When professing Christians persecute: Counterfeit Christians and the ‘Parable of the Wheat and the Tares’

Originally published on August 9, 2010 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12. The People’s New Testament Commentary says, “…and all indeed that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. In that age persecution was inseparable from a devoted Christian life. The same has been true, to a certain extent, in all ages. If the church was less worldly it would be more persecuted”. Are you being persecuted as a Christian? Don’t lose heart! Jesus was also persecuted. We should not… Read More

News: Open Forum…Bethel Church (Pastor is Bill Johnson) is why I chose to leave Redding, California

In this new article from the San Francisco Chronicle, a former 50-year resident of Redding, California and licensed clinical social worker explains why she made the choice to leave Redding.  This says a lot: “I recently chose to leave Redding after nearly 50 years in this community, where I raised my family and where many I love remain. I left almost entirely because of Bethel and the city’s passive complicity in the real factors that ail Redding.  Did you wonder why Bethel gave $500,000 for law enforcement but not homeless shelters…did anyone… Read More

Detecting a false prophet, their craftiness, their followers, and how to respond: love or shun?

“…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”  (Ephesians 4:14) When we anchor our faith on the Word of God, we won’t be “carried around by every wind of doctrine”.  These various doctrines come to us by way of the false prophets.  The false prophet’s agenda is to attack the truth of God’s Word.  Since right doctrines lead to right living and false doctrines lead to bad living, having… Read More

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… Read More

Calling a Christian a Pharisee

“The people they call pharisees are those Christians who talk of repentance, consecration, holiness, righteousness, getting right, sanctification, hating sin, and loving God. The people they call pharisees are those Christians who love God so much, they seek the truth from God’s word, even if it goes against the grain of our culture. The Pharisees hated Jesus. They told lies and did whatever else they could to make sure they would see Jesus die. That’s why it’s wrong to call people who love Jesus pharisees.” Related: http://www.radicallychristian.com/why-you-probably-need-to-stop-calling-people-pharisees *This ministry does not necessarily… Read More

Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse?

Is your church guilty of spiritual abuse? Don’t underestimate the danger of spiritual abuse. It devastates one’s pysche, causes depression and post traumatic stress disorder, and leaves victims spiritually barren. When those in spiritual authority manipulate, intimidate, and control others out of lust for power or fear of sin or insignificance. One or more of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean abuse is present, but the more signs, the more likely it is taking place. Spiritual abuse is a stain on the body of Christ (I experienced it and write about it in… Read More

Alert: New Video by Pastor Christopher Lawson on the Observations of Calvary Chapel

https://vimeo.com/158996319 CALVARY CHAPEL ALERT – THE RISING STORM and A CLARION CALL for HUMILITY, TRUTH and REPENTANCE: Observations for Calvary Chapel Leaders to Consider Please watch this very loving and truthful video on the Calvary Chapel movement.  Please pray about this.  This is a problem in this town, Las Vegas, Henderson and not only here – it is everywhere. “…Mark those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine you have received.  Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17

The Misunderstood Gift of Discernment

The following was photographed from the Free Believers Network.  It is perhaps the best description of the spiritual gift of discernment I have seen so far.  I asked the author if I could use this and obtained his permission.

Spiritual abuse by church leadership. Not uncommon, sadly.

Spiritual Abuse By Church Leadership. Not uncommon, sadly..

Did the pharisees get rebuked because they obeyed Christ’s teaching or because they disregarded it? Obedience vs. legalism in churches today

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1) Mark 7 is just one of those chapters in the Bible that is simply fascinating.  Jesus was (and is) so witty how He knew just what to say and how to say it.  When He answers questions with questions, it is totally mind-boggling (Matthew 21:24).  Jesus, being one with God, is truly and infinitely intelligent and knows just what to say to every single person given the situation.  He speaks with mercy and compassion to His sheep (and potential sheep)… Read More

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