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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Keeping up with the "serpent's" invasion of the Church takes a lot of work!

The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry has been posting a lot of good stuff on their Facebook recently (if only they wouldn’t also post their Calvinist nonsense!), and I am sharing here some of the better posts.

Ever read the Gospel of Thomas?  It’s some real aberrant and bizarre teachings in places, yet many unbelievers think it should have been included in the New Testament.  The fraudulent nature of it should be obvious to any who read it - after all, it says a woman has to turn into a man in order to be saved (vs. 114)!  CARM explains some of its problems.

Next, CARM addresses the false teacher Brian McLaren.

And a “pastor” I’m sure few people have heard of outside of her church - Karen Ward

Finally, two posts about Mormonism: one about the false teachings of Brigham Young and the other with general questions to ask your Mormon contacts.

Since we’ve breached the subject of Mormonism, the Mormonism Research Ministry’s blog had a good article about “Citizen Smith” and his nomination for the Presidency of the U.S., as well as his ordination to “King.”  Just another of those incidents most Mormons have no knowledge about.

Elizabeth Prata has a good article about how to respond to people who claim that God told them “such and such.”  There are a lot of those kind out there!

Meanwhile, here’s another great collection of answers to questions posed by KJV Onlyists.

I came across a good video by a pastor excoriating “The Circle Maker.”

The political policies of the PCUSA cause more harm than what they are supposedly doing to help - which is quite common for those who preach the social gospel instead of the gospel of Christ.

More “Christian” movies are on tap for this year.  Of course, when include movies about “Heaven is for Real” and the “Shack” among what’s called “Christian,” you should have a pretty good idea of what the Hollywood fare will be.

An interesting revelation about the Alpha Course.

Erin also exposed a bit of hubris from Hillsong Church.

Indianapolis-area “churches” are excited about the prospect of performing same-sex fake marriages in their rebellion against God.  Of course they include the “usual suspects” of the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Unitarian Universalist cult.

I have been told by a credible source that Spirit and Truth Fellowship International is an off-shoot of the cult, “The Way International.”  Beware, then, of the new Bible version they’ve published - the “Revised English Version.”  I’m sure it will show up in “Christian” book stores.

Can a Christian be a member of the Roman Catholic Church?  I have always maintained that there are those in Romanism who have actually come to know the true gospel, and when this happens they will eventually leave that organization (although many will stay because of family unity).  A good thing to remember is that the Roman Catholic Church condemns with anathemas those who believe that only faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

Finally, an interesting article from a secular source which gives “The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult.”


Lindsay Smail said...

Hillsong LA? I guess that's one of 'our' Aussie franchise churches in USA. In Australia it is real bad; supposedly intelligent Christian friends flock to their conferences from all over the country to hear the best heretics in the world get up and spout their poison. And what do I get for my trouble in warning them? Either the silent treatment or a 'what would you know' attitude or a look expressing disgust for demeaning such a 'movement of God.' A movement of God? It is more like a movement away from God in my opinion. We can only pray for these poor sheep who are sucked in by the theatrical methods and words of Word of Faith Brian Houston and his cohorts.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Lindsay,

Yes, it's a "branch" of the Australian bunch, as I understand it, and there are at least two more in the USA.