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, June 22, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

The Southern Baptist Convention certainly no longer represents Biblical Christianity.  Look at this post also.

I mean, just what is it with SBC “pastors?!?!  Or the SBC in general?

I don’t know about you, but I consider this to be apostasy.  Especially since SBC President Steve Gaines sanctions the Seventh-Day Adventist cult!  But then you have to remember that this guy twists Scripture like Benny Hinn, claiming that Christians are obligated to tithe or suffer the consequences.

C.Peter Wagner desperately holds on to his “7 Mountain Mandate” for the NAR.

Jen Hatmaker continues to prove what a horrid false teacher she is; she panders to liberal claims and causes.

Theonomists/Restorationists have really gone out of their way time to misrepresent Biblical teachings.  Gee, what’s new for this ilk?

WOW - another false prophetess—Vonda Brewer.  What is wrong with people who refuse to use their brain while they follow this tripe!!!

The POPE has decreed that most marriages are “religiously null.”  Hmm.  I’d say he’s in disagreement with God.  Of course being in disagreement with God is normal for Popes.

Christian “gag rags” — I heartily agree.

The “Serpent Seed of Satan” is one of the worst teachings to come down the pike, and it has been spread for a long time.

The Christian Missionary Alliance has a false teacher coddling to Islam.  Can you just see Paul telling the Romans to be sure to give the pagans a “beautiful evening” while hosting their dinner celebrating the worship of their own gods just to “build bridges”? I can’t.

I covered the issue of this Bible in a previous “RAAH” post a while back.  However, I think this article will remind people of just how cultic the NAR is.

Beth Moore complains about being exposed as a false teacher.  Hey Beth — if it is true, it isn’t “slander.”

Charismatic Bullying From the Pulpit.  I’ve been on the receiving end of this stuff.


Anonymous said...

Oh boy, taking on the EIC, Glenn, you're speaking some fighting words. God willing, I want to read that one when I have some time. But it truly is a problem in the church that need EXPOSURE AND EXPULSION.

I also have to read the SBC problems... they sound serious.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The SBC is spiral lying into apostasy.

Matt Wingler said...

Hi Glenn,

I have to say, this is probably one of the most important RAAH posts in a long time (each one is significant also). For a well-known conservative denomination like the SBC to show signs of bending the knee to modern culture is very scary. I am a little stunned to see the SBC elect leaders who have no discernment, associate with false teachers, and manipulate people with greed (through the tithe).

Alec said...

There is something particularly nefarious about a pastor using public prayer/devotion as a means for beating up sheep. It's a power play like shunning that works by ratcheting up fear. It works because so many Christians are woefully, willfully ignorant of the truth.

The pastor who delivered this shame-message, Tom Flaherty of City Church, Madison, WI, uses one term that's particularly guilt-inducing: He says:

There Is a great danger in evangelical Christianity today of making our beliefs about God an idol...We become unteachable. source

To many Christians being "teachable" means to be "open-minded". Open-mindedness is only of value if it means listening to have questions answered through source material - or good explanation of source material. In Christianity the source is Scripture. Explanation of Scripture is preaching and teaching, verbally or in writing.

Open-mindedness is a danger when people take it to mean that every opinion is of equal worth.

Pastor Tom's "message" helped me in one way. It's another reminder of how stronger talks are when they're backed up by appropriate Scriptural references. Tellingly, the only verse Pastor Tom Flaherty uses is John 5.39. Is he really saying that his congregation is a bunch of Pharisees? What does that say about him?

Let's hope Matthew 15.14 does not apply, and that this message is an ill-considered one-off mistake. We all make those.


Anonymous said...

First paragraph's comments by Alec (8:29am)... didn't you nail that one on the head!!!!

Oh, let me tell you how my blood boils when those fear words/phrases are used to intimidate or manipulate, especially when publicly leveled at the saints.

Worse yet, when a discerning Christian calls out the scripture twisting for what it is, and then the ad hom attacks begin, usually accusing you of "attitudinal" sins.

PS Glenn, thanks for posting the EIC article. What happened to Janet Mefferd by Driscoll and TGC when she rightly tried to stand for righteousness is a prime example of the EIC in action. Ironic that TGC is now "addressing" the issue of "celebrity pastors" as if they haven't been the source of much of that problem themselves...??? Furthermore didn't Erin B at DNSB recently post an article (6/10/16 TnT) about how TGC engages in various tactics to block dissenters... As (I think, might be mistaken on the linguistic origin) the Portuguese would say, the donkey called the mule "long ears". As we say, the pot is calling the kettle black.


Anonymous said...

Sat under Tom Flaherty's teachings/sermons/Bible studies for a time. He is not a humble man, but rather vain combined with much boasting and bragging of himself and his family and their hyper-spirituality. Speaking of idols.....

Also, Tom endorsed the 'drunk in the spirit' heresies and has been a part of all of this demonic/fleshly nonsense for years. We attended the Alpha Course in his religious establishment with Nicky Gumbel videos and the red flags went up there as they did not preach against sin, teach repentance properly, nor address the Jesus of the Bible, but another Jesus. We also attended several lying signs and wonders conferences where the 'healing pastors' came to beg for money, oh, I mean preach and teach that we were to do greater works than Christ Himself. Funny thing though, ALL of these wolves in sheep's clothing that visited, did more boasting and bragging of themselves, their lofty degrees (several were Dr.'s of theology), how many souls they saved on their notched salvation belt, and the dreams, visions, and wonders they were performing in the name of themselves, oh sorry, I mean another jesus.

The boast fests became to much for me to attend any longer as it was about themselves, not Jesus, our LORD and Savior. And yes, Tom does have this charismatic way of talking down, insulting, and basically telling people they are not Christ followers if they do not abide by his personal pet doctrines, been there, done that as he and one of his elders insulted me to my face.

It's called spiritual abuse.

Ken said...

FYI: in case it may be of interest to you, I recently had an article on the serpent seedline of Satan published in a Christian apologetics journal: http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/serpent-seed-satan-article-christian-apologetics-journal

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

If you would have gone to the link in my article, you would have seen that it was to the article in the MCO journal (to which I have subscribed for 17 years).