Tough Questions You Need To Ask Yourself:
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Mark 13:22 (NKJV)
Tough Questions You Need To Ask Yourself:
Should there be a National Religion?
Would it please God if people took the fate of the world in their own hands?
Should the Ten Commandments be Enforced?
Not only posted in courts, but legally ENFORCED by the same courts?
Should Old Testament Penalties be Enforced?
If someone works on Sunday, should they be executed?
Should America be a Theocracy?
If America joins Church and State, then shouldn't the Government be responsible to punish those that break the Ten Commandments?
Is Your Religion RIGHT, while Others are WRONG?
You've heard sermons and you accept them, by good men, so you know you have to be in the right, while others then have to be in the wrong?
Shouldn't We Crush Pagans as Jesus did the Romans?
Jesus and His followers were in the minority while the ruling Government was decidedly pagan -- shouldn't we remedy the Messiah's mistake?
Aren't Christians BETTER than Pagans? More Important?
Shouldn't we feel special, since we are "saved" and all others are "lost?" If God is going to torture people, forever, couldn't we get a head start?
How is it possible that intelligent, well-rounded, clear-thinking people can end up deathly silent on bunkbeds at Heaven's Gate, reduced to ashes at Waco, or a member of a New Age stadium-sized "mega church" robotically repeating whatever grammar-school mantra they are commanded to chant? Could it happen to you? And what is the bigger picture of this growing deception?
The "Deceiving the Elect" series explores how it is possible, that even the "elect" can be deceived, when they are willing to check in their intellect at the door (and how Christians are especially vunerable), and invest their trust in a charismatic personality, and how the very best place for a cult to hide is right out in the open, bright-tailed and bushy-eyed, every Sunday morning. Conspiracy theories, whispers of illuminati, guillotines in America, extra-terrestrial invasion, New World Order and an ancient intelligence that has set in motion a 175-year deception to dazzle the entire world: to deceive, if possible, even the very elect of God, in the most amazing way. Would you utterly lose your faith in the Truth if millions of people suddenly vanished from our world? Christ warned, implicitly: "DO NOT BE DECEIVED."
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REVIEWS - AMAZON.COM
FIVE STARS - Deceiving the Elect, the Page Turner!, November 11, 2005
Reviewer: K Barb - I bought this book because I read it has the page turning effect of the Left Behind Series. I was not disappointed. From page one you will feel like you're spying on the lives of characters, both good and detestable and you will get caught up in the circumstances that mold them. When you turn the last page you'll be yearning for Book 2. This book is a must read!
FIVE STARS - Good Read, Great Storytelling, November 4, 2005
Reviewer: The Fark (U.S.) - This book was a kick with some quirky characters and some scary reallife parallels to religious nuts today, Id read it again. Like Judgment Day by Jane Jensen and Michael Crictons State of Fear. Good for people in cults.
FIVE STARS - Fascinating!!! August 31, 2005
Reviewer: IK - I've read a quite a few Christian novels and I have to say that reading this one was a unique experience. It exposes so much of what really goes on in the world today and covers so many things that many writers just don't have the guts to touch upon! I found it impossible to put down and took it with me everywhere until I was done. Even if one does not believe or agree with everything in this novel (hey, how often do people react nicely to the truth?), it's a fascinating work that'll pull you right into it and you just have to fall in love with the style and characters, regardless of your beliefs. While Stacey is trying to pick up the pieces of his broken life, Micheal and Joshua search for a perfect church, and Bronte is just too confused to focus too long on reality and many others are too disillusioned and spiritually traumatized to even care anymore, it's awesome to see God at work and faithful in His promises.
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FIVE STARS - a watcher, a reviewer 08/30/05 - Deception at Work - None Exempt
This novel shows how deception works, how even intelligent people who care about the Truth can yet, in fact, BE DECEIVED. In short, yes, even the Elect of God can be deceived. The process is insidious and overwhelmingly tempting to hand over your right to choice to an 'anointed one,' a guru, a cult leader, a charismatic megalomaniac -- once you decide to allow them to decide, then you are open to ANYthing. All the characters in this novel bump into this eternal choice of fate and react to it in sometimes bizarrely different ways. Reality can be as shockingly contrary to popular belief in measures far beyond the extremes of 'The Matrix' movies. This is a book about 'love growing cold,' the fulfillation of the last of end-time prophecies with a completely original approach compared to such books as 'Left Behind' or 'The Last Disciple' or the fantasy novels of Peretti. Goats can truly believe themselves sheep, and the ravening wolves might honestly 'feel called' to 'serve the flock,' even as each tasty morsel of lamb is consumed. Read this book and you may just well begin to have your own quickening dreams.
Also recommended: The Poisonwood Bible, The Rapture of Canan, The Mosquito Coast
FIVE STARS - A reviewer 08/19/05 - An Incredible Work!
I read this book twice and I laughed and cried throughout as I read it. It dives deep into the lives of its' characters and leaves you feeling like you know the people, with whom you end up laughing, for whom you end up hurting in sympathy, and in some cases, on whose behalf you are roused to fury. As Stacey (one of the main characters) struggles to survive the debilitating depression of a failed life, Bronte tries to escape the reality around her as her delicate fingers passionately create ethereal magic on the keys of her piano (those two characters meeting each other is one of my favorite parts of the story). Micheal, Joshua and Grampy Doc are hilarious characters I also fell in love with throughout this novel. For me, reading this work was an amazing experience. One of the things that make it so moving is how real it is as far as portraying the world we live in today (as bad as it is), while still providing ample hope for the very near future!
FIVE STARS - A reviewer 08/19/05 - The best end-times depiction yet written
I've been dissapointed with every end-time novel I've read, 'Left behind' etc., until I read Douglas Larsen's 'Deceiving the Elect'. It is greatly imaginative yet coincides in every way with Bible truth as I know it. The writing is inspired, I believe by God, and Larsen's immense talent for gripping, intricate storytelling makes it one of the best read I've found in years. It seems to be the first in a series and I can't wait to read the next one. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves literature, whether or not you have a faith in God. This writer speaks to the human condition and people everywhere can relate to the struggles of his characters. Larsen breathes life into characters that make you laugh, cry, hurt and rejoice right along with them. These are characters you will enjoy spending time with over and over again. I know I do. So whoever you are, wherever you are, count yourself lucky that you have found this book and enjoy the journey that awaits you!
"Truth never plays false roles of any kind,
which is why people are so surprised when meeting it.
Everyone must decide whether he wants the
uncompromising truth or a counterfeit version of truth.
Real wisdom consists of recommending the truth
to yourself at every opportunity."
- Vernon Howard
"Because I happen to be a Christian and I think my religion teaches me that you should
render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.
Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers, said that we should build a wall
between the church and state. That wall is being deliberately and ostentatiously, not secretly,
broken down. So, there has been an increasing merger in this country of fundamentalism
on the religious side, fundamentalism on the political side, and the two have come together."
Where did I get my beliefs? Have I actually spent much time going over the things I believe, do I question WHY I believe the things that I believe? If I discovered I was WRONG in everything I've ever believed, would it change anything? Or would I continue the same way I've always lived? Is something happening in the world right now? Is the world going crazy? Is morality leveling out, is love growing cold, right now? Has Christianity become completely corrupted, not even a close parallel to what Jesus taught? Has it actually become an active, evil power? Are there secret societies, hiding out in the open, seriously planning a violent, complete take-over of the entire world, right now? Have I considered that the horribly condescending "anti-smoking" ad campaigns are in reality sponsored by the tobacco industry? Why would someone stuff clothes with straw, call it bad names, and then while everyone is watching, beat the stuffing out of it? Is the real world actually more dangerously twisted in its hidden mechanations than as portrayed in the movie "The Matrix?" Is it appropriate to force salvation on a person? Isn't it for their own good, to even employ torture, for their ultimate salvation? When I listen to pastors or religious experts talk or preach sermons, am I experiencing strange feelings, like perhaps not everything is right? Are there really corporate religious agendas in operation, right now, gearing up to take control of the entire world? Do I care? Worry? Love it?
Is prayer in public schools really
a fine and upstanding idea? Do I
want a stranger teaching my child
standard ditties to say to God? Have I ever read the Bible, for myself, to give it a fair shot? Or have I believed about it primarily because of what someone told me was true? Is there really such a thing as TRUTH? And do I care what that really is, as long as I am comfortable and well-fed? What if there really is a God? Is there a force at work in the world right now, more fierce and deadly than any imagined Dracula, actually at work at deceiving the whole world? Are the real thinkers asleep right now, paralyzed, stunned by the state of the world, unable to see clearly, think clearly, understand the peril? Do I want to read the book, Deceiving the Elect - Book 1, by Douglas Christian Larsen, for FREE (well, without paying money?)?" Have I considered the possibility that the puerile "anti-god" atheist pushes are in reality backed by Christian producers and sponsors? Would I intentionally pay someone to call me bad names, to win sympathy, to call attention to what I think is important? Can I actually "not choose sides," just sit on the sidelines and watch the fireworks? Or is "not choosing" actually making a significant choice? When Jesus said that tribulation was coming on His followers, the worst tribulation of all time, the worst the world would ever see, was He lying? Have I heard trusted pastors say or teach things that I KNOW are not true? Do I just shrug off these clear warning flashes? Would it matter if I discovered that my pastor is a high-ranking Freemason, and has made oaths, or member of another ultra-secret society?
Why are most "doctrines" not even
found in the Bible? The clear things
have been "done away," and what is
left is twisted and mysterious?
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