Testing Music In The Church
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on these articles: Testing Music In The Church, Testing Music In The Church-Part 2, and Worship Song Ratings. Too many churches today are allowing music to be used in their services that is not glorifying to the Lord and can actually be a hindrance to the teaching of sound doctrine. Pastors and leaders should be using their leadership role to test what is being played and sung in their churches. Though some are quick to test preaching and teaching from their pulpits, many ignore the music being used in the same services. This is a tragic mistake. Music is a powerful medium. It is something that effects deeply the body, mind and emotions. It is a proven fact that music often stays with a person far longer than what is taught or preached. Songs roam around in our heads, especially if the melody appeals to us. What is often overlooked is the serious impression music makes on people, and the teaching they are getting over and over again as they allow the song to repeat in their minds and on their lips. Music teaches things much more subtly yet sometimes far more effectively. That's why the lyrical content of music in the church, as well as its effect on the spiritual lives of those who perform and listen, should be vigorously examined by the leaders of the church. This is a 2-DVD set.
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by Dennis McBride, 7/9/14
Much confusion surrounds the numerous stories coming from Islamic people concerning their dreams and visions leading to conversions. "Think on These Things" published an article by Richard Fisher in 2008 entitled "Don't You Believe It." The next two issues will be composed of an article written by Pastor Dennis McBride. I believe Pastor McBride has done an excellent and thorough job of analyzing these experiences in the light of Scripture.
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|California Church Disaffiliates With the Calvary Chapel Movement Over Heretical Connections|
|by Lighthouse Trails, 7/9/14
LTRP Note: As many of you know, Roger Oakland, of Understand the Times, International, and Chris Lawson, of Spiritual Research Network, are former Calvary Chapel pastors/teachers, who both left the movement when their warnings about the infiltration of serious false teachings fell on deaf ears for several years and when they felt they could no longer, in good conscience, remain associated with the movement. Last week, Lighthouse Trails was informed of another Calvary Chapel pastor, Steve Shively of Refuge Church in Atascadero, California, who has made the decision (along with his church elders) to disaffiliate from the Calvary Chapel movement. The following letter was sent to the Calvary Chapel Association on June 29th, 2014. We are posting it with permission.
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|Are they accepting Allah's name at Calvary Chapel?|
|by Mike Oppenheimer |
Sammy Tanagho who was a former Egyptian lawyer (a pastor on staff at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa?) His teaching is that the name of the Muslim god Allah is the same God as the God of the Bible and that Christians everywhere can praise the name of Allah equally with YHWH the God of Israel, he starts out by saying: "the principle here, Truth is not any less true if it is found somewhere else than the Bible. truth is truth." There is all different types of truth: his statement may be true with historical truth, chemical truth, mathematical truth, and scientific truth, etc.; but all these are very different from Spiritual Truth and cannot be compared together when one understands the word of God is God breathed, perfect and pure. that no other religious book is comparable. Certainly not everything Samy Tanagho says is incorrect but there is a certain place he takes his listener to that I find troubling and has to be corrected. since he has been doing this for years. He intentionally leads people into the false idea of Islam's God's name as compatible with Scripture.
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|by Sandy Simpson, 5/12/14
I need to provide some background to this article. I first heard Samy at our Calvary Chapel church in Pearl Harbor. I was shocked to hear how he is "evangelizing" Muslims. I subsequently found out that his book was endorsed twice by Chuck Smith and that he was stating, although played down at that time of 11/07, that he prayed to Allah. I then sent the following email exchange I had with Samy to Chuck Smith and later someone handed a physical copy of it to Bill Stonebraker of CC Komo Mai. Not only did I not receive a response from Chuck Smith or anyone in his office (too late now) I was also shocked to hear that Samy has now been invited to speak at Calvary Chapel Komo Mai while Stonebraker is in Israel conducting a tour. So all of this has fallen on deaf ears. After you read what Samy said I think you will understand the seriousness of this issue, especially since both Smith and Stonebraker have declared many times that Allah is not God. Why then do they continue to allow Samy access to their churches if they still believe that Allah is not God?
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