for your hospitality and being perfect tourist guides! We enjoyed it a lot! The real adventure started with leaving Sydney to Noumea. We didn't really know what will come up but finally the whole trip exceeded all our expectations. New Caledonia belongs to France, there is hardly any tourism. I think without Michael's and Maguy's help we would have been kind of lost. Thanks so much! They supported us to plan our time there: the trip around the main island, the trip to Ile des Pins, a smaller island close to New Caledonia and the weekend on that tiny, lonely island which was as big as a proper contest flatland spot. Everything turned out crazy good!!! Every place we went to was amazing. We got to sleep on the most beautiful beaches on small camp grounds, spent a weekend on a tiny island hunting, grilling and finally eating fish and lobster. We swam in the clearest water with white sand beaches, snorkelled at crazy places and enjoyed pure nature. And most of the time we were alone! No other people at the camping, nobody at the beach, and also nobody on the island. Nature is wonderful, it's something very relaxing which gives lots of energy. To hang out on the beach, walk in a forest or simply be surrounded by palm trees and other exotic plants frees my mind. It has similar effects on me as riding has. And riding on a spot surrounded by beautiful nature is something even more special, something beautiful for me! But now imagine an island with all its amazing beaches, exotic plants, lakes, kind of jungles, dirt roads... imagine a natural paradise! Only a small number of population, hardly any tourism, no big hotels, not that kind of supermarkets we are used to, no parking, bumpy streets... Where can you ride? This edit is not about "hardcore" flatland or new tricks. It's about a trip, an adventure, to a diverse island where I also found a few places I spent time on with my bike. Some of them I usually won't ride. They were too small or very bumpy, some I wouldn't even consider being a flatland spot. But I felt like riding and the ambience of these places made this feelings even stronger. So I rode what I found and I enjoyed it a lot, even if it was hard sometimes to get a clip! This is my "SPOT QUEST IN PARADISE"... » — Sebastian FILMED: SIMONE JUNGWIRTH & SEBASTIAN GRUBINGER EDITED: SEBASTIAN GRUBINGER MUSIC: DJ BUZZ - THIS, THAT AND THE 3RD - LONG WAY TO GO INSTRUMENTAL SPECIAL THANKS TO: SIMONE MICHAEL, MAGUY and all their friends in New Caledonia PAUL, JENNY and BEA PREDDY @ BUZZ @ MATT @ JAKUB & PAULI @ LISA @ HERESY BMX More about the trip @ and on instagram @globalflat & @wastlgrubinger

8. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 14Oct2018

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  14Oct2018

Celebrating the Fathers of the 7th Council. Those who put down the heresy of Iconoclasm. The Gospel reading for today. He who has ears to hear, let him heat. The Reading is from the Gospel According to Luke 8:5-15 The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


  • Published: 2010-06-04T18:51:29+00:00
  • Duration: 6041
  • By Larry Wessels

Have you ever wondered where many pseudo-Christian American cults such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Christadelphians, Seventh-day Adventists, Christian Scientists, the Unity School of Christianity and others have come from? Most people have never really stopped to ask that question. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (see websites: BIBLEQUERY.ORG, HISTORYCART.COM & MUSLIMHOPE.COM) tackles this very seldom asked question & the answer he gives may surprise you. The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther once said, "My dear pope, I will kiss your feet and acknowledge you as supreme bishop if you will worship my Christ and grant that through His death and resurrection, not through keeping your traditions, we have forgiveness of sins & eternal life. If you will yield on this point, I shall nottake away your crown & power; if not, I shall constantly cry out that you are the Antichrist, and I shall testify that your whole CULT & religion are not only a denial of God, but also the height of blasphemy against God and is idolatry. - ("What Luther Says", II:1069). It is obvious from Luther's definition of CULT he means a religious group that is "a denial of God," "a blasphemy," & is considered "idolatry." Cult expert & author Walter Martin defined "cult" as "a group of people gathered about a specific person or person's misinterpretation of the Bible." Authors John Ankerberg & John Weldon define "cult" as "a religious group having Biblically unorthodox and/or heretical teachings & which may fail to meet basic ethical standards of Christian doctrine & practice." Author Bob L. Ross (one of world's leading publishers of the works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon) defines "cult" as "a counterfeit of the true faith of the Bible." The shortest definition of the word cult is "organized heresy." It is interesting to note that the American "cults" began in the 1800s (Mormonism - 1830, Christadelphianism - 1848, Seventh-day Adventism - 1861, Jehovah's Witnesses - 1879, Christian Science - 1879, Unity School of Christianity - 1895) but why? What happened to cause all these sects to suddenly appear on the face of the earth? The answer is Campbellism which began in 1823. Campbellism (also know as Restorationism) is the theological "mother" spawning all these groups. The religious movement known as "Campbellism" (Restorationism) and adhered to by groups known as "Church of Christ," "Christian Church," and "Disciples of Christ," had its beginning primarily through the influence of two immigrants from Ireland. Thomas Campbell, the father, and Alexander Campbell (referred to by followers as the "Master Spirit"), the son, rebelled against Presbyterianism and ultimately created the Campbellite movement after coming to America in the early 1800s. To make a long story short, these two "Restorers of the Ancient Gospel" (as they were called by their followers) were joined by two other "Restorers" named Walter Scott and Barton W. Stone who discovered that the gospel message in the Bible had been lost & now they were going to restore it (Walter Scott actually claimed to have restored the gospel when he baptized a Baptist named William Amend on November 18, 1827). Utilizing a Campbellite interpretation of baptism verses found throughout the Bible (Acts 2:38, etc.) the "Restoration" of the lost gospel was water baptism "in order to the remission of sins;" i.e. water baptism (plus other obediences) was essential for salvation. Therefore, the Campbellite "Restorationist Plan of Salvation" meant an adherent had to do the following to be saved: hear + believe + repent + confess + be water baptized by immersion + local congregation + Lord's supper + giving on first day + non-instrumental singing + prayer + benevolence + bible study + no creed + bible name + second law of pardon + obedience to elders + good morals + no Christians in other denominations + scriptural marriage (if married) + no indwelling of the believer by the Holy Spirit, only in the Word + believe whatever the evangelists preach as the Word of God. From this Campbellite religion then came its influence on the birth of other American cults such as Mormonism (Sidney Rigdon, for instance, a close associate of the "Restorers" left the Campbellite organization & joined up with Joseph Smith, Jr. to help begin the Mormon religion). The links between Campbellism & the various cults go on & on. Those interested in further information on the various cults mentioned here can go to GOOGLE VIDEO & once on their homepage type "LARRY WESSELS" in the search box & see other related videos posted online.

10. Beware of False Apostles and False Prophets - Widescreen

  • Published: 2012-03-22T08:34:08+00:00
  • Duration: 924
  • By ShawnHopscotch
Beware of False Apostles and False Prophets - Widescreen

This is what God's Word says regarding false "apostles" and false "prophets". Please share this video so that the Biblical Truth will get out. For more information, please visit:

11. The PUSH POPS Aerobic Utopia

  • Published: 2011-01-19T07:22:08+00:00
  • Duration: 301
  • By anna souvorov
The PUSH POPS Aerobic Utopia

Proselytizing to their bewildered public about a carb-free, carefree, guilt-free Aerobic Utopia, during the Figment arts festival on Governor’s Island the Push Pops performed at the foot of a massive bagel hill with embedded 2-channel video installation featuring the original Buns of Steel Series. Over the racket of Buns of Steel® could be heard a doctored soundtrack including Bjork, MIA, Rhianna, Janet Jackson and the Push Pops themselves. For three 8-hour sessions, the Push Pops – renamed Crystal, Sapphire and Diamond - perfected their desultory workout on a constructed beach tableau complete with a custom umbrella and ice cold refreshments from Aerobic Utopia’s fictive sponsor, America’s No. 1 Fitness beverage, Crystal Light. As witness to the Push Pops aerobic psychomachy, viewers were accosted by the jocular cries of an anti-consumerist ritual obscured by retro infomercial style nutrition and exercise jargon. Bagels! Bagel Buns! You’re Almost There! This is the first day of a whole new you! This is not a diet this is lifestyle! Exercise is not a sin!... went the Push Pop’s radical word salad. A rotating Nazi drill sergeant style “Aerobitician on Duty” led the group, interspersing her commands with deadpan readings from glossy celebrity fitness manuals (The Nucleus of my figure is my stomach – I have a flat and tight tummy. I stay away from anything with the word cream in it. Just substitute the word fat for cream - ice fat, fat cheese, whipped fat - and giving it up will be quite easy!) and fiercely delivered public confessionals (We were in love! Raise your hand if you ate fruit for breakfast? I am not my anxiety!) On the third day, with thighs soar as hell and throats raw from polemicizing, the Push Pops ceremoniously covered the bagel hill during the onset of storm, switched on the megaphone siren and led a gaggle of screaming little girls around the hill in hysterical circles yelling “Bagels! No more bagels!” With Gav Baby close behind on the camera, the Push Pops spontaneously took their Utopia on foot to festival goers. “Aerobic Utopia Emigration” began with an impromptu jog around the island, greeting passersby with loud calls of protest, anger, heresy, waving the handmade sequin Bagel Bun flag high, all candy colored lycra and feminist joie de vivre.

12. Exclusive Interview: "Grace to You" John MacArthur Answers Common Questions About Roman Catholicism

  • Published: 2017-08-25T21:16:00+00:00
  • Duration: 2934
  • By Larry Wessels
Exclusive Interview:

Pastor John MacArthur in this exclusive interview given to our camera crew during a conference held in Dallas, Texas during 1999. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry Since completing his first best-selling book The Gospel According to Jesus in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ, Strange Fire, Ashamed of the Gospel, Charismatic Chaos, The Murder of Jesus, A Tale of Two Sons, Twelve Ordinary Men, The Truth War, The Jesus You Can't Ignore, Slave, One Perfect Life, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John's titles have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The MacArthur Study Bible, the cornerstone resource of his ministry, is available in English (NKJ, NAS, and ESV), Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic with a Chinese translation underway. Pastor MacArthur answers the following questions about Roman Catholicism: 1. Does church history support Romanism? 2. What about late forming Romanist doctrines? 3. Is there such as thing as apostolic succession? Does this prove Romanism true? 4. Is there circular reasoning in saying that Catholicism is infallible? 5. What is the definition of the church? 6. Does the lack of authority in diverse protestant churches prove the need for a monolithic Roman Church? 7. What about scripture alone? 8. When tradition contradicts scripture which has the authority? 9. Does the Bible teach that traditions are inspired & authoritative? 10. 2 Corinthians 5:21 - What is the true gospel? 11. Why did Jesus live a full life here on earth for 33 years? 12. How is Rome's gospel different than the gospel of the Bible? 13. How does mass, purgatory, good works, etc take away from the true gospel? 14. What about works & James 2:24? 15. What is the difference between justification & santification? 16. Does Rome preach a false gospel & is it damnable heresy? 17. What about Romanist baptismal regeneration? 18. Can a person be saved without water baptism? 19. What about spirit baptism? 20. Has Romanism changed since Vatican II? 21. Are Roman Catholics our brothers & sisters in Christ? 22. What is wrong with the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" document? 23. What if you are an ecumenical evangelical? Pastor MacArthur has criticized popular mega-church pastor Joel Osteen, whom he has spoken of as a quasi-pantheist. He has also been critical of Billy Graham, whom he says teaches an unbiblical view of salvation: a type of Catholic Universalism where people outside of Christianity can go to heaven. In May 2002, in the midst of significant media and public attention focused on Catholic sex abuse cases, MacArthur gave a message highly critical of the entire system of the Roman Catholic priesthood. MacArthur has referred to Catholicism in as the "Kingdom of Satan," and holds to the confession that the pope is anti-christ, but which he said "applies to anyone who positions himself against or in place of Christ." In a newer Sermon Pastor MacArthur unequivocally states that a person who truly believes what Roman Catholicism teaches is not saved. In addition he stated that the "theology of Islam is false." Pastor John MacArthur is one of the most critical in the Christian community against the Charismatic Movement and Pentecostalism in general. In further evaluation, MacArthur charged that "the Charismatic Movement has stolen the Holy Spirit and created a golden calf and they're dancing around the golden calf as if it were the Holy Spirit." He broadly stated that within the Charismatic Movement, claimed manifestations of the Spirit such as "visions, revelations, voices from heaven...speaking in tongues, prophecies.. anointings, miracles," are "all false, all lies, all deceptions attributed falsely to the Holy Spirit." The books, "The Charismatics," "Charismatic Chaos" and "Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship," are three books against the Charismatic & Pentecostal Movements. The last book, "Strange Fire," was presented at his "Strange Fire Conference," October 2013. Pastor MacArthur has allowed that some within the Charismatic movement believed in the authority of Scripture. However, he saw its interdenominational presence as being "a testimony to the absence of any theology."

13. Anger and Metallica Live and Uncut at NHC

Anger and Metallica Live and Uncut at NHC

The story behind this video begins in May 2004... I had an uneasy feeling when the call came that Saturday night. “Hi . . . ahhhh . . . is this Pastor John Van Slo . . . ten of New Hope Church?” It was a woman’s voice. She sounded hesitant and a little bit uncomfortable, like she’d never made this kind of call before. “Yeah,” I replied warily. I was in the middle of watching a hockey game, trying to relax before Sunday morning’s sermon. I didn’t much feel like doing any church business. “What can I do for you?” Her next line stopped me dead. Now she was all business. “My name is Lisa from Warner Music Canada, and I represent the heavy metal group Metallica. Is it true that you’re going to be preaching on the band tomorrow morning?” Suddenly it felt as though I was watching this conversation unfold in slow motion, as if my mind was outside my body. Represent Metallica? What? Really? Then my heart started to race. She went on, “And are you actually planning on using some of their music in your church service?” I didn’t know how to reply. This must be some kind of joke call from someone at my church. OK, it’s not really a church in the usual sense—it meets in a community center gym where there’s bingo on Saturday nights. We meet there because we want to get past some traditional church barriers—like imposing buildings. A few friends knew how stressed I was about the risk of preaching a sermon on Metallica. It’s such a crazy topic. For weeks I’d been doing all kinds of heresy self-checks. Doesn’t Metallica play for the “other team”? Could this get me into a lot of hot water with the church? Perhaps I should have picked a safer musical genre. Or maybe just stuck to the Bible. For a second I wondered if my prankster friend Geoff was setting me up—he’d probably gotten his wife to call. “Who are you again?” Now the voice was more forceful. “I represent Metallica and the band has asked if we could come to your church tomorrow with a camera crew. We’d like to tape the event.” “Are you serious? A camera crew? Is this for real?” The phone started to slip out of my hand as I began to sweat. “We’d just like your permission.” “Oh no,” I thought. “Metallica is going to sue us! Weren’t they the band that took down Napster, the pioneer online file-sharing website, when they first started illegally distributing Metallica’s tunes? And now they’re coming after me!” My heart was pounding in my right temple by this point, and in an apprehensive voice I asked, “What for? Why in the world would Metallica want to get a video of one of our church services? What are they going to do, sue us?” She must have pulled the phone away from her ear and wondered what kind of idiot she was dealing with. “No. They don’t want to sue you. Lars [Ulrich—the band’s drummer] heard about your church service this week, and all they want is to see it for themselves. The band left town this morning, and they’re already setting up for their next concert, so they obviously can’t be there personally.” Dazed, but a little more convinced, I told her that she had my permission. “C’mon down. Bring cameras. Bring anyone you want.” I put the phone down and breathed hard. For a long time. Then I laughed to myself. Did that just happen? Is Metallica really coming to our church? How cool is this? Sure enough, the next day three sharp twentysomethings— the Warner Music reps—all dressed as though they were going to grandma’s for brunch after the service, showed up at our church, camera in tow. I was wearing my standard preaching attire: khaki knee-length shorts and a T-shirt. Our community was in its typical last minute pre-service preparation mode: some were grabbing bagels and coffee at the back table, others were sound-checking the media and queuing Metallica music videos, and the rest of us were wandering to our chairs as the house band up front opened with four screeching back-to-back, full-on, headbanging Metallica tunes (complete with dry ice and concert lighting). Strange, perhaps, but that’s what we do here. Then I got up to talk. And something happened. I wasn’t thinking about the camera, the crowd, the Warner reps, or the pressure. At that moment I suddenly felt deeply moved, profoundly and reverentially aware. After our band’s lead guitarist struck his last chord, the room was vibrating. And as I stepped into the energy-saturated holy silence, I wondered if I’d be able to live up to the power and truth that this music invoked. Would I faithfully honor it and give it its due? Had I read it right? The moment actually felt quite strange; as though I could have just as easily been onstage at a Metallica concert, passionately voicing a few existential questions to a heavy metal congregation. “Do you guys have any idea what’s going on here?” “Do you understand why this music is so deeply relevant to you?” “Do you have any idea why it matters so much?” But I wasn’t at a concert; I was in church. And I wasn’t some kind of rock promoter—I was a preacher. This morning was not really about Metallica; it was about God. Excerpt from Pastor John Van Sloten's Book, "The Day Metallica Came to Church"

14. Basics of Baptist Identity: “Believers Baptism” 02-17-13pm

Basics of Baptist Identity:	“Believers Baptism”	 02-17-13pm

Romans 6 Baltazar Hubmaier • born 1480… doctor of theology Sept. 29 1512 from University of Ingolstadt. Priest, University professor … passion for preaching! (great influence) • Arrested in August of 1527; March 3 Tortured on rack in Vienna. • March 10, 1528, burned at the stake. As they rubbed sulphur and gun powder in his beard, “O dear brothers pray God that he will give me patience in this suffering. I will die in the Christian faith.” • As his head and hair caught fire, “O Jesus, Jesus!” What was his great crime, …. dangerous heresy • in 1522, he began to study the Bible seriously, personally (Authority of Scripture!) • 1524 letter to Regensburg city council, I openly confess hat I became a Doctor and preached some years among you, and yet had not known the way unto eternal life. Within two years has Christ for the first time come into my heart to thrive! • April 1525, in Waldshut; Hubmaier was baptized as a believer! A few days later, on Easter, he baptized over 300 people. • Book, “The Christian Baptism of Believers.” (sparked fire) The Point of this Story? Today, Bible Doctrine of Believers Baptism • Maybe our most visible Distinctive… Our Name! • Believers Baptism is not a matter of convenience, not stubborn doctrinal detail; but Deep and Crucial Conviction! • Speaks to the Heart of the Gospel. Baptist Identity: Biblical Authority, Priesthood of All Believers; Believer’s Baptism Matthew 28: 19-20 The Mode of Believer’s Baptism Exp – The Bible teaches that Baptism is Immersion… (sprinkle, pour) • Important and Essential aspect of Christian Discipleship • NT Vocabulary • NT Pattern – “Much Water” “Went down, came up” Messy, Crude, Undignified… Inconvenient… Embarrasing. ILL – First Baptism… Old Heater… Curtiss and Billy ν Why am I not a Presbyterian?! App – Most who practice affusion speak of convenience… detail Insistence on Immersion is NOT convenient; Deep Conviction that the Mode speaks to Heart of the Gospel and the NT Meaning of Baptism The Meaning of Baptism Exp – Paul lays out the meaning of Baptism in Romans 6: 3-11 Immersion pictures Burial A Powerful Symbol of Gospel and Christian Discipleship. 1. Proclamation – What Jesus Did for our Redemption ν Why we Lay people back into water. 2. Confession – What Jesus Did FOR ME! (Public) ν Matthew 10 3. Transition – What Jesus did for me changes everything! ν Buried with Christ in Baptism; --- raised to Walk in Newness of Life! 4. Identification – Now I belong to Him; We belong Together. ν United with the Head, United with His Body! 5. Confirmation – Covenant Seal (Christ & Church) App – Believer’s Baptism (not Adult) – Is your child Ready? ν No Infant Baptism = No NT Pattern & No NT Meaning! The Motive for Baptism Exp – Why should you let me dunk you in front of people? NOT to wash your sins away so you can go to Heaven. Baptismal Regeneration – Act of Baptism has a Saving Power Baptism does speak to Purification… Powerful Symbol! Key Motive = Obedience • Not Sacrament (means of Grace), but Ordinance (act of obedience) Believer’s baptism is a public, radical act of obedience through which we indicate our Personal Surrender to His Lordship. ILL – “Jesus Is Lord!” “In Obedience to the Commands of Christ….” App – Baptism sets the Pattern for our New Life in Christ. Personal Surrender to the Lord, Jesus! Conclusion Adonirum Judson graduate 1st in his class from Brown University. Saved at age 21 and graduated from Andover. Married Ann and set out for India with a passion for Burma in 1811. On board ship he began studying the NT teaching concerning Baptism. • Congregationalist practiced Infant Baptism. • Ann wrote to parents.. worried… taking the other side! • India, delay, study… Both Baptized as Believers by Immersion… First American Baptist Missionaries! In 1829, in Burma, Judson wrote a Baptismal Hymn # 364

15. Vandalusia and the Vandals of North Africa

  • Published: 2010-06-04T19:28:58+00:00
  • Duration: 1384
  • By Yunus Yunani
Vandalusia and the Vandals of North Africa

The greatest achievement of Rome was not art or science or civilised values - it was propaganda. In fact, we so completely bought into admiration for the Roman Empire and a contempt for the barbarians that 2000 years after Rome's collapse was still being peddled their version of the past at school. Somehow - from beyond the grave - Rome managed to pull off the most audacious con-trick in history. How did they do it? Well the answer's tied up in the Sack of Rome and the end of the Roman Empire in Europe. Rome wasn't finished yet; that would be the job of the barbarians whose name has gone down in history as a by-word for wanton destruction. The Vandals. But Vandal didn't always this connotation. Vandal or "Wandali" originally meant "wanderers"/ It was fear of the Huns that launched their great migration in midwinter 406. Tens of thousands of them crossed the frozen Rhine into Gaul. They were not a warlike people and once they were over the river a third of them would be slaughtered by the local inhabitants. Their king was killed but his baby son survived. Geiseric would spend his childhood as a refugee in this wandering band of desperate people. As tens of thousands of them moved through Gaul looking for somewhere to settle, the sheer numbers provoked violence. So much violence that it was said that the whole of Gaul became a funeral pyre. They were attacked by Romans, then Visigoths, then Romans and Visigoths together. Eventually the Vandals ended up in southern Spain, in Andalusia, which is possibly named after them. Vandalusia. By 428, Geiseric was the undisputed leader. He seems to have been a formidable man. For example, when a certain princess committed adultery, he had her ears and nose cut off. I don't think I'd have liked him particularly. I don't think the Romans did either. The reason was nothing to do with his alleged savagery but with his religion. You see Geiseric was a Christian. But wait a minute, you said the Romans were Christians and that's true. But Geiseric's problem was that he was the wrong sort of Christian. In fact, his sort of Christianity was considered worse than paganism by Rome. It was so evil that the Empire had expressed outlawed it as a criminal heresy. The version of Christianity adopted by Geiseric and his people was not Catholicism, it was Arianism. Now the Arians believed that since Jesus is the son of God he must somehow be subordinate to God the father whereas the Catholics said they were both equal in status. Now this may seem like a very minor point of divergence but it became a bitter conflict. Catholicism said that Jesus was identical with God - that rubbed off on the Emperor ... Jesus - Emperor ... Emperor - Jesus. Just like that. Both represented God on Earth. Both - according to the Romans - were infallible. Peter Heller explained - that in Roman hands - the new faith became more than a path to righteousness. "The Roman state make this claim about itself that it is put in place here by the Divinity. "The Emperor is God's right-hand man on earth. "Now if you buy into the Emperor's version of Christianity then you should be subservient to him that's what that ideology tells you. So for going for a Christian ideology but not the State-sponsored one you are making a clear statement that you are an alternative power-structure and that you are not completely subordinate to the Imperial Power." Geiseric certainly did not want to be subordinate to Imperial Power. After a lifetime of being hunted and persecuted he hated Rome and since Catholicism was now identified with the Empire he hated that too. Even here in Spain, the Empire would not let him settle. Spain didn't suit Guiseric one bit. For starters his people were constantly being attacked and secondly he wasn't recognised by Rome. He must have looked longingly across the straits to northern Africa. Perhaps beyond the sea he and his people could find a part of the Roman Empire where they could settle. Rome thought of the Mediterranean as its own property - they called it "Our Sea" (Mare Nostrum) and it was illegal even to teach a barbarian how to sail. But Guiseric had a vision of himself as the new Moses, leading his people away from the Pharaoh in Rome. He couldn't part the sea but he would embark on a huge project building hundreds of boats to transport an entire nation. In the summer of 429 they crossed the Straits of Gibraltar to North Africa. 80,000 people packed on a flotilla of small boats. Their crossing was so unexpected that it was virtually unopposed. Which is odd because North Africa was the last place that Rome wanted to be over-run by barbarians. Why? Because North Africa was fertile and it was very rich; the most Romanised province in the West outside Italy. Rome had been unopposed in this part of the world for more than 500 years. This is just one of the many magnificent cities that flourished here in Roman North Africa. Then it was called Thugga now it is called Dougga. It's terrible how things change down the years. But in Guiseric's time this was all very "des-res". These grand buildings were put up by Roman aristocrats; rich, ancient families that could trace their line back 600 years. But now their cities and estates fell - one by one - to Guiseric the Vandal. Who would have thought it? As the Arian Vandals made their way across Catholic North Africa the Roman Catholic Church went into a frenzy. One bishop said that they were worse than Jews and pagans - inspired by the devil - but for many North Africans it was the Catholic Church which was inspired by the devil. They condemned it as corrupt and vicious and they set up a rival church. The Roman Catholics had been persecuting anyone who disagreed with them for some years but Guiseric didn't go it for that sort of thing so his arrival in northern Africa was greeted by some relief by most of his non-fellow Catholic Christians there. He didn't even seem to persecute the Catholics that much apart from exiling some of the most cantankerous and die-hard bishops. But otherwise the Vandals seem to have gone out of their way to try and reach an accommodation with the Catholics. As for destruction, they only destroyed buildings that were falling down anyway so that they could rebuild. It was only "vandalism" in the sense that any urban renewal is vandalism and the worst examples of Guiseric's cruelty that the Catholics could find was that he banned their hymns. One by one the towns of North Africa fell into Guiseric's hands. Guiseric wasn't going to stop until he got the full set. He set his sights on the Mayfair of the North African Monopoly board : Carthage. The last time Carthage had been captured by an invader more than half a million people had been slaughtered in a six-day orgy of killing and the entire city had been razed to the ground. But then - that had been the Romans. They had eventually rebuilt it and had developed over the centuries into the jewel of the imperial crown. Over the last 30 years a vast programme of excavations has made it clear just how an important a metropolis Carthage had become. Henry Hurst is an archaeologist whose spent much of his career unearthing the Carthage the Vandals invaded. "There was a huge city hall, the biggest one outside Rome, a very grand temple, a library and a whole set of civic buildings and this was built by the Romans to express their power over Africa." "So this wasn't just wasn't a minor provincial town this was a fairly key place." "Yes, it was the second largest city in the western part of the empire after Rome, Population probably about 100,000 which by our standards isn't very big - about the size of Cambridge for example - but Pompeii which was a decent-sized city was a tenth of the size of this place - this is ten times the size of that. Roman Carthage in the early 5th century was as its most beautiful. It was famous for its beauty, It was the cultural centre where for religion, for entertainment in the circus, in the theatre. It was the centre of power in Africa where the Governor of Africa was based and all the top officials in the city and it was where some of the richest guys in the Roman world lived. A lot of the writers of the time said that this was an African Rome." Getting ahold of a wealthy city like Carthage would have been a triumph anyway but the Carthage excavations reveal exactly why the city was so important to the Roman Empire. The port had become the lifeline of Rome itself. "It was a very particular type of trade. This was, if you like, the command economy. This was the Emperor getting the food supply back to Rome which meant principally grain - wheat - and wheat was grown in the fertile lands near here and brought here probably in carts overland and in small ships along the coast and then there was a big operation here of checking it all out and getting it into the big ships which went across the sea to Rome. The archaeologists found the port's accounts - 1600 years old. Fortunately the Romans didn't use spreadsheets but kept their records on pieces of pottery. "In fact that pottery is just like this. This is from an amphora - an oil jar - and you see it's about that thick and it's got this nice light wash on the outside and you can write on that with black ink." "This is an old piece of pottery." "That's a real genuine piece of pottery, yeah". "It was just lying around here on the floor". "Yes, there's tons of it". The records show that the people of Rome were taking vast quantities of grain and oil out of North Africa and it all came through Carthage. "It's quite plainly a pretty huge operation. We know that the Emperor - from very early on - from the time of Augustus - gave free food - free grain - to the entire male population of Rome and it's been calculated that he was distributing about 120,000 tons of this stuff." "Was this out of the goodness of his heart?" "No, it was to keep him emperor. They'd riot if he didn't do this and there was a very, very volatile, very, very concentrated population which could unmake the emperor - break the system." "So Geiseric by taking ahold of Carthage was actually making a politial move against Rome". "He had an absolute ace in his hand politically". And so it was that in 439, Geiseric and his Vandal refugees driven from their homelands by the Hun invasion - harried and beaten across Europe - found themselves in a land of milk and honey with their hands around Rome's throat. The barbarians had waited a long time for this but not being Romans they didn't intend to kill anyone at all. There was plenty of "blood and guts" for sure, but it wasn't spilt by the Vandals. You see Geiseric chose to enter the city during the Roman games. Animals and humans were being slaughtered for entertainment as the Vandals walked into the city unopposed. It was a stunning moment. The Romans hadn't just lost a great city - during one afternoon's "Sport's Day" the Romans suddenly found they'd lost the Mediterranean. Rome could not survive without control of Carthage. You'd think they'd do anything to get it back and they did. Over there about 100 miles away in Sicily they assembled a vast army and fleet to try and knock Geiseric off his perch but it never sailed. Yet the real irony is that the Vandal hold on Carthage was preserved by the very people who had driven him out of Germany 40 years before. Attila the Hun had started on his bloody career and the Romans were more terrified of Attila then they were concerned about winning back North Africa. Lucky old Geisric. Geisric had fulfilled his destiny. He watched the Romans dismantle the invasion fleet and pull the troops back to defend Constantinople from the Huns. He knew what that meant : Rome was at his mercy. He had achieved what other barbarians could only dream of. He had taken the wealthiest Roman province and made it into an independent Vandal kingdom. Now he could dictate his own terms to Rome but he promised to continue to supply the grain that was its lifeline. In return, his son, Huneric was engaged to the daughter of the Western Empress, Eudoxia. Huneric went to live in the imperial court. The Romans recognised Geiseric as the ruler of much of North Africa. They had no doubt that Geiseric was right up there at the top table of world diplomacy. Geiseric was, as Procopius said, the cleverest of all men. And there was I thinking that Vandals just wrecked telephone boxes. But the story that began with the two babies born at the same time has not yet run its course. The destinies of Geiseric and Attila the Hun are still inexplicably intertwined for there is one last twist to the tale. Just as Attila's first attack had unwittingly helped Geiseric attain North Africa now he blows apart Geiseric's careful diplomacy with Rome by dying. Attila's death removes the Hun threat from the Roman Empire - big relief - the only snag was this allowed all the seething, political tensions within the imperial court to explode. The regime that Geiseric had done his deal with was overthrown and the Empress was forcibly married to the usurper. For the second time, a lady of the imperial household appealed to a barbarian to be her knight in shining armour and come to her rescue. What could the poor chap do? Well Geisric did the right thing - he set out from his North African kingdom with enough ships and men to rescue his son's betrothed and her mother and by-the-by to commit the act that will blacken the name of his people forever. He will sack Rome. Less than 3 years after his meeting with Attila, Pope Leo is forced to act again. Pope Leo decided to try his barbarian-defying feat again and he rode out to confront the Vandal invaders but this time it didn't work out quite so gloriously. Unlike Attila, Geiseric refused to go home although he did promise that there'd be no killing and no torturing but he didn't say anything about robbing. For the next 3 weeks Geiseric plundered Rome to his heart's content. With a surprisingly tiny amount of bloodshed Geiseric collected a huge amount of loot much of it treasures the Romans themselves had looted down the centuries including the fabled treasures from the Temple of Jerusalem. Geiseric rescued his son and his future daughter-in-law along with her mother, Eudoxia, and then, according to the historian Procopius : "placing an exceedingly amount of gold and other imperial treasure in his ships he sailed to Carthage having spared neither bronze nor anything whatsoever in the palace". He even took a shipload of statues with him but that sank. So it is true - he did knick an awful lot of stuff but he didn't wreck things and in fact apart from the temple roof he doesn't appear to have destroyed anything. So much for the Sack of Rome. Geiseric returned to Carthage where he created a kingdom famous for its fine buildings, sophistication even poetry. Come again - Vandal poetry? "Poetry is not something that I normally associate with Vandals." "Not quite, no.". Judith George is an expert on the world that Geiseric created in North Africa. "They went in for pantomime, theatre and they had these lovely villas; they enjoyed hunting. There are all those mosaics which show them doing these things." And Judith told me that it is from their poets that we know about their achievements. "Luxorius is one of the main writers. He lived toward the end of the main Vandal period. He compliments the king on buidling this new marvellous building - a palace that's been built in the wild - and they very cunningly used the local hot springs to provide running hot water for the palace so there's a little poem celebrating this. And this chap Southian said that the Vandals were a very good thing because they're straightforward, they're moral and upright characters. They're not like all these other Christians who were very corrupt and loose-living." "Imagine living in this absolutely fantastic spot here; living it up with all this sophisticated court life". "There's no record of great destruction until 100 years after the Vandals go". Geiseric outlived the Western Empire. He ruled in Africa for 50 years and when he died - at about 80 years old - the Roman Empire vanished from Europe. The fatal blow wasn't Geiseric's sack of Rome although he was undeniably responsible. Geiseric controlled North Africa and without the taxes that Rome had relied on for so long the Empire crumbled away. All the old barbarian lands became new barbarian kingdoms and the last Western Emperor was quietly deposed. Imperial roads were sent to Constantinople with a note saying they weren't needed. Geisric's kingdom would last for over 100 years and yet it's not the Vandal's version of history that I was taught but Rome's : the Vandals were still destructive, Attila was still the scourge of God; Vandals were the people that wrecked Rome and plunged civilisation into the Dark Ages. How come? The Roman's had already falsified the picture of the world they lived in and now the Catholic Church controlled our understanding of the past. By the preservation of some documents; the destruction of others and even the invention of a few new ones. So the Vandals became destroyers and Attila was designated the scourge of God. That was the final stage in the story of how we lost our history and how Europe's ancestors were transformed into monsters fit for children's stories. That was how barbarians were made. .:. see also "Vandal Poets in Their Context" by Judith W. George (from "Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives On Late Antique North Africa") _________________________ An in-depth exploration of the suppressed history of the Vandals whose reputation for "vandalism" is entirely unjustified by the evidence and represents an ongoing sectarian conflict between the Catholic Trinitarians and the Arian forms of Christianity which were non-Trinitarian. While Arianism continued to dominate for several decades even within the family of the Emperor, the Imperial nobility, and higher-ranking clergy, in the end it was Trinitarianism which prevailed in the Roman Empire at the end of the 4th century. Arianism, which had been taught by the Arian missionary Ulfilas to the Germanic tribes, was dominant for some centuries among several Germanic tribes in western Europe, especially Goths and Lombards (and significantly for the late Empire, the Vandals), but ceased to be the mainstream belief by the 8th century. Trinitarianism remained the dominant doctrine in all major branches of the Eastern and Western Church and later within Protestantism. A letter from Arius to the Arian Eusebius of Nicomedia succinctly states the core beliefs of the Arians: "We are persecuted, because we say that the Son has a beginning, but that God is without beginning." see Arius

16. A Witness to the Light

  • Published: 2011-06-25T20:27:15+00:00
  • Duration: 2374
  • By JisXpeter
A Witness to the Light

John 1:6-8 “There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” Last week, we had the New Life Invitational Sunday. 253 new members came to church and I preached the message, "Who is Jesus Christ?" Jesus Christ is the true God who has the power of creation and the light of life that came to this earth to save people who were sinners. A walk of faith is about becoming children of God and realistically enjoying the status and authority given to children of God at the moment we accept this Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives. Through today's Scripture, Apostle John, the author of the book of John, is clearly explaining what kind of life people who have realized Jesus Christ and been saved should live. In sum, just like the title of today's sermon, we should live with the spiritual identity that we are a witness to the light. Whoever realizes the fact that Jesus is the Christ who solved all problems of life and accepts Jesus Christ, the light of life, has been qualified to live a life as a witness of Jesus Christ, the light, regardless of whatever situation and circumstance he is in. Especially, the important thing in living the life of a witness is spiritual experience. Testifying as a witness presupposes that the witness already saw and experienced something. After clearly imprinting in your hearts who Jesus Christ is and what kind of being He is to you, you can have something to testify about. Children are very pure. They state what they see and experience without any modification. A walk of faith is same. It is not difficult to live a life of a witness, even for new believers. You only have to share just the grace you received. There is Pastor Lee, Byung-Moo of To The World Church in Gwang-joo. (I made a match for his second marriage with a physician). When his current wife started to believe in Jesus Christ for the first time at our church, she was so happy and wanted to evangelize. At that time she was a novice so she felt sorry that she was short of knowledge about the Word. So she just spoke about only Jesus Christ. Surprisingly, evangelism occurred through her. I remember this. Actually, when you look at the Bible, evangelism is not done by our speaking and ability. According to 1Cor 2:4, Apostle Paul reveals, "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power." To live the life of a witness to the light is not hard or difficult. I bless you to realize through today's Scripture that living the life of a witness to the light, which is doing God's great things and surely triumphing, is easy and joyous. 1. A new life standard Verse 6 states, "There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John." The “John” in today's text is different from the person who wrote the book of John. In the Bible, John appears frequently as John was a common name at that time, like Chulsu and Young-hee in our country. The “John” in today's Scripture, is John the Baptist. We can see the Bible is especially mentioning John as the one who was sent from God. It means he belongs to God. Not only John the Baptist, but all the children of God are people who were sent from God. We should have that identity. Ephesians 1:3-4 is revealing that God chose us before creation in Christ to give us all the holy blessings of heaven. We are the beings who were chosen by God before all things. Likewise, your value is a noble being, a VVIP who cannot be compared with anything. When you live your life, you can hurt others’ feelings or be hurt by others. Sometimes, you are deeply wounded by others and it becomes a bitter root in your life. There are many people who are deeply wounded like this at church. You should eradicate this kind of bitter root immediately or otherwise it sprouts and becomes an obstacle in your life. That is why the healing of our thoughts is very important. You should change your thinking. 2Cor 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” The first step of the healing of thoughts is having the mentality of existence as “a new creation.” At this time, I hope you would bury all your old selves and old thoughts under the cross of Jesus Christ. I wish you would discard every standard of your life that you have had so far and take the pulpit message as your new life standard. On the way to work, someone was late so he was speeding. When he saw a surveillance camera for speeding he slowed down but heard the clicking of the camera. The next day, he slowed down far away from the camera but this time he also heard the clicking. Refusing to yield, he was passing it again at a low speed the next day, but still heard the camera’s clicking. A few days later, three notices came to his house and he checked them. However, they were not about his speeding but about not wearing a seatbelt. Why am I saying this? If you have the wrong standard and viewpoint, you continue doing trials and errors repeatedly. In your spiritual life, you should have the Word of God as the standard of your life, not yourself. I hope you obey and apply the Word of God even though it is different from your thoughts. Then you can start your life anew. I bless all Yewon believers in the name of the Lord that you experience the taste of a new Biblical walk of faith day by day. 2. A witness to the light Verses 7 to 8 state, “He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” John the Baptist was a person sent from God, which means that he had his own commission. His commission was to testify the light and make all the people believe Jesus Christ through his testifying. John the Baptist was sent to live as an evangelist to testify Jesus Christ who is the light of life. There is a clear reason to live the life of an evangelist. Verse 5 states, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” All humankind came to fall into the fate in which they separated from God and lived in the midst of sin and curses and had no choice but to go into eternal destruction because of the sin of Adam in Genesis chapter 3. In sum, we were trapped by darkness, which cut off all hope. God who is full of love and compassion opened the way because humankind who sinned could not escape. He sent Jesus Christ who is the light in the midst of darkness. But regretfully, the world could not understand it. Their spiritual eyes were closed and they did not know the fact that Jesus Christ is the light. The ones who are outside the grace of Jesus are the spiritual blind. If you look at 1Cor 2:14, it states, "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned." You can realize spiritual things only when you have opened your spiritual eyes. That was why God had John the Baptist do ministry to open their spiritual eyes and take on the commission of introducing and preaching the light. Rom 10:13-15 states, "For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’" There has to be someone who preaches the news of the true Gospel in order for others to listen, and if they listen, they will believe, and if they believe, they will call on the Lord's name. It means someone has to go and preach the Gospel. This Tuesday, we have a joint worship service between the Evangelism General Assembly and the Reformed Churches of Korea. We are assuming the posture of entering into the Reformed Churches of Korea. Why is this? It is for the sake of only the Gospel. It is to become a witness to the light to help even one more person know and realize the truth of the Gospel that we have tasted as we get rid of the framing of being called a heresy. We have the service on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at KINTEX in Ilsan. Please come and see the field of a new beginning and answers and God’s great work and surely triumphing! We also have people from Yewon Church who will participate in the choir, offering, and ushering. I bless you that the spiritual standard of John the Baptist, which was to live a life for the good of the Gospel and to hide yourself and expose only Christ, would be your standard in order to do the great things of God and surely triumph. Conclusion. There is a book called, ”Exercise Deficiency Disease, Scarier than Cancer,” written by a Japanese medical doctor, Yumi Ishihara. She says that in the past people got ill because they could not eat, but now people get sick because they eat too well. People eat well, but problems occur because they do not exercise. Dr. Yumi Ishihara says cancer is one disease, but exercise deficiency disease causes all kinds of illnesses so it is more severe than cancer. The author says that 70 percent of our muscles are located in the lower extremity of the body. She emphasized health of the lower extremity of the body, and the best way to make it strong is by walking. I personally do exercise centered on walking, and it is very effective. Why am I saying this? I am not saying that you should simply restore only a healthy body, but also spiritual health, too. If you look at it spiritually, many believers only receive and do not expend. Korean churches have the exercise deficiency disease spiritually. We need to restore the field. You are trained spiritual models. You need to receive other training. When you exercise without a professional trainer, it does not work very well. God opens doors for you to live a life of a witness to the light. John Wesley said that if change and devotion in your life does not follow your confession that Jesus is the Christ, you have ‘devil faith.’ Why? In Mark 8:29, Peter said that Jesus is the Christ, and then he said words to hinder Jesus' work. So, in Mark 8:33, Jesus said, "Get behind me, Satan." Believers, from now on let us live the life of a witness to the light.

17. The Doctrine of Perfectionism

  • Published: 2009-03-21T17:50:34+00:00
  • Duration: 3879
  • By Reality Adorn
The Doctrine of Perfectionism

In opposition to these teachings that have been circulating among us for months... We at Reality Adorn affirm that the teaching of Christian Perfectionism is a heresy, a false doctrine, and a different Gospel than the one that is taught us by the Holy Scriptures. We at Reality Adorn affirm that sanctification is a process in which the life of a believer is BEING made more like Christ, and that this process will continue on in this life until we die, or Jesus takes us away. We at Reality Adorn deny that the Christian must sin, and is in fact, called to flee sin, but we affirm that sinlessesness will only be perfectly attainable when we are glorified from our sinful bodies. We at Reality Adorn affirm that the doctrine of perfectionism is a works-based gospel, and not really another gospel at all (Gal. 1:6-7). This sermon was delivered on the authority of Titus 1:9-11 which instructs the pastor to "hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching," in order to: 1) Exhort in sound doctrine, and 2) Refute those who contradict. Notes will be provided at: A series on correct bible interpretation can be found at:

18. 2007: Back With A Bang 2007

2007: Back With A Bang 2007

From the opening four way which left the crowd amazed, to the huge heavyweight title match main event, this show is non-stop action that will leave you blown away and wanting more! Back With A Bang 2007 Card: Four Way Match El Ligero vs. Jiggy Walker vs. Rupert Holmes vs. Sam Bailey Singles Match Ernie Benson vs. Johnny Phere Tag Team Match Bubblegum & Darkside vs. SIN (Joseph Hayes & Juice) Singles Match Damon Leigh vs. Danny Hope GPW Tag Team Title Match Project Ego (Kris Travis & Scotty Hexx) (c) vs. Dominic Blade & Dylan Roberts GPW International Title Match Dirk Feelgood (c) vs. Heresy

19. Walking in the Truth: “Led Astray” 07-17-16am

Walking in the Truth: “Led Astray”	07-17-16am

2 John 7-9 Intro: City Bus in Chicago filled with commuters, dosing & reading. Stop, a woman and two men got on front of bus. As they Walked back the driver spoke on the Microphone: Pick pockets on board the bus. Watch your belongings. t/s – Key word in our Bible text: Watch Yourselves. (“See”) See the Danger of Deceivers NT Word – To Lead Astray Review: 2 John 1-6 Walking in the Truth ν We can know the Truth ν Walk in Truth, Love and Obedience. t/s - Concern for Walking in Truth because of the Danger of Deception READ 2 John 7-9 See the Danger of Deception. ILL – A generation, forty years, before John wrote this from Ephesus; Paul met the leaders of the church at Ephesus.. Last time! • Shepherd the Flock, purchased with His blood! • Watch Out! False teacher will arise from among you, twisting the truth and drawing away disciples…Savage Wolves/Flock See the Danger of Deception Many people talk about Jesus, using familiar vocabulary, but twisting the Truth, Telling Lies, Leading Astray… Deceivers! This Deception has Evil Intent (not innocent confusion) The Deceiver = The devil (Genesis 3) No Truth in him, father of lies (John 8) The AntiChrist = used only in 1 & 2 John A negative counter part…evil embodied and intensified This is a battle between God and the Evil One. Watch Yourselves! Take this Deception, these Deceivers seriously. The Risks are Real! (Vs. 8) (sincerity not sufficient) 1. Deception could destroy the church, the work. That you do not lose what WE have accomplished. 2. Deception could diminish your service. That you receive a full reward… those who finish well! See the Danger of Deception. HOW? Walk in the Truth ILL – Treasury agents are trained to spot counterfeit bills by first studying the real thing. There are certain identifying characteristics added to each bill printed. No need to learn every possible fake bill… Master the Truth. Many of you can do this. You might not be able to give it a theological label or a historical background… but when someone is saying something false about Jesus, You kind of feel it in your gut. Abiding Truth about Jesus. (Vs. 9 – goes too far = run ahead… sarcastic jab at the false teachers’ claims of advanced knowledge) Authority Exp – Abide in the Teaching of Christ… Obedience? Is this teacher focused on allowing Jesus to be Lord? Is his/her life marked by Obedience to His commands? 1 John 3:10 Identity Exp – The Teaching of Christ = objective genitive = About Christ. Vs. 7 – Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. Deception about the Person of Jesus… No Incarnation.. Fist heresy, Docetism, “the Christ” came upon Jesus at baptism and left before the cross… Blood loses its power! App – Who Is Jesus? Reject progressive Christology… Christology; to run ahead is to run away. Exclusivity Vs. 9 – John makes a very stark, harshly clear claim. THE Teaching of Christ… Last week = We can KNOW the Truth. “Have” = to experience an intimate relationship, fellowship. False teachers usually do not attack Jesus directly, or Reject Jesus outright… They redefine, Run ahead, Add another valid path or point of view… The Exclusive claims of Christ have always provided Clarity. Note: All three are connected… Identity; Authority; Exclusivity. Screwtape’s advice for deceiving, Old error in new dress Is ever error nonetheless. From the beginning… before the Apostles were even passed off the scene… False Teachers, deceivers have been twisting the truth about Jesus… Walk in the Truth: Authority; Identity; Exclusivity Ill – Hold all teaching up to the light and ask… Conterfeit? Before we leave this text: Notice the amazing Truth Claim. Vs. 10b – the Gospel Claim! to experience an intimate relationship, fellowship Embrace Jesus and Know the Father! John 14: 1-6

20. St. Kitts Dr. Henry Browne at Labour Requiem Mass

  • Published: 2011-06-01T14:50:20+00:00
  • Duration: 1940
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St. Kitts Dr. Henry Browne at Labour Requiem Mass

St. Paul's, St. Kitts (May 30, 2011) -- The death of St. Kitts and Nevis' First National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw on May 23rd 1978 marked the end of an era and whose life was one of purpose, of sustained intellectual pursuits, of a search for that better life for people more particularly for the down trodden and dispossessed. "The life of Robert Bradshaw was a cultured one rich in achievements. His genius was reflected in the fields of trade unionism, politics and government. Robert Bradshaw’s mosaic and courteous disposition was a fillip to his ability glamour and charm," said prominent Nevisian-born orator and barrister at a Requiem Mass on Sunday to pay homage to Bradshaw, fellow National Heroes, Sir C.A. Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph N. France and other fallen Labour Movement stalwarts. Browne, who chose to retrace the political life of Bradshaw, former Chief Minister, First Premier and Father of Independence, highlighted Robert Bradshaw’s commitment to the ideals of upliftment which was steadfast from the time he became of understanding years up to the time he passed away. "Robert Bradshaw was born into an epoch when the black man in the Caribbean was still labouring under the legacy of slavery. Opportunities for the black man were almost nil. His then was the lot of a hewer of wood and a drawer of water. For him to advance even into secondary education was not thought of. The poorly staffed and maintained all age elementary school was by imperial design the lot of the black man. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw was a black man. He was however destined to succeed," said Dr. Browne to a packed congregation which included Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Deputy Governor of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor and Mrs. Condor, Cabinet Ministers, family members, representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps and persons from all walks of life, at the St. Paul's Parish Church. He stated that after taking advantage of the elementary school education available to him Papa Bradshaw as he was affectionately known graduated from the St. Paul’s Village Elementary School with the then much sought after standard VII Certificate.At this juncture it might be postulated that his thirst for knowledge had just begun. With this urge he took up his first employment as an apprentice in the machine shop of the St. Kitts (Basseterre) Sugar Factory on the 12th February, 1932 Bradshaw’s fastidious application to duty gained him a measure of advancement. In 1935 he was promoted to clerk in the Sugar Factory machine shop tool room. From that vantage point Papa Bradshaw for five years observed his fellow factory hands toiling on the job day in day out for what was not a fair day’s pay. And so it was that in April, 1940 hundreds of workers walked off their jobs in furtherance of a trade dispute between the factory management and the workers over the question of wages. Then twenty-four (24) years old, Robert Bradshaw was one of those workers. Seven weeks later when the unofficial strike ended young Robert Bradshaw and seven other workers were denied re-employment. For the then neo-colonial masters to have struck at Bradshaw thus resulted in the genesis of Bradshaw’s exemplary career into trade unionism. In that very year 1940 Robert Bradshaw became an executive member of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Trades and Labour Union, then in its embryonic stage. Bradshaw was also elected as the first secretary of the Sugar Factory’s Workers Section of the Union and senior clerk to the then, General Secretary of the union the indefatigable Comrade Joseph Nathaniel France C.B.E. "Out of love for his fellow, unfortunate, countrymen Papa Bradshaw worked hard. He worked long, all the while developing his mind. He was a voracious and avid reader. To my mind he was born a scholar firmly slanted towards a proclivity for excellence," Dr. Browne said, adding: "The path Robert Bradshaw chose for himself was not a bed of roses. It was no steady path. But in telescoping it he undoubtedly conceived and perceived for the black man recognition of his identity, a development of self against the backdrop of sordid economic conditions." He continued: Cde. Bradshaw, by dint of hard work, dedication and selflessness, trained and developed his intellect for and in the service of the black man and thus for the majority of the people of this country. In 1943 Bradshaw vigorously fought the local planter class for the restoration of the sugar estate workers’ annual bonus. Bradshaw was successful. "Oh! We were blessed with a man like Bradshaw who because of his mettle, firm leadership qualities and superior abilities was elected Vice President of the St. Kitts Workers’ League and President of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Trades and Labour Union in 1944. That he remained President of the said union in an unbroken tenure of service up to the time of his death is sufficient in itself to demonstrate the measure of the man. Bradshaw’s concern for working class people was not delimited by territorial boundaries. His vision covered the entire Caribbean and beyond. He was one of the architects who established the Caribbean Congress of Labour in 1945. This organisation was designed to and brought together the true trade unions in the region. Bradshaw was elected its first Assistant Secretary. To end the slave mentality of his people and change their psychology of thought from a nobody to somebody, Robert Bradshaw discerned the need to match trade union power with political power. In the then socio-political context of things Robert Bradshaw was a revolutionary. Bradshaw sought political power to use as a lever to prise the yoke of oppression from the neck of the little man. With this in mind Robert Bradshaw stood as a candidate and was elected to the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Legislative Council and also as a member of the Leeward Island General Legislative Council in 1946. He was then on his thirtieth birthday. Scarcely had he entered into the halls of legislative power when he sought to effect along with other political leaders in the Caribbean a Union of the Leeward and Windward Islands. In 1947 he attended the "Closer Union" Conference at Montego Bay Jamaica in joint effort with others to realise this ideal. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw was no parochial pedagogue. He was an ardent Federalist. His pursuit of Caribbean Federalism with such zeal and sincerity impacted world leaders on continents and hemispheres. Such was the measure of the man that on his death Lt. General Olusegun Obasanjo, then Head of the Federal Military Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria sent a message of condolence to the government and people of the State which in part reads:- . . . His contributions to the integration movement in the Caribbean would be remembered while his belief and confidence in Pan Africanism would continue to serve as a proud reminder of the full and satisfying life the late Robert Bradshaw had chartered for himself had he lived through to see his dreams materialise; the only fitting tribute to his memory therefore would be for us all to resolutely determine to continue the struggles where he left off until the final goal is achieved. . . . . . . . . . . Carlos Andrez President de Venezuela had this to say:- . . Premier Bradshaw was a leading figure and a sincere collaborator in the programme of integration and development in the Caribbean and as a result it was possible to achieve important proposed goals by the countries of the region. . . . . . . . . . . Prime Minister Jim Callaghan of Britain referring to Comrade Bradshaw and the Caribbean said in part:- . . . Mr. Bradshaw was a statesman who made a lasting contribution to Caribbean affairs and he will be missed by us all. . . . . . . . . .   Nearer home in his message of condolence Prime Minister Manley of Jamaica said:- . . . Jamaica mourns the passing of this West Indian Statesman and leader whose contributions to Caribbean unity will always be remembered and appreciated. . . . "Is further evidence needed to establish that Bradshaw’s positive mark was stamped on the Caribbean and indeed the world at large? I think not," said Dr. Browne, who continued. "In 1949 (some months after the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Unions thirteen (13) weeks strike in 1948) Bradshaw joined other colleagues in Brussels where he participated in the creation of the International confederation of Free Trade Unions. He was then elected to its first Executive Committee. Robert Bradshaw was then but thirty-three years old. He had certainly come a long way. At that tender age he had gained recognition at home and on the international front as the revolutionary and determined champion of the little man. Not only was Bradshaw concerned with the spiritual and economic enhancement of the dispossessed masses but with the then so-called movement towards communist expansionism. Bradshaw was no Communist. His and this our St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party never was and can never be communist. Robert Bradshaw was a firm convert of British democracy. It is this democracy despite its strictures within which he mapped and executed his plans for both industrial and political power to be placed in the hands of the people. In an age when free trade unionism was rightly or wrongly said to be anathema to Western style democracy Bradshaw educated himself from the Western literature available on the ideological concepts of communism, socialism, and British democracy. He came down hard against the spread of Communism. In typical Bradshawrian character he articulately warned his colleagues including some from Puerto Rico, then British Honduras, British Guiana, Surinam, Trinidad, Barbados and Dominica who were assembled at the international conference for free Trade Unions at County Hall London in November 1949 of the danger to free and democratic trade unions throughout the world if Communism were allowed to spread. Comrade Bradshaw said in part:- . . . Conditions in the West Indies provide the breeding ground in which communism flourished. For the information of the Conference and the Congress which would tell you that the communists of Great Britain have now turned their attention to the British West Indies. They have been issuing a cyclostyled journal. Up to the time when I left my island only the third copy was out, in which they pretend to champion the cause of West Indian workers. You will see, therefore, that these malignant microbes are not all idle and like the roots of trees searching for food, they are ever alert to find ground filled with manure suitable for their growth. . . . . . . Comrade Bradshaw was an informed orator. It was a point of duty with him not only to seek out and study the aesthetic patterns of his time but also the political and ideological development of his day. Bradshaw was a man who spoke out forthrightly against what he thought was wrong. He never compromised his stance of right and in the face of sundry difficulties stuck to his reasoned position once he was convinced that such was clothed with integrity. Men with these laudable qualities as were exemplified in Comrade Robert Bradshaw are rare. By the time 1950 came about "Papa Bradshaw" was in the thick of things politically. He moved closer to his ideal of greater autonomy in the hands of the people. He chided and challenged the all powerful might of the Colonial Office when decisions were taken and implemented by the bastion of imperial power without prior consultation with the political representatives of the Caribbean. It was such a challenge which gave rise to "Operation Blackburne" in 1950. "To have taken on the might of the Colonial Office in those troubled times was almost suicidal. But it was characteristic of Bradshaw not to have counted the cost of personal sacrifice. He was independent minded and brave. Robert Bradshaw was no one’s puppet. Unafraid of the white man he challenged him when the situation demanded it even in the white man’s domain. This proposition is certified by his presentation at Lancaster House London in 1959 when he was arguing the case for the West Indian Islands which were then clamouring for a reduction of the wide and arbitrary and residual powers in the hands of the British Governors who had been sent out by Britain to rule the islands," said Dr. Browne. "After putting several proposals to the representatives of the imperial government Bradshaw appeared to have committed political heresy when he addressed the Chairman thus: . . . The net result of the minimal proposals before us Sir, would be:- Abolition of the post of Governor in the Leeward and in the Windward Island as groups; posts, the continuation of which can no longer be justified on any account . . . . . and (iv) Relieving the Governors of the frightful and repugnant burden of reserve powers which have long since become anachronistic and are in any event unnecessary . . . . . I dare to say that only Robert Bradshaw could have put the position of the islands succinctly and poignantly," said Dr. Browne.