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Now, I bet you read the title of this article and thought I had misspelled the word "pantheism". Just so that those of you who write to me advising me of words I have misspelled in articles and I do often I want to tell you that I am using the term "panentheism" as coined by Karl C. Some of those teachers even have, what would be considered, a fairly typical statement of faith or doctrinal statement they endorse.
But by what they teach they end up promoting a false unbiblical view of God, especially through their actions and experiences. The whole phenomenon of "slain in the spirit" and all the antics that go with it are brainwashing an entire generation of Christians to put their faith in another Jesus, another Spirit, another Gospel. This new "Jesus" and "Holy Spirit" is clearly pantheistic or panentheistic in nature.
Though some of these teachers would claim to be believing in the God who is One God in Three Persons, by what they teach they deny the very revealed character of God from Scripture. How do you answer an invitation to attend a meeting where you know nothing about the speaker or what will be done there? What happens if they want to announce the meeting at your church and invite everyone? What should you do if you think something is wrong, or your conscience is bothering you about something that was said or done? The answer? The Bible has all the answers to your questions.
This little booklet is an attempt to deal with a few of the typical statements you will hear from people who have become involved in the Third Wave revival movement. Hopefully the statements and answers in this booklet will set you off on an investigation of your own in the Word. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,. If you see what I see in this passage, this argument cannot be used for people like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and the hundreds, even thousands of Third Wave ministers today who are not merely envious and self ambitious, but are also teaching outright false doctrine. Paul was not talking about heretics in this statement, but "brothers in the Lord" who preach the Gospel with wrong motives.
Third Wave teachers not only have wrong motives, they also have the wrong message. This argument cannot be used for people like Hinn, even if they manage to preach enough of the "Gospel" for people to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord, because they are also teaching and practicing heresy. Satan often disguises himself with the purpose of deceiving people. So much heresy is entering the churches these days.
As you would suspect, sometimes it is due to a pastor attending a conference or reading a book and becoming diapraxed with unbiblical ideas. He then starts to weave those ideas into his messages and begins to invite speakers to the church who expound on those ideas. Then when confronted by someone in the church who has reservations about the new stuff being taught, they are told to not talk about it and just go along with the program.
If that person does not they are ostracized, slander behind their back, and often told to leave which is what they should do in any case. But my observation is that it is not only the pastor who causes unbiblical changes to influence a church. Often the pastor is blissfully unaware of influences coming into his church. If unchecked this type of infiltration is much more subtle and can become deeply rooted. Colossians See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
In context Paul is especially addressing, though perhaps not to the exclusion of other false religion, what had become the false religion of the Pharisees and Jewish leadership. John Gill states this case well in his commentary. The current fad of interfaith solidarity and unity is simply a thin guise of inclusivism, Universalism and pluralism. Universalism is defined by Dictionary. Source Universalism is a religion and theology that generally holds all persons and creatures are related to God or the divine and will be reconciled to God.
Pluralism is defined as: The doctrine that reality is composed of many ultimate substances. American Heritage Dictionary, Source. Inclusivism is: "Inclusivism posits that even though the work of Christ is the only means of salvation, it does not follow that explicit knowledge of Christ is necessary in order for one to be saved. In contrast to pluralism, inclusivism agrees with exclusivism in affirming the particularity of salvation in Jesus Christ.
But unlike exclusivism, inclusivism holds that an implicit faith response to general revelation can be salvific. God expects from man a response proportional to the light given. Saving faith is not characterized so much by its cognitive content as it is by its reverent quality. I'm going to warn you now. I am going to let you in on some information tonight that is going to radically change your world view. You are likely going to experience the beginnings of a reverse paradigm shift and after tonight there will be no way to go back the way you came.
You will be faced with choices that you may never have known you had. You will be faced with a new way of looking at things that is going to cause you to rethink everything that is being taught in the Emerging Latter Rain churches. It is going to be radical because the basis for this message doesn't come from Jesus Christ visiting my room last night bodily, but from His holy written Word.
So buckle down your seat belts, you're likely in for a bumpy ride! By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Away from me, you evildoers! I often receive requests to present updated false teachings and false prophecies by the myriad of heretics out there. We do try to keep up with all the latest. But I have to remind people that those we have exposed as false on our site have not repented of what they have already done in the past, which is why they are still on our site. So what they are doing now has no relevance as to whether or not they are now to be considered a true Biblical teacher. If and when they repent, that is renounce their false teachings and false prophecies, make restitution to those they have deceived, and begin to teach sound Biblical doctrine we will give you that information.
As of now NONE of the people we have exposed have repented of their Latter Rain, Word of Faith teachings, heretical practices or their false prophecies. But in the interest of helping you to respond to a person who inquires by saying: "Those articles are old and you need newer materials" well, here is some newer stuff you can add to the pile. For you and me this really makes no difference, but for those who are living in deception perhaps it might demolish one of their arguments against the truth. Sometimes I really wonder why someone who claims to be a Bible believing pastor, for instance, refuses to listen to the truth.
It frankly boggles my mind. I don't know if it is as a result of the postmodern paradigm or just that they have no love of the truth left. I don't know how that can happen in a truly regenerate person. You would think that the Holy Spirit would confirm the truth to them, first in their conscience, and finally through the written Word. But these days it is a miracle if it gets that far.
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I don't know if their conscience has been so seared that they don't hear the Spirit or if they just don't want to know the truth because then they would be responsible for it. I know that I cannot know their motives or the reasons why they reject truth and refuse to talk about false teaching, but I do know one thing: we are called as true believers to test the spirits. We must do this even if the result is not to our liking or befuddles us as to the reasons. In running a web site with thousands of articles, million hits per month from all over the world, and hundreds of e-mails per week, I have come to realize, with time, that there is a terrible problem in Christendom today.
The problem stems from an existential subjective view of the world that has filtered into the church from secular society, but also from the teachings of heretical wolves who have taught an entire generation of churchgoers completely unbiblical methods of discernment or to get rid of any discernment altogether. Matthew Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
KJV Matthew "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
A house built on the rock will stand. The Rock is God and in particular, Jesus Christ. Anyone who wants to prove anything theologically, historically, scientifically or anything else needs to start with correct information. If you start with a faulty foundation, as you build your arguments, they begin to fall apart because they are not supported in God"s truth.
If you want to build on a firm foundation, you need to start the process by a careful study of God"s Word in context of the verse and according to the whole counsel of God"s Word. The Bible is the best commentary on the Bible. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.
Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of Asian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - or, one's samsara. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. The reason I wrote this article based on Zech is that I was reminded of how many so-called Christians, who are influential in the churches, are promoting the worship of God in the names of other gods.
So, as you can see, the root of this teaching is that Israel no longer holds the distinction of being the tree from which the Root of David Jesus-Rev. They are no longer the "natural branches" Israel-Rom. According to Replacement Theology, Christianity has now become its own branch apart from Israel the natural branch that produced the Root and all the promises of the Bible to Israel have been taken away from them and given to the Gentile Church.
This is why you hear so many false teachers taking verses out of context from the Old Testament and willy-nilly applying them to the Gentile Church. This methodology has been going on for decades in liberal churches and has been popularized by many false teachers on TV. But the fact is that Replacement Theology is utter false doctrine.
It denies promises made to Israel, some of which have already been fulfilled and some which are yet to come to fruition. But when you add the fact that the Inclusivist WCGIP proponents are now saying that God planted hundreds of different trees, cultures all over the world, that are not connected to the natural branch, tree and Root, you have what can only be termed Replacement Theology on steroids!
The Scriptural definition of maturity is to learn to discern truth from error so that the Christian will no longer be double minded, blown about by every wind of teaching and by the schemes of crafty people. But the problem today is that so few Christian teachers are feeding their flock's solid food. They are serving up milk and, because of that, people are starving. Yet they often don't even know they have been on a starvation diet. Lying is a problem for all people Ps. We are all sinners Rom. Those of us who are Christians are "sinners saved by grace" Eph. But we still live in our "old self" which we must "put off" Eph.
The difference between unbelievers and those who are truly born again is that believers no longer "practice sin" 1 John , see my Bible study on 1 John!
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They have the indwelling Holy Spirit Rom. True believers then repent 1 John and go on to "practice righteousness" 1 John with the Lord's help. The unregenerate, the false brothers, or those who have fallen away Gal. They practice a lifestyle of lying because their consciences are seared 1 Tim. These four books were widely read by Christians from virtually every denominational background before their ramifications and the movements they would spawn were known.
They lay error alongside truth so were considered not to be a threat to churches. Therefore these books then became part of the consciousness of many Christians and churches, thereby laying the basis for the introduction of the modern day false teachings of the NAR, EC, CG and WCGIP that have become part of the landscape of Christendom today. In a story called "Night Marchers" on the Kawaihae site and in a YouTube video on the same subject, eyewitnesses claim all kinds of sightings that they think are the warriors, ancestors and demi-gods of Hawaii coming back.
Since Kikawa claims that 'Io is the True God and one that the Hawaiians worshipped in secret, we have to wonder if Kikawa also thinks 'Io is showing up in these night marches? I am doing a Bible study right now on what I would call "renewing our minds". It is based on this verse:. Romans Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. The only way to renew our minds is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, confess our sins, and be saved, then to study the written Word and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach us.
Our minds are corrupted by virtue of the sin nature and what we have learned in life because our filters are off. I gave an illustration of straining coconut to make coconut milk. If you use a 1 inch screen everything will pass through. Even if you use a quarter inch screen you will get mostly coconut meat in your milk. You have to use a fine screen in order to separate the milk from the leftover. Our filters are off and the first thing God begins to do is correct our worldview, because if your worldview is off you will not understand God's reality.
We need to learn to see things from His perspective. This is why I started this study by going back to an original problem. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the li e, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
This has always been an interesting passage to me for a few different reasons. What is "the lie" that is talked about here in verse 9 and 11? What are the ways that "wickedness deceives those who are perishing" and how long has this been going on or does this only begin to happen at the coming of the lawless one? In what way does "the lie" cause those who do not believe the truth to "delight in wickedness"? But it does have it's own distinctives that are driven by the works of Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss, and Don Richardson in particular.
They are teaching Christians to "redeem" their cultures by worshipping their former gods, pretending they are YHWH. Go here for ordering information. There are a number of the leadership of the Emerging Church EC who do not believe that the Bible is the highest authority for the Christian faith. Most do not believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and many do not acknowledge that the Bible is our highest revelation.
Yet this is a core doctrine over which true believers and false brethren must separate. Those who try to poke holes in Sola Scriptura make excuses like 1 we need to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of postmodern culture and religion 2 the Bible never uses the words "Sola Scriptura" therefore it is not a Biblical concept 3 there is new revelation for the church through the Holy Spirit apart from what is written and the precepts of the Bible and 4 the Bible just doesn't address our postmodern situation therefore we cannot rely on it for the truth and answers for our problems today.
I will prove that all the above arguments, and more, from EC leaders and others is exactly what they are teaching. I will give you quotes from their teachings, videos and books. The postmodern church and its "movements" are abandoning Sola Scriptura in their rush to be like the Roman Catholic Church, which takes its authority from a mix of Scripture and tradition. Page Updated DVD! I am writing this article as an apologetic against the Third Wave, Latter Rain, Word of Faith and Reformed Theology teachings that the Church is to rise up and take over the systems of government, businesses and every other aspect of life.
And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government. It won't happen otherwise. So therefore the government of the church has to get into place in the extended church just like we do have it very well in place, we haven't reached our goal yet What I wanted to do with this article is put the issue of dominion to rest by studying the definition the Bible gives to dominion and ruling authority. When we look at the subject we can easily ascertain what is going on today and what God requires of the Church.
Shepherd Or Hireling? The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer under shepherd and a hireling. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach - and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. NIV A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income. A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within Acts and without Acts no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now.
Too many churches today are allowing music to be used in their services that is not glorifying to the Lord and can actually be a hindrance to the teaching of sound doctrine. Pastors and leaders should be using their leadership role to test what is being played and sung in their churches. Though some are quick to test preaching and teaching from their pulpits, many ignore the music being used in the same services.
This is a tragic mistake. Music is a powerful medium. It is something that effects deeply the body, mind and emotions. It is a proven fact that music often stays with a person far longer than what is taught or preached. Songs roam around in our heads, especially if the melody appeals to us. What is often overlooked is the serious impression music makes on people, and the teaching they are getting over and over again as they allow the song to repeat in their minds and on their lips.
Music teaches things much more subtly yet sometimes far more effectively. That's why the lyrical content of music in the church, as well as its effect on the spiritual lives of those who perform and listen, should be vigorously examined by the leaders of the church. This is a 2-DVD set. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test? People who call themselves followers of Christ or "Christians" and claim they are born again must believe certain things.
If they do not then they fail the test of faith. They can claim they are born again all they want and "once saved, always saved" but if they fail the test of faith there is no eternal security. Only God knows who will be saved, from beginning to end, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience Rom. God did not make an arbitrary judgment about who would be saved and who would not. His Spirit is given to those He foreknew, when convicted of sin by His Holy Spirit, would choose to believe and commit themselves to Jesus Christ.
We are not God and we do not have His omniscience. Therefore, according to Paul, we must be sure our belief system is in the right place once our eyes have been opened to the Truth. I am not saying we do not have assurance of salvation, but our assurance comes not only because of His Atonement and promises of salvation but from our continuing in the Faith, which is always the Biblical criteria.
Those who would be Bible teachers must teach according to the whole counsel of God's Word. Let me be clear. There is only one way to salvation. That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. I will deal with a few of those issues following, but it is important to recognize that being saved is not just a matter of believing that Jesus lived, or that He was a man, or simply giving mental ascent to His existence in whatever form. I am going to go over an article I wrote back in in preparation for the book I wrote with Mike Oppenheimer called 'Idolatry in Their Hearts'.
At the time that book came out no one really saw the dangerous ideas Richardson was promoting. All they would have had to do was look at the two subtitles of that book to understand the implications. Those who read this book found some interesting cross-cultural ideas but apparently missed the false premise of the book starting with the subtitle.
How could Christianity be "among folk religions" where the Gospel had not been preached Rom. At that time Christians who read the book were apparently satisfied that, though there was some questionable material present, it made for an interesting discussion on how to do cross-cultural ministry. This should have been a red flag for many Christians but then, who reads subtitles? I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations.
He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail. However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc.
I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible. Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background. I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved.
Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word. Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate. This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary.
There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place. I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom". Go here for more information or click on the "Add To Cart" below. In this DVD series I want to detail a number of beliefs people have these days that have no basis in Scripture.
I am going to roam all over the map, so to speak, and try to give fairly short answers on a number of topics and also give you useful links to articles that will help you deal with any particular issue. It is truly amazing how many false ideas people cling to without giving a thought to what the Bible has to say on the subject.
Go here for ordering details. There are many signs of the great Apostasy, or falling away 2 Thes. Go here for ordering details! What's Up With Christian Bookstores? The ElijahList The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace! Many do not undersand what is being leavened into churches by the EC leadership. Many would be shocked to know their belief systems involve Universalism, New Age, defense of postmodernism, Interfaithism, and many other false doctrines. In order to reach out to this generation the EC leadership is proposing a whole new "map" to deal with what they perceive is a lack of understanding on the part of the churches on how to communicate.
EC proponants believe the "scripture" for today is evolving and must change in order to reach postmoderns. Go here for ordering details on this 2-part DVD series! Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create man's cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of supreme beings? Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God?
These questions and many more are answered in this book that addresses the false teachings of The New Apostolic Reformation regarding missiological methods as being carried out by many agencies including the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, YWAM, and many Bible societies. The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going? Every Pastor Needs This! Lessons In Forgiveness Great Study!
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Sometimes the situation was so severe that it took me some time to forgive and start the process of healing for myself, and eventually for others. I learned that a Christian needs to forgive other people even if they have not repented of their sins. That can be really hard if we let it be hard. But if we give our burdens over to the Lord, He will carry them and that frees us up to treat other people with love, compassion, and be in the right frame of mind and heart to set them up for reconciliation with Jesus Christ.
That does not mean we tolerate their sin. We simply forgive them for what they have done to us, whether perceived or real, and move on to looking for ways to redeem them. We can then present to them the "truth in love" even when we have to rebuke them. Finish The Race! Go On To Maturity! Many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. It is our hope that this book will inspire many believers to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith 2 Tim.
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Companion Book! The commentary of the DVD series is not in the book, but there are many more quotes available than in the video series. Good reference material. Letters To The Church Timely! All the precepts are in the seven letters in Revelation - to help us keep the faith, stay in sound doctrine, and reach out to those who are perishing. I hope and pray that this book will help the reader to be an "overcomer".
Go here for more details and how to order! Want a set of tools that will allow you to disciple your loved ones so they will stand firm in the Faith? Want to sort out many of the false arguments and teachings that have invaded the churches? It covers the core doctrines, how we can use them to test, and examples on the DVD that can be paused for discussion. Also includes a teacher guide and links to resources on the web.
This 3-DVD series is available now! This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy. Go here for information! What significance does the cross have? Are there teachings that can wreck our faith? We live in an age unlike any other in the history of man. To follow the Lord among the unique challenges we must understand Scripture and live by it. It deals with many crucial issues for the Church today. Box , Wahiawa, HI There have been numerous references throughout a variety of Vineyard venues, both at Toronto, Anaheim and elsewhere, condemning anyone who calls into question biblically any of these bizarre manifestations taking place presently.
It is right to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" Jude 3. It was once delivered and it has never been recalled for revision. We had better beware of "false teachers Faithful messengers will warn the sheep of these heretics, and identify them by name.
It is not enough to broadly hint of their identity, for the young lambs will not understand and will be destroyed by the wolves. How essential this is! Common sense and logic are helpful. However, without God's Word which transcends human wisdom to guard and guide us, we are susceptible to temptation and error, especially when the latter is presented convincingly "in the name of God" by those looked up to as Christian leaders. But I suspect this will change in the end, and many are unprepared.
Satan will be given permission to "sift us like wheat", and many will fall when the Beast unleashes his lies about God in the last days. These are sobering times. Wallace, Th. M, Ph. We believe that the Bible is God's Word and that it is therefore authoritative for us in matters of faith and practice. The Bible indicates the great truths of who God is, how we can relate to him, how we can understand ourselves and the world. In short, the Bible contains the words of life.
Believers use it to guide them in discerning God's will, from the monumental to the mundane. We read it to gain hope as well as to glean truth. It affects our beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. In short, the Bible is our pipeline to heaven: without it, we are adrift, unprotected in a hostile place. Understand that I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of additional proofs for the Bible, yet I have only mentioned a few.
I hope this study will arouse your interest to further study the Word of God. Compare it to what is being preached today in the "counterfeit" revival. The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation. Let every one fly out of Sodom: "Haste and escape for your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. For many of the present generation, experience has become more important than truth, but experience without truth is the menace and misery of a mindless Christianity, and one of the issues we face is that God's truth is found for us in the Bible.
So not only have we been faced with a battle for the inerrancy of the Bible, but for the need to return to the Bible as God's holy Word as the foundation of our faith and experience. Let me conclude with these words from the Savior: John 8: Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. The second obedience is to serve Him the way He wants us to serve Him.
Worship without obedience is futile. In fact it makes the Lord angry. Getting excited and zealous for the Lord without obedience to God by living in accordance with His law and the doctrine of Scripture is futile and meaningless, and in fact, dangerous. There's a famous hymn that says it all: "When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus.
I will rebut each item as they appear in his official defense of his attempt to coin the phrase "Christian hedonism". What does the Bible say? Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is. As a consequence, the terms doctrine or theology are not very popular in Christian circles.
In fact, they are often denigrated or belittled. We just need to know Jesus. I just love Jesus. Biblical theology is simply the truths of God's Word that give us the knowledge of God, of man, salvation, sanctification, the church, or life and life abundantly. Is there a sound foundation to these complaints? This article articulates our view on Gail Riplinger's book which has needlessly caused all kind of division in the church over issues that turn out to be non-issues.
One of the biggest apologetics against other Bible versions other than the KJV is based on the argument that there are, for instance, translation errors in the NIV. However, there are also translation errors in the KJV. So where does that leave us? If you want to really study the Word, by all means study the original languages and make use of all good translations! One good balanced series to read by Gary E. Following are some other good articles to read on this subject:.
This study is especially timely for all Christians today. Is this necessarily what Christians do when they question the teachings of God's 'anointed' preachers and evangelists? Many teachers who claim such anointing would say so, and many more of their followers commonly reply to all manner of criticism: 'Touch not God's anointed. You can also order the book here.
Although Bible-believing Christians readily acknowledge the miracle-working power of a supernatural God, the question is: Can such bizarre and grotesque displays actually be the work of the Holy Spirit? The one thing that can still convince unbelievers of the truth of the gospel is a crucified life. In this Sea, spirituality becomes relative to whatever new revelation or vision that comes forth. How Dare You?! The world has formed people into its mold rather than the minds and lives of people being transformed by God's word.
Too many Christians have adopted pragmatism or substituted feelings and experience in place of the truth of God's word. Staying where a false gospel is preached will do us no good. It does not refer to those who verbally attack and criticize a preacher and his doctrine. Such verbal attacks may be quite wrong and sinful, and in some cases they may be commendable and necessary see Jesus criticizing the Pharisees in Matthew 23, Paul criticizing Peter in Galatians , Paul versus the Judaizers in Galatians , Philippians , etc.
There are those who seek to avoid cor-rection by hiding behind a misapplication of Christ's words, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" Mt It is conveniently forgotten that these words were spoken by the same One who warned the Jews to "judge righteous judgment' Jn , told us to judge the fruit of prophets Mt and promised His disciples that they would sit on thrones judging Israel Mt The work is worth the effort and the reward will be not only the favor and blessing of God but our ability to truly enrich the lives of others.
Could there be any significance in the fact that this movement practically died out after the Reformation, only to be revived today! Blackaby and Claude V. King by Rev. Many hold that this book has finally given Christians the principles they need to experience God as they never have before. But do the teachings of this book accurately represent what the Bible says about experiencing God, or are its teachings in serious error?
By pointing out many startling and alarming statements within Experiencing God, this analytical review shows how the teachings of Blackaby and King depart from traditional Christianity in the areas of the nature of Scripture, the person of Jesus Christ, and how Christians can know God. In all fairness to this issue, I want to give a counterpoint here with an e-mail I received from a pastor objecting to some of Rugh's arguments against using "Experiencing God". It also includes a response he received from Blackaby's organization that answers to rumors that have been going around about Blackaby's alleged involvement in the Third Wave movement.
It speaks of a time of increasing deception and false teaching as the enemy of our souls makes a last desperate bid to thwart the purposes of God. It describes the types of people who will deceive, and be deceived. It also describes the types of doctrines that will be preached and how those doctrines will be received by a great number of professing Christians. One understands it to be a warning about the sin of divisiveness. The other understands it to be a warning about those who teach false doctrine.
Which is correct? The "D" word discernment is not only a good word, but is even a measurement of spiritual maturity. Truth is meant to be put to work, and you can't use it if you are afraid to get specific with it! Become a person of discernment! Gullibility is for squares.
When a person or group that claims to be Christian and yet seriously departs from the historical biblical doctrines of orthodox Christianity, one cannot stand idly by in silence. To not speak out would be dishonoring to God and unloving, not only to Christians, but also to the propagators of the error. When the Word of Faith WOF movement's leaders, who through their own revelation knowledge, bring extrabiblical doctrines into the church, one must be prepared to respond correctly in accordance with God's revealed will in scripture.
Watchman Fellowship is not the first to call attention to the unorthodox doctrines of the WOF movement, sometimes known as the Positive Confession movement. Scores of scholars for years have spoken out. Those include Dr. Walter Martin, a charismatic theologian, and D. McConnell, also a charismatic and author of the recent book, A Different Gospel. Michael Horton, a well-known Christian author, has addressed the doctrinal issues in his book, The Agony of Deceit, as well. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Would the Holy Spirit force people to do things against their will?
Uncontrollable laughter, shaking and other purported Spirit induced phenomena, when seen through the prism of freewill, become a moot point. God does not force salvation or any other thing on His creation. We are free to choose and are to be in our right minds while making those choices at all times. This is because there is a being that roams around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. If anything eclipses our God given freedom to choose, you can be sure that the source is not God. Thus, God can turn tribulation to do us good in the end in spite of what we will have to go through. It is in 1,'s of homes and Finis Dake's books have helped form the beliefs of many Pentecostal and Charismatic teachers on the scene today.
Dake was called a great Bible Scholar by the late Lester Sumrall and Benny Hinn has been known to use Dake "insights" in some of his more outlandish teachings. I trust you will benefit from this Real Audio tape. If you enjoy this teaching and I am sure you will I urge you to visit the PFO web site and order this cassette and their other fine materials. Huling, M.
A careful and open-minded study of the Bible makes it clear that concerning certain vital matters, it is not only right but a positive duty to judge. Many do not know that the Scripture commands us to judge. This is by no means any substitute for studying and becoming familiar with the scriptures, but it is intended to be a guide for a new Christian, or a quick summary or reminder for a Christian who has studied scripture for a number of years. I also do not claim that what is in here is complete - it is only intended as a guide.
A literary tour de force and the inspiration of numerous canvases, it is its message that chiefly concerns us today. Therefore it can fit in well with the permissive immoral lifestyle adopted by our age and ceaselessly propagated by the mass media. Learn of me" Jn ; Mt We go to His Word to learn of Him. Each of us is expected to know it thoroughly. Yet many who think of themselves as Christians scarcely study the Bible seriously, expecting the pastor and Bible teachers to do that for them ". These were generally agreed on, throughout the entire evangelical constituency.
But all that has gradually changed. We have arrived at a situation now in which people who all profess to be evangelicals can have a wide variety of opinions on what were, at one time non-negotiable, essentially fundamental matters. How have professing evangelicals got into this situation? It has happened because people have "moved the goalposts" -- changed the rules which determine what is truth and what it isn't.
In this 17, word article, based on two lectures, we ask 1 In which areas have the goalposts been moved? It takes us away from the clear interpretation and applicational teaching of the Bible. Should Christians judge? Of course believers should judge. To not judge is to be indecent, not to mention inhuman. The only kingdom in which there is no judging is the plant kingdom.
For of living things, vegetables do not judge. In the animal kingdom, though, judgment is a must, and members of the Kingdom of God must do the most judging. This has come as a result of hearing what I consider to be, at the very least, "gospel lite" and at the most no gospel at all being presented by a number of neo-evangelicals, Third Wavers and outright heretics. The interesting thing is that many seem to be preaching the same message. What is most intriguing is that false teachers like Benny Hinn, ecumenicals, and even some preachers I would consider to be orthodox in their theology are preaching a "gospel" that is very similar.
The question is: Is this new gospel message really the Gospel at all? It talked about biblical New Testament prayers. These are prayers that the apostles and Christians prayed. Since Christ and the apostles are our foundation, we ought to be emulating what they prayed and not some guy who prayed a prayer in the Old Testament that was never meant to be a model prayer.
If you are interested in a model prayer then go to the Disciple's Prayer most often called the Lord's Prayer in Matthew Tozer, The Best Of A. Tozer , pg. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, so sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching.
It was Paul who said the cross was everything to him. He had a greater education, knowledge, and revelation than any other apostle, even of those who knew Jesus personally in the flesh, having been called before him. Tozer, , pgs. While no one with a genuine desire to follow Christ should eagerly want to accuse another of error in ministry, the prophets of the Old Testament, our Lord Jesus Himself, and the apostles make it clear that many will come in the name of the Lord who profess to follow Him, yet by their teachings actually deny or present a different image of God than what is demonstrated in the Scriptures.
No lords, no kings, no dictators. The rest of us are servants -- slaves. Third Wave false teachers are currently in the process of redefining both the English language and the truths of God's Word, and calling it "new revelation" and a "paradigm shift". Let's all be careful that we don't take a paradigm shift into foolishness and accept new revelation that drags us further into sin.
He is simply not a Christian in the scriptural and historic meaning of the word. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth, not of error, and He is the spirit of holiness, not immorality.
There are cases where divisions are permissible howbeit not necessarily desirable , but we must exercise the greatest caution not to equate personal differences with doctrinal differences or attempt to ascribe a biblical motive for something where none exists. Ask Him to give you a fixed heart. And pray you never, ever fall prey to any kind of delusion. Lightfoot, Adapt. Noitce that apparently they had "televangelists" in the first and second centuries who plied people for money. Pay attention to what is said about false prophets, especially the following: "And whosoever shall say in the Spirit, Give me silver or anything else, ye shall not listen to him; but if he tell you to give on behalf of others that are in want, let no man judge him.
This does not mean that we do not test, discern and judge all prophesy according to the Scriptures as the Bereans tested Paul, but it means that we must accept true prophesy and stay away from false prophets who ask for money and lie in the name of the Lord. De Haan, Truth Watch New Zealand Within the Christian community there is a wide divergence of opinion, division, and even fierce competition among the different groups.
Subsequently, many believers are confused about which church is the right one to belong to and which church being closest to the truth is therefore worthy of their support. However, if this is a valid defence - why do we never see the Apostle or other leaders of the New Testament churches resorting to this argument?
Is it possible that this phrase is being misused to justify an authoritarian leadership? This is a very serious charge, which if true would mean that such people cannot be saved!
Indeed, many are so intimidated by this charge that they bury any doubts, relying on the claimant's self-proclamation for proof of the validity of the claims, rather than testing it by the Word. Often the passage above Matt. Indeed, in our post-modern age - the greatest sin is "intolerance" and it seems this is also increasingly the case in many churches. Anyone who wants to critique something is instantly dismissed as 'judgemental' so much for tolerance then! Let's look at the picture God wants His people to see about their relationship to Him, and His relationship to them.
Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Others teach that a person may "get saved" and live a Christian life for a time and then go back to his old ways. He goes back to sins and cannot be distinguished from a lost person.
This school of thought affirms that such a person will still go to heaven when he dies because he is still saved even though "carnal". Let us look at the Scriptures which make it very clear what the truth is concerning this matter of salvation. Ultimately only God knows who is saved eternal security and we can have assurance of salvation through a commitment to holding on to faith conditional security. But what constitutes a saving faith? What do we stand for as Christians?
Should we name names? Fellow believers--be warned and beware of the counsel of Gamaliel! It is not some thing we are to repeat mindlessly to get what we want from God. It is a prayer that should be at the very heart of our faith in the Lord. We show our complete worship and submission to our Father. We ask Him to meet our needs. We don't just expect Him to forgive us but we also forgive others. We ask Him to protect and deliver us from the evil one. We are completely dependant on Him for everything. This is hardly surprising.
Firstly, the doctrine is rarely preached on and therefore there is a great deal of ignorance about it. Secondly, because of its seeming complexity and difficulty to be adequately comprehended, people assume it must be an invented teaching with no biblical references. In this brief paper, it is not our purpose to concentrate on the historical controversies. There is a great deal of theological and historical literature already devoted to this.
Our main concern here is to redress the rejection of Trinitarian teaching by many sincere Christians. This I know for sure: the One who planted the good seed which bears fruit will come back to harvest His wheat, and not one grain of darnel will be found in the barn. If women today were submissive to their husbands, we would not have many of the problems we have today in the Church.
But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. It is one of His favorite things, His favorite melody, His overarching theme, what He thinks is really cool. It is nonsense to carnal men, but the very power of God to those who are being saved. It is oft fussed over in theory, like the tombs of the prophets decorated by the "Sons of Satan" in Jesus' day, but rarely tried. Will you, really? It works. Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. Each individual Christian together, the Church must "measure the mixture.
Even if it is unpopular and viewed as arrogant presumption, we must post the warning signs of clear biblical teaching. We must, in loving and humble obedience to Christ, always be measuring the mixture! In a world filled with opinions, lies and deceit, the truth is often overlooked and ignored. Relative truth has become a fixation in our society and it is no different for those seeking to be religious or spiritual; it has become their friend. They diligently study the Bible in order to interpret it correctly and then apply it properly.
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. God's ancient promise in Genesis is still very much in effect: "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent " Isaiah One of the topics, is the question on tithing. Where did it originate and what does it mean today? They come down on those who test the spirits 1 Jn. They use the "judge not" ploy to make themselves look like they are holier-than-thou and above the fray, and in so doing they are already in violation of Matt.
But think about the ways in which we all tend to judge in a whole variety of unbiblical ways every day. He fed them and watered them. He bathed them and tended to their hurts. The only trouble is he did not build a protected fence around their home. He had a habit of going to sleep at night leaving no one to guard them. They had always been safe in the past, but one night wolves came.
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