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 8, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

I've been busy with a book review project so I’ve been posting quotations more than I normally do, rather than actually write up something.  However, I wonder how many of my usual readers saw the new saying under the Tozer quote?  It’s actually a paraphrase I made of something a detective said on a show we say.  His subject was about reading people for clues, but I thought it made a good foundation for a similar statement about learning discernment.

Roman Catholics are really having a difficult time with the latest SCOTUS fiat legalizing fake marriage.  You’d think with Catholics it would be a “no-brainer” that homosexual behavior is wrong and therefore same-sex fake marriage would also be wrong.  (Of course you’d also think that of any Christian).  But what do we get?  A Catholic university in San Francisco celebrated the ruling.  Of course then you have another Catholic university standing by their theology chairman after he “married” an Anglican youth minister!  Where is the local bishop to excommunicate these people?  Why are they allowed to carry the Catholic name?  Unlike Christians, who have no earthly head, Roman Catholicism has the Pope, and he seems to allow this sort of thing all the time — at least you never hear of this stuff being condemned.

Matthew Vines, the very pro-homosexual false teacher who claims the Bible doesn’t teach against homosexuality, has been on the receiving end of a lot of responses to his claims.  A fellow blogger actually had an on-line discussion with him, demonstrating the problems with his false teachings.  Several top scholars have also responded to Vines’ “40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality.[link gone by 7/14/18] I selected two responses to help Christians who have similar questions posed to them.  The first is by James White, and the second is by Douglas Wilson.  Each gives an interesting perspective.

Pastor Don Green will be speaking at an upcoming conference about homosexuality.  It is important that churches address this issue from the pulpit because so many Christians have succumbed to the lie that “love” makes homosexuality acceptable.  The “Christian” homosexual movement is much like a cult, and therefore needs to be examined and exposed like any other cult so as to protect the uninformed.  It’s really sad that we have to address such a disgusting topic, but it is invading the church at a phenomenal rate, and the true church will be persecuted because of our stand against it.

As an example of how desensitized Christians and their leaders have become, watch this video with Andy Stanley telling a story about an issue in his mega-church.  Notice that he doesn’t have a problem with a man being homosexual and holding down a ministry in his assembly, rather his problem was that the man was having an affair with the husband of a woman!  The homosexual couple was permitted to continue attending his assembly even though they were still unrepentant and active in their homosexual union!

Oh, darn!  I missed out on attending Gloria Copeland’s healing school on the 4th. Just think, if I attended her school I would be able to go around healing people the way Benny Hinn does.  (snark)

Steven Furtick is another blight on the name of Christ who preached at Hillsong this past spring . This guy pretends to be a pastor but he seems more of a narcissist.  Remember, this is the guy who calls those of us who expose him, “haters.”  This “sermon,”  [link gone by 3/6/16] which is at his own church, has Furtick claiming he is anointed.  He continues to point out that “Christ” means “anointed” and therefore all of us who are Christians are “anointed.”  It reminds me Benny Hinn who did the same with the word “Messiah,” and that we are all little messiahs.  Then he proceeds to teach about self-affirmation, sounding much like Joel Osteen!  I wonder how long it will be before he becomes full-blown Word of Faith.  See how many of these quotes sound like WOF or Joel Osteen stuff.

Rick Warren continues to show his true apostate colors.  He will be co-speaking with a Catholic Cardinal at the Pope’s “World Meeting of Families” in September. 

Mark Driscoll continues to demonstrate why is not qualified to be a pastor.  He has publicly repented for criticizing Joel Osteen’s teachings.  So I guess that means everyone else who continues to point out the heretical nature of Osteen’s teachings are going to be condemned by Driscoll?

Well, that’s enough for today; I need to make a “Random…” post for my “Anti-Mormon Blog.


Anonymous said...

I noticed the quote, and found it to be true. People give me a bad time about seeing the negstive in everything, but like you said, once you see it you can't unsee or unknow it. Then you just start to see it more and more. Its like a lens coming into focus.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Actually it was my wife who made the connection to discernment. She said she noticed that is what happened to me once I got active in apologetics. As you said, it's like a lens coming into focus.

Neil said...

The Andy Stanley thing was creepy enough as it was, but he spent over 10 minutes on that story just to show how "tolerant" a guy he was in accepting all those perversions. These wimps fall all over themselves to please the culture. Christianity is not their forte.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

He's so "tolerant" that church discipline never crossed his mind.

Doug Evans said...

I grabbed a copy of Matthew Vines 40 questions and sat down to answer them. I found that most questions were not actually questions but whiny accusations with a question mark at the end. Sadly Vines is demanding respect and acceptance from people who know better when he should be begging for healing and forgiveness from God. Sadly, from his questions it appears that Mr. Vines is as unlearned in history as he appears to be in God's word.

Jack Morrow said...

And as the old saying goes, democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.

Anonymous said...

Re: Warren and Driscoll, what I'm waiting for... Christian pastors to repent for supporting and defending those two.