Monday, October 24, 2011
Random Apostasies and Heresies
This article has been edited on 12/14/16 to remove items with dead links.
Harold Camping lost again. False prophets always loose. He was adamant that the end of everything and Christ’s return would be October 21st. Didn’t happen. So why do people keep listening to him?
Bill Gothard is another false teacher who has caused much damage to the faith, and to people and families who have followed his teachings over the years. Recovering Grace web site is a great one to peruse for learning just how much damage Gothard has done. A good sample is “Hannah’s Story.”
I have never liked the practice of clapping in church when someone presents special music. I think it is totally inappropriate to behave as if one is at a entertainment performance (I understand, though, that at most seeker-sensitive/market-driven churches entertainment IS their focus!). An Unknown Berean’s blog has a thought-provoking article about this practice.
Joel Osteen, in an interview, said he couldn’t perform a same-sex fake wedding, but he could attend one. Albert Mohler had a great article explaining the incoherence of such a position. As a follow-up, Mohler asks the question of us all - “Would You Attend a Same-Sex Wedding?” I believe every Christian would have to answer with a bold “NO!” - attending a wedding is giving approval for it by being there. We are never to give approval to that which is reprehensible to God.
Finally, Mark Driscoll seems to be coming up with new ways to prove what a false teacher he really is. Now he talks to demons - carrying on conversations with them! Can someone please show me from Scripture where any of the apostles did such things? And if you actually believe this tale, I have a bridge to sell you! That people like Driscoll can continue to have devoted followers only shows the lack of discernment among the church today.