Christian Research Network http://christianresearchnetwork.org Current issues in the church Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:52:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Todd Bentley’s School of Revival? http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/todd-bentleys-school-of-revival/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/todd-bentleys-school-of-revival/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:40:51 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60010 Continue reading ]]> John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire reports that false prophet Todd Bentley is up to his old tricks:

Welcome to the (as I call it) School of the Unholy, where once again Todd Bentley will present his bells-and-whistles strange fire. In the video he speaks of his experience that was like “a glory liquid honey cloud.”

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Rob Bell returns: His thoughts on creation, modern “kingdom of God” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/rob-bell-returns-his-thoughts-on-creation-modern-kingdom-of-god/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/rob-bell-returns-his-thoughts-on-creation-modern-kingdom-of-god/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:32:32 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60004 Continue reading ]]> Former Mars Hill pastor Rob Bell, who now has his own TV show on the Oprah channel, brought his “Everything is Spiritual” tour to Grand Rapids. During his one man show, Bell offered his convoluted version of the creation story, which of course has nothing to do with what the Bible teaches on creation. No surprise there, as long ago Bell rejected the inerrancy of Scripture and embraced the view of Christianity taught by Emergent Church apostates. During the show, Bell passed on this “truth” to his audience: “You are just a pile of dust and yet you can hope and dream and feel compassion and love. You are crammed full of something called spirit. You are an exotic cocktail of dust, soul, bone and spirit.”

MLive has the report:

“In the beginning,” Rob Bell said, “was a point.” That point of energy went bang and, over some 13 billion years of “ongoing creation,” particles bonded to become more complex atoms, which bonded to become more complex molecules, which bonded to become more complex cells, which bonded to become human beings.

Now, the spiritual inertia of the universe tugs at humankind to sustain that pattern of evolution, Bell said Wednesday, July 29, at The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids.

“What, my brothers and sisters, is pulling the whole thing forward into greater complexity and depth and unity and inclusion?” Bell asked. “The thing (Jesus) kept talking about was the ‘kingdom of God.’ This is what he was talking about.”

The founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church who moved to California three years ago, Bell came back to Grand Rapids to reprise an “Everything is Spiritual” speaking tour that he first did a decade ago. Talking about atoms rather than the biblical Adam, Bell gave a fast-paced, often comical sketch of the history of the universe, with frequent interjections of pop-culture references to music, movies and dancing Super Bowl sharks.

Dismissing secular and churchy viewpoints, Bell said humanity is hard-wired over billions of years of evolution to progress toward greater equality and unity.

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Do not love the world nor what makes up the world http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/do-not-love-the-world-nor-what-makes-up-the-world/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/31/do-not-love-the-world-nor-what-makes-up-the-world/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:38:38 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=60000 Continue reading ]]>

15 Μὴ ἀγαπᾶτε τὸν κόσμον μηδὲ τὰ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ. ἐάν τις ἀγαπᾷ τὸν κόσμον, οὐκ ἔστιν ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ πατρὸς ἐν αὐτῷ· (1 John 2:15 NA28)

15 Do not love the world nor what makes up the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; (1 John 2:15 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

There is a certain type of love that God hates. We find that in John 15:18-20)

18 Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν. 19 εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε, ὁ κόσμος ἂν τὸ ἴδιον ἐφίλει· ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ, ἀλλʼ ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου, διὰ τοῦτο μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος. 20 μνημονεύετε τοῦ λόγου οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν· οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ. *εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν, καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν· εἰ τὸν λόγον μου ἐτήρησαν, καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν. (John 15:18-20 NA28)

18 If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were from out of the world , the world would love you as its own; but because you are not from out of the world , but I myself selected you from out of the world, through this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you’ the slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecuted you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:18-20 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

God has no love for “love of the world system that is opposed to God.” Jesus made it clear in the passage from John 15:18-20 that those who are “of the world” are not of God nor are those whom He has selected from out of the world part of the world. This is why those who are still “of the world” hates them. I want to reinitiate here that there are plenty of apostate, “so-called christians” in our time who exhibit that very same hatred toward those of us who refuse to back away from Orthodox Christianity and God’s Word as being infallible and complete. In any case, John is telling us in 1 John 2:15-17 two important truths about genuine Christianity. First, the Christian loves God and fellow Christians and an absence of love of the world must habitually characterize the love life of those to be considered genuinely born again. View article →

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Call it “research,” not “business,” Planned Parenthood doc says in latest sting video http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/call-it-research-not-business-planned-parenthood-doc-says-in-latest-sting-video/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/call-it-research-not-business-planned-parenthood-doc-says-in-latest-sting-video/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:56:01 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59996 Continue reading ]]> Fox News has released another sting video along with this quote from Dr. Savita Ginde: “A lot of times, especially with the second [trimester fetuses], we won’t even put water, because it’s so big you can put your hand in there and pick out the parts.” Here’s the report:

A Colorado Planned Parenthood doctor stresses calling the harvesting of fetal tissue “research” and not “business” — and casually pokes around in a petri dish of aborted remains as a colleague exclaims, “Another boy!” — in the latest video released Thursday by an activist group whose hidden camera stings have imperiled the embattled nonprofit’s taxpayer funding.

The video’s release by the Center for Medical Progress comes a day after CMP was issued a restraining order preventing it from issuing any new footage of a group that worked with Planned Parenthood, StemExpress. But Thursday’s material focuses almost entirely on a woman identified as Dr. Savita Ginde, the vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

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Shocking Gender Indoctrination in California http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/shocking-gender-indoctrination-in-california/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/shocking-gender-indoctrination-in-california/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:52:25 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59992 Continue reading ]]> Stand Up For The Truth reports:

Do not be surprised, but young children are being taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl — or both. Boys, for example, should be comfortable wearing girls’ clothes and nail polish, etc. And there aren’t just two genders, there can be a range. And, of course, the school does not allow parents to opt their kids out. Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland, CA has hired a “gender coach” from “Gender Spectrum,” a radical gender group, to go into the classrooms. As Fox News observed, Gender Spectrum’s mission is to “create more gender-sensitive environments for kids.”

As the San Jose Mercury News reported

On Monday morning, children in Cynthia Bagby’s kindergarten class discussed whether there were, in fact, “girl colors” and “boy colors.” Some giggled when Joel Baum, the trainer from Gender Spectrum, read “My Princess Boy,” a nonfiction children’s book by Cheryl Kilodavis about her son who liked to wear dresses and a tiara. Not surprisingly, in these tough economic times the program is being paid for by the California Teachers Association (CTA).

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Court Blocks Release of Undercover Video of Company That Buys Baby Parts from Planned Parenthood http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/court-blocks-release-of-undercover-video-of-company-that-buys-baby-parts-from-planned-parenthood/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/court-blocks-release-of-undercover-video-of-company-that-buys-baby-parts-from-planned-parenthood/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:01:00 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59990 Continue reading ]]> According to Christian News Network:

A California court has blocked the release of undercover investigative videos featuring one of the companies that allegedly purchases the organs of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood.

The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday banning the Center for Medical Progress from releasing undercover video footage of representatives of StemExpress, a “a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to bio-medical researchers.”

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California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs Out http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/california-drought-could-wipe-cities-off-map-if-their-water-runs-out/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/california-drought-could-wipe-cities-off-map-if-their-water-runs-out/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:55:50 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59986 Continue reading ]]> Because of the drought crisis in California, some people have lost everything. It’s far worse than most of us realize. According to a CBS Sacramento‘s report, one woman does dishes with bottled water. “In the days before help arrived, she didn’t use soap. She gave the leftover dishwater to her kids. Living in poverty with no running water, she may have to leave.” Wells and lakes are drying up, so families are packing up for Oregon, Illinois, Georgia — even Mexico to find work!

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Discernment, divisiveness, unity, and proof of salvation http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/discernment-divisiveness-unity-and-proof-of-salvation/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/30/discernment-divisiveness-unity-and-proof-of-salvation/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:59:27 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59983 Continue reading ]]>

1 Εἴ τις οὖν παράκλησις ἐν Χριστῷ, εἴ τι παραμύθιον ἀγάπης, εἴ τις κοινωνία πνεύματος, εἴ τις σπλάγχνα καὶ οἰκτιρμοί, 2 πληρώσατέ μου τὴν χαρὰν ἵνα τὸ αὐτὸ φρονῆτε, τὴν αὐτὴν ἀγάπην ἔχοντες, σύμψυχοι, τὸ ἓν φρονοῦντες, (Philippians 2:1-2 NA28)

1 Therefore, since there is encouragement in Christ, consolation of love, fellowship of the Spirit, affection, and compassions, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, the same love, as ones joined in soul and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The exercise of true discernment is not divisiveness regardless of that very charge by those who like to throw around the label “hater” against those who obey God by revealing the truth about their ministries to the Body of Christ. In fact, those who are being divisive are the very ones who are corrupting the truth through their false teachings, leading people astray and by not leading people to become God-focused in their life and worship rather than self-focused. Yes, that is truly divisive and their exposure to the discerning by those being obedient to God is both painful and necessary. View article →

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Hillsong’s Darlene Zschech Condemns Christians and aligns herself to Roman Catholicism http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/29/hillsongs-darlene-zschech-condemns-christians-and-aligns-herself-to-roman-catholicism/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/29/hillsongs-darlene-zschech-condemns-christians-and-aligns-herself-to-roman-catholicism/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:14 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59979 Continue reading ]]> Churchwatch Central warns:

It is important for Christians to grasp just how dangerous Darlene Zschech has become in light of her allegiance to Rome and her condemnation of Christians who have spoken out against her worship for the pope. While this article is long, it will be worth your time reading to see how much Zschech has aligned herself to Roman Catholicism by examining her theology.

A FALSE SPIRIT

Darlene says she can see what “the Holy Spirit is doing around the earth” claiming it “is completely breathtaking.” However, she notes “His role in our experience of following Jesus makes us so very similar.” Notice that this is NOT the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. While Mrs. Zschech is not zschecking to see if this spirit is the Holy Spirit or another spirit at work, she is elevating this phenomena and “experience” as though it is.

Darlene also states,

“I relate it being a part of a family.. different characteristics, faces, tastes and giftings.. yet a DNA running through our veins that draw us together.”

Once again. No truth. No holiness. Just flights of fancy and delusion at best.

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Mark Driscoll Confirms Move to Phoenix, Sparks Speculation of Church Plant http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/29/mark-driscoll-confirms-move-to-phoenix-sparks-speculation-of-church-plant/ http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2015/07/29/mark-driscoll-confirms-move-to-phoenix-sparks-speculation-of-church-plant/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:20:08 +0000 http://christianresearchnetwork.org/?p=59977 Continue reading ]]> Christian Headlines reports:

Controversial pastor Mark Driscoll has reportedly announced plans to move to Phoenix Arizona. Christian Today reports the pastor confirmed his move but said there are “no concrete plans for ongoing local church ministry as of yet.”

In an email, Driscoll said church ministry, “remains a calling and desire, but my plan is not to rush into anything. Instead, caring for each member of our family, seeking the wise counsel of pastors we are walking with, and building local relationships with Christian leaders to help build churches locally and globally is our focus. Beyond that, we will see how the Lord leads.”

Still, some believe Driscoll’s move has to do with a new church planting endeavor.

Recently, Driscoll took part in Hillsong Church’s conferences in Australia and London through a videotaped interview with Hillsong founder Brian Houston. Critics protested the event, arguing that the pastor had not sought repentance for past sins against the former Mars Hill Church.

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