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.
For those of us who have worked with Mormons, one thing we often get as a response from them, when questioning them about teachings, is the claim that what we say is “not official doctrine.” So if I question about the teaching which says their god-man had sex with Mary to conceive Jesus, I’m told that is “not official doctrine.” That sort of thing. Well, Keith Walker has a great video on the subject about what is “not official doctrine.” it perfectly demonstrates the frustration experienced when dealing with Mormon dishonesty.
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!
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.