I can still recall the conversation although it took place more than three decades ago. A shocked friend asked, “Have you heard that Sarah is no longer a Christian?” What was so alarming to my friend was that Sarah had been one of the most influential, and apparently fruitful, members of her Inter-Varsity group. What would those who had been influenced by her witness to Christ say, or do? Would they be shaken to the core and now doubt their own Christian faith? After all, the person who had pointed them to Christ no longer trusted Him.
On occasion, we wonder if an individual really has been converted. And sometimes we have an inexplicable, ill-defined sense that something is missing. But we cannot read the heart. Even so, we hear of friends—whose faith we never doubted—turning away from Christ.
Apostasy is the old, vigorous word to describe this abandonment of Christ.
Graham this week slammed the National Cathedral in Washington for allowing Muslims to hold their first prayer service there last Friday.
“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,” said Graham, head of the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian aid ministry.
The younger Graham took to Facebook and spoke to the news media to register his extreme displeasure that a Christian cathedral—long a Washington landmark—would willingly be handed over to Muslims by the Cathedral’s Episcopalian leadership.
If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based Presbyterian (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke or your ministry commitments make it impossible to leave, now is the time to exit. The PCUSA has made its rejection of the Word of God official.
According to the denomination’s statement, on Thursday, June 19th “the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform ‘any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform,’ where legal by state law.”
In other words, regardless of what the Scriptures plainly say, as a PCUSA minister, if you feel called to violate God’s Word and perform a same-sex “marriage,” follow your conscience, not the Bible.
Last week, two of America’s most well-known pastors sat down with the queen of television and one of the most influential propagators of New Age thought, Oprah Winfrey. Rick Warren and Joel Osteen each filmed separate episodes for upcoming episodes of Winfrey’s Lifeclass. In her latest article, Marsha West asks some crucial questions. She writes:
So, what is going on in the visible Church?
Glad you asked. In a word: syncretism. Syncretism occurs when elements of other religious beliefs are mashed into mainstream Protestant denominations.
T.D. Jakes is the leader of The Potter’s House, a 30,000 member congregation located in southern Dallas, Texas. I had never heard a T.D. Jakes sermon before, though I knew of his reputation. I was curious to see – if only via an Internet video stream – the man that Elevation Church reminded us was named ‘America’s Best Preacher’ by Time Magazine. Would I be able to uncover the secret of his mystique? And would he preach the Biblical Gospel?
At one time James Robison was regarded as one of the most theologically sound evangelical voices in America. Following an experience in what he described as being demonic oppression and deliverance, he has steadily locked arms with those of questionable and even heretical doctrines and practices. It’s one thing to befriend, love and witness to someone, it’s entirely different thing, and disobedient, to enter into a spiritual fellowship with people such as Glenn Beck, Father Jonathan Morrison and Creflo Dollar.
Apprising Ministries has offered some very thorough examinations of James Robsion and his ministry. Thanks and blessing to Ken Silva for his faithfulness.
Why are some people who claim to be so committed to a belief, religion, political position etc., so offended when their position is challenged, and they refuse to defend their position? Is it because they fear confrontation or that either they are ignorant of what they say they are commited to or lack confidence in their position altogether?
Not knowing their microphones were still on, the idiot is chief and the French dwarf president are caught bad-mouthing Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. What a bunch of phonies and pansies. Netanyahu is more a leader, and a man, that those two misfits ever thought of being. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=244760
Penn State is wrapped up in a horrible scandal involving one of its former football coaches is accused of sexually molesting young boys during a camp he put together. Jerry Sandusky faces 40 charges. This is of course the most awful part of the story. But what also is disturbing is the cowardly lack of response by the Penn State athletic department, football coach Joe Paterno, the former player who was an eye-witness to one incident and didn’t report it to police, and the ignorant behavior of students on that campus cheering Paterno. You people are sick and need to get a life, or for some, a life sentence. But hey…it’s football, and we can’t interrupt the sport. Losers! http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/sports/local_sports/exclusive%3A-victims-double-in-penn-state-case-110811
Speaking of losers…Joel Osteen is back in the news yet again, this time suckin up and puckerin up to pagan deceiver Oprah Winfrey. Christian Research Net posts a story from ChristianPost.com including a video of Rev. Smiley’s remarks….
Television mogul Oprah Winfrey and stage and movie producer Tyler Perry created a stir with a surprise appearance at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Sunday for an 11 a.m. service.
“Awesome to have you!” said Osteen, announcing their presence and welcoming the celebrities to the church. “We’re so honored to have you both here, and we just celebrate and pray for you guys with what God is doing in your lives.”
Though Winfrey professes to be a Christian, as I showed you in Oprah Winfrey Speaking As A Christian, her testimony and teaching simply doesn’t bear that out. We need to be praying for her salvation because she has no relationship with God; she is currently an outspoken enemy of the Cross of Christ (cf. Philippians 3:18).
I say again Osteen is a heretic, a false prophet and a joke.
In this all new broadcast Mike examines some of the news of the day including a sermon series based on the Wizard of Oz, a new book that portrays Christ as a woman, a woman who claism to be a prophetess types in tongues, and more on Glenn Beck, Mormonism and those who partner with him.