Christianity

Joyce Meyer: The false doctrine heretic

In a recent Huffington Post article American pastor Rick Henderson ‘came out’ to name both Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen as false teachers.  This is significant.  Few pastors are willing to defend the truth today. Truth Watch has been lamenting this fact for over 12 years.  Most of them are more afraid of incurring the wrath of some segment of their congregation than they are the wrath of God.

Pastor Rick lists 6 examples of Meyer’s gross error.  Perhaps the worst are the last two where she admits her teaching on Jesus and hell are not found in the Bible – they have come to her by ‘special revelation’.  She also claims she is now no longer a sinner and prescribes that you have to believe what she says about Jesus and hell to be saved.  Taken together Meyer is claiming that she is, contrary to Scripture, a sinless being capable of receiving new revelation that we are all just supposed to accept without question.  Meyer is a typical example of the false teacher, claiming special gnostic insights, more reminiscent of Mohammad’s claims to revelation than anything remotely connected to true Christianity.  Even more tragic than Meyer’s arrogant delusions is the continued following she has amongst people who are clearly not Christians or so poorly grounded in the faith that they can fall for this nonsense.  There are clearly many churches failing to teach correct doctrine, otherwise Meyers foolish cant would be recognised for the garbage it is.

The pastor’s list of Meyer’s false teachings follows.. Each is accompanied by a Meyer quote.  To read the full text of the article go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-rick-henderson/osteen-meyer-prosperity-gospel_b_3790384.html

1. She teaches that Jesus literally stopped being the Son of God on the Cross: “He could have helped himself up until the point where he said I commend my spirit into your hands, at that point he couldn’t do nothing for himself anymore. He had become sin, he was no longer the Son of God. He was sin.”

2. She teaches that Jesus went to Hell and became the first-born again man: “Do you know something? The minute that blood sacrifice was accepted Jesus was the first human being that was ever born again. Now that was real it happened when he was in hell.”

3. She teaches that Jesus paid for our sins in Hell: “There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place in hell” -From The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

4. She teaches that words have power and you can release the power of Heaven through your words.

5. She teaches that you need special revelation from God to understand what she teaches because it is NOT contained in the Bible: “The Bible can’t even find any way to explain this. Not really. That’s why you’ve got to get it by revelation. There are no words to explain what I’m telling you. I’ve got to just trust God that He’s putting it into your spirit like He put it into mine.”

6. She teaches that she is no longer a sinner.

 

Read: Ezekiel 13:4-10

Beatles Christianity -the ‘Emerging’ Church

So, what’s so dangerous about the emerging church, a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? The full force of emerging church theology, a movement that claims to be Christian, visited two Truth Watch members the other day – in the form of a 60s-something couple from Alabama, USA. A conversation was sparked after reading the inscription on the back of the man’s tee-shirt – something to the effect that Jesus is a problem for organised religion. The couple soon proved the reverse of their tee-shirt wisdom. According to them there is no hell. Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church and hipster pastor, has obviously spread his poison far and wide. Everyone is going to heaven. Misquoting the “no one comes to the father” phrase in John 14:6 they insisted it meant ALL will be drawn to the Father, due to the boundless grace and love of Jesus. Apparently, God’s love is so far-reaching and all-embracing that sin is not an issue. No need for deliberate repentance. God must perform some totally unbiblical alchemy, as the unregenerate pass through the vale of death, to convert the sinful soul into one cleansed of all unrighteousness. What a revelation! All those Christian martyrs could have avoided torture and execution.

So Jesus never really needed to die on the cross. It was, according to these emergent disciples, just a useful device to get the Jews on side. By getting the scriptural record wrong again they were adamant Jesus had to die on the cross because no Jew would accept him otherwise. You see, Jews insist there can be no redemption without the shedding of blood, so Jesus had to shed his blood, just for them. The fact that it was God, not the Jews, who mandated the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins, had been completely missed by his couple. Another contradiction also manifest itself. The Alabamians argued when Jesus said on the cross that it was finished he meant all sin was done away with so all would be welcomed into his kingdom. Oh, don’t forget the eldership issue. Male eldership is rank misogyny. See our women in leadership article.

All of this is little more than Beatles ‘Christianity’ – “all you need is love, love: love is all you need”. Now, of course, God is love, but it is a love infused with holiness so he cannot countenance sin in his kingdom. Our false evangelists of their new religion insisted love and relationship is the Alpha and Omega – no strings attached. Never-mind, for instance, that God tells us we must prove our love is real by obeying his commands. This is apparently an inconvenient truth best ignored.  If ignorance doesn’t work then just redefine God’s commands to mean the opposite of their plain meaning.

No one can be received into God’s kingdom unless they are regenerate; having confessed their sin, asked for repentance and by faith received that saving grace that expunges sin. The Roman’s 10:9 faith-based transformation must occur in this act of repentance, otherwise there is no born again transaction and without that there is no salvation. Emerging theology denies all of this when it insists all are saved. This false theology had reached the zenith of its obstinate apostasy in this couple. The fear of God and his holiness has well and truly been lost. By re-branding God’s love, grace and mercy as a free pass for all-comers, Beatles Christianity must come seriously close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

On the day of judgement will Jesus look on this poor American couple and say, depart from me, I never knew you? The emergent gurus are convincing otherwise faithful Christians that they can break the second commandment and mould a god in a man-made image that would have unrepentant multitudes in God’s holy kingdom. It is hard to imagine idolatry more perverse than this. Jesus warned that he will turn many away with his ‘go, I never knew you’. In this one phrase Jesus confirms the heresy in the all-are-saved dogma. If it were true then Jesus would not be turning anyone away. If he rejects many who think they know him by what means could he possibly accept those who never claimed to know him or actively rejected him? False emergent teachers have successfully blinded their followers to this obvious fact. The western Church is facing a full blown gnostic challenge that inoculates emerging church adherents against truth. Sadly, the western Church is unprepared for this assault. There is little doubt a very public schism must come between true believers and the emerging heresy.

Atheisms False Apostles, Prophets and Mullahs

The likes of Chris Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dennett and Hedges have become the celebrated apostles of a naturalistic faith. Their assumptions about the validity of reason over faith start with their adherence to evolutionary natural selection. Other assumptions about the nature of Christianity flow from that. Having become the darlings of an anti-Christian deconstruction of real truth they promote their false religion all over You Tube and around the universities and public auditoriums in Billy Graham like crusades to convince the western world that their nihilistic nonsense is the stuff of rationality and social progress.

Why would they dedicate their lives to dismantling the Christian world view; the philosophy and faith system that has given us such things as love your enemy, do good to those who would harm you, love your neighbour as yourself, turn the other cheek, forgive as you have been forgiven, don’t murder, steal, covet what others have, or cheat. Why on earth would they want to deny many the hope of life after death and the promise of forgiveness of sin. What about the Christian doctrines of free will, individual responsibility and good citizenship from which the western world developed its belief in human rights and personal freedom. It didn’t come from the Greeks, the Romans, the enlightenment or any foreign philosophy. The Greeks and Romans were slave centered societies that self-destructed in civil war. The enlightenment gave us the French Revolution with its bloody tyrannous and European wide war contrast with the Christian-based American Revolution.

Jesus said by their fruit you will know them. What has been the fruit of the naturalistic philosophy that has blossomed as today’s liberal humanism? Vast numbers of humans have been killed in wars and genocides on an unprecedented scale as naturalistic Marxism and evolutionary humanism took hold. About 260 million were killed by atheistic governments in the last century alone. Contrast that with Christianity’s record. According the Encyclopedia of War only about 3% of all wars have some direct connection with Christianity, so causalities caused by such wars, compared with the toll exacted by atheism, has been tiny by comparison. Don’t forget too that conflict attributable to Christianity, like the Thirty Years War and the Crusades were fought for just and compelling reasons, while the huge conflicts arising from other reasons were more often than not largely unjustified. The First World War and the genocide committed by Marxist regimes are obvious examples. After all, if people are merely evolved animals arranged in economic classes, relying on a moral system that relies solely on only man-made law alone, where are the compelling reasons to respect human life or human rights. True to the logical conclusions to be drawn from naturalism what is wrong with culling humans in their tens of millions to achieve goals justified by a man-centred ideology. It’s just survival of the fittest. Ask Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler and the aristocracies of the first world war era. With no God to answer to they felt justified in sacrificing millions on the altars of their self-interest, positional power and pride.

Harris, Dawkins, Dennet, Atkins, Hedges and Hitchens (who is now, in death, discovering the terrible realities of a misdirected life) deserve the vitriol Christ reserved for the false religious leaders of his time. They are the proselytes of wicked ideas, high priests of death, apostles of nihilism, wolves in sheep’s clothing, deluded, arrogant and insolent apostles of a monstrous fraud.
Christopher Hitchens may have won the Oscar for the lowest it is possible to go when he claimed in a public debate that it was Christendom that orchestrated WWI. Like all good lies his argument was based on one author’s claims in a book on the subject. Manifestly, the First World War was the product of ambition, pride and the will to power – all ‘attributes’ scorned by true Christianity. Its orchestrators may or may not have claimed a Christian faith, but since they were not practicing it claiming they were representing its tenets when they took Europe into war is false. If any of those who made WWI possible attributed their motivations to Christianity they were misrepresenting Christian doctrine and philosophy. The only one with any right to orchestrate war under the Christian world view is God himself. In all other circumstances the Christians only justification for war is a purely defensive action based on established just war principles. Christians are not called to be pacifists, but neither are they called to be protagonists. If anyone is responsible for war it is the Austrian aristocracies determination to blame the whole of Serbia for the actions of one man and Germany’s willingness to support that course of action.

Christian apologists need to stop being nice to the likes of Harris and Dawkins et al. It’s possible to take 1 Peter 3:15 too far. As a general rule Christians should be respectful, understanding and calm, in the face of unbelief, but that deference should not be extended to those who peddle the doctrines of demons. Jesus called a spade a spade when it came to false teachers and the Apostles followed his example. The gloves should come off. By all means conduct public debates with these gentlemen, but move beyond philosophic argument to direct attacks on the harm their thinking has and will cause to society and to individuals.   Let’s just give what has been said so far some more shape by quickly outlining the fraudulent creed these snake oil charlatans are peddling:

First and foremost they trumpet their central dogma – evolution. Without a belief in evolution the default condition is theism, so evolution is the most important doctrine of atheism. But its validity is paper thin. Most people don’t know this because they never bother to look closely at the alternative evidence. They have been so thoroughly brainwashed in true Goebbels-like fashion, that they accept an unproven theory as truth. There are alternative non-evolutionary evidences for every aspect of evolutionary dogma. We recommend reading Milton’s Shattering the Myths of Darwinism and Denton’s Evolution a Theory in Crisis.  The You Tube Video Priveleged Planet is also an excellent documentary. How anyone can think everything there is came from nothing calls for a blind faith par excellence. A Christian faith is never blind, but ultimately faith in evolution is. Boiled down, the built in genetic ability of species to adapt to their environment, is blown out of all proportion to justify all that evolutionary theory is. The very idea that a genus of apes hoped out of the trees defies any concept of natural selection and the survival of the fittest and yet it is the central dogma of the man from apes nonsense.  What’s more evolution cannot be applied to the origins of life and the cosmos since it can only works on existing genetic material.

The application of atheistic ‘reason’ lead to humanistic travesties. Reason, based on a misguided world view is a false god and a very unreliable friend. It led to evolutionary theory when reason itself is defied by the sheer complexity at the molecular level. Human reason has not even come close explaining the very start of life. Dawkins admits this but in an act of blind faith he dismisses this yawning gulf in knowledge by simply claiming we will understand it one day. Is this the reason he relies on? Hypocritically, evolutionists accuse Christians of a blind faith (not true) when they have to rely on it themselves. Reason indeed. Then there is the reason that guided enlightenment philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche and Rousseau.  They helped spawn the bloody French revolution, the Marxist horror and Nazi fascism.  Reason is a very poor rationale for human fallibility and inhumanity. It is a false God.

Like Hitler and the Nazis atheists shout ‘Juden’ about Christianity and have encouraged all sorts of legalised persecutions against Christians in the so-called free west. Reason has dictated intolerance and ostracism.  Dawkins recently appeared at a public rally and urged the crowd to publicly ridicule and despise Christians. Soon he will be demanding Christians have a white cross sewn onto our clothing so we can be easily signaled out for derision.

Atheistic reason has given us the terrible neo-liberal economic model, with its reliance on large corporations with no allegiance democratically to human rights or justice, mountains of unsustainable debt that is enslaving future generations to even bigger state sponsored theft in the form of taxation and inflation. This is human reason?

Christianity relies on truth. The truth is this: the existence of God is the best explanation for a well-ordered and finely tuned cosmos. The tenets of biblical philosophy have always provided the best principles for an ordered and advance human condition. As atheistic social policy has moved away from this standard western societies have become increasingly strained by dysfunction, dependence and the threat of a dystopic future. The cost in lives, taxation, debt, crime, family breakdown, mental disorders, child abuse, poverty and substance dependence has been huge. Abortion coupled to rising rates of death caused by moral decline and lost hope have been the West’s post-WWII holocaust. Victory for the principles that made western civilisation possible have been turned into an irresponsible licence to overturn them by a self-indulgent generation happy to squander the legacy handed down to them by their forebears. Human rights and technological progress only originated in the Christianised states of the West; something atheists, despite this obvious fact, deny or ignore by the application of their much vaunted but extremely selective reason. Christians embraced science as the best basis, next to biblical theology, for the advance of humanity. Nearly all the ground-breaking scientists were devout Christians, as were those who led the advances in human rights. The illogic of atheistic reason denies these obvious and basic truths.

Let’s close with this observation by a leading Chinese scholar who has this to say about western success: “…In the last twenty years we have realised that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” From David Aikman’s 2003 book: Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.