Saturday, April 16, 2011
Random Apostasies and Heresies
This article was edited 5/2/14 to remove items with dead links.
This installment of “Random” things will demonstrate that the Church desperately needs the prayer of real Christians. And cleansing by real Christians as well!
First up, one of the best web sites for demonstrating some real apostate things in the church, “The Museum of Idolatry” has an article about a “pastor” with a “motorcycle jumping ministry.” Yes, this “pastor” seems to think what the church needs is some entertainment. Can you imaging St. Paul riding a chariot through fire as a “witnessing event”?
This one is followed up by an article about a church having a sermon series about “Safe sex”. The postcard for this event has an advertisement for their Easter egg hunt! This particular assembly calls itself the “Church on the Journey”; apparently their journey is to see how apostate they can get.
As if the Roman Catholic Church isn’t apostate enough, they have a retreat center in West Hartford, CT which offers teachings on Zen, Yoga and Labyrinth - all part of “diversity.” With all the other false teachings of the Romanist church, I guess mixing in Eastern religious beliefs is just another step in walking away from the teachings of Christ.
Mike Bickle has always been on my list to expose as a false teacher and part of the IHOP heresy, so here is my first alert about him; I came across this article by the Christian Research Institute which should demonstrate why Bickle is a teacher to avoid.
Then there is the Qur’an burning “pastor” Terry Jones. While as a citizen of the USA it is his right to burn this book, however, as a citizen of heaven it is a very un-Christlike action. I can see nothing but publicity-seeking grandstanding in this behavior. He knew from previous threats that this would result in Muslim retribution, and yet he threw acid in the face of Islam anyway. Albert Mohler has a very good analysis of Jones and his actions.
Last, but not least, is a very liberal woman “pastor” from an ELCA (of course) church in Renton, WA who is a bartender. Seriously, this is a ministry of her church. “The idea is to provide a caring gathering place where people can share chardonnay and gripes.” I can’t imagine Jesus or any of the apostles calling this a ministry, but in today’s liberal churches anything to tickle the ears with worldly entertainment is considered a ministry.
Come, Lord Jesus!