Cecil the Lion…

Cecil was aborted. C’est la vie. Palmer just went about things all wrong.

Palmer and his hunt team should have pinned Cecil down, fully conscious, and held his big furry head in a giant pair of forceps while the base of his skull was punctured with a pair of garden shears, and his brains were sucked out with a shop vac. Then they should have dismembered him and sold, er, “donated” his tissues to interested third parties.

Heck, I’d pay $50,000 to see that videotaped and put on YouTube. Then I’d dare the PC police to wax apoplectic.

The enviro-fascists need to explain why, on evolutionary terms, a higher level predator (the human Palmer) should have any compunction about killing a lower level predator (Cecil the lion).

What’s the source of their moral outrage?  How do they ground moral pronouncements about anything at all?  One random collection of matter in motion snuffs out another random collection of matter in motion – happens every day, and the universe spins on oblivious.

Sensual Worship — A Sign of Impending Apostasy

By Iain H. Murray

See also:

Music in New Testament Worship – Part 1

Music in New Testament Worship – Part 2

When interest in the churches begins to centre round the visual and the sensual it is commonly a sign of impending apostasy. By ‘sensual’ I mean that which appeals to the senses of man (sight, smell, hearing), as opposed to ‘spirit’, that is, the capacity that belongs to those born of the Spirit of God. Hence the antithesis, ‘sensual, having not the Spirit’ (Jude 19). ‘Sensual’ is also translated ‘natural’ or ‘worldly’; the meaning is the same. It does not take regeneration to give the sensual or the aesthetic a religious appeal to the natural man or woman.

In the Old Testament the people of God were in measure taught by their senses as God imposed the form of worship. As a check against any misuse of that means of teaching no additions to or subtractions from it were allowed. But with the finished work of Christ, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, a momentous change took place. The church was raised to the higher privilege of worship in ‘spirit and truth’ (John 4:24). She belongs to the ‘Jerusalem which is above’ (Gal. 4:26).

In the words of John Owen, ‘the naked simplicity of gospel institutions’ was established in the place of ‘the old, glorious worship of the temple’; Levitical choirs, incense, vestments, etc. — all were gone. Yet not gone permanently; for as church and world gradually came together in the rise of the Papacy, worship that appealed to the senses was reintroduced. Presuming on Old Testament practice, what the gospel had ended in the apostolic age was restored, and the difference brought in by Pentecost disappeared.1 Instead there developed a form of worship in Roman Catholicism which made impressions on the senses at the natural level and which did not need the Holy Spirit.

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More on Rick Warren

From Slice of Laodicea we find yet more of Purpose Driven Protestant Pope “Pastor” Rick Warren’s smarmy New Age inspired ecumenical madness run amok.  Is there still any question as to whether “Pastor” Rick has spiraled downward into utter and rank apostasy?  In point of fact I’m of the opinion that it may be giving Warren too much credit to even call him an apostate since that title infers that at one time he was an actual believer.  Anathema!

Rick Warren’s Global Reformation and P.E.A.C.E. Coalition

Lighthouse Trails reports on Time magazine’s coverage of Rick Warren’s emerging global reformation and the new P.E.A.C.E. Coalition unveiled at Warren’s Saddleback Conference last week. The timing of Warren’s all-expenses-paid invitations to his critics has been duly noted.

This article from Apprising Ministries notes that Rick Warren wants to build bridges to Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. All those Hugenots who were butchered for clinging to Scripture alone should have known that building bridges to Rome would have been far less costly.

Rick Warren Joins Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation Which Seeks to Bring “Abrahamic Groups Together”

Today the news was announced that Rick Warren is on the Advisory Council for Tony Blair’s new Faith Foundation which promises to bring the Abrahamic faiths together to fight social ills. Tony Blair’s group is designed to fulfill the United Nations’ Millennium Goals.

The foundation will concentrate on certain key specifics. The first will be to help different faith organisations to work together in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals, which Blair has said are “the litmus test of the world’s values.” While he believes faith groups do “great individual work in this area”, “they could do even more if helped also to combine together.” In his own words “it would be a great example of faith in action to try to bridge the gap and awaken the world’s conscience”.

You can read more about it here in this additional article. This article from the Associated Press tonight quotes Tony Blair as he explains his definition of “religious extremism” which he hopes to combat with his new group.

In a brief interview, Blair said he defined extremists as “people who want to exclude the other if someone is of a different faith.” Blair told the crowd that although Islamic extremism draws the most attention, “there are elements of extremism in every major faith.”

Mr. Blair would clearly have had a hard time with Jesus and his exclusive message of salvation through His merits alone. Those believers who believe Christ’s claims in Scripture that He alone is the way, the truth and the life, and who will not engage in pluralistic, interfaith dialogue with other world religions are going to increasingly be labeled “extremists”. Rick Warren has signed on to Mr. Blair’s unbiblical United Nations-based agenda, and through his newly formed P.E.A.C.E. Coaliton, he is leading evangelicals around the world to sign on as well. Where will you stand?

Tony Blair’s Advisory Council: A Religious Tower of Babel

Here are the names of those who join Rick Warren on Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation Advisory Council:

* Dr Ismail Khudr AL-Shatti, Advisor in Diwan of HH the Prime Minister of Kuwait and former President of the Gulf Institute for Futures and Strategic Studies
* HE Dr Mustafa Ceric , Grand Mufti of Bosnia -Herzegovina
* The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London
* The Reverend David Coffey, President of the Baptist World Alliance
* The Reverend Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance
* Professor Jagtar Singh Grewal, former Chairman of the India Institute of Advanced Study and former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University
* Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of the Upaya Zen Center
* Right Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna
* Anantanand Rambachan, Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at St. Olaf College, Minnesota
* Rabbi David Rosen, Chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations
* Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
* The Reverend Rick Warren, Founding and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church

Quotes of the Day

“The vision and values of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are desperately needed today when every major issue in our world is influenced for good or harm by faith factors. It would be foolish to ignore how religious conviction impacts personal and national identity, poverty and education, extremism and reconciliation, disease and development, peace and progress. In any effort to help people learn to live and work together, we must engage the vast networks, resources, wisdom, and influence of the faith communities. My friends, Tony Blair is uniquely prepared with the gifts of temperament, knowledge, experience, leadership, and global respect essential for a task this great. I honestly don’t know of anyone better suited for this challenge. It’s why I agreed to serve on the Advisory Board. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s potential for doing good is staggering.”

–Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church, from the Faith Foundation website, 5/30/08

“Last month in Westminster Cathedral, I set out the purpose of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. It will concern itself with the six leading faiths: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jewish. Today we launch the first of a series of partnerships to give effect to that purpose.”

–Tony Blair, Faith Foundation website, 5.30/08