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
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Some Good Stuff

Every now and then I need to post some of the good stuff I come across.  Sometimes it is helpful stuff for learning more about cults and false teachings, and sometimes it’s just some good edifying stuff.  This post is to highlight some I’ve recently come across.

First, there is an excellent post by Edmond Gruss about what defines a cult.  Too often Christians have the idea that in order to be a cult it has to be an isolated group where everyone is brainwashed and following orders like robots.  That might be true of some sociological cults, but that’s not what defines a cult of Christianity.  I highly recommend you peruse what Gruss has to say.  It might be worthwhile to keep as a reference for the next time a Mormon gets upset when the LDS is called a cult!

Steve Bricker had an excellent post summing up an article he read about how Martin Luther would compare to modern leadership and modern church “worship.”  Quite thought-provoking.

The Apologetics Index posted a good article about phony doctorates so many false teachers use to bolster their position.  Not only does the article have some helpful information about where these degrees come from and how little value they are, but the article also give names of many of these false teachers.  Yep, it’s another good article to put in your reference bag.

Pastor Larry DeBruyn always has some really good teachings over at Guarding His Flock.  In his article, “The Idolatry of ‘I am!’ he addresses the false god of the LDS, but also the ideology behind it and how it fits into the New Age paradigm taking over the church.

Neil Simpson has a very good blog I recommend.  The specific article I want to point you to now, though, is Leopard Theology.”  Apparently he wrote the article in the past and re-ran it last month.  I think we should pay attention to what he says about the way too many people pick and choose what to believe from the Bible.  There are some good warnings as to what to look for with false teachers and their abuse of Scripture, as well as thoughts about our own view of Scripture and how it plays out in our faith.  It is really important not to practice “leopard theology,” nor listen to those who do.

Finally, Midwest Christian Outreach has an excellent article on “Fractured Families” which result from false teachers and cults.  Don Veinot ends his article with this very important statement:
“When Christ talked about families being separated because of Him it was never the believers that did the separating but the unbelievers or followers of false teachers. Believers did all they could do to be at peace with all men (Ro. 12:18) and especially with family.”

I hope these article have been of benefit for you.  May you have a blessed day.


4simpsons said...

Great roundup, and thanks for the link!

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

My pleasure!