Friday, May 4, 2012
Random Apostasies and Heresies
It’s that time again to expose the stuff I’ve found in the news since my last Random post. Sometimes this stuff can really be discouraging and frustrating to learn, but someone has to expose these false teachers and false teachings for what they are so as to warn the sheep to keep away from wolves.
Steve Harvey was a new name to me, but since he appeared on TBN it is obvious where his theology lies. At any rate, he as a written a book where he gives a “90 day rule” - i.e., date for 90 days before fornicating. After all, people are going to fornicate so it is unreasonable to ask them to wait for marriage, but it isn’t unreasonable to ask them to get to know each other a bit better. Heretic Paula White agreed with him (what do you expect from a heretic?). On thing I take issue with in this article is that the author calls TBN “Christian” television. Sorry, but that station doesn’t have anyone who preaches the truth about Christ; it is a station of blatant heresy. Otherwise, the examination of this fornication teaching is excellent.
The ever-heretical Joel Osteen is again claiming Mormonism is Christian. I really wish the media would quit seeking him out for discussing Christianity; the man has no clue about his proclaimed faith, let alone LDS. But there is good news: Osteen actually admits to teaching the heretical prosperity gospel.
Spiritual Formation has become a fad, especially with Emergent churches, but it has actually been around for quite a while, with one of the main origins being mystic Richard Foster. Spiritual Formation is unbiblical mysticism - period. Lighthouse trails has an excellent article about this false teaching. Bob DeWaay had a good article about Foster’s false teaching a couple years ago which is still worth reading.
I really can’t understand the Roman Catholic Church’s love affair with the false belief system of evolutionism. Their latest foray into this nonsense is the official Bible used in Latin American countries, which promotes evolutionism in Genesis! What is evolutionism doing in a Bible to begin with, except for that fact it helps promotes Satan’s agenda. Ken Ham has a good article about the situation.
Hank Hanegraaff seems to be going farther and farther into left field. Previously he has gone easy on Roman Catholicism, then he defended the Local Church, now he is promoting Occupy Wall Street - In Tehran of all places? Does this mean he’s beginning to support the social gospel? This blog has a good article about the situation, with links for fuller information. The problem is that there is no direct link to articles on this blog, so you need to go to April 24th, but it’s worth the read.
More problems with “gay marriage” being given at least tacit support by so-called Christians. Look what has taken place recently at a conference on “sexuality and covenant” with some things stated about marriage. More sliding to apostasy.
Going along with the promotion of same-sex fake marriage by apostate churches, we have news that the Episcopal Church has released a draft of same-sex union rites! Well, I have reported many times in the past about this apostate denomination, but this just demonstrates how far they are descending into the pit.
And another concern in this area is Andy Stanley’s latest comments, reported on by Albert Mohler and Denny Burke. It sure seems that Stanley becoming favorable towards acceptance of homosexual behavior. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
Rather than properly teach youth about the Gospel and everything else in the Bible, along with teaching them how it should affect their worldview, it seems too many assemblies today are more interested in spiritual junk food. An Assemblies of God church has gone way overboard and staged a kidnapping, ostensibly so the youth would know what persecution is like. The teen did NOT know it wasn’t a real kidnapping and suffered emotional trauma and some injury. This is a youth pastor who should be fired.
Steve Munsey is another false teacher I’ve seen for the first time. Here is his preaching about the Resurrection - or at least I think that’s what it is supposed to be. I see his congregation is full of people who are more interested in gimmicks and feel-goodism than they are about the Word of God.
Willow Creek was on the cutting edge of the unbiblical idea of “market-driven” mentality - one of the original “seeker-sensitive” churches. Over the years the continually have demonstrated that sticking to truth and doctrinal standards is something they don’t choose to do. Remember, this assembly has allowed Imams to teach from the pulpit, to prove that Islam is a peaceful, God-fearing religion similar to Christianity. More recently, Bill Hybels, their leader, has stepped all over himself to prove they are not “anti-gay” (whatever that is supposed to mean) as he severed Willow Creek’s relationship with Exodus International. Now he’s putting a rank heretic in the pulpit - Shane Hipps. When you start pandering to the world to draw in your audience, anything goes.
Meanwhile, homosexual advocate Tony Campolo is at it again in his support for those pressing the United Methodist Church to accept same-sex fake marriage. But not only does he praise them, but he also goes into some of his usual promotion of the social gospel as well as usual complaints, such as attacking the Roman Catholic Church for not allowing women priests. The man is a bonafide heretic, and the sheep should be warned to keep away from this wolf and his teachings.
Finally, Erin reports on a “worship” song which is really weird and unbiblical, regardless of the nuances the author claims are really there. To me, it sounds much like another “Jesus is my boyfriend” story.