REDISCOVERING BETHEL–DIVINATION, MYSTICISM AND VAIN IMAGINATIONS

Rick Becker of Famine In The Land writes:

Bethel church Redding is currently promoting a series of videos called “Rediscover Bethel.” The goal is to clear up any misconceptions, and silence critics. Dan Farrelly, associate pastor and Dean of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry carefully coaches spin “apostle” and “prophet” Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton through a series of questions and answers. In episode 4, Farrelly concedes that their strategy of ignoring questions and critics has “cost them a little bit.”  Vallotton weighs in by quoting Churchill: “If you stop for every barking dog you’ll never reach your destiny.” But at the same time, Vallotton says there are “hungry people” asking questions. Why they have left the “hungry people” without answers for decades, is a question only they can answer. —Continue Reading Article…

Before our very eyes

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)

Is GOD really the one behind ‘The Chosen’ as creator of series declares?

[Reader, I love the Mormon people. Over the decades I have found them to be kind, generous, and good neighbors. Mormons do not know the Jesus Christ of the Bible. It seems like The Chosen creator Dallas Jenkins has a blind spot here. Rather than rationalizing his involvement with them, he should be studying 2 Cor 6:14-17. The Chosen itself is extra-biblical. It is the Gospel of Christ as entertainment. No one has the right to give the disciples and other biblical characters a “back story.” –TWLF]

According to Marsha West of Christian Research Network:

 Thousands of people, including many Christians, have tuned in to watch the series The Chosen. The series is about Jesus Christ and His disciples, both before and after their ministry began. The Chosen has been a great success and as a result another season is in the offing. In her piece The Chosen  and The Shift, Ingrid McCullough warns that it’s not just a show:

Mr. Jenkins is involved in writing study guides and devotionals that go along with his portrayal of Christ and His followers. Churches and small groups will be watching episodes of The Chosen and using the accompanying materials for the sake of spiritual growth. He argues that The Chosen doesn’t replace Scripture but He does claim that God is the one behind it, wanting to use the series to bring people closer to Christ. This same line of reasoning is used by the LDS to promote the Book of Mormon…

And herein lies the problem and the reason for this article. My chief concern is that most people don’t realize that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a.k.a Mormonism, is involved in producing the series. And that should give Christians pause. …continue reading the Marsha West article….

Is Alcoholics Anonymous “hastening the fall of the evangelical church”?

Many professing Christians are in A.A. or other 12 Step programs. Many churches actually host these meetings.

In The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, author Christine Wicker credits Alcoholics Anonymous with “hastening the fall of the evangelical church.” Wicker notes how A.A. “slowly exposed people to the notion they could get [a god] without the dogma, the doctrine, and the outdated rules. Without the church, in fact.” (pgs. 133-138) (emphasis mine)

While A.A. has been the primary means of changing our cultural understanding of God, A.A. and other 12 Step programs have also weakened the visible church. It has been spiritually harmful to believers.

And to unbelievers. Since the twelve steps have nothing to do with Christ, neither sin nor biblical repentance is addressed. This, of course, is very appealing to the flesh. The Steps address “wrongs,” “making amends,” and “moral inventory,” but one inserts one’s own moral code within the context of these Steps. Because of these Steps, millions believe they are right with “god” and man.

In Alcoholics Anonymous, most Christians experience a transference of faith. The twelve-step experience often becomes an idol. It is not uncommon to speak with Christians who are more concerned with “recovery” than sanctification and who demonstrate a preference for A.A. rather than the fellowship with the saints.

Many Christians who are 12 Step members therefore have a hybrid form of faith. How could it be otherwise? We are warned not to spiritually join with unbelievers. (2 Cor 6:14-17)

Had biblical Christians in the 1930s and 1940s actually known what A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith were involved with, it is likely the 12 Steps would never have permeated the Body of Christ.

“[It] might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.” –Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson documented a number of his experiences, including the one below:

“The ouija board began moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience-it was a strange melange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends–some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! There were malign and mischievious ones of all descriptions telling of vices quite beyond my ken, even as former alcoholics. Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.” (PASS IT ON, A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s official A.A. biography, pg. 278) (emphasis mine)

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

“It is not clear when [Bill Wilson] first became interested in extrasensory phenomena; the field was something that Dr. Bob and Anne Smith were also deeply involved with. Whether or not Bill initially became interested through them, there are references to seances and other psychic events in the letters Bill wrote to Lois [his wife] during that first Akron summer with the Smiths, in 1935.” –PASS IT ON, pg.275 (emphasis mine)

Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)

Alcoholism has destroyed millions. Sadly, A.A. has been portrayed as the only possible way to overcome addiction. This is simply not so. The “higher power” definition of God is far from biblical. (Isaiah 42:8) A.A. has unholy roots, and the tree, spiritually speaking, is rotten. Too many in the church do not want to acknowledge this.

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Repeating a warning about Brian Simmons and “The Passion Translation”

According to Brian Simmons, author of The Passion Translation, “God’s language is not Hebrew, God’s language is not Greek, God doesn’t speak English. I know the language of God. He told me. It’s picture. God speaks in picture. This is why you dream. You don’t dream a newspaper headline.” (1 hour 16 minutes in video)

But Simmons isn’t teaching in picture, he is spreading false doctrine the old fashioned way, in English, both in his sermons and in The Passion Translation.

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Beginnings of Persecution?

For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, (Phil 1:29)

Don Veinot writes:

Last week Premier Christian News carried the story, “London street preacher arrested outside tube station and taken away in handcuffs.” This week we have a story from Alberta, Canada, where a SWAT team was dispatched to track down and apprehend a dangerous pastor who along with his brother, organized “an ‘illegal in-person gathering,’ in addition to ‘requesting, inciting or inviting others’ to join them.” Imagine, inciting someone to engage in the crime of attending church! On the other side of the pond, a university chaplain was suspended for delivering “a talk at a college, encouraging students that they have the right to hold a traditional view on sexuality and marriage.”  He didn’t say others didn’t have a right to hold to contrary view but that students did also have a right to hold to the traditional view of marriage.

Are these oddities or the opening tremors of a coming persecution? I have no idea but perhaps some circumspect thinking and preparation can be helpful. “Preparing For Persecution – Lessons From the Chinese Church to Help You.”:

When we try to help church leaders and believers in the West prepare for persecution, after more dialogue it usually emerges that they are not really looking for straight answers. Often, what people mean when they ask these questions is: “How can we survive persecution in our current church structures, so we don’t have to suffer or change?”

The answer to this is… you cannot!

True, physical persecution (e.g. when Christians are being arrested, beaten, imprisoned, or even killed) will not leave most current church structures intact. It will completely dismantle them!

I am not really a prophet and do not know what the future holds. It may be the next election will turn the tide, but it seems, consideration, discussion and preparation are in order since persecution is inevitable whether now or 10 years from now. We are to live with the view the Lord may return today but prepare in case His return is long in the future. 

Pastor Don Veinot is one of the authors of the excellent book, Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret.

Midwest Christian Outreach

When a Christian tells you Alcoholics Anonymous has “Christian roots”

When it comes to A.A’.s alleged “Christian” roots, God’s people have been—to use a technical term—snookered.

Scripture is clear. We were never meant to be part of an all-gods religion. It is not “legalism” to point out that the Lord will absolutely not be seen as one higher power among many (Isaiah 42:8, Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17).

AA’s murky history can seem very confusing. Throughout his writing career, (now deceased) pro-A.A. author Dick B. presented AA’s origin as Christian. But Alcoholics Anonymous is like a pie. One can claim it is made with lemon meringue ingredients, but if tar, rat poison, and glass shards are also in the mix, was it ever really a lemon meringue pie? A little leaven… (1 Corinthians 5:6)

A.A.’s origin must include A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson’s and Dr. Bob Smith’s biblically forbidden …continue reading article…