The exclusivity of Jesus

Does the Bible really teach that there is only one way to God, one road to heaven, and that’s through believing in Jesus Christ? Or are there many roads we can take to get to heaven when we die? Elizabeth Prata of The End Time reveals the biblical teaching on this contentions issue. She writes:

One of the most hated, if not THE most hated doctrine of Christianity, is the exclusivity of Jesus. This doctrine is the one that states Jesus is the only way to heaven. You cannot get to heaven by your own works, family relations, church attendance, other god, other religion, or any other method except to repent of your sins and believe in the resurrected Jesus by faith alone through grace alone.

I receive some arched eyebrows, heated responses, and hate mail for saying so, some from my own family. “Away with dogma!” my aunt grandly proclaimed, right before she blocked me. Same with other family members. But these responses are no worse than anybody else’s experiences and a great deal less hurtful than what others have endured, I’m sure.

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Women and False Teachers: Why Men Don’t Get It, and Why It’s Imperative That They Do

According to Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley, women respond differently to false teachers than men do. Take for example the Genesis account of the Garden of Eden. It was Eve who succumbed to the wiles of the crafty serpent, not Adam. Michelle has some interesting thoughts on why the serpent chose to approach the woman instead of the man. She points out that God made men and women with very different mental and emotional makeups — women are more trusting, loving and willing to give the benefit of the doubt to others. Thus, women are more likely than men to be drawn in by wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Food for thought, ladies.

Now to Michelle’s article:

Confession time: Sometimes – OK, often – I think my brain works more like a man’s than a woman’s. You’ve got a problem? Suck it up- here’s the solution. The mall? A perfectly horrifying way to ruin a Saturday. And why do we have to hug people hello and goodbye when we see each other multiple times a week?

I’ve always been more comfortable around men, and when I was single, I had mostly male friends. They’re generally¹ less mysterious and easier to figure out than women, and they don’t usually play those manipulative emotional games some women can be notorious for. If a man says he wants a cheese sandwich, there’s no hidden “you don’t bring me flowers often enough” meaning there. He just wants a cheese sandwich. I like that. It’s pretty much how I operate.

Which makes me the perfect person for God to plunk down smack dab in the middle of women’s ministry, right?

Harrumph.

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There Goes the Neighborhood: What I Think About Mark Driscoll’s Move to Patheos

On his Facebook page, Mark Driscoll has a video thanking Patheos for inviting him to move his blog to their platform. So now the disgraced “pastor” will be blogging with a group of Progressive Christians. Patheos blogger Jonathan Aigner is not happy that Driscoll has joined the group. So he wrote a piece to remind us of days gone by, when Mark Driscoll pastored Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and what led up to his public disgrace and the disintegration of the megachurch he founded. In his piece, Aigner presents some of the graphic details of what got Mark Driscoll in trouble. Even though he lays out the facts, some readers will find this piece offensive.

Apparently Mark Driscoll’s blog now has a home in this neighborhood.

Yes, that Mark Driscoll.

Don’t recall? Let me refresh your memory.

This is the Mark Driscoll who built a Seattle megachurch in his own image. “I am the brand,” he was reported to say.

This is the guy who claimed men hated the church because it made Jesus into a “Richard Simmons, hippie queer Christ.” “I cannot worship a guy I can beat up,” he said.

It’s the one who screamed at men in his congregation for mistreating the women in their lives. Then he published a book in which he heartbreakingly and blatantly shamed his own wife because of her own abuse history. What kind of monster would whine about how his spouse’s trauma negatively impacted their sex life? Mark Driscoll, apparently.

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Dallas Theological Seminary’s Women’s Conference Speaker, Christine Caine, Raises Concerns for Reader

Lighthouse Trails recently posted a letter to the editor written by a woman who is concerned that Dallas Theological Seminary, known for, among other things, biblical inerrancy, has invited a Word of Faith heretic to speak at a women’s conference. LHT points out that the reason Christine Caine should not have been invited to speak at any evangelical seminary is because “she claims Joyce Meyer as her ‘spiritual mother’ and lists Word of Faith preacher Sheryl Brady as a dear friend calling her ‘flat out the best chick preacher of the word.’ Caine has ‘preached’ in seeker/emergent Steven Furtick’s mega church in Charlotte, North Carolina.”  More about Christine Caine here.

Thank you for the article regarding Dallas Theological Seminary’s movement  toward contemplative prayer and the New Spirituality. It was painful to read as I have relied upon their faithfulness to the Word since 1974 when I first sat under the teaching of a DTS graduate. All the teachers I listen to and know have graduated from DTS. There are many graduates here in _____, Texas and true verse-by-verse teaching has had an influence upon so many who love the truth. I have been able to discern a change even in the teachers I sit under as I hear who they quote in their teachings.

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‘An Act of Pure Evil’ — Searching for Meaning in Las Vegas

Evil points to a necessary moral judgment made by a moral authority greater than we are — a transcendent and supernatural moral authority: God.

By Albert Mohler

Today, most Americans awoke to news from Las Vegas that is nothing less than horrific. For so many in Las Vegas, Sunday night must have seemed like the night that would never end.

In the face of such overwhelming news, we naturally seek after facts. We want to know what happened, and when. We want to know who did it. By mid-morning the facts were staggering. More than fifty people are dead and hundreds wounded after a lone gunman opened fire on a music festival from a perch in a hotel room 32 floors above. The attack was deadly, diabolical, and premeditated.

The shooting is already described as the worst in American history. The gunman, believed to be Stephen Paddock, killed himself as police prepared to storm his hotel room, from which he had aimed his deadly gunfire. The facts emerged slowly, and are still emerging. Paddock had no notable criminal record. He had worked for a defense contractor, owned two private aircraft, and was known to own guns. He was reported to like Las Vegas for its gambling and entertainment. No one seems to have considered him a threat. His brother, contacted after the massacre, said that the family was beyond shock, as if “crushed by an asteroid.”

In Las Vegas and beyond, hundreds of families are crushed by grief and concern. More than fifty human beings, very much alive just hours ago, are now dead, seemingly murdered by random order.

The facts will continue to come as investigations continue. We need facts in order to steady our minds and grapple with understanding. We must have facts, and yet we can be easily overwhelmed by them. Some “facts” will not be facts at all. National Public Radio helpfully and honestly ended its news coverage of the massacre with these words: “This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities. We will update as the situation develops.” I count that as both helpful and honest.

But the facts of who and what and where and how, still unfolding, point to the even more difficult question — why?

Why would anyone kill a fellow human being? Why launch an ambush massacre upon concertgoers listening to country music? Why premeditate a mass killing?

Was he driven by some obsession, fueled by some grievance? Was he sending a signal or political message as an act of terrorism? Is the answer psychiatric or pharmacological? Our minds crave an answer.

Why do we ask why?

We cannot help but ask why because, made in God’s image, we are moral creatures who cannot grasp or understand the world around us without moral categories. We are moral creatures inhabiting a moral universe and our moral sense of meaning is the faculty most perplexed when overwhelmed by horror and grief.

The terror group known as ISIS or the Islamic State claimed that Stephen Paddock was a “lone wolf” attacker who had recently converted to Islam. Law enforcement authorities said there is no evidence of anything related to ISIS or Islam.

Clark County (NV) Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that he was not sure if the massacre was sending a message as a terror attack: “We have to establish what his motivation is first. And there’s motivating factors associated with terrorism other than a distraught person just intending to cause mass casualties.”

So far as we now know, Paddock left no note and communicated no clear message. The gunfire tells some story, but we do not yet know what the story is. We may never know,

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Aimee Semple McPherson: Actress or Anointed?

From Berean Research:

Aimee Semple McPherson could put on a theatrical church services like nobody’s business. The flamboyant Pentecostal faith healer “helped drive the rise of a new mass media, celebrity culture” and became one of the most famous celebrities of her time. According to Costi Hinn of Equip the Saints there was a side to this woman that few are willing to tell.  Hinn, however, is willing to tell us her story.  One of the astonishing things he reveals is that “students of signs and wonders schools still flock to her gravesite in Glendale, California to lie on her tombstone and ‘soak’ in her anointing so they can operate in ministry as she once did.” This practice is called “grave sucking,” brethren. Watch this video. Some deluded people actually do this, as you will see.

So now to Costi Hinn’s troubling revelations about the Pentecostal prophetess who profited financially from fooling her fans.  He writes:

On this date, September 27th, 1944, one of the most famous female faith healers in history died of an overdose from sleeping pills that sent shockwaves through the world. While she is known for her ecumenical work and for being the founder of the Foursquare denomination, it is her life and theology as a pastor that few ever stop to ponder. For better or for worse, this is a side of Aimee Semple McPherson’s story like you may have never read before.

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Seven Characteristics of Liberal Theology

Pastor Kevin DeYoung believes it is wise for Christians to know what the characteristics of theological liberalism are. The question is, are liberals creating something other than Christianity?

What is theological liberalism?

Liberalism is both a tradition—coming out of the late-18th century Protestant attempt to reconfigure traditional Christian teaching in the light of modern knowledge and values—and a diverse, but recognizable approach to theology.

Like any “ism,” liberalism is not easy to pigeonhole. But Gary Dorrien’s magisterial three volumes on The Making of American Liberal Theology present a coherent picture of a movement that has been marked by identifiable hermeneutical and sociological commitments. Even if one wishes to avoid liberal theology, it would still be wise to know something about a movement that has exerted such considerable influence over the past 200 years.

Below are seven characteristics of liberalism that have been culled from the first volume of Dorrien’s trilogy. The headings are mine; the indented text is from the book.

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Taizé Worship – Growing in Popularity, But Roots Are in Mystical Monasticism

From Berean Research:

What could we find wrong with young people from all over the world gathering together to pray? Especially when those who participate say that during their prayer time they experience “peace, faith and trust.”

Taizé (prounced tuh-zay) is a tiny monastic community nestled in the French countryside. The community was founded in 1940 by Roger Louis Schütz-Marsauche, a Reformed Protestant. Although Brother Roger, as he was called, was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman in 2005, his dream continues. According to Wikipedia “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work.” The community has become “an important site for Catholic–Lutheran ecumenism.” The thing that Bible believing Christians will find troubling is that Taizé music and prayers include chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition….and it is steeped in mystical monasticism.

In his book “Taizé: A Community and Worship: Ecumenical Reconciliation or an Interfaith Delusion?” Steve Lawson warns that Taizé prayer is running rampant in the Church throughout the world.  Lighthouse Trails has an excerpt from Lawson’s book. Find out what this growing movement is all about:

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Bart Campolo says progressive Christians turn into atheists. Maybe he’s right

Bart Campolo is the son of Tony Campolo who is a leading spokesman for the Emergent Church movement (EC). These people call themselves Progressive Christians. Ken Silva, who exposed the EC movement for what it is, described it as “the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church”

Campolo Sr. is also a “Red Letter Christian.” But this is not about the father; it’s about the son and how his process of adjusting his theology to match his experience has shipwrecked his faith. According to Sam Hailes, Bart has “‘skipped over’ the ‘progressive re-vamping’ of Christianity and gone straight to the logical conclusion that God doesn’t exist. He reckons that Progressive Christians should stop pretending God exists in the form of ‘the universe’ or other wishy-washy language.”

Well, at least Bart Campolo is willing to admit that the god progressive/liberal “Christians” believe in is not the God of the Bible.

Premiere Christianity, a magazine out of the UK, has the story of Bart Campolo’s drift into atheism:

Fundamentalist Christians will sometimes warn that any deviation from historic evangelical beliefs (however small) is a stepping stone toward full-blown atheism. In other words, Christians must accept that hell is eternal, the Bible is inerrant and God created everything in six literal 24 hour days. If you remove any of these doctrines, it won’t be long before you’re denying your faith altogether!

Younger evangelicals like myself tend to reject this way of thinking. We see legitimate room to differ on how to interpret doctrines like creation and sovereignty. It’s often only the core creedal statements about the existence of God and Christ’s resurrection or divinity which are non-negotiable. Whether because of pressure from culture, or an honest re-reading of scripture, we’re susceptible to changing our minds on other doctrines that previous generations of Christians have held dear.

But what’s surprising is it turns out our older fundamentalist friends aren’t the only people who think progressive Christianity can be a stepping stone to atheism. At least one atheist agrees with this theory!

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‘If You Obey God, You Will Never Be Broke,’ TD Jakes Says

The following news story from Christian Post is for informational and research purposes only. We do not endorse CP, as the publication is sorely lacking in discernment. Before we get to Leonardo Blair’s piece, you should know that T.D. Jakes is a Oneness Pentecostal (anti-trinitarian). As you’re about to see, Rev. Jakes shamelessly propagates the false prosperity gospel that distorts the true Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Popular megachurch pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, sparked a furor online Sunday when he told his 2.8 million followers on Twitter that if they obey God, they will never be broke again.

“If you obey GOD you will never be broke another day in your life. #AndItCameToPass#tphonline,” a post on Jakes’ Twitter account said at 11:04 a.m. on Sunday.

The Christian Post reached out to The Potter’s House on Thursday to verify if the tweet was made by Jakes himself or an account administrator but no one was available.

On Monday, critics began questioning the biblical genesis of the statement and Jakes responded: “David said, ‘yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.'”

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Flag Worship and the Idolatry of American Patriotic Christianity

“This nation is plagued with sin and needs the gospel and the Church is commissioned to take it to the world,” Jeff Maples reminds us. “Yet, we have men like Josh Feuerstein garnering support by the hundreds of thousands to boycott Starbucks because of the color of the cups they use at Christmas and Robert Jeffress running around with false teachers like Paula White and Kenneth Copeland to promote Donald Trump’s patriotic Christianity, virtue signaling, and idolatrous utopian American system of freedom while denying the power of the gospel to change the hearts of the lost (2 Timothy 3:5-7).”

Read more of Maples’ view of “Patriotic Christianity” over at Pulpit & Pen:

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. –2 Timothy 2:23

I must admit it’s been fascinating to watch the hordes of professing Christians get fired up this past week after Donald Trump’s speech calling NFL players who kneeled during the pledge of allegiance or singing of the national anthem “sons of b**ches.” If you’ve been watching the brouhaha brewing over this debacle, it becomes apparent that Christians in America are willing to latch onto any cause that preserves their idols of freedom and entertainment.

On the one hand, you have the black community who, in many cases, believe they have been marginalized and mistreated by society under the American flag and on the other hand, you have the patriotic idolaters of this nation who, under no circumstances, can allow any apparent disrespect to happen to this nation.

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Why Wasn’t Nabeel Qureshi Healed? (In Response to Dr. Michael Brown’s Article)

From Berean Research:

Pastor Gabriel Hughes responds to a piece Dr. Michael Brown wrote on the recent death of Muslim turned Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi. “Heaven was hardly mentioned in Dr. Brown’s article,” Hughes noted. Not surprisingly a call to repentance by Brown wasn’t given at all. His message was basically, ‘Most people won’t be physically healed, and hardly anyone is ever healed of something major like stomach cancer, even by modern medicine, but pray as though they will be healed anyway, regardless of God’s will.'”

In his piece Brown made the following comment:

You might say, ‘Obviously, people who die of sickness don’t have enough faith.’ But that would also mean that the many people who prayed for Nabeel, including some used powerfully in healing, lacked faith, too. And if you have so much faith, why didn’t you successfully pray for his healing?

To which Pastor Hughes responded:

Yeah, looking at you, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Ken and Gloria Copeland, Todd White, and Bethel Church! Where was all the naming it and claiming it for Nabeel?

So with this background in mind, on to Gabriel Hughes’ response to high profile charismatic leader Michael Brown:

Nabeel Qureshi, best-selling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, died of stomach cancer this past Saturday at the age of 34. I never met Nabeel, but I followed his ministry and believed him to be a dear brother in the Lord. Nabeel grew up a devout Ahmadi Muslim. His college roommate, David Wood, challenged his beliefs in the Quran, Muhammad, and Allah, and helped lead him to saving faith in the one true God, Jesus Christ (1 John 5:20).

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Rick Warren Hopes His Partnership With Roman Catholic Leader Will Become ‘Model’ for World

A 2008 article in The Washington Post described Rick Warren, one of the most visible Southern Baptists in the world, as “a megachurch pastor and philanthropist who is courted by political leaders worldwide, says he thinks Christianity needs a ‘second Reformation’ that would steer the church away from divisive politics and be ‘about deeds, not creeds.’” (Source)  Clearly he has forgotten what the Protestant Reformation was about, as you will see in this piece over at Christian News:

Photo credit: Apprising Ministries

Megachurch leader Rick Warren, known for his best-selling book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” said in a recent interview that he hopes his partnership with a local Roman Catholic leader to collaboratively combat social ills becomes a “model” for others around the world. His remarks have drawn disagreement from those who believe that ecumenism with those who preach another gospel is unbiblical.

The Roman Catholic site Crux published the interview, which featured both Warren and friend Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, on Sept. 14. They were asked by interviewer and diocese Chancellor Pia de Solenni to share about how their friendship formed and developed.

Vann recalled that Warren attended his installation as the bishop of Orange and also called to congratulate him. The two continued to communicate and soon also began praying together.

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See our Research Paper on Roman Catholicism

Kris Vallotton — Following the Bible is Small Minded

What is “noted prophetic voice” Kris Vallotton up to now? Anthony Wade of 8:28 Ministries dissects his new teaching where he applies Scripture out of context to sell “carnal magic tricks.”:

He is at it again. Mega-heretic Kris Vallotton from the cesspool that is Bethel Church has written another blog post revealing further the depraved mind of a false teacher. Most false teachers you can pin down to a primary deception but Vallotton is a new breed who ascribes to nearly every false teaching there is and rolls them into his hybrid form of Christianity. A firm NAR adherent, Vallotton also ascribes to the prosperity gospel, false signs and lying wonders, word faith, and experiential Christianity; just to name a few. His enemy is the Bible and anyone who insists on reliance upon the Bible. This has never been more obvious than in the link above entitled, “I’m Tired of Small-Minded Christianity.” Let us reason together beloved again as we embark on a dangerous journey through this wicked mind that is leading so many people straight to hell. Do not lose sight of the fact that he seems to actually believe this garbage he writes.

“It troubles me that many people who claim to be Christians live with limited, powerless, finite thinking. How is this even possible? I mean, how do people who claim to have the Creator of the Universe living inside of them, the mind of Christ thinking through them, and the Spirit of God influencing the world around them even have the nerve to think small? I’d propose that we believers don’t have permission to live with limited mindsets!” — Kris Vallotton

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The Simon the Sorcerer Mentality – Jennifer LeClaire and Jeremy Gibson

Is the Spirit of God a product up for purchase if only you will make the right sacrificial transaction? According to Is Not Satire, some charismatic leaders think so. Get a load of this:

Jennifer LeClaire and Jeremy Gibson are helping to bring the mentality of Simon the sorcerer from Acts 8 right into the 21st century church.

In Acts 8 Simon the sorcerer acted like the work of the Holy Spirit was something he could own and control if only paid the right price. Peter rebuked him, and informed Simon that his heart was not in the right place.

18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” 24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.” (ESV)

Jennifer LeClaire and Jeremy Gibson have the same mentality about the work of the Holy Spirit. They treat the Holy Spirit’s activity and anointing like a possession to be owned, or a good to be obtained if only you will pay a price. Here are two recent Facebook posts.

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Wm. Paul Young Teaches New Age Lie About Separation on TBN

From Berean Research:

For those who haven’t yet heard, “The Shack” author, William Paul Young, is from a New Age/New Spirituality persuasion (like Oprah); likewise, Young rejects the Penal Substitutionary Atonement (that Jesus took the penalty for our sins on the cross). So with this in mind, it’s rather odd that he uses the term “Christian” to describe his religious beliefs.  A mouse in the cookie jar is not a cookie, brethren.

The truth is, Young is a first rate manure spreader. “The Shack,” purchased mainly by the Christian community (sadly) has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. The fact of the matter is that the book is riddled with the worst kind of heresy imaginable. (Read our coverage here.)

In a piece over at Lighthouse Trails, Warren B. Smith fills us in on Paul Young’s continuing effort to destroy the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3) He writes

On the March 12, 2017 episode 5 of Restoring The Shack television series on the TBN Christian television network, Shack author Wm. Paul Young stated it is a “lie” to believe that God is “separate” from His creation. Invoking a vision that was reputedly given by God to friend and fellow author C. Baxter Kruger, Young described this alleged lie as the “lie of separation.” But as a former New Ager, I recognized what Young was calling the “lie of separation” was in and by itself a lie. What he was teaching had nothing to do with biblical Christianity and everything to do with the false teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality/New World view. In fact, what Young was attempting to convey to countless TBN viewers was the same thing I had been taught and was teaching when I was in the New Age—that there is “no separation” between God and creation because God is “in” everyone and everything.

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Religious News Association Panel: James Goll, Holly Pivec and Paula White talk on NAR

According to Churchwatch Central (CWC) there were two very dangerous people on the RNA panel with Julia Duin and Holly Pivec — James Goll and Paula White. What makes Goll and White so dangerous? Both of them are self-appointed apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation. These two were “quite prepared to lie to a media audience who could only take what they were saying at face value,” says CWC. In their opinion, Goll and White “gave lip service to the Bible, the Reformation and the historic Christian creeds misleading others to advance their movement…”

CWC has included a must watch video of the panel discussion:

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Recently, the Religious News Association (RNA) had a panel discussion with NAR Apostle James Goll, NAR Apostle Paula White and Apologist and Polemicist Holly Pivec. The panel topic was ‘The New Revivalists’. Thanks to the work of Holly Pivec and her well-researched presentation, many reporters now understand that the Presidential Spiritual Advisor, Paula White, is part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

The entire panel discussion is well worth listening to, with James Goll (inadvertently) naming those who are part of the New Apostolic Reformation. The entire discussion can be watched here:

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Protestant and Catholic: What’s the Difference?

October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the revolt against the abuses and totalitarian control of the Roman Catholic Church known as the Protestant Reformation. To help us understand why there still remains a very wide divide between Protestants and Catholics, pastor and best-selling author Kevin DeYoung lays out a few of the main points that cause the separation so that those who are unfamiliar with RCC theology will know why there still remains a wide divide, and never the twain shall meet. He writes:

Ask a serious Protestant today what is the biggest threat to orthodox Christianity today, and he might mention cultural hostilities, the sexual revolution, or nominalism in our churches. But if you would have asked a Protestant the same question a hundred years ago, he would have almost certainly mentioned the Roman Catholic Church. Until fairly recently, Protestants and Catholics in this country were, if not enemies, then certainly players on opposing teams.

Today, much of that animosity has melted away. And to a large extent, the thaw between Protestants and Catholics has been a good thing. Sincere Protestants and Catholics often find themselves to be co-belligerents, defending the unborn, upholding traditional marriage, and standing up for religious liberty. And in an age that discounts doctrine, evangelical Protestants often share more in common theologically with a devout Roman Catholic steeped in historic orthodoxy than they do with liberal members of their own denominations. I personally have benefited over the years from Catholic authors like G. K. Chesterton, Richard John Neuhaus, and Robert George.

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See our Research Paper on the Roman Catholic Church

Beth Moore Praises Brother Lawrence and Obscures the Reformation

For those who are still in the dark regarding SBC darling Beth Moore’s slide into apostasy, six years ago the late Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries penned a piece to warn her many fans that she had become “iffy about Reformation theology.” As often happens, the video clip Ken used to prove his case has been removed from YouTube. so replacing it with a video produced by Emergent Watch Media was necessary:

September 4, 2011

The largely pretending to be Protestant evangelical community continues its pilgrimage back to the legalistic spiritual bondage of apostate Roman Catholicism and its evil author the Church of Rome.

As an online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries does what we can to document this woeful walk away from the truths recaptured during the Lord’s Reformation; how sad He must be.

Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore remains enormously popular within today’s anything goes evanjellyfish.

Not unlike charismatic prophet-pastors like PDL Pope Rick Warren, Moore is also an SBC figure receiving direct revelations from God.

The Slowly Becoming Catholic (SBC) is said to frown upon charismatic practices; but I guess they’re okay as long as someone isn’t a Calvinist, I mean we can’t have that. Like Warren, Moore’s teachings are peppered with things God “told me,” “spoke to my heart,” etc.

Interestingly enough, both of them are pretty iffy about Reformation theology, most specifically that the Roman Catholic Church teaches another gospel. This clip from Emergent Watch Media is from the Be Still DVD, which is an ode to the unbiblical practice of Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP).

You may remember that in Alabama Baptist Convention (SBC) Encourages You To Learn Lectio Divina From Apostate Tony Jones—yes, you read that right—I explained CCP, a form of transcendental meditation, is the crown jewel of the highly subjective Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).

Under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation this spurious CSM— a refried Roman Catholic mysticism—has been taught for years now within evangelicalism by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster. As a matter of fact, Foster is featured prominently in Be Still.

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Will the world end on Saturday?

Kimberly Winston has a few examples of prophetic speculation that the world would come to an end on a specific day. The latest speculation is September 23rd. Not mentioned in Winston’s piece is Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith’s prediction that the rapture would occur before the end of 1891….Hal Lindsay’s book “The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon“….John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann’s The Jupiter Effect”.Edgar Whisenant’s “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be In 1988”….John Hagee’s “Four Blood Moons” — all sheer speculation. Books such as these sell like hotcakes in the Christian community. Those who write these sorts of sensationalist books make a bundle off gullible Christians who buy them.  So – pay no attention to false prophet David Meade’s wild speculation that the “Planet Nibiru” will collide with the earth tomorrow, and just go about your business.

Now to Kimberly Winston’s piece over at USA Today :

Short answer — no.

But David Meade, a Christian and self-published author of end-of-the-world survival guides, predicts doomsday is near — very near, as in this Saturday.

Meade’s ideology, laid out in his book “Planet X — The 2017 Arrival,” is described by the author as “a compendium of information from every sphere—astronomical, scientific, the Book of Revelation and geopolitics.” There’s some astrology in there, too.

Meade is the latest in a very long line of American self-proclaimed prophets who claim they know when — sometimes to the hour — the biblically predicted “end times” will arrive. And while it’s fun to laugh at his belief that the “Planet Nibiru” will collide with the Earth this week, the failed prophesies of some of his predecessors have, at times, led to important religious movements or illuminating ways of thinking about faith. Let us explain:

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The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation

The church has “functionally replaced the Five Solas of the Reformation with pragmatic, and often idolatrous, solas of our own making,” says Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley. I’d venture to say that a large number of professing Protestants have no clue what the five solas are. Not only that, many Protestants are unclear what the Protestant Reformation was all about. Why, they wonder, does an event that happened 500 years ago matter today?

According to Michelle Lesley, the Protestant Reformation not only matters, it was a really big deal.  So she’s taken the time to fill us in on the events leading up to the schism from the apostate Roman Catholic Church that was sparked by a humble German monk….who changed the course of religious history. Lesley also reveals the Christian’s instructions for life and godliness. She writes:

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 2017 will commemorate the date in 1517 when Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses – a list of grievances against the Catholic church for unbiblical doctrines and practices – to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Luther’s calls for reform spread quickly throughout Europe, inspiring the likes of church fathers Ulrich Zwingli (Zurich), John Calvin (Geneva), and John Knox (Scotland) to join the effort in their own locales. As they worked to address the issues raised in Luther’s document, these men codified what we know today as the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” the basis of Protestant church doctrine. The five solas are:

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See our Research Paper on Roman Catholicism

Bethel Once Again Makes Dr. Michael Brown Look Foolish

As we’ve said many times, Dr. Brown has been criticized for his connection to and defense of Bethel mega-wolves [here] for quite sometime, and rightly so. To show just how bad Bethel has gotten, Anthony Wade of 8:28 Ministries blogged about Shawn Bolz, Bethel’s resident clairvoyant. We learn from Wade that while Bolz is on stage at speaking events, he uses his smart phone to “download” alleged “words of knowledge” about people in the audience (not making this up).  Dr. Brown is aware that Bolz has gone off the reservation, yet he continues to defend Bethel mega-wolves, which makes him look the fool.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” — 1Corinthians 15: 33 (ESV)

Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac is often given credit for the old adage that if you lay down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas. Perhaps the real genesis of this sentiment comes from the above biblical verse. This is not merely a proverb from Solomon about life principles. The Apostle Paul is teaching the new believers in Corinth about the dangers of associating yourself with false teachers. You can have all of the good intentions you want — God does not care about them. You can strive for good morals but who you line up with will direct your moral path more than your desires or intentions. This is why you do not lend your credibility to people who have not earned it and do not deserve it.

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Secularization Comes From Sex

According to Gene Edward Veith of Patrick Henry College, sexual immorality is turning young people away from the Church for the reason that “cohabiting couples and sexually-active singles don’t feel comfortable in church.” Veith’s piece is posted over at Patheos, a site we don’t endorse.

“We overestimate how effectively scientific arguments secularize people. It’s not science that’s secularizing Americans — it’s sex.”

That is the conclusion of University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus in his article Christians are part of the same dating pool as everyone else. That’s bad for the churchin The Washington Post.  

His book “Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy” (Oxford, 2017), Regnerus discusses the changes in sexual attitudes and behavior over the last few decades and demonstrates their consequences in marriage, family, and culture.  This article looks specifically at the impact of what he calls “cheap sex” on the church, with which he is in sympathy.

Though Christians too are struggling with sexual issues, churches are still made up mostly of adults who are married.  But he observes, citing an interesting article about pornography, “Cheap sex, it seems, has a way of deadening religious impulses.”

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Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

From Berean Research:

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Spiritual Formation ….Contemplative/Centering/ Apopathic/Breath Prayer….”Christian Yoga“….Enneagram (you’ll learn about this below) are terms Bible believing evangelicals must become familiar with. All of these practices have been introduced into mainstream evangelicalism. Where do they come from? You don’t have to dig very deep to discover that practices such as these are rooted in Eastern mysticism. In other words, neo-paganism. What’s concerning is that nearly everyone dabbles in some form of mysticism (occult knowledge). Even the Church is entrenched in “Christian” mysticism (much of it borrowed from Roman Catholicism) and they don’t even know it. However, many professing believers do know. They’ve heard the warnings and continue down the neo-pagan path that leads to death. Why? Because having to give up things we enjoy is hard!  And besides, God understands…. right?

But what if He doesn’t? What if He actually meant business when He commanded the Jews not to learn to follow the abominable ways of pagan nations (Deut 18:9).  Some of the pagan practices we’ve learned in the Church include yoga and Eastern-style meditation (altered states of consciousness), i.e. Contemplative Prayer.

What this boils down to is that the visible Church is teaming with biblically challenged Christians, those who rarely read and study the Bible.  So how can they possibly know what God says?  They can’t and they don’t. Paul has some advice for believers such as these: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling [accurately or correctly explaining] the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15) The word of truth is the Bible aka God’s Word.

Over at Midwest Christian Outreach, husband and wife team Don and Joy Venoit have written a piece that is chock full of information to help those who profess Christ make choices that will lead to a biblical worldview.  They write:

Writing to the Colossians in the First Century, the Apostle Paul warned about certain spiritual disciplines that had “the appearance of wisdom” (Colossians. 2:23) but, in fact, conflicted with sound biblical teaching and were very harmful to the Christian life. False teachers were in this case Gnostics, who crept into the church and claimed special “spiritual knowledge.” They gained influence in the church because what they were teaching felt “right” and “good” and oh so “spiritual” to the unwary, appealing as they did (and do) to the old fallen nature, which Christians still carry and must struggle against. False teachings of all types are guaranteed to appeal to our old sin nature. Gnosticism caused much damage to the early church, and quite a bit of the New Testament was written to dispel this egregious error.

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Proof That Dr. Michael Brown Has a Gullible Audience

Steve Kozar has gone to the trouble of compiling a list to show Dr. Michael Brown’s followers that they’d better think twice before believing everything this man says. Brown’s fans must become Bereans: Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.(Acts 15:11)

Here’s one example from the list:

Brown often makes the claim that the bloggers who criticize him are anonymous people with no accountability, so they can be ignored. People like me, Steven Kozar. Or Amy Spreeman. Or Phil Johnson. Or Anthony Wade. Or Chris Rosebrough. Or Marsha West. Or Chris Rice… you know, “anonymous.”

In his piece over at Messed Up Church, Kozar has many more examples:

  • Brown claims that he is not a part of the New Apostolic Reformation, but the clear, obvious and overwhelming evidence says otherwise. (Read: Michael Brown: More Proof He’s Part of the (So-Called) New Apostolic Reformation)
  • Brown always tells people that he has no time to research any of the false teachers he associates with, but he claims to be a great scholar/expert who can be trusted because of all the important research he does and all the knowledge he has.
  • Brown claims that he has no time to research Benny Hinn, but he wrote an entire book that refuted “Strange Fire” by John MacArthur, which has tons of documentation of Benny Hinn’s false teaching. Did Brown not even read the book that he tried to refute? How can anyone actually fall for this?

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