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New Release: What Witches Don’t Want Christians to Know–Expanded Edition

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Important expanded update.  God has confirmed that it is time for more detailed information to be released.  The Body of Christ must be warned.  Let this testimony of the power of God set you free!

Were covert experiments, involving mind control and the occult, conducted in the areas surrounding military bases throughout the United States?

The pages of this book recount some shocking events in a small town in Missouri. Mary Lake had struggled with depression for years and couldn’t find the joy that the Scriptures indicate is available to all Christians. In her quest to find answers, she was not only healed and delivered, but this process uncovered a startling revelation of dark practices in the small town where she was raised. God shined the light on some of Satan’s greatest secrets. In this book, she shares how God protected her family from assassination attempts and face-to-face encounters with Satan’s followers, who were desperately trying to keep their secrets hidden. She also shares the truths that her family learned during this process that were essential for their safety, as she endeavored to break down the prison doors for the people that she loved. These biblical truths will help any Christian family stay under the protective cover of Almighty God.

Publication Date:Jul 21 2014

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Biblical Life TV Ep 9 – Remnant Boot Camp Part 9.  There is a ideological war coming.  The Spirit of Antichrist will embed a disbelief that Jesus of Nazareth is Messiah, an aversion to keeping God’s commandments, and a hatred for both Christians and the Jewish people within the world’s system.  God is empowering the Remnant to stand against these satanic tsunamis.  We will also learn to keep ourselves free from occult/satanic influence and to learn to walk in a new level of victory!  Sponsored by Biblical Life Assembly.  (http://www.biblicallifeassembly.org)

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Fall Enrollment Begins the 25th of July!

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Fall Enrollment Begins the 25th of July!

Summer is winding down, and it is time to focus once again on the education you need to be successful in the ministry. Whether you are just starting out in the first year of Bible College or you are wanting to complete an advanced Seminary degree in ministry, now is the time to enroll.

To help you move forward, BLCS is making the following discounts available for a limited time. This will be the last time in 2014 that we will offer savings like this.

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You will receive a $50.00 gift certificate toward materials from BLCS at enrollment and another $50.00 gift certificate after six months of being faithful in your monthly payments.

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This offer is good from July 25 through September 30, 2014.

To qualify for these offers, BLCS must receive your enrollment application with payment by September 30, 2014. Please write “BLCS Fall 2014 Enrollment Drive” on the top of your application form.

Overcoming as End-Times Prophecy Unfolds – Part 4.

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Overcoming as End-Times Prophecy Unfolds – Part 4. 

In this episode, we will be concluding the seminar we taped in New York City.  It is imperative for each believer to wake up from slumber and to being moving in the Kingdom once again.

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Remnant Boot Camp Part 8

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In this session, we continue our discussion of Fellowship – Overcoming – Changing the World.  We need to have faith in and partner with the Greater One within us, and to develop a deep confidence in God’s love.   Only then will we have the boldness we need to stand and function within God’s Kingdom and His Commandments.  Confidence, boldness, and obedience opens the doors to dynamically answered prayer!

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Blood on the Altar Book is Now Available!

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BLOOD ON THE ALTAR: The Coming War Between Christian vs. Christian

As the world races toward its momentous end-times encounter between good and evil (known in the Bible as Armageddon), a deepening antagonism is developing worldwide against conservative Christians. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, this hostility now includes the United States, which elevated from the lowest category of government restrictions on Christian expressions as of mid-2009 to an advanced category in only the last three years. This trend may point to one of the most overlooked aspects of Bible prophecy—a war that ultimately pits born-again believers against religious Christians.

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Blood on the Altar–Part 14: WHY ANTICHRIST BELIEVES — WITH HELP FROM CHRISTIANS — HIS WAR ON THE "BORN AGAIN" WILL SUCCEED

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PART 14 – WHY ANTICHRIST BELIEVES — WITH HELP FROM CHRISTIANS — HIS WAR ON THE "BORN AGAIN" WILL SUCCEED | By Douglas W. Krieger and S. Douglas Woodward


At the time he was rising to global power, Hitler’s audience was Catholic, but his announcement of the Concordat with Rome (the papal agreement, July 5, 1933) had meaning to Protestants as well.

The message was obvious and clear: Friendly relations—relations that are inclusive of the church—must be the norm in a resurgent Germany. “The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgement of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism [Nazism] is hostile to religion is a lie.”[i]

Hitler was even more effusive about the value of Nazism to benefit the church:

While we destroyed the Center Party [a Catholic political party[ii]], we have not only brought thousands of priests back into the Church, but to millions of respectable people we have restored their faith in their religion and in their priests. The union of the Evangelical Church in a single Church for the whole Reich, the Concordat with the Catholic Church, these are but milestones on the road, which leads to the establishment of a useful relation and a useful co-operation between the Reich and the two Confessions.[iii]

Furthermore, it was essential to separate the realms of personal faith from political action. Hitler’s “spheres of function” were altogether essential insofar as the church’s dominion was concerned, for without the spiritual health of Germany, there would be no political health. But he also took a hard line to distinguish their responsibilities: The church was to look after the spiritual and moral health of the flock—the state would tend to its material need:

The German Church and the People are practically the same body. Therefore there could be no issue between Church and State. The Church, as such, has nothing to do with political affairs. On the other hand, the State has nothing to do with the faith or inner organization of the Church.[iv]

The National Socialist State professes its allegiance to positive Christianity. It will be its honest endeavor to protect both the great Christian Confessions in their rights, to secure them from interference with their doctrines (Lehren), and in their duties to constitute a harmony with the views and the exigencies of the State of today.[v]

So long as they concern themselves with their religious problems the State does not concern itself with them. But so soon as they attempt by any means whatsoever—by letters, Encyclical, or otherwise—to arrogate to themselves rights which belong to the State alone we shall force them back into their proper spiritual, pastoral activity.[vi]

In other words, both church and state must reassure its denizens the institution exists to provide for their well-being. But it is, from Hitler’s perspective, necessary that they split duties. Keep the church’s message personal and positive while the state should keep on its message of economic welfare for all (sound familiar as of late?). And of course, the supremacy of the state must be upheld. It was never to be questioned. The state dictated the role of the church. Furthermore, it mandated that any criticism of the state would not be tolerated.

Movement afoot for a new National Socialism between politics & religion?

Moreover, upon close inspection, Hitler would “gerrymander” the territory of the state whenever it suited him. Some theological modifications would be necessary. In a Germany liberated from the “old-fashioned” faith, the church should dismiss any talk of humankind’s sinful inclinations and its need for repentance. Evil must be mitigated—more specifically, downgraded—and reduced in substance to “mistakes” and not the more menacing notion of sin.Defects in human behavior amount to little more than “poor choices.” Thus, with sin redefined and evil eliminated as a “metaphysical reality,”[vii] the gospel was compromised and the church complicit. It could then pray reverently with the Führer:

We want honestly to earn the resurrection of our people through our industry, our perseverance, and our will. We ask not of the Almighty, “Lord, make us free!”—we want to be active, to work, to agree together as brothers, to strive in rivalry with one another to bring about the hour when we can come before Him and when we may ask of Him: “Lord, Thou seest that we have transformed ourselves, the German people is no longer the people of dishonor, of shame, of war within itself, of faintheartedness and little faith: no, Lord, the German people has become strong again in spirit, strong in will, strong in endurance, strong to bear all sacrifices.” “Lord, we will not let Thee go: bless now our fight for our freedom; the fight we wage for our German people and Fatherland.”[viii]

Furthermore, while the Führer did not directly confront Christian sensibilities, his prayer led one to conjecture as to what “positive Christianity” involved, and exactly what its opposite—“negative Christianity”—would entail. No doubt his listeners let the matter drop without questioning the meaning behind his exhortation for accentuating a “positive Christianity.” In contradistinction, like observing a lit firecracker failing to pop, we should be very alarmed when such a loaded phrase lies dormant for too long. Observers must be asleep if they have no apprehension about when the firecracker will detonate.

To the wary spectator, Hitler’s statement anticipated a pause “for the other shoe to drop.” And yet, assuming nothing but good intent from the Führer, the audience did not worry one iota that another shoe would hit the floor. Instead, they were enraptured by Hitler’s acclamation:

MY LORD AND SAVIOR…IN THE BOUNDLESS LOVE AS A CHRISTIAN…HE HAD TO SHED HIS BLOOD UPON THE CROSS. My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them [Peter should take up his sword, rather than put it away]. This is God’s truth! He was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.[ix] (emphasis added)

The notion that the Messiah was himself NOT Jewish was a view propounded by Richard Wagner, the famous German composer whose operas were expressions of the nineteenth-century German zeitgeist (the “spirit of the age”). Unquestionably, Hitler’s favorite composer, Wagner, stirred Hitler’s soul to envision a revived, irrepressible, and vengeful Germany. During World War II, Wagner’s legacy lived on as his music filled the putrefied air of Holocaust death camps. As a result, survivors would forever associate Wagner with Auschwitz. This was no disservice to Wagner—for he believed that Christ was Aryan, not Jewish. And like Friedrich Nietzsche, the “Philosopher Emeritus” of the German people (a good friend of Wagner until their falling out), he believed the German soul must not be dragged down by the “slave mentality” of the Jew. Consequently, it logically followed that Jesus could never be considered a Jew. To the aspiring German mindset, the Jews were a millstone about their necks. The Hebrew religion bestowed nothing but restrictive laws and depressive guilt. It was time for Germany to cast aside the Jewish mentality and its stifling effect upon the soul of humankind, but especially their Aryan race!

As to Nietzsche, he famously asserted a philosophy known as the will to power. To the extent Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified, to that same extent Jesus was Himself the anti-Christ. For Nietzsche, Jesus’ commitment to die for the sin of the world was nothing but a death wish to be condemned and repudiated. For him, Jesus’ willingness to lay down His life remains the source of so much nonsense contaminating the true purpose for religion. Instead, a “true confession” encourages struggle! (Mein Kampf, of course, means “My Struggle.”) For Nietzsche, suffering saves no one. Moreover, this must be the stalwart creed of all true believers. The gospel of Wagner, Nietzsche, and especially Adolf Hitler held in common a disdain for the Jew.

The duty to be a fighter for truth, justice, (and the German way) comprises, of course, the motto of Superman, the quintessential American superhero. Indeed, less feted translators often seek to convey the meaning of Nietzsche’sÜbermensch with the expression “superman.” However oversimplified this one-word translation (especially vulgar to the sophisticated), nonetheless, it likewise urges those loyal to Old Glory—the red, white, and blue—to stand and be counted! America boasts the greatest military ever assembled. Any concept of redemptive suffering preached from the Bible by ignoble vicars of Christ surely misses the mark. Turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:39) cannot be what Christ actually meant. “Fight back! Don’t get mad—get even!” Of course, the German people in the 1920s and 1930s were a frustrated, defeated people, wearing anger on their sleeves right below their swastikas.

Americans do not feel compelled to take such overt military action. Discretion is the better part of valor. We much prefer to keep our battles on the “down low,” equipping our intelligence services to act covertly (witness the current, 2013 conflict regarding the National Security Agency’s mining of private phone and Internet data, spying on multiple foreign [friendly] governments, accessing and cataloguing private data of one hundred million Americans, as well as the intrusive behavior of the Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service), requiring our special forces to operate in darkness, and necessitating US sorties of the aeronautical kind be carried out in stealth mode. As the military is wont to say, “We own the night.” Unlike the saints to whom Paul addressed his letters, one could argue, that in the last one hundred years, the US government has seldom sought to be mistaken for children of the day.

Hating in the Name of Christ and Country

The unity of the church was important to Hitler. He could not consummate his grand plan without the support of the church. He required his backside be covered. Consequently, it was crucial that disputes in the church be silenced, if for no other reason than to keep quarrels from bubbling over into matters of state and distracting the populace from the bellicose but sacred duty before them.

It will at any rate be my supreme task to see to it that in the newly awakened NSDAP [Nazi Party], the adherents of both Confessions can live peacefully together side by side in order that they may take their stand in the common fight against the power, which is the mortal foe of any true Christianity [as Hitler would define it].[x]

This is for us a ground for satisfaction, since we desire that the fight in the religious camps should come to an end…all political action in the parties will be forbidden to priests for all time, happy because we know what is wanted by millions who long to see in the priest only the comforter of their souls and not the representative of their political convictions.[xi](emphasis added)

Furthermore, Hitler required that the church’s energy contribute to the Fatherland’s fighting spirit. Christ must not be seen as the Prince of Peace. Religious fires must burn brightly on his (Hitler’s) behalf.

So far as the Evangelical Confessions are concerned, we are determined to put an end to existing divisions, which are concerned only with the forms of organization, and to create a single Evangelical Church for the whole Reich… And we know that were the great German reformer [Martin Luther] with us today he would rejoice to be freed from the necessity of his own time and, like Ulrich von Hutten [1488–1523, an outspoken German scholar, poet, and reformer], his last prayer would be not for the Churches of the separate States: it would be of Germany that he would think…and of the Evangelical Church of Germany [Hitler loved putting words in the mouth of Martin Luther].[xii]

After all, to Hitler, the real enemy was the “international Jew.” Christianity must unite, Catholics and Protestants, laity and priesthood—“against the power”—i.e., the international Jewish conspiracy that, he argued, warred against the church of Jesus Christ and the German people. Not that this tactic was especially risky. His approach was tried and true: Unite around a well-defined, mutual foe. Foment hatred against the scapegoat. Exaggerate images to make plain their villainous ways. Build the faithful into the “hammer of God”—make it an instrument of righteous indignation such as is developing now against the viewpoints of Born Again believers around the world.

“And the founder of Christianity made no secret indeed of his estimation of the Jewish people. When He found it necessary, He drove those enemies of the human race out of the Temple of God.” (Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 174)

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Impulse for a New Hitler-Style Christian Ecumenism?

The pathway to co-opt the church in America today first requires the encouragement of unity within the varied hallowed institutions, then secondly, aligning them according to the preferred political agenda. The broad strategy for managing religious institutions has not changed all that much over the past eighty years—although selected tactics do differ.

So what is the method to achieve an ecumenical union? It involves reconstructing the Christian message. Building unity in the contemporary church comprises a modern-day equivalent to building the tower of Babel. The most relevant message, what will really bring us together as one, requires the church to substitute the content of the gospel with a message of confusion, which is what “Babel” means. How can this be accomplished? By creating confusion over the nature of good and evil. We could say that reaching new heights in cooperation with other beliefs and faiths is not based upon clear communication and seeing things eye to eye. It is about not seeing things at all.“Coming together” necessitates closing one’s eyes to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. The less said the better. Indeed, regarding traditional Judeo-Christian values, the nature of sin, and the reality of evil in particular, stand out like sore thumbs. Therefore, church leadership in its aspiration seeks to be mainstream. Americans must paper over the notion of sin and evil with platitudes of self-improvement, overcoming self-doubt, as well as proclaiming health and wealth to magically make their congregations (and especially them) wealthy. In today’s evangelical church, it is most certainly about expressing a positive Christianity! Hitler would feel especially vindicated if he attended the typical mega church and listened to the sermons there.[xiii] Christianity has been effectively shorn of biblical discernment and blinded to the reality of evil as it presents itself in our world today.

Diminishing doctrine as an essential element in “confessional Christianity” is hardly new. Liberal Christian churches dispensed with meaningful theological content decades ago. They embraced a social gospel, replete with platitudes of pluralism, while promoting the practice of social good works, unwittingly leading to greater government intervention and involvement in the church. When American theologians sentenced God to death in the 1960s, they simultaneously (albeit unwittingly) assigned their own ecclesiastical institutions to death row. Fifty years ago, they reduced the gospel to what was left over after so-called science ravaged the Bible. Theology became nothing more than existential philosophy. The meaning of being a Christian amounted to repeating holy words in ritual ceremonies. It did not matter how far out (i.e., how “supernatural”) the notions of the original creeds or “Psalters” were. Theology became applied psychology. It was reconstructed to be a frame of mind or, better yet, a mental state. Once the creeds had been ransacked of all calls to spiritual transformation and relieved of all genuine miracles recorded in the Bible, what remained was Friedrich Schleiermacher’s “feeling of absolute dependence,” Paul Tillich’s ruminations about God as the “ground of being,” or Karl Jaspers’ yearning for an “ultimate experience.” Consequently, today’s mainstream churches are now so emaciated it is a wonder they have not already given up the ghost.

In contrast, today’s evangelical churches (that proclaim that oh-so-positive message) swarm with “believers.” But the question is, “What do they believe in?” To be sure, there are many assemblies of faithful, believing Christians who keep science in its place and rightly esteem spiritual reality; who regard the Bible as God’s Word; and rely upon the Spirit of Christ to be an ever-present reality in their daily lives―not so much as an emotional impulse stimulating a mystical faith, but as an enabling power to conquer the challenging circumstances of everyday life. On the other hand, as we contend, the most well-known churches appear guilty of depriving their congregations of meaningful content—biblically based content. It is almost as if the gospel so successfully preached there today is derived from aphorisms in Poor Richard’s Almanac: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Or to misquote a famous mega-church preacher: “It IS about you!” Or worse yet, the evangelical message transforms spirituality into a transaction: You do “x” and God does “y.” “Give and it shall be given to you”—not out of need but out of greed. Godguarantees our destiny to be healthy, wealthy, and wise (although the last item in this threesome is not always requested). At issue is only whether you count yourself entitled to merchandise from the heavenly commissary, stocked wall to wall to assure your material needs are met in full.

Betraying the Meaning of the Kingdom of God

After the death of Pope Pius XI in 1939, the electoral procedure to seat another pope began. The election favored Eugenio Pacelli (1876–1958), and four days later, Pacelli made it clear that he would handle all German affairs personally. He proposed the following to Hitler:

To the Illustrious Herr Adolf Hitler, Führer and Chancellor of the German Reich! Here at the beginning of our Pontificate, we wish to assure you that we remain devoted to the spiritual welfare of the German people entrusted to your leadership.…During the many years we spent in Germany, we did all in our power to establish harmonious relations between Church and State. Now that the responsibilities of our pastoral function have increased our opportunities, how much more ardently do we pray to reach that goal. May the prosperity of the German people and their progress in every domain come, with God’s help, to fruition![xiv]

Pacelli was crowned pope on March 12, 1939 (becoming Pius XII). The following month, on April 20, 1939, at Pius XII’s expressed wish, Archbishop Orsenigo, the nuncio (ambassador) in Berlin, opened a gala reception for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. The birthday greetings thus initiated by Pacelli immediately became a tradition: Each April 20 during the few years left to Hitler and his Reich, Cardinal Bertram of Berlin would send “warmest congratulations to the Führer in the name of the bishops and the dioceses in Germany,” to which he added “fervent prayers which the Catholics in Germany are sending to heaven on their altars.”[xv] The walls of the kingdom of God were thoroughly breached. The homogenization of church and state was complete.

In 1939, Adolf Hitler summarized why he was so confident that the Third Reich was imminent: “The National Socialist Movement has wrought this miracle. If Almighty God granted success to this work, then the Party was His instrument.”[xvi] In retrospect, the reader would be hard pressed to find a historical leader who levered faith, however skewed, more effectively as a power tool for REALPOLITIK. Hitler was almost unparalleled in the annals of leadership as a champion for the relevance of spiritual belief. He saw man created by God, rewarded for his reliance upon God, and sustained when cooperating with Him on a grand scale. In Hitler, we confront a leader who abandoned all self-consciousness—he was so tightly coupled with his constituency that they became of one mind. Yes, he learned the craft of public speaking like few others—maybe better than anyone. But we are dangerously mistaken if we regard his fervor as only an act. NO, he believed in what he was doing. He lost himself in his cause.

He was not tepid in faith, darting hither and thither, equivocating whenever the opportunity afforded itself. To the contrary, the leader of the Third Reich was a champion of conviction that was so “in your face” it was contagious. If faith wavered, Hitler reinstated it, bolstering public confidence in his program for a new Germany. His power hinged on claiming that a brilliant destiny lay at Germany’s feet. God’s providence guaranteed success. In every darkened pathway, he claimed God would enlighten the path and keep National Socialism on track because it fulfilled the Almighty’s plan. Hitler pleaded it, believed in it, and “owned” what he stridently confessed. All doubt concerning Germany’s mission fled from his presence, because, as far as he was concerned, God mandated that the German people be ultimately victorious. History would demonstrate divine preference. God would honor Hitler’s unfeigned devotion to his people. Listen to his confident faith:

In this hour I would ask of the Lord God only this: that, as in the past, so in the years to come He would give His blessing to our work and our action, to our judgment and our resolution, that He will safeguard us from all false pride and from all cowardly servility, that He may grant us to find the straight path which His Providence has ordained for the German people, and that He may ever give us the courage to do the right, never to falter, never to yield before any violence, before any danger…. I am convinced that men who are created by God should live in accordance with the will of the Almighty…. If Providence had not guided us I could often never have found these dizzy paths…. Thus it is that we National Socialists, too, have in the depths of our hearts our faith. We cannot do otherwise; no man can fashion world history or the history of peoples unless upon his purpose and his powers there rests the blessings of this Providence.[xvii]

In the final analysis, the Antichrist may be dangerous not because he is the best actor ever to mount the world stage or that he will hide insincere intent and cloak satanic motive. He will be exceptionally treacherous because, like Adolf Hitler, he will be utterly convinced that defeat is inconceivable. The thoughts of his mind will swim with confidence of triumph over Born Again believers in the upcoming war between Christian vs. Christian . . . and for a while it will appear he is right:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:7-8).

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[i] Adolf Hitler, July 22, 1933, writing to the Nazi Party (quoted from John Cornwell’s Hitler’s Pope.)

[ii] “The German Centre Party (German: Deutsche Zentrumspartei or just Zentrum) was a Catholic political party in Germany during the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic. In English it is often called the Catholic Centre Party. Formed in 1870, it battled the Kulturkampf which the Prussiangovernment launched to reduce the power of the Catholic Church. It soon won a quarter of the seats in theReichstag (Imperial Parliament), and its middle position on most issues allowed it to play a decisive role in the formation of majorities. “When the Nazis came to power the party dissolved itself on 5 July 1933 as a condition of the conclusion of a Concordat between the Holy See and Germany.” See en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Centre_ Party_ (Germany).

[iii] Adolf Hitler, in his New Year message on January 1, 1934.

[iv] Adolf Hitler, answering C. F. Macfarland about church and state (in his book, The New Church and the New Germany).

[v] Adolf Hitler, on June 26, 1934, to Catholic bishops to assure them that he would take action against the new pagan propaganda.

[vi] Adolf Hitler, in a speech delivered in Berlin on the May Day festival, 1937.

[vii] By this we mean a reality in its own right, although C. S. Lewis was likely onto something by describing evil not as essential to reality as “good” is, but akin more to “spoiled goodness”—lest we inadvertently fall into the conundrum of a Zoroastrian dualism in which good and evil are on equal footing.

[viii] Adolf Hitler, giving prayer in a speech on May Day, 1933.

[ix] Adolf Hitler from his speech of April 12, 1922.

[x] Adolf Hitler, in an article titled “A New Beginning,” February 26, 1925.

[xi] Adolf Hitler, in a speech to the men of the SA at Dortmund, July 9, 1933, on the day after the signing of the Concordat (agreement with the Roman Catholic Church, the Papacy).

[xii] Adolf Hitler, in his Proclamation at the Parteitag at Nuremberg on September 5, 1934.

[xiii] Indeed, evangelical spiritual sentiment may be content to connect with nothing more than the name “Jesus.” Without specific assertions, we possess nothing distinct or definite. Thus, the name of Jesus may stand for nothing. It is the ultimate use of the Lord’s name in vain. There are those in leadership within the church who would prefer to pray only to Jesus and talk about nothing but Jesus to avoid any sectarian debate. After all: dogma divides; love abides. Of course, that adage presumes intuition replacesreason as the sole religious faculty or means to discover reality. As Francis Schaeffer once conveyed, Evangelicals have their own form of religious mysticism that is just as elusive and ineffable as Buddistkoans. In the final analysis, only true truth prevails (an awkward Schaefferian tautology meant to convey truth that is objective and universal—i.e., the opposite of relative “truth” or truth that is “caught” not “taught”). “Doctrineless sound bites” bite us all in the end.

[xiv] BBC News, “Pope Defends WWII Pontiff’s Role,” September 20, 2008, Red Ice Creations, http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=4837.

[xv] John Cornwell, Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII (New York: Viking, 1999) 209.

[xvi] Adolf Hitler, in his proclamation to the German people on January 1, 1939.

[xvii] Adolf Hitler, in a speech at Wurzburg on June 27, 1937.

Response to Dr. Hurd and His Stones and Bones Blog Post

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Response to Dr. Hurd and His Stones and Bones Blog Post

The writing of this article is a little out of my comfort zone. Those associated with Biblical Life (our students, the organizations that I work with worldwide, and the thousands that I have ministered to over the years) know that I prefer to avoid being distracted by the Devil’s barking dogs. There is too much to do in the Kingdom of God. Every day I hear from believers around the world that are struggling and needing answers. Frankly, my time is best spent in prayer, research, writing, and teaching the Word of God. When an anti-creationist’s blog post referencing BLCS began ranking high within Google search (for some unknown reason this older blog post comes up when you search for Biblical Life in Google, while it can hardly be found in other search engines), I felt that I needed to investigate. I was shocked at the anti-biblical agenda, half-truths, and suppositions that were presented as facts in this blog.

What Precipitated This Blog Posting?

One of our graduates, Graham Lovelady, M.Div., wrote an article to the editor in favor of the biblical account for creation entitled, “Creationists Doubt Changes Lead to New Features.” Apparently, this article fell within the radar of Dr. Gary Hurd. Dr. Hurd, in his response against Graham, did not address one single issue regarding his article. Instead, he created systematic attacks on anything relating to Graham. Believers, we need to realize that this is a current tactic of the ultra-liberal, Bible-hating, God-hating left. These tactics are outlined in the now infamous book, “A Handbook of Radicals,” by Saul Alenski. This book encourages readers to scream, call names, present half-truths (as long we they do not deal with the real issue at hand), and utilize whatever tactics are necessary to shut the opponent up or to provide the correct sound bites to change the mind of those that will not really search out the issues for themselves. By the way, Mr. Alenski dedicated his book to Lucifer. This should raise the red flag of caution for believers.

I do not feel a need to address the topics that Graham discussed in his article to the editor, since Dr. Hurd fails to address them as well.

I will point out several inaccuracies and/or failures to fully investigate the facts in his blog post. Before I proceed, I feel a need to stand up for Graham and clear the air about several things:

1.   Anyone who has ever studied with Biblical Life (or those that have examined just one of our modules) knows that BLCS is not a diploma mill. Over the years, we have had students drop out to attend traditional regionally accredited schools, because they were less demanding. Our academic standards and the process used to calculate the conversion of a traditional classroom semester credit hour into one administered through distance learning are equal to that of traditional and even secular postsecondary schools. This information is clearly posted on our website and in our catalog.

2.   Dr. Hurd forgets to mention that Graham also possesses a regionally accredited Bachelor of Science Degree. (I only mention this because Dr. Hurd, like so many, is programmed to think that governmental recognition is the only legitimate litmus test for education.)

3.   The very definition of a diploma mill is that you send in your money and a degree is mailed back to you within a few days. Sometimes a small amount of written material is required. Graham spent seventeen years completing the assignments in the program. The work he submitted over those seventeen years would equal a six-foot stack of written reports and tests, if not more. Any Master of Divinity graduate of BLCS would testify of how demanding our programs are.

4.   The level of scholarship developed by Graham over those seventeen years was exceptional. This may be one of the reasons Dr. Hurd did not address the article directly. Perhaps the logic, research, and expressed scholarship would have been too much work to refute.

With that said, let’s review some of the specific allegations that Dr. Hurd makes in his post.

1.   Personal concerns about a statement he writes regarding himself (this is a direct clip and paste from his site).

I was a professor of psychiatry (1976-1985), and psychotherapy attracts a great number of frauds. I helped found a Seminar on Religion and Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia in 1983. One of our goals was to try and repair the educational deficiencies of poorly trained “pastoral councilors.” Since I have seen firsthand the sort of damage so-called pastoral councilors can cause due to inadequate, or incompetent training, I have learned to read the backgrounds of these people very carefully.

This is a brief statement concerning the academic pedigree of Dr. Hurd (again, a direct clip and paste from his site):

I received a doctorate in Social Science (emphasis in Anthropology) from the University of California, Irvine in 1976. For the next 10 years I was a medical researcher and professor of psychiatry leaving the Medical College of Georgia in 1985. I held numerous adjunct appointments and returned full-time to archaeology, my first interest. I have received honors for teaching and research and involved dozens of undergraduate students in published research.

I am concerned that someone with his background in the field of psychiatry would not know how to spell counselor; he uses “councilors” (which means a member of a council). I would have considered this a typographical error, if it hadn’t appeared twice in the text. He also assumes that the education for a pastoral or biblical counselor needs to be corrected by someone that has no respect for God, no respect for the Bible, and no training within the field. He fails to recognize the truth that biblical counseling is a separate field of study from secular counseling/psychology. In fact, in many areas, their basic philosophies are diametrically opposed to each other. There is currently an ideological war underway between secular psychology and true biblical counseling, so his critique of biblical counseling is comparable to the Russians attempting to correct the policies of the United States.

He then brings up a side issue of Pacific International University, because of its alleged connection to other ministers that support the concept of biblical creation. Personally, I know nothing about PIU, and none of our professors (to my knowledge) are remotely connected to it. I am not sure if PIU was ever accredited with the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions. I have not seen the school listed in any of the publications from AAATI over the years. Dr. Cecil Johnson (now retired) did tell me that he had to bring legal action against several schools over the years that fraudulently listed AAATI as their accrediting body. Part of the application process with AAATI is to provide documentation that the school is operating legally within their state and is associated with a legitimate religious organization. If AAATI did accredit them, then PIU was operating legally at the time accreditation was granted. To be honest, if PIU was endorsing what the Bible actually said regarding creation, that seems to be in their favor as far as I am concerned.

Accusation: (clipped and pasted from Dr. Hurd’s blog)

The “Association of Biblical Life Educators” is a creation of the “Biblical Life College.” The “Christian Missionary Alliance” is a creation of the “Biblical Life College.”

Association of Biblical Life Educators

He insinuates that our establishment of the Association of Biblical Life Educators was somehow a negative action. Who else would have established it? Anything associated with the concept of Biblical Life started in our office in prayer. ABLE was founded to provide certification and to establish ethical standards within a field of biblical counseling which we developed called, “Biblical Life Education.”

National Chaplains Association

Dr. Hurd claims that we established the National Chaplains Association. The NCA was founded around 1890, and BLCS was founded in 1983. You do the math. I joined the NCA in 1984 and became friends with Chaplain Doyle E. Varvel, D.Min. Anyone who has ever met Doyle knows his love for God, God’s people, and His Word. Out of that friendship, I developed the National Chaplains Institute to provide some basic education for the NCA members. That’s what men in ministry do for each other. Out of friendship and a similar vision, it was logical for me to use my resources in education to develop such a program. In contrast, the NCA went from 1890 to 1992 without a school or certification program.

Accusation: (clipped and pasted from Dr. Hurd’s blog)

The association awards military ranks to members based on their academic qualifications, and “service” to the association. Since they accept unaccredited degrees from correspondence schools, the only real criteria must be “service.” And I’ll bet “service” can be measured in cold cash.

The NCA does not sell military rank. Although from what I understand, the NCA was given permission to award rank by Congress back in the 1950’s. [1] Such rank, if awarded, was based on achievements in ministry (i.e., feeding the poor and caring for the sick). I am not personally aware of anyone receiving any type of rank over the past twenty years. Personally, I would prefer that the system of issuing rank be discontinued. It was something that was appropriate in the 1950’s; but in my opinion, it no longer fits within today’s culture.

There is a psychology term called “transference.” Transference refers to the tendency to project one’s own issues or even values onto others. While “cold cash” may motivate Dr. Hurd, it does not motivate Dr. Doyle Varvel; anyone that knows him is aware of his personal sacrifice in his service to God. The love of mammon is actually frowned upon in the circles of faithful believers.

I will officially go on record to state that I do actually “own” the NCA website. Dr. Varvel, as well as many other ministers, does not have the training to create a website. I tend to be the techno-centric point man for the NCA, as well as many other Christian groups that I work with. We have a package deal with our host provider that allows me to set up five websites for a relatively small fee. Since I had an extra package I was not using, I set up the website to help a servant of God that would prefer to spend his time being a chaplain rather than learning to write HTML code.

Christian Missionary Alliance

Dr. Hurd also states that the Christian Missionary Alliance was a creation of BLCS. I wish! The Christian Missionary Alliance was established in 1897, has 500,000 members in the U.S. alone, as well as 2,000 churches. The CMA has produced such great men of faith as A.B. Simpson and A.W. Tozer. CMA also has several regionally accredited, residential colleges, universities, and seminaries in the US and abroad. [2]

The CMA oversight shows me just how much Dr. Hurd wishes to twist facts to make a point that does not exist. Would any real researcher miss something as big as this? Or was he in a hurry just to come up with something to disqualify the article that Graham wrote and did little real investigation?

Teleios Therapy Program

Teleios Therapy was a concept that Dr. Gary Jung developed while conducting his studies at BLCS. Dr. Hurd leaves out the fact that the psychological community does not own the term “therapy.” The term “therapy” is used by many professions. It refers to a systematic approach to something that has therapeutic properties (i.e., properties that bring some type of healing). Teleios is one of the Greek words used in the New Testament that is translated “mature or whole.” The premise of Teleios Therapy is to provide a therapeutic biblical approach to harmonize the lifestyle of the believer with Scripture. The process basically involves identifying areas in the life of the believer (whether beliefs or actions) that do not line up with Scripture and assist them in their journey to wholeness and biblicity. The assessment tools are not psychometric instruments in nature. They are temperament (i.e., learning how God made you) and belief-system assessment tools. Dr. Hurd has absolutely no expertise in this area. I am sure he is adept with the use of Meyers-Briggs, Taylor-Johnson, and the many other outstanding psychological testing instruments out there. In fact, in the past, we utilized certification programs for these instruments within our counseling degrees. Over time, we opted out of the use of such programs and went with a more biblical approach.

Accusation: (clipped and pasted from Dr. Hurd’s blog)

This really translates to $180 for the credits, plus $225.00 for the “biblical psychometric testing materials.” But, there is an even better discount price if you buy through “God’s Business Incorporated,” (A most appropriate, and shockingly honest name). They can get your credits for just $165, but “Dr.” Jung still wants full ticket for his “Teleios Therapy” paperwork.

Note that he confuses Teleios with some type of psychometric testing. As I have already explained, it is a temperament and belief-system assessment program. He makes the assumption that Dr. Jung is somehow in it for the money, even though the prices are extremely affordable. [3] After spending years researching and developing Teleios Therapy, Dr. Jung gave the rights to all of the materials to BLCS. Beyond the comprehension of his secular mind, this generous action by Dr. Jung proves that it is not about the money; it is about serving our wonderful Creator (another message Dr. Hurd most likely hates). The fact is, we charge enough to keep that aspect of the ministry going and the vision God has given us alive.

Final Note: Of course, no insurance company would pay for the use of Teleios Therapy or for Biblical Counseling. Insurance pays for medical treatment and psychological therapy, which is extremely expensive. Most ministers donate their time or ask that their expenses be covered. All of the tests included in the Teleios Therapy take several hours to grade by hand and develop a ministry model specifically designed for the one being ministered to. A compensation for this much time and effort is fair.

Accusation: (clipped and pasted from Dr. Hurd’s blog)

Dr. Jung is the creator of Teleios Therapy (more on that later) and serves on the Board of the Association of Biblical Life Educators. He is listed on the Biblical Life website as being the Senior Pastor of Hillside Alliance Church, an ordained ministry with the Christian Missionary Alliance, and as a professor at San Jose Christian College (accessed Friday, Oct. 14, 2011).

I easily learned that San Jose Christian College changed its name in 2003 to “William Jessup University.” They have no record of “Gary A. Jung” on their faculty.

I personally was involved in both mailing transcripts to the former San Jose Christian College and filled out an evaluation for Dr. Jung when he was offered a position as an instructor. I also had interaction with him at the university. When he first went to work there, the name was San Jose Christian College. During his tenure, there was a name change to William Jessup University. We only update our catalog every four or five years, and the website is updated at the same time. University websites usually do not list every instructor or professor. I am sure that Dr. Hurd did not dig much deeper than that. If he had, he would have realized that the university was owned by the Christian Missionary Alliance – an organization he claims was created and owned by Biblical Life College and Seminary.

Dr. Hurd’s Problems with Rabbi Bruce Booker, Ph.D.

For some reason, in Dr. Hurd’s attempt to disqualify Graham, he brings Dr. Bruce Booker into his crosshairs. He skillfully dissects the truth and refuses to address many issues that would refute his position (again, another tactic of an Alenski-ite).

Accusation: (clipped and pasted from Dr. Hurd’s blog)

Colombia Pacific University (CPU) was closed by court order in 2000, but the court did not review degrees awarded between 1978 and mid-1997. The first implementation of the 1989 Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act was in 1991. Columbia Pacific University was given a provisional "grandfather" status its degree programs, and faculty qualifications were reviewed. When this was done in 1996, this so-called school was found to fail minimal standards for a degree-granting institution.

So, “Doctor” Booker has quite a distinguished academic pedigree, one degree from an unaccredited correspondence school, two more from another unaccredited correspondence school that was ordered to cease and desist by the State of California for unethical, and unprofessional practices (i.e. awarding fake degrees), then back to the first correspondence “college” for another ‘doctorate,’ and then joining the faculty of his unaccredited alma mater.

The truth is that he left out a lot of history and facts in his presentation. Dr. Booker reviewed his accusations, did some research, and provided findings from other legitimate websites. With 29 pages of documentation in Dr. Booker’s rebuttal, here is Dr. Hurd’s response:

So, a few days ago I received an email from Rabbi(?) Booker. It seems he had been trying to get in contact to let me know he was unhappy with my two paragraph review of his education, and that he had composed a stunning (29 page) refutation, "Bruce R. Booker’s Degrees and Affiliations." Most of it is a cut-n-paste job, and I cannot help but wonder if this follows a pattern of Booker’s early scholarship. I have no idea. If one of my students passed this in for credit, I would have flunked them.

Notice that he refuses to address any of the information that Dr. Booker provided in his refutation. Of course he was clipping and pasting in his rebuttal; it was published information from legitimate sites that were refuting the statements made by Dr. Hurd. Now I am going to “clip and paste” from information available on the Internet regarding Columbia Pacific University as well. (By the way, when one “clips and pastes” from other sources, it is called a “citation” and results in a footnote. As an educator, when I grade papers that lack proper citations and footnoting, that represents a complete lack of research on the student’s part. That, my friend, is how you get an “F” at Biblical Life.)

Although I never was associated with CPU, as a researcher, I prefer to keep an open mind and not be swayed by an agenda.

Let’s start with Dr. Bear. For many years, Dr. Bear’s Guides were the de facto reference guides for nontraditional schooling.

Bear’s Guide highly recommended CPU with the following words:

Columbia Pacific is the largest university in the United States and one of the largest in the world offering non-resident Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorates. Despite the size, students report an extremely high level of personal attention from the faculty and staff. The faculty numbers more than 400, nearly all with traditional Doctorates. Two former presidents of major accredited universities serve as two of the deans of Columbia Pacific, and their president, Richard Crews, is a prominent psychiatrist with his medical degree from Harvard…. Degrees are offered in dozens of subject areas, including business, administration and management, engineering, psychology, education, holistic health, health sciences administration, architecture, and nutrition. Special programs are created for students wishing to work in specialized areas… The University has two campuses: a million-dollar university-owned urban campus in downtown San Rafael (just north of San Francisco) and a 13-acre North Campus in northern Marin County, with library, student housing and other facilities. There is an office in England, where a special program in travel and tourism is offered jointly with British Air, and where former Prime Minister Harold Wilson is one of many prominent people serving as honorary fellows of the university (Bear, 1985, p. 96).

Bear concluded his detailed review of CPU with the following recommendation:

No other non-resident doctorate-granting institution has a staff with the credentials, reputation, and experience of Columbia Pacific. Many major universities, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton have expressed a willingness to accept C.P.U. degrees. Hundreds of C.P.U. alumni have written me (more than from any other school) to praise the very personal approach, the valuable learning experience, and the usefulness of their degrees (1985, p. 96).

Dr. Hurd completely forgets to mention all of these facts.

Here are some other facts:

C.P.U. was the first California approved institution to gain full Institutional Approval in 1986. It now has over 7,500 alumni in 60 countries. When operating, it was the largest distance learning institution in America. Bear adds that no other alternative non-residential Doctorate-granting institution has officers who approach the reputation, prestige, and experience of those of C.P.U. I have had more positive, enthusiastic feedback from students and alumni of C.P.U. than from any other school, accredited or not. These people praise the very personal approach, the valuable learning experience, the comparatively low cost, and the value of the degree to them. C.P.U. operates from a large leased building just north of San Francisco and from a 13-acre residential retreat center (with library, student housing, etc.) in Northern Marin County. There is also a residential psychology program in Santa Cruz, and offices in England.

C.P.U. was rated by the California State Department of Education as “consistent in quality” with regionally accredited institutions. All new schools are unaccredited, and when C.P.U. was operating, it could not become regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) because WASC at that time did not accredit any nonresidential “distance learning” (now called on-line educational programs) institutions. Of course, this has now changed, in part due to the pioneering work of C.P.U.. In 1995, C.P.U. had begun to develop the residence requirement to earn full regional accreditation, and was then preparing to apply for regional accreditation.

Note: All of this information was extracted from a report completed by a CPU graduate that had done his homework. Unlike Dr. Hurd’s review, this graduate’s 40 page report included dozens of citations to prove his conclusions and provided an impressive list of highly successful graduates within their chosen fields. (You can download his report using this link.) I found his report honest and well written. You will have to make up your own mind.

At one time, CPU was a shining example of nontraditional education set on the hillside for all to see. Maybe they endeavored to reach too high too quickly. I do not know what caused this fall from grace at CPU. When you start making inroads into secular education, you are affecting an industry that involves millions of dollars in tuition every year. (Today, it would be billions.) Some of the problems at CPU are seen in many regionally accredited schools but do not result in such fallout. Was it corruption in the school or was it the result of political fallout? The Internet is filled with speculation from both sides of the CPU argument.

The fact remains that (at the time Dr. Booker studied at CPU) it was highly respected, and the State of California considered it equal to any regionally accredited school in the State. Over the years, there have been regionally accredited schools that either lost their accreditation or were shut down because of academic or financial problems. The degrees of those graduates were not put into question, especially if they graduated before the problems caused the downfall of the school. Why is that same courtesy not extended to Dr. Booker?

Dr. Hurd also seems to question that Bruce is actually a Rabbi, although the last time I checked, he held credentials with two recognized Messianic groups. He has served as a Rabbi/Pastor to several Messianic congregations over the years. Dr. Hurd failed to mention that Dr. Booker has written over a dozen books within the field of Messianic studies that are used by believers worldwide. (He seems to miss a lot of information in the development of his diatribes.)

The Reason Behind the Establishment of BLCS

First of all, let me state that it was not for the money. There are so many things that I could do in life that would easily produce a better income for my family, without all of the hassles of ministry.

It was not my first choice. I had plans and dreams of my own, but when I answered the call to ministry, God changed everything. This may be something beyond the ken of Dr. Hurd. When God places a vision in your heart to do something in His Kingdom, everything else takes a back seat.

I developed the educational ministry of Biblical Life College and Seminary out of a vision that God gave to me while I was still in the military in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. I saw many individuals answer the call to ministry, but they could not find or afford the proper education to prepare them for service in the Kingdom of God. I gathered some newly called ministers around me and began teaching them the proper principles of biblical interpretation, how to study the Bible, etc. Out of that environment, God gave me a vision for an educational system that utilities “out of the box” thinking. It has never been about money, large buildings, or fame. It has always been about helping aspirants prepare for a ministry that would honor God and serve His people.

The first seven years were the hardest. Those years I worked several secular jobs and served as pastor of a small community church, while developing the school when I had the time. In all those years, I did not take one penny of salary from the school. I knew that God would bless and take care of both myself and my family. I stayed faithful to the vision.

Today, a forty-hour-week ministry would seem like a vacation. Between Biblical Life College and Seminary, writing books, filming for Biblical Life TV, and recording for the Biblical Life Deep Water Podcasts, I am either working or thinking about what needs to be done all the time. This year during my vacation time, I turned it into a “staycation” to work on a new book that the publisher wants finished by the end of July. The purpose of the book is to prepare the Body of Christ for the days ahead. Assailants of the Body of Christ are multiplying exponentially these days.

After working through my yearly vacation, I returned to work to be confronted by half-truths that were written to further the cause of an anti-biblical, anti-Christian agenda (how strategic of the enemy, especially in view of what I am writing). I cannot describe the personal accostment that I felt when viewing over thirty years of prayer, sweat, and blood dismissed in a few lines of supposition and twisted facts. In fact, I pray that you never have to experience this. Today, instead of working to meet our students’ needs, praying for Christians that are suffering, or continuing the writing project that so desperately needs completing, I had to stop all of that and spend an entire day in research and in development of a proper response (as well as get my flesh under control) – what a waste of Kingdom time!

If you are looking at BLCS and wondering why we use some professors that were formally students (although we have professors from traditional schools as well – another fact Dr. Hurd forgets to mention) is because they get it! They understand the mission of BLCS and want to work with me to see the vision fulfilled. They receive no salaries from the school. Many donate their work to assist in the training of ministers. Others will receive a small stipend from book or lecture sales. The only professor that charges an additional grading fee is Dr. Coke (graduate of the California Graduate School of Theology – Fuller Theological Seminary) because grading Greek and Hebrew is extremely time consuming. (If I were Dr. Coke, I would double the fee. Yes, it’s that labor-intensive! Just don’t tell him I said so.) We struggle to keep the tuition affordable in order to keep our students out of the Guaranteed Student Loan Program (which has become a nightmare for so many). Our quest is to protect their minds from contamination by the anti-biblical agenda that is sweeping through academia today (to include many Christian universities and seminaries).

If you are a student or graduate, you know that Dr. Hurd’s comments are absolutely false. Our course work is tough; it is challenging; and it is life-changing! Don’t let someone else’s agenda distract you from making progress in your studies or advancing in ministry. Jesus warned us:

Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV)
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Biblical Life College and Seminary has been falsely judged for not plugging into the educational matrix and becoming part of the Babylonian System. I have no desire to be a part of that system or to allow it to control what my students can or cannot learn. I love them too much. I want them to succeed in ministry and honor God by staying true to His Word – in and out of the pulpit.

In regards to Dr. Hurd, we need to pray for his salvation. If he received his doctorate back in the 1970’s, he is closer to meeting his Maker than most of us. I pray that he discovers the truth about Creation and the Bible before he leaves this life!


[1] This is something I read in an NCA newsletter written by the previous National Commander of the NCA prior to Dr. Varvel taking that position in 1983.

[2] https://www.cmalliance.org/

[3] If we were in it for the money, we would be charging thousands of dollars, plus additional fees whenever the profile tools are used.