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

Monday, March 19, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

Last week I came across an interesting article about “Why Impostors Love the Church.”  It’s thought-provoking, and anyone who has witness such phenomena can heartily agree with the author’s conclusions.

Ed and Lisa Young continue demonstrating their immaturity, and lack of pastoral qualifications.  Take a look at this video for a conference and tell me if this is something we would see the apostles or Jesus approving!
Last week I was asked to research Andrew Wommack, to see if he was a teacher people should be following.  Well, I came across quite a bit of information demonstrating the answer to be “NO.”  The man is just another Word of Father goatherd.  While he does seem to have some good teachings (I looked over his site), his WOF theology takes him out of the running for any teacher I would recommend.  The Christian Research Institute has a good review of Wommack and his dangers.
Meanwhile, Harold Camping has admitted he sinned with his prophetic claims.  Too bad he doesn’t repent of his other false teachings.

The Roman Catholic Church seems to be often good for amusement: they had an exhibition of relics this past weekend.  If you ever felt the need to “venerate” phony relics to “bring you closer to God,” you missed this one.  If you really believe what they displayed are pieces of the Cross and the crown of thorns Jesus wore, then let me tell you about the Cardiff Giant.
It never ceases to amaze me that Christians will participate in some of the worst of entertainment.  I personally know some Christian families who are letting their children read “The Hunger Games” series, as well as heading for the movie version.  I didn’t know anything about this subject until reading a review by Berit Kjos, and I find it difficult to justify as entertainment for Christians.  And I thought it was bad enough that Christians found the “Twilight” series worthy of their time and money!
The controversy about what Rick Warren is or isn’t doing by coddling Islam is still a big topic.  What I have learned is that the evidence proves Warren is not very truthful in some of his denials.  Sola Sisters has an interesting chart I recommend for your viewing.  Two days later Ken Silva had a good post on the same subject, and I trust you will agree that Warren is trying his best to cover his wolf-tracks.

Seeker-sensitive churches seem to be competing in their use of sex to get attendance.  The latest I’ve come across is this video, using the Proverbs as a background.  I find it totally inappropriate.
Robert Schuller has long been one of the rankest heretics posing as a Christian, and his family pretty much holds to his self-esteem gospel.  I came across an interesting video this week, showing Schuller’s daughter Sheila giving a talk.  I didn’t realize she was one of the Crystal Cathedral’s pastors, but I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise.  She is now going to start her own church! Just what we need, another heretical assembly.
I have some good friends who are ardent followers of Chuck Missler.  I have seen and read a lot of his stuff and often disagree with him.  I find he is sometimes quite aberrational in his teachings, but haven’t come across anything I consider really dangerous so haven’t paid attention to his ministry.  This weekend I came across an article about Missler  [link gone by 5/12/14] which leads me to want to keep a closer eye on him.  I suggest you do the same.
Today’s report will end with three good apologetics articles I recommend for your perusal:
1.  Marsha West has an excellent article about the Word of Faith movement, including a wee bit of exposing Joel Osteen as an example of such false teachers.  What I really like about the article is that she isn’t afraid to “name names.”  Take a look at her list if you want to see the movers and shakers in the WOF cult, and stay away from them!

2.  Stan over at “Winging It” has a good article on discerning the wolves in sheep’s clothing.  

3.  Apprising Ministries has an outstanding article about why women pastors are unbiblical.  I think the fact that every church with women pastors (ELCA, Episcopal, UMC, PCUSA, et al) goes liberal in their theology should be evidence enough, but feminists don’t want to accept what God has to say.  They’d rather claim it was just a patriarchal system of the culture which Paul was talking about, or perhaps Paul was the problem and came up with the teaching himself.

4 comments:

Elizabeth Prata said...

About Chuck Missler:

His hologram information is actual science. In quantum physics, when an atom isn't being measured, it disappears. An atom only appears in a particular place if you measure it. Scientists cannot figure out if the act of observing/measuring it brings it into existence, or if what we experience here on this side is actually the hologram and where the atom goes when it isn't being measured is reality. It is an interesting physics problem, and is in fact called "The Measurement Problem" or "The Observer Effect." UK Physicist Jim Al-Kalili explains it here in a short clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNmwuIUQ0qY

The BBC documentary "Atom: Part 1- the Illusion of Reality" explains it well but it recently has been banned on youtube due to copyright issues.

Biblically, we know that this isn't our real world, and that heaven is actually the real world, CS Lewis used this metaphor in 'The Great Divorce', where the people in heaven were the solid people and the visitors from earth were the ghosts.

As far as the communication goes of the universe all being one, that is another recent scientific breakthrough. Physicists have discovered that all atoms communicate, so an atom at the edge of the universe knows what an atom inside your laptop is doing and they act accordingly. Scientists thought this previously impossible because the information would have to travel faster than the speed of light to accomplish it. Then the Large Hadron Collider discovered that some neutrinos arrived at a station sooner than expected, slightly faster than the speed of light. They reproduced the experiment and it held. This means, if they finally confirm their findings, that atoms CAN communicate across space faster than light. It is called "quantum entanglement", and Einstein simply called it "spooky action at a distance". LOL.
http://io9.com/5277700/scientists-measure-communication-between-quantum-entangled-atoms

Colossians 1:17 says in Him all things hold together and my frail and filmy mind can sort of see the quantum application for spooky action at a distance in that verse.

I *think* that was what Missler was getting at, based on what I read of the author's reaction of the piece you linked to. The problem with Missler is that he talks fast and doesn't use definitions or explanations, as the author rightly noted.

072591 said...

I'm gonna comment on the Hunger Games article you linked to - it was simply a bad article. It was bad because, like many of the movie and book reviews that site gives, it missed the entire point of the story and then goes into speculation about "what the author really meant." For example, he speculates that the author may of been thinking of a Greek myth of the minotaur, when the TV show Survivor is more likely an answer.

Further, he speculates as to why teens may like this book, while ignoring the most obvious option - it is a story about standing against a dystopian society, fed by both bloodlust and oppression, and situations where the choices are between bad and also bad - starting with the first choice of "do I let my little sister die, or do I volunteer to kill other kids?" You know, like junior high.

The idea behind the story is hardly original; it is basically the lovechild of 1984 and Survivor, as raised by Pulp Fiction. It is not a demonic retelling of Greek mythology.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

072591,

Regardless of what you think of that review, I have read some more this morning and it is not a story which is edifying for Christians any more than was the Twilight series. Feeding our minds this tripe is not what we should be doing, nor should we be permitting our children to do so.

Mrs. White said...

The video link you gave of the Flavour Sisterhood conference made disturbing viewing, as those women made disgusting fools of themselves ,burping out loud, and the louder the better.This is the way feminism wants women to behave and even though these are supposedly Christian women,albeit worldly and compromised,they are following the feminist script.Here in Northern Ireland,we have been opposing a vile feminist play which has been touring our Province (unfortunately) and that play seeks to desensitise society to that which is coarse and vulgar.The author of the play is a feminist called Eve Ensler and we will refer to the play as "The Vulgar Monologues" as the actual title is indecent.We had two public protests against it and urged our fellow Christians to oppose it.The sad thing is, that those "burping" women on that video are only separated from Eve Ensler's play by a matter of degrees.Her wicked play encourages the same kind of behaviour but to a desperately wicked degree.