We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, September 30, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies


Yep, it’s that time again for a scary post!
Talk about leading children astray!!  This is the spiritual danger from heretics like Rodney Howard-Browne.  (And this doesn’t even consider that she’s a young woman “preaching” and “teaching” to the entire congregation of people — who are just as deceived — when Paul clearly says this is forbidden to women.)

This is an example of what happens to people who abuse God’s Word to make a mega-church (with an assistant leader as a woman) with a cult of personality. Glyn Barrett demonstrates why he is totally disqualified as a church leader.

The Andy Stanley Cornucopia of false teachings includes sooooo many links to items demonstrating why he should be disqualified from church leadership!

More examples of the horrible teachings and abuses of Scripture by Bill Gothard.

An interesting article about the Hutterite sect.  I hadn’t studied the Hutterites (although I have heard of them) so I did a wee bit of “Googling” to get some information and found this National Geographic article.  I see a lot of similarities between them and the Amish and Mennonites, especially with some legalistic practices.  Apparently there was a television program by National Geographic which didn’t set well with some of the Hutterites.  Of course this is common when cultic groups are examined.  Wikipedia has a pretty good article about the history of this sect.

Joyce Meyer’s jokes at Steven Furtick’s “revival.”  An excellent example as to why her teachings should be avoided at all costs.

Doug Evans has an excellent examination of false teacher Steven Furtick.

If your “church” does this, leave it and find a God-honoring assembly.  Concert performances are not worship services.


Excellent sermon examining false prophets/teachers, including Beth Moore.

Is John Piper disqualifying himself as a pastor?

Several years back the Emergent movement came up with what became known as “The New Perspective on Paul,” which is nothing but more heretical theology.  I came across articles on the subject by Gary Gilley, which were in my file, and decided it was something which should be made available for as many people as possible so everyone can avoid this false teaching.  It’s a three part series:  part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Refuting Word of Faith teachings.



Monday, September 26, 2016

TOLERANCE?


The photo below is a card tract from PinPoint Evangelism.
I like this tract in that this front side is an attention-getter using a current design used by the same people who brought us the “Coexist” and “Respect” memes, all using religious and science symbology for the letters.  The back side has some good teachings, which I will share with you here.  Bear in mind that there are no paragraphs on the card, but for ease of reading here I will format to paragraphs while leaving the rest of the format and fonts as they have them on the card (except I can’t put the 2 up as squared).

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The word spelled out on the front is “Tolerance.”  It is a variation on the “Coexist” design and includes (from left to right) a Christian cross, a peace sign, a Native American Indian pipe, thte male and female symbols, a Kokopelli, a Jewish Star, a Baha’i 9 Pointed Star, an Islamic Crescent/Star and Einstein’s formula e=mc2.

Can’t we all just get along?  Can’t we just stop fighting and be tolerant of each other? Isn’t that what Jesus was all about… TOLERANCE?  Actually, no, that wasn’t what Jesus was all about.

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE.  No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”  That sounds pretty intolerant and politically incorrect, doesn’t it?

In Matthew 7:7:13-14, Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Few on the way to Life and Many on the way to Destruction?  That doesn’t sound like a “tolerant Jesus,” does it?

In Revelation 21:8, Jesus said, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”  Jesus sounds REALLY intolerant in that verse!  

God doesn’t tolerate sin or sinners!  God is willing to forgive sinners because of what Jesus did on the cross though.  Christ died for you, shedding His precious blood that you might have forgiveness of sins.  Turn from your sins (repent), Trust in Jesus Christ and begin Obeying/Following Him!  He will forgive you of your sins, pardon you of your punishment and empower you to live Holy!  

Don’t die in your sins friend… Turn and live instead!  Questions?  Go to: www.RepentorPerish.org

Friday, September 23, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Tony Evans is usually a pretty good teacher, but I have a lot of problems with the false teachers he spends time with — and the fact that he endorses his daughter’s false teaching.  Well, I guess I’ll have to alert people to some teaching he has which is aberrant — his spiritual warfare ideas.  Don’t buy his book.

Steven Furtick’s idea of teaching.

Evangelical Misogyny and the Spiritual Oppression of Christian Women.  Excellent, concise analysis of the problem.

Joyce Meyer at the “heresy Olympics” doing what she does naturally — teaching falsely.

The “new Israel” is about to have their “Gathering.”

Dennis McBride examines Muslim dreams and visions if Isa (Jesus): part 1 and part 2.

Biola University has joined the apostasy of enabling homosexuality.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss disappoints me.

Another conference claiming to do God’s work:  World Race and Adventures in Missions is having a gathering for all sorts of false teachings and false signs and wonders.  They seem to think they control the Spirit!  Stay away from these people!

Lyndon has part 4 of his series on Generational Curses.

Oh horrors — Tony Campolo refuses to call himself an evangelical anymore.  HAH - he never was one!!

The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible has just as much false teaching — and is just as dangerous — as the Jesus Calling books.  Sarah Young thinks her writings are the Word of God.

That's all for today!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Open Letter to “Worship” Leaders

First, I want to make a point that the people leading the music are MUSIC leaders and not “Worship” leaders.  Music is just part of worship.

The following is a modified version of a letter I wrote to the pastor and “worship” pastor at the assembly where we currently worship.  I wrote it as a thought-provoker.

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Before I get to the meat of this letter, I’d like you to look at the lyrics in the following songs.  As you read the lyrics you may see that there is nothing really wrong with them.  The first song is intended for communion times, the second is just encouragement about the Word, while the last is an encouragement in a relationship with Jesus.

Again, Our Dear Redeeming Lord

1. Again, our dear redeeming Lord,
We meet in thy beloved name,
While from the fountains of thy love
Thy Spirit kindles like a flame.
For all the anguish of thy soul,
For thy great gift so full and free,
With grateful hearts all penitent,
Dear Lord, we do remember thee.

2. In token of thy bleeding flesh
And of thy blood so freely spent,
We meet around thy table now
And take thy holy sacrament.
We seek thy pardon, dearest Lord,
And may thy favor, too, be sent,
While in our hearts we turn to thee,
Renewed in faith and covenant.

As I Search the Holy Scriptures

1. As I search the holy scriptures,
Loving Father of mankind,
May my heart be blessed with wisdom,
And may knowledge fill my mind.

2. As I search the holy scriptures,
Touch my spirit, Lord, I pray.
May life's myst'ries be unfolded
As I study day by day.

3. As I search the holy scriptures,
May thy mercy be revealed.
Soothe my troubled heart and spirit;
May my unseen wounds be healed.

4. As I search the holy scriptures,
Help me ponder and obey.
In thy word is life eternal;
May thy light show me the way.

Come Unto Jesus

1. Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He'll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.

2. Come unto Jesus; He'll ever heed you,
Though in the darkness you've gone astray.
His love will find you and gently lead you
From darkest night into day.

3. Come unto Jesus; He'll surely hear you,
If you in meekness plead for his love.
Oh, know you not that angels are near you
From brightest mansions above?

4. Come unto Jesus from ev'ry nation,
From ev'ry land and isle of the sea.
Unto the high and lowly in station,
Ever he calls, "Come to me."

Now, just looking at the lyrics I don’t think anyone would find anything really objectionable about them.  Therefore Christians would probably be more than ready to use these songs for worship.

However, what if I told you these songs were written by and for Mormons, and are in the Mormon hymnal?  Does that change things?  I would hope so.  No matter how sound the lyrics seem, knowing where they come from should immediately eliminate them from use by Christians!  We should never use songs from sources which have false, aberrant or even heretical teachings.

Okay, so what about some of the songs we sing in Christian assemblies — are we using songs from sources which have aberrant, false, or heretical teachings?  Sadly, the answer is an emphatic “YES.”  I think it’s because most people aren’t aware of the problem.  Often the lyrics of these songs are innocuous, but they get very repetitive so as to work up the emotions.  More often the lyrics are vacuous and esoteric.  More importantly, no matter how theologically sound the lyrics may be, by using the song we give tacit approval to the teachings of the source.  Not only that, we also help finance these sources, and help spread their teachings.

Let me give examples of the particular sources which I believe we should find as problematic:

Source #1.  The teachings of this “denomination” include modern-day apostles, dominion theology, “strategic level spiritual warfare,” false signs and wonders, focus on “works” of the Holy Spirit, and that everyone has the same spiritual gifts as the apostles of the Bible.  In the previous assemblies where we worshipped, I refused to sing any song from this group.  So what is this source?  Vineyard.  Many of theirs show their charismatic foundation, but many have decent lyrics; however, their origin should still eliminate them from our services.

Source #2.  This source teaches the heretical Word of Faith doctrine, practices a lot of occult activities (such as “sucking” the “anointing” from a dead person in “grave soaking” trips), about every charismatic excess one could imagine, is part of the New Apostolic Reformation with dominion theology, teaches denigration of the deity of Christ, etc.  They target youth primarily.  Songs from this source just started invading our previous assembly not long before we left. This source is Bill Johnson and Bethel Redding, which includes the band, "Jesus Culture."  From the CCLI’s top 20 are the following examples:
This is Amazing Grace, by Riddle, Farro, and Wickham
Holy Spirit, by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails), by Johnson, Gifford, and Riddle

Source #3.  Very similar in ideology and theology as #2, this source’s “worship” services routinely resemble a rock concert.  It is essentially a cult of personality, focusing on the leader.  Homosexuality is not condemned (although not really promoted), and one assembly had worship leaders who were a homosexual couple!  (One of the main leaders said they don’t want to address moral issues because they might offend people, and brags about how many homosexuals attend that assembly.)  Some of their “performances” (they cannot really be called worship services) have had some really crude and deviant skits.  Their leader has often stated that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. What makes this group even more dangerous is that they are spreading primarily because of their music!  As with #2, the youth is their primary target.  They seem to have more songs invading the church than the other groups, which is giving them more popularity.  Like #2, songs from this group just started invading our last assembly shortly before we left.  The group?  Hillsong!
From the CCLI’s top 20 are the following examples:
Cornerstone, by several writers, remake of “My Hope Is Built
Mighty To Save, by Fielding and Morgan
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Houston, Crocker, Ligthelm
Forever Reign, by Ingram and Morgan
This I Believe (The Creed), by Fielding and Crocker

What finally got me to write this was a song our assembly used recently, “Praise the Name of Jesus,” from Latter Rain.  Latter Rain is a dominionist teaching, with the “Manifest Sons of God” and “Joel’s Army.”  A lot of aberrational charismania is taught by Latter Rain groups.  I was truly taken aback when I saw the origin, and couldn’t sing it.  It is the first time I’ve ever seen a Latter Rain song in any assembly we’ve ever attended.

Because I know the origin of the songs by these groups, I can’t sing anything from them, just as I would refuse to sing songs by Mormons.

I think it is great to have a mix of good contemporary songs and traditional hymns, but even with both we should be discerning as to the content of the lyrics as well as their origin.  I highly recommend that you discontinue using material from these sources.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Preach the Gospel


The Scripture lasts down quite plainly not only that we are to preach the gospel, the true message, but also how we are to do so. It tells us that we are to do so with “sobriety” and with “gravity,” in fear and trembling, in “demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” and not with “enticing words of man’s wisdom.”  But today evangelistic methods which are a flagrant contradiction of these words are justified in terms of results.  “Look at the results,” men say.  “Such and such a man may not conform to the scriptural method, but look at the results!”  And because of “the results” the plain dictates of Scripture are put on one side.  Is that believing the Scriptures?  Is that taking the Scriptures as our final authority?  Is not that repeating the old error of Saul, who said, “Yes, I know, but I thought it would be good if I did so and so.”  He tries to justify his disobedience by some result he is going to produce.  We Protestants, of course, hold up our hands in horror at the Roman Catholics, especially the Jesuits, when they tell us that “the end justifies the means.”  It is the great argument of the Church of Rome.  We repudiate it in the Roman Catholic Church, but it is a common argument in evangelical circles.  The “results” justify everything.  If the results are good, the argument runs, the methods must be right—the end justifies the means.  If you want to avoid terrible disillusionment at the day of judgment, face Scripture as it is.  Do not argue with it, do not try to manipulate it, do not twist it;  face it, receive it and submit to it whatever the cost.


D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 2, p.280

Monday, September 19, 2016

False Prophets


The false prophet is a man who has no “strait gate” or “narrow way” in his gospel.  He has nothing which is offensive to the natural man; he pleases all.  He is in “sheep’s clothing,” so attractive, so pleasant, so nice to look at.  He has such a nice and comfortable and comforting message.  He pleases everybody and everybody speaks well of him.  He is never persecuted for his preaching, he is never criticized severely.  He is praised by the Liberals and Modernists, he is praised by the Evangelicals, he is praised by everybody.  He is all things to all men in that sense; there is no “strait gate” about him, there is no “narrow way” in his message, there is none of “the offence of the cross.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 2, p.244

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bill Johnson and Bethel Church


Due to the need for continuous reference to this man and his organization, this post is a “one-stop shopping” place for collecting links to articles about Bill Johnson and his staff or other associated persons, as well as the associated “ministry” band “Jesus Culture.”  (“JC” member false teacher Kim Walker-Smith is also Bethel’s “worship leader” and/or “worship pastor.”)   This man and his organization are spiritually dangerous to the body of Christ, and one of the top most aberrational churches in America.  The following links are copied from previous posts, and may not necessarily be in chronological order.  (I will continue to add to this page as I come across more articles.)

Bill Johnson claims that God does not cause illness, and He never chooses not to heal!

A Review of Bill Johnson’s book, When Heaven Invades the Earth.

Bill Johnson helped restore false teacher/prophet Todd Bentley to “ministry.”

Did you know that God gave every believer the same power to heal that Jesus has?  That is another lie told by Bill Johnson.  I really wish those like Bill, who preach such healing powers, would spend their lives in hospitals and cure the many patients.  Or go to Africa and cure people of Ebola.  They don't do so because they are fake-healers.

Bill Johnson and Bethel Redding are part of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.

A brief summary of all of Bill Johnson’s teachings.  Nothing less than cultic.

Bill Johnson and his associate “pastor” Kris Vallotton want the mantle of heretic William Branham!

They can walk on water or walk through walls!  Scripture twisting with a vengeance.

And let’s not forget the “glory clouds” at Bethel.

More proof that Bethel Church is not about God or Jesus, but about the devil and all the distractions away from the true Faith.  Oh, but you can get Bill Johnson’s “Revival Collection” sermons on thumb drive for the bargain-basement price of $400!  On top of this, Johnson’s cult followers are incensed that this stuff has been exposed and reported!

Bad fruit from Bethel Church.

Then there are young people from Bethel church demonstrating why Johnson is such a false teacher.  The entire video is interesting, as Christians are warning people coming to Benny Hinn’s goat-pen. But at about the 45 minute mark the group from Bethel begin their false teaching, condemning the Christians for exposing a false teacher/heretic!

The cultic nature of Bethel Church.

Bill Johnson, Bethel Church and the Kundalini Spirit and other false spirituality.

More proof that Bethel Redding is not a place where the real Faith is celebrated, or the real Christ is worshipped. (Just to make a point from the title of the article, he’s canceling “debts” not “death.”)

Christianity Today Astray has an interesting article about Bethel Redding

Bethel’s youth leader said that Jesus asked him for forgiveness?!?

False prophetess Heidi Baker gives “impartations” at Bethel.

Heidi Baker is a frequent teacher at Bethel, and her “prophecies” get really bizarre.

Bethel has a Holy Spirit fire tunnel — and the false teaching just keeps on growing there, along with false “prophetess” Heidi Baker’s lies and impartations. It is getting less and less rare to see such absurdly unbiblical and demonic nonsense at Bethel.

Heretic Patricia King got a “prophetic word” from the Lord, and Beni Johnson thought it was so good that she shared it with the Bethel Redding congregation.  False teaching spread by false teachers — go figure!  This article shows Beni sharing it, along with other examples of King’s false teachings.

Bethel Redding has in the past claimed that angel feathers have been found in their assembly.  I don’t know if they still find them, but this article shows some of foolish false teachings there.

A new false teaching has come from Bill Johnson’s apostate Bethel Church in California: SOZO - “a psycho-spiritual deliverance and inner healing methodology” (as noted by The Berean Call).  You’ve got to read this one to believe it.

This site has a lot of thorough examination of Bethel and SOZO.

Bethel Redding - Bill Johnson’s circus of aberrant and unbiblical teaching held a healing conference.  (Be sure to examine the many links at the bottom of the article which expose the false teachings of Bethel Redding.)

Bethel Music is just as dangerous as its origin.

This article includes an introduction to just who “Jesus Culture” is and what their beliefs are.

Here is a wee bit more about “Jesus Culture” and the false teaching behind them.  Ken Silva had two very interesting articles which I highly recommend.  First, he highlights Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith and her false teachings about her encounter with God and Jesus.  The other article examines the connection between Jesus Culture, their church home of Bill Johnson’s Bethel, and rank heretic and false prophet Cindy Jacobs.

JESUS CULTURE—OF BETHEL CHURCH—AND PRACTICING RAISING THE DEAD.  This article discusses Bethel, Jesus Culture, and associate pastor Kris Vallotton, exposing occultism, claims of prophetic office, false teaching, poor hermeneutics, etc.

A video — 1 hr 10 min long — exposing the theology of Jesus Culture: occultism, slain in the spirit, spiritual drunkenness, holy laughter, false signs and wonders, etc.

Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith claims to have seen God.

Additional information about Johnson and Jesus Culture, and including highlighting false prophetesses Patricia King and Cindy Jacobs and their association with Bethel.

This video demonstrates some of the occultic ideas Jesus Culture professes, including getting an imparting of the Spirit from dead people - they pray to “release the anointing of God” from the corpse of a dead man (“grave sucking”). They claim to know that God is healing someone as they speak - not just once, but at least twice in the video.  This group is dangerous to non-discerning Christians; and they are “more dangerous than bad politics.”  And don’t forget that they are a ministry of Bill Johnson’s church, which, again, demonstrates the nature of the false teaching HE propagates.


“Pastor” Kris Vallotton embraces anti-trinitarianism.