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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  Our purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of the Biblical deception.

 June 19 - Shack author has personal ties to Canada
 Article: Unbiblcal Christianity

Comment from Understand The Times:
It is amazing how professing Christians will read a fiction book that misrepresents God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and then claim that the book helped them to better understand God. Such a delusion can only be understood as a sign of the times. Worse yet, many church leaders have promoted The Shack and have even used the book for Bible study. If these leaders actually studied the Bible rather than The Shack, they would find that they are deceived and deceiving others like Paul warned in (2 Timothy 3:13).
According to the publisher's promotional material, The Shack "is a suspenseful, imaginative and to some, controversial account of a man who suffers a devastating personal family tragedy -- and, in his despair, encounters supernatural manifestations of the three persons of the Trinity in a shack. God the Father appears as a large African American woman, Jesus Christ as a Middle-Eastern carpenter, and the Holy Spirit as an Asian woman."

The Shack has made a big emotional impact on many people. It has also been endorsed by respected Christian figures such as Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, who writes: "This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!"

Some critics are not so persuaded, however. Berit Kjos, author of A Twist of Faith, decries what she considers "the twisted 'truths' of The Shack." Kjos maintains that Young's version of the Trinity is problematic, with a distorted view of both the Son and the Father: "This new 'Jesus' never returned to heaven. Was there no real resurrection? Not according to the female 'God.'"

It is not entirely coincidental that, just a few blocks south, Christ Church Cathedral, not long ago, had a similar kind of session with Brian McLaren, the 'emerging church' leader -- who, as it happens, is also a good friend of William Paul Young's.

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 August 24 - Speaking in Tongues at Mass
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from Understand The Times:
Over the years, there has been a trend developing that unites charismatics who are NOT Catholic with charismatics who are Catholic. The common denominator is speaking in tongues.
As the following article states, allowing speaking in tongues during Mass in Brazil "is credited as helping to stem the hemorrhaging of Catholics toward Pentecostal sects." because "the renewal is considered as being especially attuned and appealing to a wide swath of Brazilian society."
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.
Q: What is allowed for regarding the (so-called) "speaking in tongues" during a Charismatic Mass? And what exactly is an acceptable type of such Mass?

A: There are practically no universal guidelines on this subject, except of course the general norms that prohibit adding anything whatsoever to officially prescribed texts.

It must be noted that the Brazilian bishops have a generally positive view of the Charismatic Renewal, and a significant number participate in charismatic Masses. The renewal is considered as being especially attuned and appealing to a wide swath of Brazilian society and is credited as helping to stem the hemorrhaging of Catholics toward Pentecostal sects.

"In the celebration of Holy Mass the words of the institution must not be stressed in an inadequate fashion. Nor must the Eucharistic Prayer be interrupted by moments of praise for Christ's Eucharistic presence by means of applause, cheers, processions, hymns of Eucharistic praise or any other manifestations that exalt in this way the Real Presence and end up emptying out the various dimensions of the Eucharistic celebration."

When referring to speaking in tongues (No. 62), the document offers the following clarifications:

"Speaking or praying in tongues: The object or destination of praying in tongues is God himself, being the attitude of a person absorbed in a particular conversation with God. The object or destination of speaking in tongues is the community. The Apostle Paul teaches, 'When I am in the presence of the community I would rather say five words that mean something than ten thousand words in a tongue' (1 Corinthians 14:19). Since in practice it is difficult to distinguish between the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and the instigations of the group leader, there should never be a call encouraging praying in tongues, and speaking in tongues should not take place unless there is also an interpreter."


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 August 25 - The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Comment from Understand The Times:
Maybe it's time for people to wake up and smell the roses. For years, Bible prophecy scholars have been warning that a time was coming when a global system of control would impact human beings worldwide. This would be part of a New World Order governance system set up to help prepare the way for the antichrist. This article gives just a tiny glimpse as to what is coming. Fasten your seatbelts!
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.

That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants - with no need for a search warrant.

It is a dangerous decision - one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. It is particularly offensive because the judges added insult to injury with some shocking class bias: the little personal privacy that still exists, the court suggested, should belong mainly to the rich.

Plenty of liberals have objected to this kind of spying, but it is the conservative Chief Judge Kozinski who has done so most passionately. "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last," he lamented in his dissent. And invoking Orwell's totalitarian dystopia where privacy is essentially nonexistent, he warned: "Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania."

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 August 22 - Iran inaugurates nation's first unmanned bomber
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Comment from Understand The Times:
For Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to say that an Iranian unmanned bomber aircraft is "an ambassador of death" that will provide a message to bring about "peace and friendship" is an oxymoron. Ahmadinejad has gone on record by stating that Israel must be "wiped off the map." Saying that a nation should be "wiped off the map" means that he would like Israel to be destroyed. Therefore, by his very own words he himself is an "ambassador of death."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies.

"The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," said Ahmadinejad at the inauguration ceremony, which fell on the country's national day for its defense industries. The goal of the aircraft, named Karrar or striker, is to "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases," he said, adding that the aircraft is for deterrence and defensive purposes.

The president championed the country's military self-sufficiency program, and said it will continue "until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation."

The ceremony came a day after Iran began to fuel its first nuclear power reactor, with the help of Russia, amid international concerns over the possibility of a military dimension to its nuclear program.

Referring to Israel's occasional threats against Iran's nuclear facilities, Ahmadinejad called any attack unlikely, but he said if Israel did, the reaction would be overwhelming.

"The scope of Iran's reaction will include the entire the earth," said Ahmadinejad. "We also tell you, the West, that all options are on the table."


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 August 22 - Pope: Prayer to Mary Queen of Peace, where the absurd logic of violence rages
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand The Times:
The Bible does mention there is a queen of heaven. However, this queen of heaven is NOT Mary, the mother of Jesus. Jeremiah proclaimed that the "queen of heaven" was a demonic female entity that had seduced and deceived the Israelites. This partnership between man and spirit being would bring about judgement upon Israel (Jeremiah chapter 7 and 44). Also there is NO mention in the Bible that the mother of Jesus was ever called the Queen of Peace. To call Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Queen of Heaven or the Queen of Peace seems to be very questionable in light of God's Word.
To Mary, Mother and Queen of Peace, we entrust the world, especially those places "where the absurd logic of violence rages." This is what Benedict XVI recalled today in his address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo before the Angelus prayer, the day when the Church celebrates Mary as Queen. "The Mother of Christ - said the pope - is completely crowned by her Son, thus associated with his universal kingship, as the many mosaics and paintings depict her".

"The small and simple girl of Nazareth - he continued - has become the queen of the world! This is one of the wonders that reveals the heart of God's kingship. Of course Mary's queenship is totally relative to Christ: He is the Lord, who after the humiliation of death on the cross, the Father exalted above all creatures in heaven and on earth and under the earth (cf. Phil 2:9-11). By a design of grace, the Immaculate Mother was fully involved in the mystery of the Son: his Incarnation, his earthly life, at first hidden in Nazareth and then manifested in the messianic ministry, his Passion and Death, and finally, the glory of his Resurrection and Ascension to Heaven. Yes, Mary is the first that has passed through the "way" opened by Christ to enter the kingdom of God, a way accessible to the poor, those who trust in the word of God and are committed to putting it into practice".

"In the history of cities and peoples evangelized by the Christian message - concluded Benedict XVI - there are countless testimonies of public veneration, in some cases, even of the royal institution of the Virgin Mary. But today especially as children of the Church, we renew our devotion to her as Mother and Queen, left us by Jesus. We entrust to her intercession our daily prayer for peace, especially where the absurd logic of violence rages, so that all people will be persuaded that in this world we must help each other as brothers to build a civilization of love.

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 August 22 - Global currency coming
 Article: One World Government

If the International Monetary Fund gets its way, the U.S. dollar will be replaced by the "bancor" as the world's reserve currency.  According to a report published April 13, the IMF would like to adopt a plan of action that would expand the use of SDRs (Special Drawing Rights) to replace the U.S. dollar as the storehouse of value, and eventually create a global currency called the "bancor." 

The new global currency would be issued by a new global central bank that would have the authority to levy taxes for various infractions.  The bank would have to be, according to the report writers, "accountable to member nations, but remain independent." 

A global central bank has long been a goal of those who advocate global governance America's school system has failed to teach students about the century-long conflict between those who want a global governing authority and those who do not.  Schools do not teach that President Kennedy planned to turn over U.S. military power to the United Nations in order to give the emerging global government the power to enforce its global governance policies. 

The people who believe the world should be governed by a global authority have been working toward this goal for more than a century.  They are relentless; they are driven; they are convinced that they know best how people should live.  They believe that all nations and all societies should be controlled by an elite, benevolent intelligentsia that can ensure social justice by enforcing what has now become known as sustainable development.  These people are closer to achieving their goal than at any previous time in history.

Those who advocate global governance have changed their tactics, but not their goal.  They have made great strides through a variety of treaties, and particularly through the implementation of Agenda 21 and the concept of sustainable development.  The erosion of freedom that is inevitable under any system of global governance has been painted green, packaged in a bundle labeled social justice, and sold to a generation of Americans eager to make the world a better place.
The global currency proposed by the IMF is just the latest step toward that ultimate utopian vision pursued for so long by so many. 

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 August 26 - Sarkozy Outlines G-20 Priorities
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand The Times:
Each week we see current events unfolding that reveal we are heading towards a global currency that will lead to a monetary system that is controlled by a New World Order and a One World government.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on the world's 20 largest economies to work together to reform global monetary order. "We must define a new framework for discussing currency movements," Mr. Sarkozy said, adding that it is "nonsense" to talk about exchange rates without including China, which has accumulated huge foreign exchange reserves.

He said stabilizing erratic foreign exchange and commodities markets will feature high on France's agenda when it heads the Group of 20 from November. He added there is a need to reduce the U.S. dollar's dominance as the reserve currency of choice and called for a greater role for alternative currencies.

Better coordination of global economic policies aimed at unwinding world imbalances is key to reducing foreign exchange volatility, Sarkozy said. Another way to achieve better currency stability will be for the G-20 to try to prevent the accumulation of excessive foreign exchange reserves among its members, particularly in emerging countries, he added.

But he suggested that a conference of experts could be held, possibly in China, to discuss the future of the monetary system without "taboos." "Since the 1970s, we've been living in a nonexistent international monetary system," he remarked. Monitoring global exchange rates has until now been the exclusive remit of the group of the world's seven most industrialized countries, which doesn't include China.

The global monetary system should also be more multipolar and not rely solely on the U.S. dollar as the world's main reserve currency, Sarkozy added. Noting that there's increased interest in the Special Drawing Right, a monetary unit used by countries in their transactions with the International Monetary Fund, Sarkozy said that the international monetary system would be reinforced if countries could use an international reserve asset that's not issued by only one nation, like the U.S. dollar.

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 August 25 - Benedict XVI Encourages Choosing a Special Saint
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand The Times:
Anyone with any biblical knowledge knows that the Scriptures warn about attempting to pray to the dead. Suggesting that "spiritual guides" can get us closer to God opens the door to the demonic realm and strong delusion. The Bible states: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
(I Timothy 2: 5).
Benedict XVI is recommending that everyone have devotion to a particular saint -- he suggested, for example, a namesake -- so that the saint can offer closeness through intercession but also be a model to imitate.
The Holy Father said that it is important "to have 'travel companions' on the journey of our Christian life: I am thinking of a spiritual director, a confessor, persons with whom we can share the experience of faith, but I am also thinking of the Virgin Mary and of the saints."

"Each one," he said, "should have a saint that is familiar to him, to whom he feels close with prayer and intercession, but also to imitate him or her. Hence, I would like to invite you to know the saints better, beginning with the one whose name you bear, by reading his life, his writings. You can be certain that they will become good guides to love the Lord ever more and valid aids for your human and Christian growth."

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