Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Calendar Follies

Jesus is the Light and the Life
It is September, the “season” of the Hebrew new year, Rosh Hashanah, when “God promises a special blessing from Heaven,” one of the “divine dates on God's calendar,” etc.
        Well, truth be told, it is what has become the annual three-ring circus when (far too) many “Charismatic leaders” attempt to divine the future by calendrical cycles and year numbers. Never mind the Apostle’s words, “how do you turn back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments to which you desire again to be enslaved? You narrowly observe days, and months, and seasons, and years.” “Let no man judge you in food or drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the coming things; but the body is of Christ.”

Monday, September 9, 2019

Confession of a Charlatan?

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Having watched the recent Benny Hinn video “confession,” here are a few thoughts on the matter.
But before we begin, even more than perpetrators like Benny Hinn, their enablers ought to be held accountable (e.g., the Trinity Broadcast Network). Mr. Hinn’s “repentance” is being trumpeted far and wide by the editors of Charisma Magazine, yet this “Christian” publication has been a platform for prosperity preachers for decades, and this now includes their ideological descendants who are running the contemporary “prophetic movement” (e.g., the New Apostolic Reformation, Bethel, IHOP).

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ignore Scripture at your Peril

Charismatic Wizards
In recent weeks there has been a major controversy in a large segment of the U.S. Charismatic church triggered by the alleged sins of a prominent minister. Since the latter has ties to many Charismatic leaders, his (alleged) fall from grace impacts many of them; their ministries, credibility, etc. In reading and watching comments from a number of said leaders, I am struck by a common factor: Many of them routinely ignore clear scriptures (or worse).

Monday, September 2, 2019

Signs and Wonders or Christ Crucified?


        I hear a lot of stress on seeking “signs and wonders,” with claims from some church “leaders” that it will be through “signs and wonders” that God will reap a final harvest of souls. I find that idea hard to square with what I read in the New Testament.

        I am all for genuine miracles that meet real human needs, but Jesus did warn of “false prophets that will show great signs and wonders; so that, if possible, to deceive the elect.” Whether he meant false “signs and wonders” is not stated.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jesus is the Light of the World!

Light Dawns

Politicians routinely invoke God to validate their ideology and office. Whatever religion is perceived as the most popular at any given moment, is so employed to validate a political agenda. Just as today’s officeholders pay lip service to “Judeo-Christian values,” so pagan emperors of Rome appealed to the traditional gods for divine approval. Patriotism and religious faith become indistinguishable; lack of nationalistic fervor is tantamount to religious heresy.