Four Christians Trying to Convert Muslims were Arrested for Disorderly Conduct in Michigan

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(Exodus 15:6; Deuteronomy 32:41; Psalms 68:11; 1 Peter 5:8)

“Four Christian missionaries trying to convert Muslims were arrested and jailed Friday for disorderly conduct at the Arab festival in Dearborn, police said.” This happened on Friday, June 18th in Dearborn MICHIGAN. THE LAST I CHECKED, THAT IS STILL THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! Their “disorderly conduct” was simply trying to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with lost souls in a public setting on public property!!!

This is one reason Liveprayer will be opening the 9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero this September. If the Muslims have the audacity to build a $110 million mosque just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers once stood, I can go to that same hallowed ground where MUSLIMS terrorized this nation and killed 3,000 innocent people, and give people the only Truth there is, God’s Word, and the only hope there is, faith in Jesus Christ!

I have tried for the past 11 years since Liveprayer began, to warn you this day was coming. It is now here! This Devotional today is a look into the last days that we are living in and the real showdown that is looming between Islam and Christianity!!!

Today, there are roughly 6.6 billion people in the world. Out of the world’s population, apx. 2 billion claim to be Christians (no doubt the number of people who are actually “born again” and know Christ as their personal Savior by faith is less) and apx. 1.2 billion claim to be Muslims. Over the past decade, the number of Christians in the world has been declining while the false religion of Islam is the fastest growing. Many estimate that by 2020 there will be as many Muslims in the world as Christians.

I have always laughed at people who deny Christ and the Truth of His Word when they call Christianity “intolerant.” They obviously have no idea what the Christian faith is all about since it is the most tolerant faith there is. God’s plan of salvation is not exclusionary, it is IN-CLUSIONARY! The Bible says that WHOSOEVER shall believe. That simply means the love of Christ, His free gift of everlasting life is available to EVERYONE! It becomes the personal choice of each person to accept or reject Christ in their heart and life.

You have to make the personal choice to accept Jesus into your heart and life by faith. Most people are either born into Islam or come to that false religion through the threat of death! The fact is, it is the cults and false religions of the world that are intolerant, the worst of all being Islam. They literally teach that those who don’t follow their false god “allah” and teachings are “infidels” and should be put to death. That, my friend, is about as intolerant as you can get. A great example of their intolerance was in the headlines a couple of years ago over the cartoon of Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.

It is perfectly OK to lampoon the Lord, create “art” for public display where a figure of Christ is covered by human excrement, and mock those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and follow the Truth of His Word, however, because a cartoon appeared in a Danish newspaper showing Mohammed with a bomb on his head, Muslims worldwide were offended and outraged. In different parts of the world, Muslims turned to violence and people actually died in these protests over a cartoon!

The fact is, Mohammed was a murdering pedophile who dreamed up his false god “allah” and the false religion of Islam out of a heart that rejected the one true God of the Bible. His fantasy book the Koran is largely poor plagiarism of the Old Testament. Yet because someone had the audacity to accurately portray him in a cartoon as the terrorist he was, those who follow this false prophet were upset to the point they responded with acts of destruction and murder.

Make no mistake about it, Islam is a false religion that teaches and encourages violence and death. This is what makes the United States support of Palestine so foolish. We took a position in opposition to God’s Word by helping to give away part of the land He gave to the children of Israel, to people whose stated goal is to see Israel wiped off the earth and every Jewish person killed. This is exactly what Islam is all about. It is about the death of anyone who rejects their false religion! This just in. That means those of us in the United States too!!!

Just like in the Old Testament, there were people groups who rejected the God of Israel and His commands, and sought to utterly destroy every descendant of Abraham. Their clear and stated goal was to wipe out every Jewish person. Whether you fully comprehend it or not, the goal of Islam is to wipe off the face of the earth everyone who does not follow their false religion. Don’t be fooled by the moderates who will tell you that Islam is about peace and that Muslims want to be in unity with other faiths, especially Christianity.

That may be the desire of a few who understand the financial benefits of peace and unity, but that is NOT what Islam is all about. Many want to lull you into believing that it is only a small percentage of Muslims who ascribe to terrorism and the death of those who reject their false beliefs. That is not true. The snapshots we get at times from what is happening right now in the Middle East, incidents like the recent riots in France, the violence over this cartoon of Mohammed, 9/11, the bombings in London and other targets in Europe, Asia, and Africa, are what Islam is really all about. Please, don’t be fooled.

I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks for the apx. 1.2 billion people on this planet who have believed the lie of Islam and will die in their sins and be lost for all eternity unless they turn to the Truth of the Gospel. One of the 5 languages Liveprayer will be translated into later this year is Arabic. I have a real burden to bring the Truth of God’s Word and the hope of Christ to these people who are following Islam straight to hell.

I plan on using the Internet and secular television in Muslim countries to reach these people. I am praying even now for God to open the right doors in His perfect timing to allow Liveprayer to boldly go into the Middle East and other parts of the world dominated by Islam, and bring the light of the Gospel to those who live in that darkness. Just like God has given us favor and blessed us to be able to do that here in the United States, I am certain one day He will open those doors in other parts of the world as well.

In the meantime, know that there are those out there who have the stated goal of seeing us wiped off the very face of the earth simply because we are Christians. As the days of this world wind down, the persecution of the church and those who follow Christ is only going to get worse. That is why now is the time for those who profess Christ as their Savior, need to get serious about their faith and start to find ways to allow God to use your life to make a difference.

Just in your normal day-to-day life God gives you many opportunities to take a stand for Him. This is how you can make a difference. Share His love with those you meet, always be prepared to give people the reason for your hope, and live a Godly life which will always be your loudest witness for the Lord. The Bible says they will know us by our love for one another. That love extends past this brief journey to a person’s eternal destination which is why we have to boldly and without shame tell others about how they can know Christ and His free gift of everlasting life.

There is coming soon a final showdown between Islam and Christianity. It has already been building over these past 1400 years since Mohammed dreamed up this false religion. As the two dominant religions on the planet, they will continue to collide as the final days of human history unfold. The good news is that we already know how it ends. That is why those who know Christ as their Savior must stand strong in proclaiming His Truth, since in the end, it is God’s Truth alone that will be standing.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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President Obama Champions the Radical Homosexual Agenda in this Nation

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(Genesis 18:16-19, 28)

President Obama champions the radical homosexual agenda in this nation. The weekend before last we celebrated Father’s Day. President Obama publicly proclaimed his full support of the radical homosexual agenda that is sweeping this nation like a plague. In a special Father’s Day address, he used this wonderful day in which we honor father’s to support men who choose to have sex with other men. The fact he glorified and treated as special “two-father” homes on such a day is disgusting and a disgrace!

President Obama also affirmed that he will sign into law the addition of gay and transgendered people to the existing hate crimes laws. This is the tool I have told you for years now will be effectively used by the homosexual community to criminalize and jail the few people like myself who are bold enough to go into the marketplace and declare that God’s Word calls homosexuality a sin. As I told you two years ago, this President will insure that the radical homosexual agenda flourishes and this sin becomes part of the fabric of our culture.

The purpose of this Devotional today is to warn those who are not aware to what extent the pro-homosexual agenda is being fulfilled and to hopefully wake up the bloated, weak, and apathetic church that has to bear much of the responsibility for the moral decay of our culture. The goal of those who have chosen the homosexual lifestyle is to justify their sinful choice that is inherently destructive both to society and themselves. They are trying to force society to validate legally and ethically their choice of sexual behavior and relationships, and to enact laws that allow them to promote this sinful choice to our children as normal, even desirable behavior.

Let me say right up front, sin is sin in God’s eyes. No sin is greater than another. The sin of homosexuality is no more, or no less a sin than murder, adultery, stealing, lying, gossiping, or gluttony. THE REASON THIS SIN IS BEING SINGLED OUT AND ADDRESSED IS BECAUSE THOSE WHO COMMIT IT, ARE PROUD OF THEIR SIN AND PROMOTE IT AS AN ACCEPTABLE LIFESTYLE!

People who commit adultery do NOT have parades to celebrate their sin. People who commit murder do NOT have political action committees to make murder legal and socially acceptable. People who steal do not have high school clubs and try to teach children that stealing is acceptable behavior. Homosexuality is a SIN in the eyes of God and is something to be ashamed of, NOT proud of.

Theologically this is not even a debatable issue. All through the Bible, from the Old Testament through the New, homosexuality is defined by God as a sin, PERIOD. God calls it an ABOMINATION! I have heard the tortured theological arguments homosexuals have made, but there is absolutely NO WAY to change the fact this act is a sin. Just because there is now a homosexual version of the Bible where they have literally changed the passages that call this act a sin, that does NOT change God’s inspired, inerrant Word. Just because there is a fast growing homosexual denomination, the Metropolitan Community of Churches, that does NOT change the fact God calls this act a sin. I can guarantee you if I started a church that taught adultery was acceptable and wonderful behavior, I could fill stadiums on Sunday morning! THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN CHANGE THE FACT GOD CALLS HOMOSEXUALITY A SIN!!!

The two greatest lies the pro-homosexual community has put out are that 1) homosexuality is something that you are “born with,” 2) 10% or more in our society are homosexual. First, modern science has CLEARLY rejected and been unable to prove that ANYONE is “born gay.” IT IS A CHOICE!!!! GOD DID NOT MAKE ANYONE “GAY!” PEOPLE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE IN HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR!!!! LIKE ALL SIN, ONCE YOU DO IT LONG ENOUGH, IT MAY SEEM ‘NATURAL’, BUT IT IS STILL A CHOICE THAT YOU MAKE. The “struggle” people who choose this sin speak of is the same “struggle” we all have, to obey God or to sin! Also, all legitimate studies done by the non-homosexual community clearly show that less then 1% of the population EVER engage in this type of sexual sin.

A foolish arguments from those who choose this sin is that “why would anyone choose something that brought them ridicule, condemnation, and the hatred of so many?” People make that choice every day! I deal daily with men and women who CHOOSE to commit adultery and destroy their marriage, lose the love and respect of their children, in many cases ruin their career. People who choose sin choose to deal with the consequences of their sin.

Of course, anyone that dares to speak up on this issue is labeled as “intolerant” and a “homophobe.” I find it amusing that Dr. Laura, who correctly pointed out that homosexuality is a deviant lifestyle, had her television program targeted and eventually taken off the air by the homosexual community. So this group that calls for tolerance by others, is very INTOLERANT when someone opposes their views. They also use the word “homophobe” to intimidate people from speaking out against their sexual choice.

THE GREATEST PROBLEM IN OUR NATION TODAY IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FAMILY. God’s definition of “family” is a man and woman that are married and their children. We have literally watched the family become perverted and destroyed over the past 40 years. The destruction of the family will be the ultimate destruction of our society. THAT is why this issue is so critical, because it destroys the family as God intended it to be!

The church better wake up and realize that while they have been building great buildings and getting fat, satan has been busy using the sin of homosexuality to destroy the family. As much of an abomination as homosexual churches are, equally as abominable to God are regular churches that accept homosexuality as a normal lifestyle!

Parents, you better wake up and be aware that your daughters are being taught at school that it is “cool” to have sex with other girls, it is called “lesbian chic.” You also better be aware that your sons are being taught having a boyfriend is the “in thing.” Lastly, you better be VERY AWARE of what is on television, in music, and out in the culture that is constantly sending the message to your children that homosexuality is a normal and acceptable CHOICE!

I love you and care about you so much. This nation elected a man to the highest office in the land who has been a champion his entire political career for the radical homosexual agenda. We live in a free society. If people who have chosen to engage in homosexual activity want to have their own schools, their own churches, their own television network, they have every right to. It is about time the church wakes up and realizes that those who promote this sin are bold and are stopping at NOTHING to get their message out to the masses.

THAT is why I am always talking about how the church, those who know Christ as their Savior, have got to quit preaching to the choir and start taking the hope and love of Christ to the world at large. As those who follow Christ, we also have a responsibility to pray for those who are in this bondage, for God to open their hearts to the truth of His Word, and to turn from their sin. Only God can change hearts, and for those who are in bondage to the sin of homosexuality, we must pray for them to open their hearts and turn from their sin.

Until Jesus returns, we will always have those who choose a perverted form of sex with those of their own gender, just like we will always have those who choose to pervert sex by having it outside of the bonds of marriage. While we can never accept their choice since it is clearly against God’s Word, we must pray for them, just like we must pray for everyone who is battling sin in their life.

For those reading this who are currently fighting homosexuality, let me tell you that God has never stopped loving you, and is simply waiting for you to turn from your sin and come back to Him. We serve a God of deliverance from sin, a God of forgiveness, and a God of restoration. Millions have turned from the sin of homosexuality and found complete restoration and fulfillment in living a life according to God’s plan. What He did for someone else, He can do for you! I pray today that you hear these words, and choose to find freedom from your sin today. That freedom is only a prayer away!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Tragic Life of Lindsay Lohan

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(Philippians 2:10-11)

The tragic life of Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan is the beautiful, gifted, 23-year-old actress who is never going to see 25 unless she quickly makes some dramatic changes in her life. If there was ever a person screaming for help, a person who needs a relationship with the Lord, it is Lindsay Lohan. Sadly, she is simply a very visible image of the lives of too many young adults whose names we will never know who have bought the lies of this world and become enslaved to alcohol and drugs.

Satan comes to “kill, steal, and destroy,” and one of the ways he does that to a young person is by getting them addicted to alcohol and drugs. Despite her fame and fortune, Lindsay is no different than any other young adult who becomes addicted. It will destroy her and literally kill her unless she finds the strength to escape, and that strength can only come from the Lord! Please pray for her!

I often get asked why I do the Liveprayer television program on a secular network, as opposed to airing it on a Christian network. The answer is simple. I am after the same people that Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and Britney are reaching. I want to reach the exact same people who are buying into the lies of our modern culture and the current spokespeople of those lies. One of the big problems we have is that too many Christians have become isolationists and have no clue what is going on in this world we live in.

The fact is, the vast majority of people do not go to church. The fact is, the vast majority of people will never watch Christian television, listen to Christian radio or music, or read Christian publications. The fact is, the vast majority of people do not have marriages or homes that honor God, or are raising their children in the admonition of the Lord. The fact is, the vast majority in our nation are living their life void of God, without the true joy, peace, and abundance this life can offer because they have rejected Christ, and are without hope.

I’ve already touched on Lohan’s tragic young life. Paris Hilton is the socialite heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune. She became “famous” for being an international party girl, added to that fame by starring in the FOX program the, “Simple Life” as well as a pornographic video of her and some young man having sex that was sold on the Internet. Snoop Dogg is the gangster rapper that also has his own violent video game, a line of porno tapes, as well as a program on MTV. Britney, of course, is the popular singer, a one-time Mouseketeer who was raised in a Christian home, yet literally sold her soul for fame and fortune. When I think of these people, I can only think of the verse, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul.”

First, let me say that I am not judging these people, their own actions judge them in accordance with God’s Word. Second, the reason I mention them is that they are four of the best examples in our culture today of people that have incredible influence over millions. To try and minimize that influence, especially on those 18 and under would be foolish. The danger is that a large percentage of young adults in this age group do not go to church, are growing up in homes void of God, and sadly are getting their lessons in life from people like Lindsay, Paris, Snoop Dogg, and Britney.

An even bigger problem that needs to be addressed is a large percentage of the parents of those 18 and under do not go to church and have chosen to live their lives void of God. They have treated marriage like a legal date, lived with people out of wedlock, and how they have chosen to live their lives has reinforced to their children that living in rebellion to God is acceptable. So, it is no wonder why current cultural icons like Lindsay, Paris, Britney, and Snoop Dogg have such a powerful influence since they promote lifestyles so many have grown up to accept as normal.

LET ME STATE THIS AS CLEAR AS I CAN. IF WE ARE GOING TO REACH THE 18 AND UNDER GENERATION, WE NEED TO TAKE THE GOSPEL DIRECTLY TO THEM AND BYPASS THEIR PARENTS.

For the past 130 months, I have seen a continual rise in the emails that we get each day from young adults who have accepted Christ thru Liveprayer who are living in homes where they are the only Christian. On my television program, I get calls from young adults each night who have made a commitment of their lives to Christ and they are the only Christian in their home. We have got to get serious about taking the hope and love of Christ directly to the 18 and under generation in our world, reaching them before they damage their lives thru drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, and other unGodly choices.

Let us never lose sight of the big picture. There is a very real enemy out there whose stated mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. He accomplishes that by helping people choose to reject God and the truth of His Word. He uses people like Lindsay, Paris, Snoop Dogg, and Britney as tools to lead people into lifestyles of rebellion to God that will damage them. In that damaged state, they often move further from God and are susceptible to even taking their own life. This is a spiritual battle for the eternal souls of people!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I pray that God speaks to your heart today. You cannot simply ignore this world that we live in. We have a responsibility to share the hope and love of Christ with those who are lost and living without hope. If we are going to influence future generations for the Kingdom of God, we have to reach those who are 18 and under with the Gospel so that as they mature and have children, their children are raised in Godly homes. We can not continue to let the vast majority of each new generation live their lives void of God and the truth of His Word.

Also, please take some time today and pray for Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and Britney Spears. Pray that they will come to know Christ as their Savior. Even though they have become “famous” for their lifestyles of rebellion to God, God could use them to be powerful influences for good if their hearts were changed. Paul was once an instrument satan used to persecute the early church and kill Christians. After he accepted Christ, he became a great tool God used to take the Gospel to the world. God loves Lindsay, Paris, Snoop Dogg, and Britney, and it is His desire to see them repent and accept Christ as their Savior. Pray for them to make that commitment in their life.

I am challenged each day in using the Internet and secular television as vehicles God can use to reach the hurting and the lost in this world. My only goal is to put Jesus in the same forums that Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and Britney Spears are in so that people have a choice. While on this day some people may bow to Lindsay, Paris, to Snoop Dogg, to Britney, the fact is one day:

EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Let Me Share a Fact about Satan with You

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(Ephesians 5:3; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2, 10; Galatians 5:19; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Let me share a fact about satan with you. Satan cannot create, he can only imitate and pervert. However, satan is very good at repackaging an old lie to make it look new. It would be like getting a present on Christmas morning, carefully taking off the shiny bow on top, tearing open the nice wrapping paper, opening the box inside to find a pair of athletic shoes. After your initial excitement wanes, you begin to look closely at the “new shoes,” and come to realize they are the same athletic shoes you have been wearing for the past year. They aren’t new, they were just packaged to look new. That is exactly what “friends with benefits” is. An old lie with a new name.

Friends with benefits is what the young adults today call a friend that they are having sex with. It is nothing more than a new label for sexual sin. In some circles, it refers to a person you are having oral sex with. Another common term young people use today is “hooking up.” It means getting together for sex. Hooking up is meeting someone for no other reason than sex, often not even knowing the other person’s name.

Let me be very clear, there is nothing new about “friends with benefits” or “hooking up.” They are simply the newest names for having sex with someone you are not married to. It is called FORNICATION. Fornication is a word that means ALL sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage. That includes oral sex and any sort of touching. If you are having sex or engaging in sexual activity with someone other than the person you are married to, it is fornication! It is clearly defined as SIN in the Bible. To see how God feels about this issue, you should get a Bible concordance and look up the word “fornication” and read all of the various scriptures in God’s Word that address this sin.

I get emails daily from people, young and old, asking how “far” they can go with a boyfriend or girlfriend. I often remind them how the Bible says we are to run from temptation, not run to it. Listen, if you are trying to find “the line,” you have already crossed it. You are only playing mind-games with yourself. It is like the moth that flies near the light. Ultimately, the moth gets too close and is killed. You have to stop sin at its root, in the heart. Once you let it go from your heart to your head, it is already too late. Once you let it leave your head and actually start to act out the sin, your are done.

Let me explain why fornication is wrong in very real, practical terms. First, it is a perversion of God’s plan for sex between a man and woman. God’s plan was for one man, one woman, one lifetime. Sex is part of that relationship between a man and woman. When you have sex outside of that special union, you are opening up very special, intimate emotions that just don’t work outside of marriage. It is a very special part of the marriage experience and by perverting that plan, you cheapen it, you compromise it,and it is never as special as God intended it to be.

Of course, in addition to that side of the fornication issue is the reality of sexually transmitted disease. That is a very real by-product or consequence of this sinful activity. Then you always have the possibility of the woman getting pregnant. Again, this opens the door to a plethora of consequences from abortion, to having a child out of wedlock, to two people who God never intended to be married getting married for all the wrong reasons which almost always ends badly for both people, to any number of other consequences that can dramatically change your life.

THERE ARE ALWAYS . . . ALWAYS . . . ALWAYS . . . CONSEQUENCES FOR SINFUL ACTIVITY. At some level, you will have to deal with the consequences if you choose to commit the sin of fornication.

This issue perfectly illustrates the choices we have. If we choose to do it our way, give in to our physical urges and engage in this sinful activity, not only do we pay a very high price for choosing to rebel against God’s plan, but the fact is, what we get for that choice is very little. I can personally attest that it is not in any way shape or form worth the price you have to pay. However, if we obey God, do it His way, this can be one of life’s great blessings. Sex is NOT bad. God created it. Enjoyed in the context God created it to be experienced, it is wonderful.

You see my friend, God gave us each free will. We can choose to do it our way and deal with the consequences of our rebellion, or do it God’s way and know the blessings of obeying Him. Often, the blessings we seek in this life are there for us, if we will simply be faithful and obedient. We hold the key to many of our blessings by simply being obedient and doing it God’s way, instead of rebelling and trying to do it our way.

I love you and care about you very much. I know this is a difficult issue for many of you, and many are in the midst of struggling with it right now. God’s timing is always perfect, and it is NO ACCIDENT you are reading these words today. God is clearly speaking to you. Again, it is your choice. I can assure you that as long as you live in disobedience, in rebellion, continue to sin in this area, you will continue to struggle, have to deal with the various consequences of this sinful activity, and it will keep you from the close, intimate, daily relationship with Christ He wants to have with you.

I will be praying for you today. Friends with benefits is simply the same old lie from satan with a new name. I know for many this is a major bondage in your life. With the strength God can provide and making it a priority, you can overcome it and see victory. From my own life I can tell you this. If you listen to God, do it His way, it not only works, but it is incredible. Why settle for the scraps this world offers, when we can enjoy the feast our God has prepared for us.

There is a “friend with benefits” whose name is JESUS. The benefits are the forgiveness of -your sins and life everlasting. He is a TRUE friend, with eternal benefits!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Shack is Not a Christian Novel but More New Age Heresy

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(1 Timothy 4:4, Galatians 5:9, Colossians 2:8-9)

“The Shack” is NOT a Christian novel, but simply more New Age heresy. Things have not really changed since the first days of the church over 2,000 years ago. One of the problems Paul dealt with often were those who perverted the Absolute Truth of the Bible with writings that purported to be Christian. All throughout these past 2,000 years men have written books about the Christian faith that compromised the Truth of the Bible. We have never been so ripe for these types of heretical books as in the year 2009, with the better part of 2 generations having never even gone to church and the large percentage of those who do, being Biblically illiterate. So it is no wonder that a huge best selling “Christian novel,” “The Shack,” is the latest in a long line of heretical books promoting anti-Biblical ideas.

William P. Young, the author of “The Shack,” is the son of missionaries whose dad also pastored churches in Canada. He went to Bible College and later graduated with an undergraduate degree in Religion from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. However, there is absolutely no information available on his theology. “The Shack” is an allegorical fictional novel. It conveys postmodern spiritual ideas and teachings that challenge Biblical Christianity, all in the name of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Much like New Age author James Redfield’s book “The Celestine Prophecy,” “The Shack” is a fictional vehicle for upending certain Biblical concepts and presenting contrary spiritual scenarios. Young’s book moves through a very engaging and emotional story to eventually present the New Age teaching that God is “in” everything. God is not “in” everyone and everything. The Bible makes it clear that man is not divine and that man is not God!

“The Shack” presents many of the same New Age concepts and ideas that plague the controversial Bible paraphrase The Message, written by Eugene Peterson who enthusiastically endorsed “The Shack,” as well as Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret” that I warned you about years ago and was heavily promoted by the queen of the New Age gurus Oprah, New Age leader Benjamin Cr?me’s, “The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom,” and New Age matriarch Alice Bailey, in her book “The Reappearance of the Christ.”

This “God in everything” immanence is why The Shack is such a deceptive book. It teaches this same heresy. This is most apparent when he uses the person of “Jesus” to suddenly introduce the foundational teaching of the New Spirituality, God is “in” everything. Using the New Age term “ground of being” to describe “God,” the “Jesus” of The Shack states: “God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things..” (p. 112)

This false teaching about a “God” who “dwells in, around, and through all things” is the kind of New Age leaven that Paul warned about. Clearly, the “Jesus” of The Shack is not Jesus Christ of the Bible. The apostle Paul warned the Corinthians that they were vulnerable and extremely susceptible to “another Jesus” and “another gospel” and “another spirit” that were not from God (2 Corinthians 2:11).

In the Bible, Jesus warned that spiritual deception would be a sign before His return. He further warned that there would be those who would even come in His name, pretending to be Him (Matthew 24:3-5;24). William Young’s mixing of truth and error can become very confusing to readers, and God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33).

We are living in such perilous times and satan is busy using tools like “The Shack” to lead people astray, many searching for real truth in their lives. This is why I am like a broken record every day to challenge people to get out into the world and take the REAL TRUTH of the Bible to people. They are hurting, looking for answers. Why do you think books like this are so popular? It doesn’t help when you have people like Pat Robertson featuring Young on The 700 Club, not to rebuke or chastise his New Age concepts, but to promote his book.

This is why I come down so hard on cotton candy preachers like Osteen, expose Masonic cult member Robert Schuller who promotes many of these same New Age concepts and even sells New Age garbage in his crystal church’s bookstore, warn you about these watered down, compromised seeker/purpose driven/emergent church movements geared to attract bodies and not souls. People are looking for life changing answers, and the ONLY place they will find those answers are in the Bible!!!

Listen, there is SO much material out there. My word of wisdom for you today is this. First, know who the author is. Research them and find out what their theology is. If you can’t find it, STAY AWAY! You wouldn’t go to a stranger for open heart surgery, why look for Biblical Truth from someone you don’t even know. If the book isn’t tied to Scripture, have any sort of Scriptural references (from credible translations and not these perverted paraphrase Bibles), STAY AWAY! I don’t care how clever man thinks he is, there is no substitution for the Word of God!!! It is the ONLY Truth there is that can truly change hearts and lives.

I love you and care about you so much. “The Shack” has touched the hearts and emotions of many people. While there are many other examples of the author’s unbiblical teachings, the heretical New Age concept that “God dwells in, and around, and through all things” is in and by itself enough to make this book dangerous. To allow yourself to get carried away by this story, while disregarding the book’s New Age concepts, is the kind of compromise that has invaded the church today.

I have learned over these many years of ministry to be very leery of anything that is embraced by the world and becomes wildly popular by the masses. The fact is, the pure Truth of the Bible is NOT something this lost world gravitates to. They want something that feels good, makes them happy for a moment, helps them through a difficult time, without making any real commitment or sacrifice in return. That is why the spiritual crack of our day, these New Age teachings are so popular. Sacrifice and service don’t sell, success and satisfaction does!!!

I will be praying for those who are caught up in “The Shack,” that the Lord will put the right people in their lives to help guide them to the real Truth of His Word. That they will come to know the God of the Bible, the Jesus of the Bible, the Holy Spirit of the Bible, and not the perverted creations from men’s minds. Young’s created trinity is no different than Joseph Smith’s or those of any other false prophet. Now more than ever, men need to be led to faith in Jesus Christ and to the Truth of His Word alone!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Why Amma the Hugging Saint is Heading to Hell

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(Romans 3:12, 23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:16)

Why Amma, the “hugging saint,” is heading to hell! I already know that I am going to get hammered by some people today for being so cold to even suggest that this dear woman who the world loves and reveres could possibly die and go to hell. Many are going to say that there is no way God would allow a kind, gentle, giving, loving soul like Amma to end up in the fires of hell. The fact is, this 56-year-old Indian woman follows the false religion of Hinduism, has rejected Jesus Christ as her Savior, and unless she repents of her sins and gives her heart and life to Jesus by faith, she will die and spend all eternity in hell.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION. THOSE WHO DIE WITHOUT JESUS WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD FOR THEIR SINS AND CAST INTO EVERLASTING DARKNESS. YOU CAN’T BUY YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN, YOU CAN’T WORK YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN, YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO HEAVEN, AND YOU CERTAINLY CAN’T HUG YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN! THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!!!

Mata Amritanandamay Devi is an Indian born spiritual leader who has been teaching people “spirituality” since 1981. She is revered by her followers as a saint, and is called Amma, derived from Ammachi or holy mother. Amma is best know as the “hugging saint.” Over 3 decades she has given hugs to over 27 million people around the world. People claim miracles happen as Amma hugs them. Many see her as a deity. Everywhere she goes tens of thousands of people line up for hours to receive a hug from her. She hugs to spread the idea of motherly love and compassion “felt not only towards one’s own children, but all people, animals and plants, rocks and rivers – a love extended to all of nature, all beings.”

Amma has addressed the United Nations and has also gained worldwide recognition for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. She has raised tens of millions of dollars for homes for the poor, hospitals, orphanages, hospices, women’s shelters, pension disbursements for widows, community aid centers, homes for the aged, eye clinics, and speech therapy centers in her native India, for “Mother’s Kitchen” in the U.S. where volunteers prepare and serve meals to the poor and needy, as well as for international disasters like the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

So what could possibly be wrong with a woman who lives her life to serve others, who seeks to love people, to bring peace and comfort into people’s lives through her hugs? What could possibly be wrong with a woman who selflessly uses her fame to raise tens of millions of dollars to help the poor and needy and those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters. If there was ever a person worthy of Heaven, surely Amma would have to be that person, right?

Let me ask you a question. What about your Uncle Harry? Everyone has an “Uncle Harry” in their family. He is the guy who is your favorite uncle. He is the nicest, sweetest, most loving and gentle man you have ever known. He works hard, is a great husband and father, would never cheat on his taxes, always helps everyone out, doesn’t kick the dog, and gives money every year to Jerry’s Kids. The only problem with Uncle Harry is that he doesn’t go to church or believe in Jesus, but he is a good man. Nobody is more deserving of being in Heaven than Uncle Harry, right?

Here is the problem Amma and Uncle Harry have. You see, the Bible declares that “there is no one who does good, not even one.” It goes on to say that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” As “good” as Amma may appear on the outside, as “good” as Uncle Harry may appear on the outside, God sees the INSIDE. We are all born with the sin we inherited from Adam. We all sin during our life. The book of 1 John tells us that if we say we are without sin we are a liar. For all the good they may do in her lives, Amma and Uncle Harry are still sinners like we all are and it is our sin that separates us from a holy and righteous God.

The Bible teaches us in Ephesians 2, verses 8 and 9 that we are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ and God’s grace, period. You can’t buy you way into Heaven, you can’t do enough good works to get into Heaven, there is only one way to be saved and that is through faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone! Amma can’t hug enough people or raise and give enough money away to earn her way into Heaven. Uncle Harry can’t live a good enough life to ever make it to Heaven. The only way Amma and Uncle Harry will get to Heaven is the same way anyone gets there, and that is by putting their faith in Jesus Christ!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I know this message today is going to upset many people. Thinking about your favorite uncle or family member who has rejected Jesus, dying and going to hell for all eternity is difficult. Now maybe you understand my passion. People like your unsaved family members are dying and going to hell for all eternity every day! The news media LOVES these “spiritual” people like Amma the “hugging saint.” She loves everybody, never talks about sin or holding people accountable for their choices, and claims to have the answer for the universal need all people have to fill the “spiritual hole” in their life created by sin. The fact is the only thing that can really fill that spiritual hole is a relationship with Jesus Christ since He is the only way we can be connected back to God our Creator.

The truth is, Amma is actually no better than Joey Smith, L. Ron Hubbard, Mohammed, or any other cult/false religion leader. This “hugging saint” is actually a tool of satan since she is leading those who follow her to the flames of the very same hell she is going to. People have a need to be loved, to be held, to be comforted. The church does a poor job of ministering to people’s individual needs and that is why the masses flock to someone like Amma. It makes me sad to watch the masses lined up like lemmings waiting for her to hug them. There is only one name by which men can be saved, and that is the name of JESUS! He is the only road to God. There are no other roads to God!

Pray for this woman since if she would turn from the lies of Hinduism and turn to the Truth of God’s Word and faith in Christ, she could be an incredible instrument in God’s hands to lead many souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. She is giving people nothing more than the temporary love of this world instead of the everlasting love of God. She offers them hope in a sinful person of flesh and blood instead of the hope we have in Jesus for this life and all eternity. She comforts people for a moment with a hug from earthly arms when what people need most of all is the everlasting comfort of a hug from God’s heavenly arms!!!

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your Creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, pray and ask God to open you heart to His Truth and go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Do You Need to be Accountable

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(Exodus 18:17-24)

In talking about the subject of accountability, we need to start at point A. Do you even believe you need to be accountable to someone? Do you need to be accountable to other people? Do you need to be accountable to God? In talking about this subject, you must first be convicted by the Holy Spirit of its importance in your life. When we feel something is important, then we get serious about it.

The Bible tells us that “each of us will give an account of himself to God.” I think we all understand that and accept that our lives are accountable to God. But it is a long journey still ahead of us from today until that day we stand before God…and we are walking through this life in these weak clay tents called “flesh”. That is why God has given us pastors, brothers and sisters in Christ to make this journey with, to help us, encourage us, rebuke us, and challenge us along the way. Listen to me carefully.

NO MATTER HOW FAR DOWN THE ROAD WE GET IN LIFE, NO MATTER HOW SPIRITUALLY MATURE WE BECOME..WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE!!!!!

Look at Moses. Here is the man God used to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, the man who stood before God and received the Ten Commandments, a man as close to God as few who have ever lived. Moses still needed to be accountable to and receive counsel from others. The Bible says that “a wise man listens to counsel”, that “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”. So what keeps us from being accountable, allowing others to help us along life’s journey? Sin and pride.

The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of God’s glory”. None of us are void of sin in our life; however, our response to sin is the key. God tells us to confess our sins and He will forgive us. Ultimately, it is only the power of the Holy Spirit that can help us defeat the sin in our life, but we need our brothers and sisters in Christ that we are accountable to, to help us through those day-to-day struggles we all face. The only reason we don’t use that resource God has given us is because of our pride.

The original sin in the universe was pride and the Bible warns us about pride throughout. We refuse to get help in dealing with the sin in our life because we are too proud to admit we need help. Listen, you can’t overcome sin alone or you would. The Bible says to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other that you may be healed”. You can’t do it alone and God never intended for you to try. To be victorious, you need to be held accountable.

I love you, and I care about you. I want to see you living the victorious, abundant life God has promised for His children. We are all accountable to God for our lives. He has placed mature brothers and sisters in our life to hold us accountable day to day, to help us to stand and not fall. Forget your pride, and use this gift from above.

It is better that we find a brother or sister to be accountable to now, to help us be victorious over the sin in our life, than to have to stand before God one day and explain why we were not the productive children He called us to be. Our purpose is to serve and glorify God with our lives. Being accountable is one way we can overcome our own shortcomings to fulfill that purpose. I will be praying today that the Lord brings the right person into your life for you to be accountable to.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2010, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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