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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Heresies of the Shack

We are revisiting The Shack in order to hit home why we MUST filter EVERYTHING through God's Word. Just because Eugene Peterson or Michael W. Smith says it's a great book doesn't mean that it is a theologically sound book. You ask; "Why doe's it matter? It still teaches about the love of God" It is a false God, that's why. Does the God of the Bible teach Universalism? That the Trinity is 3 separate Gods? That God does not punish sin? NO, NO and NO! There for this is a false God. It's subtle just like every other heretical teaching that Jesus and the New Testament writers warn us about time and time again. This video version from Crosstalk is so informative. Also see the written article in our archives for a biblical breakdown of the Shack.
-Chris






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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Dangers of the Emergent Church

In light of a couple of posts on the Emergent church and it's leaders, I want to re-post the video that exposes the problems of this postmodern movement.

Quick review:

Does the Bible teach Universalism? The emergents say yes.
Does the Bible support homosexuality or any other continued lifestyle of sin? The emergents do.
Is there such thing as truth? The emergents say it's relative.
Does Jesus say there is a Hell? The emergents say there is not.
Can you trust the Bibles inerrency? The emergents say no.
Did Jesus say to follow Hindu beliefs and do mystical contemplative prayers and Yoga or to empty our minds in order to have a relationship with God? The emergents do.

Yet leaders like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Marcus Borg, Tony Campollo and others continue to be promoted as trusted teachers in our churches. Please see lighthouse trails for greater detail on the Emergent Church.
-Chris


The long version can be viewed by link that is embedded with in the video.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Imagine......

Okay, one more poke at the Emergents and that's it.........I promise.....well, for a few days anyway.

-Chris :)







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Thursday, February 19, 2009

John Piper on the health and wealth gospel.

Due to an increase number of readers, I want to repost John Pipers view on the health and wealth gospel. Now don't hold back John, tell us how you really feel.
: ) -Chris





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Saturday, February 7, 2009

How do you know that you believe?

We interrupt this series on false prophets to bring you the following "Sermon Jam" from Paul Washer..... (When a particularly good sermon is condensed and put to a musical background for emphasis, it is known as a Sermon Jam) . If you haven't heard the full sermons, please do so. It changed my life. Follow this link (also check out more of Paul Washers sermons) listen to "Examine yourself" on the Heartcry sermons on the upper right hand side of the blog.




***Warning*** This sermon will make you think, and you will want to read and re-read 1st John on what it means to be soundly saved.

Like most of us, I used to think that because I went down the aisle at 13 and was baptized meant I was saved. This is what we were taught. The problem was that after only a few short years, I decided to live for a false trinity (me, myself and I) for over a decade. I will spare you the gory details, but it wasn't pretty. I thought I could live the way I wanted, because I had my little "insurance card" to prove it. I wrote it in my Bible.... July 5th, 1981. See? "I asked Jesus in my heart." You know.... once saved always saved. Right? No really...I said the prayer (check), ....I believed in Jesus (check),....and I was baptized (check). Good to go....right? Much of today's preaching would have you think so. The fact is, once saved always saved is biblical, but it also teaches that their is such thing as a false conversion. A "said faith" not a genuine saving faith.

When God was working on me a little later in life, I read where Jesus says "depart from me, I never knew you" in Matthew 7:23, it kept me up at night. Here it is in context:

Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
Mat 7:23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
Mat 7:24 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

Friends, I share these things with you to say that a lot (not all) of the stuff that is considered "Christian" that is being sold at Christian book stores is from foolish men who built their house on sand. They will tell you that doctrine is not important. I promise you, if you don't have a proper understanding of the doctrine of Jesus, then you can be lead to believe in another Jesus. Jesus Himself said there will be many false christ's. Mark 13:6 "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many". One of those deceptions is "Easy believisim" which leads people to believe they are saved when indeed they are not. Folks, becoming a Christian is not like registering to vote or joining the 4-H club. Scenario: Are you a Christian? "Yeah, I did that once....." It's not an accessory or a side item. Mr. Washer explains it much better than I.

This sermon woke me up to this and has had me on a several year journey of studying God's word on this subject and I encourage everyone to check this out for yourselves. Read 1st John slowly, take notes and examine yourself to see if you're in the faith. Our pastor is doing an awesome series on just this and has been knocking it out of the ball park. Thanks Dr. Price!

In the mean time, I will continue posting on the "big name" false prophets as well as showing you some really weird stuff going on in our "churches", and most importantly posting about sound biblical salvation and how to witness properly so that we don't produce a false convert. See Hell's best kept secret for more.
-Chris


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Joel Osteen-False Prophet series pt. 2

This is kind of a long post, but I'm trying to make this series all inclusive with video and written articles on these false-teachers. If you know someone who follows these guys, I want to encourage you to email or send them a link here to read and watch the video on these guys.

So with that said, lets move on to our next leader in the false teachers series and that would be smiling Joel Osteen. He says a lot of "nice" and "positive" things. His smile is contagious, but guess what? Becoming a true Christian does not help you live "Your best life now"! Ask the Christians in China or India. Ask Damare if he's is "livingt his best life now"...

Damare was captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked. Only 7 at the time, he was sold as a slave to a Muslim family. He became a camel boy even though he knew nothing about caring for them. His master enforced his learning with beatings. One day a camel got away. The master threatened to kill Damare for this mistake, but something restrained him. The next day when he found out that Damare had sneaked away to attend a Christian church in the village he became determined to punish this boy.


The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain.


A man passing that way heard Damare’s screams and sneaked into the compound and carried this boy to the local hospital where the nails and board were removed. A year-and-a-half later, Damare and the man who saved him were in a village that came under attack, and they were separated. After the defense forces managed to drive away the Islamic soldiers, Damare was left standing along. When the commander heard him speak, he realized that he was from the Dinka Tribe and took him back to their camp. After hearing his tragic story he tried to locate some of Damare’s relatives. When none could be found, the commander adopted the former camel boy and took him to his home.


Today Damare is 15 and lives in Mario Kong. He cannot run fast like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross so all our sins could be forgiven. He asked the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan.


(VOM Newsletter, January 2004)
For more information on the persecuted church check out the Voice of the Martyrs at persecution.com




First there is a great article by Ken Silva
that sums up Mr. Osteen's "gospeless-man centered message". Then three fantastic audio/videos, one from The Way of the Master guys which is quite funny, but dead on, and a two parter fromTodd Friel of Wretched Radio (formerly Way of the Master radio) that takes actual audio clips from ol' Smiley face and compares what he has to say to God's word. Which, by the way is what we're told to do in 1 John 4:1.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." And guess what? He fails miserably.

Again, we are not here to be nit-picky.....this stuff is dangerous. This man has the largest church in America and has countless followers from television, and he can't even give the gospel truth. He and Benny Hinn and a few other money hungry false teachers will be responsible for millions going to Hell because these guys teach that Jesus came to help your self image. What a dangerous lie!

THIS is why doctrine is so important. If we don't have a proper understanding of who Jesus is, why He came and what He expects from us, then we end up having our ears tickled by every smooth talking, smiling Joker that claims he's a Christian.

For the time is coming...... Actually, the time is here! Please stay tuned to this blog for some more interesting (scary) video in the coming days. I am building up to some freaky stuff that is done in the name of Jesus. The problem is, it's another Jesus. Remeber this verse?....For many shall come in my name..... He warned us and we need to take heed.

God Bless you all.

-Chris


Here is the article by Ken Silva.
For more link to Pastor Ken Silva's Joel Osteen page.

JOEL OSTEEN WITHHOLDS TRUTH

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. (1 John 4:5)

Withholding The Truth And Leaving People In Their Sin

Joel Osteen’s Still the Name Leaders Know“, a September 5, 2008 puff piece on Joel Osteen from The Washington Times (TWT) we are reminded that he’s:

pastor of America’s largest church, [and] has plenty of powerful friends: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas and the Rev. Billy Graham. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain has met with him. Sen. Barack Obama’s aides are trying to arrange a get-together… (Online source)

Yes indeed, the world is certainly listening alright. And what is more we’re also told that Osteen:

wasn’t always so sought after. For 17 years, Mr. Osteen, now 45, handled TV production for his father, well-known televangelist John Osteen. The younger Mr. Osteen was petrified at the thought of public speaking until his father died in 1999 at age 77. The oldest son, Paul, a surgeon, was not available to fill in, so Joel, the second son, was asked to take over the 5,000-member church. “I guess it’s because I was there,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I like to think my dad was easygoing and kind, and I think some of those things have been passed down. I am like him in a sense of being positive and hopeful. He was compassionate, and I’ve got a lot of that in me as well.” (Online source)

Apprising Ministries has already shown you in Joel Osteen and John Osteen that not only is “like him” but the son also shares his late dad’s corrupt Word Faith teachings and prosperity gospel as well. The fact is that Osteen believes and quietly preaches the same Word Faith doctrine as John Avanzini Word Faith Wolf and Prosperity Preacher and that of WF cult leader Kenneth Copeland, which then begs the question: Do Regenerated Christians Really Teach Jesus Christ Is A “Born Again Man”?

TWT also informs us, “Mr. Osteen has just come out with a second book, ‘Become a Better You’ and will be signing copies at noon Friday at Books-a-Million on Dupont Circle. Later in the day, he will preach at a sold-out 15,000-seat Verizon Center.” O, there’s little doubt that Osteen’s venues will be packed out. Take for example the fact that Joel Osteen Blesses the Mormon Church. Therein you’ll see this Christian “pastor” has recently even declared that practicing members in the non-Christian cult of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), who believe that Jesus was the first spirit child born of a resurrected man who became a god, are also Christian just the same as he is.

And then in Joel Osteen Helping Mormons “Become A Better You” I’ll show you that he’s also dumbed any genuine Christian message down so far that Mormon owned Deseret Book even sells Osteen’s latest book cited above. A leading voice in the man-centered semi-pelagian Ecumenical Church of Deceit of postevangelicalism TWT further enlightens us that Osteen’s:

books and message are America’s new civil religion: a packaging of advice on relationships, health and finances mixed in with shared values that appeal to people of all or no faith. About 40 percent of his worldwide TV audience identify themselves as nonbelievers. Mr. Osteen’s broad-brush style of evangelism has netted some criticism because of its emphasis on prosperity and his lack of sermonizing on sin.

“I would never do it purposely,” the pastor replied when asked why his latest book contains little to no mentions of Jesus Christ. “Certainly He is my savior. He is in my messages and I always give people an invitation to receive Christ. “I deal with more practical issues of the Bible. … I don’t like to beat people down. They need to be lifted up.” The book, which has chapter titles such as “Feed Your Good Habits,” “Rising Higher” and “Keep the Strife Out of Your Life,” does not dwell heavily on unanswered prayer. When he deals with people, Mr. Osteen said he aims at keeping their faith up. (Online source)

Men and women, now we uncover the heart of the matter with Osteen: What kind of faith are we taking about; and faith in what? He has given America a “civil religion” alright but it’s certainly not new. It’s really just a twist of the very old, very wrong, ethic of the self: “God helps those who help themselves.” What Osteen does is to take the positive confession of the Word Faith movement, actually rooted in the neo-Gnostic metaphysical Mind Science cults, and then marry it to the philoso-psychobabble of the most heralded modern-day prophet of the self Robert Schuller who also lacked “sermonizing on sin.” However, where Osteen completely ignores sin Schuller simply redefined it while telling people Christ Died for Mankind’s Negative Self-Image.

So when all is said and done essentially Osteen’s own pragmatic man-pleasing message is a kind of Rick Warren-lite. But the tragic issue is by his ”preaching” a pseudo-Christian message with no “sermonizing on sin” and which appeals “to people of all or no faith” Osteen isn’t really lifting people up at all. No, instead here we have a man who claims to be a pastor-teacher sent by Christ Jesus who is consciously withholding the Truth from these packed-out crowds, which then leaves them right in their sin:

What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.

Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. (Romans 7:7-12)

In closing, and especially if you have been following the woefully incomplete (at best) message of Joel Osteen, I now point you to a message by Dr. John Piper called How We Come to Know Sin. Pastor Piper is right when he tells you that God’s Law exposes mankind’s “sinful condition”; and think about it, if people don’t understand that they are in sin then they certainly aren’t going to see a need for a Savior:

How Does the Law Help Us Know Our Sin?

So let’s ask today, How does the law help us know our sin? I ask this because I want to benefit as much as possible from the good purposes of the law. I don’t want to miss this blessing. I don’t want you to. I expect that it will be a painful blessing - to be exposed by the law as a sinner, but we saw last week that this is all good for us. Exploratory surgeries, biopsies, diagnoses, treatment - these may all be painful, but they are all good for us in the hand of a skilled physician. And God is the most skilled physician.

So how does the law help us know our sinful condition? Notice I ask about our “sinful condition,” not our “sins.” I do this because of something that you can see in verse 8: “But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind.” Sin produced coveting. Wait, I thought coveting was sin. But in Paul’s mind there is something beneath the sin of coveting, which is producing coveting. And that something he calls sin. He treats it like a power - almost like a person. It looks for opportunities - it will even look in God’s holy law - and then uses those opportunities to produces sins like covetousness.

That deeper thing that produces sins is what I am calling our “sinful condition.” You could call it our depravity. You could call it our fallenness. Believers could call it our “remaining corruption.” Paul simply calls it sin. But he makes it clear that it is deeper and more pervasive and productive than the sins that it produces, like covetousness.

This sinful condition is what we need to get to know. And according to verse 7, we get to know it by knowing what it produces and how the law exposes that. “I would not have come to know sin [my sinful condition] except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting [which is what this sinful condition produces, according to verse 8] if the Law had not said, “you shall not covet.” So we get to know sin - our deep sinful condition - by getting to know the sins that our sinful condition produces. And we get to know those sins and that connection with sin through the law. (Online source)

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Benny Hinn-False Prophets part 1





If any Christian should wonder why we bother exposing these clowns, remember-this is what non-believers see on T.V. Is there any wonder why much of the world thinks we're nuts? This is what we have allowed to represent us because we haven't stood for truth like we ought to.
Watch him and his followers in the 2nd video. That is NOT the Holy Spirit they are filled with. -Chris

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

True Repentance part 2

Below is a reply from Wayne Dawg at www.dawgonthelawn.blogspot.com regarding the previous post on repentance. I appreciate his comments very much, but more importantly it's what he said about the Holy Spirit aiding us in changing our ways. We're not responsible for changing our ways. God gets and deserves the glory. Apart from Him we can do nothing. I also want to emphasize what he said about " the fruit of repentance should be very obvious". We are not a Christian just because he said a "prayer" or "believes" in Jesus. There should be an obvious change about us. An obvious and lasting change. If it's real it will have roots. This is leading into the serious topic of Lordship salvation which I will be expanding on. -Chris

Great post!

"Lord, I'm done with that, I want to live YOU'RE way, not mine"? This does not mean perfection, the true believer will sin, but will grow in holiness through the process of God sanctifying us. In other words we should see a difference a week from now, a month from now, then a year from now. An upward climb, if you will. Yes, we do backslide, but I'm talking about over all seeing change from year to year."

This is exactly what I try to stress when I witness. It's a complete turning from sin (I like the upward climb analogy) and staying away from it through the power of the Holy Spirit. Yes, we do stumble, but the fruit of repentance should be very obvious.

A big thanks to Noiz from www.bringthenoiz.blogspot.com for having this video by Pastor Tim Conway available. I highly recommend his site and check out his testimony. -Chris



What is Biblical Repentance? - Ask Pastor Tim Conway from I'll Be Honest on Vimeo.



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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

THE GOSPEL’S FIRST DEMAND—REPENTANCE

I want to focus on Biblical salvation for a couple of days. Because so much of what is presented in our churches falls short. They only focus on the loving God and never mentions repentance or judgment.

So, What does it mean to repent?

Does it mean: A)To say "I'm sorry...", and yet continue the same sin over and over?

Or...

Does it mean: B)To say "Lord, I'm done with that, I want to live YOU'RE way, not mine"? This does not mean perfection, the true believer will sin, but will grow in holiness through the process of God sanctifying us. In other words we should see a difference a week from now, a month from now, then a year from now. An upward climb, if you will. Yes, we do backslide, but I'm talking about over all seeing change from year to year.

The biblical answer is B), but many churches teach A) And there is the problem. Without proper understanding of repentance, we may not have proper understanding of salvation. Dangerous indeed. I'll let a couple of seasoned pastors explain below.

-Chris



1st Article

Apprising ministries-Pastor Ken Silv
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THE GOSPEL’S FIRST DEMAND—REPENTANCE

By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jan 30, 2009 in Devotions

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

The message that Jesus brought to the people—the “great light” He revealed to those “sitting in the land of shadow and death”—was always very clear. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Our Lord thus began with the same basic exhortation that His herald, John the Baptist, had begun with (cf. Matt. 3:2).

Repentance is a crucial but often neglected or omitted element of the gospel. “Repent” means to turn from sin, to change your orientation, and in so turning to seek a new way of life. The person who repents has a radical change of will and heart, and as a result, a change of behavior (cf. Matt. 3:8) The repentant sinner will radically change the way he or she views sin and righteousness.

Repentance was, is, and always will be the foremost demand of the gospel. It is quite simply the first part of the saving work of the Holy Spirit in the sinner’s soul. In his Pentecost sermon, Peter also issued a call for repentance: “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38). Paul reassured Timothy that repentance leads “to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 2:25). If repentance was crucial for the people of Jesus’ day, it is even more imperative for everyone today, because the kingdom is nearer than ever.

Ask Yourself

Like all of us, you’ve confessed many things, many times before. But today is another good opportunity to take repentance seriously. What sins need its corrective touch in your life? Bring them before the Father. Receive His mercy. Walk away refreshed and in freedom. (John MacArthur, Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, January 30)

2nd Article

John MacArthur


What is repentance and how does it relate to salvation?

The meaning of the word repentance has been twisted in recent years to the point that its biblical meaning is now obscured in the minds of many. The idea that genuine repentance could result in anything but a change of life is completely foreign to Scripture.

What does the Bible teach about the relationship between salvation and repentance? First, it teaches that repentance is essential to salvation. One cannot truly believe unless he repents, and one cannot truly repent unless he believes. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin (but they are not synonymous terms). Acts 11:18 and 2 Peter 3:9 are two of the many verses that teach that repentance is necessary for salvation. Perhaps 2 Timothy 2:25 best sums up the relationship between repentance and saving faith when it speaks of "repentance to the acknowledging of the truth" (see also Acts 20:21).

Second, the Greek word for repentance (metanoia) means "to have another mind," but it cannot properly be defined to exclude a sense of hatred of and penitence for sin. The biblical concept of repentance involves far more than merely a casual change of thinking. Biblically, a person who repents does not continue willfully in sin. Repentance is a turning from sin, and it always results in changed behavior (Luke 3:8). While sorrow from sin is not equivalent to repentance, it is certainly an element of scriptural repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Finally, despite what is being widely taught today, affirming that repentance and acknowledgement of Jesus' lordship are necessary to salvation does not "add" anything to the requirement of faith for salvation. It is not "faith plus repentance" that saves, but rather a repentant faith. The notion that salvation is possible apart from a genuine, heartfelt repentance, which includes a deep hatred of sin, is a relatively new one, neither believed nor taught by the people of God until the twentieth century.

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