I will start this episode with a link to Aberrations in an Abusive Church. This article describes examples of what can take plane in any church if spiritual abuse or unbiblical authoritarianism is taking place. Some very good warning signs.
In my last “Random” post I mentioned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promoting the acceptance of homosexual boys into the Boy Scouts. Well, I found some more information about the subject - and it isn’t flattering for the LDS. Along with the additional information, this article states that Mormons have already been catering to homosexuals.
I’ve also come across some other interesting things about the Mormon Church. The first is a good article demonstrating that Mormons do indeed teach works salvation, no matter how much they claim otherwise.
Then there is an article about Elizabeth Smart’s statement against the teaching of abstinence - except in context she was talking about the Mormon version which teaches that, if for some reason a woman is not a virgin before marriage, then she is pretty much worthless, even if it was due to rape. This is a horrible teaching of which I wasn’t aware, since I study mostly Mormon doctrine. BUT, does it really surprise me that this would come from a system in which men can have many wives?
The last one isn’t so much about the LDS as it is about Fuller Seminary President Richard Mouw and his compromising with the Mormons by lying about what they teach! He has been playing footsie with Mormons for quite some time now and, frankly, I don’t understand it. I guess this is what you can expect for the president of a very liberal seminary.
Another cult in the news is the Seventh-day Adventists. They have long ago taught that Christ was going to return on a specific date, and when that didn’t happen they just claimed that the prophecy was misunderstood and in reality Christ just changed his location - he “entered into the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary for the first time to begin a work of investigative judgment.” The church wasn’t supposed to still be here, according to the SDA, and yet here we are. They are somewhat embarrassed by this situation.
James MacDonald has totally lost my respect with his continued association with bad teachers - as well as copying their teachings. A new conference is coming up at which he will speaking - “Act Like Men Conference.” I find this title to be very humorous, since Mark Driscoll, one of the speakers, still behaves as a high school locker-room jock.
It isn’t just in the USA that apostasy is reigning, as anyone knows who has read this blog for any length of time. Now the Church of Scotland has decided that the Jews never really had a promised land - that they have no more attachment to the land of Israel than does anyone else. "Promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally, or as applying to a defined geographical territory." I guess they read a different Bible. Read this full article, and you will see just how anti-Semitic this Church is.
Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, has an unusual interpretation of the Transfiguration. Well, I guess it really isn’t so unusual if you compare her with Beth Moore!
Can you believe that there are fake money scams claiming to be by some popular preachers? The Christian Post has an article exposing the reactions to this fraud by the preachers who are being abused. The link has been updated since it was first posted, so it is lacking the most important statement of the original: “Perry Noble, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and others are warning about fake Facebook pages using their names and likenesses to run money scams. Please tell me that I don't need to point out the intense irony of this.” I guess when you are known for scamming people out of money for your “ministry,” gullible goats who follow you probably won’t notice the fake version!
Lastly, an interesting short commentary about those supposed Christians who are joining the pro-homosexual movement.