Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Random Apostasies and Heresies
Well, here goes another episode of reporting on various things happening among the Christian Church, which brings disgrace to the name of Christ.
Let’s start with the Billy Graham association and it’s overseer, Franklin Graham. I previously reported that his association removed Mormons from their list of cults, but now it gets even worse. Franklin said he was shocked to learn Mormons were on such a list. Graham states the LDS will not be put on such a list, and that it is nothing more than name-calling. Well, he is wrong; contrary to calling names, labeling such groups as the LDS and JWs, e.g., as cults only protects the true Christian faith by letting people know that these groups are false belief systems. It’s called exposing the wolves! This issue really brings to light that Billy Graham and his association have long compromised the Christian faith by sanctioning false teachings and false teachers.
Too many assemblies are bringing in the teachings and practice of Yoga, in the belief that is just a harmless exercise program. Nothing could be further from the truth! Yoga is part of the Hindu belief system and should never be a part of the Christian’s life. Chris Lawson has an excellent video explaining the problems with Yoga, as warning about “Calvary Chapel and Purpose-Driven Pastors Doing Yoga.”
I have never really known much about Kay Arthur’s “Precept Ministries.” From the publications I have seen, as well as some radio programs I have heard, I thought she seemed to be pretty solid. Well her ministry has come under scrutiny this past week due to an apparent recommendation of Steven Furtick. While this seems to have been cleared up, there are apparently other problems with Kay Arthur’s ministry which were discussed in light of this problem. First, she recommends Neil Anderson as a teacher! Neil Anderson is about as aberrant as a person can get with his teachings on “deliverance ministries” and spiritual warfare, and yet Arthur has endorsed his books!!! However, the problem with Kay Arthur goes beyond this, because she has often shared the stage with women teachers who are known to have bad or false teachings. Now that I have this information, I just can’t in good conscience recommend her.
Wayne Grudem is well-known for his volume on systematic theology, but I’ve never read any of his stuff, nor have I really learned anything about him. Now, though, I know I won’t ever bother with anything he writes, because he has a new book promoting the charismatic teaching of the gift of prophecy. While reading this review, it became clear to me that Grudem is like most in the charismatic movement , in that they abuse Scripture to support their view. Learning that he is a member of a Vineyard assembly says a lot (they are all about “signs and wonders”).
Speaking of “charismaniacs” and all the nonsense they can come up with, the International House of Prayer is known for a whole trainload of aberrational teachings. This past week I learned about a teaching there, which I hadn’t previously known: Mike Bickle’s teaching about the Song of Solomon using a “Bridegroom Jesus” paradigm. Bizarre - simply bizarre. IHOP is so bizarre that even the secular reporters look askance at them!
IHOP is part of the larger New Apostolic Reformation, which is nothing but updated dominion theology. The NAR has a thing for date-setting in regards to superstitious ideas of the date numbers. Take a look at the report at Herescope exposing this nonsense
Some people will do anything to promote an agenda, as we all should know quite well! There are liberal “Christians” now abusing the Bible - taking passages out of their context - so as to promote abortion! In their view, the pre-born baby is not living, supposedly because it doesn’t have a “breath of life” - i.e., it isn’t breathing yet! My response has to be, then why does the Bible call the pre-born baby a “child” - or is a child not a living thing?