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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

More information about the “Code Orange” so-called revival.  Erin has an excellent article exposing James MacDonald’s downward drift into apostasy by who he associates with and the garbage he is promoting.  I can no longer recommend him for anything.
Suze Blog has an interesting article about Roman Catholicism, and that it “no longer swears by the truth of the Bible.”  With Rome, this isn’t necessarily something new!
Joel Osteen was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and we could probably guess how that would turn out.  And this is only part of the interview - I found other parts which weren’t any better.  Osteen is a heretic and has no business being in the pulpit.

Herescope has done three more parts on their review of Have Heart, a book teaching communication with the dead.  Some long articles, but worth the examination.  See parts three, four and five.

Meanwhile, John Piper continues his slide into mysticism and New Age beliefs.  Apprising Ministries has a good article on Piper’s association with Lectio DivinaLike Beth Moore, Piper is also hearing directly from God now.
Speaking of Beth Moore, Ken Silva has another excellent article exposing her visions from God for what they are.  Poor Beth; she had no idea she would be labeled a mystic for claiming personal revelations from God.  And yet she continues to associate with Word of Faith heretics!
Pastor - correction, Goatherd Ed Young is spending time in bed with his wife on the roof of their church - correction, goat barn so as to promote marital sex, as well as their book, Sexperiment.  Young has long been teaching about sex from the pulpit.  This sort of thing will bring in people, but will it make them converts?

Another bizarre movement is about “purity,” and I’m talking about sex vs a life of purity.   Now, I’ve seen some of this legalistic nonsense in person with a group we used to know, and I’ve read a lot about it on the internet.  It is a bizarre movement where a girl is virtually wed to her father until she marries.  The Reformed Traveler has a post with a 4-part video interview with women and girls in this movement.  I found it to be a sad situation for the girls, let alone being bizarre for the fathers.  I understand a lot of what they are after (having a daughter myself) but legalism and ceremonies such as noted in this article are just beyond the pale.

Will the “seeker-sensitive” movement ever die out?!?  A Methodist Church in Minnesota now has a service for “unsure” Christians.  Their services will now be “less preachy” so as to make them more inviting for the unbeliever.  I have one old post I believe address this apostasy, titled “How to Destroy the Church.”  I also have an article telling us what “Church” is really for, and it isn’t for making a place for sinners to be given succor!  If your church is making its services appealing to man just to keep attendance up, you need to go elsewhere!
Just to show how bizarre Churches are getting so as to leave every semblance of New Testament teachings behind, now we have a church in Flint, MI which has a tattoo parlor!  The church itself, “The Bridge,” founded in 2008 by Steve Bentley, said he founded the assembly for “people who have never felt comfortable at a traditional house of worship.”  Yeah, I can see how talking about sin and the need for a savior could be uncomfortable!  But aside the tattoo parlor, they’ve already had Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous office space (groups which violate Scripture with their psychobabble teachings of victimhood), “as well as wrestling and auto repair.”  Rest easy though, tattoos “that glorify drugs, gangs or the Devil” aren’t allowed to be done there.

Our last look at apostasy in the church today is this bizarre “praise” song.  Oh, and it’s Ed Young’s church - you know, the guy in bed with his wife on top of the building?  Just another reason the leave that assembly.

3 comments:

4simpsons said...

Very disappointing about MacDonald. He used to be really good. I wonder if the fame thing went to his head?

Piper was really good for a really long time. So sad to see them slip like that! One more reason to stay focused and finish strong.

Re. Ed Young -- am I the only one who immediately things of David's son Absalom when I hear about a preaching in a bed on a roof? Doesn't seem like the kind of thing he'd want to mimic!

Re. unsure Christians -- seems like you'd want to be even more bold with them, not water it down!

Anonymous said...

I'm just curious...is this post meant as satire, or in seriousness? I've not read your blog before and am not sure of your approach.

Thank you.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Anonymous,

I don't know why you would think this is satire. My frequent "random" collections are just that - demonstrating false teachings in a "quick view"; alerting Christians to the heresies and apostasies in the various assemblies as well as the false teachers to avoid.