Just Another Day in Corinth: ‘Pastor’ David Devereaux Preaching on Homosexuals in Church and Clergy…False Teaching in the Church
Desert Spring United Methodist Church – Summerlin is not teaching according to sound doctrine, so please be careful. I say this with love and sadness. This is the same thing that happened at Corinth. Remember, the Bible warns us:
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5; emphasis mine)
“For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4; emphasis mine)
“…the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine…” (1 Tim. 1:10; emphasis mine)
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17,18; emphasis mine)
The “pastor” of this Las Vegas church, “Reverend” David Devereaux, is not teaching the orthodox, Biblical teachings about what God has to say about homosexuality in church membership and clergy (church leadership). He gave the sermon soon after the members and clergy of the United Methodist Church at large (more than 12 million members worldwide) voted to retain what they call their “Traditional View” on the homosexuality/clergy issue. He explained how this view only won by 28 votes! According to my research, the view that lost would have allowed homosexuals in clergy.
An article at Christianity Today outlines what the “Traditional Plan” looks like:
The “Traditional Plan” maintains the current stance against gay marriage and ordination, proposes enhanced accountability, and offers a gracious exit to those who feel they cannot in good conscience remain part of the denomination. Those bodies who leave would be given an exemption from the trust clause and allowed to retain their property. (In an early ruling by the denomination’s judicial body several parts of the original plan were deemed unconstitutional, and it has since been altered and will be presented as the “Modified Traditional Plan.”)
Yesterday, in a Sunday church service at Desert Spring, “Reverend” David Devereaux went into detail about his disapproval of this decision (vote) by the United Methodist Church at large to exclude homosexuals from clergy. He stated that his church is “way ahead of the curve” on this matter (on gay marriage/membership/clergy). According to my notes which I took during the service, he even explained this decision as a blatant disregard for decency!
I got to thinking…isn’t disregarding God’s Word (the Bible) a blatant disregard for decency (in God’s eyes)?
There are massive problems with his teachings and disapproval of the “Traditional View”. While he conveyed to his audience that the Bible is rather silent on issues such as this, in actuality, the truth is that the Bible is exceedingly clear that homosexuality in church/clergy/marriage is a sin and unacceptable to God. God wants a pure church. It would not be wrongly judgmental or unloving to hold to this orthodox view. This is God’s view, after all. The pastor was conveying the message that the homosexuality/clergy issue is a non-essential (as he quoted the famous, “in essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, in everything love”). It just so happens that God is very clear on the issue of homosexuality in clergy, thus it is an essential doctrine!
Yes, we as Christians are called to love. I love the homosexuals I know. I have a family member who is one! They are not a worse sinner than I was, certainly! Homosexuals do not have the corner on sexual sin. We are to show compassion to all. However, that does not change the fact that God wants a pure church. He does not want gay pastors, it’s just what the Bible says. This does not mean we hate, not at all. Love and truth go together. Disapproving of homosexuality in the pulpit does not put us into the category of “hateful”, as this pastor seems to indicate as he explains how we fail at love if we do this. Yes, we are to love and do good to the homosexuals we know. If they are unbelievers, we are not called to judge them, but to love them. If they are sick, or need help, we are to help them. But, as Christians, we are called to a certain standard. Christian pastors are also called to be faithful to their wives. We are to reflect our holy God the best we can and make moral choices because we are the “salt of the earth”.
Run, and run fast, from this church.
During the service, I also got a red flag in my spirit before the sermon even began, but I figured I would give them the benefit of the doubt. The leaders seemed nice, smiled a lot and shook hands; however, I have never seen such a blatant disregard for the Word of God, ever.
It was scary.
His public sermon dated March 3, 2019 was heterodox. This is a matter of public concern. Ironically, the opening Scripture in the service was the “salt of the earth” Scripture (Matthew 5:13). Being the “salt of the earth” means that as Christians, we are to stand out morally from a compromising, immoral culture! We are to be “salty”, like a preservative in a decaying society and a decaying church! We are not to blend in! How ironic and hypocritical it was to use this Scripture before a sermon that condones sexual immorality in church!
He went on to say how Christians should not exclude people, and that Jesus condemns those who exclude people. Then, he quotes 1 Corinthians 12 where it speaks of the body of Christ.
“We are going to continue to be in ministry with all people, with all people, giving witness to the greater church to a better path, a better way. When it comes to Desert Spring, this decision does not impact our ministry…our values…it does not impact my ministry and what I will be doing as your pastor. In a lot of ways, we are like way ahead of the curve on this, because a long time ago, we decided to agree to disagree on this matter…I mean, we have folks in our church that believe homosexuality is a sin, and we have folks in our church that believe it is not a sin, but we have decided loving one another is more important…regardless of whether it is a sin or not…we do better to stop pointing the finger in judgment at other people…at Desert Spring, we say all are welcome…and we mean all are welcome…we believe that people who are tall, short, blue eyes, dark skin…heterosexuals, LGBTQIA…are welcome in this place. We say this because it is a fundamental Biblical principle based on the life of Jesus Christ…He welcomed them all…when it comes to controversial issues, as Christians, we err on the side of love.”
Notice how this “pastor” creates a false dichotomy between loving others and accepting homosexuals into the church (as members/clergy). The Bible commands us to love, and to not judge those outside of the church. But, what about homosexuality inside the church? This pastor is suggesting that this issue is rather non-essential. But, what does the Bible have to say?
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…” (1 Cor. 6:9; emphasis mine)
“For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thess. 4:2-8; emphasis mine)
“But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.” (1 Cor. 5:13; NASB; emphasis mine)
“An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, having children who are believers and are not open to accusation of indiscretion or insubordination.” (Titus 1:6; BSB; emphasis mine)
If you are a Christian and attend this church, you need to leave in obedience to the Lord. Run, and run fast. Doing so would not be unloving because it’s obedience (see Romans 16:17-18 on avoiding false teachers who twist doctrines, teach false doctrine and/or deceive their sheeple). Read your Bible at home, or with a good home fellowship. It’s a better use of your time.
Devereaux, David. March 3, 2019. (Public, featured image and public sermon entitled “March 3rd 2019 – When Christians get it Right – Part 4 – Rev. David Devereaux”. Accessed March 4, 2019. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/321074062
Author has no ill-will toward any individuals and/or parties mentioned. All content is the truth spoken to the best of knowledge and/or can be verified by research. Content is a matter of public interest. The above is a “fair use” commentary on public information.
This is a portion of a helpful article written by Victory Ministries, but please note that this ministry does not necessarily support all the beliefs of all the ministries listed in the links. Nevertheless, many of these links were helpful. The article is called GRAVE SUCKING BILL JOHNSON:
THE BLIND DECEIVED ONES IN THE THIRD WAVE CANNOT SEE OR UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE FULL OF KUNDALINI DEMONS AND SERPENT POWER. THAT IS WHY THEY ARE DEVOID OF REAL POWER, NEVER MIND HAVING TRUTH, INTEGRITY AND LOVE. THAT IS ALSO WHY THEY FALSELY SUED FOR $50 MILLION AND CHARACTER ASSASSINATE THE MESSENGER BECAUSE THEY ARE DEMONIC AND DON’T WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT THEMSELVES.
BILL JOHNSON IS THE DECEIVER http://www.scribd.com/doc/25418818
BILL JOHNSON & the NEW AGE
GRAVE SUCKING BILL JOHNSON http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-1mT
WARNING BILL JOHNSON AND BETHEL CHURCH http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/church-issues/warning-bill-johnson-and-bethel-church
THE BIG MISTAKE OF COPELAND AND FRIENDS http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-1Jc
GOD WANTS YOU WELL http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-1ry
THE FALSE BROWNSVILLE REVIVALhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/211818062/
NATIONAL AWAKENING http://www.scribd.com/doc/226939087
THIRD WAVE SEDUCERShttp://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/news/with-real-concern-for-the-third-wave-word-of-faith-signs-wonders-laughing-charismatics
GOLD DUST http://wp.me/p2M7AJ-1Mm
DRUNK AND LAUGHING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HBXGPAhd24&
More Deception, Back by Popular Demand! Paul Goulet’s Prophetic Conference 2019 at International Church of Las Vegas starring Malik and Ashley Edwards, Chuck Pierce and Jane Hamon…
The following is an old article from years ago, but looks like the Vegas “apostles” are back at it again!
There is nothing new under the sun! January 27, 2019 will mark the beginning of another extremely deceiving, cultic and mind-controlling “prophetic conference” at ICLV, the International Church of Las Vegas. If you are a Christian planning on attending, please do your research first like a noble Berean. You could save yourself and others from a lot of spiritual and emotional harm. That is, careening off the narrow path of being a disciple of Christ to unknowingly becoming a disciple of a false prophet.
Furthermore, false prophets are those who would lead you astray from the faith and sound doctrine of Christ. Jesus loved us so much that He warned us, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matt. 7:15). Jesus also warned us that the false prophets would have a massive following (and, these guys do; see Luke 6:26).
As it is, history repeats itself (the following is an article from years ago):
A few churches in the Las Vegas area openly support and are publicly affiliated with Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. One of these churches is International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV). ICLV’s pastor (or some say apostle) Paul Goulet can even be found in Johnson’s public favorite friend list which lists many questionable ministries, even some who have promoted strange manifestations in Christian circles such as acting totally drunk and acting like a (quote from their own ministry website): “cross between a jungle and a farmyard” animal.
Neither of these manifestations are Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22,23; 1 Cor. 14:23; 1 Peter 5:8). Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is self-control not a loss or lack of self-control. Here is a direct quote about a “transferable anointing” from one of Johnson’s ministries that he promotes:
“…transferable anointing. In its most visible form it overcomes worshippers with outbreaks of laughter, weeping, groaning, shaking, falling, ‘drunkenness,’ and even behaviours that have been described as a ‘cross between a jungle and a farmyard.’ Of greater significance, however, are the changed lives.” (John and Carol Arnott, Catch the Fire, History of the Toronto Blessing)
Teachers involved in the Jesus Culture band and affiliated with Bethel Church (like Banning Liebscher) have spoken at ICLV in the past at the “Holy Spirit Conference”.
Therefore, please be very careful with letting anyone lay hands on you who has this “transferable anointing”. You could do strange things afterward.
Another upcoming tour scheduled in March 2013 to stop here in Las Vegas at ICLV is the Jesus Culture Still Believe Tour with Kim Walker-Smith.
Remember that Jesus Culture has come directly out of Bethel Church (Bill Johnson). Another church that gives their support of Bill Johnson is Encounter Community Church in Henderson, Nevada. This church even participates in Bethel’s “sozo” inner healing ministry (which originated at Bethel Church) and has promoted their sozo conference right here in Nevada. The inner healing ministry was started by two ladies just a few years ago. One of these ladies is also a “Liebscher” (Teresa Liebscher). So, why does this matter? Please read the article link at the top of this post. May God bless you and give you wisdom and discernment.
“For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 1:11)
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)
The following was written by David Backus
Copyright The Free Believers Network 2011
I can usually spot them. It’s my job as I contribute my portion of the work to the Body of Christ. They are sometimes outcasts. Sometimes they are quiet and introverted. Other times they are more outspoken and abrasive. Either way, they are misunderstood. Usually, if they don’t want to be removed from their local church group, they conform, grudgingly and brood quietly. Many aren’t aware of why.
Often they get accused of being unteachable or unsubmissive to authority and being headstrong. The problem is, many times even they don’t recognize why or what they have. Usually these people’s hearts get crushed early on in the institutional church system.
I am speaking, of course, of those with the spiritual gift of discernment. This specific gift doesn’t get a lot of limelight and exploitation like the more powerful gifts. It is usually a threat to most pastors and it is more difficult to manipulate and control.
This is one of the biggest population of people in churches that get their share of spiritual and religious abuse. Either they conform to the all-knowing constraints of their pastors, or they get swept under the carpet, or booted out. Their warnings about error taking hold in the church often go ignored and usually such people aren’t given a position of leadership or to even speak in the average church setting.
I like to call the gift of discernment the twin gift of prophecy. People who are prophets or who work closely with prophets possess this gift as well. It complements and tempers the prophetic gift nicely.
The discerner is the watchman in the late hours of the night. They constantly scan the horizon for possible danger. They watch closely and carefully with a highly critical mind, for anything that might damage or lead the church away from the truth of the things of God.
If I were to liken the discerner to a part of the body of Christ it would be the immune system. They are the body’s defense system against viral lies that would infiltrate His people.
Unfortunately, due to religious pride, financial corruption and desire for power and control, religious abuse, or even the more passive aggressive church communities have rejected this crucial part of the body, rendering it vulnerable to the lies of the enemy.
Usually discerners don’t get along well with the pastor who doesn’t understand the gift and insists on running the show. They also don’t get along well with the “be nice and don’t judge” mentality of the average church attender. Often, discerners get accused of being judgmental, overly critical, or even arrogant.
I would offer comfort here though, there is an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the discerner. It is most often overlooked and poorly understood. It is one of my favorites, the book of 1 John. I take deep comfort in this book and other passages in the Bible which reaffirm this gift in me.
To the pastor or the observant church member, I say this. Look for the ones who usually are considered and labeled rebels. They don’t fit in, they don’t play nice with the status quo. They sometimes have a chip on their shoulder, they usually complain about the way things are and can tend to be overly critical. Look for the loner who is in the group, but never at complete harmony with it. Also look for the one who drives you crazy with their being “unteachable” and “unsubmissive.” Chances are, they have the gift of discernment, even if it is undeveloped and not brought under the control of the Holy Spirit and His Love.
To the Discerner: If this blog describes you, make sure you are submerged in love for people. Use your gift based on love. My gift of discernment became the most effective when I learned that God is love, and I asked God for the gift of seeing the world, especially the Church through His eyes.
As with all spiritual gifts, it needs to spring out of God’s flame of love for others deep inside of you. Fall deeply in love with people before operating in this gift. When you love people, you will never go wrong. And things can go awry when love is withheld and selfish motives are the root.
I want to share with you a good booklet I read late last year in 2018. The following is the excerpt about the booklet. Click on the title below to order on Amazon:
Narrow is the Way – Have you REALLY found it? is a collection of dynamic testimonies of nine believers, from the United States, England, and Guatemala, who, in spite of geographical location, have come together with a common purpose – to share and expose their troubling experiences with-
THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION (NAR) – A false movement in the Body of Christ today that has invaded thousands of churches and ministries – and is deceiving many unaware but except for sincere believers around the globe.
Learn a brief overview about what NAR is and the hurtful and sometimes abusive treatment these believers encountered when they began asking questions of their church leaders and what happened as they tried to leave.
This is a must read for every christian, because we are warned in the scriptures to “test the spirits” and to “decide all things carefully”. This booklet will help you decide for yourselves – to either receive “new revelation knowledge” from the New Apostolic Reformation or to believe the Word of God.