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, 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.


4simpsons said...

I never liked the clapping, either. It is a sure sign that we've forgotten who we're worshiping.

The Episcopals are at least shouting that they are apostate. All subtlety is gone. The pro-gay theology movement has abandoned the "we're not sure, so let's not judge" bit and gone straight to the "pro-gay is the new orthodox" lie.

That is a shame about Driscoll. He could be doing a lot of good but is getting creepier all the time.

Committed Christian said...

I lost my appetite after reading the post about the Eucharist. Yuck, yuck, and yuck. But it shows the absurdity of the doctrine of transubstantiation.