Test All Things Pt. 2 – Homosexuality & Salvation

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The latest interviews by Rick Warren, as shown in this article entitled “Rick Warren Uncertain if Homosexual Behavior is Sinful, Says ‘Gays’ Go to Heaven“, reveals the growing confusion over the issue of homosexuality, sin, and salvation. As stated in the article, Warren isn’t the only one spreading this confusion, but other mainstream Christian media personalities are guilty of promoting this confusion as well. This is because of their statement in the media that can lead many into asking, “Is homosexuality a sin?”, “Can practicing homosexuals inherit eternal life?”, and “Is it a sin to have same sex attractions?” These Christian media personalities, who claim to be ministers of the gospel of salvation, reveal their bad fruit by their poor affirmation of the gospel. Yet, there are others who affirm the truth on this controversial topic, as is also stated in the article.

To set the record straight concerning what the Bible has to say about these questions, the following Scriptures has been stated below.

Is homosexuality a sin?

Scripture describes homosexuality as uncleanness, vile affections, and an error of man’s, lustful, reprobate (immoral), minds, which God has handed mankind over to because of man’s refusal to acknowledge, and worship, the true God, whom they replaced with mere idols. Therefore, homosexuality is one of the judgments of God upon mankind for their sin of idolatry (Exodus 20:3-6). Therefore, if people are born homosexuals, it is only an affirmation of God’s judgment upon mankind, and it could in no way validate homosexual desires, because God is love, and love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1John 4:8 & 1Corinthians 13:6). Instead, people are born sinners, because “one man’s [who is Adam] disobedience many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19). Furthermore, love does not tempt others to sin, in the name of love, because the act of true love is to “love God, and keep His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” And Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments”, and Jesus’ command to mankind is to “Repent [turn from sin], and believe in the gospel”.

Romans 1

21    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23    And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24    Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25    Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Can practicing homosexuals inherit eternal life?

Jesus’ command, to mankind, is to turn from sin, and to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which can save all sinners, who are willing to humble themselves before God, and confess their life-style as sinful, bringing their sinful deeds to the light of God’s truth, and turning away from their sins to believe, and obey, the gospel of Christ; while those who reject Christ remains in the darkness of their sin, which they love more than the truth of Christ’s sacrifice for their forgiveness, and freedom from sin, and God’s judgment (Mark  1:15, John 3:14-21).

1Corinthians 6

9    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10    nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11    And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 10

26    For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27    But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28    He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29    Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30    For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Is it a sin to have same sex attractions?

Jesus reveals that those who look on some one with lustful desires is guilty of the sin of sexual immorality. Furthermore, Scripture teaches that the thoughts of a person reveals their true self, and God will not hear the prayers of one who’s heart is set on evil.

Matthew 5

27    Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28    But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29    And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30    And if thy right hand offend thee, cut if off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Proverbs 23

6    Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7    For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Psalm 66

18    If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Therefore, the only hope for mankind is the same hope that Jesus described to Nicodemus, saying “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God…Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7). Also, those who are born of God, by the preaching of the gospel, and by the Holy Spirit, may struggle with sinful thoughts, and desires, but they have God’s grace to free them from the bondage of sin, as they grow in their knowledge of the gospel, and their obedience to it, because the word of God is powerful, and it transforms their minds, and character, into the character, and mind, of Christ(Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16-25).

John 8

12    Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
23    And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
24    I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
31    Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
34    Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35    And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36    If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

2Corithinians 5

17    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18    And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19    To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21    For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 10

8    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11    For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12    For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

1John 1

6    If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1John 2

1    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3    And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4    He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5    But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6    He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Philippians 3

18    (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19    Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21    Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

1John 5

18    We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19    And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20    And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21    Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Brian “The Doulos” Feaster AKA SlaveOfJesusChrist

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Hello, everyone!

I’d like to start off by thanking everyone for following my blogs. Your interest in my blog-site is much appreciated.

My name is Brian Feaster, and my purpose in starting my blog-site is to shed light on historical issues, current events, biblical truths, and to point people to the true Savior of mankind, who is Jesus Christ. What I believe about Christ, and his good news of salvation, can be read by clicking on the link entitled “Statement of Faith“.

I also want to let you know about “THE NEW REAL TALK RADIO SHOW” of which I will be co-hosting with my good

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friend, Jim Green, of the “URBAN TRUTH NETWORK“. The purpose of the radio show is to help people to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?

  1. Exposing false doctrine
  2. Stopping biblical Illiteracy
  3. Defining the biblical gospel
  4. Evangelizing the lost
  5. Pointing the church to Christ
  6. Recognizing the history of the church & its traditions
  7. The teaching of proper bible interpretation
  8. Develop discernment skills in believers
  9. Build a world view rooted in biblical truth
  10. Increase awareness of current affairs & world events

To learn more about the New Real Talk Radio Show, click on the link entitled “The Real Talk Mission“.

The first show has been postponed until January 8, 2013, and will air once a week, every Tuesday at 7:00pm until 9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). The link to the radio will be posted on the facebook event page below:

2013: The Year of Unmasking Truth; The New Real Talk Radio Show

The New Real Talk Radio Show

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REAL TALK RADIO BRAND STORY

One day as I listened to the seemingly endless sea of as they spoke of their faith and quoted scripture, it became painfully clear to me that Christianity is in a deep crisis of identity. There appeared to be three basic reasons for the loss of uniformity within the Christian community. 1) Biblical Illiteracy 2) A theology that limits God to love only 3) Lack of understanding of the gospel. As this became clear to me I was compelled to build. But what would I build? I would build an institute that would seek to regain what Christianity has lost. I would build a forum of which the unasked questions of Christianity could be asked and answered by the one who answers all questions…God! To do this God must be put back into the Christian conversation. His word must rule the life of the Christian.

REAL TALK RADIO MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of real talk radio to lead the way in the restoration of Christianity back to the truth of the word of God and to restore biblical literacy to Gods people.

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REAL TALK RADIO PURPOSE STATEMENT– We must understand the one and only true gospel which is able to snatch the lives of the lost from the pit of hell. This is the will of God and the mandate of the church. For this reason a 24 hour information network dedicated to informing people of the truth and exposing falsehood must be formed. this network will be named the “URBAN TRUTH NETWORK” At the center of this network of truth and Godliness will be “THE NEW REAL TALK RADIO SHOW” of which I will host.

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?

  1. Exposing false doctrine
  2. Stopping biblical Illiteracy
  3. Defining the biblical gospel
  4. Evangelizing the lost
  5. Pointing the church to Christ
  6. Recognizing the history of the church & its traditions
  7. The teaching of proper bible interpretation
  8. Develop discernment skills in believers
  9. Build a world view rooted in biblical truth
  10. Increase awareness of current affairs & world events

Join us as we kick of the new year with a fantastic show! We will recap all of the important events of 2012 from the election to hurricane Sandy along with other events. We will also kick off a three month show in our new “Unmasking” series by taking a look at what makes up a cult and how we should deal with them biblically. We’ll be joined by our very own master blogger Brian “The Doulos” Feaster of the Urban Truth Network blog sharing his insights from the word of God and his unique perspective. As always Double “L” will bring her wit and snappy humor to the table as we discuss the important issues of the day from a biblical perspective. The “LIVE” chat room and phone lines will be open for you to express your views on any topic. Come join us!

The first show has been postponed until January 8, 2013, and will air once a week, every Tuesday at 7:00pm until 9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). The link to the radio will be posted on the facebook event page below:

2013: The Year of Unmasking Truth; The New Real Talk Radio Show

Test All Things Pt. 1 – Commentary on the ‘Baptist Mystic’

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Christian mysticism is becoming the new norm due to the Christian media, and its mainstream Christian media personalities. Mysticism is promoted as though it were just another Christian practice, and the result is that it can be challenging for followers of Christ to discern the difference between a relationship with God, and the mystical counterfeit. It comes in various forms; some in the form of new age mysticism, sometimes it is promoted as Roman Catholic Mysticism, and sometimes it is promoted in more subtle and simple ways, such as with Charles Stanley, who does not deny his mystical tendencies, and even described it, in the interview below, with Christianity today, as simply “knowing who God is, having a relationship with him, and hearing his voice”. But, is his understanding of “knowing who God is, having a relationship with him, and hearing his voice” the same as how the Bible describes these three aspects of Christian living?

To find out, if Mr Stanley’s mystical approach to “knowing who God is, having a relationship with him, and hearing his voice” is consistent with what Scripture teaches, one must compare the two teachers, which is Scripture and Charles Stanley.

Christianity Today

In the interview with Christianity Today, Mr. Stanley makes the claim that his lack of having a father in his life has caused him to live his Christian life without experiencing God’s love for him, and that it was a mystical experience that revealed God’s love for him, as stated below.

Talk about the absence of your father. For some people that would make it difficult to pray to God as Father.

You’re exactly right. That was very difficult. When people would ask me about my dad, I’d say, “My father died when I was nine months of age. So I never knew him.” Period. There was no emotion. That was the end of it until later on in my life.

I’d been a pastor for quite a number of years, and something was going on that I couldn’t figure out. There was an emptiness I couldn’t define. It forced me to get on my face and cry out to God, “Lord, what are you trying to say to me? Because whatever it is, I’m not getting the message.”

I called four friends and told them that I was trying to find the will of God about something. I didn’t know what it was, didn’t know how to go about it. Would they be willing to meet with me and just talk with me? So we made an appointment to meet.

I said, “What I’d like to do is this: I’d like to tell you everything I know about myself, and between the four of you and God, I will do whatever you will tell me to do.” So we talked from about two o’clock till dinner, and then after dinner. I woke up in the middle of the night many times and wrote 17 longhand legal-sized sheets of things that I wanted to remember to tell them that had not crossed my mind the previous afternoon.

Next morning we talked on until about ten o’clock. Finally I said, “That’s everything I know about me. I don’t think I held out anything.”

One of the men said, “Charles, put your head on the table and close your eyes.” So I did. “Your father just picked you up in his arms and held you. What do you feel?” And I burst out crying, and I cried and cried and cried and cried. Then he asked me again, and I just kept crying.

Finally when I settled down I said, “I feel warm, loved, and accepted.” For the first time in my life, I acknowledged and recognized that God really loved me, that I could have a personal relationship with him that went beyond salvation. It changed my life. It changed my ministry. It changed my perspective about everything, and it made me realize how very, very, very important a person’s relationship to their father is.

After reading Mr. Stanley’s story about his revelation of God’s love, one should then ask, “does Scripture teach believers to know God’s love by telling their life’s story to Christian friends, then being told to put one’s head down in a table, closing one’s eyes, and being told that the Father just picked that person up and gave them a hug, in order for them to know God’s love, and to know that God wants to have a relationship with them?

The Bible teaches that believers in Christ can know God’s love for them by understanding that God loves them so much that he did not spare his only begotten Son from suffering and death, and that this is the basis for the believer to know that God will give his children all things, and that nothing can separate a believer in Christ from God’s love.

Romans 8

31    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32    He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33    Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34    Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37    Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A follower of Christ can also be sure of God’s love for him, or her, simply by reading what Jesus said about the Father’s love for his children.

Matthew 6

25    Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26    Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27    Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28    And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29    And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30    Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32    (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34    Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Scripture makes it abundantly clear how much the Father loves his children, who were bought with the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ.

Romans 5

1    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2    By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3    And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4    And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6    For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7    For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9    Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11    And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

One must only read what God said on this matter, and believe it. This is possible because the Holy Spirit has been given to those who believe in Christ. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has been sent by Jesus to teach his followers about Jesus, and his good news of salvation.

John 14

14    If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15    If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16    And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17    Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18    I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19    Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20    At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21    He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
26    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 15

26    But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

Mr. Stanley also presents an interesting way of hearing from God, and being sure that the spirit speaking to an individual is really the Holy Spirit.

You often say in your books and preaching that God speaks to you, tells you things, and gives you messages. What is that like for you? Is it a thought? Is it a voice you hear?

For me, I get this strong sense of feeling that’s so clear, so direct to me. Like this week, something happened and I thought, Well, I could do thus and such, and God said, “Don’t do that.” I don’t hear a voice, but it’s so crystal sharp and clear to me, I know not to disobey that.

I think that comes from early in life as you learn to listen. You make mistakes; after a while, you realize as you obey him, it turns out right, and whatever your reason was for not obeying him, it doesn’t turn out right.

Is this pragmatic approach to hearing from God, and testing the spirits, affirmed by Scripture. Are strong feelings, that one may have about a matter, a way of identifying the voice of God? Should believers be confident that they heard from God just because they received the desired results? Jesus makes it clear that the pragmatic approach can be used as a tool to deceive people.

Mark 13

22    For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Jesus also gave this warning about the heart of those who seek after a sign, instead of God’s word.

Matthew 12

38    Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39    But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

The Apostle John teaches the church not to believe every spirit, but to test the spirits by their doctrine.

1John 4

1    Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2    Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3    And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5    They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6    We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Scripture does not teach believers that they are dependent upon hearing from God, outside of Scripture, in order to know God’s will, but instead, the Holy Spirit teaches believers through Scripture, and it is Scripture that matures and equips believer for every good work.

2Timothy 3

16    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17    That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2John 1

26    These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27    But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28    And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

John 15

3    Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6    If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Psalm 1

1    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2    But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3    And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The Apostle Peter elevates the written word of God as more sure than his own experience with God.

2Peter 1

16    For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17    For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18    And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19    We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Therefore, strong feelings are not the test of hearing from God, and knowing his will, but studying and understanding Scripture is how believers are to hear from God, and know his will.  Believers know who God is by believing in the gospel of his Son, Jesus Christ, learning about him through Scripture, and obeying him. Abiding in Christ (prayerfully studying, meditating upon, and obeying, God’s word) is how believers are to know God’s will, and it is how they become equipped for doing his will. It is how they become more like Christ. It is how they have an intimate knowledge of God’s love for them. A mystical walk with God is not commanded of believers, but abiding in Christ is commanded of every believer. Abiding in Christ is also called walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25), being transformed by renewing one’s mind (Roman 12:1-2), putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), putting on the new man (Ephesians 4:22-24), putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and adding to one’s faith (2Peter 1:5-11). This is the key to having an intimate relationship with God, and it has nothing to do with sitting in the dark, in silence, learning to hear from God outside of Scripture. God, indeed, can speak to anyone, as he has in the past, but he does not command his people to practice hearing from him in this manner. Instead, he commands his children to learn of him by abiding in his Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God (John 1:1, Revelation 19-13). The practice of mysticism among Christians will only serve to take them away from God, as it replaces their relationship with God with a counterfeit, experienced-based, religion, that will lead them into error by way of mysticism’s subjective experiences.

Mark 9

2    And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
3    And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4    And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
5    And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6    For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
7    And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
8    And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

John 15

1    I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2    Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3    Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6    If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8    Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9    As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10    If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11    These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Related articles are listed below:

  1. The New Christianity Pt. 6 – The ‘New Age’ Experience-Based Religion
  2. Worldview Weekend’s Commentary on IHOP
  3. The New Christianity Pt. 10 – Setting the Stage for ‘The False Prophet

Worldview Weekend’s Commentary on IHOP

 

 

 

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Worldview Weekend Radio

Brannon’s guest is Chris Rosebrough. Charisma magazine publishes an article taking on those that call The International House of Prayer a theological cult. Chris explains how he came out of the Latter Rain Movement that is today’s New Apostolic Reformation and why it is dangerous and unbiblical. Brannon and Chris explain why they declare IHOP to be a theological cult. Hear audio clips of Mike Bickle and Misty Edwards leading students in “worship” that seems more like a mantra and rhythm designed for the purpose of leading the students into an altered state of consciousness or at the very least to have an emotional experience void of logic and reason. Hear Bickle and Edwards “prophecy”. Why are pro-family leaders defending and/or promoting IHOP and what does it say about the success of a religious Trojan horse?

To listen to the program, click on the link entitled “Worldview Weekend’s Commentary on IHOP“.

IHOP, and the New Apostolic Reformation as a whole, is a youth movement that teaches a false gospel that serves as the replacement for the true gospel, which was also described by Alice Bailey. Below is a quote from her book that seems to affirm the false teachings, signs, and wonders of IHOP, and the NAR, as the replacement for the gospel of Christ.

“THE EXTERNALIZATION OF THE HIERARCHY” 1957, Pg. 108

The intelligent youth of all countries are rapidly repudiating orthodox theology, state ecclesiasticism and Alice-baileythe control of the church. They are neither interested in man-made interpretations of truth nor in past quarrels between the major world religions. At the same time, they are profoundly interested in the spiritual values and are earnestly seeking verification of their deep-seated unvoiced recognitions. They look to no bible or system of so-called inspired spiritual knowledge and revelation, but their eyes are on the undefined larger wholes in which they seek to merge and lose themselves, such as the state, an ideology, or humanity itself.

Christ, in His high place, cares not whether men accept the theological interpretations of scholars and churchmen, but He does care whether the keynote of His life of sacrifice and service is reproduced among men; it is immaterial to Him whether the emphasis laid upon the detail and the veracity of the Gospel story is recognized and accepted, for He is more interested that the search for truth and for subjective spiritual experience should persist; He knows that within each human heart is found that which responds instinctively to God, and that the hope of ultimate glory lies hid in the ‘Christ-Consciousness’.

Therefore, in the new world order, spirituality will supersede theology; living experience will take the place of theological acceptances. The spiritual realities will emerge with increasing clarity and the form aspect will recede into the background; dynamic, expressive truth will be the keynote of the new world religion.

Heartbeat – One Thing 2010 Misty Edwards – pt1

Heartbeat – One Thing 2010 Misty Edwards – pt2

The living Christ will assume His rightful place in human consciousness and see the fruition of His plans, sacrifice and service, but the hold of the ecclesiastical orders will weaken and disappear. Only those will remain as guides and leaders of the human spirit who speak from living experience, and who know no creedal barriers; they will recognise the onward march of revelation and the new emerging truths. These truths will be founded on the ancient realities but will be adapted to modern need and will manifest progressively the revelation of the divine nature and quality. God is now known as Intelligence and Love. That the past has given us. He must be known as Will and Purpose, and that the future will reveal.

The false Apostle, Bill Johnson, of the New Apostolic Reformation, and partner of IHOP, made reference to this “new age” spirituality when he spoke this way about following Christ, and knowing God:

“Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us has a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know” ~ When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, Pg. 80

“The Nature of God is revealed in story form…because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…you’ve chosen, by your decree, what you want to draw into the atmosphere, in order to reinforce that which is born in the heart of God” ~ Bill Johnson – Was Jesus a ‘Born – Again

Johnson states that Christians are to follow Jesus by going outside of Scripture (the map), and what it has taught believers about God. He also stated that people come to know God when Christians tell their own personal stories about him, and that this is the spirit of prophecy. This is the very thing that Misty Edwards, and Mike Bickle, displayed in the, above, video links entitled “Heartbeat”. Furthermore, he said that this practice causes Christians to be able to change reality as though believers share in God’s creative power. This is simply a different way of teaching the word of faith, “law of attraction” heresy, which is also very popular within the “new age” religion.

Therefore, IHOP, and the New Apostolic Reformation, through its mystical practices, are helping to build a false church that reflects Alice Baily’s description of the new world order religion, which is also known as the “Age of Aquarius”, and pro-family leaders, such as James Dobson is helping to make this happen by bringing NAR leaders on his show, and partnering with them.

Related links are listed below:

  1. The IHOP Murder Case
  2. The New Christianity Pt. 10 – Setting the Stage for ‘The False Prophet’
  3. James Dobson Uniting With False Teacher Lou Engle