Heaven is for Real movie controversy. WHM on front lines

posted by White Horse Media @ 1:35pm, Friday 18 April 2014.

White Horse E-News - 04-18-2014


White Horse E-News - 04-18-2014

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Heaven is for Real movie controversy. WHM on front lines

Dear friend, 

On Wednesday, April 16, the movie "Heaven is for Real" -- centered around a 4-year-old boy who had a near-death experience and supposedly talked to deceased relatives in heaven -- hit theaters nationwide. The next day, Thursday, White Horse Media countered with our own press release titled, "Easter Deception? Movie 'Heaven is for Real' NOT TRUE. Unbiblical (copied below also)," sent to national media via ChristianNewsWire.com. Responses have been swift, both positive and negative. Believe me, this controversy is intense. 

First I was warmly invited by the former director of Church Executive Magazine to answer key questions for an influential article on the east coast (when it is published, I'll send it to you). Others have challenged my view. In the interest of alerting you to the kind of subtle reasoning that will surely be used against us in the days ahead, I have decided to copy below one such response from a well-known author and film critic supporting the movie. Read it carefully. Notice his appeal to "numerous highly respected medical researchers, physicians, biblical scholars, and scientists" to buttress his point about the validity of near-death experiences. This reminds me of what must have happened in the days of Noah. "A worldwide flood is impossible! Our scientists have proven that!" must have been declared many times to those convicted to enter the ark. If you are confused about these issues, please read my article series "Death Discussions." If you want a free pdf of my book, Solving the Mystery of Death, email me with the subject line stating, "Free Death PDF," and I will send it to you. 

Truly, the battle is on. We must avoid "science falsely so called" (1 Tim. 6:20) and stick with Scripture. Soon the final crisis will hit, and those who are unclean about the state of the dead and communication with dead people will be sitting ducks for strong spiritualistic delusions from "spirits of devils" (read Rev. 16:14). If you wish to support White Horse Media's urgent, unique, ongoing efforts to engage national media, secure interviews with thought leaders, and teach Bible truth, click here. To join the discussion, join my Facebook page.

God bless!

Steve Wohlberg, Director, White Horse Media

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Easter Deception? Movie 'Heaven is for Real' NOT TRUE. Unbiblical. 


Contact: Steve Wohlberg, White Horse Media, 559-977-9744; steve@whitehorsemedia.com

MEDIA ADVISORY, April 17 /Christian Newswire/--The real-life story behind 'Heaven is for Real' seems so encouraging. 4-year-old Colton Burpo, during emergency surgery in 2003, has a near-death experience, exits his body, visits heaven, sees Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives (including a dead sister), and lives to tell about it. His father, Pastor Todd Burpo, turned his family's drama into a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Widely considered by Christians as an evangelistic opportunity, the film version hit theaters April 16, four days before Easter.

"There's one major problem," counters Bible expert, television producer, and author of 30+ books, Steve Wohlberg. "Neither the Old or New Testaments teach anywhere that our dead relatives are floating around in heaven waiting to talk to us. Instead, they 'sleep' (1 Cor. 15:51) quietly in their graves awaiting 'the resurrection at the last day' (John 11:25)."

Consider these biblical facts: In John 14:1-3, Jesus plainly informed His followers that they would not be with Him until He "comes again." In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Paul also encouraged Christians that they would not "be with the Lord forever" until He returns to raise the dead. Not only that, but the notion of dialoguing with the deceased is a practice strictly forbidden in Scripture (see Duet. 18:11). It's called "necromancy," and is connected to mediums and spiritists. But this happened to a 4-year-old child! you may be thinking. Read Mark 9:14-29. Unfortunately, our enemy aims dark arrows at children too.

Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media (Newport, WA) and the host of His Voice Today radio and television broadcasts. Widely regarded by media as an apocalyptic expert, he has been featured in three History Channel documentaries (Secrets of the Seven Seals; Strange Rituals: Apocalypse; Armageddon Battle Plan), and has spoken by special invitation inside the Pentagon and U.S. Senate. His enlightening books, Solving the Mystery of Death (Remnant Publications), and Demons in Disguise: The Dangers of Talking to the Dead, explore these subjects fully. His website is www.HisVoiceToday.com.

A committed husband and father of two young children, Mr. Wohlberg welcomes all opportunities to discuss this sensitive issue. To schedule an interview, he may be contacted at 559-977-9744 (mobile) or by email at steve@whitehorsemedia.com

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Hello Steve,

The major movie, Heaven Is For Real, will be releasing in movie theaters worldwide on Easter weekend. Since I've authored a book on Heaven and was the senior producer of two network TV Heaven documentaries, Sony Columbia TriStar Pictures asked me to do a pre-release movie review on this family movie.

Here's my review and I hope you'll go see the movie with your family and friends:

Heaven Is For Real
Review Statement By David W. Balsiger, LHD

Having researched and written probably the most authoritative Heaven book of the 21stCentury-The Evidence for Heaven-and produced two major TV documentaries on Heaven, I can testify that Colton Burpo's experience in which he visited Heaven is 100 percent plausible with similar descriptive details that are told by others who have made the same celestial journey.

Heaven has been a topic of discussion, debate, belief, and non-belief since ancient times. However, during the past 25 years, numerous highly respected medical researchers, physicians, biblical scholars, and scientists have concluded through the study of Near Death Experiences (NDEs), that it can now be said with certainty that our mind, memory, personality, and soul will survive physical death. It is during these and similar experiences that the fortunate few like Colton Burpo get to learn about Heaven and come back to tell us about their unforgettable experience.

Numerous people of all ages have experienced Heaven during NDE's, life threatening situations, and deep meditative states. All their Heaven descriptions tell a rather similar story to what four-year-old Colton told, including information that he had no way of knowing as a small child. The 20 or more "Heaven experience reference points" mentioned by Colton in the movie and book are the same or very similar to those remembered by all who have experienced Heaven.

Also, a Heaven visit alters one's perspective on life and death forever. Colton referred to peaceful experiences, that everything is going to be okay, you don't have to be afraid of death, and that you are surrounded by overwhelming love.

This is a beautiful family film that follows the Burpo family through the mystery of sorting out their son's real life heavenly experience. It is not a fictional drama, but an accurate dramatic recreation of what Heaven is like by those who have seen it and returned to tell us about this final frontier-a place they say is as real as Earth!

Whether you are a believer, a seeker, a skeptic, or an atheist, this film will provide meaningful food for thought for you and your loved ones. Examine the facts. Review the biblical findings. Hear Colton's testimony. View the scientific evidence. Decide for yourself if Heaven is your final destiny!

David W. Balsiger, LHD
Author-The Evidence of Heaven
Book Published By Bridge-Logos
TV Producer-The Search for Heaven
and The Evidence for Heaven
TV Films Released By Grizzly Adams Productions

Warmly,

David W. Balsiger, LHD
President/CEO
Balsiger Media Enterprises

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Is Heaven is For Real For Real or a Lie?

posted by White Horse Media @ 8:20pm, Tuesday 15 April 2014.

White Horse E-News - 04-15-2014


White Horse E-News - 04-15-2014

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Is Heaven is For Real For Real or a Lie?

Dear friend of Truth,

Millions of Christians will celebrate Easter this Sunday. Taking advantage of the season, the movie "Heaven is for Real" (based on a bestselling book with the same title) will bring to the big screen on April 16 the supposedly true story of a four-year-old boy who, during emergency surgery, visited heaven and met his dead relatives. On Amazon.com, the book has nearly 8,000 reviews, mostly 5-star. Is "Heaven is for Real" for real? Or is it a deadly delusion? 


Both the book and movie claim that its teaching is fully supported by Scripture. But we at White Horse Media protest. Quite the contrary, the Bible is clear that "the dead know nothing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5), that those who die "go down into silence" (Psalm 115:17) to their graves, that they "sleep in the dust" (Daniel 12:2; Acts 7:60; 1 Cor. 15:6; John 11:11,14) and wait peacefully and unconsciously until "the resurrection at the last day" (John 11:24; John 6:39,40,44,54; 1 Thess. 4:16,17). Thus "Heaven is for Real" is not for real, but is teaching false doctrines. 



In these critical times when "strong delusion" (2 Thess. 2:11) runs rampant, White Horse Media has key resources that clarify the truth. Our sharing pocketbook, Solving the Mystery of Death, and our 4-part DVD, Deadly Delusions about Death and Hell, couldn't be more timely. During this Easter season when Christians focus on Christ's resurrection (which is glorious), there needs to be a resurrection of solid biblical truth among His professed followers. After all, Jesus Christ's soul never went to heaven at any time without His body ascending with it. Instead, He died bodily for our sins on the cross (read 1 Peter 2:24), rose bodily from the grave (John 20:26-29), ascended bodily (read Acts 1:9) to heaven in full view of his awestruck disciples, and He will return bodily on the last day (Acts 1:10,11).  

May God help us to follow His Word until the trumpet sounds (read 1 Corinthians 15:51-55).

Keep the faith, 


Steve Wohlberg

Speaker/Director, White Horse Media

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WHM at Pacific Union College. Welcome Jeff Kyle

posted by White Horse Media @ 7:40pm, Monday 14 April 2014.

White Horse E-News - 04-14-2014


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WHM at Pacific Union College. Welcome Jeff Kyle

Dear friend of White Horse Media,

Our next prophecy seminar, The Time is At Hand, will be held this weekend (April 18,19) in Angwin, California, on the campus of Pacific Union College (Friday night, 6:00 pm @ Paulin Hall), and then at the nearby Angwin Village Church. As always, our focus is the need for earnest preparation for the soon return of Jesus Christ (see Revelation 22:12). If you live near Angwin, join us. For details, contact Pastor Byron Hill. 707-337-1381. byronhill5153@icloud.com.  

Next, White Horse Media also wants to heartily welcome Jeff Kyle and his family (from right to left: Jeff, Kathy, Donovan, Aaron) to Priest River, Idaho. Stepping out in faith, two weeks ago the Kyle family began their long journey by car from Maryland to Idaho. With their safe arrival, Jeff is now fully employed as our Director of Internet Media. He has quite a story, which is intimately tied to God's power working mightily through our ministry (which includes you!). 

Here is Jeff's testimony: 

In the fall of 2006, my family and I found White Horse Media's programming on Sky Angel. We had previously went through a painful experience in a church and weren't sure that we would go back to church again. God directed us to Steve Wohlberg's ministry at just the right time. We watched Steve's series called The Antichrist Chronicles and were amazed at how what Steve taught made much more sense to us and lined up perfectly with scripture. We watched Steve's programs for the next year, eventually signing up for bible studies with Junie Lawson, White Horse Media's bible instructor. In 2007, we joined a loving church that follows God's commandments and proclaims God's last day message.

From 2009 until recently, I have volunteered with White Horse Media, designing new web sites and performing internet related functions for the ministry. We had been praying about joining Steve's ministry for over four years. God made the way possible, once again in His perfect timing. We recently relocated from Maryland to Priest River, Idaho where the ministry is based. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country and are thrilled beyond words to be part of God's work in this very important time in Earth's history. -- Jeff Kyle, WHM Director of Internet Media

We praise God for the loving work of His Holy Spirit. We thank you too for partnering with us in saving souls for His eternal kingdom. Says God's prophet, 

"Those who are wise shall shine 
as the brightness of the firmament, 
and those who turn many to righteousness 
as the stars forever and ever"
(Daniel 12:3). 

We also thank God that recipients of this enewsletter just topped 9,000. Praise His name! 


Keep the faith, 


Steve Wohlberg

Speaker/Director, White Horse Media

www.whitehorsemedia.com


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