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July 1 - Episcopal Church in Maryland to Convert to Catholicism
Article:Ecumencal Movement - Misc.
Understand the Times:
The pathway to Rome is becoming
clear, at least to those who have some discernment left. Many who
once had some discernment, see ecumenism as sound doctrine.
According to the Bible, ecumenism sets up the religion for the
antichrist and is antichristian.
The Rev. Mark Lewis now offers a prayer every
Sunday morning that
centuries ago would have been considered an homage to the enemy.
It's a prayer for the bishop of Rome, the pope and
all the Catholic bishops and priests.
"For Benedict our Pope ... Let us prayer to the Lord."
And the congregation sings its answer, "Lord, have
The distinctly Roman
Catholic offering is the outward sign of an inner spiritual
journey. St. Luke's Church in Bladensburg, Md., will
become later this year the
first American Episcopal
Parish to convert to Catholicism, Anglicanism's one-time
drew us was the apostolic authority, the oneness of the faith of
the people," Lewis said "That's what we
really wanted, and I don't think you have that in Anglicanism."
Today, the Episcopal Church, with nearly 1.5
million members, is one of thousands of Christian denominations
in the U.S. Its recent
conflicts over the ordination of gays and women and the blessing
of same-sex unions have caused some congregations to seek more
But that was not an option for St. Luke's. Lewis
says he felt that the same problem would persist.
There was no authority concerning who
would have the final interpretation of scripture over the most
controversial issues the church is facing.
In 2009, Pope
Benedict XVI created a special Ordinariate, a path through which
Anglicans could reconcile with Rome and come back to the Roman
Catholic flock. In some circles it's been
called the religious equivalent of sheep stealing.
Deigh is happy to convert, saying,
"I like it. To me, it's like going home.
That's where the original church was. We are all one."
Parishioner Randy King says for him the
conversion brings needed certainty. "We have a church that
doesn't change. We don't have
to worry one day or the other what is going to be said from the
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News Alert July 10 - Green Bay Bishop David Ricken leads Mass as Lifest ends in Oshkosh
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics
Understand The Times
A news item
titled Green Bay Bishop David Ricken leads Mass as Lifest ends in
Oshkosh has caught the attention of UTT researchers. UTT is
therefore compelled to post a news alert. A better title for this
article from our perspective could have been "Greg Laurie Joins Hands
With Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest At Wisconsin Ecumenical Gathering."
While the whole article is very
revealing, please note the following portion:
Protestant devotions, a children's
service and the Catholic Mass each were held separately
before joint worship at 11 a.m. on the grandstand
featuring Lenz; Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship
in Riverside, Calif., and head of the international Harvest Crusades; and
acclaimed worship leader Lincoln Brewster.
During the five-day event, the
diocese held special activities for festival-goers such as
handing out free Holy Hotdogs, Blessed Brats and
Sacred S'mores, said the Rev. Daniel Schuster, diocese vocation director and
a Lifest speaker." It was very successful and created a bridge between the
different (faith) communities that are here," he said. That's the goal of
Lifest, Lenz said.
UTT has been warning about the
direction Calvary Chapel has been headed for several years. Just a few days
ago UTT published an article written jointly with Lighthouse Trails called
"The Jesuit Agenda." If you want to have a perspective of what was going on
in Wisconsin, you will
find this article very interesting.
This is one more example showing
where the Calvary Chapel movement is headed. When one goes down the road of
ecumenism, very seldom is there a recovery.
In June of 2005 at a Calvary Chapel
Pastor's conference, Jon
Courson introduced the idea that communion is more than a remembrance.
Rather than Calvary Chapel leadership dealing with that issue then, the tape
of Jon Courson's message (according to Paul Smith who was then the CCCOF
head) was locked away in a safe. This reminds us of the numerous Billy
Graham letters that are also sealed away until a date following his death.
Is there a reason that this information is not been made public now?
This is just one more
indicator that there are big problems ahead for the Calvary Chapel
movement that seems to be moving further away from the Word of God.
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News Alsert July 14 - Bishop Ricken Looks to Future of Marian Shrine: Updated
Article: One World Religion
Since Greg Laurie shared the
platform in Oskosh, Wisconsin at the Lifest Celebration with
Roman Catholic Bishop Ricken, another news item now places Laurie and
Ricken in the headlines. This time it is the fascination with Marian
apparitions that Ricken supports and has been promoting.
It is well known that Jesuits are
behind the devotion to "Our Lady of Peace" also called the "Queen of
Heaven." This will be an important part of developing a One World
Religion for Peace that will usher in the Antichrist.
The questions that need to be
asked are these: Why would Greg Laurie endorse Roman Catholic Jesuit
Bishop Ricker by sharing the platform with him at the Lifest
gathering? Is Laurie aware of the damage he has done to Calvary Chapel
by doing this or is this just part of the game plan? While this is only
speculation, one could also ask, why does Laurie link hands with Rick
Warren who has linked hands with the Pope of Rome through Tony Blair for
the P.E.A.C.E. Plan? Would someone (for example) Chuck Smith or Brian
Brodersen please stand up and explain what is happening to the Calvary
Please watch the following video
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News Alsrt June 27 - Genetic Modification Gone Wild: 10 Signs That Our World May Be Destined To Resemble A Really Bad Science Fiction Movie
Artcle:Cloning And Genetic Engineering
Understand the Times:
For those on our mailing list who
have been familiar with Roger Oakland's ministry, you will find the
following article very interesting. For over three decades we have
been warning about the direction mankind has been headed in the area
of tinkering with life and genetic manipulation. We were sounding
the alarm even before genetic engineering or cloning had been
accomplished. The claims about what was coming by scientists who
felt they were capable of playing God seemed more like science
The warning we gave at that time
was simple. When man chooses to play God, he will eventually be
wiped out by God. As it was in the days of Noah, it is the same now
- maybe worse. This is one more major sign that mankind is walking
on thin ice. When you read this article you will be shocked.
Get ready! Judgment is coming.
Did you know that today scientists are actually
producing mice that tweet like
birds, cats that glow in the dark, "monster salmon", "spider goats",
cow/human hybrids, pig/human hybrids and even mouse/human hybrids?
The very definition of life on earth is changing right before our
eyes. Many scientists believe that genetic
modification holds the key to feeding the entire planet and healing
all of our diseases, but others are warning that genetic
modification could literally transform our environment into a
desolate wasteland and cause our world to resemble a really bad
science fiction movie. For decades, scientists around the
globe have been fooling around with DNA and have been transplanting
genes from one species to another. But now technology has advanced
so dramatically that just about the only thing limiting scientists
are their imaginations.
The things you are about to read about below
are truly bizarre. In recent years, science has really "pushed the
envelope" and scientists all over the planet are quite eager to push
it even farther. The following are 10 signs that our world may be
destined to resemble a really bad science fiction movie....
#1 In China, scientists have
inserted human genes into the DNA of dairy cow embryos. At this
point, approximately 200 hybrid cows have been successfully
produced. These cows can produce
milk that is virtually identical
to human breast milk. The scientists hope to have huge herds of
these cows producing an alternative to human breast milk soon, and
they hope to have this "milk" sold in global supermarkets within 3
#2 In Canada, scientists at
the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario have produced
what they are calling "enviropigs". These "enviropigs"
have had genes from mice spliced into them,
and according to the scientists they produce less phosphorous in
their poop so they are being touted as environmentally friendly.
Authorities in both the U.S. and Canada are evaluating whether or
not to allow these "enviropigs" into the food supply.
#3 Scientists in Japan
have created a genetically modified
mouse that tweets like a bird.
#4 One U.S. corporation can
now produce a very muscular "monstor
which can grow up to three times as fast as normal salmon do.
#5 Science can now produce
cats that glow in the dark. A
genetically modified cat created by scientists named Mr. Green Genes
was the very first fluorescent cat in the United states.
But Mr. Green Genes was not the first "glow in the dark
cat" in the world. That honor went to a cat created by a team of
scientists in South Korea.
#6 In Japan, scientists have
discovered that they can grow rat
organs inside of mice. The researchers hope to use the same
technology to grow human organs inside of pigs.
#7 But Japan is not the only
one doing this kind of research. In Missouri,
entities that are part pig and part human
are being grown with the goal of providing organs for human
#8 Scientists at Rockefeller
University have injected human
genes into mice. These "humanized mice"
are being used to study the spread of the hepatitis C virus.
#9 U.S. scientists have
discovered that they can actually
"grow" new human organs from scratch. The
following is a quote from a recent Newsweek article...It
might sound like science fiction, but growing new organs from
scratch has already become reality. In addition to bladders,
scientists have engineered new skin, bone, cartilage, corneas,
windpipes, arteries, and urethras.
#10 Believe it or not, a
company in Canada known as Nexia has actually
taken goats and has genetically modified them
to be part spider. The genetic modification process causes these
to produce spider silk protein in their milk. This spider silk
protein is collected, purified and spun into incredibly strong
fibers. These fibers are apparently more durable than Kevlar, more
flexible than nylon, and much stronger than steel.
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July 12 - Giving teachers confidence to engage pupils on beliefs - Belfast Telegraph
Article: One World Religion
At a recent forum exploring
educational options for the future of Northern Ireland, several influential
public figures - including Baroness May Blood - made it clear that
the best way forward is for schools to be religion-free
zones. This solution seems tantalising in two ways - in its simplicity and in
its ability to unite those from a varied range of political, religious and
Yet around the world there
are many others who see that now, more than ever, is
a time to engage our young people with issues of faith,
belief and values in an educational environment. Among them is former prime
minister Tony Blair, who is now patron and founder of the Tony Blair Faith
This worldwide inter-faith
organisation runs a schools programme called Face to Faith.
The programme facilitates inter-faith dialogue through
video-conferencing and online collaboration with the aim of providing young
people with the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful inter- and
intra-faith dialogue across a range of cultures.
For this reason, last year I
contacted the Blair foundation to ask if, using my influence as an educator, I
could help to create an opportunity for schools to learn more about the Face to
Faith project. The end result was that, last month,
teachers from eight schools participated in a one-day training event on the
project at Stranmillis University College in Belfast.
During the session, the
teachers had the rare opportunity to chat with Tony Blair during a video
conference. He told the teachers: "Young people
have an enormous appetite to learn about others who are different from them" and
he emphasised the positive value of enabling pupils to discuss faith issues and
beliefs. Jo Malone, Face to Faith international co-ordinator
at the foundation, introduced teachers to the basics of
video-conferencing as well as the learning materials and cooperative learning
techniques at the heart of the programme.
There were also international
contributions from experienced inter-faith facilitators in India and Lebanon who
stressed the benefits of Face to Faith, not
only for encouraging dialogue and empathy between young people, but helping them
to connect with their own faith traditions. It was
particularly positive that the launch of Face to Faith in Northern Ireland
involved schools from across the range of management-types (Controlled,
Maintained and Integrated) and it is hoped that
the programme spawns local as well as international collaboration.
I left with the strong
impression that a culture of sharing is
emerging as an integral aspect of our education system. In both cases I look
forward to seeing what the future brings.
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July 12 - Interfaith worship provides education, understanding
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christians Uniting Wth Other Religions
Imagine the primary
Sunday morning service in a Christian church that
begins with a 9-year-old Muslim boy offering the Islamic Call to Prayer,
followed by a woman lighting candles on a table set with bread, wine and
grape juice and offering the Jewish prayers that begin the Sabbath
worship, followed by an Episcopal priest offering the "collect of the
So began the
interfaith service over the weekend at Christ Episcopal Church in
Dearborn. Parishioners specifically
requested the service after reading about the national "Faith Shared"
project, organized by Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First.
The challenge in planning such a service was in knowing who from the
other faith traditions to invite to help organize and participate in the
The service included portions of Muslim, Jewish
and Christian worship, honoring each tradition in the process.
Beginning with each tradition's call to prayer and worship,
the service included readings from and
reflections on the sacred texts of the Torah and the Gospels, plus a
reading from the Quran, chanted in Arabic and translated into English.
Katz also shared the
"Parashah" of the week - the Torah
portion read that week in synagogues all over the world. Younes followed
the sharing of the Torah portion with a reading from the Quran. Prayers
over a meal were offered by each tradition, and the bread, wine and
juice were shared among the gathered congregation.
Each component of the worship offered the
comparable element from each tradition. To us, the
only unusual aspect of the service was that
the various elements were woven into a typical
order for a Sunday morning worship service in the Episcopal Church.
Dearborn is a special
community that honors its diversity and enjoys sincere hospitality and
compassion among the people of this city. While
this worship service was a first for the
community, it is just one example of the many ways that Jews, Christians
and Muslims work together and learn from each other, for the good of
Hearing each other's prayers and learning about
our diverse faith traditions are ways to move forward to break down our
cultural, ethnic and religious segregation, which is
often far too pronounced in greater metropolitan Detroit. The more we
learn about the faith-based practices of our neighbors who might dress
differently, eat different foods and speak different languages,
the more we find our commonality as human
beings and underscore our similar missions of unity, peace,
community-building and mutual understanding.
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July 13 - New Bible to Go on Public Release, Changes Jesus 'Son of Man' to 'the Human One'
The new edition of the Common English
Translation (CET) will be released in print and made available to the
public for the first time on August 1, publicist Audra Jennings has told
The Christian Post.
of the new version is hoping it will make the
Bible understandable and attractive to as many people as possible.
To that end, the new edition of the CET has made several "bold"
translation choices, including changing
Jesus' "Son of Man" title to "the Human One."
complete edition of the Common English Translation arriving from the
printers this week and rolling into stores starting next month,
associate publisher Paul Franklyn said
the goal of translators was to make the Bible accessible and more
appealing to readers of various backgrounds and denominations.
"There are a number of translations
available for conservative churches," Franklyn told The Tennessean.
"This is trying to make a bridge between
conservatives, moderates and liberals."
Some other changes in the Common English
Translation include swapping out "alien" or "foreigner," used by some
translations for passages like Leviticus 19:33-34; the Common English
Translation applies the term
is also gender-inclusive,
as the passage in Matthew 5:21-22 involving Jesus' teaching on the true
meaning of murder shows. In the Common English Translation Jesus warns,
"But I say to you that everyone
who is angry with their brother or sister will be in danger of
Another translation change involves the
Lord's prayer, which avoids the King
James Version's "hallowed be thy name" and includes "uphold the holiness
of your name" instead.
In May, Fuller
Theological Seminary voted to add the Common English Bible to the NRSV
and the TNIV as translations that could be required for students doing
biblical studies. "We wanted something that was an academically
excellent translation from Greek and Hebrew, and
one that reflected our strong position regarding
women in leadership," Dr. Joel B. Green, professor
of New Testament Interpretation, told The Christian Post.
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July 13 - Iran prepares for nuclear work in bunker, sources say
Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars
Iran is preparing
to install centrifuges for higher-grade uranium enrichment in an underground
bunker, diplomatic sources say,
development that is likely to add to Western
worries about Tehran's atomic aims.
Preparatory work is under way at
the Fordow facility, tucked deep inside a mountain to protect it against any
attacks, and machines used to refine uranium could soon be moved to the site
near the clerical city of Qom, the sources said.
The Islamic Republic said in June it would shift
production of uranium enriched to 20 percent purity to Fordow from its main
Natanz plant this year and triple output capacity, in a defiant response to
charges that it is trying to make atomic bombs.
Tehran only disclosed the existence of Fordow two years ago after Western
intelligence detected it and said it was evidence of covert nuclear activities.
The facility has yet to start operating. "They
are preparing (for the centrifuges to be installed) in Fordow,"
one diplomatic source said.
Refined uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power reactors and also, if enriched
to much higher levels, provide material for
But its decision in early 2010 to raise the level of
enrichment from the 3.5 percent purity needed for normal power plant fuel to 20
percent worried countries that
saw it as a significant step towards the 90 percent needed for bombs.
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July 14 - Twelve million Africans suffering through worst drought in 60 years
Article: Signs Of The Last Times
severe drought that spans across several east-African countries including Kenya,
Somalia, and Ethiopia,
has left at least 12 million Africans in a "fight for survival,"
according to a recent report from MSNBC. Representing
the worst drought the region has experienced since the early 1950s,
humanitarian efforts there are in full swing, as hundreds
of thousands of refugees continue to migrate from the worst-hit areas to those
that might offer some relief.
The report indicates that Dadaab, a small town located in northeast Kenya
that was built as a refugee camp, currently
holds about 380,000 refugees, with an additional 10,000 more flocking there each
week. Originally built for 90,000 people, Dadaab, which is the largest refugee
camp in the world, has exceeded its capacity by more than 400 percent with no
end in sight.
Continual conflict and wars,
escalating inflation, and rapidly-rising food costs, have forced many Africans
in the region to migrate wherever necessary to find relief, even if it means
relocating to other less-stricken, but still stricken areas. And
according to Jane Cocking, humanitarian director of Oxfam International, an
international relief organization,
there are at least 12 million Africans in the area who are fighting just to
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July 15 - Communion wafer turns red in S. St. Paul -- is it miraculous?
Article: Signs And Wondoers
Comment from Understand the Times:
The topic of
"eucharistic miracles" is in the news again. Whether or not this one
is declared a miracle is still up for grabs. All it takes is for the
Roman Catholic clergy to make a declaration, and it will be accepted
as a miracle from God.
record, UTT predicts that if this so called supernatural event is
not declared a miracle, another mystical appearance of a "Jesus"
will be just around the corner. According to those who promote the
"Second Pentecost" (as Kathryn Kuhlman did), this "day of miracles"
is just ahead. Jesus is supposed to appear in what the Roman
Catholic church calls the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus, and there will
be a great turning to God because of signs and wonders.
It is also
interesting to note that Lonnie Frisbee (the so-called father of the
Jesus movement and a key person apparently responsible for many
young people coming to Jesus Christ in the late 60's and early
70's), was associated with Kathryn Kuhlman and her mystical powers.
Please watch the following video clip of Kathryn Kuhlman to see for
yourself who she was and what she said:
consecrated host that fell to the floor last month at St.
Augustine Catholic Church in South St. Paul
should have dissolved soon afterward. Instead, it turned
Now Archdiocese of St. Paul
and Minneapolis officials are investigating
whether they have a possible miracle on their
hands or if something like a fungus or bacteria could be causing the
change in color.
During mass on June 19 at
St. Augustine, a host was accidentally dropped on the floor.
To show reverence to the wafer
-- which Catholics believe becomes the actual body of Christ during
the consecration -- it was placed in a
chalice-like container with water so it would dissolve. Then it was
to be poured into a special sink not connected to the sewer system.
However, a week later, the host had not
dissolved but had shrunk and turned a blood-red color. This
week, the Rev. John Echert, pastor of the church, turned over to the
archdiocese what was left of the host.
Instances of so-called Eucharistic miracles, such as "bleeding
hosts" that emit blood, have been reported by Catholics for
centuries. Archdiocese officials point out one of the most
recent incidents occurred at a Catholic church in Texas.
In that case, biologists determined the red
coloration of the host was caused by a combination of a fungus and
bacteria that were incubated in water in a glass stored in the open
The Catholic Church is
very careful about documenting miracles, said Bruce Reichenbach, a
philosophy professor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, who has
written about reason and religious belief.
"Miracles are not incompatible with a natural
explanation," he said.
Parishioner Mary Hover
said she thinks it would be wonderful for St.
Augustine if the host were deemed to be miraculous. Hover said she
saw a bleeding host in Santarém, Portugal, when she was visiting
Fatima, the site of reported apparitions by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"Eucharistic miracles are a beautiful thing
for the Catholic church," Hover said.
"And I have seen one. It was a moving
experience for me to just have that moment with that Eucharistic
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