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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

It seems that many Calvary Chapel assemblies are sliding more and more into emergent, as well as following the “Purpose Driven” nonsense.  I find that saddening.

For a thorough examination of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” take a look at this critique by T.A. McMahon.  Yet for all the problems of the book, Christians lacking in discernment are still gobbling it up.

If you have been spiritually abused, there is still hope for regaining spiritual freedom and sanity.

More on singer Vicky Beeching’s confession to being a lesbian.  In her discussion with Pastor Scott Lively, you should readily be able to discern how she reinterprets the Bible to justify her depravity.

Recovering Grace continues exposing the false teachings of Bill Gothard by examining “Wisdom Books’” twisting of Scripture with the Beatitudes.

Michael Gungor has received a lot of criticism lately for his stance on Biblical creation.  However, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his professed beliefs. He doesn’t like the story about Noah either.  His criticism of it is quite childish and irrational, all the while claiming to being thoughtful and rational!  Since Jesus and the apostles taught the Flood and Noah’s journey through it as true, Gungor has to say they are lying.  His “What Do We Believe” article is quite rambling and demonstrates why he should not be invited to perform in Christian venues - he doesn’t even believe Adam & Eve were literal.  Without that, you have no literal fall and no literal need for a savior.  That, my friends, is heresy. [links gone by 2/14/16]

Mark Driscoll is now the recipient of formal charges.  This document was apparently meant to be confidential, but someone posted it on the ‘net, and I think it is just more factual evidence that Driscoll was never qualified for the position of pastor.

Something to think about is “How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step.”  

Along this line, read Matt Barber’s, “An Open Letter to the False Church.”

Franklin Graham is sliding further into Rome.  Elizabeth Prata also has a commentary about Graham.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth had an article exposing a song I’ve never heard of before, and she demonstrates that the lyrics are very problematic.  This seems to happen often with contemporary Christian music.

T.A. McMahon’s interview with Dale Ratzlaff about the Seventh-day Adventist cult continues with part 2.

Finally, I had to really laugh last week as I read about a Mormon professor defending Joseph Smith’s integrity.  My rapid first thought was, “What integrity?!?”  Smith was a con artist’s con artist!  Sadly, the Mormon church continues to prosper.


Anonymous said...

What a round up, and not in a good way. Wow, what is happening in the church right now is horrible, just horrible.

PD - this movement is unfortunately consuming churches left and right, despite all the problems clearly documented by TBC. I was afraid that after Chuck Smith passed on to the Lord, that CCs would be the next major denom to fall victim.

Gothard and Driscoll - both situations have brought so much reproach on the name of Christ. Not to mention the spiritual abuse both men caused to so many souls. (But Glenn, thanks for posting the great helps from Sola Sisters.)

Frankly, the goings on with MD are just outrageous. I listened to Janet Mefferd's take on MD's "apology". You are correct, Glenn, he was NEVER qualified to be a pastor in the first place.

Barber's letter sadly won't be heeded by those who need it most.

Graham - sigh.

Thank You Lord for Your discernment, given to all the believers who write these articles... and to all the ordinary saints who have seen these issues for years, but have been mislabeled and dismissed as being "pharisees" because they wouldn't put up with compromise.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I am thankful for all the other watchmen (and women) out there who put out good alerts. Between them and my own sources, I can get the word out to many more people.