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An Appeal To Joel and Victoria Osteen

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This well crafted letter of appeal by Dr Michael Brown is especially timely in light of the robust attacks aimed at Victoria Osteen over her recent heretical  statements  made to their Houston congregation.

Please read the two portions I’ve extracted and then forward Dr Browns entire appeal to church leaders, family members and friends. Also, consider re-posting this on your FB page as well.

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“…Joel, I appreciate the fact that you end every service by asking people to get right with God, having them pray a prayer where they say to Jesus, “I repent of my sins, come into my heart, I make you Lord and Savior.”

The big problem is that you haven’t told them what their sins are and you haven’t told them what real repentance is. And since you are speaking to people around the world, you can’t possibly assume that all of them understand the meaning of sin and redemption and repentance. (Most American Christians don’t even understand these things today.)

In short, you have not shared with them the whole counsel of God, and by telling them only part of the story, you have done what the false prophets of ancient Israel did: “You superficially treat the fracture of My people saying to them, ‘All is well, all is well,’ when nothing is well” (Jeremiah 6:14, my translation).”

“…Some Christians have referred to you and Victoria as outright heretics, others have said that you are fighting against the Holy Spirit (since the Spirit convicts the world of sin but your preaching does not), others have said that you are a pagan religionists, while others have said that your superficial message of material prosperity cannot bear the weight of the gospel.

These are very serious charges, but rather than just saying, “Hey, I’m just going to love everybody and stay in my lane,” perhaps you should ask if these leaders might be saying something you need to hear. Is there any truth at all in their words? Could it be that God’s lane for you is different than the lane you’re in?”

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in counterfeit, error, GOOOFY, heresy

 

Creflo Dollar Arrested

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar (Photo credit: iandavid)

While I was away celebrating 40 years of covenant marriage with the wife of my youth, the blogosphere has  been buzzing  with the arrest of Pastor Creflo Dollar here in Atlanta,Ga. As a late comer, I would like  to address an issue that should deeply trouble all of us who have a heart for righteous judgment.

Creflo Dollar recently and erroneously called for members of Bishop Eddie Long‘s Church to stay with their Pastor even though he had been charged with sexual abuse by three separate men  and eventually paid “behind closed doors hush money” to his  accusers.

 What was  Dollars basis for giving such antinomian counsel?

Creflo told his congregation:”That preacher’s still anointed to do what he was called to. He just had a wreck. The blood will take care of his issue just like it will take care of yours,” Dollar stated. “And I just can’t believe that people would leave their preacher because he had a wreck, instead of praying for him.”

With Creflo’s arrest for allegedly choking and physically abusing his young daughter, his congregation appears to be abiding by the “Dollar  Doctrine” by giving him an enthusiastic ovation as he took the pulpit on Sunday and congregants were  heard yelling: “We love you!” and “We’ve got your back!”

I find this to be a tragically dangerous and woefully inappropriate  response on the part of the congregation. Assumed innocence demonstrates naiveté at best.

Here are extracts from Peacemakers regarding two errors that every church should advisedly avoid:

Under-protecting a Leader

The first error is to under-protect the leader who is questioned or accused of wrongdoing. Under-protecting a leader may involve allowing gossip and rumors to spread unchecked, jumping to conclusions about a leader’s guilt, or failing to give him a meaningful opportunity to defend himself. It may also involve expecting or allowing a leader to spend significant amounts of time responding to trivial or unsubstantiated criticisms, often about style rather than substance, voiced by a few dissatisfied people.

These patterns can lead to a “culture of criticism” that will wear down most leaders. When leaders are subjected to ongoing criticism, their credibility is needlessly eroded; this can diminish trust, commitment, and enthusiasm throughout their church or ministry.

Over-protecting a Leader

The second error that many churches and ministries make is to over-protect their leaders. They develop a self-confidence and blind loyalty that compels them to become defensive and automatically “circle the wagons” when a leader is questioned or accused of wrongdoing. They assume the challenge must be unfounded and immediately look for ways to minimize it or explain it away. They may rely on second-hand information or simply accept the leader’s interpretation of his accuser’s words and motives. And sometimes in an effort to justify or protect the leader, they attempt to silence, find fault with, or otherwise discredit or penalize the person who brought the accusation. As Jesus would put it, rather than humbly seeking to discern the “planks” in their leader’s or their own eyes, these leadership teams jump immediately to pointing out the “specks” in the eyes of others (Matt. 7:3-5).

This excessively protective pattern can create a “culture of denial,” where differences and problems are automatically minimized or concealed.

read more:

 http://www.peacemaker.net/site/apps/nl/newsletter3.asp?c=aqKFLTOBIpH&b=1084263

  https://antagoniz.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/creflo-dollar-perverts-the-grace-of-god/

 http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/10/creflo-dollar-denies-punching-choking-daughter/?test=latestnews#ixzz1xVtY4Ru4

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Accountability, antinomian, charismatic, error, influence

 

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Guarding Against Spiritual Abuse

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Charisma News posted this  great article on the subject of spiritual abuse by Jennifer LeClaire. The abuse  issue is very,very real in the church today. For that reason, it has been our custom to make “guarding against spiritual abuse” a matter of primary importance by including the subject in our new members classes. 

I have also personally encounted a number of these wolfish practices just since returning to Lagrange.  With that in mind, here are some extracts from the Charisma article they posted this week.

 Also, please consider checking out the other related articles we’ve posted in the past. 

Whenever  you see these traits, may I suggest that you not ignore the signs. In fact, flee for your lives saints!

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>Power-posturing is a telltale sign of spiritual abuse.

Power-posturing leaders spend a lot of time focused on their own authority and reminding others of it. Johnson and VanVonderen say this is necessary because their spiritual authority isn’t real—based on genuine godly character—it is postured….This leader can never be questioned, and is usually not accountable to anyone. Those around him are usually mere “yes men” who do his bidding in exchange for delegated authority to lord over others.

>Performance preoccupation is a sign of spiritual abuse.

 Johnson and VanVonderen note that obedience and submission are two important words often used in abusive church structures. Don’t get me wrong. Obedience and submission are important. But spiritual abuse often shames or scares people into obedience and submission. True obedience is a matter of the heart. Spiritual abusers apply undue pressure that is not from God. That pressure is usually applied to get you to do the leader’s will, not God’s will.

>Unspoken rules are common in instances of spiritual abuse.

In abusive spiritual systems, Johnson and VanVonderen offer….. “Unspoken rules are those that govern unhealthy churches of families but are not said out loud. Because they are not said out loud, you don’t find out that they’re there until you break them,” 

>The “Can’t Talk” rule is seen where spiritual abuse is present.

Johnson and VanVonderen explain that the “can’t talk” rule blames the person who talks, and the ensuing punishments pressure questioners into silence. If you voice a problem you become the problem. If you question why the church no longer picks up the poor kids in the ministry van but has shifted its focus to more affluent neighborhoods, you are removed from your role as a volunteer driver. Others see your fate and decide they’d better not rock the boat.

>Lack of balance and extremism is often present where spiritual abuse lives.

This manifests as an unbalanced approach to living out the truth of the Christian life. Johnson and VanVonderen explain that in these systems it is more important to act according to the word of a leader who has “a word” for you than to act according to what you know to be true from Scripture, or simply from your spiritual-growth history.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/32305-spiritual-abuse-christian-cults-and-controlling-ministries

related posts:

http://antagoniz.com/2009/04/14/five-indicators-to-identify-abusive-leadership/

http://antagoniz.com/2010/03/26/signs-that-a-leader-is-losing-it/

 
 

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Creflo Dollar Perverts the Grace of God

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 During the scandals of the 80’s with Bakker and Swaggert, one prominent minister stated it was ok for a  pastor to commit immorality on Sunday morning yet be back  in the pulpit on Sunday night. Seems  Creflo Dollar  may have been mentored by the same  antinomian belief.

 According to Dollar, Eddie Long is neither accountable to the public  he has been preaching to, nor should he have to transparently explain why he paid hush money to silence his four accusers under the cover of  closed-door proceedings.

 Creflo told his congregation:

    “That preacher’s still anointed to do what he was called to. He just had a wreck. The blood will take care of his issue just like it will take care of yours,” Dollar stated. “And I just can’t believe that people would leave their preacher because he had a wreck, instead of praying for him.”

As you can see, Dollar ignorantly and arrogantly dismisses concern with Longs lack of character and private homosexual relationships by declaring that the anointing is God’s  panacea for flagrant lawlessness.  In other words, anointing trumps lack of character.

 Where is that in Timothy or Titus? 

I submit that  both Eddie  long and Creflo Dollar may be guilty of what Christ warned his church about in the book of Jude:

For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”   [Jude 4]

 J. Lee Grady said it best concerning Eddie Long and deceptive ministers: 

People who talk out of both sides of their mouths certainly cannot preach an uncompromised gospel. And liars cannot be trusted to give us the truth.”

Run for your souls saints!

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http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones/31421-why-bishop-eddie-long-should-be-transparent#readmore

 http://ministrytodaymag.com/index.php/ministry-news/65-news-main/19178-pastors-weigh-in-on-eddie-long-scandal

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in antinomian, charismatic, counterfeit, error, heresy

 

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Madea’s Parody Of Christian Ignorance

Here is a great movie clip of art imitating life. Madea is hilarious and I love her reference to “the 12 disciplines”. While acting like she knows her bible, Tyler Perry’s character reflects the unfortunate state of  biblical ignorance that really  is all to common in the church today.  

Biblical ignorance is so pervasive that it even reaches groups of people who should know better, says Steve Bouma-Prediger, a religion professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

1.Many believe these phantom verses  are actual quotes from the bible.

God helps those who help themselves” – “Spare the rod, spoil the child”-“To thine own self be true” –“This too shall pass” –“God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform”- “The eyes are the window to the soul”- “Beggars can’t be choosers” –“Charity begins at home” –“Cleanliness is next to godliness” and “Money is the root of all evil”
 
2.  The heresy of Universalism and Pluralism
 
Barna reports 25% of born again Christians believe that all people are eventually saved or accepted by God and 26%  say it doesn’t matter what religious faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons . An even larger percentage of born again Christians (40%)  believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in counterfeit, doctrine, error, GOOOFY, heresy, humor, Video

 

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John MacArthur: Rob Bell Is Heretically Wrong!

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Franklin Graham called Bell a false teacher and heretic during an O’Reilly interview last night. In this extract,John MacArthur does a robust job of demonstrating why”love based-word filled-clearly articulated truth ” always Wins!”

Shout!

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“Rob Bell is clearly unhappy with Jesus’ teaching about hell. He finds the very idea of hell morally repugnant and believes it is one of the main reasons“why lots of people want nothing to do with the Christian faith. He scoffs at the idea that divine justice requires endless punishment for unrepentant sinners. In direct opposition to what Jesus Himself taught in Matthew 25:46, Bell insinuates that it would be a gross, cosmic atrocity if the doom of the reprobate is everlasting in the same sense that heaven’s blessings for the redeemed are everlasting.

Bell’s notion of sin seems to be that its main evil consists in the hurt it causes to the sinner rather than the offense it causes to a righteous and almighty God. His concept of “justice” makes the punishment of sin wholly optional. His idea of mercy falsely holds forth a false promise of automatic leniency and a second chance after death to people already inclined to take divine clemency for granted anyway.

Rob Bell’s god is clearly no one to be feared.

That all stands in direct and deliberate contradiction to everything Jesus ever taught about sin, righteousness, and judgment.

By thus pitting his own ideas against Jesus’ message, Bell makes it inescapably clear that he “advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Timothy 6:3). He is wrong—seriously wrong—heretically wrong—to question the justice of God and to hold out false hope to unbelievers. He is, as we have seen from the start of this series, a textbook example of the false teacher who secretly introduces destructive heresies (2 Peter 2:1).”

http://apprising.org/2011/04/27/john-macarthur-on-epic-heresy-of-rob-bell/

http://www.goddiscussion.com/60463/franklin-graham-chats-with-bill-oreilly-respects-obama-thinks-rob-bell-is-a-heretic-because-hell-is-real/

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in anathema, counterfeit, doctrine, error, heresy

 

Questioning The Historicity Of Adam And Genesis

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 With some today, hell is neither literal nor eternal. Others tell us that homosexuality really is not a sin, so it should  be viewed as acceptable behavior for professing christians.

Then, we  have those who say scripture is simply unreliable because the authors were merely interpreting what they saw and heard from a flawed human perspective. 

Still others tell us to disregard  biblical imperatives regarding gender roles and distinctions on the basis that these texts are culturally conditioned and thus restricted to first century era.

 And now we have a whole new invention on the evangelical  table. Carl Truman says the new “hot topic”  involves the historicity of Adam. Huh?

Was Adam a real living human figure? 

Did the fall actually happen or is it simply symbolic narrative intended to teach theological principle concerning all human experience?

Should Genesis 1-11 be viewed as historical narrative or  approached simply as either myth,metaphor or allegory.

If non literal, does that mean Adam, Noah, the flood,and the judgment at  Babel which determined all the  diverse languages should be read as myth or fable?

>Who are the  well-known scholars and authors advocating such views? 
>How should we posture ourselves toward those who teach these fallacies?             
>What effect does all this have upon biblical integrity and reliability?                                                                                        

 Tim Challies interviews David Murray on whats really at stake. Murray has done extensive work in this area and I sincerely recommend listening to their discussion. It will alow you to become aware of the degree to which this issue has permeated the church today and enable the opportunity to give heed to the serious warning presented.

Click to hear the interview http://www.challies.com/writings/podcast/ck210-was-adam-a-real-man?

 

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