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You invited Rick Warren; would you say he exemplifies “thinking”?

No, I don’t think he exactly exemplifies what I’m after. But he is biblical. He quoted 50 Scriptures from memory. Unbelievable, his mind is Vesuvius. So I asked him what impact reading Jonathan Edwards had on him. What these authors like Karl Barth and Edwards do for him is give him a surge of theological energy that then comes through his wiring. What I wanted to do with Rick is force him to talk about thinking so pragmatists out there can say, “A lot of thinking goes into what he does.” (source)

Is the ability to quote Scripture from memory a litmus test for determining if a person is Biblical? Does the fact that Rick Warren puts a lot of thinking into what he says and does make his actions and words Biblical?

You received some negative feedback for inviting him.

It was real risky. I don’t even know if I did the right thing. If somebody said, “Are you sure you should have invited him?” “No.” I think the first thing I’d say—maybe the only thing—is I think he’s been slandered. I think we probably need to work harder at getting him right. (source)

Slandered? Ok, let’s hear Rick Warren in his own words to see if he has been slandered by people who say he preaches a false gospel.

Matthew 24:23-25 (New American Standard Bible)

23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him.

24“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

25“Behold, I have told you in advance.

This is another example of Patricia King’s terrible misunderstanding of the Scriptures. By not rightly dividing the Word of God, it opens the door to many errors and false beliefs (2 Timothy 2:15). This is why we must study the Bible in context so that we can avoid gross errors like what is currently being taught by the “signs and wonders” movement (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

We do have direct access to Heaven through Jesus Christ the Lord (Hebrews 4:14-15). We can go directly to Him through prayer (1 John 2:1). This whole notion of us ascending into Heaven as taught by people like Patricia King is wrong.

As always, the marketing scheme rears its ugly head when we deal with false prophets/teachers. Why do we need to buy their products in order to gain understanding? The short answer is people who peddle these signs and miracles and new revelations really do not want their followers studying the Bible without their influence. To achieve this type of control over their followers, they employ all kinds of false signs and shenanigans (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).

My advice for anyone involved in this movement is this: study the Bible without any study guides, daily reading plans, marginal notes, or commentaries. Solely depend upon the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study and meditate upon God’s Word. Seek the Lord through prayer and the deep studying of His Word.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (King James Version)

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

I’ve said this many times in the past, please pray for these people who are deceived by the “signs and wonders” craze. I have personally witnessed its destructive power at work through some of my family members. It is heart breaking to watch loved ones send money to these false teachers, hoping to receive some sort of special anointing and healing.

Let us pray that God brings these false teachers to true repentance and ask God to deliver those who are deceived.

Bob Jones’s Experience of Heaven

Bobby Conner encounters angels on a regular basis

Patricia King on “It’s Supernatural” sharing her Christ experience

Rick Joyner appears on Its Supernatural

Since we are now living in the age of religious tolerance and ecumenical unity, there are some people who will immediately call this article unloving and divisive. Others will ask, “What right do you have to judge another religion?” The answer is given in Scripture. All God-fearing people are called to make right judgments, judgments that have already been established by the objective principles of God’s Word (John 7:24). There may be nothing more important than warning people who are being deceived about their eternal destiny. If we do not lovingly confront them with God’s Gospel, they may never know how to escape the eternal fire of God’s punishment. Clearly, the most unloving thing we can do is to ignore them and let them continue down the road to destruction. For this reason, I am always willing to offend people with the offense and exclusivity of the Gospel in the hopes that God may grant some of them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2: 25). Let us look at three fatal errors of false prophets and how to handle them.

False Teachers Usurp the Authority of God

The supreme authority of the Bible is established both by its divine origin and inspiration (2 Pet. 1:21). It is the infallible Word of God, and it will accomplish God’s purpose (Isaiah 55:11). It is the very foundation upon which all Christian truths rest. For followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible is the final court of appeal in all matters pertaining to faith and godliness. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). The divine authority of Scripture corrects and rebukes all false teaching because there is no higher authority or infallible source in which to appeal. It is the Word of God, and God cannot lie, cannot break His promise and cannot deceive.

People fall into serious error and sin when they exalt their own authority over God’s authority or when they suppress the truth of God’s Word to promote their own self-serving agendas. The Roman Catholic religion has done this by establishing its traditions and teachings to be equal in authority with Scripture (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] par. 82). In doing so, it has usurped the supreme authority of our sovereign God who alone has the right to rule and determine the eternal destinies of men. This fatal error has opened the flood gates to numerous other deadly heresies including: the preaching of another gospel, the worship of a counterfeit Jesus, the buying and selling of God’s grace through indulgences, the creation of a fictitious place called purgatory, the establishment of other mediators and praying to and for the dead. These errors are fatal because anyone who is embracing them when they take their last breath will experience eternal death.

Catholics who are being deceived by these fatal errors must be told that the world has known only one infallible teacher. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the personification of truth and every word He spoke was truth (John 14:6, 17:17). Those who are seeking the truth need to look only to Christ and His Word. The Catholic religion has become corrupt the same way Judaism became corrupt – by following the traditions of men instead of the Word of God (Mark 7:13). The Pharisees taught much truth, but by mixing it with error, they “made the word of God of no effect.” We must never forget that the Bible is what God says and religion is what man says God says.

False Teachers Distort the Person of Christ

Jesus Christ is God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God. He is the perfect High Priest who offered Himself – the perfect sacrifice – once for the sins of His people. This one sin offering has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (Heb. 10:14). For this reason there are no more offerings for sin (Heb. 10:18). The believer’s eternal sin debt was paid in full and their redemption was secured when God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Rom. 4:25). Would there be false teachers who would deny this and steal away the honor and glory of our Savior?

Yes, Paul even warned us that some would come preaching another Jesus. They will offer a counterfeit Jesus “whom we [the apostles] have not preached” (2 Cor. 11:4). Many of these false teachers are Roman Catholics who preach a “Jesus” who does not save sinners completely and forever. They say Catholics must do their part by expiating and making satisfaction for their own sins through penance (CCC, 1459). In this way they attain their own salvation through good works (CCC, 1477). The Catholic Jesus offers conditional life, not eternal life (CCC, 1035). This counterfeit Christ is said to return physically to Catholic altars over 200,000 times each day to be a sin offering for the living and the dead (CCC, 1367).

Catholics must be warned of the consequences for not knowing and believing the true Jesus. This was made clear by Jesus when He said: “unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). Whenever religion rejects God’s authority, it creates “another Jesus” which always leads to “another gospel.” Why? Because whenever the sufficiency of Christ is denied, another gospel must be concocted to instruct people what they must do to be saved.

False Teachers Pervert the Gospel of Christ

The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God’s redeeming work through Jesus Christ which saves His people from the punishment, power and ultimately, the presence of sin. It is the one and only message of redemption and the same message for every generation (Eph. 4:4-6, Rev. 14:6). Since the Gospel is about one Savior, it is exclusive and thus declares that all other faiths and religions are false (John 14:6; Mat. 7:13-14). This glorious Gospel declares that salvation is entirely of grace and those who add anything to it stand condemned (Gal. 1:6-9). It comes as no surprise that the most popular perversion of the Gospel is the fatal lie that good works or inherent righteousness are necessary to appease a holy God. Every religion in the world perpetrates this lie of the devil. However, Satan’s oldest and most deadly lie is “You surely shall not die” (Gen. 3:4). This lie is still spread in Catholicism (CCC, 1863).

Why would any religious leader want to distort the glorious Gospel of grace? The primary reason is to control people by holding them captive in legalistic bondage. It is for this reason the Lord Jesus gave the mark of a true disciple. He said, “If you abide in My word…and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). People in religious bondage can only be set free when they come to a knowledge of the truth found in Scripture.

Roman Catholicism is not alone in perverting the Gospel of God. There are many cults and Protestant sects which do the same. Catholicism, however, not only deceives its people with a false gospel, but foolishly condemns those who believe the true Gospel. Over 100 condemnations from the Council of Trent are pronounced on Christians who believe the Lord Jesus is sufficient to save sinners completely and forever. The Catholic “gospel” emphasizes what man must DO to be saved instead of what Christ has DONE. This would include the necessity of doing good works (CCC, 2016), receiving sacraments (1129), attending meritorious masses (1405), keeping the law (2068), buying indulgences (1498) and purgatory (1030).

False Teachers Must Be Confronted

We must never let doctrinal error go unabated because it dishonors God and deceives the unsuspecting. It defiles the conscience, corrupts the heart and destroys the soul. According to Scripture, that which flows from the lips of false teachers includes: “strange doctrines,” “commandments of men,” “doctrines of devils,” “damnable heresies,” “traditions of men,” “lies,” “falsehood,” “vain deceit” and “deceptive philosophy.” Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord at all times and in all cases (Prov. 12:22). Knowing the fruit of false teachers, we must earnestly contend against them. Peter and Paul said false teachers cause believers to fall from their steadfastness and pure devotion to Christ (2 Pet. 3:17; 2 Cor. 11:3). They disagree with the words of Jesus and bring constant friction within the church (1 Tim. 6:4-5). They give rise to speculation and fruitless discussion which hinder the purposes of God (1 Tim. 1:4-6).

Many who profess Christ are no longer embracing sound doctrine because they want their ears tickled and are seeking teachers who will do just that (2 Tim. 4:2). Using the Word of God, we must be ready to reprove, rebuke and exhort with great patience and instruction. Those who have been entrusted with the truth must take a stand against those who try to lead men astray. Even when Peter was not straightforward about the truth of the Gospel, Paul withstood him to his face, and rebuked him sharply (Gal. 2:11-14). Jude exhorted us to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Those who refuse to defend God’s truth are demonstrating their lack of passion for the truth. We must love the truth and hate every false way (Ps. 119:104). Let us never be intimidated by false teachers because “the fear of man brings a snare” (Prov. 29:25).

The Battle for Truth

Let us be mindful of the words of A.W. Tozer, who wrote: “So skilled is error at imitating truth that the two are constantly being mistaken for each other. It is therefore critically important that the Christian take full advantage of every provision God has made to save him from delusion – prayer, faith, constant meditation of the Scriptures, obedience, humility and the illumination of the Holy Spirit” (That Incredible Christian).

We need to ask God for courage and boldness as we rely on the power of His Word. May we all become more like the apostles who were strong, bold, fearless, dogmatic, unaccommodating of error, courageous, intolerant of sin, inflexible concerning the Gospel, controversial, willing to die for the truth and fully devoted to Christ. We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (Eph. 4:14). During these times of great deception, the Body of Christ must respond with a theological, biblical worldview that defends the glory and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must protect the purity of His Gospel for the sake of His elect. (source)

Jesus used the media of His day to share the reality of the Kingdom with people, and He wants to empower you to do the same today!(source)

Did you know that God wants to use the media? Did you know that you can have a “media calling” from God? Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but what I see in the Bible concerning what God wants us to do is to spread the Gospel, stand for sound doctrine, obey God’s commandments, and rely only upon the Holy Spirit to draw mankind to repentance. While I agree that we should use modern methods to spread the good news about Jesus Christ, I disagree with depending on it as the tool that leads people to God. This is a classic example of a man-centered gospel that promotes the idea that somehow God needs us to help Him get His Word out and save people.

When we strip away all the talk about visions, angels worship (Colossians 2:18-19), miracles, and signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10) from this movement  just what are we left with? By removing all these extra declarations and signs, the gospel message that remains is confusing at best. What’s clear is that we are left with a group of leaders peddling (1 Timothy 6:10) their own visions and self-proclaimed prophetic word.

2 Timothy 3:1-8 (New American Standard Bible)

“Difficult Times Will Come”

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,

4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,

7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.

God does want us to use our gifts and unique talents He gives us (1 Corinthians 12:1-31). There is nothing wrong with teaching people to use the gifts that God has given them. My disagreements are not with using our gifts and every tool available to spread the Gospel. My problem with this movement is its emphasis on these strange visions, false doctrines, man-centered gospel, and cult like leaders who use their status to elevate themselves to a position of a prophet.

You can learn more about your possible media calling here: God, the Media, and You! as you are being persuaded to attend New-Media Fest!

I wish the people following these false teachers/prophets would take the time to truly study the Bible instead of blindly following these leaders. Because of my belief in the power of the Holy Spirit and the effectiveness of prayer, I believe the Lord can deliver those who are being deceived by this movement (Mark 10:26-27). I ask each of you to join me and pray that God draws these false teachers/prophets to true repentance. I pray for those who are deceived by these servants of Satan and self.

2 Peter 2:1-3 (New International Version)

False Teachers and Their Destruction

1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

Do not judge – Matthew 7:5 – the forgotten passage

Are we really “Pharisees”?

Discernment is telling the difference between right and almost right

Straddling the fence

The blunt truth about the gospel and the false god of purpose

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Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they, are your lot; to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a grain offering. Shall I relent for these things? On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice.

Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your memorial; for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a covenant for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness. (Isaiah 57:6-8)

Evangelicalism’s Prophets Climbing In Bed With Spiritual Harlots

In the section of the Be Still…And Know That I Am God DVD entitled Cloud of Witnesses: Contemplative Figures Throughout History renowned SBC “Bible teacher” Beth Moore gives us some very revealing information concerning the growing apostasy of sinful ecumenicism advanced by those supportive of a form of meditation in an altered state of consciousness known as Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP). This so-called prayer is the crown jewel of  Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), which is actually a romaticized version of neo-Gnostic Roman Catholic mysticism.

This CSM is then promulgated under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation e.g. that taught by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster, with his spiritual twin and Southern Baptist minister Dallas Willard along to give this asceticism-lite neo-Pietism a thin veneer of scholastic respectability. In fact, as you’ll see below, they’re both involved in the aforementioned DVD released in 2006 by 20th Century Fox featuring:

contemplatives as Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Calvin Miller and Priscilla Shirer, along with some names that may surprise you? Max Lucado, Beth Moore. An acknowledgement list at the end includes Brennan Manning and Dr. Charles Stanley. (Online source)

In their article When Godly People Teach Ungodly Theology: The Subtle Error of Beth Moore M. Kurt Goedelman and G. Richard Fisher of the fine discernment ministry Personal Freedom Outreach point out that because of Beth Moore’s “bent toward mysticism” we would not find all that “surprising” some of the questionable people “she esteems.” They continue:

One of those who would fall into the [questionable] category is fellow Southern Baptist mystic Henry Blackaby. Blackaby is one of the leading exponents of subjectivism… Moore holds Blackaby in high regard. She writes she doesn’t consider herself worthy to shine his shoes…

Moore also admires Brennan Manning, author of the best-selling book, The Ragamuffin Gospel and the contemplative prayer guru whom Christianity Today labeled as “evangelicals’ favorite Catholic.” She repeatedly cites his works,… Moore tells her readers,… [Manning] has written “one of the most remarkable books I have ever read.” Manning is a prominent exponent of contemplative prayer, which calls for one to empty one’s mind, then fill it with imaginative experiences… [1]

So with the Be Still and Know DVD both Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer—who work together with Kay Arthur in the SBC’s LifeWay Event Deeper Still—are, at the very least, actively involved with promoting the transcendental meditation-lite of CCP; and it’s beyond question that this is what the DVD is promoting as we can see from a pro-contemplative prayer article “Be Still” Invites Viewers to Discover Contemplative Prayer carried by the mainstream evangelical website Crosswalk.com:

a new DVD, ”Be Still,” aims to help you discover the time-honored practice of contemplative prayer… “Be Still” creator Amy Reinhold wanted to pursue the project with her husband Judge (who narrates the film) after they experienced the power of contemplative prayer in their small group Bible study…

You can engage in contemplative prayer anywhere at any time, either by yourself or with others. Essentially, “Be Still” mentions, you become a portable sanctuary as you do… The modern Christian leaders interviewed on “Be Still” also discuss some Christians throughout history – such as Francis of Assisi, C.S. Lewis, Evelyn Underhill, Madame Guyon, and Brother Lawrence – whose practice of contemplative prayer inspires them.
(Online source, bold theirs)

Lord willing, another time we’ll deal further with the mystics mentioned above, but here our focus is upon what Beth Moore tells us about the Contemplative Figures Throughout History; her misguided words reveal it really is as I have been warning here at Apprising Ministries concerning this growing apostasy absolutely rampant within The Ecumenical Church of Deceit of pretending to be Protestant evangelicalism. The growing practice of CSM, and its main vehicle of CCP, within its mainstream is quite literally reversing the Protestant Reformation right before our eyes; with the possible exception of Dr. Stanley, all of these people above accept apostate Roman Catholicism as a viable Christian expression.

In Be Still Beth Moore will tell us why, in their warped perspective, the Reformation is over—even though the anathema, which the Roman Catholic Church placed upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ, still remains:

You know, one of the things that time gives us is that it erases the lines in between people so many different sections of the people of God. Because many years later it doesn’t matter any longer that this person was of this practice in the Christian faith and this person of another. Time somehow blurs those lines and we are profoundly moved by the historical narratives of all their lives, of so great a cloud of witnesses; that we can look back on and see what kept them running the race, what kept them running toward the face of Christ at the end of that finish line. (channel 1, 00:18-00:50)

So what do you suppose it is that Beth Moore is talking about in this section, dedicated as it is to the praise of so-called “Christian” mystics who were members of the apostate Church of Rome, when she says that time “erases the lines.” She’s referring to the Reformation during which many of Christ’s beloved children were brutally murdered on the orders of Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. O, but to these compromisers “time” has somehow erased all of this. No, it hasn’t; consider the following from Dr. R.C. Sproul:

The Roman Catholic Church condemns “sola fide! (L.)” Now if, please understand this, if “sola fide (L.)” is the gospel, then the Roman Catholic Church has condemned the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, nobody who went to the Council of Trent, as a delegate, went there with the intention of condemning the gospel. The theologians of Rome really believed that they were defending the gospel and that the Protestants had in fact committed apostasy. And I admire the Church, the Roman communion of the 16th century for at least understanding what apparently people don’t understand today, and that is what is at stake here. That they understood that somebody is under the anathema of God!

And we can be as nice, and as pleasant, and as gentle, and as loving, and as charitable, and tolerant as we can possibly be, but it’s not going to change that folks. Somebody is preaching a different gospel! And when Rome condemned the Protestant declaration of “Justification by faith alone” I believe, Rome, when placing the anathema on “sola fide (L.),” placed the anathema of God upon themselves. I agree with his [John MacArthur] assessment, that the institution [Roman Catholic Church] is apostate! (Online source)

As you’ll see in Has The Roman Catholic Church Really Changed? the answer is crystal clear: Absolutely not; rather, this despicable reversal of the Reformation currently going on within squishy evanjellyfish is the work of spineless professing Christians who are themselves now covered in the blood of the martyrs murdered because they believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ i.e. salvation is by God’s grace alone; through faith alone, in the finished work on the Cross of Christ alone. Shame on such as these like Beth Moore; and if the Lord chooses to sustain me, be sure I will have more to say about this travesty in the days to come.

Because it is one thing to lament the lack of those of us who make a bold stand for Christ in this tepid time; but it’s quite another to pay the price in standing with us as the enemy then quickly steps in to vilify us.

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Endnotes:

[1] M. Kurt Goedelman with G. Richard Fisher, “When Godly People Teach Ungodly Theology: The Subtle Error of Beth Moore,” The Quarterly Journal, Personal Freedom Outreach, Vol. 27, No. 3, July-September 2007, 20, 21.

See also:

A BETH MOORE EXPOSE

BETH MOORE AND LIFEWAY (SBC) HEAD DEEPER STILL INTO DECEPTION

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SOUL SHAPING RETURN TO RELIGIOUS BONDAGE

DR. JOHN PIPER AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

DONALD WHITNEY AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

SADDLEBACK CHURCH, RICK WARREN, AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

DOES PSALM 46:10 TEACH CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER?

In a very few years the miraculous ministry of Rev. Leroy Jenkins has become widely known in the continental United States and many foreign countries. At present his evangelistic crusades are sweeping the nation and his outstanding gifts of Divine Healing and Word of Knowledge are seemingly without equal since the days of the Apostles.” Leroy Jenkins (source)

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This false prophet hits close to home with me because my father was greatly affected by him in the 1960’s. My grandmother used to tell me when I was a child how Leroy would pay people to perform for him during tent meetings. My father worked with him and helped with his tent meetings during his early years. My family is very familiar with this con-artist. Like all faith healers, Leroy is a fraud who only cares about money.

It’s sad that so many people are deceived by men like Leroy Jenkins. These men can bring in thousands upon thousands of people per service by giving them false hopes and introducing them to a false messiah.

And yes, I am biased toward Leroy Jenkins because I have seen on a first-hand basis the power a false prophet has over those he influences. I praise God that He saved my father a few years ago by delivering him, through the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, from the false gospel Leroy gave him in the 1960’s.

Today, many of my family members are still caught up in the charismatic movement. I pray for them (Leroy included) and long for the day the Lord delivers them the way He delivered my father. I know this post is a bit personal, but I wanted to share it with my readers. I just wanted to use my father as an example of how the Lord can deliver us from the darkest of deceptions.(Matthew 19:25-26)

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