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  Dusty Peterson & Elizabeth McDonald
Bayith Ministries
www.bayith.org  email: bayith@blueyonder.co.uk 
 

 


articles offering a consistent worldview in an age of confusion

God tells us: "Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it" (Proverbs 8:10-11)
 

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The Alpha Course  |  Toronto and Pensacola  |  Bible Versions Debate  |  Roman Catholicism  |  Talks and Sermons  |  Miscellaneous Topics

Brexit: UK EU Referendum 23 June 2016  |  Brexit: UK Independence Day 23 June 2016  |  Education  |  Environmentalism  |  Israel  |  Islam

Political Correctness  |  The State as Parent ~ The Collective, Social Services  |  Yoga and Meditation

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pages of particular current importance:

* BREXIT *
UK Independence Day
23 June 2016
Articles - YouTubes - Analyses of Results

The UK European Union Referendum
23 June 2016
Articles  |  Quotations and Comments  |  Questions to Consider  |  Websites Books Etc  |  YouTubes and Videos
Some Questions for Remainers  |  The Propaganda War: Articles  |  The Propaganda War: Quotations and Comments

The Disgusting Exploitation of the Murder of Jo Cox MP  |  Further Articles, Quotations, and Comments on the EU

Some Questions for Remainers
Concerning our Sovereignty.  Concerning our Justice.  Concerning our Finances.  Concerning our Guests.


The EU Migrant Crisis   |   VIDEO: Testimony of a Calaisienne   |   The Rape Jihad   |   PEGIDA

 

 

The Alpha Course

Please note that the articles below on the Alpha Course are entirely separate from our books:
Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Overview  |  Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: World   |  Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Church  | 
The New Age of Alpha and Alpha: New Life or New Lifestyle?  and cover aspects of Alpha only touched on briefly in the books.

Online versions of our Alpha books

Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Overview

Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: World

Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Church
To be uploaded soon, Lord willing.

The New Age of Alpha

Alpha: New Life or New Lifestyle?


Chapter and Verse on Alpha's Jesus

Part 1: The Character of Alpha's Jesus

"According to Gallup, the Alpha Course has now been run in over 150 countries. Alpha materials have been translated into scores of languages, and a million people took the course last year alone. It is clearly something that every believer should be well-versed about..."

Part 2: The Nature of Alpha's Jesus
"In a radio interview recently, we were asked what Alpha taught about the nature of the Lord Jesus. ... We were aware of a few problems, but the question prompted us to look in detail at this matter. Firstly, though, we should establish whether or not accuracy on this topic is a serious one..."

Part 3: The Divinity of Alpha's Jesus

"Nicky Gumbel writes, 'the most important question we can ever ask is, "Who is Jesus?"'. In the same book, he states 'This is the heart of the Christian faith: knowing Jesus Christ'. The Lord Jesus is indeed the very centre of the Christian faith, and it is vital therefore to know who He truly is..."
 

Open Letters to the Leaders of the Alpha Course

Alpha's 'Holy Spirit Retreat'
"Dear Rev. Nicky Gumbel, Certain important questions are being asked regarding aspects of Alpha's 'Holy Spirit Retreat'. Some of the main ones are given below and we wondered if it might be possible for you to help clear them up - as we cannot find the answers in any Alpha publications..."

Your Understanding of 'Toronto'
"Dear Rev. Nicky Gumbel, As you know, January 2004 is exactly ten years since the 'Toronto Experience' (TE) appeared in Toronto. Despite this elapsed time, some crucial questions on the subject still remain. Because your church, Holy Trinity Brompton, (HTB), was at the forefront of promoting the TE in Britain, we have sent this letter in the hope that you will be able to assist the many people who received the TE but who do not fully grasp what they were encouraged to involve themselves in..."


The Powers Behind the Alpha Course

Part 1: The Powerful Message

"Although the Alpha Course has been in existence since 1977, the modern version originated in the early nineties through Nicky Gumbel - a curate at Holy Trinity Brompton church (HTB). Gumbel is a qualified barrister, but he apparently attributes his powerful gift for communication to an extraordinary single event in 1982. The following account by Gumbel is lengthy but also very interesting:..."

Part 2: The Powerful Men
"It is perfectly understandable. Knowing that [the] Toronto [Experience] is questionable (to say the least) many people now deny that Alpha could possibly be a companion to the Toronto spirit..."

Part 3: The Powerful Spirit
English version  |  Spanish version  |  Swedish version  |  Danish version  |  German version
"Some Alpha Course literature [for example] 'The God Who Changes Lives', and newspapers published by Holy Trinity Brompton are ... filled with testimonies of people who have been transformed during the program. This fact is constantly used to defend Alpha against the multitude of concerns that have been raised about its source..."


Miscellaneous Alpha Material

Alpha on Israel!

"[I]n this article we ... want to explore the question of whether or not Alpha currently teaches truthfully about the physical nation of Israel. After all, this topic is vital for a proper comprehension of the gospel (Romans 11:11-25) and for rightly dividing God's Word..."

Alpha - New Life or New Lifestyle?
"The Alpha Initiative is the most popular evangelistic programme in use in Britain's churches at present. Alpha's publications manager advises everyone 'to do the course exactly as we've laid out for the first time - because we know it works'. At first glance this advice seems well and good, but in fact a purely pragmatic approach to spiritual things is not scriptural and can even be very dangerous..."

The New Age of Alpha
"Despite failing to reverse the decline in church attendance in Britain, the Alpha Course has swept the globe and is being used by an incredibly wide range of groups - including Methodists and Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Seventh-Day Adventists. Where other evangelistic initiatives have petered out very swiftly, Alpha has done the opposite. From its roots in the late 1970s, Alpha has grown to stunning  proportions today and over a million souls try it each year. Let us uncover its secret..."

The Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, 'Purpose Driven', 'Toronto' etc (Chart)
English version   |  Spanish version   |   French version  |  German version
"Bayith Ministries seeks to produce materials that are as valuable as possible. This chart is no exception, for it not only supplies the key spiritual roots of: a) Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB); b) Rick Warren; c) John Wimber; and d) the Toronto Experience (TE), but it also: a) shows at a glance the key roots of all the other names on the chart; b) demonstrates that they are all part of the same tree (and thus that Alpha and the TE emanated from the same source, despite what some people try to claim); and c) reveals what you and I are really legitimizing if we promote Alpha or 'Purpose Driven' or Vineyard or 'Toronto'..."    

The Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, 'Purpose Driven', 'Toronto' etc (Supporting Documentation)
This page is the repository for all information regarding the chart above.

Is This the Hottest Ticket to Heaven?
This article is the full transcript of the comments we were asked to give the Mail On Sunday for their article in YOU magazine about the Alpha Course.

Alpha and the New Age

"While Sandy Millar insists that Alpha is merely an introduction to the Christian faith, the Course nevertheless claims to preach the gospel sufficiently enough for participants to come to salvation; several of the talks end with a prayer of commitment. But testimonies such as [the following] indicate that many participants have neither understood what the gospel is nor what it demands of them..."

 

Toronto and Pensacola

Your Understanding of 'Toronto'
"Dear Rev. Nicky Gumbel, As you know, January 2004 is exactly ten years since the 'Toronto Experience' (TE) appeared in Toronto. Despite this elapsed time, some crucial questions on the subject still remain. Because your church, Holy Trinity Brompton, (HTB), was at the forefront of promoting the TE in Britain, we have sent this letter in the hope that you will be able to assist the many people who received the TE but who do not fully grasp what they were encouraged to involve themselves in..."

Twelve Telling Tests of the 'TE' (Chart) 

Godless Godliness?
"One of the most crucial questions we can ask nowadays is this: What are the effects on a Christian of the true Holy Spirit? The Bible seems unequivocal..."

 

Bible Versions Debate

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Part 1: Methods of Translation

"Christians rightly believe they should promote the acquisition of, and obedience to, the truth. They also believe that the Bible is God's truth given to man as a means to guide us in the way He would have us live. Throughout the centuries the Bible has been translated from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages in which its various parts were originally written, into every major language on earth. The most prolific translations have been into English. The question obviously arises, which English Bible version or versions should we use? Which are the most reliable? Do they all give the truth? If not, which do - and how can we tell? Which would God have us use?..."

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Part 2a: Materials of Value
"Among other things, the British Coronation ceremony famously describes the Bible as 'the most valuable thing this world affords,' and I encourage the reader to keep this in mind as they explore the following. In Part 1, ... we looked at the two ways of translating Scripture into English: dynamic equivalence and word-for-word translation. But the issue of how best to translate a document obviously assumes there is no argument about what the original document said. Unfortunately people are far from agreed on the original text of the Bible, and this is why I have penned the article you are now reading..."

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Part 2a: Addendum
"The following, developed in conjunction with a colleague, is an addendum to Part 2a: Materials of Value (please see above) of this series of articles entitled 'The Bible Versions Debate'."

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Part 2b: Magnitude of Problem
"The rubber has officially hit the road. It's time we came to the nitty-gritty where I repay the investment in time and effort the reader made with Part 2a. ... In the previous piece we learned that some English translations of the Bible are largely based on family 'B' while others are rooted in family 'A'. ... people often argue that the differences between these families can safely be ignored, particularly when it comes to the published Greek texts behind actual Bible versions available today. Here are seven common justifications folks offer for this position, along with some observations about them..."
 

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Intermission: Mountain of Preconceptions
"I've just been through a remarkable experience. I was asked at the start of the year to participate in an Internet 'bulletin board' ... on the subject of the three Bible Versions Debate articles [above]. ... [This] discussion made it clear that some folks today have so many preconceptions about the topic of Bible versions that a number of such souls are literally unable to to put these things to one side and approach material on this topic with a truly open mind. ... Here are four central principles with which I hope every sincere reader can agree:..."

 

The Bible Versions Debate ~ Part 3a: Matters of Fact
"Joan could have wheeled out many excuses for not reading her Bible. ... She grew up in England in the 1540s, a time when Bibles were expensive, ... [and] when it had been illegal for well over a century to own an English Bible. ... She was born blind [and had] to find people who were literate enough to be able to read it to her ... she was sometimes able to get the Bible read to her for free - provided she braved a stinking gaol. ... But often she had to pay ... and she was restricted to just knitting and rope-making to earn the money. Nevertheless, ... she had memorized large portions of the New Testament by the tender age of 21. Ought we not to have the same kind of commitment to God's Word that Joan demonstrated?..."

The New Testament ~ A Quickie History
A short summary of the manuscript history of the New Testament:  1st-4th Centuries  /  Constantine  /  The Dark Ages  /  The Protestant Reformation  /  The Catholic Counter Reformation  /  The King James (Authorised) Bible  /  19th Century  /  The Present Day  /  Which Stream?  /  Does It Matter?  /  A Remarkable Parallel.

Why Should I Use the Authorised Version?
With so many modern and up-to-date versions on the market today, this is an oft-asked question by many Christians.

 

Roman Catholicism

Various Articles on the Subjects of:
The Doctrines and Teachings of Rome  /  The Papacy  /  Scripture and Tradition  /  History, Persecution, the Reformation  /  The Jesuits  /  Ecumenism and Interfaith  /  Babylon: Mystery Religion  /  General Articles  /  Websites of Interest

Quotations and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials
Books  /  DVDs  /  Videos / etc

 

Talks and Sermons

Full of Grace and Truth
On the most effective ways to give and receive correction: The NEED for correction; RECEIVING correction; and BRINGING correction.
 

Beware False Balances (1 of 3)
Full Length version  |  Condensed version
"Good morning. ... Who can tell me roughly how many denominations are officially thought to now exist within professing Christianity? Any estimates? 50? 100?..."

Beware False Balances (2 of 3)
"Good morning everyone. ... [W]ithin what might be called the realms of 'orthodox Christianity' there are a whole host of differing, but very strongly-held, views about God and His Kingdom - and they clearly can't all be right. ... The question I want to ask here is this: How do you or I know that we too have not become spiritually blind in one or more areas of our doctrine?..."

 

Miscellaneous Topics

The UK EU Referendum: Some Questions for Remainers  (23 June 2016)
Concerning our Sovereignty.  Concerning our Justice.  Concerning our Finances.  Concerning our Guests.

Husband and Wife: Equal and Different  (24 February 2016)
"I recently had a conversation with a precious sister in the Lord who suggested to me that a wife may do as she sees fit, with or without the agreement or blessing of her husband.  Her reasons were the following..."

Small Plants and Little Caterpillars  (16 January 2016)
"It has been fashionable for some decades now, particularly amongst those who like to think of themselves as experts in child-rearing and/or politically progressive, to argue for child-centred parenting.  They mean by this that the child's 'wishes and feelings' must be at the forefront of parenting..."

Hypocrites!  (11 September 2015)
"There are times when I feel as if we ... are fiddling while Rome burns..."

How Much Do Zionists Control Our World...?  1: The Western Media  (12 April 2015)
"There is a fascinating dispute in conspiracy theorist circles. One group is sure that Zionists have taken substantial control over the United Nations and the West. Others conclude that the people with the real power have, in order to divert attention away from themselves, manipulated circumstances to make it look like Zionists are the ones with the influence. ... My focus [in this article] will be on the mainstream media in the West..."

How Much Do Zionists Control Our World...?  2: Great Britain  (12 April 2015)
"Are Western countries dominated by 'Zionists' (people who want a Jewish State in Palestine, including Jerusalem)? ... [This] article looks at the stance of the UK authorities. It turns out to be an amazing story..."

Bible Verses on the Nature of Jesus  (12 November 2014)
This is a letter Dusty wrote to a Jehovah's Witness couple who had challenged him with a set of 20 questions about the Lord Jesus.

Withdraw Thy Foot...  (October 2014)
A brief introduction to the issue of the State as Parent and the purpose and role of the Social Services.

Gospel Insights  (October 2013)
Simple Scriptural Truths about the Christian Faith and the believer's walk with the Lord.

Terrible Acts: Is the UK OK or Could Judgment be Imminent?  (12 February 2010)
"Whatever one's personal take on eschatology (the study of the end times), and how close we are to the return of Christ, and what will happen to the world (and to the true Church) in the intervening time, there's something no Christian who knows the Bible, and who is aware of God's utter purity, holiness, justice and righteousness, and who is watching the moral decline of the UK, can sensibly deny - and that is that the UK deserves God's judgment..."
 

Spirit Warriors: Some Comments  (19 January 2010)
"This theme is very popular in TV programmes and films..."

Letter To Dr. John Mackay  (12 February 2009)
A response to Dr. Mackay's article "Where Do Aborted Babies Go?"

Good To Go  (06 June 2008)
"The next time a fellow believer seems unpleasant towards you without good cause, why not seek the Lord about sending them the following Bible verses?..."

Time To Look At Your Watch  (2007)
"Our Lord declared, 'What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.'  Is our watch telling the right time? Or have some of us stopped watching altogether? Certain folks believe that Christians shouldn't bother watching the world's slide towards accepting the antichrist. They argue that such an activity is unhealthy because it can become obsessive. They also contend that it takes our eyes off the true Christ. Finally they claim it is pointless anyway and is therefore a waste of valuable time. These are serious charges which deserve proper consideration. Hopefully the following will be of use in this regard..."

The Front Of It! Piracy of the High Cons (Chart)  (09 October 2007)
"In the book of Revelation, the Bible prophesies an end-time person who, during the last days before the return of Christ Jesus, 'deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do ... And he causeth ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that NO man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark..." (Rev 13:13-17, emphasis ours). Many folks understandably ask how a single person can achieve such a feat across the entire globe without some high-level 'conspiracy'..."

The Front Of It!  Piracy of the High Cons (Supporting Documentation)  (2006 / 2007 - material added periodically)
This page is the repository for all information regarding the chart above.

The Restoration of Israel  (2005)
"What is the 'restoration' of which the scriptures speak, e.g. in Isaiah 49? If we take the unbiased method of Bible interpretation that says 'God's literal prophecies will all come true literally' (i.e. before they have any allegorical meaning), then we would expect to see a restoration of physical Israel shortly before the Lord's return..."

Twelve Telling Tests of Timeliness  (2005)
"When it comes to the various errors infiltrating the Christian Church, folks can naturally feel that some of the older issues are 'old hat' and that the Remnant should 'move on' from them and focus instead on the latest problems. This is entirely understandable, but I have identified twelve tests which I believe must all be failed before effort on some older issue can confidently be termed 'out of date'. I supply these tests below..."


The Passion of The Christ
  (27 March 2004)
10 things you really need to know about this film! Numerous very good articles have been written about Mel Gibson's film, and so, rather than reinventing the wheel, we have here listed our 'top ten' aspects of the film, along with at least one reference to an article covering each point in more depth:..."

Reformation Avant La Lettre in Late Medieval Europe   (April 1994 / 2013)
"There were many criticisms of medieval Roman Catholicism from Christians who would not bow to her authority. ... This article looks at some of Rome's detractors who were the immediate forerunners of the Reformation of the 16th century; in particular John Wycliffe (c1320-1384) and the Lollards in England, and Jan Hus (c1369-1415) and the Hussites in Bohemia..."

 

Non-Bayith Articles on the Following Subjects:
 

Brexit: UK EU Referendum 23 June 2016

Articles

Questions to Consider

Some Questions for Remainers

Quotations, Comments, Miscellaneous Information

The Propaganda War and Projects Fear/Lies/Grief/Slander/Hate: Articles

The Propaganda War and Projects Fear/Lies/Grief/Slander/Hate: Quotations and Comments

The Disgusting Exploitation of the Murder of Jo Cox MP

YouTubes and Videos

Recommended Materials, Books, Websites

 

Brexit: UK Independence Day 23 June 2016

Articles

PETITION: Invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty Immediately
"The British people have spoken. We have voted to leave the EU. We want article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to be invoked immediately. We still have two years to discuss our exit from the EU, but we do not wish to delay it any further."

PETITION: Repeal 1972 European Communities Act
"We call upon our MPs to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act immediately should the EU Referendum result in a Leave majority vote, thus making membership of the EU null and void, without any further interference from the government or the EU."

 

Education

Articles

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

Scripture References

 

Environmentalism

Articles

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

Scripture References

 

Israel

Articles

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

 

Islam

Articles  

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

The Religion of Peace

The Gates of Vienna

PETITION: Sharia Law and the Use of Sharia Courts Within the UK Should Be Prohibited
"A petition to the UK government to prohibit the Islamic legal system derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith, from being practiced or implemented within the UK, to protect and maintain the supremacy of the UK's current constitution along with its legal and judicial system. ... Sharia law opposes democracy and supports actions that either breach, or are contrary to, human rights, civil liberties, and current statute and common laws of the UK."

 

Political Correctness

Articles

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

Scripture References

 

The State as Parent ~ The Collective, Social Services

Articles

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Scripture References

 

Yoga and Meditation

Articles  

Quotations, Comments, and Miscellaneous Information

Difficulties and Dangers of Yoga

Hindu Missionaries

Associated Terms and Definitions

Recommended Materials, Books, DVDs, and Websites

Scripture References

 

Our Books
 

Alpha ~
the Unofficial Guide:
Overview

Details
  Alpha ~
the Unofficial Guide:
World

Details
  Alpha ~
the Unofficial Guide:
Church

Details


 

The New Age
of Alpha

Details
  Alpha: New Life or
New Lifestyle?

This booklet is no
longer in print
Printable version
  NEW!
Gospel Insights:
Simple Scriptural Truths
Print out this book

 

Online versions of our Alpha books

Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Overview    |    Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: World

Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: Church  (to be uploaded soon, Lord willing.)

The New Age of Alpha

Alpha: New Life or New Lifestyle?

 

Recommended Websites

Preying: Protecting Children in a Christian Context
"It's no secret that there are many child molesters on the prowl today. Less well known is that these people represent a headache for Christians, because our fellowships are usually open to all and because we can be too trusting. ... This on-line book and accompanying website reveals the chilling growth in child sex attacks throughout [church] denominations. It also explains why this growth is taking place, and describes the simple, God-ordained ways in which churches can avoid this hazard and keep their children safe from even the most cunning, determined and experienced molesters and their devastating actions"

 

Please Pray for

...all those believers who are persecuted and martyred for their faith.
There are many, many suffering brothers and sisters who desperately need us to pray for them...

http://www.persecution.org/
http://www.britishpakistanichristians.co.uk/

http://www.releaseinternational.org/index.php
http://www.barnabasfund.org/

"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them;
and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body"
(Hebrews 13:3)

 

 

 


 

 

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