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, August 20, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Conservative commentator Mike Adams has a good article about “Three Kinds of Christians.”  I’m looking forward to the “to be continued…

Arch heretic Rob Bell just completed his “Everything Is Spiritual Tour.”  This guy is a dangerous wolf pretending to be Christian, and yet he continues to sucker believers into believing his tripe.

R.C. Sproul’s ministry has an interesting graphic demonstrating the state of the Church insofar as theological beliefs of the average Christian.  Granted, 3000 people is a small survey sample, but in my personal contacts with many, many Christians I tend to find the same things.  Sigh.

Paul Young is back.  You know, that heretic who wrote that horrid book, “The Shack.”  Now he has a new book coming out, “Eve.”  As Elizabeth Prata says, “The heresy continues.”  I was pointed to another blog article covering Young’s new book as well as his old book, and his teachings in general — and if you have no idea who Young is, then I recommend this article as a good primer!

If you use “Bible Gateway” for quick reference, etc, be very wary of the advertisements which may show up.  I received an email this past week alerting me to this site as being advertised there — and this is certainly not something Christians should be fed!  I  realize that sites which open up to advertising may have little or no control as to what shows up, so you need to be careful on ANY site with advertisements.

False teaching alert — Beth Moore is going to have another “simulcast” for churches across the nation in September.  If your leadership wants to bring that junk into your assembly, please give them good data demonstrating why Moore is a dangerous teacher.

Fred Butler has an excellent article with questions you need to ask “When Evaluating Parachurch Christian Ministries and Popular Bible Teachers.”  IF church leaders asked these questions, then there would BE NO Beth Moore simulcasts!

The Watchman Fellowship has a new profile out on Hinduism, which you may find useful.  They have a lot of good “profiles” on various false teachers and cult, and you can purchase the complete set if desired.  Always concise and usually only 3-4 pages.

When I read about this arrest, it didn’t surprise me.  False teachers are always trying to fleece the flock!

Excellent article by Albert Mohler in regards to that historic First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC, which decided to apostatize over homosexuality.  Somehow they discerned that the Bible is in error.

Marsha West reposted an article from four years ago, and I think she’s right to do so because of the attitude projected by many against apologetics sites like mine.  While Tim Challies had a point, he painted with too broad of a brush, as Marsha pointed out.
I do have to say that those who follow my blog KNOW that I don’t only cover the bad (although exposing the wolves is the primary purpose of this blog), but I also provide information to good stuff, post thought-provoking quotes from excellent teachers, etc.  And I see the same thing with the many excellent blogs I follow.  I know there are indeed “nasty” blogs and sites out there, having come across many, but I think any discerning person will easily discover they are to be avoided.

(I "stole" the graphic from Berean Research)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

I know years ago Challies was "down" on the "watchbloggers". But honestly, back when Driscoll was popular, it was the WATCHBLOGGERS that warned the church of how dangerous MD was. Challies gave Driscoll a pass, ostensibly because he (MD) professed Calvinism. I remember reading one of Challies' reviews of MDs books, and he said something to the effect of "I wouldn't want my wife to read this (as he had concerns because of MDs inappropriate language, among, I think, a few other things), but I'd recommend the book to others". My husband was very disappointed by Challies' statement, as was I. There is such a thing as being erroneously gracious. I hope believers can see the wisdom in those who have been "watchblogging" all along... time has proven correct the ones who warned about Driscoll.

-Carolyn

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Challies original article had a follow-up in which he softened his stance a bit. But I still think he over-stated the problem. However, the old article by Challies isn't really what I wanted to point out, rather it was the excellent article by Marsha about the purpose of "watchbloggers" and the importance of such ministries to the Church.

Anonymous said...

I agree Marsha spoke well. Often "watchbloggers" are doing the work the pastors don't/won't.

-Carolyn

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Carolyn, for it was BECAUSE of the faith, hard work, and rightly dividing the Word of God, that I was made aware of the new age teachings within our church, ie., drunk in the spirit, receiving dreams and visions on a continual basis that had to be interpreted, hearing voices (god spoke to me this or that), birthing manifestations on the floor of the church, shaking and laughing, etc. All of this took place within the Assembly of God church system and I believed everything.

In coming out of that system and relying on the Word of God alone for my revelation through the leading of His Holy Spirit, my eyes have been opened and my faith strengthened......and the persecution from my former Pentecostal/charismatic church folks heightened. When Jesus said, "You brood of vipers....", He wasn't speaking to the unbelievers, He was speaking to those who professed religion.

Praise our LORD for many of these discernment ministries. And I know that each one of us must be careful with everything we take in, for even those ministries may not be rightly dividing the Word as well.