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#0543sva – The Effect of the Prosperity Gospel on Pain


 If you are not familiar with the prosperity “gospel” turn on your television and watch TBN for about 15 minutes. There you will be exposed to the damnable teaching that what the gospel is really about is securing our health, wealth, and happiness and our best life now. Consider these words of Kenneth Copeland concerning Paul’s thorn in the flesh:

“Paul’s thorn in the flesh is a tradition that Satan has used to deceive and rob many people. Using it as an excuse, tradition says that God gets glory from sickness because the world sees how marvelously the Christian bears pain and agony. Tradition never adds up to the right answer – anyone knows that the world has all the pain and agony it can stand. The world wants a way out of sickness, not another way into it.”

The typical mantra of these shiny watch-wearing, jet-flying, shysters is that God is in the business of blessing people. If you want to see someone who is living in the favor of God you will not find it in a poor widow, a sickly orphan, or in a downcast soul. You will find it in a first-class flyin’ preacher that spends his time helpin’ poor folk get their blessings by sowing their seed into his tailor-made suit pocket.

Because of this belief Paul’s teaching on the thorn in the flesh is completely reversed. Rather than Paul saying that he is glorying in an unremoved thorn and that the Lord’s grace is sufficient in the midst of hardship these prosperity teachers do a ton of gymnastics to get around what the text clearly says.

Paul’s thorn

According to Copeland the thorn is an “evil angel”. This isn’t any of God’s doing it’s all of the devil. Pain, suffering, sickness, all of those things must not have anything to do with the work of God. And according to Copeland “this evil angel was assigned to Paul for one reason—to stop the Word from being preached”. Forget that Paul said it was “given me in the flesh” for the purpose of “keeping me from being too elated”.

You see within the framework of the prosperity gospel God is not glorified in our weakness. God is glorified in our strength. Or to put that another way the way that God receives glory is when my past is conquered and I live in victory. If I am not living my best life now then I’m not giving God the glory that He deserves.

Copeland even has the gall to say that Paul erred in pleading with God to take away the thorn. As he says, “If you want results, do not ask God to deal with the devil for you…He instructs you to drive out the demons or evil spirits.” Had Paul not pleaded with the Lord to remove it then he would have gotten the results that he desired.

While you have a thorn in your flesh you aren’t able to glorify God as you ought because you are living in the devils defeat and not the Lord’s victory. Therefore, you believe on what you want. You unleash your faith on removing this thorn and you believe God for it. You let go of it and you start believing God for victory.

But what happens when “victory” doesn’t come?…

The Effect on Pain

The problem with this false teaching is that it tries to wipe away ever tear from our eye before we are living in the Redeemed Eden. That sounds nice and some of these false teachers may very well have good intentions and believe every word of the garbage spewing out of their mouth. Problem is, they sound more like Job’s miserable counselors than the counsel of the Lord.

What they are subtly communicating—and sadly I think many within the church have bought into this—is that God cannot use me until I have this thorn conquered. I am a little less than acceptable until I get a grip on this depression. Certainly people will rally around me and help me remove this thorn—that’s what Job’s friends did. But what if this thorn is never going to be removed? Am I supposed to hide this part of me? Should I shoe my thorn? Dare I walk with a limp?

You see I’m becoming increasingly convinced that faith doesn’t look like a man living in success and victory in the Christian life, where everyday is better than the next. I’m convinced that a better picture of faith is when a man is almost totally overcome by doubt, fear, anxiety but he still keeps a white-knuckled grip on the promise of future redemption. I’m convinced that a better disciple is one who fixates his eyes on “things that are above” instead of trying to live his best life now.

Of course we all want mountain moving faith but the faith as tiny as a mustard seed is just as miraculous. So, why don’t we rejoice in feeble faith? Why don’t we celebrate those souls that are shamed and yet trusting, like Jesus does? Can we celebrate a wound that isn’t yet healed? Why do we have to wait for victory? Why can we not dance with a limp?

Maybe because we’ve bought into the lie that people with thorns are a little less than what it means to be a disciple. And maybe we’ve made thorn removal the goal instead of dancing in grace.
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Mike Leake is associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Jasper, Indiana, and can be followed on Twitter.

#0533sva – TBN Grandaughter Exposes Prosperity Gospel


 

For nearly 40 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord’s bounty in return. The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, shown in 1988, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television operation, has worked out well for them.

Credit: Mark Boster/The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.

Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch’s chauffeur.

The twin sets of luxury homes only hint at the high living enjoyed by the Crouches, inspirational television personalities whose multitudes of stations and satellite signals reach millions of worshipers across the globe. Almost since they started in the 1970s, the couple have been criticized for secrecy about their use of donations, which totaled $93 million in 2010.

Now, after an upheaval with Shakespearean echoes, one son in this first family of televangelism has ousted the other to become the heir apparent. A granddaughter, who was in charge of TBN’s finances, has gone public with the most detailed allegations of financial improprieties yet, which TBN has denied, saying its practices were audited and legal.

The granddaughter, Brittany Koper, and her husband have been fired by the network, which accused them of stealing $1.3 million to buy real estate and cars and make family loans. “They’re just trying to divert attention from their own crimes,” said Colby May, a lawyer representing TBN. Janice and Paul Crouch declined requests for interviews.

In two pending lawsuits and in her first public interview, Ms. Koper described company-paid luxuries that she said appeared to violate the Internal Revenue Service’s ban on “excess compensation” by nonprofit organizations as well as possibly state and federal laws on false bookkeeping and self-dealing.

The lavish perquisites, corroborated by two other former TBN employees, include additional, often-vacant homes in Texas and on the former Conway Twitty estate in Tennessee, corporate jets valued at $8 million and $49 million each and thousand-dollar dinners with fine wines, paid with tax-exempt money.

In the lawsuits and interviews, Ms. Koper, 26, also charges that TBN has spent millions of dollars in sweetheart deals with a commercial film company owned until recently by a son of the Crouches, Matthew, including poorly monitored investments made after he joined the TBN board in 2007.

“My job as finance director was to find ways to label extravagant personal spending as ministry expenses,” Ms. Koper said. This is one way, she said, the company avoids probing questions from the I.R.S. She said that the absence of outsiders on TBN’s governing board — currently consisting of Paul, Janice and Matthew Crouch — had led to a serious lack of accountability for spending.

Ms. Koper and the two other former TBN employees also said that dozens of staff members, including Ms. Koper, chauffeurs, sound engineers and others had been ordained as ministers by TBN. This allowed the network to avoid paying Social Security taxes on their salaries and made it easier to justify providing family members with rent-free houses, sometimes called “parsonages,” she said.

The company did not always succeed. Last year, officials in Orange County, Fla., turned down TBN’s application to register the adjacent lakefront houses in Windermere as parsonages, saying they served no religious purpose, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The designation would have resulted in religious exemptions and saved TBN roughly $50,000 in taxes a year.

Follow the link below to see original New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/us/tbn-fight-offers-glimpse-inside-lavish-tv-ministry.html?_r=1

#0530sva – TBN’s Power, Profit and Pink Poodle


TBN Exposed | TBN’s Power, Profit and a Pink Poodle | Trinity Broadcasting |

By Trey Smith | God in a Nutshell

Jan Crouch “Are we busted?”

Jan Crouch of TBN now faces many scandals and legal allegations… the least of which may be if her dog has pink hair.

In a lawsuit filed February 2012, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) faces issues such as a $50 million jet through “a scam loan to a shell corporation” for the personal use of the Crouches; a $100,000 motor home purchased by Trinity as a mobile residence for Jan Crouch’s dogs (one claimed by unrelated sources to have pink hair just like herself);”multiple residential estates” falsely reported as guest homes or church parsonages to avoid income disclosures; meal expenses of up to a half-million dollars per company director; “personal chauffeurs compensated with Trinity funds under the guise of medical payments;” and “multiple cover-ups of sexual scandals.”

The Bible teaches that human beings are to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by our Maker, and that we will all be called to give an account for our use of His blessings here on earth. This includes Paul and Janice Crouch, and while they would insist that their stewardship of TBN’s resources are honoring to God, they would likely benefit from some serious, Biblically-rooted soul-searching.

Do multiple mansions, luxury hotel suites for poodles and clothing, and $300k per year fine dining budgets illustrate a ministry geared towards service to others or one designed for self-gratification and self-glorification?

In the end, only God can answer that question.

 

 

 

#0505sva – Do Some Christians Need Exorcisim?


Could it get any worse?  Tragically, the answer is yes.  One of the most rampant and unbiblical notions popularized in Faith circles—and now in the broader Christian community as well—is that Satan can possess a person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  As such, Christians from across the sociological spectrum are certain they house demons and that exorcism is the cure. Turn on TBN almost any time of the day or night, and you can hear Faith preachers binding devils ranging from the demon of lust to the demon of laryngitis.

Todd Bently is a classic case in point.  Not only has he literally kicked those he believes to be possessed by such forces as the demon of cancer but he professes to be the bearer of demons himself.  On one occasion, the born-again Bently confessed that he was “overcome by a demon.  I threw myself at the chairs and knocked them flying.  I screamed, cursed, and writhed on the floor like a snake.  Then I rolled and screamed and tried to avoid the four or five guys who tried to restain and deliver me.”  On another, he was delivered from a demonic force he identified as “a spirit of death.”  In his words, “anger, murder, death, suicide, and violence raged inside me.”  As such, he “writhed and screamed on the floor.”  On yet another occasion he succumbed to the demons  of infidelity.  According to Rory and Wendy Alec, founders of God TV, the demise of Bentley’s  Lakeland revival was due in part to the powerful curses placed on him by witches and warlocks.  As such, his infidelity is directly traceable  to the work of Satan.  As the Alecs explain, “the enemy had heard of the great honoring of the Lamb and was determined to destroy it—BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE AND AT ANY COST.”  Thus a ferocious wave of attacks “from the covens” and  “the warlocks” was launched against Bentley.  Indeed, say the Alecs, “we heard firsthand concerning some of these assignments.”

Such episodes vastly overrate the power of Satan.  Hot-tempered, weak-willed men need to come to grips with the reality that “the devil made me do it”  (curse, commit adultery, writhe on the floor like a snake, etc) is little more than a convenient cop-out for sin.  While it has become fashionable to credit the devil with everything from anger to suicide, we must ever be mindful that spiritual warfare involves the world and the flesh as well.  As Paul makes clear in his letter to the Ephesians, we are often defeated in spiritual warfare because we follow “the ways of the world” and “the cravings of our sinful nature”  (Ephesians 2:2-3). 

 Indeed, to suggest that the temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells can simultaneously be inhabited by demons is the quintessential example of deifying the devil.

Or maybe it gets even worse.  Perhaps the quintessential deification of the devil is John Hagee’s outrageous assertion that in the end the Antichrist, animated by Satan, will be able to emulate the death and ressurection of Christ.  In one of the most horrifying scenes I have ever witnessed on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Hagee attempted to convince a worldwide audience that the Antichrist will be fatally shot by a Jew and then, like Christ, rise from the dead.  Said Hagee:  “The Antichrist will be shot in the head, probably by a righteous Jew who figures out who he is by the geometria of the sum of the letters of his last name.  He—the Antichrist—is going to rise miraculously from the dead, emulating the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

If  indeed the Antichrist, like Christ, could rise from the dead, as Hagee contended on TBN, Christianity would lose the basis for believing that Christ’s resurrection vindicated His claim to deity.

 In a biblical paradigm, Satan can parody the resurrection of Christ through “counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders”  ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9), but he hardly possesses power over death and the grave.  If Satan can perform acts that are indistinguishable from genuine miracles suggests a dualistic worldview in which God and Satan are equal and oposite powers competing for dominance.

One would hope Hagee’s outburst was merey an anomaly.  Sadly, however, it has become common fare in Christian parlance.

—Hank Hanegraaff

Christianity in Crisis 21st Century

www.equip.org

#0490sva – Grandaughter Exposes Corruption at TBN


February 10, 2012 Show 

 Paul Crouch’s Granddaughter Exposes Corruption at TBN
 
Brittany Crouch Koper

Trinity Broadcasting Network’s president and founder Paul Crouch Sr.’s policy of putting family members in positions of power at the largest “Christian” TV network in the world may have come back to bite him. His granddaughter, Brittany Crouch Koper, who served as TBN’s chief financial officer, is accusing TBN “of unlawfully distributing charitable assets worth more than $50 million to the company’s directors.”

Koper filed a federal lawsuit against two TBN lawyers, Douglass S. Davert and David C. Loe, who reportedly instructed her to “shut up” about what she discovered in her position as financial officer. The complaint says that the lawyers intimidated Ms. Koper into returning her own perks which included her house, car, jewelry, life insurance and home furnishings. Failure to do so would result in jail time for her, the attorneys allegedly threatened. According to Koper, a false lawsuit had been filed against her and her husband Michael, also a TBN employee, charging them with misappropriation of funds, in October, 2011, in an attempt to stop her whistle blowing. That case was closed by the plaintiffs after she complied with the demands.

Coincidentally, that same month Koper’s father, Paul Crouch Jr, resigned his position from TBN as Chief of Staff, to “pursue other ministry opportunities.” His hasty retreat baffled many people. Why would he leave TBN as second in command next to hid dad to take a position at a small minority-owned network?

“Observers have often wondered how the Crouches can afford multiple mansions on both coasts, a $50 million jet and chauffeurs,” said Koper’s attorney, Tymothy MacLeod to the Orange County Register who broke the story of Koper’s lawsuit on February 9, 2012. That same day, Paul Crouch Sr. and his younger son Matthew Crouch made veiled threats at anyone who would try to come against TBN.

“There have been a few attempts in the TBN history to upset TBN, to stop TBN,” said Matt Crouch to his father on Behind the Scenes. “You know, there have been a few fools in the 39-year history…and you know what – any attempt at stopping TBN — they have no idea who they’re actually pushing into the corner. You and mom get pushed in a corner – God help you. That’s a lesson I’ve learned from you, seriously.”

“God help anyone who would try to get in the way of TBN, which was God’s plan,” Paul Crouch responded. “I have attended the funeral of at least two people who tried.”

That threat should be taken seriously when you consider Brittany Koper’s allegations in her complaint that her Uncle Matthew brandished a firearm to threaten her.

Matthew Crouch “began tapping the firearm he had brought to the meeting and asked Ms. Koper what she thought would happen when she wrote a memo to the board critical of Matthew Crouch’s financial improprieties. Matthew Crouch continued tapping the gun he was holding to ensure that Ms. Koper recognized the lethal threat being made.”

Several years ago, someone who was suing TBN for plagiarism told this reporter that after filing suit against them, her brake lines were cut on her car and she was being tailed wherever she went. If these allegations are true, then TBN cannot point the finger at God for their protection. They seem to be taking matters into their own hands.

Lewdness at TBN

Another strange twist to this story is the accusation that defendant David Loe sexually harassed Koper on more than one occasion when she was working with him. The complaint says,

“Defendant Loe touched Ms. Koper in an overtly sexual manner repeatedly, told Ms. Koper that he was sexually aroused, made lewd and derogatory comments about engaging in sexual acts with Ms. Koper, and offered illegal drugs to Ms. Koper, who was defendant Loe’s client in that matter and others. In a business meeting, Mr. Loe made repeated remarks about Ms. Koper’s breast enhancement surgery, reached across the table in front of witnesses, and grabbed Ms. Koper’s breasts to (as Mr. Loe put it) ‘see if they feel real.’ After Ms. Koper repeatedly refused defendant Loe’s sexual advances, defendant Loe became cruel, vindictive, and malicious toward Ms. Koper.”

The Register reported “ that Koper is readying documentation regarding her charges and will submit a package to the Internal Revenue Service for its review.” Time will tell if Koper will follow up on this brave act or succumb to the intimidation that, she says in her complaint, has made her physically ill with “loss of appetite, physical weakness, nausea, headaches, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, stomach and digestive problems, malnutrition, hair loss, severe insomnia, and suicidal thoughts requiring counseling and medication.”

This is not the first time TBN has been rocked with scandal. In 2004, Paul Crouch Sr. settled out of court, paying out nearly half a million dollars, to keep another former employee quiet regarding an alleged 1996 homosexual fling between the two of them.

The Koper case has the potential of bringing even more disgrace, not only to TBN, but to the name of Christianity in the eyes of the onlooking world. It makes the PTL scandal look like a Sunday School picnic.

Brittany Koper could not be reached for comment and the defendants did not return messages left at their law offices.

[Further information on TBN and the Crouch lifestyle can be found in the book, The Fleecing of Christianity, by Jackie Alnor.]

#0488sva – Joyce Meyer & Company Teach “Little God” Theology


One would hope that the Word of Faith proponents would have begun to temper their dogmatism with respect to humans having the nature of God, but such is not the case.  Paul Crouch, wo presides over the TBN jugernaut, depicts those who deny his little god affirmation as being in league with the prince of darkness.  Hinn simply dismisses them as “morons.”

The new breed is equally dismissive.  With typical bravado Joyce Meyer wonders why anyone would be exercised over the notion that God begets little gods in the fashion that cattle beget cattle.  “I mean if cattle have another cattle they call it cattle-kind” she exudes!

Myles Monroe minces no words:  “You have the same nature as God Himself.”  Indeed, declares Munroe, “You create your own world the same way God creates His.  He speaks and things happen, you speak and they happen.”  Incredibly, according to Munroe, we license God rather than the other way around.  Again, he is emphatic and direct.  Says Munroe, “I’m going to say it again!  Prayer is man giving God authority, or God license, to interfere in the affairs of man.  In fact, God—I’m going to take a deep breath because some of you religious people aren’t going to understand me—Are you ready?—God cannot do anything in the earth without a human’s permission.”

Jesse Duplantis, who dubs himself the “Ragin Cajun,” has defied humanity to the extent that God now has to obey humankind. In one of Duplantis’s many two-way conversations with the Almighy, God explicated the conumdrum He was experiencing.  Jesse’s mother wanted to go to heaven.  Jesse wanted her to stay.  As such, God told Jesse, “You’ve got me over a barrel here!”  After Jesse reminded God that He would cease to be God should He breach His covenant, God responded in exasperated fashion: “Listen here!  You and your momma gotta get together here.”  He [God] said, “I’ve got to obey somebody around here.”

 

While one might be tempted to think that such alleged conversations are little more than humorous attempts at hyperbole, reality is they are common fare in Faith circles. The pattern is painfully persistent:  not only is humanity defied; God is demoted.

—Hank Hanegraaff

excepted from Christianity in Crisis 21St Century

www.equip.org

Administrator’s Note:

Notice the “Scripture Twisting” that Joyce Meyers does in the audio clip below. Do you know your Bible well enough to spot what she is doing here?  

NOTE:  Cults teach this “little god” theology. It isn’t biblical at all!

 

#0464sva – Creflo Dollar: Teaches Sex With Jesus And More…


…Odd but true. Creflo Dollar actually believes that when a Christian has sex with their husband or wife that they are actually having sex with Jesus! This false claim far supercedes any other blasphemous claim that any prosperity preacher has ever dared to uttter.

FYI: I have listened to the entire sermon, Parts 1 and 2 (which include false teachings on what it means to be sanctified), and have yet to understand what connection this claim had to the entire sermon. Also, when I was searching for this sermon, after hearing the “sex with Jesus” part on television I discovered that these statements were cut from the iTunes version.

 You can watch the entire sermon via the Creflo Dollar Ministries website in the Broadcast section. The title of the sermon is “Reviving Sanctification,” and the statements are contained in the last 3-5 minutes of the broadcast. (Sermon — Feb. 15, 2009)

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1Co 2:14

*The Sermon is at the link above I think it may be deleted soon.*  

Administrator’s note:  I listened to the last 10 minutes of the above mentioned sermon (Part 1) and that part about having sex with Jesus was not on the video.  I could not find Part 2 posted on Dollar’s website. However, you have a recording above spoken by Creflo, himself.  Dollar’s ministry may have removed Part 2?  If you happen to listen to  Part 2, then please leave a comment here and let us know.

—above post from www.YouTube.com

Creflo teaches heresy that strikes at the core of Christianity, yet he was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity from Oral Roberts University. Lest one think that the word heresy is a bit much, consider the fact that Dollar not only denies the deity of Christ but also denigrates pastors who proclaim that Christ is fully God as “fantasy preachers.”  He further chides followers for falling for such fantacies:

And somebody said, well, Jesus came as God! Well, how many of you know the Bible says God never sleeps nor slumbers?  And yet in the book of Mark we see Jesus asleep in the back of the boat.  Please listen to me.  Please listen to me. This ain’t no heresy.  I’m not some false prophet.  I’m just reading this thing out to you of the Bible.  I’m just telling you, all these fantasy preachers have been preaching all of this stuff for all of these years and we bought the package!

—quoted from, Trinity Broadcasting, 8 December 2002.

And this is not an isolated incident.  Dollar has gone so far as to say that because Jesus got tired, He could not have been God.  As rationale for this deviation from essential Christian doctrine, Dollar says, “If he [Jesus] came as God and he got tired—he says he sat down by the well because he was tired—boy, we’re in trouble.  Moreover, “If Jesus came as God, then why did God have to anoint him?  He answers his own question, saying, “Jesus came as a man, that’s why it was legal to anoint him—God doesn’t need anointing.  He is anointed.  Jesus came as a man, and at age thirty God is now getting ready to demonstrate to us and give us an example of what a man with the anointing can do.”

Dollar’s departure from orthodoxy cuts to the heart of Christ’s passion on the cross. 

While it is true to say that Christ set aside the prerogative for independently using His divine attributes when He took on the limitations of humanity—it is false to say that Christ was divested of a single attribute of diety.  Indeed, the historic Christian church has consistently maintained that in the Incarnation, Christ was undiminished deity!  If Christ was not fully God, His passion on the cross would have been insufficient to atone for sin.  As man, Christ is our representative—the Second Adam; as God, His death was sufficient to provide redemption for the sins of the world. 

 To suggest, as Dollar does, that those who teach that “Jesus came as God” are fantasy preachers is to say that a whole host of credible pastors from Charles Spurgeon to Charles Stanley have missed the answer to Christ’s most basic question—namely “Who do you say that I am?”

—Christianity in Crisis 21st Century, Hank Hanegraaff

#0405sva – Joel Osteen: Redemption In Hell


Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross?  If that were the case, the two thieves could have paid your price.  No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God. . . Satan and all the demons of hell thought that they had Him bound and they threw a net over Jesus and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence.                                      —–Televangelist Frederick K.C. Price

In orthodox theology the end of the atonement took place upon the cross.  In Faith theology the cross was “only the beginning.”  No one is more decisive in this doctrinal deviation than Joel Osteen: ” For three days Jesus fought with the enemy.  It was the battle of the ages.  Light versus darkness.  Good versus evil.”  With great theatre, Osteen tells devotees that their redemption was secured in an epic battle between Satan and the Savior in the very cauldrons of hell:

The Bible indicates that for three days, Jesus went into the very depths of hell.  Right into the enemy’s own territory.  And He did battle with Satan face to face.  Can you imagine what a show down that was?   It was good vs. evil.  Right vs. wrong.  Holiness vs. filth.  Here are the two most powerful forces in the universe that have come together to do battle for the first time in history.  But thank God.  The Bible says, “Satan was no match for our Champion.”  This was no contest.

Jesus crushed Satan’s head with His foot.  He bruised his head.  And He once and for all, forever defeated and dethroned and demoralized our enemy.  One translation says, “He paralyzed him and rendered him powerless.”  But thank God.  He didn’t even stop there.  He went down and ripped the keys of death and hell out of Satan’s hands.  And He grabbed Satan by the nap of his neck and He began to slowly drag him down through the corridors of Hell.  All beat up and bruised because He wanted to make sure that every single demon saw very clearly that Jesus was indeed the undisputed Champion of all time!’   —Sermon on Trinity Broadcasting Network, April 26, 2004

It is almost inconceivable that anyone—-particularly someone who takes the sacred name of Christ upon his lips—-would so blatantly reconstruct the centrality of Christ’s atonement upon the cross.  Yet in the face of Scripture that plainly tells us that by his death Jesus destroyed him “who holds the power of death—-that is, the devil”  (Hebrews 2:14),  Osteen has Christ finishing the work of redemption in hell.

Incredibly, in Osteen’s revision of Scripture, even Christ’s victory in hell was insufficient to atone for our sins. After the Resurrection,  “there still had to be a blood sacrifice for our sins.  There still had to be a price paid.  That is why Jesus “presented His own blood in the high court of heaven as a sacrifice for all our sins, past, present, and future.”  According to Osteen that is precisely why Jesus commanded Mary not to touch Him after the Resurrection.  “Why didn’t Jesus want Mary to touch him?”  asks Osteen, “I’ll tell you what it was.  Jesus had just risen from the grave, and He still had His Holy blood on Him.  It was this blood He was going to use as a sacrifice for our sins.”

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.  Far from having some sort of magical efficacy, the blood of Jesus Christ is emblematic of the death of Jesus Christ.  Nor is there any warrant for suggesting that sometime between His encounter with Mary and His encounter with Thomas, Jesus went to heaven to sprinkle His blood upon the mercy seat.  Instead, believers throughout the ages have celebrated the precious sacrament of communion as the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ for the complete remission of sins.  Again, it was not Christ’s triumph over Satan in the cauldron of hell that atoned for sin—-Jesus said, “Father into thy hands I commit my spirit”  (Luke 23:46; compare John 19:30)  not “Satan into your clutches I submit my spirit”—-nor did the debt remain unpaid until Christ ascended into heaven. The debt for all sin past, present, and future was paid by Christ’s passion upon the cross.  When his passion on the cross was complete, Christ uttered the word tetelestai  —-meaning the debt has been paid in full!  No further debt remained to be discharged in this world or the past.

—-Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis 21st Century

#0371sva – Mark Chironna: God Created Jesus


Mark Chironna is the Founder and Senior Pastor of  The Master’s Touch International Church in Orlando, Florida.  He is known as an American evangelist, faith healer, motivational speaker and author. He is also a frequent host on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network).

Chironna teaches that Jesus was spoken into existence by God. This is the same “anointed one”  that Oprah Winfrey and the NAM movement refer to as the “Christ Consciousness” and “Anointed one.”

In this video,  Chironna  claims that Jesus was spoken into existence by God the Father. He did not exist as God in the beginning.

Scripture contradicts his teaching:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning, All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.  Life was in Him, and the life was the light of men.”  John 1: 1-4 (HCSB)

The Scriptures go on to tell us this about Christ: 

 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.  He is also the head of the body the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven.”   Colossians 1: 15-20 (HCSB)

Mark Chironna is a false teacher and this teaching is heresy.  Folks, this is the same type of teaching that goes on in the metaphysical world and the New Age world—no different. The Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses cults also teach that God created Jesus.   However, Chironna will tell you he is teaching the Bible and is a Christian.  Be warned about this man’s Scripture “twisting” in order to make his message exciting and keep the people coming back for more. 

Christ was fully God and fully man and he came into this world to redeem mankind on the cross. The Son was part of the Godhead which existed before the creation of the world. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) ( Genesis Chapter 1)  “Let us make man. . . “

This is typical of the type of doctrines being taught by the W0rd of Faith ministers on TV. 

Do you know your Bible well enough to see the error in his teaching?  Here is what Christ tells us:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Tim. 3:16-17. (NKJV)

Here is God’s charge to every Christian: 

 “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom; Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, and exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”  2 Tim. 4:1-2 (NKJV)

2 Timothy 4:3-5  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (NKJV)

Don’t Beleive Mark Chironna’s Fable!

#0325sva – The Way To Touch God’s Anointed


Accountability: The Way to Touch God’s Anointed
by Clete Hux

If anything has been learned about the recent scandals of modern televangelists which could be summed up in one word, that one word would be accountability (or lack thereof).

That word, more than any other, has surfaced and has been expressed by both the secular public and the body of Christ as a desperate desire to bring some kind of reform to the practices of certain popular TV preachers.

Most of the outcry has been as a result of the immoral conduct and lack of financial accountability on the part of Christian leaders who were supposed to be examples of clean Christian character.

Christians are to hold one another accountable for one another’s behavior (1 Jn. 3:17; Gal. 6:2; Tit. 1:9; 1 Tim. 1:3,4; 4:16; II Tim. 4:2; Matt. 18:15-16). There is no doubt about being “thy brother’s keeper”! However, the fact that seems to escape most Christians is this: a person’s actions are the result of their beliefs. A person lives a certain way because a person believes a certain way. Doctrine frames behavior.

Christians are to be accurate and balanced when giving criticism. When a person or group that claims to be Christian and yet seriously departs from the historical biblical doctrines of orthodox Christianity, one cannot stand idly by in silence. (Matt. 18:15-16). To not speak out would be dishonoring to God and unloving, not only to Christians, but also to the propagators of the error.

When the Word of Faith (WOF) movement’s leaders, who through their own revelation knowledge, bring extrabiblical doctrines into the church, one must be prepared to respond correctly in accordance with God’s revealed will in scripture.

Watchman Fellowship is not the first to call attention to the unorthodox doctrines of the WOF movement, sometimes known as the Positive Confession movement.

Scores of scholars for years have spoken out. Those include Dr. Walter Martin, a charismatic theologian, and D. R. McConnell, also a charismatic and author of the recent book, A Different Gospel. Michael Horton, a well-known Christian author, has addressed the doctrinal issues in his book, The Agony of Deceit, as well.

As the issue is drawn into clearer focus, the reader needs to understand that this is neither a charismatic nor a non-charismatic issue. It is an issue of biblical truth and accountability to that truth versus heretical doctrines.

It is common for the word-faith teachers to warn, “touch not the Lord’s anointed”, meaning that one cannot criticize or question in any way the Word of Faith teachers and what they are teaching. Some of the WOF teachers have said to do so carries serious consequences.

For example, the Christian Research Institute has documented that John Avanzini, along with TBN’s Paul Crouch have said that the reason Walter Martin died is that God killed him because he spoke out against them. The implication is “that’s what will happen to anyone who does speak out against them” (Quote used on the “Bible Answer Man” broadcast from the Spring 1990 “Praise-A-Thon” on TBN).

It seems that if one disputes these leader’s words or deeds it is equivalent to questioning God Himself. Those who advocate such authority assume that scripture supports their view.

They point to biblical proof texts such as Psalm 105:15, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (KJV). But if one looks at the passage, it will reveal that it has nothing to do with questioning the teachings of church leaders.

In the Old Testament the phrase, “the Lord’s anointed”, is used to refer to the kings of Israel (I Samuel 12:35; 24:6, 10, 16, 23; II Samuel 1:14, 16; 19:21; Psalms 10:6), and not to prophets. In the context of Psalms 105 the reference is to patriarchs in general (vv. 8-15; ef, I Chronicles 16:15-22).

Psalms 105:15 has nothing to do with the issue of questioning the teachings of any of God’s “anointed”. In the context of this passage, the words “touch” and “do harm” have to do with inflicting physical harm upon someone.

Specifically, in I Sam. 24:6, the phrase “touch not the Lord’s anointed” refers to David’s refraining from killing King Saul when he had the opportunity. It means in that context, “not to kill”.

The fact is that David did rebuke Saul publicly more than once and called him to account for his actions before God. He said in I Sam. 24:12, “The Lord judge between me and thee, but mine hands shall not be upon thee”.

If this touch not mentality is applied in the way that the WOF leaders say to do, then it could also be argued that no one who claims to be a spokesman for God should be called to account for what he or she teaches.

No one would be rebuked, and one would have to accept the teachings of all who claim to be Christian, including Joseph Smith and Mormonism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society. Virtually all teachings, whether cultic or not, would be credible. The truth is that nobody’s teachings or practices are beyond biblical judgment, especially those who are seen as leaders.

What allows Christians to claim Joseph Smith is a false teacher? It is not the fact that he claimed to speak “revelation knowledge”. It is because one examines the doctrine in comparison to the Bible. Doctrine must be the means of measurement.

Christians are not called to render a condemning judgment upon anyone (for that alone is in God’s hands), but are to render a discerning judgment upon all teachings. It is important for Christians to test all things by the scripture, as the Bereans did when they examined the words of the apostle Paul (Acts 17:11, I Thes. 5:2). The Bible is useful for correcting and rebuking, as well as for preaching and teaching (II Timothy 4:2).

Additionally, this is not a question of whether God has used these men in the salvation of many people. If and when the gospel is preached, “it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). The problem is unbiblical doctrine which corrupts the essential Biblical teaching of the Person and work of Christ.

It has not been easy to write this article, because the issue is sensitive. There are many sincere, committed Christians following these teachers, sometimes not even realizing what they are teaching. It is also a crucial issue. It is not a threat from outside the church, it is a growth from within. Spiritual surgery, which is long overdue, is needed to stop it from spreading further. The Body of Christ must speak out.

 

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