A Mormon abandons LDS for real relationship with Christ

Read this story today.   From the uninitiated, Mormonism appears close to Christianity but actually its very different.

This story this family escapes from the LDS movement


I was surprised that the article says 85% of Mormons come from a evangelical background.  One of the most difficult articles I wrote recently was on what I call “Hyper Hebrew Roots” which is a legalistic cult to gradually gets people to deny grace, their church and the New Testament in favour of law keeping.   This is why I love Israel and ministry to the Jewish people, but the number of religious weirdos popping up on the web who say they are “Hebrew Roots” or “Torah experts” horrifies me.  These don’t bring Yeshua to Jewish people, but look at bringing Judaic practices to gentile Christians in a mixed up confused way.

These cult groups I wrote a few months ago couldn’t be any further away from real Messianic Jews and traditional Jews in Israel which I love and respect.

The fact that some Christians get off track into weird teaching isn’t a surprise as the bible warns this would happen here. 1 Timothy 4 : 1

France finds out the hard way of trying to divide God’s land

Back in May, I saw this:

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Apparently the French think they can fix the Middle East crisis themselves without consulting Israel.

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Then this happened….

Joel 3:2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

Zechariah 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Any nation that intends to interfere with God’s holy nation Israel will not be tolerated.

It genuinely frightens me in my beloved UK with leaders like Jeremy Corbyn that also want to tamper with Israel’s security and harm trade with businesses there.


Trip to Turkey 21. Signs of unrest in Tarsus

Turkey is meant to be the most secular Islamic country in the middle east, but there are signs of it becoming less stable and more observant.

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This military vehicle which looks almost like a tank was outside a police station, on my way from my hotel to the city centre.

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There were two new mosques on this 2km or so street.   Both look almost finished, I’m guess there is some kind of rendering over the concrete face not yet completed.    This looks like your average novelty box of crayola type mosque, not like some of the more outlandish buildings I saw in Morocco.

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This hastily painted over graffiti was close to my hotel and the waterfall.  You can see there is mention of the PKK, the extreme Kurdish groups that did some bomb attacks recently.

I’m not sure how stable Tarsus and much of Turkey is currently, I checked all the news before I cam here, and I didn’t want to go to Istanbul or Ankara which have had fatal bombing in recent times.   So far as as far as I have Google searched there is never been a terrorist attack in Tarsus.

Part of the reason for doing this trip now (April 2016) is things could turn out very different if the always unstable middle east charges tides this direction.   I wanted to see these place while I can.

I feel that peace between the Kurds and Turks can only happen through Christ.

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Burley. The New Forest’s dark secret

A couple of years ago, I was looking at taking a weekend break and visit my brother who lived in the New Forest.

Lyndhurst.  A quaint English village with ponies, deer, tea rooms, antiques shop and a Ferrari dealership!

I love the New Forest, in 2008 I had the chance to work for the New Forest NHS trust fixing computers in hospitals and clinics in places like Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Tatchbury Mount, Beauliu, and Lymington.   This jobs was a dream for me, as I have spent times hiking and camping there, and this job let me do some brief walking around during.

I was talking about trying to book a youth hostel in the New Forest, and found a listing for just one, in a village called Burley.   My mum overheard me and told me not to got there, it has a reputation for having a history in witchcraft.

So I thought my mum was joking until I looked it up on Google Streetmap view.  Who would know a sleepy English village would be based around the occult?


Witchcraft, occult and spiritual warfare is not just something of curiosity horror films and goth meet up parties, its very real.   Certain places I have visited you can sense it.  I’ve seen a friend delivered from an evil spirit, (who immediately accepted Christ and threw out loads of New Age stuff she previously had)  I’ve seen grown men had nervous breakdowns whilst working in the Holy Land and need to get a family member to escort them home on a plane.   I’ve seen things move around the room at 3am in my friend’s flat in a town in the Galilee, which I realised in the morning what it was later.  Actually thinking about it historically and biblically, Jesus dealt with casting out demons all the time in and around the Galilee area.

I’d still like to visit the New Forest, but not Burley. 🙂  I’m really glad I heard my mum’s advice now!

Finally I’ve used this passage lots of times regarding the occult, new age and spiritual warfare but it deserves a mention again.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.