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, December 27, 2017

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
We NEED to “name names” of false teachers.  Period.

Why do the Gospels and Josephus contradict each other about John the Baptist?

Can a false teacher heal you?

Leopard Theology” exposed.

A good book review about a book by an author of whom I’ve never heard: Ryan Lokkesmoe.  His book is really, really poor and full of false teachings. It’s one you can definitely skip.

During our home-schooling days in the early- and mid-1990s, we attended conferences at which material from Bill Gothard was displayed for sale.  Just skimming over the material we decided there was nothing interesting about it and passed it by.  In 1999 we began attending an assembly where the local Gothard representative attended, and we quickly learned something was amiss with that group. For more information I contacted the Christian Research Institute (by phone in those days) but they never reported on his teachings; they did, however, know of a group that did—Midwest Christian Outreach in the Chicago area. After contacting MCO I received a packet which provided me a wealth of information proving the horrid nature of Gothard’s teachings.  When I brought this information before the leadership they immediately placed a ban on any further recruiting for Gothard’s programs.  In 2002, while attending our first apologetics conference, we met Don Veinot of MCO, and he was one on the plenary speakers. He spoke of a book being released by MCO that year, “A Matter Of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard & the Christian Life.” Not only did I buy a copy, but after I read it I began ordering them by the case and giving them to pastors of many of the churches in town as well as everyone we knew who home-schooled.  Gothard’s teachings are still out there harming hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Here is an excellent review of this book, for perhaps whetting your appetite to purchase a copy.  Spread the word.

Freemasonry is inherently sinful. It's also another religion incompatible with Christianity.

The Bad:
Ever hear of Levi Lusko?  Neither had I until this article — another false teacher to avoid.

The ignorance and dangerous ideology of Bethel Redding “pastor” Kris Vallotton.

Tim Keller is descending more and more into apostasy.

The Pope is dangerous with his socialist, multi-cultural ideology.  Muslim “migrants” are barbarian, anti-God invaders to Europe. Joseph and Mary were not dangerous to anyone, and worshiped God.

The Ugly:
Bizarre NAR activities at Bethel Redding.  That place is NOT Christian

Kris Vallotton of Bethel Redding is a blatant false teacher — really.   The heresy at Bethel gets deeper as a children’s “pastor” teaches telepathy.

Too many “churches” are doing just like this apostate one — kowtowing to Muslims.  

Charismatics and “Heaven” Tourism.  Some of the worst kind of frauds.


Martha said...

Interesting piece on heaven tourism. A few of my in-laws attended conferences where the speakers made frequent supernatural trips into the third heaven. These men spoke of their hyper-spiritual experiences and wowed their audiences into having these same experiences, all the while selling their books and other religious junk at the door.

While calmly disagreeing with one of the in-laws, carefully pointing out Scriptural reference as written by Paul, under the guidance of God, the Holy Spirit, pertaining to the third heaven, she became disgusted with me as she reminded me that she has been a Christian longer than me. And what do suppose the in-laws gave me as a gift for Christmas? A book about heavenly trips made by those who have passed away and come back to life, speaking of their spiritual vacations. That book made it way, supernaturally of course, into the trash can, never to be revived again.

I find it fascinating that when one disagrees with an institutional church leader (this in-law is divorced and she is the leader of their church's youth group), one of the first correctional leadership methods, is being on the receiving end of a book, cd, dvd, or some other form of religious educational jibberish, written by some man or woman as a method to earn income and gain fame.

And to date, all of these heavenly tourists have a different description of the true Jesus' appearance. I find that ironic; along with all of those pictures of a jesus adorning the walls and halls of church buildings.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Martha,

Well said!

Divorced woman leading a church youth group; yeah, that's really biblical---NOT!!!

Marshal Art said...

Re: Born in a barn. I found this very interesting. It is a point I never spent time considering, as it isn't something of great significance the surroundings in which Jesus was born. That it wasn't in a palace, as the article mentions, is enough.

But the whole thing makes sense given a source I have regarding 13th/14th century England and the manner in which many lower class people lived regarding proximity to their animals. Very similar.

I love these types of insights.