Posted by: Pastor | October 24, 2014

Joel Osteenisms vs Fortune Cookies

There is very little difference between Joel and fortune cookies. And now, to prove it, I will give you these twelve quotes. You tell me which are from the fortune cookies and which are from Joel Osteen.

Question One
“Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

Question Two
“Do all you can to make your dreams come true.”

Question Three
“Take time to make a difference. Think about how you can make somebody else’s life better.”

Question Four
“Avoid focusing on the negative aspects of the past.”

Question Five
“You have something to offer that nobody else can give!”

Question Six
“When you can’t naturally feel upbeat, it can sometimes help to act as if you did.”

Question Seven
“To affirm is to make firm.”

Question Eight
“Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.”

Question Nine
“Somebody needs your encouragement. Somebody needs to know that you believe in them.”

Question Ten
“The best things in life aren’t things.”

Question Eleven
“You will produce what you’re continually seeing in your mind.”

Question Twelve
“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

Fortune Cookie 1,4,6,10,11     Joel Osteen  2,3,5,7,8,9,12

Posted by: Pastor | October 5, 2014

LOVE AND HOLINESS

Contrary to what you may hear today in some sermons and popular religious songs, the emphasis in the Bible is on the holiness of God and not on the love of God. “Love is central in God,’’ wrote American theologian Augustus H. Strong, “but holiness is central in love.’’ God’s love is a holy love, for the Bible states that “God is light’’ (1 John 1:5) as well as “God is love’’ (4:8, 16). Love without holiness would be a monstrous thing that could destroy God’s perfect law, while holiness without love would leave no hope for the lost sinner. Both are perfectly balanced in the divine nature and works of God. (Wiersbe)

To The Editor:
A convert to Islam who named himself Jah’Keem Yisrael (formerly Alton
Alexander Nolen) beheaded one of his coworkers and was shot while trying to
behead another on September 26 at his place of work, Vaughan Foods in Moore,
Oklahoma. Despite the numerous indications that Yisrael was inspired to
choose his manner of murder and to carry it out by his immersion in Islam,
authorities profess to be puzzled as to why he did it, or at least certain
that his actions had nothing to do with that most misunderstood of
religions, Islam. There are seven reasons why the Oklahoma beheading has
everything to with jihadist Islam: 1. His hatred for America and
proclamation of a worldwide Caliphate and the rule of Sharia Law. Jah’Keem
Yisrael’s Facebook page, recently taken down, was extraordinarily revealing.
According to the New York Daily News, it was “riddled with phrases like
‘Sharia law is coming’ and calling America ‘wicked.'” 2. His admiration for
jihad terrorists. The New York Daily News also reported that the Facebook
page had “photos of various terror groups and their leaders, including bin
Laden, who was killed by U.S. forces operating in Pakistan in 2012.” 3. His
positive view of beheadings. His page also featured a graphic photograph of
a beheadings accompanied by this Qur’an quote: “I will instill terror into
the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all
their finger-tips off them” (Qur’an 8:9-13). 4. His Qur’anic quotes and
Islamic exhortations. Jah’Keem Yisrael filled his Facebook page with
quotations from the Qur’an and exhortations to his fellow Muslims to be more
rigorous and correct in their observance of Islamic ritual and morality. 5.
His Islamic State hand signal. Also on Yisrael’s Facebook page was a
photograph of him with two members of the Islamic Society of Greater
Oklahoma City; Yisrael stands between them holding up his index finger in
the sign of the Islamic State, signifying Islam’s uncompromising, fanatic
monotheism. 6. His shouting “Islamic phrases” as he killed Colleen Hufford.
7. His mosque. Yisrael attended, the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma
City. The Mosque’s imam is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United
States but he has explicitly declared that according to Islam, three choices
are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live or die.
The Imam tries very hard to whitewash Islam when the media is around, but
they believe in their religion and the ultimate goal of an Islamic
caliphate. Just days before Yisrael’s rampage at Vaughan Foods, the mosque’s
imam, Imam Enchassi, claimed that “Islamophobes” in Oklahoma were plotting
to behead Muslims! Did Yisrael hear this and leave the mosque seething with
resentment and righteous rage? Did he behead Colleen Hufford at Vaughan
Foods before the infidels could behead him?
People get fired all the time. A small number react violently. An even
smaller number start beheading people in that situation. It just happens
that Jah’Keem Yisrael adhered to a religion that directs believers to
“strike the necks” of unbelievers (Qur’an 47:4). Yet the possibility that
Islam could have informed and guided Yisrael’s response to his rage and
hate, and the implications of that possibility, is not one that authorities
seem disposed to explore. And that means that nothing will be done by anyone
to prevent the creation of new Jah’Keem Yisraels.
Mohammad is reported to have had a sword named “vertebrae cleaver.”
Does anybody know the name of the sword owned by Moses or Jesus? Jesus did
not come to kill; rather, he came to die (John 3:16) that all might be
saved–including Muslims.
Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
http://mountainmanna.com
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”
Posted by: Pastor | September 6, 2014

THE OSTEENS ARE HERETICS

To The Editor:

Joel Osteen and his wife are heretics. That’s why America loves them. A
pastor should be, in some ways, distinguishable from Tony Robbins or Oprah.
And, God forbid a house of Christian worship be arranged in such a way as to
make it clear that we are specifically worshipping Jesus Christ and not the
smiley fellow on stage giving the vaguely spiritual pep talk.

Recently, Mrs. Osteen implored people to “realize that when we obey God,
we’re not doing it for God. we’re doing it for ourselves.” As her proud
husband nods approvingly, Osteen continues. “Do good for your own self. Do
it because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you
worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, really – you’re doing it for
yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”

This is obviously an indefensible teaching. “Do good for your own self.” A
definitive, complete, profoundly disordered statement. Rooted in the
Idolatry of Self, it betrays a pagan attitude which positions the Self as
the Ultimate Good, the Final Purpose. All things – even God Himself – must
revolve around the great and powerful Me. In the Osteens’ version of things,
God exists to serve us, just as we exist to serve ourselves. You act
virtuously for your own sake, because it brings you happiness.

Osteen says that if you want to be rich you have to go beyond pure belief;
you have to speak it into existence. From his book “Your Best Life Now” we
read, “If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous
and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you
must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your
family.” God will make you prosperous if only you “declare words of
victory.” Name it! Claim it! (I call it, “Blab it! Grab it!”)

But nonsense is all that’s left when Christ is taken out of
Christianity–where is a Cross at the basketball arena church?; when we
preach a Word that doesn’t include words like Christ (the Osteens have a
strict “don’t talk about Jesus” preaching policy), sin, and duty, and
obedience; when we adopt a Gospel that has no redemption, no forgiveness, no
mercy, no justice; when we minimize prayer and virtue and truth; when we
forget that ours is a faith for warriors and martyrs; when we pretend that
Christ didn’t promise us suffering and persecution in this life; when we
substitute true joy for mere happy-happy-happiness; when we treat the Bible
like a theological box of Legos that can be deconstructed and reassembled
into anything we want it to be. Ultimately, the Greatest Thing in the
universe is turned into something as worthless, interchangeable, and
disposable as an inspirational Facebook meme.

Lady Osteen didn’t say anything terribly new or shocking. She only gave
voice to the kind of mentality that has long since infected every strand of
American Christendom through the so-called emerging church.” Walk among
Christians of any denomination and you will hear casual heresies very much
in line with what the Lady Osteen was attempting to communicate. “My faith
is all about making me happy and comfortable.”

He distorts Scripture and offers up a hollow, empty message, but he is
adored because he does it with a smile, he doesn’t offend, and he gives off
the general vibe of a man who probably chuckles at Family Circus cartoons.
In other words, he is exactly what our society believes a Christian should
be: nice, non-threatening, non-Biblical, and superficial.

It isn’t always sweet and cuddly, and it won’t “Make every day Friday”
(whatever that means), but it will bring us finally to the Promised Land.
And we’ll get there if we focus always on Christ – not ourselves. Someone
needs to explain this to the Osteens.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
http://mountainmanna.com
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

Posted by: Pastor | August 9, 2014

Black Jesus Blasphemy

To The Editor:
At night, the children’s channel called Cartoon Network transforms into the badly named Adult Swim which rarely misses an opportunity to drown Christianity. Sadly, in the second quarter of 2014, the juvenilia on Adult Swim made it the No. 1 television network on basic cable for adults 18-24, 18-34 and 18-49, and also for males in those age brackets. Its mockery of Christianity has made fans.
Adult Swim is airing a live-action satire called “Black Jesus,” where the sinless and all-powerful Son of God is transformed into a black man who swears like a sailor and smokes marijuana in the mean streets of Compton, California. The creator is leftist cartoonist Aaron McGruder, who for 10 years drew a comic strip about blacks called “The Boondocks.”
McGruder has preached that it’s “important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons.” But where is the “right reason” to have your Jesus curse and fight and smoke pot? There’s no serious reason to portray Jesus as complaining to one man who just wants lotto numbers: “I still love your b—k a–. In the second episode, Jesus persuades his disciples to help him turn a vacant lot into a garden so they can grow their own marijuana. Black Christians should be the most offended by these plots.
It’s bad enough Hollywood leftists smear Jesus in this fashion. But then some liberals try to argue that this is somehow an attempt to spread and not shred Christianity. USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham claimed, “(Black Jesus) is a show that connects Jesus to young people.” If that’s the case, why don’t the Hollywood leftists try to help young people connect to Islam the same way?
Christians should not simply shake their heads at Adult Swim’s repeated attempts to spread anti-religious bigotry. “Organized religion” should organize to oppose this kind of blasphemy. Contact: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., One CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: 404-827-1700, www.turner.com Let them know that you are offended by this blasphemy and ask them to cancel the show.
Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
http://mountainmanna.com
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”
Posted by: Pastor | May 17, 2014

#Stop Sharia Law

To the Editor:

In the Sudan, Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, brought her punishment of death
upon herself, said Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.” For good measure, Judge Khalifa ordered the woman to be beaten with 100 lashes of the whip before being hung for “adultery.”

She’s nine months pregnant. They’ll permit her to give birth to her baby and wean it before executing her. However, the punishment for “adultery” — 100 lashes — will be administered immediately after the birth. (That’s awfully Muslim of them!)

The “adultery” in question is not adultery. Sharia does not recognize the marriage between the woman (whom it considers an apostate Muslim) and a Christian man, ergo, their sexual congress is “adultery.”

Oh, and her 20-month-old child is in jail with her. Because Sharia law will not permit the Christian husband–an American citizen–to care for a child they claim is Muslim. That wouldn’t be kosher.

I’m not hearing anything about this story except from right-leaning sources. We have, once again, an incredible outrage, barbaric, dehumanizing, and fascistic, but the villains are wrong. The villains aren’t the villains the left prefers–like Boko Haram. Ergo, the outrage must be tacitly permitted. And, it involves three hundred girls and young women–most of whom were Christian–before converting to Islam at gun point. I agree with the attempt to save the 300 girls in NIgeria. But, what Sharia Law does to thousands of young women one at a time doesn’t give the liberals #cover.

Has the State Department even taken the drastic step of issuing a vigorous #Hashtag? It is doing NOTHING while Christians are being killed. Where is Michelle Hussein Obama holding a “#Stop Sharia Law–Bring Back Our Humanity” sign?

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn

Posted by: Pastor | May 13, 2014

The Three Rs of Revival

Posted by: Pastor | May 1, 2014

Ban Sharia Law!

To the Editor:

Memphis imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, is in the news this week for a controversial video that he has made saying that Jews and Christians are filthy and that their lives and property can be taken in jihad by the Muslims.

Why is Qadhi still an imam in good standing in Memphis? Why has he not been dismissed by the Al-Maghrib Institute, or by Rhodes College in Memphis, where he is an assistant professor of Religious Studies?  He completed his second Bachelors in Hadith Studies, and an M.A. in Islamic Theology.” How could someone who has dedicated his life to studying Islam and has studied it at the city where Muhammad had his headquarters not be expressing what is mainstream Islamic belief? This may be why Muslims in Memphis and elsewhere in the U.S. have remained silent about his hateful statements: they know that Qadhi was just teaching basic Islam.

Eight states have wisely passed laws insuring the separation of mosque and state.  Most recently, it was done by North Carolina.  Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, said, “We should be afraid of Sharia law. We should be absolutely afraid of it. No question about it, because there’s no tolerance in Sharia law. It persecutes those that do not believe in Islam.  And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Sharia law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize sharia law,” said Graham.  “But we have our own laws here.”

Most of my adult life, I have seen the systematic destruction of the Constitutional right to a Christian’s religious freedom with attacks on the Bible, prayer and public expression.  I think that it is high time that the so-called separation of “church” and state be also applied to Islam–separation of mosque and state.  We should demand that our legislators pass a law guaranteeing separation of religion and state.  We should avoid the error Oklahoma made and had its law struck down as unconstitutional, because it was ruled as discriminatory towards a specific religion–Islam.  North Carolina’s law, and most legislation currently in the works, get around that by banning all foreign law, not just Islamic law.  Montani semper liberi!

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA,  96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am

http://mountainmanna.com

http://mountainmanna.sermon.net/

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

Posted by: Pastor | April 8, 2014

Gay Litmus Test?

To The Editor:

Last week – following a firestorm of protest from gay activists – Mozilla, the tech company known for its internet browser Firefox, compelled its new CEO to step down simply because he, as a private citizen, contributed $1,000 to California’s pro-marriage Proposition 8 campaign…six years ago. (At the same time in 2008, President Obama came out as exclusively pro-traditional family–another of his lies! Why have there been no reprisals against him?)

According to pro-gay advocates, it’s theoretically acceptable for companies like Mozilla (or Mom and Pop bakeries) to hire Christians (or be Christian) as long as they are never permitted to assume leadership roles, never allowed to believe what they want to believe or never allowed to say what they want to say. The same people who claim to support equal treatment for everyone want to deny access to employment opportunities based on personal convictions – in effect a new “glass ceiling” for a faith-driven worldview.

As a pro-traditional family person, I would like to ask Mozilla to clarify what their policy is toward faith-driven employees, asking them to respond to three specific questions: 1) Will faith-driven employees be discriminated against and forced into the closet for their personal views on marriage? 2)Is there a “pro gay marriage” litmus test for working at Mozilla? 3) Will the next CEO be required to openly express support for gay marriage as a condition for being hired?

While we wait to hear back, let’s make sure they HEAR from YOU: Chairman of Mozilla, 2 Harrison Street Suite 175, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am

http://mountainmanna.com

http://mountainmanna.sermon.net/

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

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