Monday, August 4, 2014
Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies
Well, I’m a bit behind in my work. We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary last week and took a few days away to relax and have some fun. So now it’s time to catch up with the news of things aberrant, apostate, and heretical in the realm of the Christian faith.
A followup on an article from my last “Random” post on the book, “Healing Oils of the Bible.” The book has some solidly unbiblical claims.
Roman Catholics continue to surprise me with their unbiblical ideologies. Here we have a priest who failed at an exorcism and now receives text messages from the demon! If you believe that, then I have a bridge I’ll sell you.
Of course, Roman Catholics should have problems with exorcism - their teachings are corrupt and have no power over Satan. The corruption in that church includes the whole idea of socialism, condemning what the Pope sees as “inequality.”
The Cripplegate had an excellent article about the gift of tongues.
Mark Driscoll is in the news again. Ex-members of Driscoll’s church want Driscoll to know that they are NOT anonymous as he claims, and they want to expose what kind of “pastor” Driscoll actually is. They have even acquired and released a vulgar message from Driscoll, which he has removed from his site. I’ve said many times that Driscoll is not qualified to be an elder in the Church.
Three years ago I reported on the first volume of Bill Gothard’s Character Sketches, and how bizarre the teachings are with the way it twists Scripture. Recovering Grace has a good article about the same volume, and more. Essentially, Gothard reads his own agenda into every Bible story.
I have really liked the movies put out by Kendrick Brothers. I have Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. While all of them bother me a bit when they have God resolving every problem, Courageous bothered me the most with some of it’s unbiblical “patriarchy” teachings. Overall I think they have some good messages about living a Christ-focused life. Fireproof is my favorite. Well, now I’m disappointed in their newest adventure with a movie about prayer; it seems they decided to consult with Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer, both who are promoters of contemplative prayer. These women should never be used for consulting about prayer — or theology in general! And yet Shirer apparently has a major part in the film, while Moore appears in a cameo — but she has already made a de facto prophetic claim: “God waits to see a generation that will take Him at His Word.” The plot, as described in the article Lighthouse Trails links to, includes the idea of a “secret prayer room” — as if God needs us to have one? Just the fact that Shirer and Moore are going to be in the movie will keep me from seeing it.
Hip and Thigh has some good responses to KJV Only types.
Finally, Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry has an article examining the false teachings in the book, “The Shack.” Just a good reminder for when the movie comes out.