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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Well, it’s been almost a week since my last post.  We were 500 miles away from home due to the death of my father-in-law.  Getting caught up now is going to take me a while!  I figured I may as well start out with a “Random” post based on links I’ve collect the past couple weeks.

Oh joy!  Roma Downey has a new TV show.  Downey, a New Ager/Roman Catholic, will be highlighting false teachers — as standards of truth!!!!

Erin Benziger gives a perfect example as to why I rarely step into a “Christian” bookstore.  They are minefields of aberrant theology, apostasy, heresy, and even outright blasphemy — let alone idol worship!

Freemasons have claimed that Jesus was married and had children, the Mormons have claimed that Jesus was married and had children, the “Da Vinci Code” made similar claims.  And if that wasn’t enough people lying, you can buy a new book with the same story!  And of course they all say the the wife was Mary Magdalene.  Someone really needs to get a new lie.

While this article may be a bit humorous, there is much truth in it.  The way so many in our culture see Jesus has no resemblance to the Jesus of the Bible.

Many people claim to have come to Christ due to Billy Graham and his crusades.  However, as I have previously pointed out, Billy Graham is not really a good teacher!  He may be used by God to reach people, because God can use many things to reach people, but he still has some really rotten teachings and theology. After all, many of those attending his crusades are sent to Roman Catholic churches for further spiritual guidance, and he teaches a form of universalism.  Additionally, Graham has very often sanctioned false teachers, and his political affiliation is the Democratic party!  I could give a whole lot more reasons why Billy Graham should not be followed or recommended, but I’ll leave that to this article by Elizabeth Prata.

Sola Sisters has a great article about Reconstructionism (and Dominionism), of which I have many times stated is a legalistic and aberrant theological system.

Neil has a good examination of one of the prayers to “Mary” used by the Pope.  As Neil notes, this prayer gives Mary the attributes of the Holy Spirit.

If you want to know who to watch out for in regards to bringing the “new spirituality” into the church (stuff like lectio divina, labyrinths, contemplative prayer, Spiritual formation, etc), Lighthouse Trails Research Ministry has a listing of them.

Lastly, Lighthouse Trails also has a report about the damage control at Thomas Nelson in regards to Sarah Young’s book, “Jesus Calling.”  Thomas Nelson apparently only cares about false teachings when an uproar is made, since they still publish Benny Hinn.


Neil said...

"Someone really needs to get a new lie."

Great line, and great round-up of false teachings!

Anonymous said...

Glenn, with sincere condolence to you and your wife at your father-in-law's death. I appreciate your blogspot.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...


Thank you.