Sunday, January 8, 2012
Random Things in the Christian Realm
There seems to be no end of books from Christians who claim to have visited heaven, visited hell, or had communication with the dead. The latest book is Have Heart, in which the author claims communication with the dead. Now, we know necromancy is condemned in Scripture, so I would have to say that pretty well sums up the evidence that this didn’t take place. This week the blog Herescope had a two-part series, with a third part upcoming, reviewing this book and the ideology behind it. Go here and here for parts one and two.
While Beth Moore has been exposed as a false teacher time and again on this blog and others, John Piper has been slowly descending into apostasy himself, as many apologetics blogs/ministries have been reporting. Now we have Moore and Piper joining together teaching lectio divina at the Passion 2012 Conference. Apprising Ministries and the blog Do Not Be Surprised... both give good reports on this false teaching method. Sola Sisters has a good follow-up about John Piper’s involvement with this teaching. And finally, Erin has another report about what really went on at Passion 2012, and what the difference is between biblical silence and the mystical silence found there.
An interesting addition to this combination of Moore and Piper was a video posted by Apprising Ministries where Piper said, “I’m happy to learn from Beth Moore.” The post is still there but the video is missing for some reason. However, that statement alone tells me Piper is not acting as a shepherd when he is happy to learn from someone who is been exposed as a false teacher in many ways - where is his discernment? I guess it is dying, as his involvement in the lectio divina demonstrates.
Gary Gilley has an excellent two-part article about the social gospel. His first part is about the history of the movement, including the morphing into things with the Emergent movement and Rick Warren’s PEACE plan, and the devastation it has caused in the Church. In part two Gilley discusses what the Bible really has to say about the issue. You should find this series to be very informative.
Finally, we have false prophet Pat Robertson claiming God has been giving him more revelations. He claims God even told him who the next president of the U.S. will be, but he won’t divulge that information. The “revelation from God” is typical false prophet nonsense based on things going on in the world which anyone could give similar speculations about. And “God” gave him a specific revelation about an economic collapse this year. It is sad that so many people give this man the time of day.