Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Random Apostasies and Heresies
I’ve been quite busy lately with bagpiping: Highland games in Springfield, IL, weekly band practice, playing for a funeral 141 miles away, heading 112 miles away for a parade, and a birthday party. We also were busy with our book-table ministry, tons of yard work, and gone away from home much too often to get much done! I decided I’d better get this “Random” post out before all the news is obsolete!
Francis Chan has not been a teacher I can recommend because he is often so touchy-feely, and likes pop-psychology. But now I learned some news which demonstrates that Chan is not a teacher to listen to. He seems to be too supportive of Roman Catholicism, and has apologized for allowing Mike Gendron to speak on the subject at his church.
Heresy is running rampant in the church due to acceptance of evolution and the millions of years time scale. It seems Adam and Eve cannot be accepted as literal people with evolutionism. Ken Ham gives an example of this heresy entering the church.
Ham also wrote about heretic Peter Enns being sponsored by a Baptist Church in Dayton, OH, who is a prime example of the heresy of mythologizing Adam & Eve. As long as churches continue to compromise the faith, there will be fewer and fewer solid Christians to stand for the faith when persecution comes.
Steven Furtick, and his bizarre “Elevation Church,” have been frequent subjects of my “Random” posts. Now Matt Slick at CARM has posted a short examination of Furtick. While I disagree with Slick about Calvinism, he still demonstrates that the man is a first-class wolf.
Ah, good old Christianity
Today Astray is at it again. Their review of a TV show is not what you’d expect from a Christian reviewer, but with that magazine I guess I’m not surprised. Erin Benziger said this about it: Did I miss something? Christianity Today sings the praises of finally-ending sitcom, The Office, a show which blasphemes, mocks and in short, hates God. This article lauds the romance and trials of the relationship of well-loved characters Jim and Pam. A relationship that began with fornication and led to marriage when a child was conceived. I used to watch The Office until one day God graciously showed me that I was celebrating something that, in every story and script, went against everything I professed as a Christian. I can hear the criticism: "You're such a prude!" but, really? Television like this stunts our spiritual growth as Christians. It may make you laugh, but at what are you really laughing?
Mark Driscoll is another frequent name on these posts because of self-centeredness, his looker-room jock attitude about sex - which he talks about quite a bit - and his special revelations from God, let alone his blasphemous jokes about Jesus having tattoos. Pyromaniacs has an excellent open letter to Mark which everyone should read to learn about this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been quite apostate for a long time, as I have previously demonstrated on this blog. Recent news has them uncomfortable with the idea that God is angry with sin, and that they wanted to change the words of a hymn which reflected God’s anger. They want a God who has no problem with sin, obviously, or else they would have major problems with their support of homosexuality.
Did you know that diversity in the church is what saves you? Neither did I. But the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church thinks so. No wonder that denomination is so apostate!
Another name which pops up on these “Random” posts as a false teacher is Brian McLaren. His latest money-grubbing scam sounds like what you’d expect from the Word of Faith heretics, coupled with social gospel promotion.
A bit over a year ago I wrote an article about the false teaching in Mark Batterson’s book, “Be a Circle Maker.” Of course my article was just from a layman’s pen, but this week Tim Challies posted HIS review and also had much critical so say about the book.
And lastly, the new pope seems to be a universalist, with a claim that atheists are saved. Am I understanding this correctly?