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A Mixture in the Church

Peter Horrobin the founder of Ellel Ministries has publicly responded to the current controversy focussing around the phenomenon at a church in Florida.


A response by Ellel Ministries to Lakeland


Preface
In May 2008 an article was placed on the Christians Together web site  which contained a number of varied responses to the ministry of Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley at a church in Lakeland , Florida. (See footnote.)
Since that time there has been a growing controversy within the Christian church internationally, with an increasing polarisation of views relating to this most recent phenomenon.
The article referred to above included a brief statement from Peter Horrobin, the founder and Director of Ellel Ministries, and earlier this week (1/7/08) a further statement was issued by the directors of Ellel Scotland as follows -
 

Ellel Scotland Team Statement on Lakeland

 

We recognise the hunger and need in so many people's lives for spiritual reality and healing. That is one of the reasons why Ellel Ministries was established back in 1986. However, we are concerned about many aspects of what we have both witnessed and learned about the meetings being conducted by Todd Bentley at Lakeland and there are many other senior voices in the Body of Christ expressing similar concerns.  On the basis of what we have both seen and heard, the leadership of Ellel Ministries International are not in a position to endorse either the theology or the practice of the ministry and will not be participating in any of the events. The above statement has been issued in order to provide a written response to the many people who are now asking ‘what is Ellel Ministries’ position in respect of the Lakeland meetings?’.

We are also referring people for further information to the website of the Reach Out Trust which has an excellent teaching ministry. The link to their website is:

http://www.reachouttrust.org/articles/deception/ToddB_pf.htm


Article from Peter Horrobin
A further response from Ellel Ministries in the form of an article written by Peter Horrobin and due for publication in a Christian magazine has now appeared prematurely in the public domain. Accordingly and with permission it is reproduced below.
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International Director’s Office
Ellel Grange, Ellel
Lancaster, LA2 0HN, England
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 753803
email: prayer@grange.ellel.org.uk

Facing the reality of

Mixture in the Church!

Peter Horrobin

  President of Ellel Ministries (USA)
and International Director of Ellel Ministries
  
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With the latest outbreak of revival manifestations at Lakeland, people are already asking me questions such as “What is it all about?!” and “Is this really revival?” People are looking for answers. So, are these events straight from the pages of the Book of Acts or are they a subtle variation of new age or even occult practices? Confusion reigns!
 
Rather than answer these questions directly, I believe it is vital to put down some important markers to help with the process of weighing and testing such things in the Body of Christ. These are not the
casual thoughts of someone who is coming fresh to a new topic, but the fruit of more than twenty years experience of pioneering and teaching in discipleship, healing and deliverance, as the work of Ellel Ministries International (www.ellelministries.org) has been established at many different centres across the world.
 
In response to previous “revival” outbreaks in North America, many respected leaders took the stand
that it’s a mixture – God’s at work, but so is the flesh as well as the enemy. However, instead of
exercising discernment and Godly authority to deal immediately with the things that were not of God,
most of the proponents of the revival embraced a tolerance attitude towards what was happening. Some claimed scriptural support for this approach from the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13:24-43.
 
Here, Jesus said, let the wheat and the tares grow together to harvest. This was taken as support for a policy of allowing the good and the bad to happen simultaneously, in spite of the obvious danger that people could be deceived into thinking that the Holy Spirit was behind all the manifestations, some of which were, very obviously, not of God!
 
Jesus, however, explicitly stated that the field in which the two crops are growing is the world, not the
church. Here, the wheat and the tares must be allowed to grow together until the final end-time
harvesting, otherwise many potential members of the Body of Christ will be robbed of the opportunity
to decide for themselves and choose salvation. Applying this parable, out of context, to the church, is
like saying that the principle of letting the good and the bad grow together is equally appropriate inside the Body of Christ. This is not true.
 
Nowhere in Scripture can such a view be found or substantiated. As Derek Prince said, “the Bible gives us no liberty to tolerate the incursion of evil into the church.” If you want to know how to handle
things in the church, you have to look at the Pastoral Epistles, where discipleship and a journey towards holiness are the expected norm. Unrestricted freedom for the demonic to produce manifestations, which are then labelled as the work of the Holy Spirit, will always result in the possibility that even the very elect might be deceived, as Jesus foresaw in Matthew 24.
 
The fact that God may be doing good things in some people’s lives is not a valid reason for allowing
the bad to prosper alongside the good. The counterfeit must always be discerned, exposed and dealt with. Otherwise, in the eyes of the sheep, the bad is validated by the shepherds, as if it is good. That is how deception and counterfeit spirits are given license in the Body of Christ – whether it is the
deception of false signs, false miracles or false prophecies, all of which we are warned about in
Matthew 24. Jesus began this critical discourse on the end-times with these telling words, “Watch out that no-one deceives you.”
 
On another occasion, Simon Peter had just spoken out the most amazing, God-inspired, truth about the identity of the Messiah. But when, a few minutes later, the same man spoke deceptive words, Jesus did not validate the error by allowing it to stand unchecked alongside the truth. He immediately took authority over the enemy working through Peter and said, “Get behind me Satan.” And then to Peter, he said, “You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:23).
 
Jesus was quick to discern the mixture and did not mince his words in addressing the problem. In doing this he was teaching us an important lesson. This is wholly consistent with Jesus’s teaching in John 15 where pruning of the vine (not undisciplined growth) is the key to fruitfulness. The more prominent and influential a person is (Peter was a very prominent leader), the more important it is to deal with such error, otherwise the leaven of deception will have far reaching consequences in the wider body of believers who look to such leaders for their inspiration.
 
Which brings us to the title of this article – Mixture in the Church. If Jesus was not willing to tolerate
such mixture in the life of one of his disciples, why should we allow mixture to go unchecked inside
the Church? Surely we, too, should not only bless and commend whatever God may be doing, but also deal firmly with anything that is from the enemy?
 
Isn’t that the heart of discipleship, as expressed by the senior Apostle Paul to young Timothy? Paul
warned Timothy that “in later times, some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and
things taught by demons” (1 Tim 4:1). Then he said, “have nothing to do with godless myths” (1 Tim
4:7), and “guard your life and your doctrine closely” Most tellingly Paul then says that this will “save
both yourself and your hearers!” (1 Timothy 4:16). Paul knew that the sheep would also be affected if
deception were to be tolerated in the shepherd or by the shepherd in the church.
 
The gifts of the Spirit include the gift of discernment and this is, perhaps, the most needed gift of all in the Body of Christ today. Myriads of people have written and spoken on the prophetic and healing, but where are the complimentary voices teaching on how to apply Paul’s guidance to Timothy and how to discern the true from the false? Surely God would want the Body of Christ to give equal prominence to the gift that can either validate or raise genuine concerns about the practice of the other gifts? Often, those who have been courageous enough to speak, even those with a balanced voice, have been dismissed as an unwanted intrusion into what “God is doing”!
 
How Does Mixture Get In?
 
The primary sources of mixture inside the Body of Christ are 1) the world in the church, 2)
undiscerning and unhealed leaders, 3) false prophecies, 4) ignorance of the enemy’s devices, and 5) lying signs and wonders (supernatural occurrences that have their source in the power of Satan and not the power of God).
 
1. The World in the Church
The Lord’s Prayer encourages us to pray that the Kingdom of Heaven will come on earth. This is not a prayer for the second coming, but a prayer that Kingdom principles will be the determining factor for the followers of Jesus – the King. But there is another ruler, who reigns over the kingdom of darkness and, because of man’s choice at the Fall, he is the ruler of this world’s systems (1 John 5:19).
 
Satan’s principles and practices are always at variance with those of God’s Covenant love and His
Kingdom. Paul challenged believers not to “give the devil a foothold” in their lives (Ephesians 4:27)
and stressed that the battle we are all involved in is not a physical one, but against “the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
 
Ungodliness opens the doors to the enemy. When so many of the practices endorsed by the god of this world, are left unchallenged in the lives of the citizens of the Kingdom of God, then Satan is given a right to exercise his power in the lives of its members and in the church. Paul warns believers that
tolerance of all forms of immorality, occult practices, selfishness, idolatry, drunkenness and greed etc will even disqualify people from inheriting the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21). When the world is given license in the church, the spiritual powers of the god of this world are also given license to
operate there.
 
2. Undiscerning and Unhealed Leaders:
 
All leaders have a responsibility to discern and deal with the work of the enemy - in both their own
lives and inside the Body of Christ. When people operate out of an unhealed past they are open to selfdeception and deception – and leaders are not exempt from the possibility of being deceived.
As a result they can become an unwitting channel for the enemy’s influence and can even find
themselves battling with secret issues such as immorality, inner compulsions or addictions. And
because they are the shepherds, whatever spiritual powers may still be operating in their lives can then, also, influence the sheep.
 
This is especially evident in the lives of people who have been saved out of a rejected, traumatic,
broken or abusive past; or have been caught up in the world of drugs, new-age deceptions, witchcraft or even satanic things. On conversion their sins are forgiven, but forgiveness and healing are neither the same nor are they usually simultaneous experiences. The salvation gift is received in a moment, but the salvation process of discipleship, healing and deliverance has to be “worked out with fear and trembling”. (Philippians 2:12).
 
We live in a world (and a church) where instant results and solutions are so often expected. This
contrasts sharply with the path of patient discipleship – especially of leaders. This is a costly, time
consuming but essential process. But if this discipling, healing and delivering process does not take
place, untrained character and inner brokenness can remain a hidden source of demonic power in a
person’s life, causing everything from ungodly behaviour and relationships to bizarre manifestations
and off-the-page supernatural experiences. It can also be the source of false prophetic words and the enemy can work through leaders in this way to cause havoc in the Body of Christ. While there may have been some deliverance of such people following conversion, the woeful lack of discernment in the Body of Christ can lead to a false assumption that it is all done, when, in reality, the journey to wholeness has only just begun!
 
This can be dangerous. Deep damage requires deep healing as well as major deliverance and it is
unwise to allow people with a very damaged past to exercise any form of leadership until it is
abundantly clear that they have been walking maturely for a significant period of time and are operating under secure and discerning spiritual cover. Some of the most profound healings we have
experienced have been the outcome of a journey of discipleship training.
 
3. False Prophecies:
 
When a “prophet” proclaims “God said it”, there is rarely any room left for discernment and testing.
Such words are usually accepted uncritically by all and rapidly emailed round the world. The prophet
gets affirmation, and even acclamation, from the crowds and few people seem willing to ask the hard questions. And those who do are put down with responses such as “If God has said it, isn’t that
enough?”
 
Unfortunately it’s not enough, for there are many verses in Scripture warning about the dangers of false prophecy. And they are there for a reason. The vessel through which all prophecy is given is fallible and both he and his words need to be tested.
 
In Deuteronomy 13 a prophet may give an accurate word, but he may still be leading people away from the real truth about God. Amazingly, Scripture does not always commend prophetic accuracy! Psychic powers can parade as prophetic words of knowledge – they may even be right, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are from God. I have seen accurate words being given by a so-called “prophet” while he was inviting donations to his offering. The words were not from God. Similarly, accurate words of knowledge, about someone’s healing need, can be used to encourage someone to submit to receiving a false anointing.
 
Ezekiel 13 warns that when prophets say “Hear the Word of the Lord”, they may be prophesying out
of their own imagination. Such words are described as lying divinations. Jeremiah 23:16 even tells the people not to listen to what the prophets are saying! For those prophets were filling the people with false hopes, speaking visions out of their own minds. God said “I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message.” (Jer.23:21). In all these cases the severest judgment of God is spoken out on those who lead the people astray through false prophetic words.
 
I passionately believe in prophecy – but because I do so, I also want to test a prophetic word and its
source very carefully, so as not to run the risk of being deceived. This is not doubting God, and it is
being obedient to Scripture. It is in the context of prophecy that Paul commands his readers to “Test all things and only hold on to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Testing is not a sin. There is a dearth of real understanding about both Old and New Testament prophecy in the Body of Christ.
 
If the prophetic vessel is unhealed of major issues of brokenness, or still walking in hidden sinful
practices, he or she is ripe for exploitation by the enemy and can be open to all the experiences of the new age and the occult, with the resultant prophetic words being tailored to suit the Christian
marketplace. I have witnessed many such words, most of which were little different from psychic
pronouncements telling people what they wanted to hear. We should never underestimate a broken
person’s inner need for the affirmation and significance that being recognised as a prophet (or a leader) can give them.
 
Occult practices deliberately induce such brokenness, so as to release people into the supernatural
realms, where they freely interchange with the powers of darkness. The resultant words may excite, but the substance is deception. I listened to one such person describing how he was able to go all over the auditorium, listening to the sicknesses and conditions of the people. These observations then became his words of knowledge. These are not words of knowledge from God, but information obtained through occult means.
 
4. Ignorance of the Enemy’s Devices:
 
Satan is a master deceiver. He takes advantage of the sins we commit to gain power in our lives and
uses the hurt and bruised soul as a generation point for demonic power. If leaders, especially, do not understand how he operates, they will not be in a position to truly care for their people by protecting them from the devices of the enemy.
 
For example, when people are led to believe that certain demonic manifestations are not demonic, but are told they are from God, they are being conditioned to want whatever that manifestation might be. They then think they are receiving God’s blessing! In reality, transference is taking place and what they have received is a spirit, which is causing the external manifestations, and which has been validated by others as a sign that God is at work. Deception is complete.
 
I have no problem with there being physical signs in a person that God is at work in their lives to bring healing or deliverance. I have seen them on countless occasions. But I do have a huge problem with anyone thinking it’s God, when everyone (or at least many people) get the same sign and it is passed around the Body of Christ, and even around the world, like a commodity.
 
The occult world knows all about anointing, transference and impartation. In the Scriptures an
anointing is for service. The passing on of a mantle (as in Elijah to Elisha) is wholly appropriate, but
the idea of mass impartation as an experience to be clamoured for is foreign to Scripture. The enemy clones his followers into “sameness” through such deceptive impartations, so as to make them all do the same things. This is the foundation of many cults and false religions. But God releases each of his children into the uniqueness of their gifting and anoints them specifically for their individual destiny.
 
When something is described as a transferable anointing, or there are attempts to impart to all and
sundry an anointing so that they can take it away and give it to others, you can know that this is very
dangerous ground. There is no Biblical foundation for transferable anointings and mass impartations. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all, but the impartation of an anointing from God is uniquely for the person receiving it.
To imply, for example, that if you give into a certain offering, God is going to give you an impartation to deal with your debts, is simply manipulation and deception. Encouraging people in debt, to give what they manifestly cannot afford leads them to believe for something, which in most cases will only end in disillusion. Each individual is accountable for their own choices – that is the protocol of the Kingdom – no anointing can remove accountability for the choices people have made! It is these sort of practices, which are not rare, that are so destructive to the credibility of the Body of Christ and God’s name.
5. Lying Signs and Wonders:
 
Satan has power and he uses it to great effect. Power is a drug which can even seduce Christian leaders. And when there is an unhealed heart, which gets its affirmation and significance through being a person with power, then the enemy can have a field day through using demonically inspired soul power to put on a very impressive show.
 
“Minor miracles”, which have the saints reeling, such as alleged gold dust and gold fillings are
welcomed as being evidence of a visitation of the glory of God. Anyone who has researched even the
fringes of occult power knows there are many deceptive things the enemy can do – even healings. No wonder Jesus warned that in the end times “false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). We are living in those days.
 
It is no big deal for a person who is sick with a spirit of infirmity to be healed by the action of a more
powerful demon – either by dismissing the spirit of infirmity (demons casting out demons) or by
controlling the lower spirit so that it is inactivated for a season. Such “instant healings” are often
proclaimed as miracles. While in such cases people may claim to be healed, their healing is often at the price of more powerful demonic control in their life, which can take them into yet deeper deception.
Healing and Discipleship
Healing, without the discipline of discipleship, leaves people and Churches vulnerable to many
deceptive influences. Healing, and not Jesus, becomes their focus. Jesus is not a technique, or a piece of magic, He is a person. When Jesus becomes a power source, outside of a personal relationship in which there is submission, love and obedience, you can be sure that the enemy is on the prowl!
 
On the other hand, discipleship, without healing, forces leaders in the direction of heavy shepherding to control unhealed people! People then lose their capacity to exercise their own freewill. Inside they
become weak and have to be propped up by the rigidity of external rules. They then become vulnerable to temptation and it is not unusual for such people to suddenly fall victim to pornography, drugs, an affair or many other things.
 
Healing with discipleship is the Biblical norm for the Body of Christ. If we elevate unhealed people
into positions of power and authority we are putting them into a situation where they become more
vulnerable to the enemy’s temptations, increasing the possibility of further deception being released in the Church.
All of the above adds up to one thing – a serious lack of discernment in the Body of Christ. Having
now ministered to hurting and broken people for over twenty years, we have seen how an unhealed
person is vulnerable to deception and to being used by the enemy in many different ways.
But, praise God, we have also seen how, when the Lord truly heals a broken person, whatever their
background may have been, that there is a solidity and spiritual strength about them, which gives them inner security, and they have no need to depend on the false to substantiate their life or ministry.
And So To Our Original Questions!
Whilst all the above only scrapes the surface of understanding of deception and how it operates, I pray that there is enough here to help people make their own assessment and answer their own questions about such things when they happen in the Body of Christ.
We do have to be on our guard, for it wasn’t a modern day critic who said, “Many will say to me on
that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and
perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you, Away from me, you evil
doers.” (Matthew 7:22-23). These are the words of Jesus. They are a daily challenge to my own soul as I seek to walk in obedience to the Lord in a ministry of discipleship and healing.
A Final Word I have no doubt that the majority of the people who inadvertently get caught up in the world of false spirituality are not deliberately trying to deceive or be deceived. For those who are beginning to ask the hard questions and want a truthful answer, I pray that this article, written in a rightful fear of the Lord, will help them as they seek to exercise discernment.
© Peter Horrobin, used by permission.
Ellel Ministries International Website: www.ellelministries.org
Ellel Ministries USA Website link: www.ellelministries.org/usa
Peter Horrobin is also the author of Healing Through Deliverance (Chosen Books, Baker USA). A new edition of this major reference work on theology and practice of the ministry will be published by
Chosen Books in July 2008.
The Most Powerful Prayer on Earth, by Peter Horrobin, a practical book on healing through
forgiveness is also available from Ellel Ministries and may be ordered on-line via the Ellel website,
along with many other printed, audio and DVD resources.
-oOo-

Ed footnote:
For further informatin see the original Lakeland article.

(Author: Peter Horrobin)


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John Lennox at Eden Court
Professor John Lennox is scheduled to speak at Eden Court on creation and science as part of the UHI Lecture Series which earlier included a talk from Richard Dawkins. (Author: Christians Together)

2008 Day Away for Women
A day conference for women in the MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre with Nola Leach (CARE) and Martha MacPherson (returned from Peru) (Author: Sandra Bain)

Message from Orissa: 'God is in control'
Concerning troubles in Orissa, India, a local leader says: ""They don't understand that by doing this, the church will grow by leaps and bounds, and this will cause thousands to come to Christ." (Author: Gospel for Asia)

ACTS - Celebration and Open Evening
The Association of Christian Teachers in Scotland invite friends and interested parties to an informal look back over the past year at the work of the Association (Author: Kirsti Paterson)

Scottish Northern Convention 2008
The Convention meets at Castle Street Church of Scotland from Sat 29 Sept to Thursday 2nd October. Speakers include Liam Goligher, Martin Allen and Hugh Watt. (Author: Christians Together)

An American and Scottish perspective on Lakeland
An American and a Scottish church leader have both published articles this week on the Lakeland revival and the controversy which surrounds it. (Author: Christians Together)

Prophetic Evangelism School
Catch the Fire Ministries are running a Prophetic Evangelism School in Inverness with speakers Mark Stibbe and Nick Pengelly. (Author: Catch the Fire Ministries)

God at work in and through China's earthquake
A news report of how God has worked and is continuing to work in China during and since the recent earthquake which has opened up the people to the Gospel (Author: Heavens Family)

Keswick in Buckie 2008
The annual "Keswick in Buckie" is scheduled for the beginning of August in its usual home in North Church, Buckie (Author: Graeme Gerrard)

Prayer News and Diary updates for SU Regional Workers
Annette Maclean at SU Inverness sends in some links to the prayer newsletters from the SU workers in the Highlands and Islands area. (Author: Annette Maclean)

Bridge from the Head to the Heart
A course mixing inspirational teaching and creativity workshops for those who know the love of God in their head but long for it to reach the depths of their heart. (Author: Ellel Scotland)

Healing through the power of Forgiveness
Frida Gashumba miraculously survived the massacre of her family in the Rwandan genocide. Frida will be telling of her survival and how she found healing and restoration through the forgiveness of her family’s killers. (Author: Ellel Ministries Scotland)

21st Century Church
Ellel Scotland are hosting a 'school' entitled '21st Century Church' at their Blairmore House centre from 28 June - 5 July 2008. (Author: Ellel Ministries Scotland)

The Great Apostasy is setting in
Question: "What can we learn from reflecting on Jesus as a rabbi, prophet, guru and brother of the Buddha?" Who's asking? A partner of Action for Churches Together in Scotland. (Author: Watchman)

Israel Prayer Conference - STOP PRESS
There is a free day on Saturday as part of the Israel Prayer Conference at Blairmore House. Come and hear from Israeli pastors about the situation in Israel. (Author: Ellel Scotland - Blairmore House)

Pilot's passenger turned to prayer
Two fliers believe that prayer saved them as they plunged to earth when their microlight aircraft ran out of fuel and seemed destined for a fatal crash. (Author: London Evening Standard)

Becoming Catalysts for Change
A summary delegate report back from the recent Scottish Network Churches Conference 2008 on building church in the community. (Author: Tony Walters)

Lakeland Revival - truth or deception, or....
Reports are coming in of and warnings about a Toronto-style "revival" currently taking place in the city of Lakeland, Florida led by Canadian healing evangelist Todd Bentley. (Author: CT)

Richard Dawkins' Delusion about God
A critique on Richard Dawkins' answers during the Questions and Answers session at Eden Court, Inverness, 2nd April 2008. (Author: Dr Donald Boyd)

Expelled - the Movie
Expelled is a film produced and being released in the United States which seeks to expose the campaign aimed against scientists who hold to a creationist view of the universe. (Author: Christians Together)

The National Gathering
The 'Church without walls' National Gathering is being held again this year at Ingliston Show Ground in Edinburgh over 2 days in May (Author: Christians Together)

HTC latest news
The latest newsletter from the Highland Theological College, plus details about a forthcoming lecture by Professor Andrew McGowan in Eden Court. (Author: )

A powerful message
A young preacher spoke from the heart to a conference of young people. What he said was so shocking and Biblical he was never asked back. (Author: Christians Together)

Google taken to task by Christian Institute
Google has been threatened with legal proceedings by the Christian Institute which claims that the internet giant is guilty of religious discrimination. (Author: Christians Together)

Neighbourhood Bible Study Groups
In relation to neighbourhood Bible study groups, do you know of any or are you involved in one, or would you like information about any group in your area. (Author: Christians Together)

David Robertson counters Dawkins
Rev. David Robertson of the Free Church gives a response to Dawkins in his book The Dawkins letters; and you can view him speaking about this here. (Author: Christians Together)

Theological studies and modes of learning
A student with the Highland Theological College has submitted a short paper comparing modes of study in an open learning environment. (Author: HTC Student)

Scottish Christian Men's Annual Conference
The Scottish Christian Men's Ministry is hosting its sixth Annual Conference. (Author: Tom Greig)

Vision for Prospects Groups across the region
A vision to see Prospects groups across the Highland area - supporting families and individuals who have learning difficulties. (Author: )

Faith Mission - activities and needs
Donnie MacLeod outlines the recent work of the Faith Mission and alerts us to a need for accommodation for the summer camps. (Author: Donnie Macleod)

Introduction to Islam
Sign up for a course on Islam - everyone else is. The course includes a visit to a mosque - but shoes must be removed and women's heads covered. (Author: Watchman)

Attack on Christian relief aid agency
James Campbell, Blythswood's CEO responds to the newspaper columnists attack on the Blythswood Christmas Shoe Box appeal. (Author: )

The Golden Compass - atheism for kids?
There will be a new children's movie out in December called "The Golden Compass". The movie has been described as "atheism for kids" (Author: )

Prayer and Intercession
A week-long course on intercessory prayer run by Ellel Ministries Scotland at Blairmore House (near Huntly) (Author: )

Sentenced for preaching from God's Word
Ake Green is a Swedish pastor who was sentenced to prison for saying that homosexuality is wrong. His conviction was overturned on appeal. (Author: )

Re-introducing Jesus
A powerful poem of re-introduction to the real Jesus (of God, the Bible and His church). The Jesus who came, the Jesus who reigns and the Jesus who is coming back. (Author: )

Our Worst Enemy, Ourselves
But the maddening reality is that we do not understand that WE are our own worst enemies...... (Author: )

Al Qaeda Terror Won't Stop If US Pulls Out
Olivier Roy, the French political scientist says: "Today the narrative of the revolt is religious. Forty years ago it was Marxist. Today it is religious....." (Author: )

Jews Making Aliyah - Returning Home
The largest chartered flight of the summer filled with new immigrants (olim) from North America touched down Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Author: Arutz Sheva)

Amazon Heartbeat
A new 8-part series starts Monday 6th August about the work of the Vine Trust bringing relief to the people of the Amazonian region. (Author: )

Answers in Genesis
Ken Ham (international speaker with Answers in Genesis) is due to speak in Stornoway and Inverness on a range of important topics relating to our contemporary culture (Author: )

Scottish Northern Convention
The annual Scottish Northern Convention is sceduled to be held in Dingwall (Castle Street Church of Scotland) with a full programme of events and speakers. (Author: )

Discovering the Treasure of Life
A week of restoration, refreshment and personal revival aimed at finding the hidden depths and reviving the joy of abundant life. (Author: )

Microchip implants
It is increasingly likely that many citizens will soon have micro-chips (RFID devices) implanted under their skin. (Author: The Editor)

Churches, employment law and sexuality
According to the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, a recent ruling on employment law requires churches to have "clearly stated positions" on the issue of sexual morality (Author: )

Clan Gathering 2007
Collection of views on the July 2007 Clan Gathering event in St. Andrews. (Author: )

New Bible Society youth worker
A new youth development manager has been appointed by the Scottish Bible Society to encourage young people to engage with the Bible and SBS (Author: )

Report from Bogota conference
Today in excess of 60,000 people pass through the doors every week; 45,000 attending the Sunday morning services and 15,000 on a Friday evening. (Author: Steve Taylor)

Taking, making and faking human life
Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern for our Nation and the Lawyers Christian Fellowship speaking on the prospect of human/animal hybrids. (Author: )

Teenager takes school to High Court
After nearly 12 months of waiting, Lydia Playfoot will this morning (22JUNE), take her school to the High Court over her right to wear a Christian 'purity ring'. (Author: )

Sexual health crisis in young people
Health experts warn increasing consumption of alcohol and recreational drugs among teenagers and young adults is fuelling soaring rates of sexually transmitted diseases (Author: Independent Online)

CLAN Gathering 2007
The CLAN Gathering in St. Andrews has become a regular holiday/conference event in the annual Scottish Christian calendar. (Author: )

Aberdeen City Mission wins top award
Aberdeen City Mission emerged as one of only three Scottish winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the equivalent of an MBE. (Author: )

Free Teaching Day - One nation, one King
Free Teaching Day as part of the prayer conference for Israel - One Nation, One King! with Eliyahu Ben-Haim, Chuck Cohen and Ofer Amitai (Author: )

New Bishop for Moray, Ross and Caithness
The Rev Canon Mark Strange has been elected as the new Bishop for the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. A service of consecration is planned for October (Author: )

A response to Dawkins
Dundee Free Church of Scotland minister David Robertson has published a book entitled "The Dawkins Letters" which challenges the views of arch-atheist Richard Dawkins. (Author: )

Edinburgh University and Pagan Conference
Edinburgh University has granted permission to the Pagan Society Scotland to use the campus grounds for a major pagan conference involving Druids, shamans and witches. (Author: )

NHS hospital hosts occult activities
LAST SUNDAY, 20th May, Hope Hospital in Salford, allocated a substantial area of the hospital for a 'mind, body, spirit awareness festival' which included a range of occult activities. (Author: E-mail report)

Resources for ministry into the cults/occult
Reachout Trust is a well-established ministry providing resources, help and training for those who need a fuller understanding of the cults / occult. (Author: )

Scottish Christian Resources Exhibition
This exhibition will provide an exciting blend of exhibitors, church stories, seminars, fellowship, worship and much more. (Author: )

Complaints about Gay Police advert
In a record year for complaints to the ASA, the Gay Police Association advert was the most controversial, attracting more than 500 complaints. (Author: )

Life Issues update
A number of live issues at the moment are to do with the beginning and end of life. This will update you on the developments that are taking place in these areas (Author: Andrea Minichielllo Williams)

World View comes to Scotland
The Bibleworld SBS Studios, Scottish Bible Society’s travelling multimedia educational resource has taken on a new staff member. (Author: )

Key issues update from CCFN/LCF
A "key issues" update from CCFN - includes news from campus at Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities; and George Hargreave's (SCP) actions on drug classification. (Author: )

3 million waiting for an invite to church
A Tear Fund church report states that one in seven adults in the UK attends a Christian church each month, with nearly 3 million more people saying they would attend church if only they were asked, (Author: )

The Ultimate Text Message
The Scottish Bible Society (SBS) is participating in a new venture to make the Bible available to mobile phone users so that it can now be carried and accessed anywhere. (Author: )

Prayer walking Scotland video
A Pray for Scotland project from Easter and Pentecost (Author: )

BBC Radio News
A link to Radio Scotland (Author: )

Press Release from Lawyers Christian Fellowship
A Press Release by the Lawyers Christian Fellowship - 21 March 2007 (following the vote in the Lords). (Author: )

Rush to introduce SOR legislation
An interview with Conservative MP Peter Bone on his views of the rush to introduce new SORs legislation. (Author: )

True Womanhood 2
An new week at Ellel Scotland for women of all ages designed to enable women to move forward into their true identity. (Author: )

Parliamentary Prayer for Scotland
The PPS team led a seminar at the recent Pray for Scotland's Storehouse Conference in the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness (Author: )

Sexual Orientation Regulations
A "must read" from Christian Concern for our Nation / Lawyers Christian Fellowship (Author: )

HTC - Job vacancy
A vacancy for an Academic Officer working with the Highand Theological College (Author: )

Highland Heritage
The Gospel in Highland 2007 (year of culture). (Author: )

Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highand)
A news update from Jim Rettie (Author: )

SCP's Highlands and Islands candidate
Murdo Murray from Lewis is to stand as the Highlands and Islands candidate for the Scottish Christian Party (Author: )

Highland-wide activities and news
A place for news relating to different areas across the Highlands (Author: )

Faith Mission activities
Have a look at the things that the folks in the Faith Mission have planned to do. And please pray for these ventures. (Author: )

Information for Christian guest house operators
The newly-introduced Sexual Orientation Regulations are already having a serious impact on Christian businesses. (Author: CT)


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