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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:

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., ).

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:


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)


End notes:

[1], accessed 9/3/10.

[2], accessed 9/3/10.

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Commentary by Ingrid Schlueter

The woman on the other end of the line with me was distraught. She and her husband were without a church in their area, and they didn’t know what to do. There were plenty of churches, she said, but the choices within an hour of their home were the following: Roman Catholic, a Purpose-Driven circus church of over 2,000, oneness Pentecostal, ELCA Lutheran with a woman pastor, a dried-up Reformed church that had dwindled down to about 15 elderly folks, a United Methodist church that held “Halloween” services, an independent Baptist church that met in a trailer house after a vicious church split, and a Disciples of Christ church with a rainbow flag on their church sign.

“We’re down to listening to sermons online on Sundays,” she said. “If we want to take communion, we have to go to the United Methodist church because they take anyone. Do you think that’s right?”

Some parts of the country are like barren wastelands when it comes to churches. As a result, some have no choice but to worship at home. Most who do this are well aware that things are not as they should be, but they make do, all the while mourning the absence of real fellowship. Many more are in churches that they can barely tolerate for an hour on Sunday. Somewhere between the youth group dance troop doing “worship moves”, the eardrum destroying band on “stage” and the sermon series on sex with the celebrity pastor, they lost the desire to attend “services.” But they go because after all, the kids should go to church.

Many Christian families with children are increasingly concerned about the negative influence of church youth groups that take their cues from the secular culture. These families stay home because they don’t like their children being under the authority of a 24-year-old youth pastor with 26 body piercings and several tattoos. They have a different vision for their daughters and sons than that of their church. In fact, they teach in opposition to what the church teaches. They have no choice but to home church, because finding a family-integrated church is like finding hen’s teeth these days. So they gather at home, maybe with other families of like mind.

A group of baptist leaders recently criticized the move towards home churching. They raised points about the insufficiency of home churches when it comes to church discipline, the right administration of the sacraments, and “well-prepared” sermons. The fact that many churches fail completely on those three points is not mentioned. While I understand why these men are concerned, it’s not enough to be against home churching as a practice. It isn’t enough to tell families to go find a biblical church. You can’t find what is not there in many places.

Our family lived in Greenville, South Carolina for a year. The city had more conservative churches than any area I know of. There were three good ones within half a mile of our home. Several solid churches in the area were tearing down their beautiful buildings to build bigger ones because they were outgrowing their facilities. Meanwhile, in many other parts of the country, there is a spiritual famine. I called one of the pastors of one of the jumbo churches in Greenville one day. I asked him why it was that churches could manage to send missionaries to Paupau, New Guinea, but they couldn’t manage to start a church up in the Milwaukee area. I did not get a satisfactory response. It appears that going to an area dominated by mainline churches is more daunting than traveling 7,000 miles to start churches with pagan tribes.

Until and unless God raises up more Bible-preaching, biblically faithful churches, home churching will continue to pick up steam. We are not in normal times. Exceptional times call for unusual measures, and one of those includes worshiping at home for some Christians who simply have no other choice.(source)

Apprising Ministries correspondent and Christian Research Network contributor Jim Lupacchino has an important story at his Watcher’s Lamp website that’s related to the AM post The Morphing Emerging Church Movement. In his Virginia Baptists Promoting Emergent Phyllis Tickle Luppachino informs us:

The Baptist General Association of Virginia’s (BGAV) Mission Board shares The Parish Paper :

The Virginia Baptist Mission Board is proud to provide copies of the Parish Paper free of charge to members of our constituency!

Co-edited by knowledge experts Herb Miller, Lyle Schaller, and Cynthia Woolever, monthly issues of The Parish Paper provide ideas, insights, research-findings, and practical methods that strengthen the effectiveness of congregations in accomplishing God’s purposes through their various ministries.

The April 2010 edition asks the question: What Can We Learn from the Emerging Church Movement? ( Good timing considering the 2010 BGAV’s 21-C church growth conference was immersed in emergent methodology).

Within the text is favorable reference to emergent mystic and author, Phyllis Tickle. The article claims that the emergent movement is no threat to Christianity.

Oh, really?… (Online source)

Lupacchino has great reason to be concerned because Phyllis Tickle is the Empress of the sinfully ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—that morphed into Emergence Christianity (EC)—and is now a cult of a postliberalism firmly entrenched with the mainstream of pretending to be Protestant evangelicalism. Lupacchino then goes on:

Listen to Phyllis Tickle in her own words describe the following:

  • Ancient mystic’s interpretation of the Christian history
  • God is both male & female, both father and mother, God is both man and woman
  • We are hearing more about the FACT ( emphasis mine ) that all religions are the same…they go to the same place…to the same God. They differ in their cultural context
  • All religions have their own mysteries. We must hold on to the mysteries that make us Christians
  • Judaism held to the concept that the voice of God loved men so much, the “she sent her daughter” to speak with men. Known as “the daughter of the voice of God.”

And here’s the grand finale….

  • An erotic relationship exists between man and “the daughter of the voice of God.”
  • When we take communion we are eating our God, the body and blood of our God ( that is the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation )
  • The Spirit is reinvigorated within us as we take those elements

Thanks to Chris Rosebrough at The Museum of Idolatry for the audio clips. (Online source)

Now it’s important to give you some context concerning this grievous mistake being made by the Baptist General Association Of Virginia (BGAV) aka the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. The BGAV is one of the two Virgina state conventions aligned with the national Southern Baptist Convention; interestingly enough, the other just happens to be called the Southern Baptist Conservatives Of Virginia.

The document Luppachino discusses above is the April 2010 Parish Paper called What to Learn from the Emerging Church Movement? This foolish paper is woefully misinformed, and not only promotes the heretical Phyllis Tickle, but it’s also a full-on embrace of this EC—which is a very decidedly anti-Protestant de-formation of the Christian faith:

The emerging church is primarily a reform movement within Christianity. But most examples of the emerging church seem to emphasize reforming the practices (how we worship; the nature of how to be the church) more than reforming the beliefs. Among the wide variety of emerging church practices, the following are prominent: no denominational ties, no church building, alternative worship, and “doing the gospel” instead of merely “discussing the gospel.”

Emergent churches are not trying to create a new religion or a new denomination. They are Christian, even if they have “let go” of some of the creeds. They don’t have doctrines or dogmas but instead talk about “values.” They say “everything is under scrutiny” but say “following Christ is the anchor.”

Phyllis Tickle sees the emerging church movement as evidence of a historic seismic shift–on par with other big shifts such as the Great Reformation of the early 1500s. She asserts that Christianity is in another “hinge” time; …

2. Worship renewal or alternative worship. Emerging church forms of worship took hold in the U. S. in the late 1990s… Some emerging church worship draws on an eclectic range of ancient traditions [i.e. Counter Reformation Roman Catholic mysticism] such as the type of mysticism common among American Quaker congregations during the last two hundred year [sic]…

Emerging church or emerging ideas? Some people argue that even the label of “emerging church” has become so muddled that we should drop its use. Whatever its label, the movement has always been about emerging ideas. Not all ideas are created equal, and sorting the wheat from the chaff continues in and around the movement.

The emerging church movement poses no threat to Christianity. Rather, it enhances its spread and health. There is no need for anger about the traditional church’s present condition or guilt about missed opportunities in the past. The arc of change is longer than any of our lifetimes, and we do not yet know the impact of the emergent church’s response to that change.

How can our congregation make a place for people who are attracted to new forms of being the Church? (Online source, emphasis in original)

It’s quite obvious from the above that the author, Cynthia Woolever, has at best a very superficial knowledge of this subject. That aside for now, the over-aching question would be: Why would Southern Baptists of Virgina, in the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, be encouraged to embrace the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church and it’s refried Roman Catholic mysticism?

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