Daily Archives: October 26, 2012

How to spot the “Emergent” Trends In Your Church: Is the “New Liberalism” affecting your congregation?

You may have heard that the Emergent Church issue is a topic from yesteryear that we should now ignore. But those of us who study postmodernism understand that the Emergent Church is far from dead, and evolving by the week with each new book, conference and shift in paradigms.  Eric Barger from Take A Stand ministry wrote an article and developed a PDF printable brochure (included here), about the Emergent Church and how to spot it and remove it from your own place of worship:

How to spot the Emergent Church: Is the “New Liberalism” affecting your congregation?

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Sanctification: How Do You Measure Up?

by John MacArthur

We’ve reached the end of our series on spiritual formation and sanctification, but before we close the discussion, I want to encourage you with some practical ways to evaluate your own spiritual growth.

Yesterday we discussed the true, biblical nature of sanctification—that it’s the work of the Lord in the lives of His people…

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Joel Osteen and Oprah Winfrey Set to Blaspheme God…Again

Only a few weeks ago, Joel Osteen joined Oprah Winfrey in Houston for a taping of her show, Lifeclass. This Sunday, an episode from that taping will air. Notice anything particularly troubling?

I Am. This is the name of the Almighty God of the universe. It is not some magical, mystical mantra that we speak when things aren’t going particularly well in our lives. A look at the comments on Oprah’s Facebook page reveals that her viewers know exactly what Joel Osteen means by this phrase, however. To them, to Oprah, and to Joel Osteen, “I am” is a way to speak things into existence. It is the idea that your words have power and it is a grievous heresy. What Joel Osteen and Oprah Winfrey are engaging in is blatant, unapologetic blasphemy. Since both profess to be Christians (though neither one teaches anything remotely biblically orthodox), then both Osteen and Oprah need to repent of their blasphemous beliefs.

Of course, we won’t hold our breath waiting for that to happen. Rather, perhaps the best weapon here is prayer—prayer that God would open the eyes of some who have thus far been tragically deceived by this New Age nonsense.

http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2012/10/joel-osteen-and-oprah-winfrey-set-to.html?m=1

JOEL OSTEEN AND THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission:

The New Age book and video by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, which gained popularity recently due to Oprah Winfrey’s strong promotion, teaches that we can “create own happiness through the law of attraction.” Whether it is cash, health, prosperity or happiness, all can be ours if we will just learn to use “the secret.” Byrne tells us, “Disease cannot live in a body that is in a healthy emotional state.” But be warned: “If you have a disease and you are focusing on it and talking to people about it, you are going to create more disease cells.”[1]

Such rhetoric should sound familiar to anyone even faintly aware of the Word of Faith Movement, often termed “the prosperity gospel.” This group has been infiltrating evangelicalism for decades and is now the fastest growing segment of Christianity in the world. Some have estimated that up to 90 percent of those claiming to be Christians in Africa are of the prosperity gospel variety.

Well-known personalities within the movement include Kenneth Hagin (deceased), Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Paul Yonggi Cho, Benny Hinn, Marilyn Hickey, Frederick Price, John Avanzini, Charles Capps, Jerry Savelle, Morris Cerullo, Joyce Meyer and Paul and Jan Crouch.

As implied by the title “Word of Faith,” the supporters of this movement believe that faith works like a mighty power or force. Through faith we can obtain anything we want — health, wealth, success, or whatever we please. However, this force is released only through the spoken word. As we speak words of faith, power is discharged to accomplish our desires.

In Christianity in Crisis, Hank Hanegraaff summarizes the theology of Kenneth Hagin (considered by many to be the father of this movement) as found in his booklet How to Write Your Own Ticket with God:

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