Sunday, July 10, 2011
Random Apostasies and Heresies
The Word of Faith cult has some of the most outlandish teachers out there, and all are heretics to some degree or another. The one teacher who is so obviously a fraud is Benny Hinn. I have never understood why anyone takes him seriously. I came across and interesting blog article about Hinn this week, which should demonstrate to any doubters that he and his teachings should be avoided like the plague.
Another good article I found this week exposes the false teachings of Eugene Peterson and his “Mess” of a paraphrased Bible. I really need to get some time to do some good comparisons of the whole “Mess,” but for now this article should be conclusive evidence that Peterson and his “Mess” should also be avoided like the plague!
More United Methodist apostasy is reported this week by James Sundquist [link gone by 8/9/15]. Too many UMC churches are allowing the Qur’an to be read in their assemblies, and now we even have one claiming that they will demolish a church each time a Qur’an is burned. I thought we were not supposed to worship with unbelievers, nor help them spread their false teachings; maybe I’m reading the wrong Bible.
The United Church of Christ long ago left any semblance of orthodoxy and is in a complete state of apostasy. They have now adopted a resolution opposing hostility towards Islam. This includes speaking against Islam and exposing it for what it is - a demonic religious belief system.
Roman Catholic bishops in New York have no plans to excommunicate Governor Cuomo. The guy is living in a fornicating relationship, which in and of itself is grounds for excommunication until he repents, and he pressured the New York legislature to pass a law legalizing faux marriage for homophiles. Unless God has recanted and decided that homosexuality isn’t a sin and that their relationships should be treated like normal human relationships, then Cuomo has violated God’s laws against homosexuality. And yet these bishops have no plans for discipline. It’s no wonder we have more and more politicians doing evil - they can claim to be Christians and no one will hold them responsible for obeying God.
I’ve read many, many book reviews on Rob Bells’ Love Wins, all demonstrating conclusively that Bell is a heretic. I’m not going to waste my money on the book, nor am I going to waste my time reading it just to give a review. However, I will tell you that one of the best I’ve read is by Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel in Illinois. I highly recommend it for your education.
Finally, I have long found Focus on the Family to be problematic. While they have provided excellent teachings and advice on families, they also have promoted the oxymoronic “Christian Psychology” model of counseling, including the promotion of individual self-esteem. Well, I have noticed some of their other theological materials have been getting farther and farther away from orthodoxy and that has disturbed me greatly. Lighthouse Trails Research ministry took FoF to task and were slam-dunked in return. Apprising Ministries has a very good report on the issue.