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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Alerts About False Teachers and False Teachings

A review of an interview with William Lane Craig demonstrates problems with the theology of some who are acclaimed as top-notch apologists. I, personally, would never point anyone to Craig for defending the faith.

James MacDonald escapes the consequences of his actions!  The leaders of Harvest are not acting biblically. MacDonald should never again exercise any leadership roles in the church.

Another false teacher/heretic seem to be born every minute.  Kevin Zadai is a new one on me!

Another example proving the Pope does not represent ChristAnd another one: he is promoting violation of laws. Do we really need more proof that the Pope is not a Christian?

The Gospel Coalition has continued their slide into apostasy, and now they are assisting the forcing of children to not have two parents.

Black Hebrew Israelites — a dangerous, racist cult.


Russell Moore has gone beyond the pale, and has been promoting apostasy and learning from false teachers.

Todd White has proven he isn’t a Christian, but a tool of Satan.

Proof that Hillsong is an heretical organization.

Mark Driscoll is still a dangerous wolf.

Andrew Wommack — beware that he is just another vicious wolf.


Do not trust the teachings of David Barton.

A Bit of Humor
A funny way to make a very good point about “worship” music.


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

Driscoll is not a "pastor". He is grossly disqualified, has been for a long, long time. I don't even think he was qualified at the beginning, honestly. Anyhow, anyone who listened to him back in the days of Mars Hill had poor discernment, and anyone who listens to him now has ZERO discernment.

The Gospel Coalition - agreed, they are continually descending into more and more error. We never really followed them anyhow, because we never have had interest in celebrity Christianity, especially not of the reformed variety.

Barton - oh, mercy. He's not worth listening to, either. We're always shocked at how many Christians think he's reliable.

James MacDonald - like Driscoll, utterly, completely, unquestionably disqualified, and the entire Harvest "elder board" as well. What an absolute mess. It's corrupt to the core. I feel so bad for any true saints who are entangled in the Harvest "Bible" Cult. Spiritual abuse is very damaging.

That said, even with all the bad news, your apostasy roundups are always a welcome post. Discernment is a difficult and sometimes lonely gift to possess. It is an encouragement when we meet other believers who see the problems in the church at large as clearly as we do.

-Carolyn

Jesse said...

The Apostle Paul expressed in a straightforward manner through his first epistle to Timothy the qualifications required of a man before he can be ordained a bishop in the church. These traits are all outlined in chapters three and five of that letter, which are presented as follows:

* Not needing criticism
* Wise
* Worthy of respect
* Able to show hospitality
* Well grounded in the faith/not a new convert
* Competent
* Responsible
* Faithful
* Loving, selfless, and humble
* Not having fellowship with sin/setting a good moral example (e.g. not selfish, conceited, greedy, combative, aggressive, contentious, an alcoholic)
A rhetorical question that the author raises in this context plays a key role in illustrating the importance of fitting the provided description:

"If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?"

Obviously, taking on a leadership position requires a lot of responsibility. This is even more so true of becoming a minister, since it entails preaching the entire counsel of God. The Holy Spirit has given to us through Paul a thorough set of guidelines for us to adhere to so as to determine whether a man is fit for the office of pastor. If a man has qualities that do not match up with the list provided here, then, by biblical standards, he is not fit to be a minister.

https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2018/11/is-your-pastor-qualified-to-be.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

For clarity: I said, "We never really followed them [TGC] anyhow, because we never have had interest in celebrity Christianity, especially not of the reformed variety."

Why do we reject celebrity Christianity, especially reformed? Because they just seem to tolerate an awful lot of error. Many reformed are wrong in hermeneutics (ie, adhering to errors like replacement theology), eschatology (typically being amillennial, preterist), some deny literal creation, are social justice skewed, into charismatic tendencies, have serious character issues, etc.

Yes, I know SBC isn't doing much better - after all, they have yet to correctly handle the likes of Beth Moore, among other serious problems. But the reformed just seem to really have a big, powerful celebrity presence that tolerates way too much in the way of erroneous doctrine.

PS, Jesse, very good.

-Carolyn

Martha said...

Yes Carolyn! Beth Moore has been given such strong recommendation by various denominations. When we began attending a local baptist church years ago, I remember how odd it was that not one single person, whether in leadership or in the pew, ever spoke of the Bible's relevance to our lives, let alone, the saving power of Jesus Christ in their every day language. First off, I was given a book on prayer by Mike Murdock by one of the women deaconesses (she faithfully watches TBN and Daystar). Then I was given a book on all of the names of god, by the pastor's daughter. Then I was told by another wanna-be deaconess (she was schmoozing the pastor, leadership, and the members into voting her into leadership at the next institutional meeting), that I should buy Beth Moore's and Stormie Omartian's books if I wanted "to go deeper with god." Then another couple on church leadership wanted to get rid of their Joel Osteen tickets they had purchased for his next upcoming conference, so they asked me if I wanted to buy their tickets as another commitment came up in their schedule.


Then to top it off, on our wedding anniversary night, we were scheduled to go out for supper (as we do yearly), when a woman deaconess approached me in church and wanted us to attend their "seder meal" supper as this individual scheduled a speaker to come in and explain the importance of celebrating this yearly within the church. She made me feel guilty in the fact that we were not going to attend "her seder meal," but instead, were celebrating our wedding anniversary. And when their seder meal was not well attended like the Covenant church in the community, then the guilt was multiplied upon me, for "we should have been there to grow "deeper" with god, in this particular ritual.


All of this within the first year of attending a baptist church, who constantly proclaimed they knew and followed god better than the rest of the denominations. And the "guilt" hurled upon me for not "reading their books," nor attending their "love feasts," the insanity of it all!


We do not have television in our home, and PRAISE OUR LORD JESUS CHRISt, after seeing TBN and Daystar while on our vacations, I think I would need a vomit bag beside my chair if I was forced to watch that all day long. YUCK!

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Martha,

The problem with "Baptist" churches is that they run the gamut from aberrant to apostate to heretical. The one you describe is one no Christian should attend!

Jesse said...

Glenn,

What do you mean "the problem with Baptist churches"? Is that meant to be taken as a generality?

Anonymous said...

Martha,

My heart breaks for you, for so many of your experiences in "church" in your area. I'm afraid it's getting difficult everywhere to find decent churches, though, whether in small rural areas or in large metropolitan areas.

Glenn,

You're right, Baptist can mean almost anything. It takes some real digging to determine which ones are sound.

-Carolyn

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Jesse,

In general there are no such things as a standard Baptist church. There are a few conventions/association which have member assemblies which don't always follow the statements of these groups, but for the most part "Baptist" just means any church which believes in believer's baptism. These independent assemblies have no overseeing authority and can have some legalizing and aberrant theological foundations. So when see a "Baptist" church or a "Bible" church, you have no idea what you will be getting.

Sarah B. said...

Glenn,

Non-denominational churches are just independent Baptists with a marketing degree.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Sarah,

You are in serious error. Many non-denominational churches aren't even Baptists. And to slam them all with a broad brush of just marketing themselves is serious false witness.