We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, August 22, 2011

Random Apostasies and Heresies

I have been saying for years that Willow Creek Church in the Chicago area is not a place to learn the Christian faith.  It is one of the original market-driven and seeker-sensitive churches, focussing on programs and entertainment to draw in “customers.”  While the assembled church is supposed to be a gathering of believers for corporate worship and mutual edification, Willow Creek and their ilk have determined that bringing unbelievers into the assembly is much more important.  And meat should never be served because it will offend people and make them feel bad, so the only biblical teaching one really gets is milk which makes them feel good.  And to add a bit more apostasy into the mix, Willow Creek has also defended Islam by having an Imam speak there more than once - in an effort to prove that Islam doesn’t teach violence and terrorism (has he ever actually read the Qur’an?) [Link gone by 8/9/15].  Goat-herd Hybels followed the politically-correct line about Islam and taught his congregation that true Islam has been hijacked by a radical wing of Islam rather than protecting the flock by telling the truth about Islam.  More recently, Willow Creek ended a relationship with Exodus International apparently due to pressure from the homosexual activist group Soulforce.  Now that the CEO of Starbucks canceled a speaking engagement (dare I say it was probably not about teaching the Word of God?) due to another activist group denouncing Willow Creek, Hybels is all over himself trying to prove how Willow Creek is not “anti-gay.”  And now he wants to meet with the activist group to come to “some sort of mutual understanding.”  What I want to know, is why ISN’T Willow Creek “anti-gay” - i.e, anti-homosexuality?  Isn’t that God’s stance - anti-homosexuality?  So shouldn’t a church which professes Christianity also take a stance against homosexuality rather than welcoming non-repentant homophiles into the assembly?  Is Hybels so worried about political-correctness and boycotts that he can’t just come out and say, “Yes, homosexual behavior is wrong, yes same-sex unions are wrong”?  Why does he have to tap-dance around the issue so as not to offend?  Because Willow Creek has always been about pleasing man and not God.  After all, that is what market-driven churches are all about - the market.
Mike Adams had an interesting article about a campus “diversity” office publishing a list of “gay-friendly” churches.  This list is actually a good one for real Christians to know about so they can avoid such apostate assemblies.
More on Mark Driscoll’s “revelations” he has claimed he received from God.  These “revelations” are downright pornographic.  If Driscoll is getting such revelations rather than just making them up, they do not come from God!  I’m more inclined to believe it is just another story by this goat-herd who behaves like a locker-room jock with the subject of sex always on his mind.  Just another result of the “seeker-sensitive” mentality. 
The Episcopal Church is again demonstrating their apostate condition as they will be reading passages from the Qur’an on 9/11/11 during interfaith events.  The purpose, of course, is to defend the indefensible Islamic faith.  I’m interested in just how an interfaith service with idolaters honors God.
Lastly, we have the ELCA church, the apostate Lutheran body, with the director of the Center for Biblical Preaching at their Luther Seminary saying that Genesis is not to be taken literally.  David Lose, the director, said Genesis is “a story about the insecurity that is endemic to humanity and the ever-present temptation to refuse the identity that comes from the vulnerability of authentic relationship in favor of defining ourselves over and against each other.”  Adam and Eve are no longer literal, of course, which makes your theology worthless if there is no literal fall.  Lose also comes up with the same line that unbelievers use that Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are separate creation accounts.  Um, no they aren’t.  Chapter 2 gives details of day six and how man was created.  This man should know better, but he has just proven himself to be a heretic.


Anonymous said...

The way individual churches treat the homosexuality issue is a good way to tell which churches are faithful to God or not. So many churches try to avoid the issue, but it's becoming more and more unavoidable. It would be interesting to see how many churches are willing to stand against homosexuality.

A Watchman on the Wall said...

Sadly, there is a 'market' for the teachings of Warren and company.

IF people would study to show themselves approved - the likes of these goat herders and their sheeple pens would disappear for lack of interest.

But, I don't see that happening any time soon, and so we stand ashamed.!!.