How to Keep Your Head on Straight in a World Gone Crazy: Developing Discernment for These Last Days

How to Keep Your Head on Straight in a World Gone Crazy: Developing Discernment for These Last Days


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We are living in a day when countless multitudes have lost their way both morally and spiritually. Like a ship without anchor, this last day's generation is being tossed to and fro by a flood of deception and wrong influences that is tragically causing people to lose their moorings. What should we do to make sure we don't get sucked in to the chaotic swirl of moral and spiritual confusion sweeping the world today? That is the vital question prolific author and Greek scholar Rick Renner answers in this riveting and timely book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680312904
Publisher: Harrison House Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 167,602
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

 Rick Renner is a prolific author of more than 30 books and a respected Bible teacher and leader in the interna­tional Christian community. Rick is the senior pastor of the Moscow Good News Church. He is also the founder of Rick Renner Ministries and Media Mir, a media outreach in the former USSR, and the host of his TV program seen around the world.

Table of Contents

Endorsements iii

Dedication xvii

Acknowledgments xxv

Foreword John Bevere xxvii

A 'Must-Read' Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A World Gone Crazy 7

Two World Views 9

How To Frame the Discussion Ahead 12

A Real-Life Horror Story Exposed 14

Widespread Evil Always Has Its Roots in Widespread Deception 16

Tracing the Seeds of Present-Day Deception 18

From 'Mad Science' to 'Scientific Breakthrough' 22

Delusionary Times 26

'It's All About Feelings' 28

A One-Sided, 'One-Armed' Lie 30

Punishment for Independent Thought 33

Compassion, Not Judgment 35

Ancient History's Rendezvous With Deception 38

No One Excluded - Freedom for All 41

Chapter 2 Swimming Upstream in a Downstream World 45

Paul's Statement About a Society That Rejects God 47

What Is a 'Reprobate' Mind? 54

What's Wrong With Wrong? 57

Is There a Cure? 60

An End-Time Mutiny 61

The Mystery of Iniquity 62

Watch Out for the Smoke! 64

Chapter 3 An End-Time Invasion of Seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Demons 69

The Pitfall of Pursuing 'Relevance' With a Last-Days Generation 71

God's Strategic Plan That Engaged the First-Century Generation of Believers 73

Jesus Spoke Uncompromised Truth 75

Do We Qualify To Be His Voice? 77

The Folly of Avoidance 79

What the Holy Spirit Prophesied in First Timothy 4:1 82

A Warning for the Last-Days Church 83

A Departure From 'The Faith' 88

Chapter 4 Earnestly Contending for the Faith 95

Take Courage and Run to the Fight! 96

What Is Required To Contend for the Faith? 97

A Special Challenge for Christians in the Last Days 103

No Improvements Needed 104

Entrusted Into Our Safekeeping 105

The Highest Form of Revelation Available 106

Speaking Up in Delusionary Times 108

The Infection Has Already Begun To Spread 110

Love Says, 'Be Careful of Danger!' 112

Paul's Warning to Leaders: Danger Ahead! 113

Deceptions Destructive Aftermath 114

An Essential Weapon Against Deception - Your Sound Mind 115

'Teaching of a Different Kind' 120

Chapter 5 Early and End-Time Error - and the Church's Ever-Present Role 125

How Culture Influences Deception 128

Sophists vs. Gnostics 132

The Original 'Ear Ticklers' 133

Gnostic Errors (A Short List) 134

Another Form of Early Error 142

No Longer Drifting, but in Full Denial 145

Chapter 6 A Fresh Stream vs. a Mighty River 155

The Beginnings of the Modern-Day Outpouring 157

Where I Personally Fit in the Stream 160

My View of the Charismatic Movement Today 162

The Dangers Today 166

In Summary 169

The Danger of Doctrinal Ignorance 170

A Comparable Situation to the Early Church 171

Chapter 7 Could You Pass a Doctrine Test? 177

A Revival of the Bible 179

Spiritual Cupbearers - Who Are They Today? 181

Prove All Things - Hold Fast to the Good 186

Important Questions for Spiritual Leaders To Ask 189

'Death in the Pot!' 191

Become a Mindful Consumer 194

The Principal Task of Any Preacher or Teacher 196

Hot Topics and Cultural Issues - Silence Is Not the Answer! 202

The Highest Level of Spiritual Warfare 204

A Leader's Position in Good Times and Bad Times 205

The Pulpit's Complete Task 206

Sound Doctrine vs. Unhealthy Teaching 209

A Mythical Version of Truth 211

Here's How To Keep Your Head on Straight! 213

Are You Sure You Know What the Bible Teaches? 215

The Old Roman Creed (circa Second Century AD) 217

Nicene Creed (circa 325 AD) 218

The Apostles' Creed (circa 390 AD) 220

Suggested Tenets of Faith 222

Other Foundational Tenets 228

Chapter 8 No Higher Revelation 235

The Incomparable Weightiness of God's Word 236

Cunningly Devised Fables 238

Defective Doctrine and Its Inevitable Aftermath 242

The Mount of Transfiguration 245

Eyewitnesses of His Majesty 246

Beholding the Majesty of Jesus Christ 247

A More Sure Word of Prophecy 248

Real Spiritual Light 250

The Problem Then and Now 255

Chapter 9 A Healthy Reminder to Believers and Spiritual Leaders 261

Damnable Heresies 265

Denying the Lord That Bought Them 268

Saying 'No' to the Lord 271

Destruction That Rips 'Limb From Limb' 272

An Example of Swift Destruction 273

'Feigned Words' 275

Sleeping Before Judgment 277

Does God Really Judge People Today? 279

A Chronicle of God's Judgment 282

Judgment Passed on Sinning Angels 282

The Flood of Noah 284

Sodom and Gomorrah 286

A Sculptor's Small-Scale Model 288

Chapter 10 The Lord Knows How To Deliver the Godly Out of Temptation 295

How Does Wandering Begin? 302

A Righteous Man Living Below What He Knew To Be True 306

The Tragedy of Becoming 'One of the Crowd' 308

When Sin Comes Calling 309

Dwelling With the Wrong Crowd 312

Numbing the Conscience 314

Spiritual Torture 315

The Lord Knows How To Deliver the Godly 316

Abraham's Intercession 317

God Remembered Abraham 323

So Here's What You Must Do 330

Chapter 11 How Should We Respond? 335

Compassion for the Spiritually Sick 336

Making a Difference - Distinguishing the Truth From a Lie 340

Why Many Are Seduced 341

There's No Time To Lose 344

Compassion That Reaches Into the Flames 345

When Hate Is Right 346

In Conclusion 348

A Prayer of Consecration 355

About the Author 357

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