Saturday, April 16, 2011
Random Apostasies and Heresies
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.
More about Catholics: now there are some who are claiming that anti-Muslim sentiments remind them of how Catholics were treated when coming to the USA. Give me a break. People didn’t like Catholics because in Europe the Romish church was forcing people to be part of the church or suffer persecution. There was much abuse on the part of the Romish church that led to hard feelings by those who came to the U.S., and hard feelings were justified by people who suffered. Islam, on the other hand, is a brutal, ungodly religion which is the cause of millions of deaths worldwide, as well as massive terrorism around the globe. If Romanists want to be likened to Islam, they are pulling out the wrong victim card. And to be supportive of Islam in this fashion, just shows how un-Christian that Church is. Then again, I guess in a way they do have a lot in common: both religions have severely persecuted true Christians and Jews throughout history.
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.
I’ve reported several times in the past about the heretical and apostate teachings and actions of the Episcopal church and its leadership. Now we have the Rev. Steve Lawler, “a part-time rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson, Mo,” giving up Christianity for Lent and practicing Islam instead! At least his overseeing Bishop says it is not acceptable!
In my last “Random” post (4/5) I exposed the Nazarene Church denomination's compromising position on Genesis. Well, once you compromise on Genesis, pretty soon the rest of doctrine suffers. Now there is a report saying “that unbiblical ideology is rampant throughout the denomination,” and that their teaching institutions “have become training grounds of flawed theology.” The author points out the “The underlying problem...is the denial that the holy scriptures are the [inerrant], infallible Word of God.” Open theism, process theology, mysticism and emergent teachings are invading the Nazarene denomination. As I said, once you compromise on Genesis, the rest of doctrine is like dominoes.
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!