Defending the Worldwide Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement

I’ve just posted a review of John MacArthur’s anti-charismatic book, Strange Fire. The review is written by a pastor I met here in Honolulu a few years ago named Dennis Balcombe. I had first heard of Balcombe in the Darren Wilson film Finger of God that devoted a segment to document the move of the Holy Spirit in the underground church in China. While attending Balcombe’s meetings I was blown away by even more testimony of this man’s life, his commitment to the Gospel, and the amazing things that he has witnessed in China during his 45+ years of ministry from his church in Hong Kong. Since then I have also read his autobiography, One Journey, One Nation, which came out in 2011.

Balcombe pulls no punches and goes after MacArthur’s narrow-minded and anti-biblical cessationist views right from the start. To read what he has to say, and to hear a few stories of how he has seen the Holy Spirit move, go to his review which I have posted here:

http://www.redmoonrising.com/globalmovement.htm

After reading the article be sure to take time to watch the brief video biography of Dennis Balcombe that I have embedded at the bottom of the page, and then feel free to post any comments back here on the blog.

“…grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”     -Acts 4:29-30

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com

 

 

What is Faith?

Recently my friend Rick Cramer encouraged me to read a short book called “The Real Faith” written back in 1940 by a minister named Charles S. Price. This little book has blessed and inspired me greatly and I encourage everyone to take some time to read it.

A short biography of Charles Price can be found here.

Click here to read or download “The Real Faith” as a pdf file.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Aloha,

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com
Kailua, Hawaii

China and the Merchants of Babylon

Capitalism is the social system of Babylon the Great and her merchants are the world’s great men (Rev. 18:23) . Together the merchants (global corporations) and their puppet-kings (so-called “democratically elected” leaders) who rule Babylon preside over the world’s great end times Maximum Temptation Delivery System, a system in which the “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16) are all shamelessly promoted and given free reign. For more evidence of this reality that so many professing Christians are blind to go here: http://www.redmoonrising.com/capitalism.html

There are many voices today in the media crying about the imminent fall of the USA and the West  to the emerging power of China. This might make sense if you still view the world in terms of nationalism and look merely to “governments” as the source of power. But we live in a new world today, and as Revelation 18 predicted, there are many global power-brokers on the scene who exist above and apart from national governments. These are the great merchants of the earth, known to us as global corporations, who today wield extraordinary power around the globe. If we recognize these powers as existing alongside or above national governments, sometimes controlling them and often opposing them, then we can get a better idea of how things may work out in the future.

Here’s just the opening few paragraphs of a good article that looks at China’s future in the face of the Western corporate behemoth:. The rest of the article can be found here: http://newleftreview.org/II/87/sean-starrs-the-chimera-of-global-convergence

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It has become a staple of conventional wisdom that global economic power is shifting inexorably towards the East and the South. Many insist that we are on the brink of a world-historic rebalancing that will result in the end of Western domination and the rise of a new hegemony. In particular, the emergence of China on the world stage—or re-emergence, if one has a longer time-scale in mind—is seen as heralding the dawn of an ‘Asian Century’. Yet this narrative of Western decline is misleading, above all because it greatly exaggerates the fading of the US as the world’s leading capitalist power. In fact, the contemporary rise of so-called ‘emerging markets’ poses even less of a challenge to US leadership than the revival of Western Europe and Japan in the post-war decades. There is already evidence to suggest that the growth rates of these markets may have peaked around 2011, without altering their basic dependence on commodity exports to Western economies (with the partial exception of China). The road towards convergence between the West and the Rest is a great deal rockier than most commentators believe, and there is no certainty about the outcome.

For the most part, debates on these questions lack a solid empirical foundation. Many of the scholars who conduct serious research in this area are hampered by a methodology that has become anachronistic in the age of global capitalism, one that equates national power with national accounts—GDP above all, but also balances of trade and payments, shares of world manufacturing and so on—as if we still lived in a world of nationally discrete political economies. Whether or not the equation ‘GDP = power’ was meaningful in the 1950s, the globalization of capital in recent decades has clearly rendered it problematic. When a substantial, often growing proportion of economic activity within a country’s borders is directed by foreign capitalists, we need to rethink the way that we measure national power—which does not mean that the concept itself is now irrelevant, as some have argued, since power is still nationally organized and concentrated.

It is useful in this respect to compare the past rise of Japan with the present rise of China. When Japanese electronics and automobiles began flooding Western markets in the 1960s and 70s, this was reflected both in a rising Japanese trade surplus and GDP and in the strengthening of Japan’s major corporations, many of which became household names. China, meanwhile, has seen its trade accounts and GDP soar in the age of globalization, and has become the world’s biggest exporter of electronics since 2004. Yet this growth has not been matched by the emergence of Chinese firms as world leaders in the field. Ninety per cent of what China Customs classifies as high-technology exports is actually produced by foreign-owned companies. [1] Thus, while an increasing share of global manufacturing takes place in the PRC, much of this production is controlled, directly or indirectly, by outside interests. The contrast with Japan’s earlier ascent is stark. Any survey of global economic power must therefore take account of this shift, which means focusing our attention on the world’s leading transnational corporations.

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A Review of ‘The Bible and the Future’

Originally posted on Grace Satisfies:

414wAcl8loL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979. 343 pp. $19.44

Introduction

 The Bible and the Future is a Reformed eschatological masterpiece written by one of the greatest Reformed evangelical minds of the 20th century. Anthony Hoekema presents one of the most prominent evangelical works on eschatology in the first part of his three-volume journey through the major tenets of Reformed theology. His other two works, Created in God’s Image and Saved by Grace capture the doctrines of anthropology and soteriology, respectively. Hoekema served as both a pastor and professor throughout his life and his theological writings are considered some of the best Reformed theological works of the 20th century. His robust historical, theological, and biblical grasp of each doctrine he takes up to teach makes this work on eschatology one of the go-to works on the subject.

Summary

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Apostolic Conversion

Today I am posting the beginning of a message entitled “Apostolic Conversion” by the late Art Katz, who passed in 2007.

You can read the rest of this message here, which I read in fifteen minutes, or you can listen to the hour-long audio by Art himself which is located at his ministry website here.

Arthur Katz was a Jewish believer, or rather, apostolic disciple of Jesus Christ, who had a prophetic voice very similar to Leonard Ravenhill and David Wilkerson. I found this message challenging and inspiring and I hope the same for you:

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Tonight I believe that the Lord’s heart is on the subject of conversion. I’m very fond of saying, “Many saved, few converted,” and I’ve come to a realisation after two nights, that to continue along the lines that we have been speaking would be vain unless there has in fact been a radical crossing to the other side. I can’t think of a greater cruelty or delusion than to speak about apostolic things when we are spiritually incapacitated or incapable of walking them out, especially when something foundational to our relationship with God has not yet been effected. The apostolic things that pertain to His glory can only find fulfilment in a people who are utterly abandoned to God. If we embrace only the vocabulary of apostalicity, we engage the cruellest of all deceptions. Let’s talk about anything else, and use any other kind of language, but let’s not embrace this language unless we have an intent to fulfil it. Somehow we need to pause in the course of what is being unfolded in these days and raise the question of the authenticity of our own conversion. Can you understand that it is possible somehow to be saved and even born again of the Spirit – even be filled with the Spirit – and yet not be converted in the sense of an utterness toward God that apostolic reality requires?

Seeing that we are focusing on Paul, I want to read an account of his conversion from Acts, Chapter 9. It is remarkable to note that in the book of Acts there are three expressions or recordings of that conversion. Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to suggest that the apostolic life that followed was altogether proportionate to the kind of commencement or beginning that it had from the first. Or to put it in another way, maybe we can’t exceed or go beyond what is the point of our beginning. Some of us may need a day of new beginnings or a beginning that has never in fact been made; which if it is in fact not made, would condemn us to being fixed at a certain level of Christian response beneath what the Lord himself intensely intends and desires.

………So, as I’ve already said, the inception of the apostolic life greatly determines its end. Many of us are malfunctioning, not walking in fullness, because of inadequate beginnings. I can go off on a long dissertation about the inadequacy of our contemporary gospel, of it being more of a kind of formula for salvation than it is an induction into the most holy faith, and how the pagans in Thessalonica who heard an apostolic proclamation of that gospel were saved “from their idols to serve the living God, and to wait for His son who comes from heaven and who will save them in the day of His wrath.” (1 Thess. 1:9). Evidently, they heard a much fuller and more powerful presentation of the gospel than most of us, and therefore, right from the instant of their conversion, a quality of things was released that made that church distinctive. Indeed, they reflect their beginning and we reflect ours.

But praise God that if our beginnings have been faulty and inadequate, if our poverty of beginning has affected our subsequent walk, then there are ways in which God can give us a new beginning. 

 

Jesus Prays for the New Exodus

The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus

by Brant Pitre

For almost two thousand years, Christians have recited the words of the Lord’s Prayer, the only one that Jesus is recorded as having taught his disciples (Matt. 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4). In the second century, Tertullian declared it to be “truly the summary of the whole gospel,” and, much later, St. Thomas Aquinas deemed it “the most perfect of prayers.”

But what does the prayer actually mean? More specifically, what did Jesus himself mean when he taught it to his disciples? And how would they, as first century Jews, have understood its language and imagery? These are important questions, and modern commentators have spilled an enormous amount of ink in the attempt to understand the prayer in its first-century context. Despite the widespread agreement that the Lord’s Prayer reflects the heart of Jesus’ message, questions still remain regarding exactly what the prayer reveals about how Jesus understood himself, his mission, and the coming of the kingdom of God.

Several years ago, N. T. Wright published a brief but thought-provoking article in which he argued that the Lord’s Prayer should be understood as a prayer for the “new Exodus.” Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets had expressed the hope that God would once again redeem the people of Israel in much the same way that he had done in the Exodus from Egypt. In this new Exodus, God would release his people from slavery to sin and death, put an end to their exile from the promised land, and gather them, along with the Gentiles, into a restored kingdom and a new Jerusalem. According to Wright, the ancient Jewish hope for a new Exodus is the key to unlocking the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer:

The events of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, the people’s wilderness wandering, and their entry into the promised land were of enormous importance in the self-understanding and symbolism of all subsequent generations of Israelites, including Jews of the Second Temple period. . . . When YHWH restored the fortunes of Israel, it would be like a new Exodus—a new and greater liberation from an enslavement greater than that in Egypt. . . . And the Lord’s Prayer can best be seen in this light as well—that is, as the prayer of the new wilderness wandering people. . . . This can be seen more particularly as we look at each of the clauses of the Lord’s Prayer from a new Exodus perspective.

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For more information on the New Exodus, especially as it relates to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy, check out my updated New Exodus page.

For more of Brant Pitre’s analysis of the Lord’s Prayer, click here to read or download the 28-page study.

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com

A New Glorious Passover Exodus

Originally posted on Unveiled:

index_0001I am resolutely convinced Christ is the apex of God’s revelation, the “be all end all” of redemptive history, Thus, I highly recommend this free ebook and its exalted view of Christ. In this penetrating work, my friend John Dunn displays a robust Christology, and supplies a nourishing, green pasture upon which we can graze. To give you a glimpse of what’s inside, John writes:

“In Christ, Old Testament shadowy pictures gave way to the grand New Covenant fulfillments. Fleshly type gave way to heavenly antitype. And earthly shadow gave way to eschatological reality. In short, all of the old redemptive paradigms were recapitulated as they achieved their fullest expression and escalation in Christ’s person and work.”

I whole-heartedly commend this study to all Bible students. As you read to your profit, your heart will leap as you learn of Jesus and His work, the Glorious New Passover Exodus! This…

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