“In a biblically illiterate culture, it is easy for misconceptions to metastasize while many have been led into false theological upbringings. Many of those people, particularly when they came out of hyper-charismatic or NAR movements, are especially thankful for discernment ministries.”
In the realm of Christian YouTube, there is few channels greater in size than that of “The Beat by Allen Parr.” For a channel of around 1 million, his videos contain flashy headlines that do not reveal assertions about the underlying content or stances, which include hot takes on theology and discernment on false teachers delivered in short form videos. Of his top 10 videos, eight of them deal directly either with discernment against large false churches and teachers or are against the excesses of the charismatic church movement. Allen Parr is a discernment YouTuber, regardless of whether he would identify as one or not.
For background, Parr grew up in the church and only began taking his faith seriously as he entered adulthood. After becoming an engineer, he eventually forewent this career to take up ministry, enrolling in Dallas Theological Seminary. Though he graduated in 2004, he has not served in a formal church office since 2014 and online ministry is his focus. Interestingly, he sells a Bible Study Tool Kit for $297, which features module-based online courses with a private community and bible study. In June of 2023, he is launching his book Misled: 7 Lies That Distort the Gospel (and How You Can Discern the Truth), which is itself a discernment book against false teachings like legalism, prosperity gospel, and overemphasis on spiritual gifts, all for the $28.99 hardcover. Will it cover issues like the woke church? Probably not since Parr colludes with Eric Mason.
CRN’s homepage contains a list of professing Christians to keep an eye on. Scroll down to WARNING. The list contains those to mark and avoid (Rom 16:17-18)CRN’s homepage contains a list of professing Christians to keep an eye on. Scroll down to WARNING. The list contains those to mark and avoid (Rom 16:17-18) such as Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Steven Furtick and Tim Mackie of the Bible Project.
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