Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Random Apostasies and Heresies
Lots of wolves today!
Well, the Church of England continues on its downward spiral of apostasy. They have now published their plan to consecrate female bishops. I guess it doesn’t matter to them what Paul said about women not being leaders in the assembly.
I was directed by Mind Renewers to read an interesting article about “The Problem with Praise Teams.” I agree with the major thrust of the article, that the whole idea of such praise teams is more entertainment than it is helping worship. If it isn’t entertainment, then why do they receive applause from the audience? (As I have personally observed.)
In my last “Random” post, I reported on the Pope’s statement which seemed to be teaching universalism. You’ll be happy to know that the Vatican has clarified the Pope’s statement, and that they still teach that salvation is only found only in the Catholic Church. But then they say there are Christians who are not part of the RCC. Confusing to me, too. My experience is that salvation within the RCC is found in spite of the RCC.
A video of Andy Stanley making some bad teaching comments went viral until it was pulled due to the controversy. However, you can find it here, if you want to see the entire context.
The main point is that Stanley denigrates the Scripture. There are many reports about the issue, but I found one which I think encapsulates the story over at Do Not Be Surprised...,
Stanley has previously been examined for his statements which seem to certainly to give some affirmation to homosexuality, and has called Christians “judgmental, homophobic, moralists.” He has also given President Obama the title “Pastor in Chief” - even though Obama is antagonistic towards Christian morality. Now he has a new book which is more bad teaching, as examined by Carl Trueman.
With so much muddle-headedness, I certainly can’t recommend Stanley as anyone to seek as a teacher.
Ali has a succinct article demonstrating some of the false teachings of the Word of Faith hucksters.
I found a new (to me) blog exposing the teachings of Mormonism. The article I found explains the LDS idea about the atonement of Christ vs the Biblical idea. Short and sweet.
The ELCA denomination has continued their descent into total apostasy and heresy as they have now elected their first openly homosexual bishop. What God calls an abomination, the ELCA celebrates. [link gone by 1/4/16]
One of the problems I have seen over the decades is that the men of the church are not rising to the occasion of protecting it from false teachings, and allowing emotionalism and “Jesus is my boyfriend” theology to infiltrate. The Church as a whole is getting more and more feminized as women are put into leadership positions. I think this article by Luke Hamilton, posted on “Clashdaily” has some good insight.
Part of the problem is the “sissified” Jesus so often presented nowadays. That doesn’t mean we have to go all Mark Driscoll and make Jesus into a tattooed he-man, but we certainly shouldn’t be imagining a Jesus from a Breck hair commercial. Take a look at “The metrosexual Jesus” for a good argument for doing away with the liberal version of Jesus.
Rick Warren has again demonstrated why he is a false teacher. He has a list of 100 pastors which he encourages people to follow. [link gone by 1/4/16] Among these “pastors” are heretics Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes! And there are many other names in his list which I have exposed as false teachers in the past, including emergent leaders. Does he have some good teachers in his list? Yes, but that doesn’t absolve him of steering people to goatherds and wolves.
One of those goatherds Warren recommends is none other than Steven Furtick, who has been a subject of many of my “Random” posts. Take a look at a recent “tweet” by Furtick in which he claims God can “redeem your potential.” My what? God redeems people’s potential? Can anyone show me that from Scripture?
I’ve given some attention in the past to a false teacher named Chuck Currie. Neil Simpson does a great job of following this guy and exposing his teachings, and it is from Neil that I first heard of this rank heretic. Neil has another article about Chuck, but it is also an alert about any pastor who uses the phrase, “marriage equality.” If your pastor uses this phrase, quickly find another assembly where you can worship.