The Osteen predicament — Mere happiness cannot bear the weight of the Gospel

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addresses the absurd comments made by Victoria Osteen, wife of prosperity preacher Joel Osteen, during a recent talk she gave at his church:

I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?

Mohler offers valid reasons why Joel and Victoria Osteen’s slick version of Prosperity Theology is a heresy that is spreading throughout much of the world. “The important issue is this,” says Mohler, “Prosperity Theology is a false Gospel.

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Will Christians be snookered by Shemitah?

Stand Up For The Truth’s Amy Spreeman reports that false prophet Jonathan Cahn who wrote The Harbinger has come out with another “prophetic” book entitled Mystery of Shemitah. and it’s “flying off the shelves.” Spreeman watched an interview with Cahn on It’s Supernatural that was so troubling it made the hairs rise on the back of her neck. View article →

Pope challenges taboo by marrying couples who lived ‘in sin’

Yahoo News reports:

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples.

Popes very rarely perform marriages – the last one was in 2000.

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The prosperity priestess and the pied piper of IHOP

CRN correspondent Marsha West reports that prosperity preacher Joyce Meyer has agreed to speak at the upcoming International House of Prayer’s Onething Conference. The director of IHOP is none other than self-proclaimed “prophet” Mike Bickle. Could this be a sign that Meyer is on the verge of aligning with the modern day “apostles and prophets” movement?

Marsha also reports that noted evangelical philosopher and apologist Ravi Zacharias appeared on Joyce Meyer’s TV show; likewise, popular Reformed pastor Francis Chan shared a stage with Mike Bickle. How is it that men of their stature are unaware that both Moore and Bickle preach a carefully crafted counterfeit Christianity?

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DirecTV, CVS pushing homosexuality in television commercials

Christian News Network reports:

As the sin of homosexuality becomes more of an accepted behavior in American culture, satellite television provider DirecTV and drug store giant CVS have become the latest to join the bandwagon of major corporations pushing homosexuality in marketing campaigns.

In a commercial entitled Rivalry, DirecTV uses two men who state that they are “just like any couple” to promote the provider’s NFL Sunday Ticket.

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‘Terrify the enemy of Allah’: British imam cites Koran telling Muslims to terrorize

Christian News Network reports:

During a recent interview on the Russia Today program Worlds Apart, London-based imam Anjem Choudary cited the Koran in acknowledging that terrorism is part of the Islamic faith.

Choudary was asked by host Oksana Boyko in regard to the beheading to two American journalists whether Islamists can “hold an individual responsible, for the actions of a collective.”

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‘Even if I am going to hell’: Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ defends evolutionary beliefs

According to Christian News Network:

In the latest issue of a widely-circulated science magazine, Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy’ defiantly defends his evolutionary beliefs and says that even if he ends up ‘going to Hell,’ it still won’t prove that the earth is young.

As previously reported, Nye debated Answers in Genesis (AiG) president Ken Ham earlier this year in a historic creation/evolution debate that was viewed by millions. Two months after the debate, Nye attacked Ham’s biblical creation beliefs in an opinion column published by Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

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The low-information evangelical, part 2

In part 1, Marsha West brought the reader up to speed on Beth Moore’s slide into mysticism and also gave a heads up on her unbiblical teaching. In part 2 she reports on Moore’s recent appearance on Word of Faith teacher Joyce Meyer’s TV show and her eagerness to unite with someone who teaches a false gospel. Marsha also brings to light the unprecedented biblical illiteracy of a large number of professing Christians. She argues that evangelical has become such a broad term that it has lost its meaning. The proof of this is that false teachers such as Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer and Rob Bell are considered evangelicals. View article →

Driscoll to step down temporarily from megachurch over allegations of spiritual abuse

According to Christian News Network:

Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while leaders review formal charges lodged by a group of pastors that he abused his power.

The 43-year-old pastor has been under fire in recent months for plagiarism, inappropriate use of church funds and improper behavior toward subordinates.

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Christian radio station pulls out of Michael Gungor concert

Stand Up For The Truth reports:

The Board of Directors governing Q90 FM radio issued the following response to Michael Gungor Appearing at Life Promotions’ Power of One event next month:

There has been a lot of discussion about beliefs espoused by Michael Gungor, a musician who will be playing at Power of One, an event hosted and owned by Life Promotions.This event attracts thousands of Christian youth every year with rock music and speakers. Our Board has carefully discussed and prayed about how we should respond to this event.

Michael Gungor has made some very controversial remarks over the last couple years. He has stated he does not and cannot believe in a literal Adam and Eve as the first people, and has said the Flood is not believable and has been disproven by science. He has admitted he is under the influence of Rob Bell—who has branded himself an apostate by his views on eternity and marriage—and Rachel Held Evans, who supports homosexuality for Christians along with several other dangerous teachings. In fact both of them helped Gungor create his latest album.

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The low-information evangelical

Is it a good thing or a bad thing for an evangelical Christian to be branded a “LIE?” What about a “u-LIE”?

Beth Moore is one the most popular Bible teachers in the Church. Millions of women read her books and flock to her conferences to learn from her. But is this trusted teacher rightly dividing the Word of Truth?

Would God approve of His people taking a “Christian” yoga class?

Marsha West answers these questions and tackles the visible church’s descent into Christian mysticism.

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LifeWay stops selling Mark Driscoll’s books at 180 Christian stores

According to Christianity Today:

LifeWay Christian Resources, which bills itself as “one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services,” has pulled Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and more than 180 stores nationwide.

The action by the publishing arm of America’s largest Protestant denomination, the nearly 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), comes one day after Matt Chandler’s Acts 29 church planting network removed membership from Mars Hill churches and their popular pastor. Driscoll has authored 15 books and amassed a following of 13,000 weekly worshipers at 15 locations in five states.

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Obama makes video appearance at Ohio’s ‘gay games’

Christian News Network reports:

Barack Obama made an video appearance at the international Gay Games on Saturday, the world’s largest homosexual sporting event, founded in 1982 in San Francisco.

“Welcome to the 2014 Gay Games,” he opened. “And to the thousands of athletes, coaches, family and spectators from around the world, welcome to Ohio and the United States of America.”

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Yes theology matters (and so does the mind)

In this piece, author and apologist Bill Muehlenberg eludidates how contemporary Christians have been deliberately dumbed down and “are largely ignorant of all sorts of things.” Many in the postmodern Church don’t know what they believe and why they believe it, nor do they know why truth matters. According to Muehlenberg, Christians are not using their minds, intellect and reason, which is a “direct violation of the most important commandment of all: the commandment given by Jesus to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind.” He puts the blame squarely on bad theology, which dishonors God.

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City rescinds decision to cancel Chick-fil-A sponsored event following outcry

According to Christian News Network:

Two months after a small Canadian town canceled a Chick-fil-A sponsored event due to concerns over the owners’ ‘criminal’ Christian beliefs, the town’s city council has officially rescinded their initial decision and reaffirmed the rights of men and women of all faiths to use their city’s facilities.

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What about that Australian study about same-sex parenting?

Janice Shaw Crouse, author and executive director and senior fellow at Concerned Women for America, questions the methodology of a recent same-sex parenting study that was conducted in Australia. She says the study “‘found’ that children’s well-being with homosexual parents was as good or better than with heterosexual parents.” Crouse disagrees and claims that lines were blurred between facts and fiction.

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Homosexual man fired from children’s ministry for introducing boyfriend to kids

According to Christian News Network:

Homosexual advocates are outraged that a Christian children’s ministry in Texas fired an employee after he introduced his boyfriend to a group of children under his care.

Children’s Home of Lubbock is a non-profit west Texas ministry founded in 1954 and sponsored by Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock. According to the church’s website, the children’s home is committed to bringing “hope, healing, a sense of worth and value to the lives of fatherless, abused, and neglected children.”

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Camp teaches kids how to defend evolution against creation ‘bullying’

Christian News Network reports:

A Unitarian organization in Missouri hosted an evolution camp for kids earlier this month, during which the kids were taught how to defend evolutionary theory from critics, including Christians.

According to a report from the Springfield News-Leader, the First Unitarian Universalist “Church” of Springfield sponsored an evolution camp this month for about 30 children. The camp, which took place July 7–11, was designed for youth between the ages of 5 and 11.

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Rethinking the Bible: a reassessment among some evangelicals

Jim Hinch, contributing writer for the Orange County Register, writes that a growing number of evangelicals are asking if their historic view of Scripture is too dogmatic. In his piece, Hinch includes the opinions of several professing Christians – including Rob Bell (who has been exposed as an apostate) – as he endeavors to examine what is going on in the increasingly liberal church in America. According to Hinch, “A study this year by the American Bible Society found that nearly 40 percent of Americans under age 30 never read the Bible, while 16 percent of young adults consider the Bible ‘the actual word of God.’”

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Bishop Tony Palmer, who urged Catholics and charismatics to unite, dies in motorcycle crash

Stand Up For The Truth is reporting on the tragic death of Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer who was a close confidant of Pope Francis:

The last time we heard from Charismatic Bishop Tony Palmer, he was coordinating a meeting between Pope Francis and Palmer’s guru Kenneth Copeland. Today Palmer was killed in a motorcycle crash.

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Bethel’s Bill Johnson: “Jesus was so empty of divine capacity…”

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire writes concerning the latest heresy coming out of Bethel Church in Redding, CA:

Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.

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Ian Thorpe and mindless political correctness

After years of denial, Australian five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe admitted during an interview that he’s “gay.” And of course the media, celebs and activists applauded the swimmer for his so-called bravery. Author and Christian apologist Bill Muehlenberg takes to task those who deliberately cover up the truth about what he calls the “high-risk deathstyle” of men who have sex with men. “The only ones who are brave today,” Muehlenberg points out, “are those who dare to resist the homosexual juggernaut. They are the new pariahs and scorned outcasts in the West, and they will be treated savagely and with ugly fury by the militants and their fawning supporters in the media.”

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