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

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Lots of good stuff about the Roman Catholic Church this week, most of which came from Christian Apologetics & Resource Ministry posts on Facebook  (By the way, as a disclaimer - CARM is operated by staunch Calvinists, so you will encounter that sort of theology being defended there.)  Here are the topics you may find useful for dealing apologetically with Romanists:

A list of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church.

Maintaining Salvation in Roman Catholicism.

The Exaltation of Mary.

Roman Catholicism, comparing Mary to God.

Roman Catholicism, Mary, and Idolatry.

The Cripplegate had a good article about why Peter isn’t the “rock” on which Jesus built the Church, contrary to Romanist claims.  “So, to paraphrase Jesus’ words, the Lord told Peter,’“I say to you that you are a small stone, and upon this bedrock I will build My church.’ It was a play on words that made a significant spiritual point.”

All this proof about the false teachings of the Romanist church means nothing to smiling Joe Osteen; he gives the Pope praises.

CARM also had an article about what Oneness Pentecostals teach, and why it is heresy.

And then we come to Mormons again:
Something I’ve know for a long time, since I study Mormonism more than any other false teaching, is the fact that Mormons as a whole are under more stress than the average population.  With their constant striving for perfection, and worrying about whether they’ve done enough to earn salvation, it is no real wonder why they are so stressed out!  I’ve previously read that Utah has the highest rate of depression in the U.S.A.

One of the doctrines Mormons try to pretend never happened is Brigham Young’s teaching - which he claimed to get from God - about Adam being God.  The discount that Young was speaking as a prophet of God, and nowadays try to say he was just expressing a personal belief.  Well, the history proves the LDS to be - as usual - liars.

Over the years I have stayed in various Marriot brand motels, and enjoy trading the ever present Book of Mormon in the rooms with one I have annotated.  Well, I’m not staying in their motels any more, unless that’s all I can find.  Unlike real Christians who avoid pandering to homosexuals, Marriot is pandering to them to enrich himself.  Of course the Mormon church won’t excommunicate the Marriots because that would be a huge loss of money for them.

Do we really need another Bible based on the entertainment or personality industries?
HT to Erin.

And another HT to Erin:  Oprah Winfrey, one of the most spiritually dangerous women in the World, is set to play “God” in the movie version of the heretical book, “The Shack.”  I’m sure the theaters will be full of Christians wanting to see one of their favorite books on the big screen. 

A woman who reads this blog sent me a link to this article which points out what happens when the church panders to the world - it causes more loss of the younger generation.  Those of us in the apologetics ministry have been saying this for a long time, as we have condemned the seeker-sensitive and market-driven philosophies.

One last item to demonstrate the future of the American church - in Denmark the Church now has to allow homosexual “couples” to “marry” in their churches, and they even have to supply the clergy.  Those who wish to follow Christ should leave these establishments.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

The "Shack" movie - figures one of the biggest false prophetesses of our age would portray the false 'god' of that heretical book. The number of Christians who read that book and thought it was of legitimate value, just astonish me.

Osteen praising the pope, no surprise. RW did too. Apostasy abounds. What astonishes me again, the number of believers who can't see the problem with this.

I never consciously gave thought to how stressed Mormons must be with all their striving. I think the same would be true for JWs, who also put such an emphasis on trying to "be perfect" so their false 'god'/false 'jesus' accepts them. May God help them understand the truth of who He is - since both cults have an utterly incorrect view of who Jesus is - and find rest for their souls (Matthew 11) in genuine salvation.

I agree, the American church may soon be cornered into what is happening in Denmark, also with losing tax status too. Christ always is and always will be faithful to true believers and will help us navigate these waters should these challenges befall us.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

Some more evangelical garbage my husband and I found last night:




Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Ed Young - go figure.