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.