On another note, Christianity Today Astray did get one commentary right; a Christian assembly’s view on marriage is a very good litmus test of their doctrinal soundness. “In other words, by the time a Church legitimizes "same sex marriage", it has already ceased to be a Church. The shift on a biblical idea of God and his Word has already happened and the result is a people who have created God in their own image, and whom he has given over to themselves, so that they even approve of what is evil (Romans 1:32).”
Arch heretic Creflo Dollar is looking to purchase a HUGE corporate jet, a Gulfstream 650, to the tune of $65 million. While he claims it is so he can work more effectively for Christ, it is really about traveling in the lavish style he is accustomed to. As a Word of Faith con artist, his “ministry” is nothing more than a way of enriching himself. Michael Brown explains why Creflo won’t be getting his money - nor mine! (Of course to me the primary reason is because he teaches a false gospel which we don’t want spread anywhere!)
Lutheran Satire seems to have quite a few good videos making good points (too bad Lutheranism is much like Calvinism doctrinally, and also has false teachings such as baptismal regeneration and consubstantiation). This one is right on target in regards to current “praise and worship” songs. If you let it go to the next one, you’ll see a good satire about contemporary worship. One of the best laughs I had is this one about Rob Bell — and any of his ilk!
Rachel Held Evans has left evangelical Christianity. Hmmm. By her teachings, there isn’t any evidence she was ever part of it.
Four characteristics of legalism warning; if you recognized these in your assembly, abandon the place! (Disclaimer— I disagree with the author's recommendation of Phillip Yancey’s book — that is not a book for anyone looking for good teaching.)
Sola Sisters blog has another good article about Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” books. BBBAAADDD stuff!
San Francisco’s largest megachurch has decided to allow as members non-repentant practitioners of homosexual behavior. "If Jesus were the pastor of City Church, what would he say to the people who are asking if they can belong?" the pastor asks. "As we consider the life of Christ, his example of love, his call to embrace the outsider and cast down, and his patience with those earnestly seeking him, what is a Christ-like response?” Ending the requirement for celibacy for gays "aligns with our existing core vision: the doors of this church are as wide as the arms of the Savior it proclaims," he adds. "We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining. For all members, regardless of sexual orientation, we will continue to expect chastity in singleness until marriage," Harrell concludes. Harrell seems to have a lack of understanding as to the reason for the local assembly. The purpose of the local assembly is quite clear: It is for the meeting of the body of Christ, not a place to evangelize. It certainly is not a place for membership to be bestowed on unrepentant sinners! What’s next — unrepentant adulterers? What about unrepentant child molesters? What did Jesus REALLY say — what would a real “Christ-like response” be? “Go and sin no more!”
Elizabeth Prata’s blog post for yesterday included some good examples of apostasy in the church: 1) the internal rot of the Southern Baptist Convention continues unabated with another member church led by a woman pastor, 2) the election as a Baptist college president of an unrepentant practitioner of homosexual behavior, and 3) another Baptist college inviting a lesbian to speak.
Speaking of homosexuality-based apostasy in the Church at large, the very apostate PCUSA indeed decided to vote in a new definition of marriage in their “Book of Order” to include same-sex unions. (They already decided that the “love of gays and lesbian couples is worth celebrating,” in total rebellion against God’s abhorrence of such sexual behavior.) How can anyone in the PCUSA still claim to be Christian?!? [Today I came across someone’s definition of PCUSA: Presbyterian Church (Unlimited State of Apostasy). That pretty much sums them up.]
Easter is upon us and every aberrant, seeker-sensitive, and market-driven assembly will be looking for new ways to appeal to the flesh with their services — as well as advertisements for their services. A perfect example from Southpointe Church. (HT to the Museum of Idolatry)
It really gets discouraging to see all this nonsense invading the Church. The tares are being deeply sowed among the wheat.