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I'm an ordained minister who does much of my ministry over the Internet. I write a monthly article series called "Defending the Faith" that defends Christianity from the attacks leveled against it by postmodern philosophy, evolution, atheism, UFO cults, etc. You can opt in to receive monthly articles free via email at my website www.gracelawandsonship.com. My website also displays my two books.

The 1967 Summer of Love and Its Message for Today

This year is fifty years since the 1967 Summer of Love. It was a watershed. It was a pivotal time in our history. It was so much more than just flower children singing peace songs. It was the culmination of decades of philosophical and political turmoil.

 

The leaders of the new hippy movement put out a call to all the hippies across America to come to San Francisco in the summer of 1967. The Summer of Love unfolded in a chaotic way and brought in about 100,000 people by most estimates. There were speeches, rallies, music, free food, sexual promiscuity, drugs and boatloads of emotional idealism.

 

It opened with the Monterey Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967, just south of San Francisco. Acts included Eric Burden and the Animals, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix and The Mamas and the Papas. There were gatherings and festivals throughout the summer in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

 

It’s impossible to really understand the meaning of the summer of love and the hippy movement that promoted it without looking at the deeper philosophical backdrop. The hippy movement wasn’t a flash in the pan. There’s an important message for us all in understanding the idealism, narcissism, pessimism, apathy, activism and optimism of the young people who transformed western civilization beginning in the 1960s. If we understand the lesson of the hippies it will shed valuable light on the human condition as a whole.

 

The hippies had youthful idealism and zealously sought to change the world and make it a place of utopian peace. On the other hand, many of them had stifling pessimism that sought to, as Timothy Leary put it, “Tune in, turn on, drop out.” These are polar opposites. What could possibly cause these cross currents of hippy attitude? Dropping out and getting high on the one hand and zealous political activism on the other! I think the answer to this conundrum is postmodernism. Postmodernism is the philosophical backdrop that explains the ironic twists and turns of the whole confused era of the 1960s.

 

Postmodern philosophy really came of age and went mainstream in the 1960s yet fewer than one in a hundred people can succinctly explain what postmodernism actually is.  Postmodernism, as its name suggests, is that which comes after modernism. Modernism came out of the Enlightenment “age of reason” of the 18th century. Postmodernism is an emotional rebellion against modern reason, rationality and order. Postmodernism, when you boil it all down, is moral relativism. Moral relativism is the idea that each person makes up his or her own morals and no moral code is better than any other moral code.

 

The sixties slogan “Do your own thing” really captures the essence of postmodernism. The 1980s slogan “Perform random acts of kindness” is another postmodernist morsel.

 

The parents of the sixties hippies were modernist in their philosophical outlook. Modernism says there is absolute truth; there is a superior moral code and that moral code is traditional, educated, sophisticated western values. The parents of the hippies said “America is morally good and we must stamp out fascism, communism and whatever other ism gets in our way.” The parents resisted the postmodernist rejection of modernism. This was the “generation gap.”

 

To get perspective, let me give you a brief history of how the hippy movement got started.

There arose a new movement in the late 1940s called the “beats” or “beatniks.” They were a generation older than the 1967 summer of love hippies. The beat generation came out of the alienation and anonymity of 20th century urban life. The term “beat” means down and out. They rejected the material success of the 40s and 50s. A beat hero was Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) who wrote the seminal book On the Road and the play The Beat Generation. An inspiring quote from Jack is “I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.” William Burroughs and Allen Ginsburg were Jack’s associates.

 

Beatniks were also called “Bohemians” and “hipsters.” The men wore goatees, sunglasses and berets; the women wore black leotards and let their hair grow long and flowing. They used the 1930s Jazz term “cool”  and phrases like “cool, man, cool!” and “groovy.” Their politics was liberal but their political involvement negligible.

 

There was a generational shift when the crowds of young hipsters started hanging out with the old beats. The younger people wore bright clothes and believed in political activism to change the world. The beats called them “hippies.” The beats hung out in the North Beach section of San Francisco. The hippies preferred a neighborhood around the intersection of two streets called Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park

 

The beats had often dabbled in eastern religion and the hippies who followed them often did too. But there arose among the hippies many who turned to the love of God through Christ. The year 1967 also saw the rise of The Jesus Movement. It was an ironic sight to see young people who overtly rejected their parents conservative ways suddenly embrace Bible based Christianity. Many were baptized in the Pacific ocean. They called themselves “Jesus People. The nonchristian hippies called them “Jesus Freaks.” Chuck Smith and the Calvary Chapel churches were influential in the early years. The Jesus movement spread across the nation and lasted many years as young people by the thousands, dare I say millions, turned to Christ to receive forgiveness of sins.

 

Postmodernism essentially springs out of Darwinism. Darwinian evolution is the claim that human beings are descendants of apes and therefore, people are mere products of nature. Implicit in this is the claim that humans have no souls, no life after death and no future. Conscious thoughts cease at death. This is why postmodernism leads to nihilism. Nihilism means nothingness; no purpose for existence and no real reason to try to improve society. No wonder so many hippies tuned in, turned on and dropped out!

 

Postmodernism also leads some people to reject the pessimism of nihilism and embrace narcissism. Narcissism is radical self love. It is self preservation and self indulgence. Narcissism is also – and this is crucial – the impetus to form a new moral code based on one’s own moral preferences. Each person makes up their own moral code. People who make up similar moral codes then join up and try to force their moral code on the rest of society. They agree on a new politically correct moral absolute. Francis Schaeffer called such absolutes “arbitrary absolutes.” This accounts for the radical social activism of the postmodern leftist hippies of the 1960s. They wished to impose a socialist utopia on American society. It sprang out of their narcissism.

 

The hippies had a wide variety of viewpoints. Some wondered “why try to improve a society of evolved apes that have no souls and no future?” Just get high. Others joined together to form communes and separate themselves from society. Others wanted to make America and the world into one giant commune. Some of the hippies turned to Christ and said “We’re not evolved apes, we are children of God and we have souls that will live forever. We must turn from our sins and ask for forgiveness through Christ who died for our sins. We must win others to Christ because human life is sacred and people will live forever either in a place with God or in a place without Him.”

 

The majority of the Summer of Love hippies didn’t turn to Christ but rather returned to their homes with new narcissistic zeal. Their culture of sexual promiscuity, drugs and alienation soon filtered through American society so that today many hippie values are mainstream. The idealism that led them to believe that they could unite the world in love has long ago subsided. The 1980s saw the rise of the “Me Generation.” The “free love” sexual promiscuity caused family breakdown and spread venereal diseases. Broken families produce broken people and they’re everywhere.

 

There is ultimate truth and absolute moral values. These moral absolutes are not discovered by modern man’s reason or conjured up from the emotions of the postmodern narcissistic self. The moral absolutes were revealed by God in the Bible. They include the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus. The Bible is a book vindicated by hundreds of predictive prophecies and their fulfillments. No other writing of any kind throughout all of human history has anything to compare with that. Most sacred writings of other faiths have few, if any, prophecies. The predictive prophecies contained in the Bible are like God’s signature on His holy book. His holy book says “God is love” (I John 4:8). Emotions do matter after all.

 

Steps to salvation:
Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).


1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.
2) Believe that Jesus Christ came to die for you, to take upon Himself the penalty of your sins (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18).
3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins (Romans 10:13).
4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth (John 1:12, Acts 2:38).
5) Follow Jesus Christ as Lord (John 14:15).

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer: 

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask you to forgive me on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.” 

If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA
Christian book, Lawful or Legalistic by Bill Nugent available in paperback!
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My Personal Journey Through Darwinian Evolution

Sitting in public school science class in the fifth grade, I saw a classmate flip through an evolution picture book. The boy excitedly exclaimed that apes could turn into people over time.  I got a dramatic lesson in evolution in that teachable moment. I was converted to the religion of blind chance plus apes equals human beings. It was the year 1966 and I had recently made the transition from Catholic parochial school to public school. I went from being a devout Catholic to budding atheist within a few months.

 

Darwinism is the taproot of secularism. Darwinian evolution is the origins myth of atheism. Darwinism is taught in public schools at taxpayer expense and it destroys the faith of many. I was one of millions of young people who cast aside Christian faith and morals.

 

I was a very serious little boy. Before my embrace of atheism I was very religious and conscientious. I was the teacher’s pet. I observed things. I analyzed and pondered. For years I paid close attention in religion class in Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Katonah, New York. I remember a nun teaching me that Christ was raised from the dead. My parents took me to Saint Mary’s church every Sunday. I went to confession every few months and did acts of contrition as commanded to me by the priests.

 

Paradoxically, I also had a great interest in nature. I loved the outdoor world. I spent countless hours at nearby Todd’s Pond, catching turtles and frogs. I also had an interest in dinosaurs and fossils. My parents took me to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The full scale skeletons of dinosaurs were fascinating for adults, much more so to an impressionable child.

 

I learned about fossils and paleontology at an earlier age than most kids in the New York City suburbs. My inordinate interest in fossils set me up for the public school lessons on atheistic, blind chance, goo to you by way of the zoo, Darwinian evolution. I swallowed it hook line and sinker. The public school teachers seldom mentioned the gaps in the fossil record or the lack of transitional forms.

 

My devout Catholicism fell by the wayside. Atheism seemed so liberating. I didn’t have to obey religious laws, rules, precepts and commands. I could make my own rules and break any rules anytime. I could live for myself and live for pleasure. I began to live recklessly and got into trouble.

 

As a ten year old kid I didn’t do much in the way of grievous sin or varsity venality. As I got older, though, my troubles increased. As I got bigger, my sins got bigger. Foul language and schoolboy pranks grew into drugs, drunkenness and larceny. I was headed downhill fast by the time I arrived on college campus in the fall of ’74.

 

Getting back to my public school lessons on evolution, I found it easy to believe that the accumulation of beneficial mutations in DNA could change one animal into another. We studied genetics in biology class in the ninth grade. It all seemed so simple and so reasonable. Reasonable, that is, until you looked at it a little more closely. In my extensive studies in genetics since those early boyhood years, I’ve come to find out that beneficial genetic mutations are an extremely tiny percentage of the overall number of mutations. Mutations are overwhelmingly destructive to the DNA.

 

Any internet search of genetic diseases will show thousands of diseases and conditions caused by bad mutations. Thousands of diseases caused by genetic mutations are listed on websites all over the internet. There are only a few, perhaps a dozen, beneficial genetic mutations in the human genome being studied. Any geneticist will freely admit that beneficial mutations are extremely rare. Creationists and even many nonreligious scientists see this as a major flaw in the evolution hypothesis. I wish I knew that when I was ten or fifteen or eighteen years old!

 

Also consider that mutations don’t add new information to the DNA that would cause the addition of new biological structures. The mutagenic chemicals and radiation that causes mutations don’t bring new, additional nucleotide base pairs to the DNA. Nucleotide base pairs are like letters of words giving information in DNA. It would take thousands, if not millions of new base pairs added to the DNA to put wings on a lizard to make a bird or add a smart brain to an ape to make a human. Radiation does not add base pairs to DNA.

 

Now, many years after my primary school indoctrination into the church of Darwin, I look at nature in a different way. I see superbly engineered, fine tuned biological structures. I see the retractable poisonous fangs of a snake with its poison bladders and ducts. How could that gradually form, step by step, by accident? I read that it takes 30 muscles to flap the wings of an insect. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is an amazingly complex and inscrutable process in a “simple” lower form of life. These structures are irreducibly complex, meaning that a partially formed organ system such as the fangs of a snake would be very disadvantageous. The fang and poison bladder system of a snake would have to be formed all at once or not at all.

 

Mutations simply shuffle pre-existing base pairs in DNA, usually causing a loss of information. There is virtually never a net gain of any useful information in DNA caused by mutations. Even genetic duplication is just an extra copy of pre-existing base pairs in the DNA.

 

In public school I was not informed of the glaring flaws in the theory of evolution. The genetic evidence and even the fossil evidence that undermined Darwinism was seldom, if ever discussed. There are many skunks in the woodpile of Darwinism. I was not allowed to see them or smell them. Darwinism was taught in a biased way as the dogma of a new secular faith. It would be many years later that I would read scientific literature that exposed the major shortcomings of Darwinism.

 

However, as a young teenager, I began to hear of reports of Christian miracles. There were reliable reports of extraordinary miraculous healings that occurred in answer to prayer. My own father, Paul C. Nugent, told me of some accounts of miracles.

 

The nuns in Catholic school had taught me, back when I was in parochial school, that the prophets foretold the coming of Christ. Fulfillment of prophecy is also a type of miracle. I pondered these things. As a young atheist, hearing about miracles and reflecting on my boyhood Christian training, I began to doubt atheism.

 

I also came to find out that Christ died for our sins. Christ died in our place. The prophets foretold in Isaiah 53 and other Old Testament passages that Christ, in His suffering and death, would bear the penalty of our sins. I never understood that or had it clearly explained to me in my parochial school training in Catholicism. The nuns taught many things from the Bible and from the Catholic catechism but I don’t remember anything on substitutionary atonement.

 

I eventually learned that the Bible teaches that our good works can’t earn salvation. Good works are important but only the atoning death of Christ could pay the penalty of our sins and give us forgiveness of sins and right standing with God.

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (First Peter 3:18).

 

I turned away from my sins as a young man in college and made a commitment to Christ. I received Christ as Savior and I follow Him as Lord. I left evolution behind. I regard Darwinism as a flawed hypothesis. I continue to enjoy nature and I realize that even nature itself, by its very complexity, reveals the work of the Creator. I invite you to turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins.

 

Steps to salvation: Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.

2) Believe that Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you, to take upon Himself the penalty of your sins (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18).

3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins (Romans 10:13).

4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth (John 1:12, Acts 2:38).

5) Follow Jesus Christ as Lord (John 14:15).

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer: 

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask you to forgive me on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.” 

If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA

Christian book, Lawful or Legalistic by Bill Nugent available in paperback!  Info and ordering link available at his website: www.bnugent.org

(C) 2017 William P. Nugent, permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

CAT Scans of Fossil Skulls Disprove Alleged Human Ancestors

by Bill Nugent

The CAT scan has not only revolutionized diagnostic medicine but has also revolutionized the study of fossil skulls. Dr. Fred Spoor, Anatomist at University College, London and joint editor of the Journal of Human Evolution has done CAT scans of many fossil skulls put forward by paleoanthropologists as potential human ancestors.

 

In addition to Dr. Spoor’s CAT scans, much other evidence has also been gathered. This has resulted in the downgrading of many famous skulls as fully ape and the upgrading of other fossil skulls as fully human.

 

Dr. Spoor is affiliated with University College, London (UCL). UCL was founded in 1826 as a fully secular institution. Virtually all colleges and universities up to that time were religiously affiliated from their founding. I point this out to show that UCL is no bastion of creationism yet Dr. Spoor’s work lends great support to the creationist position. It’s another case of “witness of the opposition” in support of creation.

 

Australopithecus (meaning “southern ape”) is the classification of a number of fossils of alleged human ancestors found in Africa. Among them is the famous fossil named “Lucy” discovered by Donald Johanson in Ethiopia in 1974. Casts of Lucy’s bones were made and shipped all over the world to be displayed in museums as an ape-woman. Lucy was depicted as the perfect transition between ape and human with ape-like facial features yet an upright human body.

 

One can only imagine the momentum this gave to the acceptance of the theory of evolution as millions of people viewed the Lucy displays. The displays served to undermine the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, that teaches that human beings are unique, distinct creatures created in God’s image.

 

It is now abundantly apparent that the museum displays of Lucy were not at all accurate because, among other things, the original Lucy skeleton was only 40% complete and did not include the upper jaw, most of the skull, nor hand or foot bones. The museum displays were therefore largely based on speculation and educated guesses. It was, as we so often see in paleoanthropology, educated men making educated guesses. It was poor science.

 

In time other parts of Australopithecus (same species as Lucy) skeletons were found which “have the long curved fingers and toes of tree dwellers, as well as the restricted wrist anatomy of knuckle walking chimpanzees and gorillas” (quoted from the article: Are There Ape-Men in Your Ancestry? by Russell Grigg M. Sc., Creation Magazine Vol. 25 No. 1 Dec. 2002-2003 p. 16-19.)

 

This discovery of more skeleton parts of the same species as Lucy served to prove that Lucy and all Australopithenes are fully ape and are not part human. They are not ape-men.

 

Dr. Fred Spoor did CAT scans of the inner ear regions of fossil Australopithecus skulls. The inner ear determines balance and posture. The CAT scans of the inner ear bone structure revealed that Australopithecus did not walk upright. According to Spoor, the inner ear structures resemble those of apes that are alive today. CAT scans were not available in 1974 and if they were, the Australopithecus as human ancestor hoax would likely have never happened. Lucy is fully ape and not ape-human.

 

This brings us to the classification Homo habilus (means “handy man”). In this group is Richard Leakey’s famous skull: KNM-ER 1470 which he discovered in Kenya in 1972. I recommend an article titled The Rise and Fall of Skull KNM-ER 1470  Creation Ex Nihilo Journal 13(2):96-100 1999 which describes skull 1470’s downgrade to ape status. The article (available online at answersingenesis.org) quotes many evolutionists to make the case for skull 1470’s downgrade.

 

Dr. Spoor did a CAT scan of a Homo habilus skull called Stw 53 and found that the inner ear structure indicated that it walked similar to a baboon. “Today most researchers, including Spoor regard Homo habilus as ‘a wastebin of various species’, including bits and pieces from Australopithecus and Homo erectus. and not as a valid category” (quoted from: Are There Ape-Men in Your Ancestry).

 

Now to the classification Homo erectus. Dr. Spoor’s CAT scans of Homo erectus skulls show that they did walk upright. This and other features of Homo erectus reveal they were fully human. Through Spoor’s CAT scans and other evidence we have seen that the fossil skulls are either fully ape or fully human.  None are transitional forms. None are ape-human. None confirm evolution. This outcome serves to confirm the truth of the book of Genesis.

 

It is gratifying yet ironic that it is largely the work of evolutionists doing basic research in paleoanthropology that has downgraded many famous fossil skulls and confirmed the creationist position. Basic researchers generally have the integrity to debunk a famous fossil because they work very close to the raw scientific evidence. It is sad that many textbook writers who are a step or two removed from the basic research still include famous fossils in textbooks as ape-men and ignore the fact that they were downgraded to fully ape status.

 

The missing links are still missing. The best evidence points to the fact that humans are distinct beings. The Bible teaches that God created human beings in His own image and we each possess a spirit and a soul that will, like God, live forever. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1: 27).

 

God has provided for forgiveness of sins by sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 prophecies that were written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before His birth. The prophets foretold that during His suffering and death on our behalf, Christ would take upon Himself the penalty we deserved for our sins, thus making atonement. “The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). He rose from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to all who repent and call on His name. Turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins!

 

Steps to salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA

New Christian book, Lawful or Legalistic by Bill Nugent available in paperback! Info and ordering link available on his website: ww.bnugent.org

Copyright 2017 William P. Nugent Permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

The Life of John G. Lake: The Gospel Confirmed By Signs and Wonders

“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power” (I Cor. 4:20 NASB). Christianity is a rational faith. Christianity is an evidential faith. It is not a blind leap of faith. Jesus came in fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament prophecies. Jesus also performed miracles of healing in front of eyewitnesses. It should not surprise us that ministers of Christ today are used of God to perform miracles of healing.

 

Miracles of healing performed through ministers such as John G. Lake are not just happenstance or even for the practical value of curing sickness. Healings are signs and wonders that bring glory to God! “God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will” (Heb. 2:4 NASB).

 

Jesus showed Himself to be alive after His resurrection “by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3). The great theologian and philosopher, Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) taught much on the reasonableness of the Christian faith. Faith and reason can be distinguished but they can’t be separated. Faith and reason are two different concepts but they work together. Jesus expects us to hear the message of salvation, view the evidence and respond in faith. Faith means to trust in Christ alone for salvation. Christ alone has died for our sins.

 

John Graham Lake, one of sixteen children, was born in Ontario Canada on March 18, 1870. He would grow up to be one of the greatest healing evangelists of the end-time church. He received Christ as Savior, at age sixteen, during a Salvation Army meeting.

 

Lake suffered from rheumatism that  twisted and distorted his legs. He traveled to Chicago to receive healing ministry at the healing home of famous healing evangelist John Alexander Dowie (1847 – 1907). One of the workers there, an older man, laid hands on Lake and he was instantly healed. Lake also brought his invalid brother and a sister who had breast cancer to Dowie’s healing home for prayer. Both received miraculous healings. His sister’s cancer actually came out or fell out a few days later. Her diseased breast was fully restored.

 

Lake married at a young age and not long afterwards, his wife was beset by a serious illness and was close to death. Lake, influenced by Dowie’s example of faith and reliance upon God, prayed for his wife, Jennie, and saw her miraculously healed. I should mention that Lake was also highly impacted by the ministry of prominent healing evangelist, Maria Woodworth Etter (1844 – 1924).

 

In 1901, Lake moved his family to Zion Illinois to study under Dowie and work for Dowie’s ministry. He suffered financially during the next few years but things turned around dramatically. John Lake apparently had a gift in the area of financial success and I don’t mean by charging money for ministry. During the depression year of 1907, he was able to acquire a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade and build a fortune of over $200,000. Back in 1907, $200,000 was a lot of money. He gave it all away before he left for South Africa to serve as a missionary.

 

When John and Jennie Lake and their seven children arrived in South Africa in 1908, their ministry really blossomed. John moved in a powerful healing anointing. Jennie had a powerful gift of the word of knowledge which is a prophetic understanding of people’s situations and needs. Associate minister, Tom Hezmalhalch, was also a supernaturally gifted evangelist. With the vast number of converts, they founded Apostolic Tabernacle in Johannesburg and started more than one hundred other churches. Their influence in South Africa reverberates even to today, over a century later.

 

John G. Lake is perhaps best known for his work in Spokane Washington. After Jennie’s untimely death in 1908, Lake returned to the U.S. in 1912. He remarried and traveled across America on a free railroad pass given to him by a friend from his Chicago Board of Trade days. Lake and family settled in Spokane in 1914 and established the famous healing rooms there.

 

Lake and his team prayed for thousands of sick people in the healing rooms. Healings of cancer, paralysis and rheumatoid arthritis occurred miraculously. There were so many phenomenal healings that the local papers published testimonies of many of the healings. I have a picture of a boy standing next to a full leg brace he wore before his healing. The boy appears healthy and straight. A woman was dramatically healed of a broken kneecap. These are among literally thousands of miraculous healings.

 

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) decided to investigate the healings in Spokane. Lake offered to produce a hundred people to testify of their healings. He also requested the BBB gather a panel of doctors and lawyers. The BBB decided not to follow through on Lake’s request and notified Lake that the BBB investigation had by then verified enough healings to satisfy them. Even the mayor of Spokane publicly honored John Lake.  The city of Spokane was highly impacted by the flood of undeniable miracles which transformed the health of the city for the better according to government statistics. Lake and his family left for Portland Oregon in 1920, and he served as pastor and did itinerant evangelism from there.

 

Lake traveled throughout the U.S. during the twenties and early thirties as a healing evangelist being greatly used of God. Gordon Lindsay, a prominent figure in the Voice of Healing revivals which would start decades later, beginning in 1948, was converted at a Lake meeting in Portland Oregon. When Lindsay later suffered deadly ptomaine poisoning, he was healed under Lake’s ministry. Gordon Lindsay is the father of Shira Lindsay Sorko-Ram of Maoz Ministries, Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

The lesson of the life of John G. Lake is that God continues to use supernatural power to witness to the truth of the Gospel during modern times. Christianity is not a dry academic argument though I will say the Christian worldview and Christian morals are far superior to the ever changing musings of secular humankind. Christianity is alive and vibrant. God’s compassion on the sick is revealed through the faithful ministries of John G. Lake and those who went before him and the many healing evangelists at work today.

 

God revealed His love for humankind in that He sent Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah of Israel. Jesus came in fulfillment of over 300 Old Testament Bible prophecies. Christ and His apostles worked miracles of healing which confirmed the truth of the Christian message. The prophets foretold that Christ would suffer and die, taking upon Himself the penalty we deserved for our sins, thus making atonement. On the basis of Christ’s atonement we repent and ask for forgiveness of sins. Turn to Christ today to receive your forgiveness!

 

(Much of the information contained in this article was obtained from the book God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon, Whitaker House 1996.)

 

 

DNA Mutation Rate Disproves Darwinian Evolution

by Bill Nugent

The recent mapping of the human genome (DNA) has been revolutionizing science and has immense practical applications in many fields, including law enforcement. You’ve certainly read that DNA evidence compellingly links perpetrators to crimes and sends them to jail. DNA evidence has, in many cases, set innocent people free. DNA evidence also reveals the fatal flaws of Darwinism.

 

Did you know that each baby is born with more than one hundred new genetic mutations? These are usually very minor “point” mutations that each involve only one nucleotide base pair in the DNA. These new point mutations are usually neutral or slightly harmful to the child. Nevertheless, it is very significant that mainstream geneticists are writing about the commonplace occurrence of mutations in DNA.

 

I will show that this generation by generation mutational deterioration of the DNA gives a major blow to the Darwinian evolution hypothesis.

 

Recently a German scientist attacked one of my articles on my blog over at WordPress.com. He’s affiliated with the Max Planck Institute of Berlin. He questioned what I wrote in an article about the large number of genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees. In his comments he acknowledged that a conservative estimate of the mutation rate is twenty glitches or copying errors in the DNA every generation. This is extraordinary and is clear evidence of genetic entropy. Scientists now generally agree that the DNA of humans is mutating rapidly.

 

My German critic was actually a bit behind the times. His conservative estimate of the mutation rate as being twenty point mutations per generation is woefully low. Geneticists such as Kondrashov give a low estimate of one hundred. Nachman and Crowell estimate 175 mutations per generation (see Genetic Entropy by Dr. John Sanford, FMS Publ. p. 34). These are astounding numbers of mutations when applied to Darwinist, millions of years at 25 years per generation presuppositions. It is massive damage to the human DNA when extrapolated to the Darwinist time frame. I would say it’s fatal to Darwinism.

 

All geneticists, whether evolutionary or creationist, agree that the overwhelming majority of mutations are harmful or neutral. I hesitate to use the term “neutral.” Even the neutral mutations have not been proven to be totally harmless. Even neutral mutations constitute a subtle degradation of the genome.

 

Cornell University geneticist, Dr. John Sanford, in his book Genetic Entropy, discusses, on page 26, the findings of a leading geneticist who sorted through thousands of mutations to find only 186 beneficial mutations versus 453,732 harmful mutations. That’s a ratio of 2,439 harmful mutations to every one beneficial mutation. The upshot is that the human genome is devolving, not evolving.

 

Evolutionists claim that harmful mutations are being eliminated by natural selection but this is not true. The mildly harmful mutations only tend to be eliminated over generations. The truth is that scientists in the field of population genetics have found that bad mutations are gradually accumulating in human DNA.

 

Most of these point mutations are claimed to be neutral; they don’t hurt us or help us. A point mutation involving the sequence of one base pair in a gene that codes for a protein would result in a slightly modified protein that is still useful to the body. Yet, as I Mentioned earlier, even “neutral” mutations constitute a subtle degradation of the DNA with unknown overall consequences. However, some point mutations can be horribly crippling or deadly. The mapping of the human genome has shown that cystic fibrosis is caused by a random change of just three base pairs in a gene that codes for a 1,480 base pair long ion transport protein.

 

There are nearly 4,000 diseases caused by DNA mutations and they are being studied all the time. How many beneficial mutations are being studied? Do a web search and you will find very few and even these beneficial mutations are not unequivocally beneficial. In other words, the “beneficial” mutations also affect some other biological pathways negatively.

 

Let’s put this in theological perspective. The book of Genesis, in the third chapter, gives the historical narrative of man’s fall into sin against God. This passage continues to describe the consequences of sin which is the curse. The curse manifests itself in many ways including the gradual breakdown and degradation of complex biological systems.

 

Operational geneticists of all theological persuasions or no theological persuasion observe the compelling evidence that the genome is degrading. The few beneficial mutations are crushed by an avalanche of neutral and harmful mutations. Furthermore, we must remember that mutations are errors that don’t add new information to the DNA. Mutations don’t add new base pairs that would add new organs to a body. Even gene duplication is a mere repeat of pre-existing information in the DNA. One cause of genetic mutations is radiation. Radiation doesn’t carry nucleotide base pairs and add them to the DNA. Radiation damages DNA as it is synthesized and rearranges the sequence of base pairs that already exist in the DNA.

 

In short, the beneficial mutations are too few in number and their failure to add new information renders the “beneficial mutation followed by natural selection” paradigm insufficient to account for the arrival and uphill change of living organisms.

 

There is much dissent against Darwinism in the scientific community. Many scientists have embraced Intelligent Design as a new paradigm and affiliate with the Discovery Institute of Seattle Washington.

 

Other scientists go further and believe in the Christian God as Creator. God has provided for forgiveness of sins by sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 prophecies that were written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before His birth. The prophets foretold that during His suffering and death on our behalf, Christ would take upon Himself the penalty we deserved for our sins, thus making atonement. “The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). He rose from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to all who repent and call on His name. Turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins!

 

Exposing Great Pyramid Ancient Aliens Myths

The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” series promotes the bizarre and absurd notion that space travelers from other planets helped build the pyramids of Egypt and other ancient wonders. I would not be inclined to spend time to discuss this if it weren’t for the fact that some speakers on the Ancient Aliens series stray into blasphemy against God.

 

Some people on the shows claim that the ancient Hebrews, including Moses, were really worshipping ancient astronauts rather than God. They also make the absurd claim that the aliens used technology to do miracles recorded in the Bible. There is, as you know, a huge cult following of alien claims and phenomena. This has to be addressed.

 

To be fair, I will point out that the Ancient Aliens series does occasionally include presenters who reject the claim that space travelers helped build ancient temple complexes. One scholar on Ancient Aliens rejected the whole notion of space travelers as builders. He said that stone cutting techniques have been discovered by many ancient civilizations and used to build fabulous structures. He also said that none of his colleagues agreed with the ancient astronaut theory.

 

Consider the great pyramid at Giza. It is by no means the oldest pyramid in Egypt. There are earlier pyramids such as the step pyramids that are smaller and less elaborate. Archaeologists clearly see the progression of the increase in skill and sophistication of architecture and stone cutting techniques. All of the pyramids, large and small, have a very human explanation. No astronauts needed to be involved.

 

The Egyptian pyramids are essentially rock piles on top of tombs. It was an ancient custom among many societies to pile rocks on the tombs of great men. There is an old American Indian burial site near where I formerly lived in New York consisting of a huge pile of rocks on a grave. There are 97 pyramids in Egypt and a much larger number of pyramids in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The largest pyramid in the world is in Cholula Mexico.

 

The “Great” pyramid of Giza is called a “wonder” but it perhaps should be called an immense waste. Modern engineers have estimated that 40,000 workers could have built the great pyramid in as few as ten years. Consider that these slaves worked on it for years under harsh working conditions building a monument to one man whom they worshiped as a god.

 

They were not building an aqueduct to bring water to the thirsty or building an irrigation system or building hospitals or schools or housing for the poor. It was a giant idol that had no practical value for the living. They also built a mortuary temple alongside the pyramid in which priests would officiate at worship services for the dead Pharaoh who was claimed to be a god.

 

One Ancient Aliens show examined a granite drill bit that was found in Egypt by famous archaeologist Flinders Petrie (1853-1942). Many similar drill bits have been found in Egypt over the years. The show suggested that the Egyptians must have had diamond cutting tools to produce the drill bit. Petrie theorized that the Egyptians used diamonds but diamond cutting tools haven’t been found in Egypt. It’s really no mystery that the ancients of many cultures used abrasives to shape stone. The ancient Greeks cleverly used carborundum (silicon carbide) which they embedded in bronze tools.

 

I would exhort them to go to Scotland where you’ll see an abundance of stone work in granite that was done centuries ago without diamond cutting tools. Scotland is a rocky land with few trees. The Scots perfected stone cutting techniques early in their history and worked wonders in stone with their hand tools. The medieval Scots apparently cut granite without diamond tipped tools. Why doesn’t the history channel send a camera crew to Scotland to make the claim that aliens helped them? The obvious answer is that the fabulous churches and other structures in Scotland were built in medieval times which is during fairly recent recorded history. Historical records don’t mention space aliens from UFOs helping the Scottish stone cutters. It’s easier to make the ancient astronaut claim for Egypt which is older by millennia and shrouded in mystery.

 

Can you imagine that if there were such a thing as a civilization of aliens on a planet in a star system far away, that they would say among themselves: “Let’s fly ten light years over to planet earth to help the people build temples and tombs.” Why would space travelers help people cut stone and move huge blocks of stone?

 

All down through history and even to the present day, man has taken pride in massive architectural accomplishments. Ancient and medieval kings and emperors commissioned great projects and committed exorbitant amounts of wealth to build temples, palaces and tombs. The builders prided themselves  in building structures incorporating huge blocks of stone weighing hundreds of tons and statues and chambers cut to precise measurements and angularity so as to draw awe and wonder. We see this not only in ancient Egypt but in Latin America, Southeast Asia, ancient Rome, Greece and even in our own day as the race for the tallest skyscraper proceeds with boyish one upmanship. The tower of Trajan in Rome and the Parthenon in Greece certainly rival the stone cutting of Egypt yet no one claims aliens helped the Romans or Greeks.

 

The great cathedrals of medieval Europe were built during the Gospel’s ebb. When the plain Gospel message of receiving salvation by faith was restored during the Protestant Reformation, church construction became more modest. The pulpit was placed at center to emphasize the importance of preaching the Gospel message of forgiveness of sins for all who call on the name of Jesus.

 

Let me briefly explain where UFOs come from. UFO researchers are divided into two different viewpoints in explaining UFOs. These viewpoints are the extraterrestrial hypothesis and the interdimensional hypothesis. The extraterrestrial hypothesis is the claim that UFOs are metal spaceships with astronauts from planets in star systems within our own physical universe. The interdimensional view is that UFOs are nonphysical entities or spirits that travel from different dimensions and enter our universe from a parallel universe.

 

The interdimensional hypothesis is more consistent  with the Bible and the Christian worldview because it can be inferred that the other dimensions from which UFOs travel are the same as the realm of spirit. The Bible certainly teaches about the spirit world.

 

Christian researchers and some secular researchers reject the extraterrestrial hypothesis and maintain the interdimensional view. Famous UFO researcher, Jacques Vallee, holds the interdimensional view. In studying UFOs, I’ve come to believe that we’re dealing with intelligent life not from another planet but from another dimension. It’s not astronauts from outer space but spirit beings from the realm of spirit. Malevolent UFO aliens are demons and they can disguise themselves as astronauts.

 

I regard demonic UFOs as generally of the same category as poltergeists, hauntings, occultism and other manifestations of the demonic realm. I hold this view because the teachings that are transmitted from aliens to leaders of UFO cults are antibiblical and often lead to bizarre behavior such as the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide. Also, the horrific animal mutilations attributed to UFOs in which animals have their blood drained and have organs removed with surgical precision is further evidence of the demonic origin of UFOs.

 

Have no fear of demons appearing as flying saucers or disguised as extraterrestrial humanoid beings. Don’t be deceived by cult groups claiming New Age, extraterrestrial connections and phenomena. The Bible teaches that Christ is above all and every knee must bow before Christ who conquered sin through His death and resurrection.

 

The ancient astronaut theory offers great appeal to young people in our present age of rocketry and space exploration. This ancient astronaut theory is just one more thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. It must be exposed and vigorously refuted.

 

We must point people to Jesus who came in fulfillment of over 300 Old Testament Bible prophecies written hundreds of years before His birth. No other person in all of history can match this claim! Jesus worked miracles in front of eyewitnesses and this is recorded in the Gospels of the New Testament. Miracles continue to be worked today by Christians who rely on the power of Christ.

 

Jesus suffered and died to take upon Himself the penalty of our sins, thus making atonement. He rose from the dead in victory and appeared to eyewitnesses. Call upon Jesus Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins!

 

Steps to salvation: Jesus said “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7) 1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you. 2) Believe that Jesus the Messiah came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you and take upon Himself the penalty of your sins. (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18) 3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness. (Romans 10:13) 4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth. (John 1:12, Acts 2:38) 5) Follow Him as Lord. (John 14:21)

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for you at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on your behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.” If you prayed that prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!

Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina  USA

(C)2016 William P. Nugent, permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

Ghosts, Demons and the Paranormal

The very fact that there are haunted houses, poltergeist activity and other paranormal phenomena is proof that there is a spirit world. The abundance of evidence proving the existence of the spirit world undermines the official US public school teaching that human beings evolved from animals and the material world is all that exists.
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In the opening lines of the popular “Cosmos” television series, Carl Sagan said “The cosmos [material universe] is all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be.” The paranormal proves him wrong!
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Of course, I don’t think that the activity of ghosts and demons is a good thing in itself. Nevertheless, I think it is extremely significant that the paranormal activity of ghosts so dramatically contradicts the “this world is all there is” dogma.
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Atheistic materialism has become the meta-narrative of postmodern America. Atheism is supported by tax dollars because tax funded schools teach children that their ancestry is from apes and their destiny is permanent loss of consciousness at death. Now people are faced with evidence of the existence of the spirit world and the realization that perhaps consciousness does continue after death and perhaps we enter the spirit world after death. People are taking a fresh look at religion. The religion with the best miracles and the most fulfilled prophecies is Christianity.
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There have been many investigations into haunted houses and even pictures taken of ghost phenomena. The term “ghost” is a general term synonymous with “spirit” but in today’s usage, ghost usually refers to a familiar spirit who inhabits a haunted house. Ghosts that inhabit haunted houses are really familiar spirits. Familiar spirits are demons who know or become familiar with a person. After the person’s death, the familiar spirit will sometimes inhabit the house in which the person lived, often posing as the deceased person. Demons are evil spirits according to the Bible.
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The evidence that proves the existence of evil spirits can be considered to be a kind of “witness of the opposition.” Let me explain. Imagine a court case in which a man is accused of murder. The prosecution calls up its star witness who testifies against the man and tells about all kinds of circumstantial evidence that serves to prove that the man is guilty of murder.
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But then the star witness makes a startling statement in which he reluctantly admits that he actually saw the defendant a mile away from the murder scene at the time that the murder took place. The fact that an accusing witness would make such a statement has a lot more force that if a witness for the defense made such a statement. This is what’s called “witness of the opposition” and it carries enormous weight in any trial. The man on trial for murder would likely be acquitted.
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The fact that demons reveal their activity  in our own day is how demons unintentionally confirm the Bible’s teaching about the spirit world. The Bible contains many passages about the spirit world and there are many Bible passages that discuss the existence and activity of demons. The witness of the opposition serves to prove the truth of the Bible on this point.
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If ever that you want proof that demons exist I suggest you buy a good scholarly book about the Nazi holocaust. The Nazis murdered Jews and others with an almost superhuman degree of brutality. Holocaust scholars admit that Hitler and the Nazi high command were not Christians. They were, in fact, occultists and this is well documented. Occult religions and secret societies were widespread in Germany and throughout much of Europe at the time. Occult religions are doctrines of demons. The radical anti-Semitism had an energy and intensity that was beyond ordinary human hatred.
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There are many other examples of evidence for the existence of demons. I’ve been told that a US spy agency that occasionally operates in Haiti has told its agents to be careful not to have a hex or curse put on them by occultists. Such curses are real. Curses allow demons access to the person under the curse. The cursed person can be afflicted with disease or other trauma by the activity of evil spirits.
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Many of the new cable TV shows about the paranormal such as “Paranormal State” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories” offer much documented eyewitness testimony of happenings that cannot be explained by natural causes. I certainly don’t recommend that you watch those kinds of TV shows but I simply point out that the shows offer proof of the existence of the spirit world.
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Many years ago when I was a teenager I heard stories of hauntings and other paranormal phenomena. I had a strong tendency toward atheistic materialism at the time because I had paid attention in school and believed the Darwinian materialistic evolution that I was taught in science class. However, I came to realize that if demons exist and they affect people’s lives in a negative way, then perhaps there are also good spirits out there such as angels. I began to entertain the thought that God Himself exists. I eventually rejected atheistic materialism and came to faith in Christ years later when I was 20 years old. The witness of the opposition was actually one of the things that God used to draw me to Christ.
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I want to assure you that if you trust in Christ you should not fear demons. Christ is far greater than all of the power of Satan and demons. The Gospels are full of examples of Jesus casting demons out of people. Born again followers of Christ also have authority over demons. A Bible passage in Acts 16:16-18 gives a clear example of a Christian casting a demon out of a person by commanding it to come out in the name of Jesus.
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The spirit world is a world of real dimensions and can be called a parallel universe. Just because it is usually invisible does not make it any less real. Be assured that God created the spirit world and God is master of it.
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Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 predictive Messianic prophecies written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before His birth. Several of those prophecies predicted that Christ would suffer and die, taking upon Himself the punishment of our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so now we can receive forgiveness if we turn to Him in faith. I urge you to pray today to receive Christ as Savior and to follow Him as Lord!
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Steps to salvation:
Jesus said “Ye must be born again.”
(John 3:7)
1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.
2) Believe that Jesus the Messiah came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you and take upon Himself the penalty of your sins. (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18)
3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness. (Romans 10:13)
4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth. (John 1:12, Acts 2:38)
5) Follow Him as Lord. (John 14:21)

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)
To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for you at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on your behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!


Bill Nugent, Overcomer Ministries of Fort Mill, South Carolina USA
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