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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

We often shop at Hobby Lobby for various craft items.  Hobby Lobby is owned by a supposed Christian family, but I have noticed over the years that Hobby Lobby is right there with Family Christian Stores when it comes to propagating heresy and false teachings of every sort.  Books they sell right up by the checkouts are about fake heaven visits, the “Jesus Calling” fraud, books by Beth Moore, T.D. Jakes, et al.  I’ve yet to see anything in their book racks which is orthodox and edifying.  To retailers, even those who claim the name of Christ, money seems to be more important than defending the faith.  Sad.

Speaking false teachers:  NAR false prophet Shawn Bolz is going after children to brainwash them into his cultic ideology.

And speaking of the NAR, are there really apostles today and is there a need?  Absolutely NOT!  Here is a good study of the claims and a rebuttal to them.

The Assemblies of God denomination seems to be heading in a downward spiral to totally apostasy.

Testimony exposing the behavior of Clayton Jennings.   Followed by another one.  Why he should NEVER be considered for any ministry.

I’ve said many times that sports has become the American idol.

And we think some of the false teachers in OUR country do foolish, dangerous, and insane things!

Beth Moore and Hillsong join forces; two aberrant and heretical peas in a pod.

Just as Jesus told us would happen, many false christs have come.

I’m sorry, Ebony, but this woman shouldn’t have been a pastor to start with.  Judging her sin is exactly what Christians are supposed to do.

What Bill Gothard and his followers still don’t get about grace.

The Sabbath examined.  Similar to my examination.

Mennoknight has posted the last episode in his series on “Generational Curses.”

What you don’t know about the Salvation Army is that they are a weird cult preaching the social gospel at your expense.  I am looking forward to part 2.  (Note — a major part of the problem this author has with S.A. is that they aren’t Calvinists; I agree with S.A. on this point.)

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism — a major religion claiming to be Christian.


Joy said...

What do you do when you cannot find a local Godly Bible-believing church that hasn't been infected by all this nonsense? Who are good teachers to listen to online?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...


Well, I don't use the Internet to listen to sermons so I can't be a big help there.
Mary Dalke has a "Sermon Sunday" series which usually has some good youtube sermons.
(you might find her site to be worthwhile overall)

Our church has all its sermons on line, and our pastor is a pretty solid teacher:

We also have as church in our little town which has a good teaching pastor (we don't go there because of the rock and roll music and the college-student focus, but we've known the pastor long before he was called there, and he's a good teacher)

Dr. Randy White usually has some good stuff, and Mary Dalke often posts his messages on "Teaching Thursday" posts. Here's a link to one of his series on how to study the Bible, so you know who he is:

I don't know how many youtubes are available for various teachers, but you might also look for those by the late Dave Hunt -- he doesn't do sermons, but he has a lot of good teachings.

Anyone else reading these comments, if you have ideas, please feel free to help

Anonymous said...

Good meme. Hobby Lobby - yes sadly, for many Christian businesses, doctrine is usually tossed out the window if profits can be made...

RE: Joy. Yes, sadly, in this day and age, many, many churches are leavened. You are not alone in your difficulty.

While you try to figure out what to do regarding a local assembly, taking advantage of online resources definitely can be helpful. I can say that I have familiarity with Randy White and Dave Hunt's teachings, and have found both of them to be good. I don't know about the others Glenn mentioned. So on those references, you'll have to take his word.

Personally, I would recommend spending more time in the written word directly, than listening to sermons.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I consider ALL sermons to be nothing more than commentaries which can help me understand Scripture better.

Anonymous said...

Glenn, absolutely. I just wanted to encourage and remind Joy to remember to go to the word first and foremost. Knowing the word well is especially important in order to help identify good sermons online! :)


Anonymous said...

The AG article is spot on. The same is going on in many, many, many churches outside of AG as well, especially the idea of reaching the "unchurched" and the "blessed subtraction". He really nailed what is going on out there i.e., summarized much of the prevalent false teaching. The so called churches are no more than businesses.