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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:

Josephus and John the Baptist — is Josephus correct or are the Gospels?

The Bad:
Beth Moore just keeps getting worse.

Andy Stanley — again.

More horrid stuff from Bethel Redding’s Kris Vallotton.

The false gospel of felt-needs.

Carl Lentz and Justin Bieber — their actions briefly examined, but really well done.
A little bit more about the two men.

More proof that Steve Chalke is a dangerous false teacher.

How much more evidence do you need to accept the fact that Joyce Meyer is a rank heretic?

Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, Richard Foster – Are We Wrong in Calling Them Emergent/Contemplative?

The Ugly
Perry Noble, Chris Hill, and T.D. Jakes.  An 11-minute video exposing these horrid “pastors.”

Jennifer LeClaire keeps getting worse and worse.  She is a good reason (among many) to never read Charisma Magazine.

Jen Hatmaker — sigh.

Crooked Televangelists never die, they just descend further down the rabbit hole of Deceit

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beware of Bob Lenz

This past Saturday I was asked by my retired pastor friend to find information about Bob Lenz and his program called “Dignity Revolution.”  Mr. Lenz has been invited to speak at the church my friend attends, and then the next day speak at a public school in a nearby town.

Well, looking up the program I found it to be a well-respected anti-bullying program which teaches the dignity of all people.  BUT, if Lenz was going to speak at a church, there had to be more to him than that.  So I did my usual search on Google by adding “false teacher” to his name.

Bob Lenz heads an organization called Life Promotions, which includes his Dignity Revolution program.  This organization also puts on the annual Lifest “Christian” Music Festival, and THIS is where I found a lot of troubling aspects about Mr. Lenz.

The first Lifest information I found was in regards to the 2010 event.  I thought this article calling it a “Deathfest” was quite appropriate, based on the types of “Christian” performers invited.  However, there was a huge brouhaha in regards to Lenz inviting Jim Wallis as a speaker, as there should have been (if you aren’t familiar with the outright heresy and liberal theology of Wallis’, I’ll be more than happy to fill you in).

Searching about this incident I learned some really bad news about Lenz and how he stands with Wallis — he is NOT uninformed about Wallis’ theology.  First, Lenz claims that those who speak against Wallis are slandering him (as noted in the above linked article).  I came across one article which cited Lenz as saying Wallis made him the man he is today!  But the most egregious defense of Wallis by Lenz is found in this article, which is a sermon citing Lenz in a message to his “Lifest family.”  “I know Jim Wallis. Jim Wallis loves Jesus. … He believes and upholds the Apostles Creed. I do not agree with all of his politics, or even some of his non-essential theology. But I cannot cancel him based on the accusations that have been made. I have not found enough facts or truth in them to cancel him.”  Wallis’ theology proves he worships a different Christ than the one of the Bible, and it isn’t “non-essential theology” which make Wallis problematic, yet he's was at the 2013 festival and is again slated for 2017.

Bob is apparently part of the heretical “Red Letter Christian” movement, since he writes for their site. He was a speaker at Together 2016, sharing the limelight with a whole raft of false teachers.

In regards to Lifest in general, there is much to condemn.  I found information on most of the festivals from 2010 on, and they seem to all have the same problem of bad choices for performers as well as for speakers (such as psychiatrists), many of whom are known false teachers (Wallis, Tony Campolo, Willow Creek staff, John Ortberg, Luis Palau, et al ).  They are also ecumenical, and the Catholic Mass is celebrated (2016, but this link shows the same for the 2011 version) during the festival.

Lenz also put on an event called Power of One to which he invited heretic Michael Gungor, causing a Christian radio station (with more discernment that Lenz) to pull out.

If you promote false teachers, then you are promoting what they teach — you are giving them tacit approval even if you don’t specifically teach what they teach.  If you promote what they teach, then you are actually teaching people to follow their teachings, which makes them your teachings also, which makes YOU a false teacher.  This definitely makes Bob Lenz a false teacher to be avoided.

A Meme Day

Friday, August 11, 2017

Some Good Stuff — No Bad or Ugly

We’ve been doing a lot of traveling this past week or so, with band practice, visiting friends, and a 600-mile round trip to an aviation museum.  And we have a parade tomorrow.

I’ve been getting rid of more books, as some of you know by being the first claimants.  When you see a post for a book giveaway, be sure to look at the comments section where I respond to comments not posted — that’s how I communicate with the recipient if they don’t email me.  With this past one I wasn’t able to take it down for over 24 hrs due to the trip, but I had already posted a comment to the “winner” and another comment to the second in line letting them know they missed it, yet many hours later someone requested the book.  So be sure to look at the comments first.  Of course there may be a few requests in my inbox which I haven’t gotten to because I’m away from home, so then the post will be still up without comments.  Just have patience.  And be watching — I have five more already selected but since I won’t be able to respond and/or mail for a couple days, I’ll wait for posting.

Okay, let’s look at the good stuff I’ve been reading:

Fake news about early Christianity.

About that “slain in the spirit” nonsense.

Protecting your assembly from false teaching.

An evaluation of Muslim dreams and visions of Isa (Jesus):  Part 1 and Part 2

How did the canon of Scripture come to be?

Chris Tomlin — we don’t need your new choruses for old hymns.  I’ve pointed this out many times.

Thus Saith Rome — an excellent article about Roman Catholicism.  From a 2007 Midwest Christian Outreach Journal now available on the ‘net.

And finally, a great quote!
A worship leader serves his congregation best when he chooses songs they can sing and sing well. He is highly attuned to their ability. He prioritizes the singability of songs over their newness or oldness or author or theological density. He gauges his success not by his own worship, but by theirs. His question is not “how did the band feel?” but “how did the congregation sing?” When he steps back and hears his church singing—really singing—, his joy is complete.  Tim Challies

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Praising God is no Passing Fancy

I am aware that the recent history of the church has been beset with innumerable fads.  One new idea about theology, methodology, lifestyle, and church life follows another.  Each is presented with fanfare and excitement. Each flashes and splashes, then sparkles and sputters, and then is replaced by another new idea.  We are weary with fads.

But the praise of God is not a passing fancy!  It is one of the most elemental, fundamental, and necessary factors of the life of faith in this and any age.  It is the goal and direction of all creation.  The price of God is the occupation of all His holy angels.  The praise of God is the purpose of man.  The praise of God is the end result of all God’s wonders, all His being, and all His acts.  If man will not praise God, the very stones will! (cf. Luke 19:40).  He has redeemed us for the praise of His glory (cf. Eph. 1:6,12,14).  This is no fad!

Ronald B. Allen, And I Will Praise Him, pg.26

Monday, August 7, 2017

Leave the Fads Out of Worship

Our current experimentation in the area of worship is too reliant on the fads of the present.  Contemporary popular verse and music is entirely too man-centered.  The focus of much contemporary Christian worship is almost entirely on man and his needs, with no hint that God wants us to praise Him.  Yet from proper praise our needs will fall into their proper places—and be taken care of.

Dr. Robert Webber, Forward to the book, And I Will Praise Him, by Ronald B. Allen

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fear Not the World

Why should you fear?  Why should you be afraid?  Do you not know that the prince of this world has been judged?  He is no lord, no prince any more.  You have a different, a stronger Lord, Christ, who has overcome and bound him.  Therefore, let the prince and god of this world look sour, bare his teeth, make great noise, threaten…he can do no more than a bad dog on a chain.

Martin Luther

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Summer time is a busy time for all sorts of things that keep me outside.  The other thing which has been keeping me busy and away from my blog is researching things for other people and providing to them what I find.  But I still get a chance to read my morning news items, so here are things you should know.

The Good:
Here is an interesting site which examines Roman Catholicism.

Very good examination of the religious cult of Freemasonry.  It is lengthy, so put it on pause and come back to it if necessary.  It is important information to know.  (There are some myths propagated, so beware of that; and they don’t have the LDS/Masonry connection correct either.  I was disappointed with these errors.)

I found this article about singing with lights ON to be thought-provoking.

Another good article about REAL spiritual warfare.

Did Jesus claim to be God?

Can Christians “bind” Satan or “take authority” over him?  NO!

Interesting commentary on Genesis 3:16.

The Bad:
Reviewing Andy Stanley’s awful new book.  What Stanley doesn’t seem to understand is that the church (the local assembly) is ONLY for “churched people” — i.e., Christians.   Stanley thinks that idea is totally wrong, which is more proof why he is not qualified to be a pastor.

N.T. Wright is a heretic — there is no getting around it.

Willow Creek gets more and more apostate every day.

False teacher alert — Becky Fisher

The Ugly:
Bethel and Hillsong are joining together for an event — two heretical groups joining to deceive more people.  This could be some of Satan’s finest work!

An example of all that is wrong with Hillsong — Carl Lentz and Justin Bieber.  Lentz is a wolf pretending to be a pastor, and Bieber obviously has no idea about the Christian walk.