Is It Biblical To Expose False Teachings?

This topic is addressed elsewhere on this blog site.  The following is a parallel view that I totally concur with.

Pastor Steve

 



WHY I EXPOSE ERROR AND WARN BELIEVERS

I am grieved for those who cannot understand my concerns and my warnings. I am not “attacking” the ministers who are obviously in error. I have nothing against them personally. I praise the Lord for every good thing in them and for every soul saved under their ministries. But souls saved are “in spite of “, not “because of ” many of their messages. God’s Word will not return to Him void. (Isaiah 55:11) I cannot and will not ignore the things they are doing “publicly” which I believe will eventually destroy thousands of sound churches and which will break down Godly walls between truth and error.

There are also those who are heretics deceiving the masses. Those ministers who deny the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible, the Virgin Birth, the Lordship of Christ, the Blood Atonement, the Bodily Resurrection, the Eternal Sonship, ect. These I reject and alert others of their heresy.

The Bible commands men of God to judge the teaching and ministries of other men in order to protect the truth and the people of God. We are to mark those who cause divisions contrary to apostolic doctrine (Romans 16:17). This requires a careful examination and evaluation. The believers in the church at Corinth were instructed to judge one another (1 Cor. 14:29). That principle applies also to ministries outside of one’s own church, especially to very “public ministries” which influence vast numbers of people.

Paul rebuked Peter publicly for his hypocrisy. (Gal. 2:11-14). Was Paul “attacking” Peter? Of course not. He was bringing him back to the truth.

Truth is more important than unity because without truth men cannot be saved and walk in the will of God. It is truth, not unity, which is the light in this dark world. John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4). God tells me to mark and avoid those who teach contrary to the apostolic doctrine (Romans 16:17). He tells me to earnestly CONTEND for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). “Contend” means to strive, to fight. Trouble and striving are not wrong in themselves. The Lord Jesus Christ stirred up much trouble, as did all of the Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. Trouble is not wrong, when it is caused by contending for the truth. . The Lord God has put a love in my heart for His Truth. He imparted to me the spirit described by King David: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:128).

Ever since I was saved I have had something within me that has stirred me up for the Truth. I believe that Something is the Holy Spirit. One of His names is the Spirit of TRUTH (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13 )

Matt 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. (KJV)

This verse is directed to those whose brother offended them “personally”. It does not tell us how to handle “public hypocrisy or false teachings”.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (KJV)

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (KJV)

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. (KJV)

Titus 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. (KJV)

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; (KJV)

I cannot stop their mouths but I can try and warn as many people as I can.

Sincerely,

Andy Neckar
Editor, Christian News & Views

 

 

 

Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 11

Southern Baptist Convention   ~   June  14, 2016    ~    St. Louis

President’s Address:  Ronnie Floyd

Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House):  “The stakes could not be higher.”

Theme: Racism

Message:  The Stakes Are High – God gave Ronnie this message after twenty one days of fasting and prayer.  In the midst of terrorism, we have called 1,000 missionaries home.

We want to save a gorilla and murder babies.  Gay marriages are accepted.  Rainbow colors fly over the White House.  Our religious liberties in America are at stake.  The Israelites were taken to Babylon.

Esther 4:13-17

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

We are here at the right time to accomplish the purposes of God.

If Satan cannot get us to do the wrong thing, he will get us to do the right thing in the wrong way.  Both are sin.

America is in a crisis.  We face either an awakening, or falling into an abyss.  America is in an economic, relational and racial crisis.  “All men are created equal.”  Declaration of Independence.  Dread Scott Decision.

1)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to come together.

John 17:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

2)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to lead.  Structures are needed to support the work of the church.

3)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to evangelize.  Evangelism is the main thing, but is dying in our denomination and churches.

4)Now is the time for Southern Baptist to give.  Cooperative Program (CP).

5)Now is the time for Southern Baptists to prayer.  We are meeting to pray tonight.  Acts 4:31  “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Bring prayer back to the schools, but also bring it back to the church!  9/11/01  2996 people were killed, 6,000 were injured.  We need 1)prayer and a 2)great awakening.

Jeremiah 7:28   “But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.”  -We do not want to be this nation.  Ronnie Floyd closed the message with an altar call for pastoral commitment.

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Jerry Young spoke on A National Conversation On Racial Unity in America.  He referred to the recent tragedy in South Carolina.  Racism is a sin problem.  We are salt and light.  We are contaminated salt and concealed light.  We need to press the salt and turn on the lights.  The one who murdered nine in Charleston wanted to create fear and terror – but he went to the wrong place – to church.  “Love is greater than hate.”  Marshall Blalock

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 41

Jim Fletcher    ~    The Plague Of Replacement Theology

…this is the view that God has replaced Israel and the Jewish people with the church.  This view used to be held in mainline churches, seminaries and in Catholicism.  Today, however, this problem has entered the evangelical community.  It spans all denominations.  Their desire is to minimize the uniqueness of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.  The issue of Israel is paramount proof that we are living in the last days.  This is a time in history where the Jews have reentered history.  This is astonishing.  A repeated theme in scripture is after the Jewish people spent a long period in exile, they will return to their ancient homeland.  In 1945 the Nazis killed six million Jews in Europe.  Three years later (1948) Israel was established, and today six million Jews are living there!  Many in the church culture in our nation are missing this point or want to miss it.  There is a sharp downturn towards the nation of Israel and Bible prophecy among evangelical leadership.

What is the answer towards antisemitism?  Why are people like this?  Why does it exist?  The hatred of the Jews is a spiritual sickness.  It has entered some of the American church.  An understanding of God’s redemptive plan is  the answer to antisemitism around the world.  Biblical illiteracy in our country today is at an all time high, it is frightening.  The view that the Bible is myth entered the blood stream of the American church in the 19th century.  This is one reason why the American church is ineffective today.  The so called nation of Palestine was created in order to get rid of the Jews.  Liberals claim the Biblical miracles are metaphors.

Replacement theology is the teaching that the Christian church has replaced national Israel regarding the plan, purpose, and promises of God.  Therefore, many of the promises that God made to Israel must be spiritualized.  Justin Martyr (AD 160) in speaking to the Jews said:  “The scriptures are not yours, but ours.”  [The Bible was written by Jews, it was lived by Jews, Jesus Christ and the apostles were Jews].  Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon (AD 177) declared:  “Jews are disinherited from the grace of God.”  Tertullian (AD 160-230), in his treatise, “Against the Jews,” announced that God had rejected the Jews in favor of the Christians.  The Assemblies Of God and the Southern Baptist Convention are being targeted by replacement theology.  Calvary Chapel rebuffed this false theology.  Jesus was NOT a Palestinian.  He was a Jew who lived in the land of Israel.  The American church has turned their back on Israel.  They do not like Jews.  They are told they are greedy and start all of the wars in the world.  These are all of the old medieval antisemitic lies repackaged for new audiences.

Three men control the direction of the evangelical church in America.  1)Rick Warren on the west coast, 2)Bill Hybels in middle America, and 3)Andy Stanley on the east coast.  Lynne Hybels, Bill’s wife, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Palestinian narrative.  As a co founder of the Willow Creek association, she is in favor of the PLO and blames Israel for everything.  “Hank Hanegraaff’s blend of preterism and idealism produces an eschatology that is viciously anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian.  His brand of replacement theology teaches that national Israel has no future since she is replaced by the church.”  -Thomas Ice.

How do we handle this?  We need to confront error boldly.  Ask replacement theologians to explain the existence of the Jewish people in Israel today, after centuries of exile.  Use your sphere of influence in order to emphasize truth.

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Note:  At the June, 2016 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, a small yet vocal minority promoted Replacement Theology during our business session.  By the grace of God, the overwhelming majority of the messengers at the convention did not agree with their theology in the least.  Thank you Jesus, and God bless Israel.  Pastor Steve

American Renewal Project

Facing the Collapse of a Biblically-based Culture

Synopsis Of Florida Renewal Project Program / Orlando, Florida / August 11-12, 2016

The Speakers’ Highlights:

Historians William Federer and David Barton expounded on the profound effect that Christianity had at the inception of our nation.  The pastor’s sermons were used to determine laws and legal decisions.  The pastors were seen as the real leaders in Colonial America.  Our nation was founded entirely on the Judaeo Christian ethic.  The Constitutions of the early states were especially filled with Biblical references and truths.

Governor Mike Huckabee introduced Donald Trump.  He had kind words to say about Trump, yet mentioned they did not agree on everything.  Huckabee added, however, that there was no choice in the matter of voting because Hillary Clinton was the Democratic candidate.

Donald J. Trump said President Obama and Hillary Clinton are the founders of Isis.  They will receive the MVP.  Isis went from a J.V. team to 28 countries.  Trump stated that without religious liberty we do not have liberty.  Religion is the largest lobby, yet has been silenced, with far less power.  Their power has been totally silenced.  Trump said Hillary is a disaster.  Trump closed by saying:  “Running for president is the only way I can get to heaven.”  People laughed following the statement.

Bishop E.W. Jackson gave a very strong Biblical message.  Pastor Ken Graves from Maine, had a powerful voice and a unique way of “story telling,” as he preached the Gospel.

Dr. Fred Lowery expounded on marriage.  He said there are three reasons for divorce:  1)Selfishness, 2)Selfishness, and 3)Selfishness.  He mentioned four areas that can result in a good marriage:  1)Conflict Management, 2)Companionship, 3)Communication, and 4)Commitment.  A marriage is a covenant and not a contract.

Matt Staver spoke on the legal rights of the church, repeating his often mentioned theme, that no church has EVER been sued or lost their tax exempt status for violating the separation of church and state.

Marco Rubio wrote out his message, because he was very conscientious about speaking to several hundred pastors.  Marco said that although the LGBT Community must be convinced of their sin, they must also receive love from the body of Christ because they believe we hate them.  Marco said we should be careful about judging others:

  Matthew 7:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

King James Version (KJV)

Marco also said the LGBT Community needs to feel our love laced with grace:

Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Florida Renewal Project Program / Orlando, Florida / August 11-12, 2016

We are at the Florida Renewal Project Program.  A synopsis of this conference will be shared once it is over.  The purpose of this conference is to wake up the church in America before it is too late.  The speakers emphasized the need for prayer and repentance, as well as encouraging Christians to vote and get involved in politics.  All Christian denominations were represented.  It was truly a taste of heaven.  Although not on the original list of speakers, Donald J. Trump stopped at the conference and spoke at length while he was campaigning in Florida.

List Of Speakers In Order Of Their Appearance:

Former Congressman Bob McEwen

Pastor Daniel Rivera

Historian William Federer

Dave Hageman

Bishop E.W. Jackson

Governor Mike Huckabee

Donald J. Trump

Rev. (Dr.) Doug Stringer

Pastor Maury Davis

Pastor Ken Graves

Pastor Matt Floyd

Historian David Barton

Matt Staver

Dr. Ben Bush

Dr. Fred Lowery

Dr. Randy Ray

Senator Marco Rubio

Doug Stringer

Pastor Jerry Maston

 

Christianity Is The Only Truth On The Planet, And A Cause Greater Than Our Lives

INSIGHT: After appointing twelve men as His disciples (Matt. 10:1-4), Jesus gave them their first assignment to go and preach the good news that “the kingdom of heaven has come near” (v. 7). Jesus warned that people in the world would not want to hear about Him: “You will be hated by everyone because of me” (v. 22). We, too, may be ignored, opposed, rejected, persecuted, and even killed (vv. 16-22). It may cost us to share the gospel with others, and we may experience hostility even from our own family (vv. 35-36). To overcome these challenges, Jesus calls for a commitment to Him that is greater than any other (vv. 37-39). Sim Kay Tee

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Many of the Old Testament prophets were slain.  John the Baptist was beheaded.  All of the original apostles, as well as Paul, were killed for their faith with the exception of John.  There have been more Christians martyred for their faith in the last century than in the rest of the church age combined!  Foxe’s Book of Martyrs includes many of the great saints throughout the church age who gave their lives for their faith.  The only one not martyred in the book was Martin Luther.

Why did they give their lives?  Because they loved their Lord like Patriot Nathan Hale loved his country:

Now, let us rephrase this quotation according to the committed Christian:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my Lord.”

The cause of Christianity is MUCH greater than our lives.  Never forget that:  “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”

 ~ Tertullian 197 A.D.

 

A Mile Wide And An Inch Deep…

…describes the large, weak and anemic churches in our day.  I was a U.S. Government employee for twenty years, and I never ceased to be amazed at their ineptitude.  What I saw was monumental graft, corruption and waste.  I saw people write up their own pay raises, become promoted after drunk driving and wrecking a government vehicle, and throw out loads of perfectly good furniture towards the end of the fiscal year, in order to justify purchasing more.  The oldest joke in the government is “…mess up and get promoted,” because it is true and it happens all of the time.  The larger the government becomes, the worse it functions.  A church with a lot of members and only a few true converts is a church of tares.  I have learned that bigger is not necessarily better.  Bigger often leads to dilution.  A large church can stay faithful, but they often falter after the initial faithful pastor retires.  A case in point is Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  The Lord took Dr. D. James Kennedy home, and he was one of the finest, faithful pastors of his generation.  His replacement cheated on his wife after she cheated on him, and his theology was so anemic that he lacked the fortitude to call sodomy/homosexuality sin.  Having been pastor of smaller churches in ministry (no more than 100 members), I have a profound respect for the under shepherds of larger churches who boldly preach against the sins of the day, the error of evolution, the truth of a literal six day creation, God’s wrath, hell, the need for repentance and holy living.  A large church can indeed be faithful, and God bless the pastors who discern the need to be just that.  I pray that when I stand before Immanuel on the Judgement Day, that I will have served in churches similar to Smyrna and Philadelphia.  Churches that were small, persecuted and faithful.  Amen and amen.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

Days of Praise

 

A Little Flock

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

The world tends to measure success by size, and this seems generally true in the Christian world as well. The most “successful” churches are considered to be those with the largest congregations, or the largest budgets, or the greatest number of converts baptized each year, or some other quantitative index. But this is not God’s criterion. At the judgment seat of Christ, “the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Corinthians 3:13). Not how big it is, but of what sort it is! Quality, not quantity, is the criterion.

Christ’s encouraging words to the “little flock” were given toward the end of an extended warning against the desire to accumulate wealth. “Take heed, and beware of covetousness,” He had said (Luke 12:15), speaking to His small group of followers. He was their Shepherd and would provide the needs of His “little flock.”

Christ’s warnings against individual covetousness evidently apply also to group covetousness. A church, or any other Christian organization, needs continually to guard against the desire to be impressive in the eyes of the world. The cities of Christendom exhibit many ornate cathedrals and temples that are now mostly empty and spiritually dead.

The Lord Jesus promised an “open door” to the little church at Philadelphia, because it had “little strength” and had “kept [His] word” (Revelation 3:8), but threatened to “spue . . . out of [His] mouth” the tepid church at Laodicea, which was boasting that she was “rich, and increased with goods” (Revelation 3:16-17). Not every “little flock” has kept God’s Word, nor has every big flock become lukewarm, but Christ’s words serve as both warning and encouragement. The greater blessings of the coming kingdom have been promised to the faithful “little flock.” HMM

Pope Francis Goes Apostate…

The Following is a quotation and synopsis of Pope Francis’ evolving view of marriage…

“Pope Francis insists individual conscience should be guiding principle for Catholics negotiating complexities of sex, marriage and family life in major document that rejects emphasis on black-and white rules for faithful…  In 256 page document titled “The Joy Of Love,” Pontiff makes no change in church doctrine, but makes clear Francis wants enormous change in way priests instruct Catholics…  Francis says church must no longer sit in judgment and “throw stones” at those who fail to live up to Gospel’s ideals of marriage and family life.”

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The Bible leaves no “complexities” regarding family life and marriage.  It is very, very black and white.  Instead of submitting in faithfulness to the Word of God, Pope Francis’ philosophy is “if you can’t beat ’em, join them.”  The aforementioned quotation of the pontiff rings with the New World Order.  It also emphasizes the Catholic belief that when the Pope speaks “Ex Cathedra,” his word is divine and can even supersede the Holy Scriptures!  Should the individual conscience be in charge of spiritual issues?  According to the pope, your conscience triumphs over Holy Writ.  Although we love those who are sinners, we do NOT amend our beliefs in order to accommodate their perverted life styles.  No one is throwing stones at those who do not obey the commandments- they simply need to repent like everyone else.  The Lord has no other side roads to heaven, and His Word says “…to obey is better than sacrifice…”  (I Samuel 15:22).  Jesus’ Word says to “…repent or perish…”  (Luke 13:3, Luke 13:5).   “Complexities” is a very Politically Correct (PC) word choice that simply circumvents the clarity of the Scriptures.  i.e.  Pope Francis ignores the Biblical mandate for the sinner to repent.  In my opinion, this watered down “Gospel” is classic doctrine in the “Seeker Friendly Church,” the “Emerging Church,” and the Catholic teaching that papal dogma ecilipses the Bible!  In Christ, Pastor Steve

Stand Up For The Church

David Jeremiah

The Church in our culture has experienced diverse attacks- both from without and within.  How are we doing in the midst of this war?

Let me ask you this:  Do we believe in our God?  Do we believe that God can help us?  None of us really relishes the idea of standing up against all of the cultural issues we are facing today.  People assign motives to Christians that are often unfair and unrighteous.  But Church, if we don’t start standing up, we’re going to lose everything.  We don’t have many more years to be floating in reverse.  A few more years of the cultural losses we’ve sustained in this one last year, and the Church in America will be just like Europe.

One of the things you do when you travel to Europe is you visit the churches.  Some of the most beautiful church buildings in the world are in Europe, and almost all of them are empty except as tourist stop or a museum.  On the Lord’s Day, hardly a handful of people attend church.

What has happened in Europe happened over a long, slow period of time as one by one they gave up their standards, they gave up their values, they gave up their faith.  The secularism that crept into the culture in Europe will be a reality in America in a few years if we don’t begin to stand up for what’s important to us.  Here is a statistic that astounds me.  In the next seven years, in the United States of America, 55,000 churches will close their doors.  That is a sad commentary on our nation today.

Secularism is a serious issue in our country.  America is Europe in the making if God doesn’t intervene.  But we know the way God intervenes is through His people, amen?  Whatever lions you’re fighting, whatever challenges you have, I want to encourage you that the same God who delivered Daniel from the lions’ den is ready to deliver you if you will trust Him.

I am going to ask you to believe in Daniel’s God.  To stand firm in a secular society for your faith.  And if you’ve never put your faith in Him before, to put your trust in Him.  Now is the time to reclaim our faith and culture- it is time for the Church to Stand Up!

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Conspicuously absent from this article is mention of the alternative for Christianity’s demise in America.  The word “secularism” was often referred to.  “Secularism” is the desired effect of Islam’s attack upon the west.  They want to secularize America, and make it a blank spiritual state, unto which Islam can be planted.  Islam is a lie from Satan and cannot coexist with the truth of Christianity.  It can only thrive and grow in a spiritual vacuum.  Proponents of this evil religion are rapidly attempting to empty our nation of our Christian foundation and heritage.  Remember our “Christian” president’s first inaugural speech?  He said “We are no longer a Christian nation.”  One cannot shift their vehicle into drive from reverse.  One must first shift to neutral.  The goal of Islam is to first neutralize us, and then build Islam upon an empty shell.  Christianity – Secularization – Islam.  The denouement of Christianity will not leave a vacuum for long.  Satan will fill it quickly with his lies.  By the way, have you noticed mosques going up everywhere and Muslims testing the waters (and often winning) through our political processes?  Americans are naive to believe Islam will coexist with anyone.  Teachers at prophecy conferences that I have attended, stress that Islam’s only goal is to take over the entire globe.  You think about that.  Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!