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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

The Return of Paganism

Apr 10, 2016

If you wanted a nutshell description of the past 2000 years of Western history, you could put it this way: Out of paganism Christianity emerged and won the day, establishing civilisation and civility. But as Christianity waned, civilisation began to

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The Appalling Apostasy of Rob Bell

Feb 19, 2015

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves

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Bell and Oprah Lovefest: No Surprises Here

Apr 7, 2014

The biggest promoter of New Age moonbattery in the world today is of course Oprah Winfrey. Many years ago she abandoned any claim to being a Christian, and she now shamelessly promotes every bit of loony spirituality around. New Age

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Difficult Bible Passages: 1 Samuel 28

Apr 3, 2014

The episode in the Old Testament about Saul and the witch of Endor raises a number of questions, chief of which is this: Can God use a means which he had expressly forbidden elsewhere? Other questions include: Did Samuel actually

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Loving Ourselves to Death

Jun 7, 2013

“Learn how to love yourself” says a current television ad for yet another “Mind, Body, Spirit” festival. This is of course a New Age get-together in which spirituality-lite is paraded and indulged in. You see, the New Age Movement (NAM)

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 1

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the first of a four-part article)

“My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.”
-John Newton (1725-1807), former slave ship captain, author of

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 2

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the second of a four-part article)

Depression and suicide bids

As I said, a poor self-image, a life being destroyed by drugs, a few cases of unrequited love, and I was pretty depressed for much of

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 3

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the third of a four-part article)

Thus our big problem was our way-out beliefs. The truth is, we all need the various giftings God has put in the church, and God has appointed teachers and pastors

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 4

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the fourth of a four-part article)

Then another thing happened which really finalised my conversion process. Two old Christian ladies in Tacoma were another real timely and strategic Godsend for me and my journey. They had

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Politics, Religion and the Dalai Lama

Jun 15, 2011

A lot of, well, weirdness, has been taking place in regard to the Australian visit of the Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader of Tibet has been touring Australia recently, and there has been a lot of rather confused thinking surrounding

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More Green Moonbattery

Apr 13, 2011

Because radical environmentalism has now become a pseudo-religion, it has plenty of zealots who will crusade for their grandiose schemes. And because it is a counterfeit of biblical Christianity, the very thing which Christians cherish they tend to hate, and

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Pantheism and Biblical Christianity

Jan 9, 2010

In the famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo there is the memorable scene of the creator God extending his finger to the outstretched hand of the newly formed Adam. The imagery makes clear that Adam

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The Worldview of Avatar

Jan 7, 2010

In terms of amazing techniques, stunning visual imagery, and incredible special effects, Avatar is certainly a winner. While the blockbuster film may be breaking box office records, and is the most costly film ever made, there are other considerations needed

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Parliament of the World’s Religions

Oct 22, 2009

Very soon the Parliament of the World’s Religions will meet here in Melbourne. The week-long event (Dec. 3-9) will be attended by many thousands of people from around the globe. According to their website, this Parliament is “the world’s largest

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The Gospel According to Oprah

Jun 18, 2009

Who is the number one promoter of New Age philosophy in the world today? Is it Eckhart Tolle? Rhonda Byrne? Dan Brown? Marianne Williamson? Nope. The numero uno New Age evangelist is by far Oprah Winfrey. When Oprah says jump,

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Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?

May 18, 2009

I recently bought two books I did not want to buy. I hate dishing out hard-earned money on books I consider barely worth stealing (at least one of them!). But because both books are such mega-sellers, I had to break

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