Steven Furtick is the Most Dangerous Kind of False Teacher | Grayson Gilbert

Steven Furtick has long been a bane to the Evangelical church on the basis of his own self-admission: he’s unqualified for the pastorate. He literally wrote the book on it in response to MacArthur’s one word answer when asked what his thoughts were on Furtick. Yet, rather than reassess whether or not he would be qualified per Scripture’s own stance, Steven Furtick doubled down in his pride with a publishing deal.

While he may be unqualified in numerous areas, the key one that is readily apparent to those with an open bible is his striking inability to adequately teach (2 Tim. 2:15, 24). Regardless of his credentials, we know that any who teach shall incur stricter judgment than the standard Christian (Jam. 3:1). Indeed, we know that Steven Furtick wants to be a teacher, but he does not understand what he is saying or that which he so confidently asserts (1 Tim. 1:7).

If he is genuinely in Christ, the best he has to hope for on this trajectory is to be saved, but only as one being snatched from the fire; he will lose all he has built (1 Cor. 3:15). It is no small wonder Paul gently instructs young Timothy to pay close attention to his life and doctrine, for if he retained sound doctrine, he would ensure salvation for both his hearers and himself. The issue here stems from the fact that Steven Furtick is not qualified to teach in any capacity, nor does he heed the harsh warnings for teachers. With respect to this, one can only conclude he willingly embraces his role as a false teacher.

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Ours is the age of the “celebrity pastor”. Men (and women) of renown and importance. At Elevation Church in Charlotte NC it’s Steven Furtick. But even the most committed spiritual super stars need a break from the cheering fans. Enter the farm league celebrity pastor. In this case it’s Jonathan Josephs, the campus pastor or the Elevation Church multi-site mother-ship where the broadcast is blasted from. See if you can observe certain mannerisms common to the pastors of Elevation Church.

True vs. False gospel | Ray Comfort’s Daily Evidence

True vs. False gospel

Posted on June 28, 2018 by The Daily Evidence

Here is the difference between the true gospel and the false gospel. The false message says that you should come to Christ “because something is missing in your life—you have a God-shaped hole in your heart. God has a wonderful plan for your life.” But there is no biblical precedent for a message of life-improvement upon conversion. None. In fact, the Bible promises us trials, tribulations, temptations, and persecution.

The reason any of us should come to Christ is because we are deceitfully wicked sinners, and we desperately need a Savior. Without the mercy of God in Christ, we will come under God’s just wrath, and end up in hell. We should come to Christ for no other reason.

The false message is very popular for obvious reasons, and that is why many who preach the false gospel have such large followings. However, some people are beginning to notice the discrepancy and asking why. It is my earnest prayer that they reform the message they are preaching.

Jeremiah 23:32“Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.

Source: True vs. False gospel | Ray Comfort’s Daily Evidence

‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church

‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist ChurchLauren Drain spent her teenage years in the infamous Westboro Baptist Church before being kicked out and disowned by her family. Now she’s writing about it.

By David Sessions.

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When 21-year-old Lauren Drain found herself in a shabby apartment in a rough part of Topeka, abandoned by her family, her mind couldn’t accept what had happened. “I truly thought my banishment would only last for a month or so,” she writes. Only when she happened upon her father in public and he refused to acknowledge her did she begin to understand that she has been completely and permanently disowned for running afoul of her church’s whims.

Seven years earlier, Drain’s family had moved across the country to join the Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka-based cult known for its “God Hates Fags” signs and picketing the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. Until then, Drain had a more ordinary teenage experience: excelling in school sports, more excited by boys than religion. She was skeptical, even hostile to her father’s growing obsession with Westboro, especially when it drove him to pull her out of high school and place her under “house arrest” when he discovered her budding relationship with a classmate. But eager to make peace, she attended her first protest, where she was impressed by the confidence, passion, and encyclopedic knowledge of world affairs exhibited by the Westboro girls her age. “There was something to it,” she writes. “We moved people to ask us lots of questions, even if they screamed those questions at us. This meant we had some access to knowledge that they didn’t.”

Source: ‘Banished’ Lauren Drain on Growing Up in the Westboro Baptist Church

Charisma Conference: Mark Driscoll Joins Katie Souza, Real Talk Kim, and Jonathan Cahn — Pirate Christian Media

“Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” …Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” — 1 Corinthians 10:7 & 14

May 01, 2018 Charisma Conference: Mark Driscoll Joins Katie Souza, Real Talk Kim, and Jonathan Cahn

When you ditch the mega-church you founded just in time to avoid the consequences of your horrid personal behavior, it can be difficult to find new speaking gigs. Heck, it can be hard to simply walk down the street without getting hit with a rotten tomato.

But Mark Driscoll has found a new place to call home: the Charisma Conference! He’s already published a new book with Charisma Publishing so now it’s time for Driscoll to get on stage and sell stuff to a whole new audience, an audience who have already proven themselves gullible enough to buy The Sneaky Squid Spirit, The Four Blood Moons Thingy, The Harbinger/Shemitah/Paradigm Thingy, and about ten thousand other useless doctrines that are contrary to Scripture. Charisma Conference 2018

Source: Charisma Conference: Mark Driscoll Joins Katie Souza, Real Talk Kim, and Jonathan Cahn — Pirate Christian Media

Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price? | CT Pastors

Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price?Churches are increasingly seeking to protect themselves from…themselves.Skye JethaniIn my experience most people have a very weak understanding of church membership. Rather than seeing their membership to a congregation as an interdependent commitment to a body (think of Paul’s metaphor in 1 Corinthians 12), they view membership through the lens of our consumer culture. They associate “membership” in a church as a religious version of the relationship one has with Costco, Netflix, or AmazonPrime.

To combat this some churches have undertaken the admirable task of elevating what a commitment to a congregation means. They’ve clearly articulated expectations and formalized the process of church membership in a manner that reflects the gravity and biblical roots of the idea. In addition, the process of membership is also a way of protecting the flock from wolves who seek to prey upon God’s people. As reported in this interview with Ken Sande from Peacemakers, membership is both a congregational and legal means of protecting the church.But can this pursuit of security go too …

Source: Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price? | CT Pastors

Porn is Slowly Killing Evangelicalism

Porn is Slowly Killing EvangelicalismJune 12, 2018 by Grayson Gilbert0 Comments

Pornography is single-highhandedly, one of the worst epidemics facing the Evangelical church today. There are a myriad of other factors which appear to be eroding the Western church from the inside-out, yet Evangelicals scarcely address the root of the problem of pornography within the church. On the whole, human sexuality is undergoing an existential crisis, yet the church is placed squarely in the midst of this crisis, often not even addressing its own underlying issues until far too late. Leader, after leader, after leader, disqualifies himself through sexual misconduct, all the while the name of Christ is slandered. Lest we focus on only Evangelical leaders though, sexual misconduct, including rampant use of porn, is very much present within the laity of the church.

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Francis Chan: “God Might Kill You If You Criticize Church Leaders” — Pirate Christian Media

There’s a recent video sermon from Francis Chan which has eerie similarities to a cult leader indoctrinating his followers. His basic argument is this: God told the Israelite’s not to speak or act against God’s temple in the Old Testament, upon penalty of death. In the New Testament, people are

Source: Francis Chan: “God Might Kill You If You Criticize Church Leaders” — Pirate Christian Media

Eight Confessions of Church Spies

Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, though, since their goal is to help a church face reality and move toward health.

Numerous spies have written us reports for more than a decade. Below are some of the most common findings they have sent us.

To be fair, the churches that invite us to work with them know they need help; so, these findings should not be entirely surprising. What concerns me is the number of churches who have not yet recognized that these findings characterize them, too.

Source: Eight Confessions of Church Spies

Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Disconfirming Evidence

Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Dis-confirming Evidence

The Basics

Confirmation bias is our tendency to cherry-pick information that confirms our existing beliefs or ideas. This is also known as my side bias or confirmatory bias. Two people with opposing views on a topic can see the same evidence and come away feeling validated by it. Confirmation bias is pronounced in the case of ingrained, ideological, or emotionally charged views.

Failing to interpret information in an unbiased way can lead to serious misjudgments. By understanding this, we can learn to identify it in ourselves and others. We can be cautious of data that seems to immediately support our views.

Source: Confirmation Bias: Why You Should Seek Out Disconfirming Evidence

Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price? | CT Pastors

Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price? Churches are increasingly seeking to protect themselves from…themselves.

Skye Jethani

In my experience most people have a very weak understanding of church membership. Rather than seeing their membership to a congregation as an interdependent commitment to a body (think of Paul’s metaphor in 1 Corinthians 12), they view membership through the lens of our consumer culture. They associate “membership” in a church as a religious version of the relationship one has with Costco, Netflix, or Amazon Prime.

To combat this some churches have undertaken the admirable task of elevating what a commitment to a congregation means. They’ve clearly articulated expectations and formalized the process of church membership in a manner that reflects the gravity and biblical roots of the idea. In addition, the process of membership is also a way of protecting the flock from wolves who seek to prey upon God’s people. As reported in this interview with Ken Sande from Peacemakers, membership is both a congregational and legal means of protecting the church.But can this pursuit of security go too …

Source: Confidentiality Agreements: Church Security at What Price? | CT Pastors