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, August 5, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Well, it has been a busy week around home but we were still able to take an overnight fun trip celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary Saturday and Sunday (Saturday was our actual day).  So here I am trying to catch up on blogging beyond drafts I had previously set up, and the first thing I need to do is post this collection of news items to alert my readers about what’s happening within the Church.   The bad stuff just keeps getting worse as we head closer and closer to the end time; the wolves are everywhere!

It’s hard to believe that Todd Bentley is still drawing crowds to his goat-pens.  He is one wicked wolf.

There’s always another popular teacher I haven’t heard of, who is someone everyone should avoid.  Now I’ve learned the name Lysa TerKeurst — yep, another woman playing on women’s emotions to so as to be able to abuse Scripture.  Proverbs 31 Ministries is hers, but when you learn she’s part of Steven Furtick’s goat-pen and has even preached sermons there, that should be enough in itself to tell you she is to be avoided like the plague.

The Church by the Glades is still dancing with the world rather than teaching the Word.  I found it interesting that their Facebook page says they are a “Religious Organization - Church.”  I’d say they need to drop “Church” and stick with “Religious Organization.”  I don’t think they understand what the Bible says about anything — they really need to stop playing “church.”

The Roman Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that they are no more God’s chosen portal than any other religious body.  In fact, for such claims as they make, they are really worse when they violate God’s Word.   Most recent case is in Germany, where a “married” lesbian has been approved to head Catholic day care!

False teacher and media darling Rachel Held Evans again demonstrates that she has no clue about the teachings of Jesus Christ, as she totally supports Planned Parenthood and abortion.  Wicked woman.

When you have wolves pretending to be clergy in the Church declaring that Planned Parenthood is “doing God’s work.”  How despicable can these tools of Satan be!?!?  Notice the apostate and heretical denominations represented.

One of the popular Contemporary Christian Music artists, Darlene Zschech, has decided that the leader of the apostate Roman Catholic Church is worthy to sing for as she promotes the apostate idea of ecumenicism.

This morning I read an excellent article about what causes so much of the “worship” problems in the assembly.  I recognized all the symptoms which were taking over the assembly we left earlier this year.

Fred continues his excellent review of the book, “Which Bible Would Jesus Use?

Joel Osteen by the numbers.  Wow!  The deception with him is strong.

Are there Apostles in the church today?  EMPHATICALLY NO!  I’ve had this conversation via comments on some of my other posts and also via e-mail, as all sorts of Word of Faith followers and IHOP followers, etc, attack me for denouncing their “apostles.”  This article uses the same biblical reasoning I have been using for years, but also includes the teachings of the early church on the subject.  Very well done.

And this university calls itself Christian?  Another one to cross of your list.

Lastly, here is an excellent article examining which current popular ideas about the church and the Bible are actually correct.  HT to Doug.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

I hate to say this, but you could probably do your RAAHs daily at this point in time.

Bentley is still around? Seriously? Wow, I guess people can't get enough of being kicked in the stomach with combat boots, in 'j'esus' name of course.

Zschech - another one going the wrong way, sad. And you wonder why my husband and I can't stand most of CCM. So many of them have gone astray.

DeYoung's TGC article about music - excellent. Point #1 needs to be heeded by MANY churches. Turning down the volume is NOT hard. Loud music doesn't just say "you're not needed" to the congregation, but it also DAMAGES HUMAN HEARING. Also, of course as you and I have said many times, many songs today are too musically complicated and unfamiliar... written by performers for performers.

Kozar hit the nail on the head!

Happy 39th Anniversary to you and Jill!!!


Anonymous said...

Yes, Happy Anniversary to you and yours Glen. As a married couple of 26 years, we are inspired by your commitment. God's blessings to you both.

Great article this week. One of the troubling aspects of the contemporary music is the ecumenism that is uniting all religious denominations. It's like the universal religious language, along with money and fame. We certainly do love our celebrity everything here in this country, from the pastor on down the line.

It seems as thought Jesus' celebrity status didn't last long as began to teach people the more difficult doctrines of the Christian faith.

Steven Kozar said...

Thanks for sharing my recent article, Glenn! I'm enjoying all the great content on your blog, too.

In Him,

Steven Kozar

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Steven,

Well, I got pointed your way and have already found your blog to be very interesting so it is on my daily "following" list! That article was too good to pass up.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Thanks for the anniversary well-wishes. If we'd gotten married when we wanted to, this would be our 40th!

We met 1 Aug 1974, while I was on my last leave seven months prior to leaving the Army. After the 2-week leave, it was a long-distant relationship by phone and letters until the end of Feb 1975. She was attending Ohio State by that time, and within a short time I was working midnights, so dating was still difficult, especially when she went home for the summer.

I had come to the Lord in Jan 1974, and she was raised in the LCMS, but said she realized she was never a real believer (even though she had done all the catechism, etc) until she met me when I was on "fire" about my faith. I led her to studying Scripture with me as part of our relationship. So we had a solid foundation in Christ forming our relationship the whole time. The only reason we didn't marry in 1975 was because her dad wanted her to finish college. Well, she finished her 2nd year in the Spring of 1976 and said to heck with it, and we married 1 Aug to celebrate the day we met. So we sort of look at celebrating 41 years together, but only 39 married. :oD But NEXT YEAR we get the big 40 for real!!!

Anonymous said...

Great story Glen! So glad for you both!