Your Source for the Heavenly Truth Bomb

Public Facebook page owner Mark Brown and Christi Armstrong teachings on divorce and marriage (Jesus Christ, The Bible, Global Scope Ministries): False or true? ‘Emotional Abuse’ grounds for divorce?

In my opinion, fellow Christians need to be very alert with certain public teachers’ teachings and how they claim their teachings are “Biblical” and from Jesus Himself.  This ministry has no ill-will toward these teachers, but encourages caution (and extreme discernment and careful analysis) in accepting all their teachings as Biblical.  
“Therefore what God has joined together, let man NOT separate.” Mark 10:9

Be very discerning with any pages run by “Global Scope Ministries” or by “Rev. Mark Brown“.  Mark Brown is married to writer Christi Brown (previously “Christi Armstrong” before her and Mark’s divorce).  He has several teachings that are allegedly for God, Jesus, prayers and so on. We must test everything to the Word of God alone.  Sometimes, according to the Bible, teachings can be “fine-sounding speeches”, that is, persuasive, or enticing words (Colossians 2:4) that would preach to “itching ears” unsound doctrine (2 Tim. 4:3), as well as “secretly introduced destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). Anything that is contrary to Christ’s teaching is a false teaching.

He has also taught on YouTube, visible to the public, as well.  According to some research, this ministry believes these are a few of his pages.​obalScopeMinistries​​ayingPeople​achingsofJesus​nofFaith.Page​bleJourney​urneyDeeperIn2GodsWord​re.of.God

Calvary Chapel Green Valley Henderson, NV…what’s been your experience?

Hello, the written content of this post is now password protected as well as the previous article entitled, “Protect our children and God’s people: Warning! False advertising about accreditation at Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian School in Henderson, Nevada and a helpful article on spiritual abuse written by Dr. Darrell Puls”. Please make contact if you would like to read about the peculiar teachings of this group.  We have quite a bit of information on file.  Here are some of the personal testimonies of those who left, written by a group of several individuals (more than a dozen, if I recall correctly).  These were public photos of a public debate, and this is a public concern.  I strongly encourage you to research spiritual abuse and the helpful articles on this site pertaining to Calvary Chapel and spiritual abuse (please see the drop down menu on the right side of the page).  There have also been many negative Yelp reviews removed.  Please see the helpful comments at the end of this post, and please look up Rick Ross’s “Warning Signs” list for unsafe groups.  Please note that none of the following testimonies were written by this ministry, and please also note that there are many more testimonies not shown here.

The Loneliness of the Christian, by A.W. Tozer

Hope this encourages you…

By A. W. Tozer

The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world.

His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorptions in the love of Christ; and because with his circle of friends there are few who share his inner experiences, he’s forced to walk alone.

The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord himself suffered in the same way.

The man (or woman) who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk.

For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided, and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for the friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.

Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was an American, pastor, preacher, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of more than 40 books, including at least two now regarded as Christian classics: The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. Though he had no formal theological training, his spiritual acumen and life’s work was recognized by two Christian colleges who bestowed upon him honorary doctorate degrees. He was affiliated with Christian and Missionary Alliance for his entire 44 years of ministry that began with his first pastorate in a small storefront church in Nutter Fort, WV, only five years after his conversion in 1919, and his longest pastorate spanning 30 years Southside Alliance Church in Chicago. The father of seven lived a simple and non-materialistic lifestyle his whole life, never owning an automobile, preferring to travel by bus or train. Tozer gave away most of his substantial book royalties to the poor. The inscription on his grave-marker in Akron, Ohio, reflects the simple life this anything but simple man lived, saying simply: “A. W. Tozer – A Man of God.”

Wiki Bio of A.W. Tozer

The Loneliness of the Christian

Division based on sound doctrine vs. division based on unsound doctrine; one is right and one is wrong; Romans 16:17 and contending for the faith

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them”. Romans 16:17

As Christians, we are called to teach and preach the Truth. Sometimes, in doing so, especially in bringing a correction, we may be labeled as “causing trouble”. This is a tactic that the false teachers love to use to avoid returning to the Word of God. The Bible makes it clear in Romans 16:17 that bringing Truth and sound doctrine does not cause trouble. It’s the error and “unsound doctrine” itself that causes trouble within the Body of Christ. I pray that this very common misconception in the Body of Christ would be fixed!

We are called to have unity based on Truth, which is true unity. Unity based on peace or anything else, is not true unity, but false unity. Even the Nazi’s had unity. Even the cults have unity. But, it is not unity based on God’s Word.

Jesus and the Apostle Paul brought Truth and correction. Sometimes, their words were sharp to the religious leaders and hypocrites. They contended for the faith, and were not troublemakers.

Please refer to this interesting article:

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord”. Jude 1

Matthew 7: Beware the poisonous vipers. False prophets vs. true prophets; how to tell the difference. What is ‘fruit’?


True Prophets and false prophets. The Bible speaks of both. How can we tell the difference? Not every person who calls themselves an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher is from God. Jesus commanded basically that we are to not trust everybody who claims to speak for God, even pastors or people who look harmless, but to test the spirits – it’s a command: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

What does ‘beware’ mean?

be·ware/biˈwe(ə)r – verb: Be cautious and alert to the dangers of

“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS”’ (Matthew 7:16-23).

What makes a prophet true or false? We see in the Bible that after Christ was raised from the dead, there have been both true Prophets of God in Christ’s Body, the church (Ephesians 4; Acts 11:27; Acts 21:11; 1 Corinthians 14:29-32) and false prophets (Christ warned about them extensively). Remember, Jesus said ‘beware the false prophets’. He never said ‘beware the prophets’! There was a reason for that because in Scripture we see there were prophets and prophetesses in the churches after Christ was risen. True and false prophets have always been contemporaries for centuries – it’s in the Bible – both Old and New Testaments. Remember 1 Kings 18:22, “Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men”.

Here are some warning signs. Jesus said we are supposed to “beware” of the false prophets, and the Bible speaks of false apostles, false teachers, and of course…there can be false pastors as well (John 10:13)! There are many false shepherds these days; whatever self-appointed title they claim does not matter. The Bible speaks throughout the Old Testament and New Testament about false shepherds (for example, Jeremiah 23). There are a few major signs of a false prophet, someone who you should not follow or have anything to do with.  That includes sitting under their teaching, reading their books and listening to their shows.

So, if we will know them by their “fruit”, what is “fruit”?  Fruit is not only the fruit of the Spirit as seen in Galatians chapter five (even Mormons and atheists can seem to have the fruit of the Spirit, and be loving and kind people).  The fruit is also ‘righteousness and truth’, and last but certainly not least: doctrinal fruit. I have known many Mormons who are more kind than many Christians. This is where many people fail to use the correct test. Doctrinal fruit is absolutely crucial in determining true or false prophets. Furthermore, false prophets will not accept correction from the Word. They resist it. There are some sure signs that we must pay attention to before we start following someone’s teachings, reading their books, and attending their church:

– They would appear as harmless sheep, disguised as harmless, maybe even with many good deeds. They would be nice, harmless-looking, even humble people! We cannot trust people only because they carry a Bible, go on mission trips around the world, win converts, sell a lot of books, hold doors open for old ladies, hold massive revivals or do good deeds. “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).

– They would arise from the very churches we attend! They are not only the “obvious” false religions, like Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism, but would be disguised even in our midst as ‘workers of righteousness’. They may even teach on false religions, in order to look true. “Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). “So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve” (2 Cor. 11:15).

– They would distort/twist the Truth. Many may not recognize it and be deceived and follow their shameful ways. “Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered” (2 Peter 2:2).

– They will not create a scene. They will appear to be peaceful, like sheep. They will not be bothered by error. They may be spoken well of and be popular: “How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, because that’s the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!” (Luke 6:26). TRUE PROPHETS ARE OFTEN DESPISED, AND VERY MUCH PERSECUTED, AS THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID GODLY PEOPLE WOULD (2 TIMOTHY 3:12). “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way” (Matthew 5:11).

– Their words will be contrary to Christ’s teaching and God’s Word, their teachings will be thoughtless and careless, and perhaps based on traditions of men and doctrines from demons that oppose the Word. It will all be wrapped in a pretty, sheep-like package. “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34). TRUE PROPHETS, PASTORS AND TEACHERS WILL SPEAK FORTH THE PURE WORD OF GOD, NOT ONLY FROM THE PULPIT ONLY IN AN EFFORT TO APPEAR TO BE TRUE, BUT ALWAYS. TRUE SHEPHERDS WILL NOT CHANGE AROUND AND TWIST GOD’S WORDS AND TEACHINGS TO SUIT THEIR OWN FLESHLY DESIRES OR FOR FAME OR GAIN. TRUE PROPHETS ARE OPEN TO CORRECTION. TRUE PROPHETS WILL POINT TO CHRIST AND GOD, AND WILL HONOR THE WORD OF GOD ALWAYS IN THEIR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEALINGS. TRUE SHEPHERDS WILL NOT TEACH “STRANGE DOCTRINES” (1 TIMOTHY 1:3) BUT WILL TEACH SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINE (1 TIMOTHY 6:3). THEY WILL NOT PREACH ANOTHER JESUS OR SPIRIT (2 COR. 11:4).

– They lead many to hell; they are blind. They are deceived. But they may look and be sincere! “Then Jesus gave the following illustration: ‘Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?'” (Luke 6:39).

– They speak nice-sounding things that sound like truth, but are super deceptive – even to sincere Christians. They are deceived themselves and are “phony preachers” going from bad to worse (2 Tim. 3:13, nlv). They may be sincere. Sincere people have misled many. Their lies are so clever and satan-inspired, that their clever speeches even sound like truth even to Christians! “I say this so that no one will mislead you with nice-sounding rhetoric” (Colossians 2:4). “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14, nlv).

– They practice lawlessness, and false teaching, bad doctrinal fruit and an unwillingness to be corrected by the Bible is lawlessness, and therefore will be rejected by Christ, despite the fact that they may even do miracles and cast out demons. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS’” (Matthew 7:16-23).

– They may or may not call themselves a ‘prophet’. There are many false prophets who go by the name of ‘pastor’, ‘evangelist’, ‘teacher’, etc.

– A true prophet’s predictions will come to pass, and if timing is provided, will come to pass at that time (like the famine that Agabus predicted by the Spirit; also see Acts 21:11). However, relying on someone only because their predictions come true is still not the only valid test.

False teachers need to be named and exposed to protect the flock. They are dangerous and poisonous – isn’t that why the Bible calls them “vipers”? If we find we are teaching false things and misleading others, we must repent and turn to God!

Remember doctrinal fruit. Further scriptures:
Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 11:4; 1 Timothy 1:3; 1 Timothy 6:3

The above is not an exhaustive list of Biblical tests, but is what I have learned this far. I hope what I have learned can be passed on to edify and teach the Body of Christ.

The Shepherding/Discipleship Movement, Spiritual Coverings, and Abuse from Church Leadership

“If you warn the brethren of these dangers you will be a good and faithful servant of Christ Jesus, inwardly feeding on the lessons of the faith and of the sound teaching of which you have been, and are, so close a follower”. (1 Timothy 4:6)

The Shepherding/Discipleship Movement

This movement is a dangerous one. Pastors and Christians should be educated on this movement. Why? Because it has misled millions of sincere Christians down the wrong path and will continue to, if it is not exposed. It has stumbled many people, and made many sincere Christians lose their faith as well. It has led many away from our chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

The Shepherding/Discipleship Movement is very present in churches today, and is deceiving countless sincere Christians into idol worship (though unknown to them). It is deceptive and often masked behind a plethora of sermons on “truth”, “unity” and “submission”.

The “shepherding,” “discipleship,” “submission,” and “covering” concepts pose a real threat to those who wish to commit themselves to Jesus Christ today, just as it was during the “Jesus Movement” of the 70’s.

We should not be sidetracked by the “spiritual sounding”, deceiving, misleading, ungodly teaching of Shepherding.

Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, these teachings are often virtually unrecognizable to people. Often, in places where these teachings prevail, even on the most subtlest (yet still very harmful) level, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are discouraged among the “lower” people. That is, the gift of discernment, wisdom, knowledge, prophecy, teaching, etc. are reserved for the church “elite” – the “gifted ones” – and the use of such gifts are also discouraged and treated with contempt.  This puts out “the Spirit’s fire”. This is not the Spirit of Truth in operation. The notion that the Body of Christ is a body is forgotten as the people are taught that the leadership is their spiritual covering. This is nothing more than a demonic spirit of error, elitism, control, fear and a Nicolatian spirit.

“For God has not given us a Spirit of fear…”

The fact is, Jesus is our only Shepherd. He is the head of the church. One facet of this deceptive and sneaky movement is the teaching that “submission to authorities” in the church will provide a “spiritual covering” to the person submitting, even in the midst of disobeying God’s Word. The idea is that submission to leaders “above” is of more importance than obedience to God’s Word. Also of note is the view on spiritual hierarchies. But, the truth is that Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant”…not a tyrant! (Matthew 23:11).

The shepherding Movement is completely false, and is a cult with strong demonic influence. It is completely against what the Bible says. It exists in many churches, right now.

Dr. Steven Lambert*, author of Charismatic Captivation, says,

“Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught in the virtually invisible web of religious captivation in the churches they attend, the ministries they are under, and the networks they are aligned with…and don’t know it!””Through systematic indoctrination, victims have been duped into accepting as biblical and beneficial the oppressive and abusive predominance imposed upon them by unscrupulous, tyrannical church-leaders.Without realizing the spiritual effect of what they are doing, myriads of sincere and faithful followers of Christ, in submitting themselves and surrendering their God-given right to self-governance or personal autonomy unto their spiritual leaders, have become “slaves of men” in blatant violation of God’s explicit warning against that very thing: “DO NOT BECOME SLAVES OF MEN!” (1 Cor. 7:23)”.

Acts 20:30 says, “Even men from your own people will rise up and twist the truth. They want to get the believers to follow them”.

*Please note – though I agree with the above statements – I no longer support Steven Lambert’s ministries.

1 Timothy 4

1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.[a]
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

6 If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. 7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

What to do when your pastor wants you to ‘submit’ but he is wrong? The Moses Model and spiritual abuse from the pulpit

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt. 10:28

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. 2 Timothy 1:7

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand”. Mark 3:25

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters”. Matt. 12:30

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1

I was once part of a church where the pastor was placed on a pedestal.  Even though he was spiritually and emotionally abusive and taught false doctrine, most of the church-goers continued to apathetically and fearfully submit to him.  They did this because they were told that if they didn’t, they would be going against God Himself.  You know, the old “touch not the Lord’s anointed” nonsense, which is usually used in abusive groups in a twisted manner.  They were told that if they questioned leaders, they would be like Moses who could not enter the promised land.  The pastor was also teaching that the leaders could not be held accountable for their wrong-doings by those church-goers “below” them.  This was a Calvary Chapel church.

Hold your leaders accountable. Putting leaders on a very high pedestal is never wise.  This is what is done in the Moses cults by way of the Moses Model.  A few years ago, I spoke with Cult Expert Rick Ross.  He explained that the Moses Model is sometimes seen in spiritually abusive groups.  When we do this – and treat our pastor as if he were a “modern Moses” – we are not doing ourselves, the pastor or others any favors. Placing leaders high on the pedestal of unaccountability will only lead them to pride and empower them to spiritually abuse others. It leaves the door wide open for satan to do his work.

We are not doing ourselves or anyone any favors by submitting to leaders who are not submitting to the Lord (or who are completely perverting sound doctrine intentionally). Actually, the Bible commands us to “mark and avoid” such people. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17; Emphasis mine).

Submission must ultimately be to GOD. Clearly, there are many leaders in the world who are not “of the Lord” as they claim, and many appear as “ministers of righteousness”. Jesus spoke and warned about such people. Also, we are not to submit to them, but to the LORD. If we are submitting to false leaders that lead us to sin or do things contrary to what Jesus has taught – instead of the LORD – we could actually be guilty of idolatry. We must not submit to them, and the Bible never intended that we submit to false and/or abusive leaders. As Christians, we must take into account the entire counsel of God and not focus in on only one Scripture.

“So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve”. 2 Corinthians 11:15

Author Bio’s

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Jordan L., Founder, Contributor

I am a researcher, writer and Christian theologian with a graduate certificate in Christian Apologetics from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (California).  I am board certified with IBCC (International Board of Christian Care).  I am a member in good standing with the American Association of Christian Counselors and a charter member of the International Christian Coaching Association.

Brief Writing History:

  • A book on healing from spiritual abuse (in process)
  • A book called Sozo: Ladder of Lies (in process)
  • Blogger for The Christian Post (2012-2019)
  • “Sozo Research” (2011-2018; Pen name; A website that exposed the Sozo cult, which was imported into this website)
  • An apologetics website (2012-2018; Pen name)
  • “Joyful Victory” online publication (2012-2018; Pen name)
  • Author of Reigning Grace book and e-book (2012; Sold out; Discontinued)
  • Co-Author and Sponsor of There’s Only One Sure Thing; A booklet edition for The Pocket Testament League (2010; One edition; Sold out)
  • Independent Journalist for “The Examiner” News; Christian Living Section (Denver, Colorado; 2009 – 2016)

Pastor Jason Snider, Contributor

Jason is a Christian pastor who is passionate about reminding others of the grace, mercy and truth of Jesus.  Jason leads several ministries in his community in Arizona.  He is the co-author of a small, published book on Christian discernment.  In his free time, he enjoys biking, spending time outdoors, and writing.

Cameron C., Contributor

Cameron is a Christian writer and counter-cult activist.  Passionate about journalism and in-depth theological research, Cameron’s aim is to share Christ’s message. Cam also exposes the errors and dangers of the Sozo cult from Bethel Church in Redding, California, the Calvary Chapel deception and more.  Cam is a dog-mom and enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing and of course, doing theological research of peculiar, modern religious movements.

Thanks for reading!  Please note that each individual author’s views do not necessarily reflect the other authors’ views.  Each writer keeps the rights to his or her work.  Thanks so much for visiting this site.  If anything blesses you here, it’s from God’s good hand.   ~ Jordan 
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