I’ve heard that the largest growing “stream” of Christianity is coming out of Bethel Redding & NAR. What do they teach?
The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. You don’t lose control. A loss of self-control is a sign of those demonized individuals we see in Scripture. So much of what passes as the work of the Spirit today is indistinguishable from the Kundalini cult, as the video above shows.
J.D. Hall was right. The foundation of what we see above is gullibility. Discernment is a gift of the Spirit. It is interesting how so many of those who claim to have the Spirit have no discernment at all.
It is one thing to watch many short videos like the video above. It is another thing to listen to hours of teaching coming out of this movement (which I have done). The biggest take-away I have from that experience is that I never heard the gospel proclaimed. It reminds me of what this man said….
One of the cult groups that is difficult to research is the Black Hebrew Israelites. They’re not uncommon in the larger cities. I know that Vocab Malone has been seeking to put out information on them. Here is a video with James White interacting with someone from that cult.
I highly recommend Todd Friel’s new book “Judge Not” which deals with discernment and a ton of topics. He covers NAR, Youth Ministry, Jesus Culture, Short-Term Missions, and many other things. It is hard to put down, informative and thought-provoking.
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
One of the the things that occurred to me when he was preaching is that there are so many who have never heard a biblical view of alcohol.
(Scroll over the following verses and they’ll pop up automatically)
Luke 22:18, 7:34
1 Timothy 5:23
Of course there are strict warnings against drunkenness (Eph. 5:18 and others), but these passages do not teach that alcohol is strictly forbidden. After all….what did Jesus say to take in remembrance of Him?
For the last few years I felt alone in our association of churches as I stood against the false teaching that was creeping in. I strongly hold to the inerrancy and the sufficiency of Scripture. No doubt, the greatest danger is from within “the church” and not from without.
Who is more dangerous to the children of God? The Dalai Lama or Rick Warren? Rosie O’Donnell or Joel Osteen? Bernie Sanders or Bethel Redding?
I was deeply troubled after hearing from those who stood in the same pulpit I did that it didn’t matter if Jonah was a true historical account and that Adam and Eve may not have been real historical figures, that females could occupy the role of an elder, that Paul’s pastoral letters are not for all churches, etc.
Instead of joining another church and taking another ministry position in Southeast Asia, we moved back to America for numerous reasons. We’re now in a Bible-teaching Confessional church and I can say with so many others that it is one of the greatest blessings to be in a room with people on the Lord’s Day who believe the same way you do. One church member drives 90 miles to attend and they come to the prayer meetings on Wednesday as well. They too say it is SO worth it. If I were to die suddenly, these are the people I’d want to surround my family.
God has given me a job in which I may put in lots of hours and I’m so thankful for that. I am no longer dependent on support so I have taken down the “GIVE” link. There are pastors who need the money more than I.
We’re thankful for the years in Asia and the growth that took place during that time. We’re looking forward to sharing His Truth with many in this new area we’ve chosen to move to.
Just for laughs – I’m finding current American politics to be really entertaining. Recently, the Pope (who is not a Christian) made a comment about who is and who isn’t a Christian, thereby counting out himself.
Robert Morris (the same man who says things like, “Your marriage is failing and your child is dying of cancer because you’re not tithing.”) says all believers can pray in tongues. Skip to 48 minutes in this program.
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues?” 1 Cor. 12:29-30
The answer, is “No”.
What I sure don’t want to see is a new believer feeling a sense of guilt because he/she isn’t praying in tongues – all due to some false teaching he/she has heard which contradicts the Word. The sad reality is that there are many immature believers out there who are burdened with this teaching.
A fitting title would be, “Houston, we have a problem.” but someone already used it. During family worship time we have often used songs from Hillsong. There are a few songs by them that are good. There are a lot of songs that are really good if you change a lyric or two. What my wife and I can’t get over is Brian Houston. We’ve decided it’s for the best to cut anything that links back to him (until he repents). Why?
The cover up of his father’s child sexual abuse of multiple victims. Never going to the police, instead giving his father a lifelong pension, paid for by the church, with church members never being told what happened. See this article also.
“All missionaries should be sons from the womb of the church sent as messengers of the church to establish and strengthen the church. Evangelism of an individual has not been effectively completed until he is integrated into the life of the church. Missionaries then must be familiar with and appreciative of the worship of the church, the fellowship of the church, the doctrine of the church, and the government of the church.
Too many individuals and activists have had a “better idea” than the church. With disparaging remarks about the weaknesses, failures, and inefficiencies of the church, movements are begun “beside” the church. Claims are made that such persons or agencies are working “alongside” the church, stressing that their efforts are “parallel” to and “supportive” of the church. However, that which is “alongside” is still “outside” the church. How zealous and self-promoting are such “para”-church organizations. Para-church works can only justify their existence by criticism of the church. How different this is from our Lord’s concept of missions and evangelism which builds up the church.
It is a strange phenomenon that para-church organizations, whose reason for existence is the failure of the church and their superior ability to carry out the tasks Christ gave to the church, cannot continue in existence without taking men and money from the church. Those who are saying, “We can do what you cannot,” are constantly appealing to the church to give them their best men and support them with gifts. In this way, those who criticize the church further sap her strength. Even so, para-church groups find the “weak” church’s resources sufficient to keep them from demise.
Our Savior’s concept was one of church-centered ministry and missions.”
I was passing out gospel tracts at the train station and a man in his late 20’s named Andy took one. I shared the gospel with him and he said that any other day he would have just passed by me but this night was different. His girlfriend had broken up with him and he was there thinking of throwing himself in front of a train when myself and another guy had approached him with the message of life. He really listened to what we had to say. We prayed for him. And he walked away from the station.
The cities are full of people like this. Opportunities to share the gospel are countless. And even if you live in the country, how many people care enough about their neighbors to ask a few tough questions because they are motivated by a love for God and a concern for those individuals? Let’s be one of those people.
On Thanksgiving Day I had the opportunity to visit someone in ICU and to share the gospel briefly with them. They died a few weeks later. Hospital visitation is something you want to be prepared for. Don’t be caught off guard. It is one of the best moments to point people to the Perfect Savior.