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It was inevitable. A false healing revival with overblown and unsubstatiated reports of healing can only lead to one thing for those who are desperate and looking for healing… death.
I grew up as a Charismatic. I have seen people suffering with maladies and they were visibly in pain, but yet they would say, “I don’t accept that. I don’t have _______.” Even though they have been diagnosed by reputable doctors, they refuse to claim the disease or illness they have been diagnosed with. To some charismatics, words have power, and if you speak a negative word, they will negatively effect you. Therefore, only positive words must be spoken.
People with little to no Biblical knowledge have a heart that is a breeding ground for error. It is these people that are susceptible to the hocus pocus of the Word of Faith/Charismatic doctrine. One of the cruelest things a minister can do is to tell people unequivocally that they are healed. Especially when these people are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Their misplaced faith can then turn deadly if they aren’t grounded in the Word of God.
I have an aunt who has a tumor in her hip. It has caused great pain and suffering, and when she was diagnosed, the doctor informed her it had to come out immediately. Even though the tumor is benign, it is causing damage to the surrounding tissues. She refused to have surgery, saying God has said He would heal her. Now it’s a few years later and the tumor has grown and caused so much damage that her left leg is inches shorter than the other and she has to wear a special boot to even out her gait, and the tumor has grown so large that doctors have said if they remove it now, the damage is done. It will do no good. (They still want to remove it, by the way, but her lack of action caused irreversible damage.) I saw her before Christmas, hobbling around on a cane, and she told me that God is still telling her that He’s going to heal her. I’m thinking, “Well, what’s the hold up?” Had she had it removed when it was first diagnosed, she would have fully recovered.
Two people have died. These people were attendees at the Lakeland Revival, and were looking for their miracle. When lack of Biblical knowledge is joined with false doctrine and desperation, it can cause people to put their faith in vessels that are too full of holes to hold any truth. When pressured by WORLD magazine to release a list of names that could verify the claims of healing at Lakeland, after much pressuring, the ministry released a list of 13 names. The two people on that list who died were reported as having been healed of cancer, but when these people were called to seek verification, one had died as early as July of last year, and the other had died a few days before the names were released.
Do you see the damage false doctrine can cause? Yes, these people would have died anyway, but that is not the point. It is CRUEL to give these people false hope… it is barbaric. Not only do people like Bentley prey upon those who are sick and desperate, but they prey upon those who are dying. On the one hand, people like Bentley tell these people that if they will open their wallets and give to the Lord (remember the ATM machines at the revival?), that God will bless them. So the sick, desperate, and dying are opening their wallets and giving what they have in hopes of a miracle. Then you have Bentley telling people they are healed. No questions asked. No doctors consulted. HEALED! What happens is that they go home and die, and Charismatic ministers take their money to the bank and deposit it.
God’s Word doesn’t tell us to claim our miracle – it tells us to submit ourselves to God and seek His will. But faith healers slingshot around that and speak their own false word over people. By seeking God’s will, we become submissive to Him. That cannot happen when we fail to humble ourselves before the Lord, and speak false words in His stead.
Here is a snippet from an article in World Magazine:
Christopher Fogle, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, loved to fish. It was a break from his fast-paced, 25-year career with the Perkins Restaurant chain.
But when Fogle got severe cancer, his relaxing fishing trips, which he sometimes took with his children, ended. It was a devastating blow for the active 45-year-old. But for Todd Bentley, television preacher and self-proclaimed healer, the cancer represented an opportunity to “proclaim the glory of God.”
Indeed, last year Bentley began his “Lakeland Outpouring,” a months-long series of “healing services” that Bentley and his Fresh Fire ministry started April 2 and ended under a cloud of controversy Aug. 11 (”Same old scam?,” June 28, 2008). In between, the meetings attracted hundreds of thousands of people to a huge tent in Lakeland, Fla.
At the height of what many called a revival, WORLD asked Bentley to talk about the healings, like Fogle’s, and asked for a list of people who had been healed at the services. His associates told me Bentley was out of the country and a list could not be produced. But six weeks and more than a dozen requests later, the ministry eventually sent a list of 13 names. Fogle was No. 12 on the list, along with this note: “Healed through the Outpouring and is back to fishing.”
That was on Aug. 8, 2008. There was just one problem. Two weeks earlier, on July 22, Christopher A. Fogle—according to his obituary in the Keokuk (Iowa) Daily Gate City, “left this life . . . after a courageous battle with cancer.” (Online Source)
I recall that Paul’s advice was to avoid putting novices in positions within the church. Pastors, if your kid is inexperienced, they are a novice. If you’ll swallow your pride about it, it will help you in the long run. I know your kid has a good heart, but let them preach in prison for a while first. Let them work with people who have nothing to offer anyone except b.o.. Let them prove themselves before you start putting them on salary. I say this because I know of so many young men and women got into sin that had no place being in the ministry except that daddy had a church or a ministry that they were appointed into. Contrary to popular mythology, the kids are not anointed just because everybody thinks dad or mom is. But pride and preacher worship dictates that that a mighty man of God must have a preaching dynasty descending from him.
I hope some of you preachers out there will take heed of this admonition: ELI! Does anyone remember Samuel’s childhood prophecy Eli?
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He and wife were students at Rhema Bible Training Center. They didn’t have a car, and they wanted one! They had heard a message about naming what you want, then claiming it according to the promises of God. The light came on. They didn’t have a car because they hadn’t used their faith to get one! So they mustered all the faith they had, then began calling that car into existence. They were sure that they would have a car by the end of the week. Days went by – no car. Weeks passed – no car. Months flew by – still no manifestation of that car! Finally, after more than a year of confessing and believing, his wife now 7 months pregnant with their first child – still no car. He was a bit angry with God now. So he decided to ask Him what was wrong. Why didn’t their faith work? Where was their car? God answered him. He told him that he didn’t NEED a car. God reminded him that they lived across the street from school, from church AND from work. It was a five minute walk to all those places. God even pointed out to him that Wal-Mart was not even a mile away, and they had many friends with cars who often asked him and his wife to go with them to the grocery store. God reminded him that gas prices shot through the roof over the last year, and that with his current salary, he wouldn’t have even been able to afford the gas! Finally, he said that God told him that now is the time for him to have a car.
So, did my friend learn the lesson that God knows best? Did he accept the fact that only God, in His infinite wisdom knows what we really need? Did he realize that the answers to our prayers is sometimes a big fat “NO”, or “No, not yet”? I’ll let him answer that question with the rest of the story…
He told me that the next morning was a Sunday. Pastor Hagin preached a great message on holding on to your faith, like a bulldog. He admonished the congregation with inspiring stories in dramatic tones to never give up on that for which they were believing God. “Never let it go!”, he cried with fists clenched high in the air. My friend and his wife looked at each other, eyes sparkling with excitement. At the end of his rousing sermon, Pastor Hagin told the congregation to stand up and reach out with their hands and grab in faith what it was that they were believing for from God! So, he and his wife did just that. They claimed that car, finally knowing that it was God’s perfect timing. He told me that they realized that it just wasn’t the right time over a year ago for them to have a car, that they had asked God prematurely, then given up on their faith too soon when the car failed to materialize. He went on to tell me that not 5 hours after they claimed that car there in the Rhema church auditorium, a family member called him up to tell him that she wanted to give them her car. Well, that was it. Their faith had worked. They got God to give them a car.
End of the story? Not quite. It was only later that I found out that car came with a catch. The family member had to ditch the car because she couldn’t keep up with the monthly payments, having been recently laid off. So they would have to take over payments. They saw it as an answer to prayer. I’m sorry, but I don’t see it. Instead of thanking God for not giving him what he was asking for because it would have put him in the red financially, instead of realizing that God knows better than we do what we need, instead of accepting that God is ultimately in control, this wonderful friend of mine missed it all. He just didn’t get it. God spoke to his heart and gave him the answer of “why?” – a bonus, I must say, that not many of us get when asking God that question – and yet he missed it. He still put more faith in his faith than he did in the Lord. He thought that it was his faith that got him that car, he just didn’t get it.
In light of that story I pose a question. When we want something or think we need something that we don’t have, why not simply ask God, in His sovereign wisdom, to give us that thing only if He deems it necessary, trusting that He, as our loving Father, knows better than we! In the meantime, why not simply thank God for supplying all our need, and taking care of our daily needs, as He promised in His word, knowing that He knows what we need even before we ask Him! It seems to me that doing that would demonstrate more faith and trust in God than demanding from Him something we want without even consulting His infinite wisdom!
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Does God want us to be rich and have a “BIG HOUSE?”
THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME!!!
From time to time we get comments that need to be responded to in depth. This is one case.
“Hello, Damon. Since you clearly don’t want comments that say anything nice about the guys you’re against, I won’t say anything. But I have to ask you SERIOUSLY your personal opinion or what you think the Bible says about the issue… Perhaps God doesn’t necassarily want ALL believers to be BILLIONARES. But… Do you really think that as Christians, the only things we’re worthy of having (in God’s eyes) are the SAME things non-believers have or LESS than what non-believers have??? In other words, why would God ask believers to engage in things completely outside the realm of what the rest of the world is doing, then expect those SAME people to eat mud pies for dinner, AND LIKE IT?????? Again, are you saying that the God we serve is a “turn the other cheek & eat hambergers for dinner & thank me for it” type of God, while the person that slapped you is laughing with his friends about it & eating steak & has NOTHING to do with God??? Honestly, if God is going to contrast the size of our wallet to whether we love & trust in him, then perhaps it’s not us who are putting stock in money, maybe it’s really God! OK, but that sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it??? But equally ridiculous? The notion that God wants, condones, or commands that all believers be LESS than “the world” even if the subject IS MONEY!!! Be HONEST… Do you want to serve a God that “sees” you as not being worthy to have a house BIGGER than a person who OUTWORDLY MOCKS GOD???? – Thanks”
I will do my best to show how Demonknight2 needs a total paradigm shift in his understanding. Because his case is levied against mere strawmen arguments (not the real beliefs of those he opposes) that he has created in his own mind against those that do not believe in the Prosperity Gospel and the Word of Faith Movement.
The Lord has blessed some to be rich and some not. Mainline Christianity does not say that “God does not want us rich” NOR does it posit that “God wants us to live in poverty”. But the Word of God is clear that we cannot serve both God and Money (mammon), and Gods declares “chose this day whom you will serve.” We are not to store up for ourselves treasures on this earth but in heaven. It is harder for a rich man to get to heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of needle. This is not because being rich is a sin. But because earthly riches have earthly strings (the deceitfulness of riches) attached, instead of the pursuit of sanctification (the race set before us), is wrought with many inherent problems. But the Lord does sometimes bless is followers with great material possessions in this world, if it be his will for that believer. Given that they are mature in the faith and have their eyes fixed on Jesus and are serving Him and not “serving money.”
THE BIBLE HAS MANY WARNINGS ABOUT EARTHLY RICHES:
Ecc 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is an evil disease.
Ecc 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he Wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is also vanity.
Ecc 12:7-8 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall returned to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity
1Ti 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded; nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Jas 1:10-11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
THE BIBLE HAS WARNINGS ABOUT THE FLEETINGNESS OF LIFE
Psa 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
Jas 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Psa 144:3-4 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
1Ch 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
TIME IS JUST A PUZZLE PIECE IN ETERNITY!!!
AND Our days are short and do quickly fade Job_14:2; Psa_90:9, Psa_102:11, Psa_144:4; Ecc_6:12; Isa_40:6-8; Jam_4:14
For we are aliens and strangers to this world. This world IS NOT our home!!!
We are merely pilgrims on a pilgrimage and sojourners in a foreign land. Gen_47:9; Psa_39:12, Psa_119:19; Heb_11:13-16; 1Pe_2:11 ; 1Pe_1:17
The Lord tells us in the sermon on the Mount that we are the salt and light of the world. This means He was telling us that this world is not our home. Matthew 5:13-16. 1Corinthians 15 gloriously proclaims the resurrection life that is to come for those who believe (trust, faith is not a force) on Jesus.
BUT UNBELIVERS ARE RESSURECTED TO DIE THE SECOND DEATH Rev. 20:6,14
1Pe 1:23-24 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
Therefore, “Mat 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The Lord is not concerned about big houses in this life. He is concerned that our pursuit of earthly riches in this life will cause us to miss out on the home He has prepared for us in Heaven. If I where to suffer for in abject poverty for a hundred thousand years in this life. It would not compare to the riches of His Eternal Kingdom
I THINK THE QUESTION IS,,,,, WILL YOU HAVE YOUR BEST LIFE NOW,,, OR LATER?
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TO YOUTUBER grinz2000:
The “Word of Faith” IS NOT THE GOSPEL / Todd Bentley is Word of Faith / Word of Faith IS WITCHCRAFT VEILED IN CHRISTIAN TERMS From Damon Whitsell, How2BecomeAChristian Apologetics Network
I had promised some friends that I had seen a video in which Todd Bentley had stated that he was highly influenced by Kenneth Hagin and hence was WoF also. I promised that I would send it to them when I found it again. I stumbled upon it today and the video is hosted by a WoF believer. THE VIDEO CLEARLY SHOWS BENTLEY IS WORD OF FAITH
In the comment section the owner of the channel grinz2000 was saying that Hank Hannegraph is “anti-supernatural”. THIS IS JUST NOT TRUE. And is both an ad hominum attack and a straw man LOGICAL FALLACY; only meant to try and discredit Hank’s exposure work against the WoF Movement.
So I informed grinz2000 that Hank is a continuationist/charismatic himself. So the accusation that Hannegraph is biased against the supernatural is just a lie and an gross misrepresentation of what the man says about himself. I am not a fan of Hank but I hate it when WoF’ers and charismatics in general try to paint people as “anti-supernatural” when that is just a straw man to dodge the issue. DISCREDIT THE ARGUMENT: NOT THE MAN
During our exchange in grinz2000’s comments. He or she said,,,,
“Hanegraaf is against the Word of faith.. he calls it the “counterfeit revival”…’They’.. label the ‘Word of faith’ as a ‘movement’…but the Gospel is the Word of Faith..according to the Apostle Paul Romans 10:8 (King James Version) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; To not receive the ‘Word of Faith’ is to reject the true Gospel and all the ‘called’ ministry gifts..which is rejecting the Lord himself.”
I SAY: Well she should get the book. Hank does not just speak about and call just the Word of faith Movement a “Counterfeit Revival”.
NOW IS THE WORD OF FAITH THE GOSPEL??? Clearly the answer is NO, NO, NO!!!
THE WORD OF FAITH IS WITCHCRAFT VEILED IN CHRISTIAN TERMS
Wof’ERS are the best at the art of taking scripture out of context (CONTEXTOMY) to eisegete (INSERT INTO) her preconceived notions (OPINIONS) into the text. The context is clearly the Resurrection which is the gospel. So mush so that the Apostle Paul said if the resurrection of Jesus is not true,, then our faith will not save us from our sins.
Rom 10:1-17 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, **THE WORD OF FAITH**, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. or with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
SAVING FAITH IS TRUST THAT JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR SINS. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE GOSPEL IS CLEARLY STATED. 1Co 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:
IT IS CLEAR THAT THOSE WHO PREACH “ANOTHER GOSPEL” ARE DOOMED TO HELL.
Gal 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
2Co 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
THE WORD OF FAITH IS WITCHCRAFT VEILED IN CHRISTIAN TERMS.
From my article Abracadabra, Presto and SHAZAAM,, YOUR HEALED of your Word of Faith Delusion,,, because I SAY SO By Damon Whitsell
STRAIGHT FROM THE WITCHES MOUTH Here is some text from a website on witchcraft.
“Mankind has always attempted to know the unknowable and control it by his own actions. At the same time, it was recognized that there were powers beyond his ability to control. Throughout history, certain people have been accepted as being better at controlling the powers that represent natural forces such as earthquake, wind, flood,fire and disease.
In some cases, these powers were named as gods or goddesses, at other times the forces themselves were named and summoned and controlled by the will of humans known as witches in modern day language.
The power possessed by a witch or shaman skilled in the art and working of witchcraft was assumed to be almost limitless. By saying certain words or power names in the correct manner and correct tone of voice, the witch could heal the ill, and cast out the evil spirits which caused pain and suffering in those who were diseased.
Inanimate nature also obeyed the words of witchcraft and even the creation of the world itself was through a spoken word. The words could tear the earth apart and make water pile up in a heap and even the sun could be stopped in its course by a word uttered in witchcraft.”
Witchcraft vs Christianity; Learn the similarities and differences of the two
“The differences between the Christian and witchcraft viewpoint is the difference between being citizens of a society which takes an active role to shape and mold the structure of society or subjects of a society which has the connotation of subordination to the larger group for the benefit of all.
A similar term with very different meanings between Christian and pagan understandings of the word is “self-control”. To those practicing witchcraft they believe that they are the one who has full control over the actions. They do not surrender to another except under very brief, special and voluntary circumstances. Self-control means taking charge, making all decisions relating to oneself, doing anything so long as it doesn’t hurt someone else.
The witch views control as the act of intentionally and positively directing the will toward the achievement of positive goals. The underlying assumption with the witch’s view of self control is that man is inherently valuable, and can achieve good and beneficial ends through the use of will power.”
EVEN WITCHES DON’T HAVE FAITH IN FAITH
“People who are just beginning witchcraft don’t have the understanding or the ability to actually practice medicine, but witchcraft is the belief system which is outstripping all others in popularity. It is expected that young people who are practicing witches may soon be preparing for degrees in medical fields and thus improve the chances of being healed through witchcraft as well as more mainstream means and medications.
Modern scientists have documented the term called the placebo effect. When some people receive healing from illnesses which in some cases are considered terminal illnesses after being given a pill made of sugar rather than the test drug, the healing is due to the placebo effect. Others would say that they were healed by faith, the patient believed that they would be healed due to the medication, and so they were healed, in spite of the fact that they received no medication. So, faith regardless of whether the faith comes from belief in the drug, belief in God or belief in witchcraft.”
A WICHES FAITH IS in WITCHRAFT. Not faith or God. There is no force called faith. Faith (trust) is only as good as the object of that faith.
An interesting study is to get a few bible dictionaries and do a word search on “God of forces” I have several books on demonology by Merrill F. Unger. He has a whole chapter devoted to the “God of forces” in one of them, so he might have a really good definition in his bible dictionary. I will look when I get more of my books out of storage.
MORE WORDS FROM WITCHES ABOUT THE POWER OF WORDS COMING TO THIS BLOG LATER
WHAT IS BAD IS THAT THE WORD OF FAITH TEACHERS KNOW THEY TEACH WITCHCRAFT!!!
Benny Hinn claims the Holy Spirit told him, “…that if witches and occultists can speak death by the supernatural power of words, then Christian can speak life and prosperity by the same power.” The Facts on the Faith Movement, J. Ankerberg & J. Weldon, Harvest House, 1993, p.23 Copyright ©2008
Benny Hinn: “Witches even..I mean..I’m not here to talk about witches but, but I’ll tell you this.“
Paul Crouch: “They..they under they know the secret.“
Benny Hinn: “,,,because see I had a witch tell me this. And I said what!? She said, listen to me, she said do you know that we are taught in witchcraft how to kill birds with words, and how to kill people with our mouth. I said what do you mean kill people? She said we are taught with words to bring disease on men. I said how? She said by speaking certain words (unintelligible) she said we can actually cause sickness that could very well kill.” Christianity in Crisis (audiobook), tape II, side 3.
COPELAND: Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and that’s when the action takes place because that is when the spiritual force is brought up out of the mouth – whether it be fear or whether it be faith – and when that spiritual force comes out, it is going to give substance to that image that is inside of you. People say, ‘that is that New Age visualization stuff’. The New Age is trying to do this. And they get somewhat results out of it because it is a spiritual law. (Believer’s Voice of Victory (television program), TBN, 28 March 1991.)
ALL WORD OF FAITHERS NEED TO REPENT AND FOLLOW THE TRUE GOSPEL!!!
YA’LL DON’T HAVE “THE FULL GOSPEL”. YA’LL HAVE A FOOLS GOSPEL!!!
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Most of my friends and folks thought that I was crazy for getting involved with the Word of Faith, but I wouldn’t listen to any of them. I was obsessed with faith and wanted to be so full of faith that I could move mountains. I had several ministers warn me that the teaching at RHEMA were out of balanced and dangerous but I believed in Kenneth Hagin and his visions.
Kenneth Hagin was a preacher and prophet that claimed to have been visited by Jesus Christ on at least eight occasions. At other times he was visited by Angles, went to Hell three times and up to the Throne Room of Almighty God. It has also been well documented that Kenneth Hagin plagiarized massive amounts of writings by EW Kenyon, who taught and mix of Christianity, Christian Science and New Age. I felt that if I went to RHEMA, that I would be around the Prophet of God and that I would become a giant of faith. I wanted control of my life and circumstances. I felt that RHEMA was the greatest place on the planet.
I left the Birmingham Police Department with my early retirement pension and rented my house out and moved to Tulsa. My whole two and a half years in Tulsa cost me around thirty grand in expenses and tuition. It was a terrible time as far as money goes, and it didn’t feel to good to watch teachers and pastors driving around in Lexus and luxury vehicles all of the time.
RHEMA was a very strange place to attend church and school. I always had to battle offense and the willie jillies. The place felt wrong on the inside. It was all about faith, submitting to authority, and money. We sang about money. There were faith emblems and faith flower beds and even a gigantic faith shield on the roof that you could see from miles away.
I had come from a background of having been through Marine boot camp at Parris Island, and I had also been through the Police Academy. RHEMA was just as strict. They had more rules than a prison camp. They had ushers with walkie talkies every where, armed security, and they would not let you use the bath room during offering time. I was constantly being rebuked and fussed at. We had to have special stickers on our cars so that we could be spotted if we were at places that we shouldn’t be in. We had all kinds of dress codes and rules to abide by. If you were one second late, you got sent to admissions.
I only took one class on prosperity the whole two years, but prosperity was preached night and day. I became an expert on tithing. I heard way more about the tithe than I ever did about the cross. Some of the instructors were rude and harsh and some of them were really awesome. It was an unwritten rule that we could not ask questions during class. One time a black lady got fussed at for saying amen too much. They taught us that there was one specific dance in the Spirit, and that all other dancing was flesh. They were into the Holy Laughter thing real big when I was there, but they would also kick you out of class for laughing too much. They would also take of running during the church services and classes and do speed laps till they fell out, but you could also be kicked out of the service at other times.
Kenneth Hagin was to RHEMA what Brigham Young is to BYU. We held him in high regard and he was treated with the upmost of respect. He would tell us hours of stories and spend hours telling us his visions. Here I was at RHEMA, sitting at the very feet of God’s anointed prophet! I even shook hands with him a few times.
I will say this honestly. I never felt a lick of love there except from two instructors. It was very controlling, very rigid, and extremely legalistic. It was like being in boot camp in many ways.
Many RHEMA grads go onto to start churches and duplicate everything that RHEMA was. There are hundreds of Word of Faith churches all over the world that are cookie cutters of RHEMA. I have been to many of them over the years. I have been screamed at by one of their directors for asking questions. There are many grads out there pastoring the same way they were handled at RHEMA. I call it mirroring. Kenneth Hagin claimed that he was a prophet and told many horror stories that scared us. There was much teaching on submission and obedience.
As I look back on my fourteen years of living in that culture and atmosphere, and can now see where I was spiritually abused and manipulated. I can see that I spent fourteen years in legalism and fear. I was brainwashed with a different message than the one found in the Gospel. It was a terrible experience. I am still in the healing and restoration process. It will take a lot of time.
I get emails from RHEMA grads all the time that had the same problems and experiences. For a long time I thought that I was the only one. Now I correspond with RHEMA grads on a daily basis. There is even a large church in Tulsa that is starting a recovery group for RHEMA grads! That is awesome. There are thousands of people that have left the Word of Faith that need help and time to heal. Many of them will no longer go to any kind of church. These people need our love and prayers.
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Today Leonard taught about proper Bible interpretation. I had been using faulty Bible interpretation and teaching as a Charismatic Word of Faith pastor for years. I had learned to preach at RHEMA from Kenneth Hagin and his personally trained teachers. So of course I followed after their way of reading and teaching the Bible.
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You’re known by the company you keep, or so my mother always told me. When I read that Dr. Frederick Price was stepping aside, my first thought was that I hoped his son was more Biblically accurate than his father. But seeing that the keynote speaker for the evening is Creflo Dollar, I’m not thinking that will be possible.
In the article posted below, notice that Price goes by the title, “apostle.” My answer to that is unless he has seen Jesus face to face, and walked with him bodily, he’s Frederick K. Price. I’ll reserve the title of “apostle” for people who actually qualify… Peter and Paul, just to name two.
To read the article, please click here.
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I wonder if he has a legal leg to stand on? They’ll do anything to keep the salaries hidden from public eye view. Kenneth Copeland’s ministry is a non-profit organization, yet he refuses to be transparent to his donors or tax officials. That sends up massive red flags.
Copeland will take people’s money, but won’t tell them what he’s doing with it. Interesting.
Check it out:
Kenneth Copeland Ministries is fighting back against the Tarrant Appraisal District in a bid to win tax exemption for its $3.6 million jet.
In late January, the ministry filed a lawsuit alleging that the district had engaged in religious discrimination and had violated the U.S. and Texas constitutions by denying the exemption.
At issue is the ministry’s refusal to disclose to the district salaries of directors and employees, including Copeland, his wife and other ministers. The information is required for the exemption, district officials say. Source.
The apostle Paul said that those who preach the gospel should make their living from the gospel. Their living. I have no problem with a preacher receiving a salary. But, Paul never said that you could twist or pervert God’s Word to fleece money off of people so that you can live an extravagant lifestyle. Copeland would have you believe it is God who is prospering him, but God didn’t give him that money… he stole it off of the sick, wounded, financially destitute, and desperate. They took the money from their pockets, and put it into his pockets. Get it? The money didn’t come from heaven, it came from people. What people like Copeland won’t tell you is that the reason he is successful is because he has a biblically illiterate audience who are willing to give him their money. When he says God will return your offering ten, twenty, or one-hundred fold, he forgets to mention that if you don’t have the same dynamic he has (i.e. a large audience willing to give you money), you won’t make money. You put it into Copeland’s coffers, it’s gone!
Think about it! Are you going to give money to God only to get money in return? Or, are you going to give money to ministries who send out missionaries who preach the gospel in order that souls will be saved? Is this about your bank account, or lost souls?
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This is from Fox News:
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — A man shot and killed himself in front of a cross inside televangelist Robert H. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral on Wednesday as a nearby volunteer told a group of visitors about the church’s suicide-prevention program, police and church officials said.
The man handed a note and his driver’s license to two ushers, walked to the cross and then shot himself in the head as he appeared to be praying, Senior Pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz said.
And also this:
There have been two other shootings at the church in recent years.
In December 2004, Crystal Cathedral Orchestra conductor Johnnie Carl, 57, killed himself at the complex after a standoff that began when he opened fire in offices before a Christmas pageant. He had been hospitalized for severe depression.
Also that year, a man was wounded by a plainclothes police officer in the cathedral parking lot. Authorities said the man was meeting his mother, but the officer didn’t know they were related and intervened in what he thought was an argument. Source.
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According to Juanita Bynum, no one will listen to a broke preacher. I guess that disqualifies the apostles. But, they don’t preach the gospel handed down through the apostles anyway… their theology is about money, not about Christ Jesus.
In this video you will see typical Word of Faith doctrine. Bynum says the Holy Spirit needs a big mouth, and when He opens His mouth it needs to be filled with money. In other words (according to Bynum’s theology), the Holy Spirit needs money and property for His voice to be heard in society. I would like to see a Scripture reference for that!
Does this sicken you? Word of Faith theology is not about Christ Jesus and Him crucified. It’s about money – filthy lucre. I submit, they have their reward.
It’s a shame that this world is the only heaven some people will know. (Thanks to J. Vernon McGee for that little snippet of wisdom.)
The hypnotic and controlling effect ministers have over people who put too much faith in them is quite alarming. If you want to see how susceptible and gullible people are, fast forward to the 6:05 minute mark. When Bynum tells the people to start running, you guessed it…they start running. From there on out, it’s bedlam. People start running, rolling, jumping, twirling, high stepping, running into each other, and more or less, taking leave of their common senses. They’re running because of financial prosperity, not because Jesus is alive and on the throne at the right hand of the Father, not because their sins are forgiven. This can not and will not happen to Biblically grounded, spirit led Christians who put their trust in the truth of God’s Word. When people put more faith in the heretic in the pulpit than they do in God’s truth, the only thing that can result is complete blindness and deception.
The below video is from 1998, from a service held at Rod Parsley’s World Harvest church. Why post a video from 1998? That’s old news! Well, it’s really quite simple… people still follow this woman, calling her a mighty prophet of God. But, looking back at her history you can tell much about the woman behind the microphone. Her background isn’t in solid Biblical truth… it’s in Word of Faith heresy.
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I don’t know whether the crowd at Yankee Stadium was gathered to hear Joel Osteen, or to see the new stadium, but one thing is certain… the world does not want to hear the offense of the cross of Christ, and you can be sure they didn’t hear it from Osteen.
The world loves it’s own, and because we are not of the world, the world will not hear us. Only those whose hearts are touched and led by the Spirit will listen to the life-changing and sanctifying message of the gospel.
In this article, it’s made plain that Osteen didn’t seek out Yankee Stadium, they came searching for him.
The Osteen’s did not contact the Yankee’s looking for a place to preach, instead the Yankees were looking for a preacher.
“They asked us and we felt very honored,” Osteen said.
The choice of the preacher made sense. Osteen’s message to people is all about victory. (Online Source)
Interesting, huh? Could you imagine them inviting Paul Washer or John MacArthur to deliver a sermon? Nah, they would actually preach sin, and that would be too offensive.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
The world loves Joel Osteen. He isn’t the least bit offensive, and his message bears absolutely no threat to the lost sinners among them. He looks nothing like the picture Scripture paints of a true messenger of the gospel:
Mt 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
I ponder the relationship preachers like Joel Osteen have with the world. The world embraces Osteen wholeheartedly, and find soothing words of encouragement, and promises of hope that can guide them in living their best life now. But, I ask you…do you really want to live your best life now, in a fleshly body, in a life full of heartache and pain? Life is like a vapor, here one moment and then it’s gone. Eternity is, well, eternal. Many, in trying to satisfy the lusts of the flesh, turn to a false gospel that sometimes has earthly dividends, but will reap no eternal reward.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
When the world loves the message we bring, we need to consider that it is because we are preaching a worldly message, not the Word of God handed down from Heaven.
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Anyone who has a precursory knowledge of Word of Faith and it’s heretical theology has heard of the “Jesus died spiritually doctrine,” which is also known as the “Jesus was born again in Hell” doctrine. It is very popular among teachers such as the late Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Frederick Price, and Creflo Dollar. They maintain that it wasn’t Jesus’ death on the cross that was sufficient for our salvation. They claim Jesus had to take on the nature of Satan, go to Hell, and be born again. If this sounds like blasphemy, that’s because it is.
Here are several quotes:
“Physical death would not remove our sins. He tasted death for every man – spiritual death. Jesus is the first person ever to be born again. Why did HIS spirit need to be born again? Because it was estranged from God.” (”The Name Of Jesus”, Kenneth E. Hagin, pp. 29-30.)]
“Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross? If that were the case, the two thieves could have paid your price. No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God … Satan and all the demons of hell thought that they had Him bound and they threw a net over Jesus and dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence.” (“Ever Increasing Faith Message”, Frederick K. Price, June 1980 Audio). [emphasis mine]
“It wasn’t the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin … anybody could do that.” (What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost, Kenneth Copeland) [emphasis mine]
“Every prophet that walked the face of the earth under the Abrahamic covenant could have paid the price if it were a physical death only” “When He said ‘It is finished’ on that cross, He was not speaking of the plan of redemption. The plan of redemption had just begun; there were still three days and three nights to be gone through.” “[Jesus] accepted the sin nature of Satan in His own Spirit, and at the moment that He did so, He cried ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’.” “He [Jesus] was down in that pit and there he suffered the punishment for three horrible days and nights for Adam’s treason … There is a new birth takes place in the very depths of the earth, when the command of God says ‘That’s enough, loose him and let him go’.” (What Happened from the Cross to the Throne, Kenneth Copeland) (Online Source #1) (Online Source #2) [emphasis mine]
This is what Hagin, Price, and Copeland says, but what does God’s Word say?
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say , whether things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–
Ya know, I highly doubt that Copeland, Hagin, and others take the time to read this passage, or to literally consider what it says. They couldn’t possibly, because it completely destroys their whole theology that the physical death of Jesus on the cross was not enough to atone for our sins. If that was the case, Jesus just could have killed over dead and saved Himself the agony and humiliation of the cross, since it was in Hell that Jesus performed His saving work anyway. Heresy wreaks, wouldn’t you agree?
But, don’t you just love it when the Word of God clearly obliterates heresy?
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Kenneth Hagin heals someone from a “short leg”
WANT TO KNOW HOW HAGIN DOES HIS TRICKERY
IT IS SO SAD that Word of Faith people will line up to proclaim Hagin a “true man of God” when he was nothing but a con artist.
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False Teachers of The Word of Faith
(Gal. 1:9- “As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”)
Last week we began with Paul speaking to the Galatian church about how false teachers had crept into the church there and had polluted the Gospel message with error. The false teachers and preachers had infiltrated from within and disguised as Christian teachers and preachers had added “improvements” to the gospel message making it not the gospel at all but heresy (grossly false doctrine). Today I want us to look at one of the fastest growing cults within the church. This false movement is called the “Word-Faith Movement” or “Word of Faith Movement” (hereafter will be WoF). You might know some of the names of the false teachers I name today but most importantly we will expose the lies they espouse as gospel.
I. Cultic/Occultic Origins(2 Tim. 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”) – You may not be familiar with the name Word-Faith or Word of Faith movement but you might have heard of some of it’s teachers/preachers: Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Robert Tilton, Creflo Dollar, John Avanzini, Eddie Long, Marilyn Hickey, T.D. Jakes, Juanita Bynum, Fred Price, Rod Parsley, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle, Paul Crouch (TBN), Charles Capps, Leroy Thompson, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Joel Osteen, Pat Robinson, R.W. Schambach, Myles Munroe.
The WoF movement did not start overnight, but began in the early 1900’s with a man named E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon was greatly influenced by New Thought founder Phineas Quimby (his false teachings are the basis for the cult called Christian Science started by Mary Baker Eddy; early New Age beliefs). E.W. Kenyon went to Emerson College of Oratory in Boston which was a breeding ground at the time for the newly emerging New Thought cult. New Thought claimed to have discovered laws of faith, advancing a Christianized version of their occult teaching.
With these cultic/occultic teachings Kenyon would mix and blend it in with orthodox Christian doctrine to create the false, peculiar beliefs that became the WoF. So we see then cultic/occultic roots of WoF and now let’s look who brought into the present. The man who was most influential in spreading this heresy into the 20th and 21st century is Kenneth Hagin. And his disciples and devotees affectionately call him “Dad” Hagin. “Dad” Hagin died in 2003 but the heresy of the WoF keeps rolling on even stronger today. But what do you ask is the false teachings of the WoF.
II. WoF False Doctrines – (1 Tim 4:1- “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”)-
1. Faith in Faith– The primarily false teaching of the WoF’ers is that a Christian by their faith can make God do anything. In the WoF they put their faith in their ‘faith’. To them faith is a force that we use to make God heal us and keep us healthy or make God make us rich and get us all that we desire. WoF say faith is the stuff God made the earth, the universe, and even humans according to the WoF false teachers. They twist the scripture in Heb. 11:1 (in the KJV)- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…”; this proves to them that faith is a substance that allows God to be a slave for you, to make him create the world that you want and desire, to be healthy, wealthy, and master of your own life. The WoF heresy is nothing more than Christianized humanism that we are in control because God is not and that only saved man can allow God to work in the world and we activate God by the law and force of faith but we will get to more of that later. The truth of Hebrew 1:1 is that the archaic terms of the KJV is not very understandable to us, so the better translation of ‘substance’ here is the word ‘assurance’ (NASB). True faith is the assurance that the promises of God never fail, it is human beings trusting in a God they cannot see, to do things that He has promised. To the WoF teachers faith is the substance that we get what we desire, even God has to have faith because faith is the source of God’s power. And this leads us to our next WoF false teaching, positive confession.
2. Positive Confession– This is the WoF belief that we have what we confess because words are the containers of faith. For example, if we speak positive confessions of healing and quote bible verses (even taken out of context) then the force of faith is activated and healing and health will eventually be manifested to you but you must keep on positively confessing in order to stay healed or if your broke it will make you rich if you use the same formula of faith: confess or speak it, believe it, and receive it because God is obligated to do so because we use faith and confession. Because the WoF God used the same formula when He made the universe because to them He spoke (and visualized) it in the beginning when He said, “Let there be…” and of course He had to believe it would happen because it came into existence, for every faith-filled word that He spoke. But there is a drawback to confession because if there is a positive confession there must be a negative confession. Positive confession works off of faith and it attracts God’s power to work on the our behalf to make us rich and well, while negative confession is fear that attracts the Devil to allow him to make us sick and poor. They say our words are so powerful that we attract sickness like cancer and even death if we just accidentally utter a negative confession like “My head is killing me” when we have a headache because it could cause us to die of a brain tumor or a brain hemorrhage. The WoF teacher has the answer to reverse the curse by only having us utter positive things even though our bodies may tell us we’re sick, we are to ignore and deny the symptoms and confess we’re fine, we’re well, we’re healed, and free of pain and to quote over and over “by His stripes we are healed” or twist some other scripture with the word ‘healing’ in it to suit our need of confession. (Side note: If you ignore symptoms of being sick and deny them it won’t make you well no matter how much you confess you are healed, symptoms are God’s built in warning system that something is wrong and needs attention.) Contrary to the beliefs of the WoF movement sickness and poverty is not the individual’s results of each person’s sin. It is a part of this cursed and fallen creation we are born into without choice. It is not sinful to be sick or poor (which is what they teach; K.Copeland: “Poverty is an evil spirit”; J. Hagee: “Poverty is caused by sin and disobeying the Word of God.”). They need to be informed that it is sinful to be spiritually sick and spiritually poor believing the heretical teachings of the WoF movement and living selfishly (Rev 3:16,17- “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked”) that is their spiritual state.
3. Little Gods: Man Promoted, God Demoted– A hallmark of any cult is to alter the truth about the Godhead and specifically undermine the person and work of Jesus Christ. The WoF does this as well, not only do they demote God but they promote man to a “little god” (they spell it with a little ‘g’). They promote the same lie as Satan hissed in the Garden, “You will be like God”. How do they get to the place to say that man is a “little god”? Well many of the WoF teachers believe that when God created man in His image and likeness that He made a “little god”. Their flawed reasoning to think this let me quote Joyce Meyer, “If you as human being have a baby, you call it human kind. If cattle have another cattle, they call it cattle-kind. I mean what’s God supposed to call us? Doesn’t the Bible say we’re created in His image? Now, you understand, I’m not saying you are a God with a capital ‘G’” (“Joyce Meyer-Little Gods” http://www.you tube.com/watch?v=7Y4eVu2oxP8). We are left with no doubt about what she is saying and the rest of the WoF teachers all mirror the same belief like Kenneth Copeland (“You don’t have a god in you, you are one!”; “The Force of Love”, Audiotape, 1987), Creflo Dollar (“You’re not a sinner saved by grace, your sons and daughters of the Most High God. You are gods!”; “Changing Your World”, April 17, 2002), and there are too many to quote but say and believe the same thing, they are gods. They believe when God made man (the “little gods”) that He gave man dominion over the earth and their belief about dominion was that man was a god over this world. But when the Devil deceived Adam and Eve well that defaulted man’s title over earth and gave it to Satan who became god of this world. God then was locked out from doing anything on earth and in the affairs of mankind. And God’s avenue back into this earth was through man and He found it in Abraham. The WoF teach that because Abraham and other people of faith gave God permission to act on the earth. They teach that their poor WoF God finally had access to earth and man finally had access to God. How twisted the WoF teachings are, man is deified and God is humanized and the devil is on an equal playing field with God and man is in control and allows God to work. How that false, evil belief is shattered by this verse about the sovereignty of God (Dan 4:35 – All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?”). God is in control and we aren’t, thank God.
4. Spiritual Death of Jesus– How could any God-fearing, saved Christian man or woman believe that there is any other redemption or salvation other than the suffering and death of Christ on the cross. Well, the WoF false teachers do it again. According to them, Jesus paid for our sins not on the cross but in the very pit of hell itself they falsely claim Christ had to die spiritually and burn in hell to save us. I will quote one of the popular WoF teachers, “if you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on the cross? If that were the case, the two thieves could have paid your price.” (Fred Price; ‘Ever Increasing Faith Messenger, pg.120). This is believed and repeated by all the WoF teachers from Kenneth Copeland to Joel Osteen, from Joyce Meyers to Paula White, and Benny Hinn to T.D. Jakes. But Galatians 6:14 gladly says this, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”. We can boast only in the suffering, shed blood, and death of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and nothing else.
III. Things to Consider– This is just a small part of the false, cultic teachings of the WoF. It seems that I’m making this up and surely Christians don’t believe this fractured fairytale. They push these false teachings anywhere and through any outlet they can where they can make a buck and fleece the sheep. Irregardless if their false promises for healing kill someone because going to the doctor or taking medicine is sneered at for a “lack of faith” or if people have fallen on hard times or born into poverty their seen as sinful by these false brethren and tell those who have been deceived by them that if there sick or poor, it is because it’s their fault. These false teachers will have a fearful end. The Apostle Paul pronounced upon them anathema, destruction, false teachers will face the wrath of God and will receive their reward at the Great White Throne Judgment. Remember Jesus’ warning, Matt. 24:4, Stay true to the truth of God’s word and false teachers will easily be seen.
This is true, but I would add a word of caution. Note that another truth is brainwashing cometh by hearing and hearing. Be sure that as you are endeavoring to listen and study the word of God, that you aren’t actually being brainwashed by men.
My husband and I have recently realized that we were willingly and actively being brainwashed by constantly listening to recorded sermons and also reading certain books over and over again. Imagine: No one came to our house and held us captive to brainwash us. We pursued the brainwashing!
By all means possible, seek truth, but under no circumstances, believe what a man tells you just because of whom he says he is.
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Every new year at our church, our pastor would preach a sermon called, “Write the Vision”. He read from Habakkuk chapter 2, encouraging each person to write down a list of goals or things he/she wanted to see happen in his/her life.
From the very first days at my Word of Faith church, I took to heart much of what I was learning and had a growing vision for my family that included homeschool, missions, and ministry in general. I was building my life on the hope that that vision would become a reality. Church wasn’t just church for me. It was a new way of life and the start of my family embarking on God’s calling on our lives. I had such confidence in the direction we were going. I felt such optimism. I believed that our lives were actually going to count and that not only could we raise children that would come to personally know Jesus as savior, but also that we could impact the world and change the course of history.
Of course, the plan majored on my children. I had an intense desire to homeschool them to be independent thinkers and have stellar character. This plan to homeschool was dependent upon the church to be our social outlet.
Another component of this vision was ministry, specifically missions. The plan was not just me and/or my husband but the entire family taking the Gospel to a lost and dying world. We would bring living bread to dying souls. The children could see how the rest of the world lives outside of the pop culture bubble that is America. It was a call my husband and I heard very clearly-on more than one occasion.
The calling was intertwined with our work in the church. We thought the mission opportunities would arise as we volunteered in various departments of ministry.
I had confidence that I could believe that God would bring all these things to pass. Every time I began to sense the slightest worry about what would become of my children, I would go back to the things I had written down. I would quote scriptures and pray. I was so thankful to have a hope and a future for my kids. But, gradually, my plans began to crumble.
The social network and support I had been counting never materialized. We didn’t have a lot of money which meant the kids didn’t “fit in”. Camaraderie and emotional connections never grew. But, I thought, no worries! I’ll try harder…but it was to no avail. Then the final and most devastating blow came.
We found out that our “pastor” was a covetous liar, hungry for money and covering up the truth. We left our “church”.
We then set out on the intimidating task of finding a new church. After a year and a half, we think we have found one. The problem? It’s tiny. There are no peers for my kids. So, I am going to have to abandon homeschooling and enroll them in public school.
The point of this post is try to communicate to people how someone can become invested in something so twisted as the Word of Faith and why the aftermath can be so devastating. Our entire life’s plans fell when we discovered the truth about our “pastor”.
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EW Kenyon was the founder of the Word of Faith. He taught extensively on positive confession, but died from a massive malignant tumor.
Kenneth Hagin plagiarized much of Kenyons writings and also taught extensively on Divine health and positive confession of the Word. He died of a massive heart attack.
EW Kenyon was heavily influenced by the New Age and Christian Science teachings of his day, and his writings are full of catch phrases and definitions from the Eastern religions and cults.
EW Kenyon taught that Jesus went to Hell after he died on the cross. According to this doctrine, the Blood of Jesus was not sufficient. A proper rendering of the Greek words for Hell in regards to the death of Jesus would be translated as grave.
Kenneth Hagin preached a mixture of Kenyon’s New Thought and his own claimed visions of Jesus. Hagin claimed that Jesus Christ appeared to him on eight occasions in which he received hours of one on one instruction on faith, healing and other doctrines. This is in direct violation of Galatians 1:6-9
Kenneth Hagin claimed that during a trip to Heaven, that Jesus laid hands on him and transferred a special healing anointing, and that if people believed in that anointing that they would be healed. Hagin’s sister died of cancer, his brother-in-law died of cancer, his wife was sick for years, and his grandson had medical treatment for a brain tumor. Many of his students have died of cancer and other diseases.
Kenneth Hagin claimed that Jesus said that when Hagin was speaking out of the Spirit, that if people did not receive what was said, that they would die. This is nothing but spiritual control and manipulation.
Charles Capps, another Word of Faith teacher, that specializes in positive confession of the Word, has had to wear thick eye glasses for years. It is reported that his wife had to have a major organ transplant.
Numerous Word of Faith teachers are under Senate investigation because of their extravagant lifestyles which are financed through seed faith offerings.
Kenneth Copeland, another prominent Word of Faith teacher, has had to cancel meetings because of health issued. He is refusing to cooperate to with the Senate even though he has taught extensively on submission to authority.
Many Word of Faith churches are very controlling and teach the tithe far more than they do the cross. many Word of Faith people are living in a state of continuous fear because they believe that whatever they will say will come to pass.
The Word of Faith teaches that believers can create and change their circumstances by mixing their words with faith.
The Word of Faith teaches that God no longer can do anything upon the earth because He has put Man in charge.
The Word of Faith teaches that we were healed by the stripes of Jesus on Calvary. If this were true then everyone would automatically be healed at the moment of salvation. Word of Faith teaches that man should have a lifespan of 120 years. Kenneth Hagin told a crowd of 7,000 people that he would live to be 135 years old. He died the next year.
The Word of Faith takes hundreds of scriptures out of context to build their doctrines. They use Old Testament promises to Israel to promise health, wealth and total victory for the Church.
If you used a computer word counter, the tithe would be mentioned far more than repentance or Calvary. That is because the Word of Faith is obsessed with money and materialism.
The Word of Faith uses many of the same formulas as does witchcraft and New Age.
The Word of Faith preachers constantly report incredible miracle healings as a result of their prayers, but the fact is that there are no healings that do not involve medical treatments. A true miracle is when someone is healed instantly of a serious organic disease or injury without the aid of medicine.
The Word of Faith is full of teachers such as Mike Murdock which tell people that if they will send money that God will send miracles.
The Word of Faith is obsessed with faith. It is a religious system that is based on works and formulas that do not work. Word of Faith churches have just as many people die of sickness as any other denomination. Word of Faith people suffer the same afflictions as other believers all over the world. Word of Faith people promise Divine protection, but die in plane crashes, car accidents and other tragedies just like other believers do.
The Word of Faith message is that man is in control of his destiny. It is Humanism. It is the Gospel of me, myself and I.
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NOTE: This is a continuation of the Wolves in Wool Series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts)
As it has been demonstrated that an apostasy must precede the tribulation, and an utter “anti-gospel” is to be the characteristic of a singular religious system during the great tribulation, it only stands to reason that one may trace the roots of the former apostasy to the latter full-fledged abomination which is spawned from it. As noted, I cannot positively contend that our current growing apostasy in Christendom is indeed the apostasy which scripture warns will precede the day of the Lord. Yet, I am compelled to examine such possibilities.
If a man, for example, sincerely believes his life to be in danger by one of his associates, he would surely watch for signs of such growing antagonism toward himself. He may become quite paranoid, in fact, and pre-occupied with an investigation concerning the possible playing out of his fears. I do not desire to become paranoid nor to anxiously accuse every false theological principle as a precursor to the coming worship of Antichrist. Yet, I do wish to heed Jesus’ own warnings concerning our need to be watching for the proper signs of such coming events.
Matthew 24:32-33 (NIV)
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Indeed, as the leaves are a sign of summer, apostasy will be a sign of the advent of the day of the Lord. While I am not certain that this present apostasy is “the” final warning sign of pending tribulation, I do find plenty of scriptural indication that it indeed may be. As such, I’m compelled to evaluate the possible threads of further degradation of these current apostate movements and ask the question, “how may these current renegade trends lend themselves to a future disintegration into the final blasphemous religion of Antichrist?”
The Destination of the Emergent Path
Beginning with the liberal Emergent movement, one trend that can easily find itself an ally in the hands of Satan as preparation for Ecclesiastical Babylon is the massive shift toward universalist beliefs in Emergent practice. It seems that the crux of Emergent theology is to be kinder and less dogmatic in the application of Christian theology. For a group which claims disdain for systematic theology they are doing an exceptional job of re-writing it in their own image. Among other things, soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) is being increasingly re-cast in this movement to be something which does not demand an affiliation with Christ. In fact, it seems that Emergent soteriology doesn’t even necessarily demand one to believe in Christ at all.
McLaren claims that people can be a follower of Jesus while sharing their religious affection with false gods.
…I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherence to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many(not all!)circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts.
Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan), 2004, page 260.
Alan Jones relegates Jesus to a position among “all great spiritual teachers” as he notes,
“Jesus is the way to a new kind of life. Jesus and Buddha have this in common with all great spiritual teachers– to make human beings more conscious of themselves, to get to be more real.”
Alan Jones, Reimagining Christianity, p. 194
And Rob Bell at least honestly describes his (shared) views in terms of a universal nature of the gospel.
“So this reality, this forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. Paul insisted that when Jesus died on the cross he was reconciling ‘all things, in heaven and on earth, to God. This reality then isn’t something we make true about ourselves by doing something. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or cling to a reality of our own making.”
– Velvet Elvis p. 146
He later articulates more fully, “If the gospel isn’t good news for everybody, then it isn’t good news for anybody” (p. 167).
If one can follow Christ, Buddah or Hindu gods and yet still be assured salvation, what motivation is there for anyone to resist whatever “new” doctrines Oprah is teaching this week? What motivation should prevent them from joining in with Antichrist when he calls for the allegiance of man? Such is the heart and soul of the false gospel of universalism. The Jesus of their minds (and only of their minds) is one who requires no repentance- even from those who reject him outright and serve other gods. Indeed, their attempt to make the gospel “relevant” has landed them in a place where any and all religious practices are acceptable, providing that the proponents of such practices are “doing what Jesus did.” Bell notes,
“Jesus tells a parable about the kind of people who will live with God forever. It is a story of judgment, of God evaluating the kind of lives people have lived. First he deals with the ‘righteous’, who gave food to the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the prisoner. These are the kind of people who spend forever with God. Jesus measures their eternal standings in terms of not what they said or believed but how they lived, specifically in regard to the hell around them”
-Velvet Elvis (p. 148).
In this understanding, one’s beliefs are irrelevant to his salvation. While Bell does attempt to leave some wiggle room in his writings that he can claim not to be universalist, in the end it is clear that Emergents simply do not equate salvation with the name of Christ alone. If not everyone is saved in this weird theology, at least anyone can be- without submission to the Lordship of Christ, or even believing on him. Bell’s eternal “standings” are appropriated “in terms of not what they said or believed but how they lived.”
This view, of course, has led to the new ecumenicism between this group and all others who are willing. Indeed, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Baha’i, Wiccan, and anyone else need not worry about the content of their creeds, but only the actions which are deemed as living rightly. As noted, Emergents pride themselves for the adoption of the religious practices of other groups, such as transcendental meditation, which has found its way into every major world religion. As such, new bonds of fellowship are now being established between mutually exclusive religions, serving to systematically destroy all lines of division which formerly existed between these groups. As Jones so kindly notes,
“Our first task in reimagining religion, then, is to move from the narrowly tribal, where our story is the only story, to a wider definition of “tribe” that can embrace stories other than our own, told by people who are different from us.”
Reimagining Christianity, Page 16
As this discourse on Emergent practice has unfolded, then, it has been demonstrated that they embrace the teachings, practices and beliefs of other religions with open arms. They have no doctrinal issues with paganism, believing that all can be saved without confessing the lordship of Christ. They indeed have a new fellowship with the proponents of other gods. And, all of this new fellowship is now neatly bonded together by the glue of mystic practice.
With Emergents fully enslaved by transcendental meditation, they have indeed increased the strength of their ecumenicism with every idolatry imaginable. And, this is seen as a good thing, being viewed as a sort of common ground with these who reject Christ.
Paul unconditionally disagreed as he noted,
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (NIV)
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
The apostle mandates that a yoke of such fellowship is not to be entered into with those who do not believe in Christ. He affirms rhetorically that there is no fellowship which can be obtained with paganism. He quotes God’s own command from the law, affirming it as an enduring New covenant principle, “come out from them and be separate…and I will receive you.”
Yet, as Tony Campolo sees it,
…a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God, which seem at odds with their own spiritual traditions but have much in common with each other. Tony Campolo, Speaking My Mind , p.149
I don’t know what to make of the Muslim mystics, especially those who have come to be known as the Sufis. What do they experience in their mystic experiences? Could they have encountered the same God we do in our Christian mysticism?…The founder of this movement was Hasan Al Basri (A.D. 642-728)…[Basri’s] attempt to bring about religious reform very much paralleled the path of Francis [of Assisi], both in style and spiritual direction. Both men sensed a sacred presence in everything and claimed to have experienced a mystical union with God.
P. 149, 150
In the end, this new spiritual alliance is quite well poised to lead a lost world into the welcoming arms of Antichrist. Supposed “Christians” are now teaching that anyone can be saved within the confines of their own religious system, and without having to take any actions of allegiance toward Christ whatsoever. They are teaching that “to do the things Jesus did” is synonymous with “following Christ.” As such, any religious order which, for example, feeds the hungry, is easily able to ascribe themselves to this guaranteed salvation. Couple that with every major world religion now engaging in massive experimentation with mystic meditational practices in which participants “hear from God” while voices of demons guide them into “new” revelations. The end result is a religious soup in which all are simply free to believe and do as they choose in light of their new fellowship of acceptance.
In light of this continually merging religiosity of our times, one can see how easily the text of Revelation 13 can be brought to fruition.
Revelation 13:11-15 (NIV)
11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
This false prophet will draw the entire world worship Antichrist by performing great and miraculous signs. What better mechanism than the current state of growing religious ecumenicism to support such a truly global acquiescence of a one world religion.
Revelation 13:8 (NIV)
8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
The Destination of the Word of Faith
While the Word of Faith movement is not inclined to such obvious fellowship (at least yet) with paganism, they are certainly establishing themselves as solid candidates for acclimation into the new world religious order of Antichristianity. As noted earlier in this series, their “ready to believe you” attitude concerning just about every strange doctrine spoken by anyone wearing an Armani suit will certainly not help them to detect a false christ when they see one. Let’s face it: if they believe Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo (give me a) Dollar they’ll believe anyone. They have literally been trained to do precisely that by a never-ending host of arrogant spiritual superstars.
For decades the collective congregation of Word of Faith-ers has been taught several things which will come in quite handy for an up and coming new world deceiver. Among others, they have been taught to readily receive “revelation knowledge” without resistance. When Benny turns his head, squints his eyes and says, “I’m getting revelations from the Lord,” they are poised to hear and obey without question. There is no outcry for scripture to affirm such revelations, as has clearly been demonstrated in this series. All that is needed is the promise of some grand spiritual benefit and perhaps some stage antics which feign “the movement of God.” To date, the best that Team TBN has had to offer are some people falling on themselves on Benny’s stage or perhaps barking like dogs when Todd Bentley screams obscenities at them. What will such a gullible audience do in response to the incredible demonic prowess of the false prophet?
Revelation 13:13 notes that he (the false prophet) will have the ability to call fire down from heaven. Verse 15 notes that he will cause an idol of Antichrist to come to life and speak! By whatever means people fall and quiver while Benny’s man-handlers assist, it will be of no comparison to the supernatural call to worship of Antichrist. Couple such depths of demonic power with Antichrist’s own utterance of “revelation knowledge” and this group will be instantly converted.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV)
4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
The “new revelation” of this day will be Antichrist’s claim to be God in the flesh. He will assume the counterfeit role and identity of Christ having returned to the earth, as Jesus warned.
Matthew 24:15-25 (NIV)
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
What on earth will dissuade people who have been subjected to decades of unverifiable revelation knowledge from believing such proclamations from Antichrist – miracles included? The Word of Faith wolves have played an exceptionally key role in the preparation of the soil for this final abomination.
Moreover, the WoF visionaries have established power and success as key components by which a supposed man of God is to be distinguished. Their false claims are continually focused on God’s desire for his people to be powerful, wealthy, and able to perform any actions which their own word of faith can envision and “speak into reality.” How will such a deceived mass of people respond when the new TV preacher can literally rise himself from the dead?
Revelation 13:3-4 (NIV)
3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”
Antichrist may very well be viewed as the ultimate example of the Word of Faith in action by this deceived group. He will have more money than Paul Crouch and will be more powerful than even Bob Jones’ fantasy-tales of heavenly vacations. While Benny Hinn claims to have raised the dead (though the ever-present cameras were mysteriously turned off), Antichrist will do it while the entire world watches. He will be the epitome of what a Word of Faith disciple would expect to see in the returned Christ he will claim to be. He will be wealthy, influential and will exhibit supernatural power through sings and wonders. What is there for a Word of Faith student not to love about this coming deceiver?
In conclusion to the matter of the continued pillaging and degradation of the church at large by Emergents, Word of Faithers and many other smaller groups who are equally determined to change the glory of our Lord into images made to look like mortal man, truthfully only one exhortation needs to be given.
Know God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:12-17 (NIV)
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
May the reader of this series make a very simple choice at this time. Choose to believe Paul the Apostle rather than Paul Crouch. Believe Paul instead of Rob Bell. Believe Paul over Tony Campolo.
The Word of Faith group teaches that God’s word is not necessary for spiritual truths to be passed down. They teach revelation knowledge and every form of fanciful story as proof enough of their false doctrines. Yet, Paul said that it is scripture which is able “to make you wise for salvation.” It is scripture which is the measure of truth. It is the proof of a man’s testimony. It is the essence of what is valid theology.
The Emergent teachers claim that community acquiescence is the required litmus test for spiritual revelation. Being suspicious of scripture, they often re-write it and more often misquote it, all the while adding random flecks of inspiration from other world religions (which apparently are much more trustworthy). But, Paul said that “all scripture is God-breathed.” It is theo pneustos – directly from God’s Spirit. As such it is useful “for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” It is trustworthy, regardless of whether Rob Bell has faith in it or not. It is sufficient. It is not lacking in relevance. It is the essence of spiritual revelation.
Believer, you have an obligation to the One you call Lord. That obligation is not to follow anyone who claims to be his servant here on this earth, but to follow Him. No spiritual teacher can give you anything outside of what God’s word has established. Scripture is given to us “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The teachers who present wild speculative theologies which cannot be demonstrated from scripture are not from among us. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The teacher who distrusts scripture and requires it to be deconstructed by his own community is not from among us. These men are the imposters who “will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” They are creeps in the church.
But as for you- your instruction is clear: “continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Speaking both to the WoF and the Emergent liberals, Paul’s assertion is that the Word which was sufficient yesterday is sufficient today.
The next time someone appears on television or a YouTube video with some great “new” revelation, consider Paul’s words. The next time a weird book attempts to “reimagine” your faith, think of Paul’s words. The next time someone touts a great new “word for this generation,” consider Paul’s words.
The same Word of God which was sufficient in first century Israel is sufficient here and now. It is the fact that it has not changed which gives it credibility. Read the Word instead of the New York Times latest spiritual challenger. Meditate on the Word instead of the practices of gurus who will die in their sins. Believe the Word which led you to salvation instead of the latest buzz from the masses, for wide is the road which leads to destruction.
The Word of God will save you from error, teach you the truth and guide you into spiritual maturity. To the apostate religious rulers of his own day,
Matthew 22:29 (NIV)
29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
May this not be the verdict when you stand before Him.
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(NOTE: This is a continuation of the Wolves in Wool Series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts)
Skipping ahead from the slow-burn apostasy which permeates Christendom today, scripture also clarifies the finality of this degradation of worship and truth. While scripture specifically notes that apostasy is a characteristic of the latter days, it further demonstrates the fruition of such apostasy; being characterized as a great harlot of world-wide influence.
In Jewish thought, there existed two ages. “This” age referred to the age before the advent of Messiah’s reign, and “the age to come” referred to the age of Messiah’s reign. Such thinking is what prompted the disciples to ask Jesus in Matthew 24,
Matthew 24:3 (NIV)
3 … “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
To ask Jesus concerning the signs of the “end of the age” demonstrates clearly that the disciples understood Jesus’ second coming to be the catalyst which will bring about the coming “age” of their traditional understanding. While the disciples had faith that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, they also understood that he had not yet established his kingdom, but would do so at his second coming. Thus, their question, “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age,” emphasizes their understanding of the nature of Christ’s return: he will return to establish the prophesied Messianic kingdom of God on earth. Jesus ends his answer in chapter 25 with his analogy of the sheep and the goats. The goats are separated out for eternal destruction. The sheep are told (Matthew 25:34), “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
In following a literal interpretation of scriptural prophecy, it can be understood that the coming Messianic Kingdom of Christ will directly follow a period of great distress, as Jesus noted in verses 21-24 of his answer.
Matthew 24:21-24 (NIV)
21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.
This season is commonly referred to as the Great Tribulation. Throughout scripture, the Great Tribulation is given another name much more frequently. That name is “the day of the Lord,” or one of numerous variations on that phrase. It is this very same Tribulation period which Paul speaks of when he noted,
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Indeed, the “day of the Lord” refers to this tribulational season of God’s wrath against the continued rejection of his Son throughout history. From the oldest Old Testament reference to the New Testament notes, the “day of the Lord” refers to this end-time season of great despair and judgment from the Lord.
It is this coming day of the Lord which Paul wrote in our earlier examination concerning a pending great apostasy. Paul noted,
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 (NIV)
1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
As noted earlier, the day of the Lord cannot come until “the rebellion” (Gk. apostasia) occurs and “the man of lawlessness is revealed.” As such, the rebellion demonstrates the nature of circumstances on the earth leading up to the time of the great tribulation. Likewise, Paul noted,
1 Timothy 4:1 (NIV)
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
Jesus noted in Matthew 24 in his answer to the question, “what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age:”
Matthew 24:12-14 (NIV)
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Emphatically, scripture asserts that the season prior to the end of this age is one characterized by an increase of wickedness and apostasy. While this assertion has been strongly demonstrated in this series thus far, it has not yet been fully developed, for this apostasy is further noted in scripture to arrive at a future point of full fruition; an imminent point of maturity which will culminate in not a mere state of error, but a full-blown antithesis of the true gospel. It will be an anti-gospel, fitting for an anti-Christ.
The Great Harlot, Babylon
Concerning the full-blown fruition of this apostasy during the tribulation, the book of Revelation gives this religious program a symbolic name and further description. The entire chapter of Revelation 17 is devoted to the portrayal of this religious system. The introduction to this neo-church system notes,
Revelation 17:1-2 (NIV)
1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
“The great prostitute” is spoken to John as something of previous reference. “The” great prostitute is obviously something which John has already encountered in his vision, as no further explanation is given as to what is spoken of. While the terms “great prostitute” do not appear earlier than Revelation 17, a description of what this prostitute represents does.
Chapter 13 notes the actions of “the Beast,” commonly known as Antichrist, during the tribulation as he installs himself as the god-head of a world religious system.
Revelation 13:1 (NIV)
1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
Revelation 13:5-8 (NIV)
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
Antichrist is indeed a fitting name for this person, as he will literally attempt to establish himself as Christ-incarnate. He will blaspheme God, slander his name and will be given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation on earth. In the end, “all inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life.” This worship of the beast is accomplished by his own liaison, commonly known as “the false prophet.”
Revelation 13:11-17 (NIV)
11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
This false prophet will make “the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast.” As such, the false prophet will serve as a sort of counterfeit Holy Spirit for the counterfeit Christ. Assigning an identification system, inhabitants of the earth are forced to worship the beast, or else starve for lack of ability to purchase food or goods.
A full depiction of the events of the tribulation are beyond the scope of this work. The author’s book, The Return of the King, however, goes into a much deeper examination of such tribulational events.
What is of chief concern for this study is that a world-religious system is clearly taught in scripture to exist during the final days of the tribulation. Specifically, for “forty-two months” (v5) Antichrist is demonstrated to have an utter monopoly on the worship practices of earth. It is this understanding which brings the description of the great harlot, Babylon, into focus.
Re-examining Revelation 17, it is noted,
Revelation 17:1-2 (NIV)
1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
In the context of John’s overall vision, the nature of the prostitute is easily discernable. John sees her, having “committed adultery” with the kings and the inhabitants of the earth. While the imagery John sees is clearly not a physical manifestation, it does teach a literal set of circumstances. Such is the nature of the entire book of Revelation; commonly using figurative imagery to depict real-world events which will occur on the earth in latter times.
Prostitution, when used symbolically in scripture, always refers spiritual deviance, particularly the worship of false gods and the turning away from the true “husband” of Israel, God, unto others. Examples of this metaphorical usage are seen in Hosea and Jeremiah.
When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.”
Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds;
you said, ‘I will not serve you!’ Indeed, on every high hill
and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute.
Also, Ezekiel 16:15-41; 23:5-44, and numerous other texts note a metaphorical usage of prostitution. In each case, a metaphorical prostitute is one who “cheats” on God with a false god. Israel was identified in the Old Testament as the wife of Jehovah. Symbolic prostitution, then, is when the metaphorical wife has an affair with another god.
In keeping with literal biblical interpretational methods, then, this Harlot represents a religion or a religious system which deviates from the Lord and gives his glory to another; a false god. In this case, Satan’s own campaign entices the people of earth to follow a false god, Satan’s counterfeit christ; Antichrist. In verse 2 the “kings of the earth” are noted to have also committed adultery with her, signifying that the full acquiescence of the earth’s political system is involved in the worship of Antichrist through this religious order.
It apparently is also a tremendously provocative venue of worship, as, “the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Intoxication is indicative of excess. The excess in this text is “the wine of her adulteries,” referring to the obvious stupor which one revels in during the worship practices of this religion. All who believe or teach that “experience” is a suitable affirmation of the validity of one’s religious beliefs should consider this phrase very carefully. At this point in time the whole earth will worship Satan vicariously through his agent of Antichrist. Yet, the experience will be one of drunken delight.
In verse 3-5 the nature of this religious system is further described.
Revelation 17:3-5 (NIV)
3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
“Mystery Babylon” is commonly referred to as “ecclesiastical Babylon” because of her “church-like” nature. This prostitute will sit upon the same beast which was described in Revelation 13, the Antichrist, who was “covered with blasphemous names,” indicating his defamation of God, and “had seven heads and ten horns.” Thus, the beast that gave rise to the religious system in chapter 13 is the same beast upon whom this prostitute is carried along. She is the fruition of Antichrist’s earlier demand for worship by humanity.
She is also noted to be wealthy, being dressed in purple and scarlet, the colors of royalty and sinfulness, and “glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.” It is unimaginable the wealth an utterly global religious system, of course, especially one whose “god” is not the least bit interested in reinvesting ministry funds into evangelistic and community programs!
While much more can be gleaned concerning the nature of the tribulation worship system, it is beyond the course of this series. What is important within the context of the study of Wolves in Wool, is the knowledge that a latter day apostasy is noted in scripture to rise up, and that the ultimate fruition of such apostasy is a literal one-world super-church which worships a false christ. This false christ is not just “different” from the true Christ, but is one who is characteristically the opposite of the true Christ, all-the-while claiming himself to be just that.
The clear cry of scripture to our generation, however, is that an apostasy will begin prior to the day of the Lord and will come to maturity during the same seven-year season as a full-blown worship of a man aptly named, Antichrist.
It seems impossible to some that today’s apostasy may have such a formidable and evil destination. After all, no one would relegate the teachings, for example, of the Word of Faith movement and the liberal Emergent movement to that of anti-christ status, would they? Well, yes, some would, merely for the understanding of the nature of apostasy to endure into such monstrosities. But, whether one is comfortable making such a call today isn’t really the issue. The issue is the nature of apostasy. It grows. It develops. It continually changes and degrades. Once something has gotten off course there is literally no estimating the degree of its future error. If a spaceship were orbiting the earth only one degree off of a perfect course, it would in time gyroscope itself 180 degrees away from its intended original target. Luckily, in the case of the spherical earth, it would then correct itself. Apostasy is based on a two dimensional plane, however. There is only truth, and error, to whatever degree. The slightest margin of error will continue to take that which is wrong further away from the truth. In geometry, a short line can be drawn from the same starting point as another line, but one-half of a degree off course. If the line is very short, the distinction will be virtually unnoticeable. Yet, the greater distance that line travels, the more visible it becomes that its error is unyielding.
The error of these two groups (Emergents and the Word of Faith) is already relegated to “no gospel at all” by those who are serious about contending for the faith of the written Word of God. Yet, in time, doctrines which have been “tweaked” for the sake of the consumerism of the gospel will indeed enter the waters of utter antithesis of Christianity. Even today Emergents are co-worshipping with other religions; Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, and whatever other weird mystic belief is out there. How can Christianity merge itself with untruth and end up anywhere other than the complete opposite of truth once enough time has passed?
In the final observation, I would be hard pressed to positively define the heretical positioning of the Word of Faith and/or the Emergent movement as the final apostasy which will yield the earth to the whims of God’s enemy. Yet, considering other signs of the times, one who is honest would have a difficult time demonstrating that in fact we are not in the final days of this age and that the heretical course of these groups may not very well be the forerunners of ecclesiastical Babylon.
The observation of the migration of Christendom into the one-world religious system of the tribulation will be the subject of our next and final post in this series.
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We are going to begin a study of the book of Galatians. Paul wrote this letter to the church of Galatia and this is the local church Paul started and discipled. This church had the privilege of having the greatest teacher of the church, besides Christ, to learn the fundamental and foundational teachings of Christianity. But from these few verses we read that false teachers had crept in and began to teach “another gospel”. Today, we will see from these verses: Paul’s wonder, Paul’s wisdom, and Paul’s warning about the deception and false teachers in Galatia.
I. Paul’s Wonder of Their Deception (v. 6- I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel) – The believer’s at Galatia were taught by the Apostle Paul himself. He lead many of the believers there to Christ, discipled, and preached the foundational truths of doctrine to them directly and yet there had been false teachers gain a foothold in this local body that had led them into gross error and deceived them into believing they were teaching another gospel.
A. These people were believers– they were Christians, according to passages to them by Paul in chapter 3 and 4 describing their coming to faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and Paul calling them Christian brothers (brethren) in this book and yet they had become seriously confused and led into deception. They knew Christ and had heard the true message of the gospel and were led into this error. The amazement of Paul was that they were deserting the truth of the gospel that led them to Christ, actually deserting like soldiers desert their fellow soldiers, their general, and their allegiances to their Supreme Commander and country. The KJV says that they were removing themselves from the gospel truth and the grace that they were called to in Christ. Not that they were deserting the gospel of Paul but the gospel of Christ and the very One (Jesus) that had called them into grace. Understand they didn’t lose their salvation in Christ but they had lost their fellowship with Christ because they had put this false gospel before Christ.
B. The False Gospel Infection– What exactly the false gospel that caused their defection was that of the Judaizers. They were false teachers that had become part of that local body after Paul had left to go on to build other bodies of believers (churches) in different countries.
The Judaizers taught that for the Gentile believers in Christ had to become physically and ritually like the Jews to continue being Christians by being circumcised and keep the dietary laws, religious days and festivals, and Sabbaths. You’ve got to understand they taught that Christ died and rose again from the dead for their sins but they taught you must do all the Jewish religious laws and regulations in order to stay saved. They did not deny Christ as Messiah or death for our sins on the cross. If they had denied the work and person of Christ they would not had been accepted by the Galatian church. The way they introduced error into this church was to “improve” on the gospel of Christ by adding religious ceremonies, requirements, rituals, and standards of the Old Covenant (side note: the WoF also supposedly “improves” on the Gospel and doctrine).
When you add anything to the grace of God, even the Old Covenant Law, then you destroy grace. It did not matter that even though they added the Law to grace, then grace ceased being grace (NASB Rom. 11:6- But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace). You see the only gospel of Christ is grace, (“God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone”). Eph. 2:8-10a says it best, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship…”; the work of salvation is not through the power, abilities, or merits of man in any way but only through the grace and mercy of God through what Christ has done for us. We as mankind cannot individually or corporately by what we are or what we do attain salvation for ourselves or even sustain the salvation that Christ provides for us. It is all by God’s grace we are saved and are kept saved unto glorification. It is a foolish idea to believe that such a gracious salvation can be kept by any human effort on our part by religious ritual or ceremony. It says in Romans 5:2 that only in Jesus, “we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand”, it is only on this grace we stand in salvation and by and through nothing else.
Because the Judaizers promoted works with grace then it put the focus of salvation off of the Cross of Christ and onto the works of flesh. When this is taught then people are putting faith into their works instead of Christ. Then instead of them preaching the grace through faith in Christ the emphasis is then on the human works to save thus having not only false teachers in a church but a body of false believers.
When a church places an emphasis on baptism to save (Church of Christ, UPC, Church of Jesus Christ) or an evidence of an experience to save (speaking in tongues; UPC, Church of Jesus Christ), participation to receive a sacrament (ex. communion, Eucharist; like the RCC), or church on Sabbath proves true believers (SDA) then it is a false teaching because it is dependant on a work based salvation and not God’s grace. Remember anything added to God’s grace is not ever grace. Just because it was a little error added to mostly truth don’t think it wasn’t deadly. Even if you add a little drop of poison to a glass of pure water it is still deadly.
II. Paul’s Wisdom Concerning the Deception (v. 7- Which is not another; but there be some that trouble (disturb) you, and would pervert (distort) the gospel of Christ)- Is there another Gospel? To answer like the Apostle Paul the answer is an emphatic no. Paul says it best there is no other gospel of salvation than what was preached to you concerning Christ. That gospel message says that God alone saves through the person and work of Jesus Christ. The message of works maintaining salvation destroys the powerful message of the true gospel message by falsely proclaiming to mankind the false belief that we can save ourselves. And if it is by our works and efforts then Christ died for nothing (Gal. 2:21- for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain).
If it had been in our ability to keep the moral law and standards of God then the death of Christ would have been needless because not only did Christ die for our sins but also fulfilled the Law in our behalf (Rom. 8:2-4a, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us”). The truth of scripture shows us that it is not by our efforts or strength but by the powerful work of salvation made possible for us solely through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:6- For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly).
The false teaching was troubling and disturbing to the church here in Galatia. We see the word for trouble here meant a great disturbance and distress. It was tearing this church apart and it was tearing families apart. It was causing all of this because it perverted the true gospel message making it into something entirely opposite of what it really was. Whenever the gospel message or any biblical doctrine perverted it will cause that church to become unsettled and destroy people, families, and maybe a once thriving congregation (Titus 1:10-11- For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain) and the main reasons usually are for power and monetary gain.
There are many supposed Christian ministries on TV and radio that fall under the title of false teachers. Many who preach “another gospel” of health/wealth varieties (prosperity, WoF), positive confession, and experience centered groups (signs and blunders, I mean wonders) that supposedly are preaching a message that has been hidden or suppressed until God has revealed it to them. I’m not going to be able to go into them this time but needless to say they preach a false gospel that is destroying churches and families and causing them to fall into unbelief. But Paul wants to be aware of them and the wisdom he shares is that although they do not openly contradict the Bible and denounce Christ but these demonic teachers so subtly distort and undermine the word of God, that they gradually lead people into error. Never compromise the truths of the Word of God irregardless of how Christian it sounds because false teachers have an excellent teacher of deception, Satan (2 Co. 11:13-14- For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light). Deception is one of the greatest tools that Satan uses.
III. Paul’s Final Warnings (Gal. 1:8-9- But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed)- There are so many false teachers and ministries out there that use every avenues of media to push their false doctrines of devils. There was a so-called Christian revival meeting in Florida recently by a young man named Todd Bentley saying that God was going to use him to bring a world-wide revival. In fact he said that an angel had come to him named “winds of change” and that God was going to usher in this great revival through him. I listened to some of his messages and what I noticed was a great emphasis on himself, his visions, his words from God, and his supposed healings. But another thing I noticed was a lack of biblical preaching, lack of reading from the Bible, false experiences, and an emphasis on a sideshow performance of faith healing. It was all emotional, all experienced based (truth dependent on false experiences rather than Biblical truth), and little if any preaching from the Bible (Mt. 7:20 – Therefore by their fruits you will know them). I knew he was a false teacher first from his false teaching and preaching (angels giving him messages, erroneous and retarded doctrines) and false allegations of great healings (no evidence of these healings provided or proved) and later it became evident from the life he lived in private that became very public (he left his wife for another younger woman that was one of his assistants and this happened during this false revival). Paul has not only warned the church at Galatia this time but even before of false teachers but this is the warning that he speaks twice that if anyone preaches anything other than the powerful truth of salvation alone through Jesus let them accursed. This word accursed in Greek is anathema which means that which is devoted to destruction. So what Paul is saying is if they are so devoted to destroying the gospel message and destroying lives by their false teaching let them go to their destruction and feel the wrath of God. Strong words but that is the false teachers’ end.
We will explore the false teachers and teachings next time but let’s leave with this. Keep in God’s word, study God’s word, and know His truth because through this it will keep you from the troubling of false teachers and error. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.
My good friend, general counsel, and confidant, Mr. Austin Kinghorn, recently wrote a blog entry I would like to share. As always, his thoughts are both witty and weighty.
If you could choose five people, dead or alive, to sit down with over a meal, who would you choose? We all get asked this question at some point in our lives.
I would not pick John Calvin. Why waste a seat on a man who so eloquently and perfectly expressed himself in his life when you could invite someone who, in spite of everything he said and wrote, still has a lot of explaining to do. Which is why I’d invite Joel Osteen.
Joel Osteen claims faith in God’s promises will deliver your best life now, but the God of the Bible promises something far different but ultimately more rewarding—your best life later. (Credit given to Jake Porter for coining that response.)
If John Calvin and Joel Osteen sat down for a meal, I think Calvin would light Joel’s world on fire and would probably lead off with the passage below from The Institutes of Christian Religion. And his beard was definitely cooler than Joel’s mullet.
“God knows very well that we are naturally drawn to love this world. So, to keep us from clinging to it too closely, he finds good reason to call us away and wake us up. You would think that heaven and immortality would be the height of our ambition through life. We should be ashamed to be no better than the animal world, since our hope of life beyond the grave is the only thing which makes their position lower than ours! But when we look at men’s plans, desires and actions, there seem to be nothing but earthly values. How stupid we are! Our minds are so dazzled with the glare of wealth, power and honors, that we cannot see beyond them. The heart also, preoccupied with greed, ambition and lust, is in the grip of worldly attractions, and looks for happiness only here on earth. To combat this disease, the Lord makes his people aware of the futility of their present life by frequent proof of its misery. So that we don’t have false hopes of deep and lasting peace, he often allows us to be disturbed by war, riots, burglary and a variety of other disasters. So that we don’t get over-ambitious for wealth that doesn’t last or rely on what we already have, he reduces us to poverty or, at least, a modest income. So that we don’t become selfishly preoccupied with married life, he even allows us to be saddened by the foolish behavior of our partners, the wickedness of our children or the trauma of bereavement. If we are spared this, he still has to keep us from pride and complacency. He shows us by illness or accident how all human advantages are flimsy and fleeting. We profit by the discipline of the cross when we realize that this life is, in itself, restless, troubled and unhappy. Even its so-called blessings are uncertain, passing, empty and tinged with evil. From all this, we have to conclude that the best we can hope for here is a struggle. When we think of the crown of life, we must look up to heaven. We must realize that our minds never genuinely long for future joy until they have learned to make little of this present life.”
Part IX, Chapter 9, Section 1
The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin
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“If Jesus is the Answer, What was the question?”
Have you ever seen this loaded statement before? What is the loaded implication? That bible based Christianity is irrelevant. I have seen it on bumper stickers and in various forums displayed by atheist. I believe that many atheist use this catch phrase to express their distaste, hate and mocking ridicule of biblical Christianity. AND THAT IS SAD. But NOT NEAR AS SAD AS THIS.
Most who call themselves Christians today could not answer the question,,, “If Jesus is the Answer, What was the question”
Can you state why Jesus is the answer and JUST WHAT IS the question??? Jesus is the answer to what????????????????????
Here is the question and the answer IN A NUT SHELL Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE PROBLEM, THE QUESTION and THE ANSWER! Is stated in my article entitled What is Justification? Is Justification Salvation?
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This episode from the White Horse Inn talks about the Crossless Christianity that is being “preached” these days throughout the land. Is there really such a thing as Christianity without a crucified Christ, though? Some people try to make it out to be that way, but crossless Christianity does not exist. http://www.whitehorseinn.org
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Has America somehow found a way to ‘develop’ a Christianity without Christ? White Horse Inn discusses this topic on their weekly radio show.
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Joel Osteen has one sermon that he preaches over and over again, just like the movie. “Groundhog Day”.” He just says it a little differently each Sunday but the message is self improvement and techniques for becoming a better you.
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Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Preach the word; be diligent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
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January 20, 2008 Commentary:
Joel Osteen: A Case Study in American Religion
Hello and welcome to another broadcast of the White Horse Inn where we are launching our new year-long series, “Christless Christianity: The American Captivity of the Church.” In the last two programs we looked at Christless Christianity in general and Crossless Christianity which is really the heart of the problem as we are assessing it here. And then in this program we want to take a look at a specific example of what we are talking about. We realize an extreme example, but it does reflect a wider tendency and drift towards Christless Christianity that probably evangelicals would not have been attracted to in the 30s and 40s and 50s but today Joel Osteen is now considered an Evangelical leader.
If Charles Finney’s legacy helps us to understand how we arrived at the current crisis, Joel Osteen the Pastor of Lakewood church in Houston, Texas may be the clearest example in contemporary American religion. Name it/claim it, heath and wealth, or prosperity gospel, these are nicknames for a heresy that in many respects is an extreme version of perhaps the most typical focus of American Christianity today more generally. Basically God’s there for you and your happiness. He has some rules, and principles for getting what you want out of life and if you follow them you can have what you want. Just declare it and prosperity will come to you. Although explicit proponents of the so-called “prosperity gospel” may be fewer than their influence suggests, its big names and best-selling authors, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are purveyors of a pagan world-view with a peculiarly American flavor. Its basically what Martin Luther called the “theology of glory.” How can I climb the ladder and attain the glory here and now that God has actually promised for us after a life of suffering. The contrast is the “theology of the cross.” The story of God’s merciful descent to us at great personal cost, the message the Apostle Paul acknowledged was offensive and foolishness to Greeks.
Every few years a religions best-seller sweeps the nation with the message of self-help. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive-Thinking, Robert Schuller’s TV ministry and series of best-sellers, Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez, and other sensations have come and gone. Each time the media treats the appearance of a work in this vein as though it were a new phenomenon, but the success of this genre has long been established. The attractions of Americans to this version of the glory story is evident in the astonishing success of Joel Osteen’s runaway best-seller Your Best Life Now: Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential and the sequel, the recently released Become a Better You. Beyond his charming personality and folksy style, Osteen’s phenomenal attraction is no doubt related to his simple and soothing sampler of the American gospel–a blend of Christian and cultural elements that he picked up not through any formal training but as the son of Baptist, turned prosperity evangelist, who was a favorite on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. However, gone are the eccentric caricatures of prosperity tele-evangelism with it flamboyant style and over the top rhetoric, and bad hair. At least in the televised broadcasts of his services there are no healing lines with people falling or fainting when the preacher blows on them. He doesn’t send blessed prayer cloths or speak endlessly of sowing seed in his ministry in order to reap their desired miracle.
The pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, which now owns the Compaq Center, and is now the largest church in America does not come across as a flashing evangelist with jets and yachts , but as a charming next door neighbor who always has something nice to say. However Joel Osteen is definitely a leader of a new generation of prosperity evangelists. His explicit drumbeat of health and wealth, or word-faith teaching is communicated in the terms and the ambiance that might be difficult to distinguish from most mega-churches and other seeker driven ministries. In this broadcast we are going to take a look at Joel Osteen as an example of that increasing creeping fog that we are calling Christless Christianity.
You can read Michael Horton’s review of Osteen’s Become a Better You here:
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