Warren Smith to speak at The Berean Call Conference

Warren Smith, Elijah Abraham, T.A. McMahon, and Carl Kerby will be speaking at the TBC conference this August 27-29. This is in Bend, Oregon. Read.

You can also sign up for the free online attendance here.

Warren Smith has fought the good fight with his books and articles about Jesus Calling, The Shack, The Message, the counterfeit Christ, and much more.


The Jews and Black Lives Matter

As The Word Like Fire winds down, I want to make sure you know about Christian Research Network. Wonderful devotionals and articles and links to articles you will usually not find on mainstream sites.  For instance:

Black Lives Matter Joins Anti-Israel Demonstrators In ‘Day of Rage’

American Jews Must Stand Up To Structurally Anti-Semitic BLM


The Carnality of Christians and the Mortification of Sin

Jesus is the Light of the World


When a blog rides off into the sunset

Well, The Word Like Fire is winding down so that a challenging writing project can be given full attention.

Within the next couple of weeks we’ll post a long delayed book review of Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret.  This is a well written and very important book as the Enneagram has made inroads into many churches.

The Word Like Fire will go out featuring articles from Deception in the Church, Christian Research Network, The Berean Call, Famine in the Land, and the legendary More Books and Things (and sister blog).

And then it is off into the sunset. Thank you for your support and encouragement.


Arm yourself with knowledge

From Let Us Reason, various subjects, scroll down:

UPDATED Are you Passionate about the Passionate Translation p.2 The embellished ameliorate interpretations of the Passion Bible

Are you Passionate about the Passionate Translation p.3 Changed and added words that affect the meaning

Are you Passionate about the Passionate Translation  p.4 The Aramaic Error.  Is the Aramaic primacy justified over the Greek?

Are you Passionate about the Passionate Translation p.5 –  The Latter Rain, Mystical Interpretations and Teachings of Brian Simmons

Are you Passionate about the Passionate Translation p.6 –  Further mystical Interpretations and teachings of Brian Simmons

Apostles of Apostasy

The Unbiblical Openness of YWAM p.1- Update on YWAM’s experiments with the youth

The Unbiblical Openness of YWAM p.2 – My personal experience

The Unbiblical Openness of YWAM p.3 Then numerous influences and connections to the NAR

The Unbiblical Openness of YWAM p.4 Lou Engle and the Send

Zondervan producing heretical Enneagram documentary

William Branham’s Occult connections – The Zodiac and the pyramids before the Bible, are equal to the Bible

Was man first made androgynous? The interpretative error of man being created both male and female in the beginning of creation

God gave Man a Woman, or Women? – On the subject of polygamy

Evangelicals that promote the mystical power of communion

The Triune God of Scripture -The eternal relationship of Father and Son

What of the Church needing to go through the Tribulation?

The necessary work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life – And to those called to ministry

The consequences of the Lack of Expository Preaching  

Why Jesus is not the Father

Who is God who made all things? Clearing up the confusion of persons

Noah and the Boat he built – A typology of – what was, will be again

The goal of man, the will of God – Lessons in Basic Christianity p.2

p.1 A Fortress of Solitude … Entering the SILENCE

p.2 Mans wisdom or God’s

pt.1 Are you being taken for a ride?  The popularity of  prophetic assumption’s

pt.2 You know my number, but do you know my name? The number of the Beast is whose name?

Knock, knock; whose there? It’s__________- What to do when the cults come to your door.

The Current Confusion Between what is false and what is true – Days of darkness have settled upon us.

pt.1 The false prophets of Covid19 – The Latter rain prophets are giving false words to the church like never before.

pt.2 The false prophets of Covid19

pt.3 The false prophets of Covid19

 Kenneth Copleand said what? The Virus is now gone by his prophetic utterance, do you agree?

Will the R.H. Browne river stop flowing?

Restoring the image of God in man

A ride on a donkey

Humility in our walk

Immediately AFTER the Tribulation

The tree and fruit of Psalm 1

How to conduct a proper and fulfilling Bible study 

The apostle Che Ahn, another Latter Rain promoter form the Vineyard

Who and what is a Jew

The big question of living again

A Time of Sorrows

Teach me to number my days– How do we spend our time we have on earth?

The rider on the white horse is?

Howling at the Moon– The blood moons inaccurate timing, application and theories

A sin offering – not an offering of Sin!

Jesus and the place called paradise What happened after the death on the cross

pt.3 Out of context Christianity -We have a doctrinal emergency

Russia and the Jehovah Witnesses

Where are you when you are needed?– We have pandemic spreading, where are the faith healers?

Choosing which covenant to live by

What of those who claim they died (NDE- near death experiences) and returned? What is death, what is a resurrection?

Was Jesus was a socialist? p1 Trying to force Christianity into a Godless ideology

Was Jesus a socialist p2 – Answers from the Bible

The baptism command of Mt.28:19

 Satan cannot do miracles!- Does the Bible teach this?

A time to pay attention to Prophecy

The Serpent seed, a teaching “from the Serpent”p.1

Pt.2 Is Cain, the Devil’s seed?

Pt.3 Some Serpent seed refutes

Pt.4 The Serpent in the garden

What of our good works?

What is Cult Evangelism?

Out of context Christianity pt.1 How we got to where we are today?

Pt.2 out of context Christianity– The state of the church today

A different new covenant- Where did Jesus die for sin?- At the cross or elsewhere?

Our Adoption is what happened and will happen

Technological Advances Toward a Global Tracking System – A long list of technological advances that are the bringing us closer and closer to end times Biblical prophecy

The confused last days prophet– William Branham’s view on Adam and Eve.

Some things to consider on the unborn 

To All people

Engle’s Angle p.1- From the call to the Send what is Lou Engle really about?

Engle’s Angle pt.2 – past education and teaching on being a Nazarite

pt.3 Fasting and praying– 40 day fast

  1. 4 To Dream a dream– How it all began

pt.5 The Shift — from thecall to the Send -YWAM’s involvement

 pt.6 The Send The mantle will fall- The Send and those involved. What are they are teaching?

False teachers copying the words from other false teachers p1.

False teachers copying the words from other false teachers p2.

What Mark 16 actually says- In context to the Scripture what does Mark 16 mean?

The Nations That Forget God…Part 2

Pastor Randles writes:

But with the cultural Revolution of the last century, which had been long simmering, but which took off in the 1950s and 1960s, we lost sight of God, and of our religion, (Christianity in various forms), and secularized.

Eventually enough of us jettisoned the old Judeo Christian outlook, in favor of a secular humanist worldview. To put it in Deuteronomic terms, we would not listen to the voice of the LORD. 

And things have rapidly been deteriorating ever since. I will highlight four notable examples from Deuteronomy of what it looks like when a nation forgets God; Continue reading…

Related: Part 1, Why The Nation Is Dissolving (A Biblical Analysis)

Why The Nation Is Dissolving (A Biblical Analysis, Pt. 1)

[This analysis by Pastor Bill Randles is the most important article to ever appear on The Word Like Fire.]

According to Pastor Randles:

A few years ago I went to pray and cried out to the LORD an exasperated Prayer, “WHY?” What I was referring to was the moral, spiritual and cultural disintegration of our Nation. It was one of those cries, to which I didn’t even expect an answer, I was just pouring my heart out before the LORD, in prayer and sorrow.

But I did receive an answer, a very clear thought came to me which I am sure was of the Holy Spirit of God.

It came in the form of three passages of Scripture… Psalm 2, Deuteronomy 28, and Romans 1 came to me as the answer to the question of “Why” the disintegration we are experiencing, in America and around the world.

I will begin with Romans 1.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ( Romans 1:18-21)

Right away in this passage we are confronted with the answer. What we are seeing is the “wrath of God” being worked out in our society. God is angry with us, and day after day the anger is being revealed.

He is angry at two attributes among us, our ‘unrighteousness‘ and ‘ungodliness’. Unrighteousness has to do with how we treat each other. Sexual sins, the violence which is prevalent, dishonesty, and the use and abuse of persons, this is unrighteousness and God hates it.

Ungodliness takes us deeper into our sinfulness, it has to do with the way we approach God himself. The tendency to develop and worship other ‘gods’, the lack of the fear of God, the use of the name of the LORD in vain, distorting the vision of God into something more compatible with our own personal likings. This is ‘ungodliness.

Ungodliness is what the first table of the Ten Commandments addresses, and unrighteousness is covered in the second. The one is the fountainhead of the other. Ungodliness is the root of all of the other sins. It is because we neglect and ignore our duty to know God, and to worship Him in truth, that we fall prey to other sins such as murder, adultery and theft.

All of our sin problems are theological, and require theological solutions. The most important and determining aspect of any person, is how they see God, whether rightly or wrongly.

Our western world is different, it is uniquely blessed and prosperous due to the Judeo Christian heritage. But we have been pushing God out of our lives and are reaping the bitter whirlwind.

The Wrath of God is not a wild, erratic passion, it is instead a settled and steady opposition to all that is evil, false and sinful. God sees it all, and gives men a chance to repent, but he reveals it in a sense every single day. How? By Giving men over to their sins, passions, and debased lusts.

He is angry , not because of our ignorance of God, but because men do know God, at least they know enough to make them accountable. Paul tells us, that “They are without excuse…”, because between the wonder, power and order of Creation, and the conscience which God has put into the hearts of all men, and the fact that men have a capacity to make judgments about good or evil, it is obvious that all men know in their hearts that there is a God, a Creator to whom they owe their existence, and thus their worship.

It is not what they don’t know about God , but what they do know and suppress about him that brings wrath upon all men.

They Knew God ,but would not glorify Him as God… This is the root of all sin. The refusal to acknowledge God, and to seek to know Him. All other sins flow out of this refusal, this rebellion of Creatures made in His Image.

The Wrath of God is revealed in the vanity and darkness which clouds the minds, heart and imagination of fallen men.

We now see this darkness working in our cultural leaders, our “experts” ,pundits, decision makers and shapers, educators, and so forth. There is confusion now as to what is right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or rejectable. Isaiah prophesied that God has mingled a “Perverse Spirit in Egypt”

 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. ( Isaiah 19:14)

Where is the moral clarity to stand up to obvious evil such as “Planned Parenthood”, or the murderous “Black Lives Matter”? When a nation comes under Judgment the Wise men go unheeded or are ignored, in favor of fools and even worse.

We marvel at the perversity on display in America; the District Attorneys refusing to press charges against violence looters and arsonists, the Moral paralysis which is literally leading to real consideration of disbanding Police in a time of violent crisis, the exaltation of the vilest of society, and the contempt, hatred and resentment of those who have played by the rules, but who dare to say “The Emperor has no clothes”.

This is the Divine displeasure working out, it is the partial answer given me to an exasperated prayer,”Why?”, for which I expected no answer.

When Wrath is working, there are exchanges which people end up making, to their own detriment and destruction;

  1. (They)… exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.( Romans 1:23) When people push God out of their thinking, unwittingly they forfeit the only real validity a person has, “The Image of God”. Why is human life special? Why do all Lives matter? What is special about man, Why shouldn’t a man be treated like an animal? The answer is that Man was made in the Image of God, and that alone gives him an intrinsic “human dignity” which is to be respected by all.
  2. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.( Romans 1:25 Men will worship, for worship is an intrinsic part of what we were created to be and do. But there is only one object of ‘worship’ worthy of all of man’s heart, soul, mind and strength. The Creator and Redeemer God of the Bible. All other worship debases and corrupts man.
  3. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: ( Romans 1:26) When wrath is revealed, men’s desires become perverted and debased, this is not the cause of wrath, it is Wrath itself in operation.

It should be obvious by now, according to this passage of the Bible, that America is under wrath, we are being given over to that which was truly in us, but which God, in His mercy had restrained for the most part. Anyone can do anything, we are all capable of the most heinous of sins, and now those sins are being put on display for all of us to see.

The design is to get us to turn to God with all of our hearts, and in holy fear. There is forgiveness in God, for those who repent. But this is the initial answer to why we as a nation are literally coming unglued and disintegrating. God help us!

End Part 1

For original article on Pastor Randles’ blog click here

HT: Smiffy37’s Blog

Book Review: “Deceived On Purpose” by Warren Smith

An interesting review of the first book I ever read by Warren B. Smith, one that forever changed my perception of Rick Warren and Eugene Peterson, author of The Message.

The Earnest Layman

Warren Smith’s Deceived On Purpose was a book I purchased from Good Fight Ministries alongside the important rockumentary They Sold Their Souls For Rock And Roll. This book analyzes the new-age implications of the purpose-driven church. Because I spent a little over a decade in a church that was basically in that purpose-driven movement, I wanted to give this book a read. In this review, I note some of the many highlights found in this book.

It is important to know that Warren Smith and his wife came out of the New Age movement in 1984 (p. 7). In his book, Smith “offers a ‘balance’ to the largely predominant one-sided acclaim” that false teacher Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life has mainly received up until and perhaps beyond 2004 (the year Smith’s book was released; p. 9). Smith also makes an important point that because “Rick Warren’s book is…

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Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder and the LSD sessions

“But when [A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson] walked into the den…I knew this was his session…” (From Remembrances of LSD therapy past, pg. 27) (bold emphasis mine)

One of the researchers involved with the LSD experiments of the 1950s and 1960s was Betty Grover Eisner, Ph.D., a woman whose book, Remembrances of LSD therapy past, is a fascinating and sad account of the attempt to use LSD as a therapeutic device. In the first two chapters of the book we learn about Eisner’s association with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson continue reading…