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Theology FAIL: Know your heretics

19 October 2010 Leave a comment
Heretics of the modern era.

One of my main clarion calls to the church has been to pursue purity of doctrine. As you will find out from my own blog, one of my favourite series is Heresies in the church, which takes the doctrines of the Word-of-Faith crowd and compares it with the Scriptures.

Further, one of my favourite categories in my blogging is that of heresy, and what it is doing to the church. It is because of this that I feel that truth in the preaching of the gospel is so essential.

Christians fail to break away from false teaching only because they do not take the Bible seriously and because they ignore church history and its battles against the many heresies over the centuries. We all know what happens when we ignore history… We are simply doomed to repeat it!

Justin Holcomb has done a series of introductory articles on some of the heretics that the church encountered over the years in a series called Know Your Heretics. Heretics such as Marcion, Arius, Sabellus and Pelagius.

HT: Justin Taylor

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Categories: Heresy, Theology

Did Spurgeon suggest that experience comes before knowledge after all?

30 September 2010 Leave a comment

Adrian WarnockAdrian Warnock, a Reformed Charismatic from England whom I greatly admire, makes the assertion in a blog post that Spurgeon “seems to suggest that experience may well need to come first before faith.” I am myself a Reformed Charismatic that also holds to New Covenant Theology, yet, I do not see how Adrian gets to this point.

He quotes several paragraphs from Spurgeon to make his point, however, I just do not get it! From the paragraphs quoted there, I do not see that Spurgeon says that experience comes before knowledge at all! What I do see is that Spurgeon said that both are necessary: knowledge and experience.

What do you think?

Categories: Salvation, Spurgeon, Theology

Global Leadership Summit and the lack of theological discernment in the church

30 September 2010 Leave a comment
Bill Hybels

Willow Creek, headed by Bill Hybels, is one of the largest churches in America. One of its babies is the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) which has been running for several years. Many churches have jumped on this bandwagon of leadership and growing leadership and running leadership seminars and other leadership BLAH BLAH BLAH. Oh, sorry, I drifted off their for a second or two. Must be all this leadership talk!

The modern church is making so much of leadership and leadership principles that in my opinion, it is forgetting its primary mandate from none other than Jesus Christ Himself. In Mt 28:18-20 it is written:

“18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make leaders in your churches from all nations, certifying them as leaders in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all leadership principles that I have commanded you. And behold, I will put great leaders among you always, to the end of the age.'”


That is how it reads in the Leadership Principles Study Bible, available at all poor Christian bookstores near you!

But, this passage actually says:

“18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”

When the church becomes this concerned with making leaders, then it has lost the plot. The primary mandate for the church is to make disciples, and those disciples must make disciples, recursively.

Enough of this “leadership” talk!

T.D. Jakes

An alarming issue for me is the inclusion of T.D. Jakes. And this is where the theological discernment comes in! T.D. Jakes is a non-repentant, non-trinitarian. That means he does not believe in the Trinity of the Scriptures, hence putting himself outside of the fold of historic, Biblical Christianity. As a result, historically and Biblically, he would be known as a heretic! To find out more on what Jakes really believes you can go here, here and here. You can also read my blog series (first posted at Sovereign Truth) on the heresies of the Word-of-Faith preachers that have invaded the church so deeply.

The problem with all of these false teachers invading the church, is that the church has largely lost its ability to know and express a Biblical theological standpoint! The problem is that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not really that important any more!

When asked what is important, these people come up with all kinds of answers that do not really have any link back to the gospel! Things like being relevant, leadership and all kinds of worldly fads. I listened to a sermon by David Wells a while ago in which he said that when the church starts following a fad, that fad is no longer cool!

The church has essentially lost its foundation when it started adding all kinds of other ideas to the gospel and eventually lost much of the gospel. It is for this reason that preachers such as T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer and others have so easily invaded churches with their books and videos. The “essentials of the gospel” have become non-essential!

Due to this lack of theoscernment, many evangelicals have become evanjellycals.

We simply cannot allow these wolves in sheep’s clothing to further bring doctrines of death to our churches! Just because someone claims the name of Christ, does not mean that Christ has claimed that person. Christianity is a propositional faith. It makes some truth claims, and some of those truth claims are clearly doctrinal, and without them, your faith is no longer the Christian faith. It is on this basis that we can say that Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are not Christian. It is, based on these accepted essential doctrines, that we can say that the WOF preachers and men like T.D. Jakes stand outside of the true Christian fold.

The question is, however, will pastors stand on the truth of the gospel, or on expediency, driven by the urge to be relevant in an age of intolerance.

In God’s foreknowledge, does He just foresee who will believe?

Does God use His divine binoculars
to ‘look’ into the future and elects
based on what He sees?

In 2005 I wrote a post on God’s foreknowledge called: “Who’s free? God or man? A study on the ‘choices’ of man in salvation.”

Does God simply foresee who would choose Him and predestines them to salvation, or is His foreknowledge active in the predestination of the elect? Is man “free” to choose God?

Categories: Foreknowledge, Theology

Founder of SATS debunks Brian McLaren heresy

Dr. Christopher Peppler

Dr. Christopher Peppler wrote a very thought provoking, yet straight analysis of Brian McLaren’s heretical book “A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith.”

Dr. Peppler takes each of the ten questions that McLaren posed in his book and analyses them for truth and clarity. Peppler shows that while McLaren may have clarity in certain cases, that clarity has nothing to do with Scriptural truth, or at least does not contain the primary nature of the truth of the Scriptures and the gospel. In this blog post by Dr. Peppler, it is also shown how McLaren sets up straw men, just to knock down what does not exist!

In his conclusion, Dr. Peppler writes:

“It is good to ask questions and to seek deep and satisfying answers. It is reasonable to agonise over a Christianity that has so often presented itself as harsh, loveless, and power mad. It is evidence of a tender heart to wonder how a loving God could consign the bulk of humanity to eternal conscious torment. But, it is neither good or reasonable to attempt to recast the biblical narrative, redefine the nature of the Bible, and reformulate the principles of interpretation in order to create answers that the seeker finds acceptable. This is what I think Brian has attempted to do.”

To read Dr. Peppler’s accurate assessment of McLaren’s book read his blog post here.

Categories: Books, Heresy, Reviews, Theology

Men and women pastors, or not?

Kevin deYoungHave you ever thought whether women may be pastors in the church or not? Most modern Christians have.

Kevin deYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, has written an analysis of chapter 12 (“Women, Men and God”) of John Stott’s book, Issues Facing Christians Today (4th Edition, Zondervan, 2006).

Kevin tackles the issue in Go Big or Go Home: Why Complemegalitarian Doesn’t Work, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Grudem’s new book, "Politics – According to the Bible" available September 2010

19 February 2010 Leave a comment
Wayne Grudem’s new book, Politics – According to the Bible will be released in September 2010. I know that there are many Christians who have been waiting for this book.

Dr. Grudem did a series of classes based on his forthcoming book at the Scottsdale Bible Church. You will find some class notes and mp3s of the classes here.