Green Valley Baptist Church (Henderson, Nevada): True or false? Is doctrinal purity important to God?
Though there are probably many nice people at this church, please be aware that if you have a passion for doctrinal purity, you might be frowned upon (and possibly hatefully shunned) at this church by one or more people. Please view my articles on spiritual abuse in the drop down menu.
Before reading these direct quotes, look at this Warning Signs List by world renowned Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist, Rick Ross. Warning sign #2 says, “No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry”. Sign #1 in the third section says, “A safe group leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental or punitive”. Also, please watch this video by Pastor Chris Lawson.
The Bible calls us to be patient with each others’ questions and “tender-hearted” (Ephesians 4:32) with each other, and after all, we are commanded to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). The Bible says we must teach what is sound doctrine in Titus 2:1. It is very important in the Christian religion and to God that we have doctrinal purity. Also, the Bible says, “As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine…” (1 Timothy 1:3). Also, “Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Purity in doctrine is part of being a Christian, and especially one who claims to be a Christian teacher. Jesus and the Holy Spirit put a very high emphasis on doctrinal purity; in fact, the Spirit of Truth wrote the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). Churches are free to do what they want; however, if they claim to be Christian, Bible-teaching churches, they must follow through with that claim and be patient with those who are inquiring about their beliefs.
If you are interested in sound doctrine, you may want to inquire what this church teaches in regard to Pentecost (the pouring out of God’s Spirit; an event that happened in the past; Read Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17) and the “secret rapture”. Also, if you have the gift of tongues (I don’t), the leadership will not allow you to use your gift at church. Here are direct quotes from the lead pastor (Rob Boyd):
“As for Acts 2:17…People much smarter than I (John MacArthur is one) believe this refers to after the tribulation.”
“Acts 2:17; Most scholars believe ‘last days’ refers to after the rapture and during the tribulation period.”
I have personally found that followers of MacArthur have something against Christian women, particularly Christian women who share truth or who are strong in the Word. I do believe that MacArthur teaches wrongly about women (particularly, women who refuse to remain silent about false teaching), at least, that is what I have observed. Throughout the last ten years, I do not see very good spiritual fruit in MacArthur followers, especially some of the men. It is odd that of all the men I know who follow MacArthur, most of their mannerisms and how they treat women are eerily similar. An angel asked women to give the message to the male disciples about his resurrection (Matthew 28:7), but I have noticed that many of MacArthur’s followers seem to silence and oppress women. It was also news to me that MacArthur (supposedly) teaches that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Acts 2:17 and Joel 2:28 will happen after the tribulation. Does MacArthur truly teach this heresy about Pentecost? If so, this teaching is extremely erroneous, and he would be a false teacher. Remember, in Acts 2:17, the Apostle Peter was quoting a prophecy given by Joel (see Joel 2:28). That is because Pentecost was happening that very day (read Acts 2 which says Pentecost occurred on that day). This is why Peter brought up Joel’s prophecy in the first place. That day was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophetic prediction. Pentecost already happened as a historical event recorded in the very pages of scripture in Acts 2. Since Pentecost, God has poured out His Spirit on both men and women! Pentecost is not an event that is yet to happen in a distant time in the future, or “after the rapture”. According to orthodox Christianity, Pentecost already occurred. Is this a tactic of silencing women?
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)
“Even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:18)
A helpful article on the tithe as a false doctrine: Tithing: The Great False Doctrine by Battered Sheep Ministries
A helpful video on the Malachi verse twist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgSYwMBGM4
A helpful article on the tithe vs. New Testament giving: http://www.newtestamentpattern.net/christianarticles/shouldachristiantithe/originsanddevelopment.htm