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“It’s Just The Truth…”

Paul Washer

Many people mistake my advocacy of sound & sober preaching for the advocacy of passionless and somber teaching.

On the contrary, I believe in passionate preaching – primarily when the preacher is passionately pointing to Christ as the ONLY hope of salvation and AWAY from his own talent and charisma.

One of the most passionate and unyielding defenders of the faith on the mission field today is Paul Washer (you can follow him on Twitter as well). I wrote about Washer’s uncompromised message last spring, and a recent exchange in the comment threads of another post inspired me to post this video of Washer (found at Grace Community Church’s YouTube page):

I know that many of you will comment on how much you disagree with Washer on many things – primarily his Southern Baptist background – and accuse him of being a legalist and much more, but you cannot ignore the merit of his passionate plea for truth and honesty in the pulpit in evangelizing the Gospel.

As sad as it seems, many who are deceived are no longer victims of their deceivers – if they remain under teaching that is in direct opposition to the Gospel then they are aiding and abetting in the apostasy. The lust of the flesh and the desire for the material riches that the vipers have attributed to “gawd” is what keeps many tethered to false churches across the globe. As the Apostle Paul succinctly warned his young protege’ (and Washer repeats in the video):

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (New American Standard Bible)

 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

False teachers feed, nourish, and grow on the lust of their followers. The sheep have essentially created “teachers” based on their selfish desires, attracting wolves to feast on their flesh like a thrashing victim attracts sharks in the ocean.

The only way to combat false teaching is to continue to present the truth of God DIRECTLY from His Word. The more we combat lies with THE TRUTH, the chasm between God and His enemies becomes even more evident.

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The “Root” Of The Word Of Faith Heresy

Last week, I posted a few articles on Justin Peters and his ministry in exposing the wicked origins of the WOF heresy that is choking the church today. You can’t rail against Creflo Dollar, Ken and Gloria Copeland, and other vipers of the day without digging a little deeper at the root of their heretical allegiance to the false gospel of health and wealth.

Our brother Escapeetoo over at Pimp Escape has posted an excellent article entitled “The Word of Faith Movement – Who’s Your Great-Granddaddy?”:

While a member in Club Hustle & Flow I heard over and over the importance of “Sonship.” Over and over we’d hear the story of the “family tree”; from Jakes, to Eddie Long to Andre Landers, the pseudo Levitical order was set like cement into the minds of the giving units at “Club Hustle & Flow.”

But one long lost family member was left out in this family tree. One member that is considered the father of the Word of Faith Prosperity Gospel Theology running wild in the church today. That missing branch on the family tree is that of Korv Essek William Kenyon [aka] E. W. Kenyon (1867–1948).

Click on the title above to read the entire article. Like me, that brother fled New Birth South (or “Club Hustle & Flow” as he calls it), and did some research on E.W. Kenyon. He too has seen the root of Kenyon’s wicked metaphysical philosophy up close and personally.

Yet more evidence that the “name it and claim it” heresy is in fact a tenet of metaphysical philosophy, and not the Word of God – no matter how bad these wolves and vipers twist scripture to make it appear biblically sound.

 

Stay Away From The Ministers Of Satan!

The latest video from our brothers Mark & Rich over at ProclaimHisWord:

Jude 1:11-13 (New American Standard Bible)

11Woe to them! For they have gone (A)the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into (B)the error of Balaam, and (C)perished in the rebellion of Korah.

 12These are the men who are hidden reefs (D)in your love feasts when they feast with you (E)without fear, caring for themselves; (F)clouds without water, (G)carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, (H)uprooted;

 13(I)wild waves of the sea, casting up (J)their own shame like foam; wandering stars, (K)for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (New American Standard Bible)

13For such men are (A)false apostles, (B)deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

 14No wonder, for even (C)Satan disguises himself as an (D)angel of light.

 15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, (E)whose end will be according to their deeds.

 Yup, that about sums it all up…

 

Do You REALLY Believe What You Said?

One of the fundamental problems with the seeker sensitive/emergent church movement (and the Osteen/Warren user friendly church model) is the removal of the burden of the cross of Christ.

When you’re convinced that you can “become a better you” by simply “adjusting” your lifestyle, or subscribing to “7 habits”, then you are on a slippery theological slope. Add to the confusion the route by which you accepted Christ “as your personal Savior” (a/k/a “the sinners prayer”, in most churches), then we can see why many who claim the Name of the Lord live as though they’ve never heard the Gospel proclaimed.

Take a look at the way Joel Osteen evangelizes the Gospel message:

I don’t know what Osteen said prior to that prayer, I’d be hard pressed to believe that he gave a sound expository on salvation through Jesus Christ or the Doctrines of Grace (based on his lightweight approach to “preaching” history).

The fact of the matter is that most people say the sinners prayer in order to obtain “fire insurance” – a “get out (or stay out) of hell free card” that will ensure that they spend eternity with the Father. Sadly, many never learn of the process of regeneration.

In his book “Concise Theology: A Guide To Historic Christian Beliefs”, J.I. Packer states that “regeneration” is:

a transition from spiritual death to spiritual life, and conscious, intentional, active faith in Christ is its immediate fruit, not its immediate cause.

If you come to God through Christ after having acknowledged that (1) you are a sinner and deserving of eternal damnation apart from Him (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23), (2) the sinless Christ (1 Peter 2:22) paid your sin-debt in full (2 Corinthians 5:21) as a demonstration of God’s love for you (Romans 5:8), and (3)you sincerely believe in your heart about the death, burial, Resurrection, and reign of Christ (Romans 10:9), then you are saved.

The fruit of your salvation (or as the Apostle Peter called it a “living hope” in 1 Peter 1:3) is a “regenerated” life – as referenced by J.I. Packer in the quote above. In other words, if you “prayed the sinners prayer” yet you still live the “unrepentant sinner’s life”, then one must ask if you really believe what you said in the first place.

If you truly understand that your salvation was paid for by the precious Blood of the Savior, then you’ll not only accept His free gift (after you acknowledge your sin and repent – or “turn away” from those things that displease Him), then you’ll do everything you can to stay on that “narrow path”.

Many claim to be “former Christians” – people who have purposely turned away from the faith because of their bad experiences with pulpit pimps, cults, and false gospels. I thinks it’s fair to question if they really understood the burden they were taking on when they accepted Christ and His cross in the first place:

As my brother Independent Conservative put it:

Some claim they used to be a Christian. Fact is, they used to THINK they were Christians and later only proved they never were. Christians endure till the end, because real Christians are drawn and kept by God.

The bottom line is this – when we evangelize to the unsaved, we must be sure not to lull them into “saying the sinners prayer” as a way to protect them from eternal hellfire.

We must help them understand their state without Christ, their potential eternal punishment, and the full weight of the cross that they must carry as His disciple.

If they really understand and believe their Living Hope, then they will contend for the TRUE faith and defend it against any and all false teachers (Jude 1:2-4)

Biblical Teaching Vs. Motivational Speaking

Many of the saints are deceived by charismatic and theatrical preaching because it tickles the ear and satisfies our desire to be entertained.

I’m of the firm belief that many folks enjoy watching their pastor hoop, sing a bible verse, prance back and forth across the stage, and lay hands on people on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

“My pastor sure can preach” or “Bishop Jones is a bible teacher!”, they’ll say to their friends and coworkers while encouraging them to visit their church.

In reality, if your pastor relies on theatrics, philosophical illustrations, or the “Holy Spirit” to “fall” during service so that he “can’t even preach because the glory is so heavy” – then he neither teaches OR preaches…he entertains.

Many people are even deceived by the “easy going” and “welcoming demeanor” or Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. These guys barely ruffle a feather when they preach, but they sure do reel you in by “motivating” you to live your “best life now” or be driven by your “purpose”.

The tragedy is that the sheep have been entertained & “motivated” for so long (many for most of their lives), that they would consider expository preaching to be “too boring”.

Here’s an accurate description of expository preaching from Wikipedia:

Expository preaching differs from topical preaching in that the former concentrates on a specific text and discusses topics covered therein, whereas the latter concentrates on a specific topic and references texts covering the topic.

In other words, many pastors eisegete the Word of God instead of properly exegeting it.

The video below does a great job of explaining the basis of sound bible teaching, and how far the pimps have strayed (and stayed) away from it by only quoting a scripture to use it as a basis to preach their personal philosophy:

Some of the voices you hear in the audio portion of the video are (surprise) Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Fred Price.

Yet another reason to study the Word of God for yourself and avoid wolves, pimps, and hustlers who attempt to misuse His Holy Word to fleece you.

***hat tip to Real Christianity for the video***

Suffering for the Sake of the Gospel

Generally, we hear 1 Peter 4:12-13 preached to counter the harsh talk that our resident “man of God” receives in the barber shop or beauty parlor. Never mind that fact that our resident “man of God” may exploit the Gospel message for personal gain, twist scripture to justify his unholy lifestyle, or just flat out misrepresent the true Kingdom of God – he feels as though he’s being “persecuted”, so he encourages us to defend him and to prepare to receive the same “persecution” that he receives.

Usually, after he reminds us to “touch not my anointed” (another text generally quoted out of context – but that discussion is for another time), he reminds us that Peter told us that we shouldn’t be surprised when we suffer (like Christ) because of the Gospel.

The reality is that most of our leaders in the Body of Christ get called on the carpet because of their duplicitous lifestyles – period. Sure, the Gospel suffers, but it’s an unintended consequence. Are there naysayer’s out there that seek to bad mouth God, His leaders, and His Word? Absolutely. But we give the naysayer’s ammunition when we (and our leaders) fail to yield to the Holy Spirit COMPLETELY, so we can’t be surprised when it comes back to bite us.

That was my introduction – here’s the point. My friends over at A Little Leaven highlight what really happens when you attempt to spread the Gospel into the outermost parts of the world (as we were commanded to do).

While we’re feeling persecution because we have to wait in traffic to get in and out of our colossal and impressive “worship centers”:  

 

“Pastor” Joel Osteen preaches a candy coated “gospel” that turns Jesus into your personal genie and life coach. So, from time to time, we’re going to ask “Pastor Osteen” …what about those Christians who are suffering persecution and death because of their belief in the Biblical gospel. Should we assume that these people are suffering persecution needlessly since Osteen believes they should be able to experience their ‘best lives now’? Today we are featuring Pastor Zaur Balaev.

Location: Azerbaijan    Arrested: May 2007

On May 20, 2007, Pastor Zaur Balaev was arrested for “conducting an illegal religious meeting” in his home village in Aliabad, Azerbaijan. In August, he was sentenced to two years in prison under Article 315, Part 1, for allegedly violently resisting the police during a raid. The authorities first claimed that Pastor Balaev released a dog on police, but have since claimed he attacked five policemen and damaged a car door. During the trial, some witnesses reported that police had pressured them into testifying against Pastor Balaev.We thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for men like Pastor Zaur Balaev for their bravery and willingness to forego their ‘best lives now’ so that they can share the true Biblical gospel in countries where being a Christian guarantees persecution, suffering and even martyrdom.

 

 

I’ll end with with Peter’s own words:

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you”. (1 Peter 4:14)


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