I was in the charismatic movement for 16 years, until I came across R. C. Sproul on the radio. This prompted me to begin to actually looking at scripture, so that I might understand what the writers of Holy writ were saying when they wrote their letters to the churches. I am blogging this article because it nails down the beliefs and practices of most modern charismatics. I attended small congregations, throughout my years in this movement, nevertheless there was little emphasis on bringing forth the word of God so that the congregation might understand it. Instead there was a huge emphases on stressing the charismatic views of this movement as a whole. Here is the article:
William F. Leonhart III / 1 week ago
In January 2012, I took a class taught by Justin Peters at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary entitled “Theology of the Word of Faith Movement.” One of the assignments we were given was to attend a Word of Faith church or conference in the area and write an essay detailing our experience.. I chose to attend T.D. Jakes’ church in Dallas: The Potter’s House. The article to follow is the substance of the essay I submitted.
I attend a church that rents space in another church’s building, so we alternate our service times with them. We usually meet at three o’clock in the afternoon on Sundays. On March 25, 2012, I woke up earlier than I’ve woken up on a Sunday in years. At 8:30am, I found myself having coffee with my friend John, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a fellow member at my church. He had agreed to go with me to visit The Potter’s House, the home church of Bishop T.D. Jakes, a well known prosperity preacher and Oneness Pentecostal. What we witnessed that day was baffling to put it lightly. At times, the “service” was theatrical. At times, it was compelling. At times, it was confusing. However, at no point would I classify what was transpiring before my eyes as true, godly worship from God’s people…..
Next was the praise and worship time which was hard to follow because, again, the person of God was not the unmistakable focus of the praise and worship, except perhaps in word. There were dancers who looked more Hindu than Christian as they twirled and waved silken scarves in the air. Those leading the singing seemed more concerned with performing for the people than leading them in worship and admiration of God. Sadly, I cannot say that there was any element in this spectacle to which I had not already been exposed in Southern Baptist mega-churches. Nevertheless, I would argue that, wherever this type of performance exists, it is not God-honoring worship. By about the fifth song, John leaned over to me and said, “Have we really been here an hour already?” Later, he would explain that he was dismayed at the lack of emphasis on the word of God. We had been at “church” for an hour, and the word of God had not been referenced even once…..
Read the entire article here.
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 >
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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 email@example.com
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.”