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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Ed Stetzer honored heretic C. Peter Wagner!  I can’t add to that as a reason to never trust Stetzer for anything to do with theology.

The social justice Jesus is NOT the Jesus of the Bible.

Discernment and Revelation.  Excellent article naming lots of those in the Spiritual Formation movement, as well as other practitioners of similar mysticism and those claiming direct revelations from God.

Michael Brown defends the indefensible.  As noted in my last RAAH report, Brown cannot be trusted with theology.

Modern Day Montanism.  A 52-minute teaching, well worth educating yourself about.  He names names!

Be careful about what bands/singers you promote, in whatever way you do it (including social media).  They may be teaching Christ from their lips while their hearts are far away from him with their sinful lifestyles which reject Him.  (Or, in the case of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. e.g., they worship false gods!)

Church by the Glades continues to prove it is nothing more than a goat-pen led by false teachers.  It is difficult for me to believe that these people really think this honors God. (And really, is sitting in old cars for church conducive to thinking about worship or attending a concert/drive-in movie?)

The Roman Catholic Church really needs to get control of their universities!  These schools continually violate RCC doctrine and principles, and may as well just call themselves secular institutions.

Rick Warren — need I say more?

More proof that Jen Hatmaker is a false teaching wolf to be avoided.  Read the RNS article linked to — if you can stand it.

Apostasy in the Christian Church — good examination of what are necessary beliefs and teachings for the true Christian.

No, it is NOT Jesus calling.

Where does the Catholic Church find biblical authority for this rule?

Cedar Creek in Ohio is just another “church” who seem to think they need a secular concert to start their worship services. Interesting that I couldn’t find any type of doctrinal statement on their site, and they look to my like a bunch of goat-pens.

Well, that’s all for today!


Alec said...

An excellent round-up yet again, Glenn.

How should we think of Michael Brown? I've heard him described by an orthodox pastor as, "A dear brother in the Lord with terrible theology." Does this go far enough? He's certainly "winsome", "likable", and "kind". But is this enough?

CARM's framework of apostasy:

* Primary Essentials (Nature and work of Christ) - Cannot deny and be Christian since they are explicitly stated as required in scripture.

* Secondary Essentials - (Nature of God) Cannot deny and be Christian.

* Primary Non-Essentials (Bible, Church ordinances, and practice) - Denial does not void salvation, yet principles are clearly taught in scripture. Denial suggests apostasy.

* Secondary Non-Essentials - does not affect one's salvation relationship with God. Debated within Christianity. Denial or acceptance does not suggest apostasy.

considers "Continuation or cessation of the charismatic gifts" a secondary non-essential. But aren't we talking about neo-Montanism, or just plain Montanism? Or are we?

Look forward to any thoughts (or references to your previous posts) you might care to share.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Michael Brown is a brother in the Lord -- he's a believer. But he's very deceived when it comes to the charismatic ideology.

He's a great conservative commentator on Townhall.com. He also has a good book series "Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus."
But he can't be trusted with discernment concerning charismania.

I don't think all charismatic/continuationism falls within the Montanism label, but the WOF brand certainly does.