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Kenneth Copeland is a Degenerate Pulpit Pimp!!!

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Sorry for such a blunt assessment, but I have been stoked (yet again) to righteous anger and indignation, thanks to more ungodly bastardization of the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My goal is to provide more of the meat of the Word of God so that the counterfeits are glaringly apparent (Hebrews 5:12-14), but I have to call a degenerate pimp out when he (or she) tries to pass off evil as good.

Such is the case with the unrepentant vile wolf Kenneth Copeland:

Investing in the gospel of getting rich

FORT WORTH – Onstage before thousands of believers weighed down by debt and economic insecurity, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and their all-star lineup of “prosperity gospel” preachers delighted the crowd with anecdotes about the luxurious lives they had attained by following the Word of God.

Private airplanes and boats. A motorcycle sent by an anonymous supporter. Vacations in Hawaii and cruises in Alaska. Designer handbags. A ring of emeralds and diamonds.

“God knows where the money is, and he knows how to get the money to you,” preached Mrs. Copeland, dressed in a crisp pants ensemble like those worn by C.E.O.’s.

Even in an economic downturn, preachers in the “prosperity gospel” movement are drawing sizable, adoring audiences. Their message — that if you have sufficient faith in God and the Bible and donate generously, God will multiply your offerings a hundredfold — is reassuring to many in hard times.

The preachers barely acknowledged the recession, though they did say it was no excuse to curtail giving. “Fear will make you stingy,” Mr. Copeland said.

As I sit here fighting my “false teacher/pulpit pimp/degenerate wolf” gag-reflex that vipers like Copeland trigger, I am continually saddened and angered that people still follow these morally bankrupt charlatans. As I’ve stated in many previous articles, the “Prosperity Gospel” has been rendered false LONG AGO – if you still “live in lack” after “sowing” even $1 to these fools, then you have proven them to be LIARS! Come on people, they tell you that God is going to bless you if you pay them, yet you still chase behind them throwing money – and you get poorer as THEY GET RICHER!

Stories like this make me want to move to the mountains and just wait for the Apocalypse:

Sitting in Section 316, eight rows up, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a Bible at lunch time, was a family who could explain the enduring loyalty the prosperity preachers inspire.

Stephen Biellier, a long-distance trucker from Mount Vernon, Mo., said he and his wife, Millie, came to the convention praying that this would be “the overcoming year.” They are $102,000 in debt, and the bank has cut off their credit line, Mrs. Biellier said.

They say the Copelands rescued them from financial failure 23 years ago, when they bought their first truck at 22 percent interest and had to rebuild the engine twice in a year.

Around that time, Mrs. Biellier first saw Mr. Copeland on television and began sending him 50 cents a week.

Others who bought trucks from the same dealer in Joplin that year went under, the Bielliers said, but they did not.

“We would have failed if Copeland hadn’t been praying for us every day,”Mrs. Biellier said.

What the…..? There has to be a hidden camera somewhere trying to capture my incredulous reaction to this crap, because these folks can’t be serious…can they?

Let me make sure I understand this correctly: You almost failed financially 23 years ago until Kenny Boy “rescued” you through “prayer” (to whom, I wonder…). So you start sending Kenny Boy 50 cents each week (which is roughly $600 today), and now you’re in the hole to the tune of $102,000…AND YOU’RE BACK AGAIN?

Was there no evaluation of spending – or even debt counseling IN 23 YEARS? If Kenny Boy really prayed for your prosperity, wouldn’t you “still” be prosperous now? Either Kenny is a false teaching liar, or God is a liar – and we KNOW GOD DOES NOT LIE (Numbers 23:19).

So these folks sit in the nosebleed section of an arena – making peanut butter sandwiches for Christ’s sake – waiting for another “miracle”.

But wait – there’s more to this story…and this almost made me throw my laptop across the room:

The Bielliers were at the convention a few years ago when a supporter made a pitch for people to join an “Elite CX Team” to raise money to buy the ministry a Citation X airplane. (Mr. Copeland is an airplane aficionado who got his start in ministry as a pilot for Oral Roberts.) At that moment, Mrs. Biellier said she heard the voice of the Holy Spirit telling her, “You were born to support this man.”

She gave $2,000 for the plane, and recently sent $1,800 for the team’s latest project: buying high-definition television equipment to upgrade the ministry’s international broadcasts.

Mrs. Biellier said some friends and relatives would say the preacher just wanted their money. She explained that the Copelands did not need the money for themselves; it is for their ministry. And besides, even “trashy people like Hugh Hefner” have private airplanes.

“I remember Copeland had to once fly halfway around the world to talk to one person,” she said. “Because we’re partners with Kenneth Copeland, for every soul that gets saved, we get credit for that in heaven.”

That’s it – I can’t type anymore. I am officially DONE!

Read the rest of the story if you dare. Don’t bother praying for Copeland and other degenerates who spit in God’s face by placing millstones of debt around their necks (See Jeremiah 7, Jeremiah 11, and Jeremiah 14 for full context).

Pray for the decieved, that (God willing) they would repent of their desires of the flesh and the lust for “material prosperity”. And pray that the next would-be wolf will be convicted while there is still time for he or she to repent.

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More of the (False) Gospel According to John (Alvarado)

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Yesterday, I posted part 1 of “Bishop” Johnathon Alvarado’s personal philosophy regarding his affinity for spiritual fatherhood and his perception of the ministerial order of Jesus Christ. I specifically used the term “personal philosophy” because the more I researched scripture to disprove his “sermonette”, the more I realized that his was not an exegesis at all – and it went far beyond an eisegesis.

Yesterday’s post was to show the dangerous teaching that Jesus’ ministry was only legitimized because of His submission to John the Baptist. Alvarado’s advancement of the “ministerial legitimacy only through the anointing of a spiritual father” is clearly illustrated in most charismatic churches operating today – large and small. This contemptible thinking creates strife in the Body by purporting the false teaching that you are ineffective and impotent in ministering the Gospel UNLESS another man “launches you”.

In the previous video I posted, Alvarado clearly stated that you can only hear God through a spiritual covering! 

I gathered even more of Alvarado’s interview to post today, and I purposely posted the most egregious example yesterday so that today’s examination will only make you shake your head in pity, as opposed to yesterday’s offering that made you want to “reach out and touch” Alvarado directly:

“You’re NOT anointed UNLESS somebody over you says you’re anointed!”

In this episode of “The False Gospel According to John Alvarado”, we learn of Alvarado’s belief in infant evangelism:

“I started preaching when I was 12…I sat next to Jared Sawyer…y’all put that camera on that handsome young man right there. That young man is 11 years old, he’s a licensed minister, God’s gone use him in tremendous ways…”

So, God can’t use His Son unless and until He submitted to John the Baptist, and He won’t use someone who hasn’t been “launched out” by a pulpit pimp…but an 11 year old kid? Oh, God can use him! Riiiiight.

Jared Sawyer is a child preacher currently popular along the charismatic circuit. Sure, he’s cute in his Easter suit, and he’s an articulate and motivating speaker – but he’s not a pastor. As I wrote in a previous article on the importance of sound expository preaching, what does this child (or any child) know about regeneration and the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation? What does this or any other child preacher know about the doctrine of grace? Can this kid properly exegete the Book of Job and detail the complex posture and pattern of Godly suffering?

Nope. But he sure can sing – and he looks cute standing behind that big ol’ bookboard entertaining the sheep. This is not a personal attack on Jared Sawyer or any other child minister, but I believe that they need mature teachers to nourish the gift of God in them (because they are literally children) until they are able to lead others themselves. 

Interestingly, Alvarado next mentions leaders who are “jealous” of those in their care, and how many “spiritual fathers” misuse the leaders under their care, yet he saves his direct ire for those who flee the jealous and abusive “spiritual fathers”!:

“…[Timms: ‘the anointing can get you drunk’]…the first time somebody stands up and says ‘you know I don’t know why they don’t let you preach more often because every time you preach the anointing comes, revelation comes…listen when you go start a church I’m gon go with you…’ the devil is a lie! The anointing never flows from the feet up! The anointing flows from the head down! You’re not anointed unless somebody OVER YOU says you’re anointed”

At least now we see how Alvarado gets his twisted understanding of the ministry of Christ. In Alvarado-land, God only pronounced Jesus’ as His “beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17) because John the Baptist had already said that Jesus was anointed. Yup, that makes sense…in the false gospel according to John (Alvarado).

So now Timms and Alvarado take an ax to Psalm 133:

“…it came down his head, it didn’t say it ran over his face…it ran over his beard…immature boys don’t grow beards. The anointing only flows over a mature face. Everything that think they anointed [shakes his head no]…anointing comes over a face…that has had time and maturity.”

So why them would Alvarado say this after having just sent a “shout out” to an 11 year old preacher whom he just said was anointed? Now he’s contradicting himself as he goes along!

Psalm 133 is an exposition on brotherly love and unity, not a picture of submission to a spiritual father when “your time” has arrived. Psalm 133 correlates to Psalm 120. Both are “songs of ascents” – literally songs that Jewish pilgrims sang on their way to the 3 great feasts of their culture. Psalm 133 is a plea for spiritual unity (primarily fraternally, or in brotherhood). The oil metaphor is utilized to recognize the priesthood of Aaron, and the subsequent celebration of godly rule over the children of Israel – and it is used in that same reference in Psalm 133 as a plea for unity to replicate the same celebratory atmosphere that occurred during Aaron’s coronation and anointing with oil. It is not an ordinance or sacrament of the faith – necessary to confer “privileges” on someone who is “ready” to lead.

So now, Timms is starting to feel a bit overshadowed by the good Bishop, so he begins to click, twitch, and yell to prove that he too can move the crowd – and Alvarado let’s Timms have his moment…until it’s time to swoop in with more deep revelation about David’s anointing.

Alvarado contends that “immature leaders” must suffer under their maniacal “spiritual fathers” just as David suffered under Saul:

 “…David was brought because at various points in Saul’s life and ministry a distressing spirit would come and vex him, and David’s responsibility was to play and minister until Saul got healed. So the question now ‘what do I do if I have a jealous person that’s over me’? I duck the javelins, and I play until they get healed”

So no matter how sick and twisted your “spiritual father” is…no matter how they extort the sheep and you’re left to defend him against your will…no matter how much they beg for money and claim that the church is broke while they live in luxury…no matter how they take sexual advantage of the women (and men) in the church – your job is to stay and “play” (i.e. run cover for them and take their abusive condemnation when you attempt to reason and rebuke according to the Word) until they get healed?

What about fleeing false doctrine – and warning the other sheep on your way out the door – so that the “spiritual father” repents before the Lord for a healing? What about what the Word of God says in Romans 16:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Proverbs 14:7; Titus 1:10-16 and so on? Oh I forgot, in the gospel according to John (Alvarado), the word of man trumps the Word of God, so ignore sound biblical doctrine – just listen to the pimp to whom you’ve submitted…you know, the one who is being vexed by all of those spirits in the first place.

The pimps create an atmosphere of paranoia by declaring you’re not ready to leave them – all the while their behavior becomes more and more troubling – and ungodly – to you. Then, they tell you that they’re protecting you by making you stay under their wicked authority – and that you are a rebellious son of the devil if you dare try to break away.

Then, Alvarado gives a bizarre eisegesis of David, beheading Goliath:

“…David was making sure, that anything that I face in my youth, I don’t want it to come back when I’m an old man. I’m not just gon’ kill it…I’ma…slap somebody high five and say ‘take his head off’…”

Here is the account of David and Goliath’s encounter as it appears in scripture:

1 Samuel 17:49-51 (New American Standard Bible) 

49And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.

 50Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.

 51Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

David killed Goliath because of Goliath’s blasphemy of the Living God, and David understood that Goliath challenged the Lord, not him, therefore the Lord was with him through his courage (Deuteronomy 31:6; Judges 7:18). This is not a story of victory in “waiting for your turn”, it is an example of God’s ever present protection for His children – and the ability to do the (seemingly) impossible through Him.

Folks, I’m no bible scholar, nor do I possess superior biblical intellect. I read the Word, I research in context, and the pieces of the puzzle fit together from there.

ANYBODY can rightly divide the Word if they sought to do so with the right posture: not for fame, adoration of men, or notoriety, but for the glory of God and for understanding His instructions for your life.

When more people take time to climb through the Word to see if their pastor is telling the WHOLE truth, then we’ll all become “dangerous Christians” – ones who can hear from God directly and challenge the false teachers on their heresy.

The Prince Pimp Of Baltimore Endorses Obama

***hat tip to my brother over at the blog Eric’s Corner for sending me the video and getting my blood pressure elevated…once again***

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

“Dr.” Jamal Bryant, the prince pimp of Baltimore, adulterer and “baby daddy” (to a young lady who attends/attended his church club – and was allegedly 17 years old at the time of conception!) has taken a moment to stop declaring that he’s “still the man” to weigh in on the presidential race (i.e. line up for the anointing of Barack“new jesus”).

C’mon, you didn’t think the prince pimp would endorse the evil white radical Republicans, did you?

The prince pimp took to the pulpit to officially declare that Barack“new jesus” is in fact our coming redeemer 🙄

Allow me a moment to wipe the dung off of me that the prince pimp was throwing around…

Now, let’s break it down:

We’re in the midst of a recession and many of us are scrambling just to make the paycheck stretch itself out so that there’s enough food for our children, so that the lights will remain on

I love how these pimps say “we’re struggling”  when in fact their demands on your money are contributing factors in your struggling in the first place! Jamal’s children are fed (ALL of them) and his lights come on effortlessly. He makes well over $350K per year, so don’t think he “feels your pain”.

…Cindy McCain comes out in a $300,000 outfit…bespeckled with pure diamonds from Russia…any many of our citizens can’t afford diamonds and are paying off student loans

Don’t forget folks that this degenerate adulterer/baby daddy/ pimp drives a leased 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur (or at least he did last year) – valued at $140,000 (used). Also, he bragged about his “custom tailors on different continents” when he was defending his pastorship in light of his adulterous ways. He’s got the…um….cojones’  to say this in front of a crowd that throws their hard earned money at his feet? I’m no McCain fan, but this clown is in no position to call them out!

…Sarah “Pollen”…is conflicted and bipolar…this woman says she’s against sex education in our public schools at the same time waltzes across her 17 year old pregnant daughter..this same woman…got married when she was 3 months pregnant, then tried to cover it up against her own parents will…this same woman who is under an ultra conservative had an affair 5 years ago with her husband’s business partner

Uh-oh prince pimp Jamal, let’s not start talking about family mess…remember your incident with a 17 year old, and your adultery. 😆

Maybe those clown outfits and 3 foot wide neckties are starting to restrict the oxygen that goes to Jamal’s brain 🙄

This same woman, who took 7 years just to get a bachelors degree having failed out of 2 community colleges…this is who you would put up against a Harvard graduate?…

Um, princepimp Jamal – Sarah “Pollen” is not running against your “new jesus” – she’s #2 on the ticket, remember? Oh, and let’s not talk about her education credentials – particularly since you lied about getting a doctorate degree from Oxford, and you had to amend your original phony bio (now it simply says he “obtained his Doctor of Ministry in 2005” – no mention of the school that he got it from). Go to his tacky and seeker-sensitive website and click the “about us” link (and mute your PC so you don’t have to hear his voice). I won’t call prince pimp Jamal a degenerate liar, but I will say that he lied many times…

Alright – I’m starting to get ill, so let’s get to the crescendo, shall we?:

…even when if you’re from the ghetto and get a degree they’ll still put up somebody from a trailer park and say  there’s somebody who is better than you

Wow. This idiot can’t get over the fact that Barack“new jesus” isn’t running against Sarah “Pollen” – he keeps comparing her to “new jesus”. Then he calls her (essentially) “trailer park trash”?. Now if we heard evangelicals calling Barack“new jesus” a nigger from the pulpit then we would all have a collective “poop fit”.

I’m not saying that it’s not the same sentiment shared by our “brothers from another mother”, but this degenerate continues to show his disdain for the holy bookboard and throws his arms around a man who supports abortion, homosexual legal unions, a government welfare state, and ecumenicism. 

Well, what else do you expect from a man who couldn’t exegete his way out of a torn wet paper bag..sound biblical doctrine?

Think prince pimp Jamal’s words aren’t resonating with the “great unwashed”? Well, look at some of the comments on the youtube page that houses this video:

  • All Praises Due to ALLAH
    We should all be concerned about our future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there
    This man speaks nothing but the truth may ALLAH be pleased with him. Vote for change Obama for president. Check out NAS new CD powerful
  • Awesome message and it’s all true, Pastor Bryant is a man of God and will tell the truth at all times. I have followed his ministry on TV.
  • You may not be hearing form the Pastors you mentioned because they feel they should not use their pulpit as a platform for political endorsements which pastors should not be doing. There is no doubt where this pastor stands. He is using his pulpit as a political forum. However, I agree with everything this young man has said.
  • This is what is known as “speaking truth to power”. All of the prophets in the bible did it………JESUS did it. But we are so divided in this country that we would rather watch the US be destroyed by the likes of McCain, Bush Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove! People are losing jobs, homes, health care, but we are clinging to old racial hatreds. What the pastor left out is that Palin and her husband support groups that want Alaska to leave(secede) from the USA.
  • This is awesome! I pray God continues to give our African American Community Revelation it is time for a CHANGE. Let us get out and vote in November.

Oh well, another stop along the road to the ascension of Barack“new jesus” to his rigthful throne.

By the way – I used Independent Conservative’s extensive coverage of prince pimp Jamal because his old posts quote (and link directly to) the original articles in the Baltimore Sun. Curiously, those links don’t work anymore and you can only find one story on pimp Jamal in the paper’s online archives (about his divorce).

Hmmm….interesting.

“YES WE CAN”???

Living On Oprah’s Words

I’ve made it clear that I don’t agree with Oprah – about much of anything. When I heard about this story on the radio this morning and I just had to learn more about it:

The Great Commander

Would your life improve if you did everything Oprah told you to? One local woman gives it a shot.

July 10, 2008

Oprah Winfrey loves the turkey burgers at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago restaurant in Palm Beach and thinks everyone should “experience” them. So last week “Lo,” a blogger whose pseudonym is an acronym that stands for Living Oprah, spent an evening sauteing Granny Smith apples, fresh parsley, and celery and blending the mixture with $28 worth of organic turkey meat. “Usually our dinners take about 30 minutes to make,” she says. This one took three hours.

Lo, a 35-year-old actress, writer, and yoga teacher, is trying to do everything Oprah recommends for a whole year. She’s listening to recommendations Oprah makes on her talk show, and gathering others from her Web site and magazine, and keeping track of her project at livingoprah.com. She hopes to get a book out of it, but for now she’s keeping her identity secret, partly to avoid giving the impression that she’s looking for handouts.

So I checked out this lady’s blog about her experiences, and she seems pretty straight forward (click the title to read the entire article). She’s definitely a fan of Oprah’s, and you have to admit – it’s a pretty interesting experiment to see how far someone would go to pledge allegiance to “goddess Oprah” (my words).

So this is how the entire experiment got started:

Living Oprah got its start one day three years ago when Jim came home from work to find Lo, who’s suffered from scoliosis since her early 20s, lying on the floor in pain. Doctors wanted to fuse her spine together. “That’s Western medicine,” Lo says. She began searching for alternatives online and noticed that many holistic methods used the pitch line “As seen on Oprah!” Lo was also noticing how her mother, friends, and yoga students all talked about Oprah as if she were a friend. “Well, Oprah says that we should . . . ” they’d say. Even Lo’s grandmother was in on it, urging Lo to contact Oprah for help with her career. “My grandmother kept telling me for years to get in touch with Oprah. She didn’t understand why I didn’t ask her for help. She seemed to think that was all it took.”

So instead of seeking the Lord for healing – and surrendering to His will no matter what, Lo consulted with goddess Oprah, and the rest is history.

This article got me to thinking – many sheeple parrot the tired line “I’m living on every Word that God put’s in the mouth of my pastor”, or “the man of God speaks into my life as though it’s from the mouth of God”. Many use those excuses as crutches to follow vipers, pimps, pimpettes, and manipulators to the ends of the earth. Instead of running to the Word of God when trouble arises, they run to the Profit and Profitess (don’t worry, I know how I spelled those words) to “get a word”.

At least this lady is following Oprah as an experiment – some sheeple follow their pimps as though their lives depended on it. I can’t help but remember the Words of God given to Jeremiah the prophet:

Jeremiah 17:5-6 (New American Standard Bible)

5Thus says the LORD,
         “(A)Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
         And makes (B)flesh his strength,
         And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
    6“For he will be like a (C)bush in the desert
         And will not see when prosperity comes,
         But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
         A (D)land of salt without inhabitant.

Some of you had better be careful chasing after spiritual imposters like Oprah (or your favorite pulpit pimps), or you’ll end up like a bush dying in the dessert. Cling to the Word of God – not the words of those who claim to speak on His behalf.

The Musings of “Apostle” Fred K.C. Price

Careful there, Freddy – we wouldn’t want one of the stately swords to slip…

I seem to have ruffled a few feathers in calling out the newly minted “Apostle” Fred Price.

You’d think that most Christians would side with the Word of God instead of defending the false teacher that twists God’s Word for personal gain. But, nothing surprises me anymore…

Anyway, our brother bezel333 takes yet another look at how old Freddy turns the Word of God into a salted pretzel:

Dr. Fred Price and “Positive Confession”:

Sorry to be so blunt, but to hear people like this continue to say ignorant things like “God is not in control” makes my flesh crawl, and makes me pray for them all the more.

Yet more evidence that the “speak those things” “little god” teachings are heretical and against the Word of God..it’s plain to see if you just read it in context for yourself.

Juanita Bynum Owes Money…Again

Profitess (and I didn’t mistype it) Juanita Bynum once owed over $30,000 for unpaid taxes on  a $4.5M estate in Georgia – and her “spiritual father” I.V. Hilliard (the Pimp of Houston) helped her out by paying the bill in full.

I wonder if Pimp Hilliard will reach into his pockets on this one:

Bynum hasn’t met divorce terms, ex’s lawyer says


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/04/08

National evangelist Juanita Bynum was threatened with jail time or a fine Monday in a court document alleging that she failed to live up to the terms of her divorce settlement.

A lawyer for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III, Bynum’s ex-husband, said Bynum was in contempt of a divorce consent order in which she promised to pay her husband’s $40,000 attorney fees, relinquish the title of an SUV and pick up furniture of hers.

“She owed $10,000 on July 8,” said Randy Kessler, Atlanta lawyer for Weeks. “We gave her a month to bring it current. She hasn’t done that.”

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety. You’ll find your eyes rolling into the back of your head while you get that “weren’t we here once before?” feeling. Check this out:

Kessler said the $10,000 was to be the first of four installments toward the $40,000. He said Bynum also did not transfer the title of the couple’s 2004 Land Rover to Weeks or make arrangements to pick up her belongings, which include a harp, a sculpture of a woman and other sentimental antiques she collected seven years ago.

Who has time to deal with a used SUV and some brick-a-brack when you’re raking in the dough as “the new face of domestic violence”? Surely not the Profitess!

Instead of using the bible as a tool in her twisted pimpistry, Juanita ought to crack it open and read it (my emphasis in bold):

Romans 13:7 (New International Version)

7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Of course, why would we expect anything less from a false prophet and false teacher who distorts the Gospel of Jesus Christ for selfish gain?

“Is Eckhart Tolle A Christian?”

Of course not – and neither is his chief apostle Oprah (but I’ve already covered that).

I’m taking a moment to interupt the conversation on reformed theology in the black community because I read an interesting article from Christianity Today magazine. The article took a closer look at the new-age warlock Tolle from a Christian perspective:

Nothing New

Popular spiritual author and Oprah favorite Eckhart Tolle quotes Jesus a lot. Is he a Christian?

Tolle claims no specific religion and states that his teaching fits with the essence of all spiritual paths. While he quotes freely from Jesus, Buddha, and others, he focuses on the divinity in all beings. “How ‘spiritual’ you are has nothing to do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of consciousness,” he writes in A New Earth.

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety. James Beverly (the writer) goes on to discuss that although Tolle may quote Christ’s words (even the Devil quoted scripture to Christ, remember Matthew 4:1-11?), he mixes Hinduism, Buddhism, and various tenets of New Age garbage. Come to think of it, maybe this is what attracted Oprah to him in the first place.

Anyway, Beverly closes the article with an interesting observation:

For Tolle, ascribing any unique significance to Jesus of Nazareth is ultimately wrong-headed. The Power of Now states: “Never personalize Christ. Don’t make Christ into a form identity. Avatars, divine mothers, enlightened masters, the very few that are real, are not special as persons.” In Tolle’s system, “Jesus” is little more than a cipher for “awakened consciousness.” The particular God-man Jesus and his saving acts in history are of no concern to Tolle. In fact, Jesus only becomes “the way” when the crucified, risen, and exalted Lord of history is put aside.

 At least Tolle is playing his role well – what else would we expect from someone who can’t accept the Deity of Christ or that He is the Only Begotten Son of God the Father?

Whenever I read of the latest New Age philosophical garbage, I’m reminded of Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill – specifically addressing the “religious philosophers” of his day. Read Acts 17 for the full context, but take a look at the overarching statement:

Acts 17:22-23 (New American Standard Bible)

22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of (A)Athens, I observe that you are very (B)religious in all respects.

 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the (C)objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD ‘ Therefore what (D)you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

And Paul goes on to explain the consequences of mixing God with all other manner of “religion” and philosophy:

Acts 17:30-31 (New American Standard Bible)

30 “Therefore having (A)overlooked (B)the times of ignorance, God is (C)now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,

 31 because He has fixed (D)a day in which (E)He will judge (F)the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has (G)appointed, having furnished proof to all men by (H)raising Him from the dead.”

Yet more evidence that every biblically sound Christian should avoid Oprah…and ANYBODY that she recommends.


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