Download the 9Marks Journal for Jan-Feb and read some articles that refute the prosperity gospel which is being preached in churches around the world.
To show you what you will find in this journal, I will list an article under the category in which it is found inside the journal:
Discovering the Prosperity Gospel
The Rise of a Parallel, Post-Biblical Christianity By Grant Retief
The fact that South Africa is a churched nation doesn’t mean it’s a gospeled nation. Read more >
Analyzing the Prosperity Gospel
The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel By Jonathan Baer
The prosperity gospel is the bitter harvest of an ancient seed planted in modern soil. Read more >
Responding to the Prosperity Gospel
Do You Know What Your Missionaries Actually Teach? By Sean DeMars
Love the gospel, protect it, and guard it. And for the love of all things good and holy, please stop sending missionaries if they don’t. Read more >
Prosperity Gospel Book Reviews
Book Review: Break Out!, by Joel Osteen Reviewed by Bob Johnson
Joel Osteen, Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. FaithWords, 2013. 243 pages. $26.00 Read more >
Other Book Reviews
Book Review: Preaching: A Biblical Theology, by Jason Meyer Reviewed by Bobby Jamieson
Jason C. Meyer, Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Crossway, 2013. 368 pages. $22.99 I hate to say it, but my impression is that much—most?—of what goes by the name of expository preaching isn’t actually expository preaching. More like expo-lite. Read more >
Read these articles and many more by downloading the 9Marks journal.
Well one more false prediction has fell from the lips of Harold Camping. He has surely made himself a name in this world and will be remembered for his false distortions of the word of God. Harold Camping can now be truly numbered among the other false prophets of which are: Kenneth Copeland, Gloria Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Jr., Paul Crouch, T. D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Robert Tilton, Joyce Meyers, Joel Osteen, Jimmy Swaggert, Pat Robertson, and a host of others.
Many think that I am unloving for calling them out by name, but this is not the case. God gives specific criterion when it comes to identifying a true prophet. We find this in Deuteronomy 18. Let’s read what God says:
Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Deu18:21And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
Deu 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
God’s test concerning a prophet was that if they speak and what they say come to pass then they have spoken from or by the Lord. But if what they say does not come to pass, then they have not spoken by the Lord or in other words God did not send them. Therefore I am not to be afraid of them.
We know that there were false prophets in the Old Testament, but also that there will be false prophets in the church. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
But Peter does not end there. He goes on to say that many will follow these false prophets. 2 Peter 2:2-3 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Peter said that there would be heresies among these false prophets in the last days and that many will follow them. This is what truly saddens me. I know people who get up on Sunday morning and instead of reading scripture, they turn on the television and watch Joyce Meyers or Joel Osteen. Matter fact I know ministers who do the same. This is because they have no discernment of what is or is not the truth. They have neglected the word of God to their own destruction.
There is a lack of study in these last days and therefore many have just a surface level knowledge of scripture. They have not dug down and gotten to the meat of the word. Even if they are saved, they do not grow to maturity because they lack the knowledge of God. Peter said in his second epistle that we are to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18.
Notice also that Peter said in 2 Peter 2:2 that the truth would be evil spoken of because of false prophets. Many today are partying and mocking Christianity because of Harold Camping’s false predictions. Many atheists are partying and mocking by saying where is the promise of his coming? Since the Fathers fell asleep, all things continue on as they always have. This is what Peter predicted that people would say in the last days (read 2 Peter 3).
Before I close I want to state that Christ is coming one day, but it will be in an hour when the world is not looking for him. He will come on this world as a thief in the night and all the false prophets will be destroyed. The mocking atheist will also be destroyed.
I want to reach out to them who were duped by Harold Camping. We love you all and are not going to put you down or ridicule you, but call upon you to make your way to a local church and repent. After you repent join the church and sit under the word of God and be taught the truth of God’s Holy Word.
If any of Camping’s followers are in despair and need prayer or have a question, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.
Paula White Breaks Silence on Probes, divorce, and Benny Hinn Via (Christain Post.com)
Here is an example of the deceptive Charismatics of today. All one has to do is examine the doctrines and life styles of the Charismatic leaders to see if they are orthodox or not. Paula White says that she is back from her fall into gross immorality, yet her doctrine has not changed and therefore she is still teaching heresy.
“Pastor Paula White broke her silence Thursday night, addressing all the scandals that she has been associated with since her divorce in 2007……..I’m not here to look cute … I came to let the devil know … I’m stronger than I’ve ever been………….I came to put every devil on notice … I’m getting my dream back, I’m getting my prophesy back, I’m getting my vision back, I’m getting my anointing back, I’m getting my strength back.”