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

Monday, June 2, 2014

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

As a follow-up to the Liberty University fiasco of having Glenn Beck teach Mormonism, Mormonism Research Ministry’s blog has a two part article explaining the problems with the incident.  Part 1 and part 2.

Rick Warren’s support for Roman Catholicism is nothing less than apostasy.

The Emergent/Emerging movement has also been playing around with Roman Catholic mystical teachings, including the heretical idea of the RCC’s Eucharist.

One of the aberrational teachings in just about every charismatic church I’ve encountered is the whole idea of engaging the demonic realm in so-called “spiritual warfare.”  Between “Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare” and “deliverance” ministries, there is a whole lot of “binding” Satan and “building hedges” against him.  This is totally unbiblical nonsense, of course.  So how do we “engage” the demonic realm?

Lighthouse Trails Research has a good reference source for identifying organizations promoting the contemplative/mysticism movement.

The latest target of Tim Challies’ series on false teachers is Creflo Dollar.  He’s another of those wealthy Word of Faith teachers who have gotten rich off of suckering his followers.

James MacDonald has a book out, which Gary Gilley reviews, exposing MacDonald’s false teachings.  MacDonald has succumbed to the popularity cult.

Speaking of the popularity cult, Mark Driscoll’s mega-church has fired a pastor for refusing to sign a document promising to not “compete” against Driscoll’s church.

I’ve been reading about the group “Biologos” for many years, learning how badly they undermine Genesis.  They are getting more and more active in their assault on solid creationist teachings, pushing evolutionism in churches.  Ken Ham gives us the latest information about this spiritually dangerous group.

About 2 1/2 years ago I wrote a series about how the psychology and psychiatry industry was diametrically opposed to Christianity.  Answers In Genesis has posted an excellent article, “A Christian Response to the Crisis in Psychiatry,” which I think is a good follow-up.

Arch-heretic Jim Wallis and his cronies have always claimed to be Christian while at the same time teaching opposite of what the Christian faith teaches.  Their primary focus has been on the “social gospel” and promoting every left-wing political agenda.  Now they’ve “come out” unabashedly as pro-homosexual.

Wallis and his ilk promote the idea that there can be such a thing as a “gay Christian.”  Answers In Genesis has a good response to this oxymoron.

With many “churches” succumbing to the homosexual agenda, it is important that we, as true Christians, continue to stand fast on the Word of God and what it says about homosexual behavior.  While some suggest that there can be a neutral stance, Albert Mohler explains why there is no “Third Way.

A major reason the homosexual agenda is invading the church is because Christians are being told that God’s love would not reject homosexuality if it is in a “loving context.”  But there there can be no such thing when God calls homosexual behavior an “abomination.”  God’s love cannot be disconnected from His holiness.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

The whole fiasco with Liberty and Beck is appalling. Liberty has truly strayed.

RW no shock there, he's NEVER been Biblical, even from the get go.

I just read Gilley's review of Vertical Church. Back when VC came out, I felt a red flag go up, but I never investigated it. My husband and I always were put off by MacD because we felt he was arrogant... and of course after learning about the compromises and problems at Harvest, we were glad we had nothing to do with MacD in the first place. And now, oh my, Gilley's review has only solidified our opinion!

Biologos - I have a definite disdain for what they teach, and thank God for AiG and Ken Ham.

Your statement: "God's love cannot be disconnected from His holiness" - very true.

Another great RAA&H! Thanks for keeping us informed.

-Carolyn

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Gary Gilley has some great book reviews. Of course, his other articles are usually just as good!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Gilley does have great reviews and articles.

I forgot to comment - about Driscoll - another "no shock there". He's a frat boy bully who refuses to grow up.

The thing that baffles my mind is that many Christians readily accept Driscoll as a leader, teacher, and elder, when he utterly fails to meet the qualifications as laid out in 1 Tim and Titus.

His actions as of late have brought so much reproach on the name of Christ.

-Carolyn