Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
The Cult of Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda
04/10/2007 - Jeff DownsJust as we had a cult born before our eyes as in Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite, here we have another in Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda.
Don't miss this very important interview, which took place on The Narrow Mind with guest Johnny Navarro last evening.
Johnny has done his homework and is to be commended.
04/02/2007 - James WhiteLooks like the blog flood has subsided a bit! Wore TQuid and cds and DV out, I do believe! By the way, I wanted to especially thank cds for that tremendous series on Qadar. If you missed it, head for the March archive and make sure you catch up! Speaking of that, I have been playing catch-up on "real life" stuff that I had to put on hold while the book was being written (you know, like, cars and family and stuff---son getting married, daughter headed off to college, little things like that), and I even rode El Tour de Phoenix on Saturday (I hadn't had time to really train or anything, so it was a survival ride--but a most enjoyable one that now has me hoping to be disciplined enough to ride El Tour de Tucson again and then try to really improve my time in El Tour de Phoenix in '08).
This week brings us the LDS Easter Pageant in Mesa, and though we are running into this week without nearly the preparation we have enjoyed in years past, Mormonism is still Mormonism, and the gospel is still what Mormons need to hear. I've written a new tract for this year's pageant, and I hope the KJV Only radicals have finally found some other mission in life other than mocking the Mormons, mocking the church, mocking...everything. I have a feeling things will be a little more active this year if only because the emotions will already be a bit inflamed due to the distribution of the new film on Mormonism. One of the local talk show hosts was talking about how the Mormons are all upset that thousands of videos have been sent to the homes of local Mormons. "Upset? You invented door to door!" In any case, pray for us as we seek to witness to all who attend the Pageant in Mesa, Arizona.
Next, From Toronto to Emmaus arrives tomorrow! If you have pre-ordered it, Rich has been diligently working, and your package is already labeled and ready to go. As soon as the books get here, we will be shipping them out. Of course, if they get here late in the afternoon, right as we are leaving to go to Mesa, then they will go out Wednesday (which is the probable scenario). But we will turn them around as quickly as possible.
We also got some more nice commendations that we will include in future printings of the book. Phil Johnson, grand-mufti of the Pyromaniacs (I bet he hasn't even been notified of that promotion/exaltation, and centuri0n will be miffed), commented,
We've come to expect that every year, just before Easter, the worldwide media will publish some ostensibly monumental new finding about "the quest for the historical Jesus." These are actually thinly-veiled attacks on core Christian beliefs--rooted in shameless cynicism. The "lost tomb" hoax of 2007 was one of the cheesiest, most offensive such assaults, boldly claiming that after nearly two millennia, credible scientific evidence--including DNA tests--had led certain "experts" to conclude that the tomb of Jesus had finally been located. "He is not risen; He is here," the media reported with breathless gullibility.Now that is so kind I might even have to talk to Angel about drawing a nice caricature of Phil some day. Maybe. First I have to send Angel the new book, and at least a Tomb t-shirt. I would send him an aomin.org t-shirt, but he could just buy a t-shirt and draw it himself. Which sort of ruins it. Along with Phil's comments came these from John MacArthur:
The fact that it took James White barely more than two weeks to write a book that conclusively debunks the entire "Jesus tomb" hoax demonstrates two important things: 1) The claims were obviously total rubbish and should never have been publicized in the first place; and 2) There may be no one better equipped than James White to defend the gospel skillfully in every major arena here it is currently under attack. Whether the battleground is historical, theological, textual, linguistic, or biblical, you can count on James to be ready to give a skilled defense of the truth and a convincing reason for the hope that is in him. I love him for that.
James White adroitly dismantles the latest pseudo-scientific ploy of the skeptics. These increasingly clumsy and self-contradictory attempts to discredit the biblical account of the resurrection seem to reflect a growing level of desperation among Christianity's postmodern critics. Dr. White wonderfully responds to this flash-in-the-pan silliness with some timeless truth, highlighting why the Resurrection is vital to all Christian belief, and demonstrating why the testimony of Scripture is trustworthy....
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