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SOUND THE ALARM ON PAULA WHITE

By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Sep 3, 2010 in AM Missives, Current Issues, Features, Word Faith

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Stranger And Stranger Spiritual Bedfellows Are Joining Forces And Becoming Mainstream

Among the issues Apprising Ministries covers is the heretical Word Faith movement as it continues heading toward acceptance within the mainstream of evangelicalism; and as I mentioned previously, people Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen with man-centered self-esteem messages ala Robert Schueller are actually tip-of-the-spear for deeper WF heresies.

Take for example the tweet below from Purpose Driven/Seeker Driven evangelical pastor Steven Furtick, a disciple of Perry Noble and one of the Popes of the Carolinas, showing how Osteen has won him over as Furtick gushed about his meeting Osteen. Notice that this PD/SS mainstream evangelical pastor calls this heretical Word Faith pastor Joel Osteen “a great man of God”:

(Online source)

Further, Furtick’s latest project is working the Word Faith-like shtick of his forthcoming book Sun Stand Still, where in a style quite reminicent of well known Word Faith preacher Jentezen Franklin, Furtick dares us to “ask God for the impossible”; I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised when we consider Steven Furtick was one of the speakers at Franklin’s recently concluded Forward 2010 Conference. As I’ve been showing you, doctrinal lines continue to be erased with great rapidity in The Ecumenical Church Of Deceit (ECoD).

Sadly, today there are so many in the apostatizing evangelical community who are burying their heads within the spiritual sand of whatever offshoot—rooted in the semi-pelagian Church Growth Movement—it is that highjacked their particular brand of Christian sandbox. All part and parcel in what G. Richard Fisher of the fine discernment ministry Personal Freedom Outreach has called The Superstitious Church of the 21st Century; and because of the evil influence of postmodernity people now follow feelings instead of Scripture, so pastor Fisher correctly points out that:

We have been fighting and will continue to fight battles which we thought were won or put to rest in the first three centuries of the Church’s history. What used to be commonplace in the world of the occult and in the world of hyper-liberalism is now common in the world of both Charismatic and Evangelical Christianity.

There has been an incredible paradigm shift in the world of Christianity. This shift has been so radical that the Church of Jesus Christ is beginning to resemble the culture of Athens found in Acts 17. Luke speaks out in verse 21 and describes the confusion in this way: “For all the Athenians and foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or hear some new thing.” Luke then concludes in verse 22 by quoting the Apostle Paul as saying, “in all things you are very religious.” Indeed, the god of novelty was reigning in Athens…

The parallels to our own age are stark and frightening. Just pick up a copy of Charisma magazine and glance at its advertisements and its promotional items. It is Athens all over again — with a vengeance… (Online source)

Following is a case in point, which you’ll quite likely find in Charisma magazine. Pastrix Paula White’s latest fantasy-filled heresy-fest:

Sound the Alarm…Your Divine Date with Destiny! Join Senior Pastor Paula White as she welcomes Bishop David Evans, Prophet Manasseh Jordan, and Kirk Franklin to Without Walls International Church for three nights, September 7 – 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm.
(Online source)

Considering so-called “Bishop” David Evans will be there,  ”Divine Date with Destiny” is an interesting choice of words. You might remember my post Rick Warren Teaching The Law Of Attraction where I told you about America’s MegaPastor has written the foreword to a new book by “Life Coach” and pastrix Dr. LaVerne Adams, who also is known as the *cough* “Divine Destiny Doctor.” More evidence of this growing ECoD as it is rather curious in the first place that Southern Baptist—pretending to be Protestant—Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren would help promote the work of a woman pastrix who’s in violation of God’s Word.

Leaving this aside, we note that at her Divine Destiny Doctor website “Dr. V,” as Adams is also known, she’s currently advertising the opportunity for:

“YOUR DATE WITH DESTINY”
with Dr. V! and Tasha Smith
of Tyler Perry’s”Why Did I Get Married, Too?”
on 10-10-10
at 5:00 pm
at The Mansion
Voorhees, New Jersey (Online source)

For Profit They Make Up Superstitious Stories Through Which They Deceive You

Apparently meeting our “destiny” has something to do with the ol’ “Bishop” because pastrix Dr. Divine Destiny, “dynamic preacher, teacher, and transformational speaker” who specializes in “coaching celebrites and high-powered professionals in need of affirmation, spiritual guidance and support,” also happens to be “a member of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship of Churches under the direction of Bishop David Evans.”[1] Evans himself is pastor of Bethany Baptist Church as well as Prelate—Abundant Harvest Fellowship of Churches, though oddly enough his personal ministry is based in Voorhees,[2] and his motto to follow shows you that he’s a purveyor of the usual Word faith heresies: “Faith Acts Like a thing is so, even when it’s not so, that it might be so!”

That a couple of years ago Evans would have Word Faith mogul and Oneness Pentecostal heretic T.D. Jakes in to help celebrate his 18th year as pastor tells us much about Evans’ methods, and stature, within the Word faith movement:

Bishop David G. Evans, one of today’s most prophetic and provocative pastors, is preparing to celebrate his 18th year as pastor. Evans, pastor of the 27,000-member Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey, is setting the standard in ministry. With a weekly broadcast, The Power of Revelation, airing on BET, TBN and Streaming Faith, he’s one of the best-selling authors in Christendom… Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of Dallas’ , will be joining as the preacher for the 7PM service.
(Online source)

We’re told rather superstitiously that our “Divine Date with Destiny” at the entertainment center Without Walls International Church run by “Senior Pastor” Paula White features “dynamic, anointed and prophetic speakers” who’ll magically “propel you into your Destiny!” We’re informed that, in addition to Evans, among these false prophets—profit would be a more accurate word—will be:

The “Young Prophet,” Manasseh Jordan [who] has been ministering since the age of 8 and carries with him the perfect example of hope, healing and restoration. Prophet Manasseh appears weekly on BET’s Morning Inspiration.  (Online source)

Perfection?! Zowie! And here I thought only the God-Man Christ Jesus carried with Him “the perfect example of hope, healing and restoration”; but O no says pastrix White, Jesus needs to move over because “Young Profit” Manasseh’s really got it going on alright. However, we really shouldn’t be surprised; no siree, not when you consider that YP Manasseh’s dad, the Master Profit E. Bernard Jordan considers himself…um-well, god. Bud Press of the respected online apologetics and discernment ministry Christian Research Service tells us in The Prophet, the ’God’ and the Heretic that:

Benny Hinn’s friendship with E. Bernard Jordan dates back prior to Manasseh Jordan’s birth in 1990… E. Bernard Jordan, who answers to “His Grace” and “Master Prophet,” claims that ”He is not one just to give information, but he is also known to create miracles and circumvent events merely by the power of his speech!” (Ibid., http://www.bishopjordan.com/who_we_are/about_jordan.htm ).

But what E. Bernard Jordan truly believes about himself can be summed up in one sentence and one paragraph from his 2006 book, The Laws of Thinking: 20 Secrets to Using the Divine Power of Your Mind to Manifest Prosperity:

WHEN YOU DECLARE ‘I AM,’ YOU BECOME GOD. [p. 2]

I learned much about my faith and the words of the Lord at the feet of the great Reverend Ike, who was and is as charismatic a man as ever stepped to the front of a church. Rev. Ike understood the paradox of man being god. Once, a parishioner, taken aback by what he saw as Rev. Ike’s ego, said, “Reverend Ike thinks he’s God!” And Rev. Ike turned and shouted, “No! God thinks He is me!” That’s a perfect comeback, but also a perfect message. The idea that there is any separation between you and God is patently false. You are God’s expression. He cannot exist on this plane without you. That is why you were created. As the son is the expression of the father, you are the expression of God. You are the same. [Hay House Publishers, Inc., p. 30, emp. added, book on file]  (Online source)

Concerning Manasseh Jordan, Press informs us that his father E. Bernard Jordan was mentored by Rev. Ike and now Manasseh himself has been trained by his father. In Rising Word Faith Star Manasseh Jordan Imitating Benny Hinn I told you that  AM correspondent Chystal Whitt, over at the online apologetics and discernment blog Slaughter of the Sheep, does a fine job keeping up with this WF movement day by day. In her post Manasseh Jordan: Self-Promotion is the Key to Success she points out:

The video [contained in her post] ends with a sober warning – “Coming to a city near you.” He’s not kidding.  His star is on the rise, and the church is ready for such a false prophet as him. I wondered what Benny Hinn would come up with when his star started to fade around the time of the Lakeland un-Revival.  Now I know. I’m just wondering how long it will take the monster he’s creating to eclipse him.

I see two possible scenarios if this kid continues his public rise: 1.) Jordan will outgrow him and have a booming ministry of his own, leaving Hinn behind, or 2.) Hinn will hold onto Jordan’s coat tails and ride the train for all it’s worth.  He already supposedly prophesied Jordan’s birth, by the way.  He’s not going to let go too easily.  This gravy train could be very lucrative… (Online source)

Whitt’s right; what we’re witnessing is a very lucrative gravy train of spiritual snake oil salesmen, who as our opening text tells us, in their greed attempt to exploit you with false words if you listen to them. I strongly suggest that you make it your own destiny to stay far away from the Without Walls International heresy house of horrors run by pastrix Paula White. Better you take the salient advice of pastor Fisher who tells us how we can ”successfully keep our balance and confront Athens” as he reminds us:

The early Church is shown to have been committed to doctrine. In Acts 2:42 Luke reports that “they continued in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in the breaking of bread and prayers.”

William Evans saw the need to know doctrine as one of the greatest needs of the Church, writing that, “There is probably no greater need in the Christian Church today than that its membership should be made acquainted with the fundamental facts and doctrines of the Christian faith.”

John Calvin, long ago, addressed the dangers of denigrating doctrine:

“It is an illusory belief of the enthusiasts that those who keep reading Scripture or hearing the Word are children, as if no one were spiritual unless he scorned doctrine. In their pride, therefore, they despise the ministry of men and even Scripture itself, in order to attain the Spirit. They then proudly try to peddle all the delusions that Satan suggests to them as secret revelations of the Spirit.”

What we need is a revival of study and memorization of Scripture. That, followed by practical obedience to its commands, would eliminate the need to fabricate revival with ear-splitting music, bizarre manifestations, altered states of consciousness, and emotional frenzies. (Online source)

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End notes:

[1] http://www.divinedestinydoctor.com/About_Us.html, accessed 9/3/10.

[2] http://www.davidgevans.com/, accessed 9/3/10.

See also:

PAULA WHITE: IS SHE, OR ISN’T SHE?

PROFIT MANNASEH JORDAN ANNOUNCES “POWERFUL SOUNDCHECK”

ONE SIMPLE QUESTION FOR BENNY HINN AND PAULA WHITE

BENNY HINN ADMITS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH PAULA WHITE

BENNY HINN AND PAULA WHITE: COLLUSION OF RESPONSES

UPDATED: REPORTS OF BENNY HINN AND PAULA WHITE AFFAIR (PICTURES INCLUDED)

T.D. JAKES: JESUS IS THE PRODUCT

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I found this over at Lane’s Blog.

Hirelings like Ed Young bring shame upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord of lords and King of kings could have came to earth as a wealthy popular man. Jesus Christ could have taught from the nicest temples. He could have been a king of such wealth that even Solomon would have been amazed. Instead our Lord was dirt poor and homeless.

Matthew 8:20 (NASB)
20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

I think it’s time we followed one of Jesus’s examples and remove these merchants from the temple.

John 2:14-16 (NASB)
14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;
16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”

See: The greedy hireling Ed Young

In the Apprising Ministries piece Ed Young, Jr U.B.U. And Promote Word Faith Preachers I told you that at his current Creative Church Conference 2010 Southern Baptist megapastor Ed Joung, Jr featured Word Faith mogul and Oneness Pentecostal heretic T.D. Jakes as well as another TBN Word Faith favorite Jentezen Franklin.

Now watch below watch as Ed Young, Jr, who’s been dealing with allegations of living an overly luxurious lfestyle by ABC affiliate WFAA News 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth, pays his homage to yet another Word Faith tycoon Joel Osteen.

See also:

RADIO EXPOSE ON ED YOUNG JR AND LUXURY

BUT SOUTHERN BAPTISTS SAY OK TO “BISHOP” T.D.JAKES

LETTER TO ED YOUNG, JR. REGARDING ONENESS PENTECOSTAL DR. T.D. JAKES SHARING THE PULPIT IN HIS SBC CHURCH

SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTOR ED YOUNG, JR.: CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IS NOT ABOUT THEOLOGY

WORD FAITH MOGUL “BISHOP” T.D. JAKES – A SOUTHERN BAPTIST PREACHER?

SBC SECOND VICE PRESIDENT DR. WILEY DRAKE COMMENTS ON ED YOUNG, JR. SHARING HIS SBC PULPIT AGAIN WITH ONENESS PENTECOSTAL T.D. JAKES

RESPONSE FROM GARY LEDBETTER OF “SOUTHERN BAPTIST TEXAN” CONCERNING DR. T.D. JAKES AT ED YOUNG, JR’S CREATIVE CHURCH CONFERENCE 2007

This is a sad example of a greedy hireling. Stuff like this brings shame upon the name of the Lord. I do not understand why so many people defend pastors CEO’s like Ed Young. Please visit Ed Young’s Admissions Are More Damning Than The Original News Story and read about it.

If the people giving to the church would demand to see the following it will prevent a great deal of financial abuse:

  1. The pastor’s salary and full benefits
  2. The church financial records with real numbers and not misleading percentages
  3. Hold the pastor and leadership accountable

Those who give to support the church have a right to know how their donations are being spent. I’m not saying we should pry into a pastor’s IRS records and/or look into his salaries outside of the church(book deals etc…) because this type of income is not by donations. All I’m saying is that all church salaries, benefits, and church financial records should be open for all members to see. This would go a long way in preventing abuse. If the people see the abuse and still continue to give then that is their choice. As it stands currently, many of these types of churches refuse to disclose this information while hiding behind a privacy statement. If you are living by donations then those giving donations have a right to see where the money is being spent. I truly believe that an honest pastor/church has no reason to hide this information from their members who give to make the church function.

Joel Osteen is yet another example of how a false teacher can prey upon mankind’s burning desire for religion. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to churches that appeal to their religious wants and fill their hearts with the hope that is found in humanity. This hope in self is very powerful because most of humanity strives to be good people and to do the best they can. Some who attend these graveyards called churches are drawn by the lure of riches and wealth, some are drawn by the promise of physical healing, and others are drawn because they want to do good. It’s not hard to build a church upon the needs of the people by appealing to their culture, their wants, and by building up their hope in their own good works.

I could start a church with a goal to be relevant and non-offensive to the un-churched. I could design this church to cater to the un-churched and create an atmosphere full of energy and good works. I could encourage all my people to volunteer to do the work of the church. I could create a church that is warm and welcoming where no perfect people are allowed, thus proclaiming that we all sin and taking away our right to judge our brother/sisters. I could preach sermons designed to uplift the people’s needs and perform series designed to help people with real life needs. I could have cool modern music with an awesome worship experience to pump-up the service by creating an emotionally charged atmosphere where I can convince my people to say “Jesus” and “I accept Jesus in my heart!” By doing this, I could have a huge church in 3 to 5 years, raking in millions per year. Once I start racking in millions per year, I could put heavy emphasis on token good works programs around Christmas, New Year, etc… all in order to get my church known around the community. I could then pattern the church as a business to make money and keep the church profits increasing. In the end, I could easily be a millionaire in less then 10 years without the community thinking too much about it because of all the good works my church does. By doing this, I am appealing to the religious nature of mankind and mankind’s desire for religion. I would be using culture, music, relevant sermons, people’s willingness to volunteer, and my talents to lure people to this new church. I would project my vision to the people and be like a cheerleader always encouraging them to volunteer and tithe because God is working at my church. In the end, I would have a church full of carnal Christians, Christians who will never mature because I would not be feeding them, and false confessions because repentance is not taught. My church would be no different than the world around it with the exception of the name of Jesus being proclaimed, and my back door would be as wide open as my front door due to the nature of how these types of churches work. The world would look upon my work as successful and praise all the good works because lives are being changed by my work.

In the above example, what is missing is the true Gospel being preached and allowing the Holy Spirit to do His job by drawing sinners to Himself thus convicting them of their sin. I would never follow the pattern I listed in this blog because it is not the way God told us to grow the Kingdom of God. I had rather preach/teach the Word of God in truth and love by preaching the whole council of God and depend on God to honor the preaching of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is enough, and it will always be enough to spread the good news of what Jesus Christ has done for all of us. I had rather work a full-time job along side of preaching while struggling to pay the bills rather than to build a church upon what God said is sin. My Lord Jesus Christ was poor, and who am I to think that I am better than my Lord? My Lord promised to provide all my needs; therefore I rely upon Him to care for me.

I know some of you might be offended by this post, but I stand by my words. God is not in the business of popular consent because God only wants us to obey Him. In the Bible God told us not to marvel if the world hates us John 15:18-20. The Gospel is hostile to the world because the Gospel tells mankind how incapable man is to save himself. It is because of the hostility mankind has toward God that we must preach the Gospel and depend on the Holy Spirit to convict sinners. We cannot save anyone, and we cannot lead people to Christ unless the Holy Spirit is working within them. No matter how much emphasis we put on worship, reaching them by culture, music, bake sales, youth camps, playgrounds, bingo, good works, etc… the only thing that leads people to Jesus is the preaching of the Gospel.

We should do good works and help those in need. I’m not disputing this because we are commanded to help those in need. We are commanded to preach the Word to the children of God and to prepare them to take the Gospel out to the world. The church is a place for the saved to grow in grace in order to mature as followers of Christ. The church is also for whoever will come in to hear the preaching, but the church should not cater just to the un-churched. It is the responsibility of the pastor to equip the church by the preaching of the Bible to prepare them for life’s trials, to uplift them, to admonish them in love, and to prepare them to go out and witness to the world. By doing this we depend on the Holy Spirit to do His job as we strive to follow the commandments the Lord has given us in His Word.

I believe in simply following the Bible’s outline for building and growing a church. We as Christians can have fun, laugh, worship, enjoy the service, and desire to be at church. My concern is how so many times modern churches fall prey to the numbers game while depending on themselves to draw people in by appealing to culture. Christianity in itself is a culture that never changes and has not changed for thousands of years. Jesus said that we are like a city lit upon a hill for the world to see Matthew 5:13-15. The world is in darkness, and we cannot appeal to them by using darkness to lure them to the light. If we set our hearts to sell out 100% and follow what God told us to do, then we will be the light for the world to see because we are at peace. Our lives will reveal the new creation that Christ has performed within us to those without Christ, thus showing them the power of the Gospel. It’s not about us; it’s about Jesus, and glory should be given solely to Him.

I know this is a lot. It may seem like a rant, but this was on my heart. It breaks my heart to see the name of Christ smeared and abuse by these greedy, self-serving, non-caring hired hands. Apostasy and false teachings can only exist in the church when the Word of God is ignored. In America we need to wake up and see these greedy hirelings, false teachers, and false prophets for what they are: servants of self and slaves to the father of lies. If this cancer is allowed into the church, it will only grow to destroy the church from the inside out. A sure way to destroy any church is to allow false teachers like Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Rob Bell, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, Jay Bakker, and Joel Osteen in the door.

1 aI solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to bjudge the living and the dead, and by His cappearing and His kingdom:

2   preach athe word; be ready in season and out of season; breprove, rebuke, exhort, with 1great cpatience and instruction.

3   For athe time will come when they will not endure bsound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

4   and awill turn away their ears from the truth and bwill turn aside to myths.

5   But you, abe sober in all things, bendure hardship, do the work of an cevangelist, fulfill your dministry.

6 For I am already being apoured out as a drink offering, and the time of bmy departure has come.

7   aI have fought the good fight, I have finished bthe course, I have kept cthe faith;

8    in the future there ais laid up for me bthe crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on cthat day; and not only to me, but also to dall who have loved His eappearing. [1]


a1 Tim 5:21; 2 Tim 2:14

bActs 10:42

c2 Thess 2:8; 2 Tim 1:10; 4:8

aGal 6:6; Col 4:3; 1 Thess 1:6

b1 Tim 5:20; Titus 1:13; 2:15

1Lit all

c2 Tim 3:10

a2 Tim 3:1

b1 Tim 1:10; 2 Tim 1:13

a2 Thess 2:11; Titus 1:14

b1 Tim 1:4

a1 Pet 1:13

b2 Tim 1:8

cActs 21:8

dEph 4:12; Col 4:17

aPhil 2:17

bPhil 1:23; 2 Pet 1:14

a1 Cor 9:25f; Phil 1:30; 1 Tim 1:18; 6:12

bActs 20:24; 1 Cor 9:24

c2 Tim 3:10

aCol 1:5; 1 Pet 1:4

b1 Cor 9:25; 2 Tim 2:5; James 1:12

c2 Tim 1:12

dPhil 3:11

e2 Tim 4:1

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (2 Ti 4:1-8). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.