Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

30 Οὐ δύναμαι ἐγὼ ποιεῖν ἀπ᾽ ἐμαυτοῦ οὐδέν· καθὼς ἀκούω κρίνω, καὶ ἡ κρίσις ἡ ἐμὴ δικαία ἐστίν, ὅτι οὐ ζητῶ τὸ θέλημα τὸ ἐμὸν ἀλλὰ τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πέμψαντός με. (John 5:30 NA27)

30 “I am not able to do from myself. As I hear I judge and my judgment is just because I do not seek my will but the will of the one who sent me.” (John 5:30 a personal translation from the NA27 Greek text)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Apostle John said in John 1:1-5, “Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν θεόν.  πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἕν. ὃ γέγονεν ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων·  καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ…

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Whom Shall I Fear?


The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:1-14 ESV)


Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

24 Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ὁ τὸν λόγον μου ἀκούων καὶ πιστεύων τῷ πέμψαντί με ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον καὶ εἰς κρίσιν οὐκ ἔρχεται, ἀλλὰ μεταβέβηκεν ἐκ τοῦ θανάτου εἰς τὴν ζωήν. (John 5:24 NA27)

24 “Amen, amen I say to you that the one who hears my Word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and does not come into judgment, but has been transferred out of death into life. (John 5:24 a personal translation from the NA27 Greek text)

I was listening to a discussion today between several theologians as they contrasted the reaction the 1st Century Jews had to Jesus’ claim to deity with that of the heretics who came later. These 1st Century Jews took Jesus’ words in John 5 about his relationship to the Father as claims of deity, that is, making himself equal with God (John 5:18). Heretics…

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When I Look Back


When I look back on the derailing my faith took the year after my son was born (2007) primarily because I became involved in the women’s ministry Bible studies in my former church, I am so so grieved. When I think about the fact that I walked into my denominational “Christian” bookstore, Lifeway Christian Stores, seeking help in order to grow in my walk with Christ and I walked out with New Age meditation, sorcery, and all manner of idolatry disguised as solid Biblical teaching, I am sick!  I am sick knowing that every day across this country millions of women (and men) are being led astray from the truth into a realm of deception weaved by masterful and emotionally driven women; women, who like me, are compassionate toward hurting people and women who likely have a desire to help their fellow man and fellow “sisters in Christ” (I use that term very loosely), but women, nonetheless who are woefully Biblically ignorant and ill qualified to be teaching. 

Just A Spoonful Of Sugar Makes The Poison Go Down

But, then, when I think about the GRACE the PURE GRACE and PURE MERCY of my God who, despite my sinful slip, allowed me to go just far enough to recognize how far I had gone and then yanked me back to His Word! His true and freeing Word!  When I think about THAT, I am overwhelmed with praise, worship, and gratitude to such a gracious God!  And no matter how many friends or loved ones it might cost me to speak this truth, I can not stop.  I must tell my other sisters out there who may be like I was, deceived by emotions and flowery stories  from talented women, but nonetheless still deceived; I must tell them the TRUTH!

Does anyone remember the movie, Nine to Five?  Remember the scene where Lily Tomlin’s character is high and is hallucinating that she is Snow White and is making coffee for her boss? She is singing with birds twirping around her head all the while she is putting Rat Poison in the cup instead of Coffee Creamer!!  THAT IS exactly what we have going on in the visible evangelical “church” today.

The very FIRST women’s study I participated in at my former church was Priscilla Shirer’s “He Speaks to Me” a study that completely turned me inward to listen to a voice inside rather than OUTWARD to look to the ALREADY SPOKEN Word of God.  Ken Silva shared today yet another slipping into apostasy by teachers who have rejected the pure objective Word of God in exchange for a mystical, subjective, inner voice.

PRISCILLA SHIRER EXCITED HER BROTHER PERFORMED AT JOEL OSTEEN’S HERETICAL WORD FAITH CHURCH

By on Nov 26, 2012 in Current Issues, Features

One of the trends I’ve been monitoring here at Apprising Ministries is the increasing syncretism of Word Faith mythology into the mainstream of evangelicalism.

A good example is two-time Elephant Room vet and Seeker Driven prophet-leader Steven Furtick, e.g. Steven Furtick As Televangelist At Lakewood Church Of Joel Osteen.

That’s why I showed you earlier that Joel Osteen Has Influenced Steven Furtick Longer Than You May Know. This most definitely is not something to be proud of at all.

Neither is this tweet from Priscilla Shirer, who promotes Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism and works closely with Beth Moore, another quasi-elder like herself:


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Evans, Jr. had retweeted the following comment concerning his performance at the Word Faith church Joel Osteen:

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To learn more and to be better prepared as we continue to watch the decline in Biblical truth by the visible evangelical movement, follow Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries