Profile of the End Time Heresies


Source of Doctrine
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/source-of-doctrine.html
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Characteristics of the End Time Heresies
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/characteristics-of-end-time-heresies.html
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False Teachings about Jesus
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/false-teachings-about-jesus.html
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False Teachings about the Holy Spirit
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/false-teachings-about-holy-spirit.html
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Profile of a False Teacher
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/profile-of-false-teacher.html
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Victims of Choice
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/victims-of-choice.html
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Mediation in the End Time Heresies
http://aspoteth.blogspot.com/2005/05/mediation-in-end-time-heresies.html
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Links for the Spiritual Warfare Revisited Module


Introduction
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/introduction.html
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The Pre-Adamic Race
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/pre-adamic-race.html
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The Fall of Man
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/fall-of-man.html
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'Legal Rights'
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/legal-rights.html
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'Legal Bodies'
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/legal-bodies.html
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Satan’s Claims
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/satans-claims.html
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Areas of Dominion
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/areas-of-dominion.html
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Satan’s Influence
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/satans-influence.html
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Satan’s Power and Limitations
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/satans-power-and-limitations.html
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The Stumbling Block
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/stumbling-block.html
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Origin of Sickness
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/origin-of-sickness.html
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Spirit Types
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/spirit-types.html
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The Colossian Heresy
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/colossian-heresy.html
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Michael’s Example
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/michaels-example.html
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Jesus in Spiritual Warfare
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/jesus-in-spiritual-warfare.html
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The Full Armor of God
http://onspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com/2005/07/full-armor-of-god.html

Links for the Sufferings and the Glory


Introduction
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/introduction.html
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Prologue - The Plot to Destroy Jesus
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/prologue-plot-to-destroy-jesus.html
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Chapter 1 - Retreat to Gethsemane
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/chapter-1-retreat-to-gethsemane.html
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Chapter 2 - On Trial Before the Priests
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/chapter-2-on-trial-before-priests.html

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Addendum: The Sinless Nature of Christ
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2005/11/sinless-nature-of-christ.html

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Chapter 3 - Jesus is Brought Before Pilate
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/chapter-3-jesus-is-brought-before.html
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Chapter 4 - Condemned by His Own
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/chapter-4-condemned-by-his-own.html
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Chapter 5 - The Death and Resurrection of Christ
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/chapter-5-death-and-resurrection-of.html
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Epilogue
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2006/12/epilogue.html
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Credits
http://sufferingsandglory.blogspot.com/2005/12/credits.html

Links for the Soteriology of Christ Module


1. Introduction to Soteriology
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/1-introduction-to-soteriology.html
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2. The True Foundation of Soteriology
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/2-true-foundation-of-soteriology.html

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3. God’s Will and Purpose
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/3-gods-will-and-purpose.html
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4. God will be Glorified in His Son
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/4-god-will-be-glorified-in-his-son.html

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5. A Brief Summary
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/5-brief-summary.html
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6. Confinement Under Sin
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/6-confinement-under-sin.html
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7. The Election (proper)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/7-election-proper.html
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8. The Election (of grace)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/8-election-of-grace.html
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9. The Fall of the Jews
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/9-fall-of-jews.html
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10. Universal Offer of Salvation
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/10-universal-offer-of-salvation.html
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11. The Fallen State of Man
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/11-fallen-state-of-man.html
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12. Phases of Predestination
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/12-phases-of-predestination.html
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13. Predestination (phase 1)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/13-predestination-phase-1.html
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14. Teaching
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/14-teaching.html
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15. Ordering Occasions and Circumstances
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/15-ordering-occasions-and.html
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16. Drawing
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/06/16-drawing.html
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17. A Foundation for Evaluation
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/17-foundation-for-evaluation.html
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18. Those who will be Given to Christ
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/18-those-who-will-be-given-to-christ.html
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19. Those who are Rejected
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/19-those-who-are-rejected.html
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20. Pharaohs and False Teachers
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/20-pharaohs-and-false-teachers.html
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21. Predestination (phase 2)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/21-predestination-phase-2.html
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22. Sanctification of the Spirit
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/22-sanctification-of-spirit.html
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23. The Gospel Presentation
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/23-gospel-presentation.html
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24. Salvation
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/24-salvation.html
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25. Salvation as a Progression
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/25-salvation-as-progression.html
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26. Predestination (phase 3)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/26-predestination-phase-3.html
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27. Comments on Romans 8:29-30
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/27-comments-on-romans-829-30.html
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28. Grace
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/28-grace.html
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29. God's working/man's obedience
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/29-gods-workingmans-obedience.html
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30. Salvation (as a consummation)
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/30-salvation-as-consummation.html
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31. The Nature of this Doctrine
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/31-nature-of-this-doctrine.html
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32. Summary
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/32-summary.html
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33. Addendum on Election
http://electinchrist.blogspot.com/2006/05/33-addendum-on-election.html

Links for the End Time Church Module


Overview of the End Time Church
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/overview-of-end-time-church.html

Denominations in the Last Days

http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/denominations-in-last-days.html

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/parable-of-ten-virgins.html

The Emerging of the End Time Church
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/emerging-of-end-time-church.html

Basis of the End Time Heresies - Part 1

http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/basis-of-end-time-heresies-part-1.html

Basis of the End Time Heresies - Part 2
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/05/basis-of-end-time-heresies-part-2.html

The Pendulum of Reformation
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/pendulum-of-reformation.html

The End Time Reformation
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/end-time-reformation.html

The Reformation Stirs
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/reformation-stirs.html

The Failed Reformation of the 80's
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/failed-reformation-of-80s.html

The Rise and Fall of the 'Emerging Church'
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/rise-and-fall-of-emerging-church.html

The Heavenly Pattern
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/heavenly-pattern.html

A Vision from the Mountaintop

http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/vision-from-mountain-top.html

Musings on the End Time Church Module
http://pold2.blogspot.com/2006/04/musings-on-end-time-church-module.html


  • To begin the End Time Church Module, click here
  • Links for the Letters on Assurance Module


    The First Letter - March 24, 1990
    http://assuranceletters.blogspot.com/1990/04/letter-1-march-24-1990.html
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    The Second Letter - April 13, 1990
    http://assuranceletters.blogspot.com/1990/04/letter-2-april-13-1990.html
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    The Third Letter - April 13, 1990

    http://assuranceletters.blogspot.com/1990/04/letter-3-april-13-1990.html

    Links for the Doctrine of the Trinity Module

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    Introduction
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/introduction.html
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    Ancient Perceptions of God
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/ancient-perceptions-of-god.html
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    Valid Clues in the Ancient Dilemma
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/valid-clues-in-ancient-dilemma.html
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    Perceptions in the New Testament Times
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/perceptions-in-new-testament-times.html
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    The Second Century Dilemma
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/second-century-dilemma.html
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    The Arian Heresies Arise
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/arian-heresies-arise.html
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    Arian Conclusions
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/arian-conclusions.html
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    Arius and the Jehovah's Witnesses
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/arius-and-jehovahs-witnesses.html
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    Early Steps Toward the Doctrine of the Trinity
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/early-steps-toward-doctrine-of-trinity.html
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    The Shared Divine Essence of the Godhead
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/shared-divine-essence-of-godhead.html
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    The Divine Attributes of Christ
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/divine-attributes-of-christ.html
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    The Personhood of the Holy Spirit
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/personhood-of-holy-spirit.html
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    The Divine Attributes of the Holy Spirit
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/divine-attributes-of-holy-spirit.html
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    The Scriptural Premise for the Trinity
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/scriptural-premise-for-trinity.html
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    The First Nicaean Council
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/first-nicaean-council.html
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    The Trinitarian Concept
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/trinitarian-concept.html
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    The Triune Nature of Man
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/triune-nature-of-man.html
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    The Triune Nature of Man - Part 2
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/triune-nature-of-man-part-2.html
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    The Spirit in the Trinitarian Model
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/spirit-in-trinitarian-model.html
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    The Soul in the Trinitarian Model

    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/soul-in-trinitarian-model.html
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    The Body in the Trinitarian Model
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/body-in-trinitarian-model.html
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    Theory on the Father and the Son
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/theory-on-father-and-son.html
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    Correlation of the Subconscious
    http://trinityconcept.blogspot.com/2008/10/correlation-of-subconscious.html

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    304. Response to Dispensationalism
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    305. Response to Catholicism
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    306. The Pretender of Mormonism
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    The End Time Heresies Modules
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    401. Profile of the End Time Heresies
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    402. The Anatomy of 'Another Gospel'
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    403. Perspective on Psychology
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    404. Perspective on Deliverance
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    405. Perspective on Iniquities & Curses
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    406. Other End Time Heresies
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    407. Spiritual Warfare Revisited
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    408. Essays on the End Time Church



    The End Time Church

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    .... If God brought you down through the ages, through a corridor of time, to the church of the last days, what would you find? How would the true Christians of those days conduct themselves? What would be their focus, and what challenges would they face from the adversary? Most importantly, what would be the teachings you would actually hear being taught from the pulpit in the final days before Christ returned to the earth?
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    The Bible foretells those teachings in detail, both good and bad. Here we will find the last, great movement of the Holy Spirit leading up to the time of the end; and tragically, the last great challenge of the enemy will emerge as well, leading to the great falling away.
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    In this module we present the ‘big picture’ of the true church and its vision, but the foundational teachings of this church are contained here, on Pulpit of the Last Days. To begin a discipleship course in their wat of thinking, please click on the Table of Contents,or simply click here. To read more about the vision for this blog, click here.
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    To read the Module on The End Time Church, please click here.

    Letters on Assurance of Salvation

    .... Pulpit of the Last Days offers a systematic, open discipleship forum with a very intentional focus on Jesus. But between these basic sub- jects, or as occasion allows, we invite you to investigate our break-out modules, which can be accessed through links in the right-hand column.
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    This week’s module ex- plores an issue that has divided Christian opinion for centuries. Can a Christian lose their salvation, or can they never lose their salvation? . . . Or could some third thing possibly be true on this subject?
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    The module consists of a series of three letters, written in 1990, to address the issue. Comments may be added at the bottom of the module if desired.
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    The Christmas Story in Prophecy

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    .... Pulpit of the Last Days offers a systematic, open discipleship forum with a very intentional focus on Jesus. But between these basic sub- jects, or as occasion allows, we invite you to investigate our break-out modules, which can be accessed through links in the right-hand column.
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    .... The familiar Christmas Story is the second-most heavily prophesied event in history. Through the birth of Jesus, including the references to His genealogy, more than 80 prophecies were fulfilled.
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    Spiritual Warfare Revisited

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    .... Pulpit of the Last Days offers a systematic, open discipleship forum with a very intentional focus on Jesus. But between these basic sub- jects, or as occasion allows, we invite you to investigate our break-out modules, which can be accessed through links in the right-hand column.
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    .... This module re-examines our adversary the devil, who is called the deceiver. In modern times, an entire ‘mythology’ has formed around who he is, where he came from, and his position in the world, giving him an unfair advantage through a cloud of ignorance, disinformation, diabolical lies and deception.
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    Are demons really the lost souls of a pre-adamic race? Did man really lose dominion of the world to Satan in the garden? What is the ‘legal’ situation in the ‘earth realm’, by which both the adversary and the Lord must operate? What are the enemy’s true powers and limitations? How does he fight against us, and how are we, through Christ, able to prevail against him? Those are the questions this study will address.
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    The Truth on Tithing

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    .... This module investigates everyone’s favorite subject: tithing. Did Jesus command us to tithe? Is tithing under the law? Or should we give as we feel God leading us? Are Christian leaders ‘peddling’ the word of God when they receive a tithe, or do they have the ‘right’ to receive it?
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    The Sufferings and the Glory

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    .... This module brings a unique perspective to the passion narrative. As most of you know, Jesus remained silent throughout His suffer- ings; yet in His heart He was musing, and His thoughts were passionately searching:

    .... "I was mute with silence, I held My peace even from good; and My sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within Me; while I was musing, the fire burned . . ." .

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    .... The passion of our Lord was recorded by the apostles as eye witnesses, but the Old Testament prophets foretold the same things in first person (as in the quotation above). This inner perspective makes it possible to harmonizes the prophecy into actual story form, to re-tell the passion from the Lord’s own point of view, in a level of detail that is stunning. In this module the silence of the ages unfolds, and the result is deeply moving, passionate and searching.
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    The Soteriology of Christ

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    .... This module offers a very Christ-centered perspective on soteriology – the most important subject in the world. Soteriology is the study of salvation and it’s related topics, such as election and pre- destination, as we are drawn into a saving relationship with God through Christ. It helps us understand who will be saved, how, and why, as the Lord works in our lives to obtain this result.
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    The Lost Ministry of Amphipolis

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    .... This module portrays a ‘lost chapter’ from the Book of Acts. Paul came to Europe in response to God’s calling, first to the city of Philippi, and then to Thessalonica. But somewhere in between those cities an important event took place that would drastically change the shape of his ministry for years to come; and for the rest of his life he remained passionate, defen-sive, and even reactionary when he spoke about this change.
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    .... The evidence points to an undescribed incident that could only have occurred in the city of Amphipolis. By gleaning the clues from Paul’s own letters, the story of this controversy emerges at last: a conflict sinister and troubling, the effects of which have transcended the ages to plague the church to this day.
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    Profile of the End Time Heresies

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    This module offers an overview of the end time heresies, complete with a description of false teachers and their ministry. It also discusses their victims of choice. Some of the things described in this module may even sound familiar, so as you are reading, bear in mind any ministries over which you've had doubts and see if they match this profile.
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    The Parable of the Sheep Dog


    .... There once was a very great man who owned the sheep on a thousand hills (in fact, he owned the hills); and having so many flocks, he set shepherds over them. One large flock had more than 2,000 sheep and he set several shepherds over those.
    .... The shepherds knew that the secret to an easy life was in keeping the flock content. They were easier to control that way. So they led them forth, fed them and always sang to them, saying: "Peace, peace, have no fear; all is peace and safety here."
    .... Then one day, a wolf drew near the edge of the fold and the shepherds saw it. Suddenly it snatched away a lamb and drew it into the woods to devour it. The rest of the sheep never realized what had happened; they only thought of the wolf as another sheep and went about their business. But the shepherds knew.
    .... So the shepherds reasoned among themselves, saying: "We really should try to save the lamb; but if we do, there will be a fight with a great deal of noise and the whole flock will know that something is wrong. They’ll become frightened and suddenly we’ll have 2,000 scared sheep on our hands."
    .... Therefore, knowing that intervention would make their jobs more difficult, the shepherds decided to do nothing. So from time to time the wolf returned and another lamb was taken. The shepherds closed one eye and turned away while continuing their songs of peace -- whereas in reality, peril stalked the fold.
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    .... Then one day the wolf returned and the sheep dog saw it. His eyes sharpened as the wolf drew near and fell upon a lamb to carry it away. The dog ran quickly to the shepherds, barking furiously in beckoning them to come; but the shepherds only calmed the dog and bid him silence, for he was scaring the sheep with all of his noise.
    .... Two days later, the wolf returned. Again he took a lamb, and when the sheep dog saw it he ran to the shepherds as before. Again they rebuked him and bade him silence, and the sheep dog became confused. For the master had trained him both to trust the shepherds and to protect the sheep, so he was torn.
    .... Yet again the wolf returned; but this time as it approached the fold, the sheep dog drew near to it in a crouch. As the wolf stretched out its paw for the lamb, the sheep dog suddenly attacked it, nipping its flanks so that it yelped loudly with pain. A scuffle followed with loud barks and yelps as the dog chased the wolf back into the woods.
    .... The sheep dog returned, scratched and panting. The lamb had been saved but a tremor of fear passed through the fold: What had just happened? And in the background, the shepherds began to scowl.
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    .... The shepherds could not stop the dog because they knew he was doing the master’s work rightly. Yet they hated him because he made it harder to calm the flock, and he was making them look bad.
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    .... The sheep were better at ‘feeling’ than thinking, but if their feelings could be translated into words they would go like this: "We used to love the dog because he cared for us, found us when we went astray, and licked our wounds. But look at how he treats that other sheep now!" (The wolf, in sheep’s clothing). "See what a vicious dog he has become! So now we hate the sheep dog!"
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    .... Then one day came the finale as the sheep dog and the wolf squared off for a final battle. Tooth and nail flashed with cutting fury, hair and hide were flying, barking and yelping filled the air. The last pretense of peace was shattered as the sheep came bleating to the shepherds in fear.
    .... Also other shepherds, who were visiting from another flock, seized the shepherds by their arms and said to them, "Do you not know a wolf when you see one? When are you going to help your sheep dog?" The shepherds were greatly ashamed and ran to the place where the wolf had been cornered. They seized it and bound it, and cast it out for ever.
    .... Now the other shepherds congratulated them, and the sheep crowded around them with joy. They loved their shepherds who had protected them from the wolf. The sheep dog, too, came limping back to them, cut and torn from the battle and whimpering softly. But the shepherds only looked at him with disdain.
    .... "Every wound on that animal is a testimony against us, and bandages would be like flags to proclaim it. Are we supposed to help him? No, but rather, we hope he dies!" So they ignored him, and the sheep dog limped away to lick his own wounds.
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    .... Gradually the dog recovered strength and he tried to be useful as before, but the shepherds had effectively shut him out. They would only have him chasing sticks or even chasing his tail. When the sheep dog saw this, he tucked his tail between his legs and quietly left them.
    .... But fortunately for the sheepdog, the master found him on the road and took him in, bound his wounds, and nurtured him again. And the master made a note to himself that he would soon have a word with those shepherds about all of this. But in the meantime he would find a new home for the sheepdog, where he might be appreciated.
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    ....Hear another parable:
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    .... A shepherd led his sheep, gently guiding those with young as he nurtured and cared for them. But then came a wolf, and he lit into it with savage fury. The same man! It was also the same reason. Because he loves the sheep.
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    He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

    Discussion with a New Age Philosopher

    ... Some people are athiests (I'm sorry to say), simply because they are fools (Ps 14:1). But intellectual athiests, who disbelieve from their head and not necessarily from their heart, can be a little different.
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    .... These persons are often very insecure in their unbelief, especially at first, before their hearts become hardened and their conscience seared. Because of this insecurity they'll feel the need to argue their points frequently. Often, they will do this with a sense of crudeness or rage (Karl Marx would be a good example), because, deeper down, their apprehension needs constant reaffirmation from others. Persuading others to join in their doubts helps them reassure themselves, like a vote of confidence and agreement to keep their shaky anti-faith alive for another day. This makes them worthy of our pity, though not of our sympathy.
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    .... In your efforts to share the gospel you may eventually be confronted by new age philosophers, many of whom follow the writings of men like Feuerbach, and who love to argue. As we've just described, they may insist on debating you on the terms of their own philosophy. Even though the Bible thoroughly equips you and would enable you to win this debate (2 Tim 3:16-17), there is never a way that they can win it in the sense that really matters, that is, in the sense that would bring them to the Lord:

    .... "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect."

    (1 Cor 1:17)

    .... The gospel cannot be mixed with worldly wisdom if it is to save anyone, so arguing on the premise of their philosophy defeats the purpose of sharing the gospel at all. Therefore, even if you argue with them and their tables are turned, and you convince them on their own philosophical terms, and even if they turn completely around and believe and call on the Lord as a result, they will remain unsaved:

    .... "For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

    (1 Cor 1:21)

    .... In a situation like this, the best you can do is plant a seed that will defeat their worldly thinking over a longer period of time; and then, just maybe, at the end of that process, it will bring them to a place of starting over with the gospel, to approach the Lord correctly (see the special notes in the 'comments' section).
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    .... I recently had a chance to do this through an online discussion with a person named Matt. Below is an example of what you might tell such a person. (I’ve added scriptural references for the benefit of the reader):

    Hi Matt,
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    I’ve read your entries and part of your blog. You seem like a person who is searching pretty intensely for meaning and truth, but you also seem to be frustrated with your discoveries on a fairly frequent basis (which is too bad). If you’ve read my entries, you know that we disagree on many things, but let me meet you halfway with some ‘ifs’. I mean these objectively, so I would like you to think about them sincerely too, and not just look for how many ways you can find holes in them.
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    .... First of all, if there is a God, what would that mean? By definition, He would be in a class by Himself (Ps 71:19; Job 40:7-14). His way of thinking and everything else about him could very well be far, far higher than we, as humans, could even begin to grasp -- like an earth worm trying to figure out Einstein (Is 55:8-9). This means that searching for him by using our own, human intellect may be an entirely futile hope (1 Cor 1:21). It could very well mean that we could never know him at all, ever, unless He is the one who took the initiative to make Himself known to us in some way (Matt 11:27).
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    .... And here is another side to the same scenario. If he is God, original and uncreated, and everything else was made by him, then he himself becomes the ‘standard’ by sheer default. This is because everything else owes its form and state of existence to his thoughts and decisions -- including abstract concepts.
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    .... For example we might ask, What is truth? Who is to say what is true or untrue? But if God is the source of everything, then the bottom line is that He is the truth. Truth is not a concept in its own right; truth is an expression of God himself, reflected in His creation (John 14:6). In other words, the concepts we hold as ‘true’ are true because they reflect his way of thinking. The closer they match this, the truer they are. The more they deviate, the more untrue they are.
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    .... Like you, I’ve studied the philosophers to some degree. I’m sure you’ll agree that almost all of them were very interested in explaining the nature of God. The problem is that, as a premise, they rejected the ways he had already expressed himself to man. Instead, essentially, they sought to re-define him according to their own thoughts and ideas of what he must be like. So most of them ended up as atheists. But why?
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    .... When someone is so interested in defining God by their own intellect, however brilliant they may be, their ‘god’ ends up as a mere reflection of their own thoughts. He becomes a figurehead who conforms to their suppositions, happens to agree with their conclusions, and who allows for all of their vices. In the end they find he is very faulty, and not worth believing in at all. And I agree! Because, beneath that fig leaf, their real ‘god’ was simply themselves the whole time.
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    .... This brings us back to the point we started with, in the analogy between the earthworm and Einstein. Their version of ‘god’ was merely a self-deluding veneer because their thoughts never took them any higher than the ceiling; they never broke out of the realm of human logic and into the realm where God might actually be known. No wonder it ended in frustration for them. Why should anyone worship a god who is no better than themselves? Because the whole time, that’s all it was.
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    .... I mean this very sincerely, so please think about this. Nietzsche said that God is dead, but the truth is that Nietzsche is dead. But Jesus is alive forevermore. So what does that mean? Who could Jesus be? Where did he come from? What kind of life did he live? Why did he die? Why could death not hold him? Where did he go after his resurrection? And why did those who saw him, alive from the dead, devote their lives to him even though many (if not most) ended up gladly giving their own life in order to remain loyal to him?
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    .... If you’ll think about those questions, you’ll do something that none of those famous philosophers was ever able to accomplish: you’ll break out, and see an understanding that is higher than they could ever obtain.
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    .... One more ‘if’. The case that I've made is perfectly fair, but you must think about it objectively to see what you come up with. So it will only help you 'if' you put aside your pre-suppositions and consider this fairly and objectively, otherwise it will be a waste of time.