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Pastoral self-appointments must stop

March 14, 2016 2 comments

By Conrad Mbewe

It is a well-known fact that state governments in Africa are deciding that enough is enough and are moving in to arrest the rot taking places largely in Charismatic churches. The stench cannot be ignored any more. This has already begun to happen in Kenya under President Uhuru Kenyatta. South Africa and Zambia are also preparing legislation. It will not be long before other African nations join in.

Why are national governments beginning to do this? It is because their citizens have been sexually raped and financially defrauded by men of the cloth with impunity and they can no longer look the other way. Sadly, this is also because they have noted with dismay that the church is doing nothing to arrest the trend.

I have my ears to the ground. After all, I live in Africa. I am hearing the church cry foul to the intervention of governments. The cry is that this is a form of persecution by the state because the church is expressing its misgivings about injustices being done by state machinery.

To some extent this is true. However, the question still begs to be answered. What is the church—especially the Charismatic church—doing to stop the rot that is taking place within its own ranks? I have my ears to the ground and….

 

 

 

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The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service

December 29, 2014 Leave a comment

My comment:

I don’t know if these are the five most disturbing things about a Benny Hinn miracle service, but nevertheless they do rank high on the things that are disturbing about Benny Hinn’s miracle services. Notice number 2 of this article. I have also made this same point when writing against Pentecostalism. You can read my previous article right here.

 

 

 

There are a lot of things you should try at least once in your life — skydiving, eating some exotic delicacy, traveling alone. Let me give you one thing not to add to that list: attending a Benny Hinn Holy Spirit Miracle Service.

I recently went to one in New York. Before going, I knew little about Hinn — a man who’s worth some $42 million — other than that he’s a big-deal televangelist among countless charismatic Christians. As someone who’s fairly unfamiliar with that sphere of Christianity, I was mostly just wary of being in a crowd of people speaking in tongues and being slain in the Spirit.

But that turned out to be the least uncomfortable thing about the service. What did happen was so much more upsetting, difficult, and unnerving. If you ever go, here are five unsettling things you’ll experience:

 

 

 

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Joel Osteen likes God, he just doesn’t like Jesus

August 12, 2014 2 comments

OsteenJoel Osteen is always quick to point us to God. He wants us to claim that we are somebody and that we can reach for the stars. Nevertheless, we have to ask ourselves: Is the god of Osteen’s self help messages really God?

The God of the Bible gave revelation throughout scripture that pointed to Christ. Jesus Christ was the fulfillment and revelation of all that God proclaimed throughout the Old Testament. Yet Osteen’s messages are Christ-less. Joel Osteen hardly ever mentions Jesus Christ.

If God points us towards Christ as the second Adam, and points us towards Christ in the passover, in the priesthood, etc, etc….and then reveals him in the New Testament as the High Priest and the substitutionary atonement that takes away sin, then why isn’t Osteen interested in proclaiming this to the world? Is it because Osteen doesn’t really see mankind as fallen depraved sinners? Is Osteen really speaking of the God of the Bible when he speaks every Sunday?

Is Osteen’s self-help messages Christ-less and do they contain no gospel message for the world?

I leave you to decide by clicking right here.

Joel Osteen’s Theology of Glory

August 12, 2014 2 comments

OsteenI have friends and family who are captivated by Joel Osteen. They love to see a man every Sunday smiling at them, telling them that they are better than what they believe themselves to be. I mean who wouldn’t want to hear this? We all want to be encouraged and compelled on to bigger and better things. We all want to feel important and strive to look important when others are around. We even try to win God’s favor by presenting ourselves as holy and righteous around church members and boasting of what we have done in Christ name. Yet we never always feel the way we present ourselves to others.

And this is where Osteen comes into the picture. The reason Osteen holds multitudes captive is because he speaks to their sin nature and encourages them in their sin. The problem is not that they are corrupt, depraved, wretched sinners and that they don’t love themselves to much, but they miss the blessings of God because they have low self esteem and don’t love themselves enough. This is the message that Osteen preaches to thousands, if not millions every Sunday.

Is this our problem? Do we have low self esteem and belittle ourselves to much? Do we miss God’s favor because we haven’t claimed more importance and glory for ourselves? Or do we miss God’s favor because we haven’t viewed ourselves the way God’s word proclaims that we are? Do we miss God’s favor because we are trying to steal what rightfully belongs to him? We try to glorify ourselves and leave God to be just our eternal provider. We want him to recognize our importance and if we will just rise up above our present state of mind and proclaim that we are somebody, then we can have even more from his eternal storehouse of goods.

Osteen is a charlatan. He is a self help guru, who encourages everyone to reach for more glory. The glory that we do not rightfully deserve. His methods and words are never from scripture, but instead are from what we already claim for ourselves. It is part of our corrupt sin nature to boast and think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.

Osteen never quotes scripture. He instead provides quotes that we already conceive in our own minds. Our hearts are idol factories and produce more corrupt and vain thoughts of ourselves than what he could ever provide.

What we have got to ask ourselves is: Does Osteen’s quotes actually work in the real world? Can we rise up out of our so-called comfortable state and reach for God’s glory and gain his eternal favor? Or should we be examining what he states with scripture and recognize that what he says comes from the very root of the sin nature?

Here are some quotes by Osteen and I leave you to decide for yourself.

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 4

April 21, 2011 1 comment

The past few weeks we have looked at the Charismatic use of tongues in our present churches. We have discovered that the tongues that are practiced today, among Charismatics, are not the same as the tongues manifested among the early Church. First the early church spoke in other languages and not just several syllable words that are nothing more than gibberish. Secondly the tongue gift used in the early church was a sign to the unbelieving Israelites and not for the believing Gentiles. Thirdly we examined why Paul wrote to the Corinthians in the first place. In other words was he trying to show them how to use spiritual gifts or was he rebuking them. We saw in our last post that Paul was rebuking the Corinthians because of their misuse of the sign gifts. Finally today we will examine the right order for the gift of tongues if the gift were still available today.

Let’s examine 1 Corinthians 14:1-2

 

1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

 

Charismatics usually use the last scripture quoted to say that there are tongues that no man understands or that there is a prayer tongue. This tongue, they claim, cannot be understood because it is a special prayer language or an angel tongue. I asked a charismatic one time to show me where this special prayer language or angel tongue was in scripture. He could not find a scripture that taught such things.

In 1 Corinthians 14:2 Paul is not claiming that there is a tongue that can be used that is not known to men. Paul simply says that if a person speaks in a strange or foreign language, then what is being spoken cannot be known to those who hear it, because in the spirit the speaker is speaking mysteries. If we keep the scripture in context we will see that Paul states that an interpreter ought to be present in order to reveal what has been spoken and then it is no longer a mystery that is being spoken because what was spoken has been manifested in the language of the person who heard it.

Paul goes on to say that he would rather that they all prophesy or speak unto men in their own language words that will edify, exhort, and comfort, because he that speaks in an unknown tongue only edifies himself. In other words he that speaks in an unknown tongue feels built up, comforted, and ecstatic as the Spirit works through him to speak in other tongues. But the one who prophesies in a known language is edifying all those who hear.

Paul tells the Corinthians that if he comes to them speaking in foreign languages that it will not profit them. The only way he could profit them is to speak by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine in their language. Paul then goes into a discussion of what it is like for someone to come in speaking in tongues. Paul likens them to a battle trumpet which gives off uncertain sounds and therefore the troops are unsure whether or not an enemy is approaching. So Paul is showing them that the best gift is not the gift of tongues, but the gift that can be used to edify the church.

Paul tells the Corinthians that if they do speak in tongues, then they need to pray that they may interpret what they said. While using himself as an example Paul says that if he prayed with the spirit, then his spirit prays, but his understanding is unfruitful or those who hear will not be able to understand what Paul is saying because the understanding of his words cannot be known by those who do not speak that language. Therefore Paul said that when he prays with the spirit, he will pray with the understanding also and when he sings with the spirit he will sing with the understanding also. In other words Paul is not saying that he will pray or sing that he might understand, but that others might understand. 1 Corinthians 14:6 agrees with what I have said. I am saying that Paul is not saying that when he prays with the spirit that his understanding is unfruitful or that he does not know what he is saying, but that those who hear him cannot understand and therefore Paul’s understanding to them is unfruitful or produces no results. Therefore he will pray and sing in a language that might be understood by all.

In 1 Corinthians 14:6 Paul says that if someone is occupying the room in which you are praying and they hear you speaking in a foreign language, then they will not say amen when you get through because they understand not what you are saying. What you have said is unfruitful because they do not know what you have said.

So here I am simply trying to show that Paul leads the Corinthians to a point whereby he tells them that the best way to speak in a congregation is in a language that everyone understands. Paul said that he would rather speak five words that they could understand than ten thousand in an unknown language. He follows this by saying that in understanding or in dealing with others they ought to be men and not children.

Next Paul shows them that a tongue was a sign to the unbelieving Jews and is not a sign to believing Christians. We discussed this two weeks ago.

Finally Paul lays down the order of the gift of tongues and teaches them that if one speaks in tongues, then he or someone else ought to interpret the tongue. In other words there ought to be order in the church service because God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Therefore if one speaks in tongues let it be interpreted or else keep silent.

Right in the middle of dealing with the tongue gift Paul addresses a serious problem that was among the Corinthians. He adds that women are to be silent in the churches because they are not permitted to speak, but are to be in obedience as the law says. Why did Paul address this issue? The simple reason is that the women were the main tongue speakers. They remembered their days down at the pagan temples where they used to go into uncontrollable utterances. So they would stand up in church and just talk away in nonsensical gibberish.

Many do not like the fact that Paul told the women to keep silent in the churches, but these same people boast of keeping God’s commands in the Old Testament, yet the New Testament commands are overlooked. A few verses later Paul told the Corinthians that the commands he was giving were the commands of the Lord.

So I will conclude that today’s charismatic circles are out of order. Instead of reading 1 Corinthians and seeing the order that Paul spoke of, on speaking in tongues, they instead proceed to disrupt entire services just to try and make a show of their so-called spirituality. They say the spirit, the spirit. To this I reply as Luther did, “I slap your spirit on the snout.”

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.