Pastor exposes TD Jakes & Steven Furtick as heretics

Same old heresies.
How wearying to read the same material Satan has been using since the first man, Adam, to deceive people away from God.

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Pastor Gabriel Hughes of First Southern Baptist Church recently wrote a good article exposing heretics T.D. Jakes and Steven Furtick.

35CWCPortrait_Steve Furtick Heretic Steven Furtick – famous for being presented as Messiah at his Code Orange Revival.


Ps Gabriel Hughes writes,

Are T.D. Jakes and Steven Furtick Heretics? Yes.

Through the ministry When We Understand the Text, I’ve fielded a few questions about Steven Furtick and whether or not he is trustworthy. To give the best answer that I can, I’ve decided to use Steven’s recent appearance at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ mega-plex, the Potter’s House, where he preached this past Sunday. This is written in love, so that the people of God will be able to test and know that not everyone who claims to be of God speaks the counsel of God (1 John 4:1).

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

I went to the Potter’s House website to pull up Sunday’s sermon, but…

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The Gaystapo Crackdown on Christianity (by Bill Muhlenberg)

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/01/25/our-victorian-gaystapo/ 

Once upon a time governments operated circumspectly, engaging in simple things like keeping the roads in good shape and collecting the garbage. Increasingly however Western governments are becoming coercive utopians, pushing the agendas of radical minority groups.
The Victorian Labor government is certainly competing with others to become one of the most fascist and draconian governments around, cracking down on the majority of its citizens in order to cater to the activist groups. For example, it has recently told us that Christmas carols have to go, and it wants baby killing to go on unhindered. See here: billmuehlenberg.com/2015/11/27/victoria-anti-god-and-anti-life/

Now it wants to attack every single person in the state who might have problems with homosexuality, and are in any way there to help those with unwanted same-sex attraction. While it speaks about seeking to ban all “gay conversion therapy,” the draconian impact of such moves must be fully understood.

Let me first offer how one newspaper report runs with this very worrying push:
The state government will attempt to crack down on so-called gay conversion therapy through a new public watchdog with the power to investigate people purporting to “cure” or suppress homosexuality….

[The Victorian government] has vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach on anyone attempting to treat homosexuality as a disorder that can be fixed through medical or therapeutic means. Legislation will be introduced into parliament later this year to establish a new watchdog – the Health Complaints Commissioner – with the power to investigate and sanction anyone claiming they can treat homosexuality.

While registered practitioners can already be investigated by authorities, the legislation will close a loophole that currently exists regarding unregistered practitioners making unproven claims that they can convert gay people.

“If they are found to be making false claims and to be acting in a manner that puts people’s physical, mental or psychological health, safety or welfare at risk, the Commissioner will be able to ban them from providing such services,” said Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

“We have zero tolerance for any person purporting to be able to ‘convert’ gay people through medical or therapeutic means. Any attempts to make people feel uncomfortable with their own sexuality is completely unacceptable.”

News of the government’s plans come a week after The Sunday Age reported on the growing push behind the scenes to combat the “ex-gay movement”, which essentially views homosexuality as a sin and remains an insidious part of evangelical church culture in Australia.

Part of the problem, however, is that the size and prevalence of the movement remains unclear, and it is not entirely known to what extent conversion therapy is still being used, either through religious organisations attempting to “pray away the gay” or less formal structures.

In Canberra, Greens senator Robert Simms will move a motion when federal parliament resumes next month, calling on the Turnbull government to investigate potential reforms and urging the states and territories to implement laws banning conversion practices.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, state Greens MP Sam Hibbins has called for a parliamentary inquiry to uncover the extent of the problem and assist in preventing it.
Other states are moving in the same direction, with a nation-wide crackdown looming:
Last April, COAG’s health council also agreed to the terms of a National Code of Conduct for health care workers, which is designed to keep a tighter check on unregistered health practitioners. Gay conversion therapy is expected to fall under the code.
For anyone able to get beyond the double speak here, the implications of all this should be utterly shocking. This of course will not be limited to a few specialist groups helping homosexuals, but will extend to anyone and everyone who even seeks to interact or converse with homosexuals.
Notice how “evangelical churches” were already specifically mentioned in the report above. This is a direct assault on not only Christians, but on all religious and cultural groups which may have any unease about the homosexual lifestyle. And the totalitarian implications of all this should be lost on none of us.
While ex-homosexual groups will certainly be targeted, this is an open-ended assault on all groups and individuals who may seek to help and even pray for homosexuals. If a church has a counselling centre or a pastoral care team, and a homosexual comes in, seeking help for his unwanted attractions, they too will easily fall under such legislation.
If a home Bible study group or a parachurch ministry even offers up prayer for such individuals seeking assistance, they too will undoubtedly fall under this Big Brother legislation. Indeed, simply consider the frightening things being said here.
Consider the phrase “unregistered health practitioners”. Just who and what groups might this apply to? As mentioned, will a group of concerned Christian street preachers who are asked for prayer by a homosexual be arrested if they do pray for such a person?
If a church service has a healing or deliverance ministry underway, and a person with unwanted homosexual attractions comes forward for prayer, will the entire church be shut down by the authorities for violating these new gaystapo laws?
This is utterly shocking stuff, and every person valuing freedom and religious liberty should be completely incensed by these moves. We all must speak out at how tiny minority groups are getting leftist governments and the heavy hand of the law on their side to persecute and oppress anyone with contrary viewpoints.
This is all-out war on the churches and on Christian conscience, as well as all other faith and cultural traditions which affirm the norm of heterosexuality. Just where will all this end? How many concerned Christians will end up in prison? How many parachurch groups will be forcibly shut down?
How many churches, and even entire denominations, will be dragged to the courts by all this pro-homosexual, anti-Christian bigotry? Of course those churches that never rock the boat, that never engage in anything controversial, and that simply tell people what they want to hear will have nothing to worry about.
But any church, ministry, or believer who is committed to Jesus Christ and the Word of God will be under direct frontal assault here. Be afraid – be very afraid. The homosexual Big Brother is coming to get you.
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/zero-tolerance-andrews-to-crack-down-on-gay-conversion-therapy-20160123-gmcimw.html#ixzz3y8ghdNJv

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The very essence of truth is clearness, not vagueness. by A.A. Hodge, “The Higher Life.”

A mystical tendency may well coexist with true Christianity, and with many estimable personal qualities; yet it always tends to evil. Hence it’s first symptom among Evangelical Christians, which is a religious sentimentalism, associated with an inveterate vagueness of ideas and indefiniteness of statement, is to be carefully shunned. No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre. The very essence of truth, like light, is clearness, not vagueness; and it necessarily seeks expression through definite articulations, and not through the medium of shadowy mezzo-tints, or oscillating lines, like the sheen of watered silk.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Matthew Winzer

Australian Free Church,

Victoria, Australia
“Illum oportet crescere me autem minui.”

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Mindfulness! Heard of It? What Does it Mean, and Where is it Showing Up in Christian Circles?

 January 28th, 2016 | Author: Lighthouse Trails Editors  www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com

According to researcher and author Ray Yungen:

In recent years, a type of meditation known as mindfulness has made a surprising showing. Based on current trends, it has the potential to eclipse even Yoga in popularity. You will now find it everywhere that people are seeking therapeutic approaches to ailments or disorders. True to its Buddhist roots, mindfulness involves focusing on the breath to stop the normal flow of thought. In effect, it acts the same way as a mantra; and as with Yoga, it is presented as something to cure society’s ills.

Group of lit candlesLighthouse Trails has reported on mindfulness quite a bit, especially in the last few years. A few articles we have posted are:

Feds Spend $2.5 Million on Mindfulness Intervention for Kindergarteners 

The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, studies shows 

World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Turns to Mindfulness Meditation 

Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation Taking Place at Arlington National Cemetery to Commemorate Memorial Day 

Children and New Age Mindfulness Meditation 

To backup what Ray Yungen says about mindfulness, in an article in Psychology Today titled “How to Practice Mindful Meditation,” it explains:

In the Buddhist tradition and in Contemplative Psychotherapy training, we nurture mindfulness through the practice of sitting meditation. There are many different kinds of meditation. For example, some are designed to help us relax; others are meant to produce altered states of consciousness.

Sadly, but not too surprisingly considering how Contemplative Prayer (mindfulness’ “sister”) has made such huge inroads into Christianity, you will find mindfulness showing up in many different Christian venues now. In an article in Christian Today (a UK-based evangelical publication) titled “Mindfulness: How it works and why Christians should practise it,” it states:

More and more Christians are learning and teaching it, though it’s still early days. Many Christians – and evangelicals in particular – are suspicious of things like meditation. There’s no need to be. Learning mindfulness is like learning any other skill. It’s what you do with it that counts.

We thought we would list a few places where “mindfulness” is showing up in Protestant Christianity. We hope this short article will alert you to this term in case it shows up one day at your church or your Bible study group:

Christian Counseling Today (page 40) – This is the magazine for the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors)

Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA (“Christian Psychology and Mindfulness”)

 Fuller Seminary (“Fuller Seminary’s School of Psychology Receives Grant for the Study of Spiritual Mindfulness and Empathy“)

ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) – “Why should a Christian listen to a Buddhist nun?”

Faith Postures: Cultivating Christian Mindfulness– a book by a Baylor University graduate

Biola University

Azusa Pacific University (“Reclaiming Mindfulness”)

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Risky Business

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Michelle Lesley

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Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of preachers and divangelistas out there teaching that Christians have to constantly take “risks” as proof that we’re growing in Christ, that we have to perform acts of faith that take us outside of our comfort zone, that we have to dare to attempt things that could never be done without God’s direct, miraculous intervention or empowerment.

Well, I’d like to challenge all the proponents of that teaching to take a risk that (I hope) won’t be out of their comfort zone and doesn’t require any miraculous intervention from God:

Find the prescriptive passage of Scripture, chapter and verse, in context, rightly divided, that teaches this “risk doctrine”.

Because I don’t see it.

I see 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 exhorting us to love the bretheren, live quietly, work with our own hands, and walk wisely before outsiders.

I see Titus 2:1-10 telling Christian men and…

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Dear Liberty U Students and The Gospel Coalition: You Have Bigger Problems Than Trump

Dear Liberty U Students and The Gospel Coalition: You Have Bigger Problems Than Trump
http://learningthepath.weebly.com/blog/dear-liberty-u-students-and-the-gospel-coalition-you-have-bigger-problems-than-trump

Liberty University students have been in arms about Donald Trump speaking at their school. Not only that, but Marc Corbett wrote an article at the Gospel Coalition that also was against the notion of Trump being allowed to speak. Before I get any further, I want to make it clear that I am no fan of Trump. I am pulling for Ted Cruz in the 2016 election. I have my reasons for not liking Trump, but I will save those for another day. 
The recent lineup has included him, but by the looks of the lineup, Trump is the least of their worries. In the past, they have also had many people speak that should not have been given a stage to speak on. Notably, while they are upset that a man who is known to be unnecessarily rude (Trump) is coming, the Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Bernie Sanders was also invited to speak and people actually defended this choice. I get why people don’t want Trump at their school. I wouldn’t either. But At the same time, I wouldn’t want a man who supports sexual perversion and in-utero infanticide to come near my school. No statement about his politics made, Ben Carson, who also spoke at LU, is a Seventh Day Adventist. If you are in outrage because Non-Christian Donald Trump spoke, you should also be outraged that cultist Ben Carson did. Not only did they invite an Abortion Advocate and Seventh Day Adventist, but they invited Roman Catholic Rick Santorum to come and speak. Even politics aside, the lineup of Liberty University gets worse than Donald Trump.
Not only has Sanders spoken at LU, but so has the mystic author of “The Circle Maker”, Mark Batterson (Source). Mark Batterson is most known for his promotion of the Jewish Mystic Honi and Mystic Circle making. Another speaker who has been there is Steven Furtick (Source). Furtick is “The King of Narcigesis”, known for almost always taking a text that has nothing to do with himself, taking it out of context, and making it about himself (This Process is known as Narcigesis). Word of Faith, prosperity gospel pastor Brian Houston has also spoken at LU (Source). He is most song for basically being the leader of the Hillsong cult. He wrote a book centering around the prosperity gospel entitled “You Need More Money” (Source) and was connected to a scandal (Source, WARNING: It is infuriating). Houston isn’t the only Hillsong cultist to speak at LU. They’ve also had Carl Lentz (Source), who has proven himself to be more than soft on the issue of homosexuality (You can read more here), almost to the point of being a Vinist (Vinism is the heretical belief that homosexuality is not sinful). They have also had Mystic and Protege of Joyce Meyer, Christine Caine (Source). Let us not forget the time that Glenn Beck was also invited, despite the fact that he is a Mormon. There are very, very many more people who’ve spoken at LU that any discerning mind should be concerned about. 
The sad thing is, that hasn’t changed. There are still those that are on the future lineup (Which can be read here).

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Jentezen Franklin teaches Word of Faith heresy. In his book, “Believe That You Can”, he said, “We need to send our words out in the direction we want them to go. In other words, we need to start talking victory when we’re staring at defeat. We need to start talking healing when we’re feeling sick. We need to start blessing and prosperity when we don’t have anything. We need to speak about marching when we feel like quitting.” That is the false gospel of the Word of Faith movement, which says that our words have power. 

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Ann Voskamp is yet another mystic who has made disgustingly blasphemous statements about God. Read this from her book, “One Thousand Gifts”, she wrote, “I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God.”

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Jesus Culture is a band connected to Bethel Church in Redding, California. They are pastored by Bill Johnson, who has said, “He [Jesus] laid his divinity aside as He sought to fulfill the assignment given to Him by the Father: to live life as a man without sin, and then die in the place of mankind for sin.” (This was in “When Heaven Invades Earth”). Reread that. He said Jesus ceased to be divine while he was on Earth. 

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Matt Maher is a Roman Catholic. He promotes transubstantiation and has sung for the pope.  
I think you get the picture. So what to do about Trump? Does that mean you shouldn’t be opposed to him speaking at LU? Not at all. Continue to oppose it. But also oppose Bernie Sanders speaking. And Ann Voskamp speaking. And Brian Houston speaking. Students, Alumni, Marc, all of you need to oppose not just Donald Trump speaking, but to oppose the overflowing can of heretical teachers being invited as we speak. It is commanded in Scripture.

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting.” (2 John 1:10, ESV)

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Does the Bible Teach That the Charismatic Gifts Are For Today?

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Above is a debate between Dr. Sam Waldron, Dean and Resident Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, and Matt Slick, President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. They debate the question, “Does the Bible teach that the charismatic gifts are for today?”

No matter which side of the issue you may be on, I highly recommend watching this debate, which is very instructive and helpful in seeking to understand the important issues involved. I think it may be the best debate I have seen on the issue, especially since it is between two men who share a commitment to Reformed theology.

Source [Reformed Baptist Blog]

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