To start out this issue in the right frame of mind, I direct you to Matt Slick’s article, “Eight reasons why we need apologetics.” It is a good description of why apologists do what we do.
One charge often leveled against me (including from the individual who recently caused me to block comments) is that I do not go to the false teacher first before publicly exposing them. I have continually pointed out that there is no biblical requirement to do so, by explaining that Matthew 18:15-17 is about personal sin against a believer and not public sin against God and the Church in the way of false teaching. Lighthouse Trails posted an excellent article about this subject last week.
Yesterday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette had a short article which demonstrates the depravity of other religious belief systems. The article was from Nashik, India, and I have to cite it for you to believe it:
I now pronounce you frog and wife.
With five priests chanting scriptures, a frog groom named Punarvasu andhis amphibian bride Pushala were joined in holy Hindu matrimony by villagers hoping the ancient custom will bring monsoon rains to their drought-stricken district.
Organizer Nandkumar Pawar said thousands of people gathered Thursday in a massive tent in Patkhal village for the lavish wedding banquet.
He said Saturday that the frogs were decorated with flowers and smeared with turmeric, a holy and auspicious ointment. A brass band played Bollywood film songs while the priests blessed the frogs.
Frog weddings are practiced in some parts of India and other areas of South Asia.
It is sad that people do such bizarre ceremonies to appease their gods. But is it really much different from some of the “ceremonies” found in many churches today with all their screaming of “fire, Lord, fire!” or for “more” of the Holy Spirit, and their being “slain in the spirit”? The false belief systems don’t have the market on the bizarre.
Back on July 7th I told you about how the Episcopal Church was “poised to adopt a blessing rite” for homosexual couples, and that they had also passed the first hurdle for ordaining “transgendered” people. Well, the total collapse into apostasy in the Episcopal Church took place long ago, but these latest issues have been passed and sanctified, sealing their apostate condition. Of course there was celebrating by many sexual perverts while they blasphemed God claiming His approval.
This may turn off some of the followers of this blog who are women, but I am firm in the belief that God forbids women being elders or pastors in the Church. Every church which has permitted this to take place has turned liberal or aberrant. Paul said the reason for this was because Eve was the one deceived. Women by nature are more emotion-driven than men, which makes them easier to deceive in general.
This being emotion-driven is what has led to the “Jesus is my boyfriend” phenomenon invading the Church, with love songs to Jesus and sexual imagery in their discussions of their spiritual relationship, such as in Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts,” and Beth Moore’s claims of God calling her “honey.” There is an excellent article on this subject over at The End Time blog.
Ken Silva has an article, including a few short videos, about Nicole Crank as an example of why women shouldn’t be in leadership positions. She and her husband, David, are false teachers in St. Louis. Two videos in this article demonstrate these goatherds praising heretic Joel Osteen. (As an aside, the third video in the article demonstrates another reason why Ed Young, Jr is bad news - he supports the Cranks!)
More and more seeker-sensitive pastors are approving of women in the leadership roles. An example is “Pastor” Eric Dykstra, whose wife Kelly serves as with him as a pastor. Kelly claims it was teaching from heretic T.D. Jakes who set her on her path, so that should tell you something about her theological stance.
Of course there are also women who are not in pastor/elder positions but who seem to be treated as such. One of these women is Joyce Meyer, a Word of Faith heretic who leads thousands of people into her false doctrine. A good example of her false gospel is discussed on Wretched Radio, as posted on this Apprising Ministries page.
Beth Moore is another woman who is treated as if she is in the pastoral role. She is not heretical like Joyce Meyer, but she does have aberrational and other false teachings galore. Ken Silva posted another prime example this past week.
Just in case someone is not convinced that T.D. Jakes is a top-notch false teacher, more evidence is the fact of his praising of heretics Paul and Jan Crouch on TBN! This pair are blatant Word of Faith teachers and yet Jakes not only approves of them - he praises them!
I’ve learned of another Word of Faith heretic to alert you to: Joseph Prince. As with other false teachers of his ilk, he has a huge following for his heresy.
Sola Sisters posted an excellent article about true shepherds guarding their flocks against false teachers. One of the things they do is NAME names of false teachers.
One thing common to all the seeker-sensitive and emergent churches, as well as many others who haven’t slid that far into compromise with the world, is a particular genre of music used in their services. More and more it becomes self-focused rather than God-focused. Steve Bricker has an excellent article about music in the assembly.
Someone pointed me over to John MacArthur’s blog and an article from a year ago questioning whether or not Rob Bell is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’d say the answer is, yes, he is!
Lastly, Tim Challies posted the first part of a review series he is doing on a book by Debi Pearl, titled, “Created to Be His Help Meet.” Challies is gracious about the little bit of good in the book, but he cuts no slack in pointing out the bad teachings. Since the book is by Debi Pearl, I would automatically assume it was rife with bad teachings, since the Pearls are well known for aberrational and legalistic ideas. (I’ve already reported on two books by them.) I think you’ll find the comment string to be quite interesting also.
I will be eagerly awaiting the next parts.