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Of the many influences and/or friends to Denny Nissley, as mentioned in his book Fear No Evil, are the following.

Rev. Jerry Rose, a friend to Denny Nissley, who is President  and CEO of Total Living Network.>http://www.tln.com/ He spoke from the pulpit at Manassas Assembly of God June 10, 2001, and has recently completed his third consecutive term as president of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. He has served as first vice president, second vice president, and treasurer of the 800 member organization. He is currently NRB Building Committee Chairman. [TLN>http://www.tln.com/jkr/about.html]

Jerry Rose's Operation Ten >http://tln.com/operation10.html "provides free book covers, folders or posters, emblazoned with the Ten Commandments and inspirational quotations from well-known achievers entitled "Good Thinking," to any student...Total Living Network,[ http://tln.com/] is committed to helping young people develop a strong moral code and believes that distributing Ten Commandments book covers is a useful tool in achieving this goal. To date, more than 240 Protestant, Catholic and Jewish organizations have joined Jerry Rose in support of this project." [OPTen>http://www.beehappyintulsa.com/whatsnew.htm] 

This goes hand in hand with Christ in Actions 'National T-Day' and the ecumenical policy of finding a common cause and uniting Believers with non-Believers in a 'spiritual' endeavour, which is entirely against the Scriptures. 

The Ten Commandments are Biblical, yes, but unless one loves the Lord Jesus their presence on a wall or repetition of them falls into the error of vain repetition. Paul summed up the Ten Commandments in the New Testament by stating in Romans 13:9 

"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

Jesus also addressed one of the commandments by saying in Matthew 5: 21 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."

The Ten Commandments desired to be posted do not and will never address the New Testament application of their use. Nor can one live to the letter of those Commandments without Jesus Christ.

Jerry Rose is an ordained Assemblies of God minister. Rose is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews [along with other CNP members] and currently serves as a committee member of the International Religious Broadcasters (INRB).  Previously, Rose served as a part-time faculty member of Wheaton College's Graduate School of Communications and is a consultant to the International Correspondence Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Rose was a member of the executive committee for the Committee for Religious Rights in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and also served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Religious Freedom in Eastern Europe under the direction of U.S. Senator Charles Percy.

Rose is currently serving on the board of governors for the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and actively involved as an advisor to the Chicago Teen Challenge. Rose was responsible for developing an international Advisory Committee to the NRB-a group whose objective is to encourage partnering between NRB members and broadcasters in other countries. As part of his ministry, Rose traveled extensively in western and eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East and parts of Africa. Rose has been a media consultant for ICI University; the French Assemblies of God Media Center in Nice, France; and the International Media Ministries in Brussels.
In 1972, after ten years of commercial broadcasting, Rose became general manager of the Dallas affiliate, KXTX-TV, for
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Three years later he was appointed operations manager of CBN in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Speaking to the Fellowship of European Broadcasters, Rose depicts what has become a common scenario of mega-church philosophy and contextualizing of the gospel.

"...Our attention must be on the needs of the viewer. Everything we do should feel as though it is being done directly for our audiences.

We should take the time to learn about them, and then concentrate on being relevant to their needs. Our television ministries should touch on the cares and concerns of the people who live and work in our viewing areas. Everything we do should be for their benefit and in a way that is relevant to their lives. And I might add in their language. We should show them that we have a genuine interest in who they are and what happens to them...as Christians we should be concerned about the demographics of our audiences. There are going to be more opportunities than ever for Christian programming, but competition for the viewer is going to be stiffer than ever. Without relevant content, our programs will warrant nothing more than one more click on a surfers journey through the ocean of channels...'[Warsaw >http://www.feb.org/jerry.htm]

As stated in our article The Fuller Evangelical 'Think Tank', contextualizing the gospel was the brainchild of Donald McGavran and ingrained in the Perspectives courses. As stated in that article, "...The concept of a 'culturally relevant' message incorporates pagan practices into Christianity. In other words, the culturally relevant gospel desired by many is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If indeed it was necessary to change the gospel and make it 'culturally relevant' then we would have to conclude that a Biblically simple message of salvation would never be accepted in various cultures...." 

Board member of Rose's TLN are associated with or member's of AOG, Benny Hinn, Promise Keepers, Baptist State Convention, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and so on. Judd Jackson responsible for sales,  has also served as vice-president of direct response services at the Michael R. Ellison Agency, as the vice-president of Marketing for the Rex Humbard Ministry, as well as being the President and Founder of the Church Growth Network. David Melvin was former vice-president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Charles E. Sellier, Executive Consultant, is an author and TV/film producer of 30+ feature films and 82 TV programs and pilots-Knight Rider 2000, Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Desperado, Longarm, Vestige of Honor, Angels Sent on Assignment, Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Miracles and Other Wonders, Secrets of the Bible Code Revealed, and Millennial Fears: Fact or Fiction? Sellier is the author of In Search of Noah’s Ark, The Lincoln Conspiracy, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Hangar 18, Miracles and Other Wonders, Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark, and more.

CNP's David Balsiger also serves as an executive consultant. He is the vice-president and co-partner in Grizzly Adams Productions, Inc. Balsiger produces specials and video series, including Secrets of the Bible Code Revealed, Millennial Fears: Fact or Fiction?, How to Prepare Your Family for Y2K, Bible Code: The Future and Beyond, The Quest for Noah’s Ark, The Bible’s Greatest Secrets Revealed, The Bible’s Greatest Miracles, Uncovering the Truth About Jesus and The Miracle and Wonder of Prayer.

Balsiger was chief researcher and field producer-director for: Ancient Secrets of the Bible, The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark, Ancient Secrets of the Bible II, and Mysteries of the Ancient World; and four CBS TV specials. [Leadership
>http://www.tln.com/leadership.html]

Other influences or friends of Denny Nissley include:

Mark King -- pastor in rural Pennsylvania that miraculously healed his crushed leg in a church service in a barn (healed and staples miraculously removed).

"Then came Hank, a guy from the church in the barn who invited himself to move into my home and live with me so he could disciple me, since I was too young in the Lord to know how to live the Christian life. I don't know where I'd be today had Hank not obeyed God and laid down his life to train me." (p.7)

Pastor Jim Brankel -- took him under his arm and helped him get credentialed with Assemblies of God

Jonathan Gainsbrugh -- a street preacher friend taught him how to work in conjunction with the local church and equip others to carry the message of the gospel. Serves as the Growth and Evangelism consultant with the Northern California-Nevada District in the Assemblies of God. He travels nationally conducting local church, sectional, statewide, and regional conferences.

Pastor Gary Grogan -- "helped me understand the art of interpersonal relationships and set a godly example of servanthood." Gary Grogan is Senior Pastor of Urbana Assembly of God (UAG) church since June 1988. UAG has an aggressive vision and outreach to students at the University of Illinois..." http://www.urbanaassembly.org/staff_pastor_gary_and_bonnie.htm

Pastor Wendell Choy >http://ohanafellowship.com/wsn49BB.html -Pastor Wendell is licensed by the International Churches of the Foursquare Gospel, and is the founding pastor of Calvary Church of the Islands, in Kailua. He served as senior pastor there, for 15 years. His theological background comes from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, and Calvary Church of the Coastlands, in Torrance, California, where he interned and served as associate pastor for eight years. "Pastor Wendell and Patti feel that the Lord has led them to Huntington Beach, California to impact all of Orange County"[wendell>http://ohanafellowship.com/wsn49BB.html

He is pastor of Ohana Christian Fellowship is a ministry of: The International Churches of the Foursquare Gospel, and was formerly called Beach Cities Fellowship. [Hope Chapel>http://ohanafellowship.com/] Foursquare Gospel theology was founded by Aimee Semple McPherson. See: Sins of the Father:Charles Parham & A Little Identity Crisis

Rob Schenck -- according to Denny, "president of the National Clergy Council. Rob has opened many doors for me to minister on Capitol Hill. He has made it possible for me to minister to Senators and Representatives alike."

Rob Schenck serves on the THE INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND PUBLIC POLICY board of advisors. >http://www.religionandpolicy.org/boa-schenck.htm

From that site: 

Rob Schenck is the president of the National Clergy Council. He is an author, lecturer, and the founder of the Ten Commandments Project, an effort to reintroduce the American people to the great words of Sinai. Prior to his present position, Mr. Schenck served as minister of missions and evangelism for the New Covenant Tabernacle Church in Kenmore, NY, and as an itinerant evangelist.

Mr. Schenck directs Operation Save Our Nation, in Washington. Previous to this assignment he founded the National Community Church in Washington; Operation Serve, a Christian humanitarian relief organization; and co-founded Hearts for the Homeless, an advocacy organization for underprivileged men, women and children. Mr. Schenck is also the president of the National Pro-life Religious Council.

Mr. Schenck is the author of The Ten Words That Will Change a Nation--The Ten Commandments, published in 1999 by Albury Publishing. He also is the editor of the three-volume Constitutions of American Denominations, published by William S. Hein Lawbook Publishers. He is a member of the editorial board of Culture Wars magazine, and he is a member of the American Academy of Ministry. He appears regularly in the national secular and Christian media.

Mr. Schenck trained for the ministry at Elim Bible Institute and Berean College. He received his M.A. in Christian Ministry at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary

National Pro-Life Religious Council, Inc. (NPRC), mentioned above, is an ecumenical 'Christian' pro-life coalition. NPRC currently has members working within pro-life groups associated with the following denominations/churches: Conservative Congregational, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Lutheran, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist. [NPRC >http://www.nprcouncil.org/newsletters/nprc2000winter.htm]

From a critical review of Schenck: 

Rob Schenck launches church

Anti-abortion activist Rob Schenck is starting "an activist congregation" in Washington, DC. His newly formed church, the National Community Church, begins regular Sunday services at the Washington Court Hotel in mid-September.

Schenck, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, says the purpose of his church is to keep the national media informed on "the ways in which certain public policies violate biblical principles." The establishment of the church in the nation's capital is part of a two-pronged project called "Operation Save Our Nation." The other part of the project is aimed at evangelizing congressional staffers. "Very often," said Schenck, "it's the young staffers who make policy, the elected officials merely give their imprimatur."

Schenck and Operation Rescue's Randall Terry were arrested in 1992 when they tried to shove a fetus in the face of Bill Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in New York. [Ifas: Schenck >http://www.ifas.org/fw/9409/update.html]

For More on Randall Terry see: Donald S. McAlvany; Howard Phillips

From another source----"Paul Schenck, Rob's twin brother, has left his New Covenant Tabernacle church in Buffalo, New York, to join Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) as vice president. Both brothers converted from Judaism to Christianity at a revival service twenty years ago and then went into the ministry together. With Paul in Virginia Beach and Rob in Washington, it will be the first time in 12 years the 35-year-old brothers have not worked together. The ACLJ is TV evangelist Pat Robertson's answer to the ACLU. It is headed by Jay Sekulow, also a convert from Judaism to Christianity

......Rob Schenck is founder of “Operation Save Our Nation,” a mission to our elected and appointed officials in Washington DC. He is a communicator of truth and on the cutting edge of moral and pro-life issues. His “Ten Commandments Project” has presented copies of the laws of God to those on Capitol Hill and politicians throughout the country. [gospelcom:schenck

For American Center for Law and Justice See: Jay A. Sekulow; Pat Robertson

 Another article critical of Schenck and also CNP's Jay A. Sekulow, is from Reform Judaism: Union of American Hebrew Congregations. The article: Strange Bedfellows :Jews, Apostates, and the Christian Right by Barbara Simon >http://uahc.org/rjmag/1096bs.html

".....Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow, who proudly acknowledged that he is a "Jew for Jesus" at the 1996 "Road to Victory" conference, gained a national reputation within evangelical circles when, in the late eighties and early nineties, he provided free legal representation to militant anti-abortion activists. In 1991 he came to the aid of Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry, keeping him out of jail in the wake of his group's assault on abortion clinics in Wichita, Kansas. Terry credited Sekulow with single-handedly having kept Operation Rescue alive. "Jay's courtroom savvy and constitutional knowledge have been absolutely critical in the growth and survival of Operation Rescue," Terry said. "Without his intervention, I believe several judges would have tried to crush the life out of our movement."

The Schenck Twins

Paul Chaim and Rob Schenck, twin brothers from Buffalo, New York, are heroes among antiabortion activists. Born and raised as Reform Jews, they "found Jesus" during their teen years and converted to Christianity. Paul Chaim Schenck serves as executive vice-president and chief of operations for Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), and Rob is the Center's director of church relations. The twins gained national attention in the spring of 1992 when they led Operation Rescue's efforts to shut down Buffalo's abortion clinics. That summer, Rob Schenck and Operation Rescue's founder Randall Terry were arrested when they attempted to shove a fetus in the face of President Bill Clinton during the Democratic National Convention in New York City. Paul Chaim Schenck is a named plaintiff in Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York, challenging an injunction issued against himself and other antiabortion protesters on free speech grounds. The case will be argued during the Supreme Court's 1996-1997 term, with the ACLJ's chief counsel Jay Sekulow representing Paul Chaim Schenck...."

Shoving a fetus in the President's face is not of God, nor is militant behavior towards what these people would view as their enemies.. 

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

God will deal with those who destroy and murder. We have that promise. Ungodly behavior merely gives non-Christians reasons to reject Jesus Christ. God forbid that we face Him with that legacy.

Romans 12:19

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

CIA & The Center for Law and Justice

Denny Nissley's May 2001 Christ in Action [CIA] Newsletter, reporting about Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice and other issues, states, "" The divine appointments we had were incredible, to say the least."

Europe 2001

We met with Will Graham in Manchester, England who has opened the doors for us to set up in a prominent place in Manchester during the commonwealth games in July 2002. There will be nearly 500,000 people passing by our stage everyday for 2 weeks. Will has also opened the doors to have outreaches in Carlisle, Birmingham and Leeds England as well as Belfast and Dublin Ireland...Larry and Ann Dimond...have opened up Cork, Ireland to us for outreach.

 Joel Thornton one of our board members has recently moved to Strausbourg France to head up the European Center for Law and Justice.  He is working with the European Court of Human Rights. Joel is going to coordinate the monumental task of getting all our equipment across the ocean." 

"Denny and others attended the Evangelism conference held in Germany."

New connection in Europe: Martin Durham (worked high up in Barclays bank in England)

Martin Durham reportedly was met on the street during Denny Nissley's street preaching or at a small church gathering approximately a year ago. The personal meeting lead to Durham resigning from a high position at Barclay's to work full time in street evangelism. 

CNP's Jay  Sekulow, who appears frequently on CBN, is head of the American Center for Law and Justice [ACLJ]  >http://www.aclj.org/. 

Mr. Sekulow talks from time to time on his radio program about his affiliate, the  European Center for Law and Justice, [ECLJ] >http://www.eclj.org/ of which Christ in Actions' board member, Joel Thornton, heads. 

In fact, not only is Jay Sekulow "Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ),... He is also Chief Counsel of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ)" and it's Moscow affiliate, the Slavic Center for Law and Justice..[SCLJ]>http://www.sclj.org>  Statements from former adherents of Christ in Action state Jay Sekulow is legal counsel to Denny Nissley.

According to ACLJ History, "In 1990, [CNP's] Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, a Yale law school graduate, religious leader, entrepreneur, and concerned citizen, decided to act to undo the damage done by almost a century of liberal thinking and activism. He founded the American Center for Law and Justice."

The not-for-profit and educational organization, "...engages in litigation, provides legal services, renders advice and counsels clients, and supports attorneys who are involved in defending the religious and civil liberties of Americans."

"... a national network of attorneys who are committed to the defense of Judeo-Christian values. We also cooperate with other organizations that are committed to a similar mission, and serve the public through educational efforts regarding First Amendment and religious freedom issues as well as pro-family and pro-life concerns...."

The European Center for Law and Justice [http://www.eclj.org/] has it's history from Pat Robertson as well. The ECLJ opened its official headquarters in Strasbourg, France on July 2, 1998. In August, it opened an affiliate office in Moscow, which is called the Slavic Center for Law and Justice. http://www.sclj.org

The website of the ECLJ provides a section called the History of the ECLJ >http://www.eclj.org/history.asp

"In 1997, Pat Robertson, President of the Christian Broadcasting Network and founder of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Jay Alan Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, Pat Monaghan, Joel Thornton, and Ben Bull felt that it was time to mobilize Christian lawyers internationally to protect the rights of believers to worship and share the message of Jesus Christ without fear of persecution or discrimination in Europe...  with renowned international human rights attorneys, they established the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ), a nonprofit law firm dedicated to the protection and defense of religious freedom in Europe...the ECLJ was born to safeguard and protect human rights and religious freedoms for people of faith in Europe. With the advent and expansion of the Council of Europe, religious freedoms in Europe are now guaranteed under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. These rights include the fundamental right to freedom of worship and religious expression without discrimination or persecution. This is the law of the land in Europe. Together with the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, >http://www.echr.coe.int/> the ECLJ has located its headquarters in Strasbourg, France...."

The ECJL works directly with The European Court of Human Rights >http://www.echr.coe.int/> and The International Court of Justice. >http://www.icj-cij.org/

The European Court of Human Rights historical background states >http://www.echr.coe.int/:

"A. The European Convention on Human Rights of 1950

1. The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drawn up within the Council of Europe. It was opened for signature in Rome on 4 November 1950 and entered into force in September 1953. The object of its authors was to take the first steps for the collective enforcement of certain of the rights stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

2. In addition to laying down a catalogue of civil and political rights and freedoms, the Convention set up a system of enforcement of the obligations entered into by Contracting States. Three institutions were entrusted with this responsibility: the European Commission of Human Rights (set up in 1954), the European Court of Human Rights (set up in 1959) and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the latter organ being composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member States or their representatives.

"...The new European Court of Human Rights came into operation on 1 November 1998 with the entry into force of Protocol No. 11. On 31 October 1998, the old Court had ceased to function."

The International Court of Justice, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nationshttp://www.icj-cij.org/

"The International Court of Justice, which sits at The Hague, in the Netherlands, acts as a world court. It decides in accordance with international law disputes of a legal nature submitted to it by States, whilst in addition certain international organs and agencies are entitled to call upon it for advisory opinions. It was set up in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations to be the principal judicial organ of the Organization, and its basic instrument, the Statute of the Court, forms an integral part of the Charter....'

That Christians are working directly with and for the United Nations should make each consider carefully, whether God promised that Christians would have religious or political freedom, and whether it is Biblical to deem that Christians will not face persecution through political or religious law. 

As with other far-reaching connections of CNP members and their friends, this is just a brief review of how the apostasy spiderwebs it's way through organization after organization. One must consider if the "freedom" desired by the many is the freedom that we as Christians are to expect and in fact 'have a right to."

2 Timothy 3:12-13 

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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