It Is The Lord! – John Boruff

Based on John 21:1-14.
A# – 1st fret power chord
Cp – 3rd fret power chord
Pm – Palm mute

VERSE 1

Cp/Em   Cp/Em  Cp/Em   A#/Cp/Em
Ahh,      Ahh,     Ahh
Cp       Em                   Cp / Em
After the crucifixion
Cp      Em             A#/Cp/Em
Jesus appeared again
Cp                Em                      Cp/Em
Their hearts were all affliction
Cp                      Em                          A# / Cp / Em
Till their boat came ’round the bend
Cp/Em   Cp/Em   Cp/Em          A#/Cp/Em   | A#/Cp/Em
Ahh,      Ahh,      Ahh

CHORUS x 4

Pm-A#——-A#      A#—A#
       Memories to betray
Pm-Em——-Em      ————-high pick – O
       Fade away, fade away

VERSE 2

Cp/Em   Cp/Em  Cp/Em   A#/Cp/Em
Ahh,      Ahh,     Ahh
Cp                           Em                     Cp / Em
“Throw your net onto the right side.”
Cp                 Em                   A#/Cp/Em
It was a large number of fish
Cp                                Em                   Cp/Em
“It is the Lord!” the apostle John cried
         Cp                             Em                     A# / Cp / Em
And they sat on the beach and had a dish
Cp/Em   Cp/Em   Cp/Em          A#/Cp/Em   | A#/Cp/Em
Ahh,      Ahh,      Ahh

CHORUS x 4

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The Pathetic State of Pentecostal Churches – John Boruff

Thoughts from Hank Hanegraaff’s Christianity in Crisis. The Vineyard churches look more promising.

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The Clouds of Heaven – John Boruff

Based on Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 20:2, 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, and 2 Thess. 1:8.
A# – power chord on 1st fret
Cp – power chord on 3rd fret
C#5 – power chord on 4th fret

VERSE 1
E
Behold, the Lord comes with
Cp                                   A#
Ten thousands of His saints
E
To judge the wicked forthwith
Cp                         A#
Satan is now in chains

Everyone on earth will see Him
And hear the trumpet blast
Heaven’s faces lookin’ so grim
To bring justice at last

CHORUS x2
   E
I saw in the night visions
C#5                              A#
One like the Son of Man
E
Coming with the clouds of Heaven
C#5          A#
To fulfill His holy plan

VERSE 2

With the voice of the archangel
And the trumpet call of God
A moment sweet and painful
To destroy religious fraud

In flaming fire and vengeance
On them that know not God
All the saints in attendance
They cry and they applaud

CHORUS x2

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Two Calvinistic Conundrums: Stemming From An Over-Realized Eschatology – John Boruff

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.                                                                                                                                – John 10:28

It seems that this is the key verse from which all Calvinistic views of salvation rest upon. The view of “once saved, always saved,” which may very well be called the gospel of Calvinism. It can be found mostly among Southern Baptists; and anyone who follows after the New Calvinist and Reformed ministries. For all the good that has come out of Puritanism, the Westminster Confession, and such like evangelicalism—there can be no mistaking that the unclean spirit of eternal security is always lurking in the shadows, ready to surface and pounce on any Arminian who might suggest that personal sanctification and obedience to God’s law might be necessary for salvation: “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). This makes them cringe. This is not to ignore the Paul Washers and the J. I. Packers. Such men understand and emphasize the importance of Biblical holiness. But this is not the majority view of Calvinists; and Washer knows it all too well.

There is nowhere in Scripture that plainly teaches the concept of unconditional eternal security or “once saved, always saved.” It has to be taught by a Bible study teacher or a pastor first, and then it is read into the Scriptures by everyone else. They even try to interpret Hebrews 6 and 10 in such a way as to explain away the clear warnings against losing salvation. Historically, “losing your salvation” has been called apostasy. But even the verse above, John 10:28, does not imply that there is no such thing as apostasy. Unbiased commentators will tell you that it really has to do with “them” who are following the Lord, who are living a holy life, and are listening to and obeying the voice of God. It is these people, and these alone, who will go to Heaven AFTER THEY DIE, and experience eternal life IN HEAVEN, and once they are in Heaven, they will not be able to sin or fall or go to Hell: no devil will be able to “snatch them out” of God’s hand, because they will be in Heaven already. The core of the issue is that today’s Calvinism has an over-realized eschatology. They do with the doctrine of assurance, what the Methodists unfortunately did with the doctrine of glorification, and said you could experience such things BEFORE YOU DIE: the kind of perfect assurance or perfect holiness that the saints experience after they have arrived IN HEAVEN. At least in Methodism, with its error of perfectionism, people are erring on the side of strict moral responsibility. In Calvinism, however, they err on the side of moral IRRESPONSIBILITY, a false view of grace, and expect God to forgive them incessantly without repentance and change of life. So often this is the case; and I think that Luther, Calvin, and most of the Puritans roll over in their graves at the sight of this. Thankfully, when the Assemblies of God was founded, they steered clear of both the doctrines of eternal security and entire sanctification. Good for them.

When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.                                                                                                         – 1 Corinthians 13:10, KJV

Then there are the John MacArthur fans. They wrongly think that this verse teaches cessationism or the idea that miracles don’t happen today. They think “that which is perfect” is the closed canon of the Bible; and “that which is in part” are dreams, visions, and the voice of God. Unbiased commentators will again point to the fact that this stems from an over-realized eschatology. “That which is perfect” refers to the second coming of Christ (if not life in Heaven, and seeing God face to face); and that “that which is in part” and “shall be done away” means that we will have no need for miraculous gifts once we have entered into Heaven. This is because miraculous gifts, with their partial revelations in obscure dreams, still help the church on earth to have stronger faith in the Gospel (Mark 16:20).

Cessationism first appeared in some of the early writings of Augustine, and then in Calvin (both of whom later became charismatics), and then was solidified in the Westminster Confession ch. 1, and especially in B. B. Warfield’s Counterfeit Miracles (1918), just four years after the Assemblies of God was founded. The tradition of cessationism was continued in three books by John MacArthur: The Charismatics (1978), Charismatic Chaos (1992), and Strange Fire (2013). His views remain basically the same in all of them, but they are updated with new information, as they attack new charismatic leaders that crop up. In 1978 he attacked Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, and the Assemblies of God. In 1992 he attacked prosperity gospel preachers (Word of Faith), the Vineyard, and IHOP. In 2013 he attacked Bethel Church, and again attacked the Vineyard, IHOP, and prosperity preachers. This is not to say MacArthur’s feedback is worthless. Its actually very helpful. 1. Its a great thing that he exposes the prosperity preachers as false prophets and false teachers. I wholeheartedly agree; and so did David Wilkerson. 2. It goes to show Pentecostals how non-Pentecostals view them. 3. It also goes to show how wrong MacArthur is by simplistically equating tongues with cult activity. Just because Pentecostals speak in tongues and have religious experiences that non-Pentecostals don’t experience, it does not mean they are no different than Mormons or other cults. In MacArthur’s mind, there is no difference between the Assemblies of God and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church). “Both speak in tongues and claim to hear God’s voice, so what’s the difference?” So thinks MacArthur. Well, the difference is quite clearly found in their theology and doctrines. Assemblies of God has an array of theological and practical books published by Gospel Publishing House. But the Latter-Day Saints go so far as to publish something called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Mormons go too far. They add to the Scriptures and apparently consider the Bible to be an open canon. That is something that Assemblies of God, the Vineyard, and most non-denominational charismatic churches would never, ever allow. To them it is clear that the “open canon” idea equals cult.

But it is a spirit of unbelief which says that God is no longer giving miraculous gifts. Their whole purpose was not to authenticate apostles as Bible writers. Some Biblical writers didn’t work any miracles that we know of (for example: Mark, Luke, and Jude). Peter’s and Paul’s miracles happened so long ago that they have not been seen nor observed by modern man. They were apparently recorded for us to be points of reference, or blueprints, for what to expect from God today. God has consistently given direct revelations and miracles through Catholic saints, Covenanters, Quakers, Methodists, Pentecostals, and charismatics because He is always trying to increase the faith of Christians in the reality of God and the truth of the Gospel. That’s what miracles are for. Jack Deere does a great job at explaining this in Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Appendix B: “Did Miraculous Gifts Cease With the Apostles?”

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Defending David Wilkerson – Andrew Strom

Wilkerson is gone now, and it is easy to forget. But the fact is,
there were often many in the modern Charismatic movement who
basically opposed all that David Wilkerson stood for. They described
him as a “Doom and Gloom” merchant – always warning of what
was coming and calling the nation and the church to REPENTANCE.

I received an email from some U.S friends awhile ago who had
just gone back to a Pentecostal church after some years. They
told me, “If I bring up David Wilkerson, they all get a hateful,
angry look on their face.” Isn’t that terribly sad.

Even though David Wilkerson was the one man who consistently
warned America of cataclysms just like the ones we have seen,
he was still denigrated. Even though he was proved right, still they
detested him! I think it is because his major message was
“REPENT”. And he didn’t pussy-foot around like a lot of these
other so-called “prophets”.

When the “God Wants You Rich” prosperity message began to
spread, David was one of the few leaders who publicly refuted it
and called the people to repent from the “love of money”. Many
hated him for that. Especially because he is so direct and
up-front.

And when the ‘Toronto Blessing’ came along, with churches full
of the most weird and often ugly behaviour – he called it like it
was. He was one of the few (if any) Pentecostal leaders who
actually stood up publicly and refuted this new ‘spirit’ that was
invading the church. You can imagine how despised he was
for that.

There is a ‘Prophetic’ movement in the world today that is in
my opinion very far removed from the word ‘Prophet’. It sells
truckloads of books and holds untold conferences, but at the
end of the day it is a mealy-mouthed travesty of the word
‘Prophetic’. It retains its popularity because it is almost always
“positive” and up-lifting. The voice of an Amos or Jeremiah is
rarely (if ever) heard in its ranks – let alone a “John the Baptist”.
It is almost never blunt or confrontational – especially about sin.

A lot of this movement has a chronic obsession with the ‘religious
spirit’. Everywhere these people look all they can see are religious
spirits of legalism, pharisaism, etc. Thus they are always talking
about “grace, grace, grace”. The words “Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement” are almost a horror to them, because they are
so fearful of being ‘religious’. And thus when they come across
a prophet who actually preaches on Sin, Righteousness and
Judgement (-which are the very things Jesus said His Spirit
would CONVICT of), they reject him. Every true prophet that I
know of down through history has been a ‘Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement’ preacher. So has every true Revivalist. (Finney,
Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards, etc). It is part of the job description!

We have invented a new meaning for the term ‘Prophetic’ in
our day that is far below the standard of the Bible. And far
below the standard that must be in place to see a true Revival.
I think it was God’s spokesman Ezekiel who coined the term
“pillow prophets”. That is the last thing that America needs in
her hour of crisis. What is needed are voices who truly tell it like
it is – who WARN the people, no matter what the cost. -A ‘clear
trumpet sound’.

David Wilkerson was just such a voice. And he was almost a
‘lone’ voice – though thank God he was widely heard. I believe
God placed him in New York deliberately – the city that
combines world political power with world financial power and
world media power. David was “God’s man” in that city – I truly
believe this. And if he said that God’s message to America
through these events was “REPENT” then personally I would
believe him rather than any mealy-mouthed ‘prophet’ who said
otherwise.

David hated sin and deception so much, and loved God and
the people so much, that he could not stand to be silent when
God’s heart-truths were being trampled underfoot. That is the
mark of a true prophet. He will be sorely missed.

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Various Revelations (2001 – 2012) – John Boruff

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A War In Heaven – John Boruff

Based on Ezekiel 28:12-15, Isaiah 14:12-15, and Revelation 12:7-12.

A# – power chord on 1st fret
C#5 – power chord on 4th fret

VERSE 1

C                                  D                                   A / D
All was well in Eden, the garden of God

All was well on the holy mount of God
All was well in Heaven among the sons of God
O Lucifer, you were perfect in your ways
Until iniquity was found in thee

RAP BREAK 1 x2

A#–A#–pm–pm–A#/C#5/Em
And there was war in Heaven
The ho–ly angels fought with the dragon
And his demons fought, but they failed
Neither were they found anymore in Heaven

VERSE 2

C                                  D                                   A / D
And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven

Now is come salvation, and strength,
And the kingdom of our God,
And the power of his Christ
For the accuser of our brethren is cast down

RAP BREAK 2 x2

A#–A#–pm–pm–A#/C#5/Em
And-they-overcame by the blood of the Lamb

And by the word of their testimony
But woe to the inhabitants of the earth
For the devil’s come down, having great wrath

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