Thursday, August 28, 2014

The False Teaching of Rick Joyner

Another important article-here's an excerpt: "We are witnessing in this man's writings some of the most blatant "false teachings" ever to invade the church to my knowledge.  He is preparing the way for any person who clings to the doctrines of the Bible to be identified as the real enemy." 
In other words, we who still believe that the Bible is God's (only) Word are the bad guys in Joyner's very twisted and bizarre "visions."  Please please please don't follow these corrupt ideas-just follow God's Word! -Steve Kozar
Here's a link to the article:

What part of this is hard to understand??...
 "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" Galatians 1: 8-9 NASB

Here's a very detailed outline of ALL the error in "The Final Quest" (the book that made Joyner a millionaire):

In case you think I'm being too harsh, I dare anyone to watch all 7 minutes of the voodoo-I mean, church service at Joyner's "church:"

"Do good for yourself-not for God!..."

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Follow the Elite Heretic Rick Joyner-(or God Might Kill You)"

You can't make this stuff up... If you've been deceived by the writings of Rick Joyner, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read this article (and then read it again), and then start reading your Bible! Another GREAT article from Bob Dewaay:

Critical Issues Commentary: Colossian Heresy, Part 3

Ten Distinguishing Marks of a False Prophet

Here's a whole series of articles well worth reading:

Ten Distinguishing Marks of a False Prophet

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Healing place or total disgrace? Great teaching video from "Bezel 333!"

A New 95 Theses: Challenging the Excesses of American Evangelicalism

This comes from one of my very favorite teachers/pastors, Chris Rosebrough:

Just a sample:
11. In the name of relevance, our Lord Jesus Christ is demoted to a cheesy third rate life-coach whose “gospel” motivates people to focus even more on themselves by believing that Jesus exists to assist them in achieving the objectives of their narcissistic delusions of grandeur. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Following Judah's Lion: The Kidnapping of the Bride

Following Judah's Lion: The Kidnapping of the Bride: THE KIDNAPPING OF THE BRIDE II Tim.3:13 - But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. O n ...

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Greater works?" Another great article!

This is what it looks like when a Bible passage is carefully explained in context, without all the confusing fluff and emotionalism. No, we are not supposed to be doing, literally, greater things than Jesus did-and that's good, because we haven't been anyway. You can stop feeling guilty because you haven't raised people from the dead recently. (However, if you've already been doing greater signs and wonders than Jesus you can skip this article...)

Good division or evil division? Is ALL division bad?

Bethel Sozo - Research Group: Good division or evil division? Division in the c...: For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19) This scriptu...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Barna survey: pastors avoid "controversy" (unlike Jesus...)

Barna: Many pastors wary of raising 'controversy'

The measures of success for (most) churches is: "attendance, giving ($$$), number of programs, number of staff and square footage." Really??

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"The Great Set-Up" part One

This is an article I've been working on for a while now; it's about the core concepts and ideas that are creating a set-up for deception in the Church. Yes, there might be some truth in some of these ideas, but taken as a whole, they have replaced orthodox, Christian Bible teaching and are allowing "another gospel" to be taught. -Steven kozar

1. "God Offends the Mind to Reveal the Heart" This catch phrase isn't in the Bible, and it makes Biblical confusion highly probable; it can be a foundation for manipulation through false doctrine. If anybody promotes discernment (which involves using the mind) they can be dismissed when this catch phrase is used against them. God didn't give us a mind and then expect us to stop using it. Ironically, when a false teacher says things like this, he is using a type of thinking to convince others to think a certain way.

2. "Don't Have a Religious Spirit" This is a vague concept that can allow deceit to stay in place. Want to refute someone who demands doctrinal integrity? Accuse them of having a religious spirit. It's much easier than searching the scriptures and seeking the truth. After all, "God doesn't care about our doctrine, He cares about our heart." That sounds really good but it's not in the Bible. Doctrine IS important! Doctrine tells us who God really is, and who we really are.

3. "Don't Touch God's Anointed!" When false teachers can't defend their beliefs in the clear teachings of the Bible, they use this phrase as a catch all. It's taken COMPLETELY out of context from the Old Testament. Cult leaders always use threats; it's the lowest form of leadership.

4. "Get ready for a new and different thing-it won't be like the old things!" "This is probably gonna make you uncomfortable!" "Don't put God in a box-as soon as you think you've got Him figured out He will do something unexpected!" This can be a way of spiritualizing false teaching, demonizing discernment, and getting people off their guard. The Bible makes it very clear that we are too hold fast to correct (and "old") doctrine. But in the effort to gain followers, a false teacher can always tickle the ears of those who get excited about being part of "something new;" after all, most people don't want to be part of something old. Instead of new versus old, we should be teaching what is true versus what is false. Is it really true that God is always changing His methods and His ways so He can keep surprising us? Well, there will always be some mystery involved in our understanding of exactly who God is (on this side of heaven), but God isn't like a magician or a leprechaun who constantly throws us for a loop to keep us guessing; the Bible describes Him as wanting to be known and understood. Also, being uncomfortable about a teaching doesn't indicate anything for sure, it's just a feeling that is being caused by something; it might be something good or it might be something bad.

5. "We only teach the Bible!" This is, perhaps, the easiest way to teach a false doctrine. For most Christians, they will shut off all discernment once they hear that sentence as a prelude to false doctrine. Plus, a false teacher can just throw in some Bible verses wherever he wants-whether they apply or not-and continue to promote all kinds of weird teaching. If a pastor actually explains that we "should never proof-text!" he's often made it easier for himself to continue proof-texting; the key is to keep his congregation comfortable and trusting. By the way, proof-texting is when a passage of Scripture is taken out of it's original context to make whatever point the pastor wants to make. Frankly, many of the popular Bibles verses people throw around today are taken out of context (see the "WWUTT" videos for examples). Too often, the congregation learns it from their pastor!

6. "But he's really famous (he/she has written books, has a huge church, has a TV show, etc.), he must know what he's talking about." This exposes the painfully common belief that "CONSENSUS EQUALS TRUTH." Few people would ever admit to this ridiculous belief, but their behavior (and thinking) says otherwise. Christians say that they believe the Bible, but what they really believe is whatever their "guy" (local pastor, TV preacher, popular author, etc.) says about the Bible. On top of that, many Christians don't even believe what their local pastor teaches because he is constantly being over-ridden by the surrounding culture. So we have millions of Christians watching 10, 20 or even 30 hours of television per week, yet they just don't have time to read and study the Bible. But when the latest Christian guru comes along with a new method of "hearing from God" they drop everything to "learn the secret;" all the while they've neglected God's Word-the actual words from God. The situation should be seen as utterly absurd, yet since almost everyone behaves and believes this way, it has been normalized. As a result, false teachers have free reign and an almost limitless customer base to promote heresy and to enrich themselves.
     To be continued...

Emergent / Emerging Church Documentary (Amazing!)

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Consensus "Peer-Driven" Church

What's the best way to get people to believe they're following the Bible while actually doing the opposite? Get them to go along with the group, because "they" know what they're talking about ("they" told me so).
Excellent article with funny video!