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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Random Apostasies and Heresies

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is time again for a look at things going on in the church, which shouldn’t be going on in the church.

Elizabeth Prata has an excellent post about confronting fellow believers who follow false teachers.  She uses Beth Moore followers as an example.  Interestingly enough, Prata also has a new article examining another of Moore’s books.

Dr. Michael Brown has greatly reduced his credibility after being challenged about working hand-in-hand with arch-heretic Benny Hinn.  Brown claimed he really doesn’t know much about Hinn.  Yeah, well I have a bridge I can sell him.  Some of Brown’s apologists pointed the finger back at John MacArthur because MacArthur once appeared on TBN.  Of course they refuse to acknowledge the great difference between the two.  As Justin Peters writes, “Ignorance Is Not an Option.”

An interesting item I discovered about Neale Donald Walsch - God told him that Adolf Hitler went to heave, that he wasn’t a bad person, he didn’t hurt anyone, etc.  And thousands of Christians still buy his books.  SIGH.

More about Sarah Young and her book, “Jesus Calling,” for those who haven’t read it.  She got the idea for the book by reading the false and occult teaching in the book, “God Calling.”  I’m sure that doesn’t matter to those who use no discernment when reading Young’s book.  A Calvary Chapel bookstore still sells Young’s book, but because it is “controversial,” they keep it in the back room and you have to ask for it.  So why sell it at all - is money more important the protecting the flock? 

Sola Sisters posted an old article about the book, “Dream Encounters,” in which the author, Barbie L. Breathitt, teaches how to interpret dreams and find the secret codes God uses in dreams.  I wonder if Breathitt ever read Genesis 40:8, when Joseph spoke of interpreting dreams and said, “Do not interpretations belong to God?

Mark Batterson, of “The Circle Maker” fame, is still making up doctrines [link gone by 2/14/16] out of thin air. Meanwhile, Tim Challies examines the problem with Batterson’s unbiblical teaching.

Regular readers of this blog will quickly learn my stance on what proper worship music and lyrics consist of.  Steve Bricker has a thought-provoking article about the subject, with examples of “ear candy” and “ear porn.”  

Mike Bickle, of that bastion of false teachings IHOP, has been proven to be a false teacher and false prophet by many, many solid preachers and apologists.  Yet the ever-popular Francis Chan is enamored with Bickle.  That should say a lot about Chan’s discernment.

Here in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area, an Episcopal Church “is helping people better understand the world around them” as they take a “Tour of Islam.” [link gone by 2/14/16]  Now, I am all for the Church at large teaching about Islam as an apologetic exercise, so that Christians may better understand how to evangelizing Muslims, and so they can be warned about what dangerous belief system it is.  But that isn’t what’s happening:  “Tolerance is lower on the diversity scale if you want to speak that way. But to move to acceptance, approval and affirmation of people that are different than us.”  Then again, what can you expect from the Episcopal Church?

Beware of Self-appointed Pastors.”  It’s interesting that some of these women have some of the most outlandish costumes to identify their position.

Aaaaannnndddd finally, did you know that it has only been fairly recently that people have claimed that the Mormon Church is not Christian?  Neither did I; having studied the LDS for 40 years now, I’d say they were pointed out as a false belief system from the start.  What’s funny is that they didn’t used to want to be called Christian.


Steve Bricker said...

Glenn, thanks for the mention. I keep hoping the church at large learns.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

So do i!

ali said...

Glenn - Once again you have given us the straight and narrow RA of A to chew on. Found it interesting, your article on Islam, just posted a piece myself on the topic. Perhaps the Holy Spirit wants us to take a really close look at what is going on under our noses. Keep it up Glenn, the body needs The Truth and it appears it is not to be found in most churches of America.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

I'm familiar with nearly every name/situation you've discussed on this RA&H, but I do need to ask, who is Michael Brown? I know Hinn is a heretic, but who is Dr. Brown, the man everyone is concerned about for promoting Hinn? I've seen this situation all over the blogs lately, but confess I haven't the faintest clue who Brown is.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Carolyn,

Dr. Brown is a charismatic, and supports too much of the charismania. But he's also a pretty good teacher, which is one of those confusing things to me. How can a guy who is as knowledgable as he is lack the discernment to recognize problems with the charismatic system? His site is: https://askdrbrown.org

I have his excellent 4-volume series, "Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus."

But he is so biased towards charismania that he loses credibility with those who aren't charismatics.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

Thanks for the answer. Until this whole debacle with Hinn, I'm not sure I'd ever heard Brown's name before.

I take it Dr. Brown has enough genuine fruit demonstrating he is a brother indeed, but the concern seems to be he lacks discernment with regard to charismatic teachers, some of whom are clearly NOT Christians (ie: Hinn)... is that the issue?

If that is the case, then may the Lord help Dr. Brown more clearly understand the evidence of a genuinely saved believer vs the rotten fruit of a false teacher.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...


Yes, that pretty much sums up the issue.